To raise awareness and educate on the many gifts of the Amazon from the natural and spiritual worlds; and to empower the people of the Amazon and the world to conserve these gifts.
Shamans have, in their practices and principles, always been healers of the sick and keepers of the forest. Their responsibilities are to look after the wellbeing of both Mankind and Mother Nature.
“The power of a shaman is known by their work in the world,” says Bolivian Aymara shaman Rufino. To that end, as needs arise for appropriate action to assist humankind and in conscious stewardship of nature, all shamans and supporters of shamanic principles are called to act.
“As goes the Amazon, so goes the World.”
Helga Henderson Diaz, BS
Helga Henderson Diaz, BS, has lived her entire life in Iquitos, Peru. She obtained her BS degree in education, specializing in chemistry and biology from UNAP. As a life-long educator, Helga has teaching experience in the elementary and secondary schools of Iquitos and Lima; and was director of higher education and future teachers training at the Pedagogic Institute Loreto. With advanced training in bilingual education, Helga was a foreign language professor at UNAP; and training students from different ethnic groups from the Amazon to become teachers at FORMABIAP. With ACEER, she was also active in environmental educational activities for youth, aimed at raising awareness of conservation. Helga’s motto is “You can’t love what you don’t know. Get to know the Amazon, love it and preserve it.” Helga is currently involved in cultural exchange between students from Iquitos, Peru and Rochester, NY through The Association of Teenage Diplomats.
Valeria Ruiz, MA, MA
Valeria Ruiz, MA, MA, is from Iquitos, the Peruvian Amazon. Valeria received a BA in Theology and Religious Studies, from St Mary´s University, London, UK; and now holds a double MA: Dogmatic Theology, and Conflict Resolution. She is founder and President of Paso a Paso (Step by Step), a registered Peruvian Non-Profit Organization, which seeks to respond to the Peruvian social plight by developing sustainable projects that lead to poverty reduction; and to the care and organization of vulnerable communities, providing particular attention to children, adolescent girls, and women.
Mark Wangberg, MFA
Mark Wangberg, MFA, is an artist, published poet, creative writer and teacher. With a bachelor's degree in Art and Art Education, and a master's degree in Book Arts and Printmaking, Mark has taught art education for over 20 years. Internationally, Mark has taught art and creative writing to children and adults in Nigeria. Ghana, and Peru; and continues to teach the indigenous children and students of the Amazon. Mark the Co-Founder for the Living Shaman Museum, and serves on the Board of Directors.
Connie Grauds, RPh, MNPA
Connie Grauds, RPh, MNPA, is President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists; Adjunct Faculty at the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing; and Advisory Board Member for Integrative Health Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies; and is author of Jungle Medicine, and The Energy Prescription. Connie has spent over 20 years apprenticing in shamanism the jungles of Peru; and is the Co-Founder for the Living Shaman Museum, and serves on the Board of Directors.