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The Living Shaman Museum is a nonprofit project of the Spirited Medicine Alliance, in collaboration with Inquiring Systems, Inc. (ISI) as its fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1978, ISI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has provided services to 3,650 nonprofit and NGO organizations in 32 countries. Ninety percent of donations go directly to benefit projects.


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. Living Amazon Projects are the work of the Living Shaman Museum.


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.”

Advisory Board:

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.

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; serves on the Heffter Research Institute Special Advisory Board; and is author of Jungle Medicine, The Energy Prescription and Amazon Speaks. Connie has spent over 20 years apprenticing in shamanism the jungles of Peru; is the Co-Founder for the Living Shaman Museum, and serves on the Board of Directors.

"The power of a shaman is known by their work in the world" -Rufino, Bolivian Aymara Shaman
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