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  • Jessica Bertram/Isá Samë
    Born and raised in Germany, Jessica has been living in the Peruvian Southeastern Andes and Amazon for 21 years, doing traditional plant diets and working with Ayahuasca in the Shipibo tradition for 15 years. She is certified as a "médico tradicional" or Onanya by the "Escuela Superior de Medicina Tradicional Shipibo" (School for Traditional Shipibo Medicine) in Pucallpa and is an active member on the School´s advisory board. As a former Manu National Park naturalist rainforest guide, she has been doing ongoing ceremonial work with the Harakmbut and other indigenous people of the region.
    For the last 8 years, her focus has been on providing ethnopsychological assistance to increase people´s self-esteem and revitalize cultural identity. She now organizes and takes small groups of Westerners into Manu, for whom she provides a culturally adapted healing and cleansing process in Ayahuasca´s natural home, and brings them together in ceremony with Harakmbut community people in an attempt to not only facilitate integral healing, but to foster mutual cultural understanding.

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    Ethnopsychology for local people

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    Experience explained:

    Dieting with plant teachers; living with indigenous peoples over many years

    Type of medicine: Ayahuasca
    Preparation: cooked by myself in the rainforest
    Medicine content: Ayahuasca and Chacruna only

    Ceremony

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 6
    Place of ceremony: in a tambo in one of Manu´s native communities
    Do you use any props during the ceremony?: Icaros, tobacco and flower water
    Do you welcome locals?: Yes
    Price range for locals: 0-30

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    • Fullboard

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  • 14 Reviews on “Isá Samë – Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition”

    1. Profile photo of ACcopacattyACcopacatty Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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      I had the privilege to meet Jessica Isá Samë through trusted friends at a moment when I really needed to heal from a recent emergency surgery. She is probably the only person I would have trusted to drink Ayahuasca under those circumstances. I had always participated in Ayahuasca ceremonies with traditional Shipibo healers, many of these healers leave their “calling card” in the ceremony; assuring that you will go back to that person; unfortunately this hook is not altogether positive as it creates a certain “ego” cult to that particular healer, interfering with ones own work. This aspect is not present in Jessica’s ceremony, yet she has studied the traditional Ayahuasca healing ceremony with the Shipibo and other native amazonian groups. The intercultural approach is very very positive, allowing all of us western or non-western to get to know and heal our ancestral burdens; She is the only non-indigenous healer I have drank Ayahuasca with, and maybe the only non-indigenous I would drink with. People like Jessica are very few and far between; life circumstances have asked complete immersion into the Amazonian indigenous world yet having been raised in Europe means she is a Bridge Being, a cultural Translator who can be counted on in any and many of these intercultural circumstances. Participants are assured a very up close and true window into the ancient millennial healing traditions of the Amazon, something which is at risk to new-age modifications that sometimes put people in harms way. I whole hardheartedly recommend Jessica – Isá Samë as a very talented Ayahuasca Healer, both to Peruvians and anyone from the rest of the world. Jallalla Much light from your friend Waliki 😉

      • Profile photo of rovinarovina Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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        I participated in 3 ceremonies with Jessica last december and I couldn’t be more happy to have followed the recommendation I got about her. Jessica is not only a great shaman, she is also a really nice person, that will take every request or question you have serious and will do everything to make sure that you are fully prepared for the ayahuasca-experiences. She has a huge amount of knowledge about the native people of the peruvian amazonas and their use of ayahuasca, which is enriching the experiences with her even more, because you can learn so much about the plant and the amazing ways the plant can be used.
        During ceremonie Jessica will sing the most beautifil Icaros, which help to guide through the whole internal process, she will also offer you all the personal attention you need, if you need help during ceremonie, which was for me personal extremly helpful and important. She will do anything to make you feel save during ceremony and afterwards she always gives the option to talk about your experiences and to shed some light on what grandmama ayahuasca is trying to tell.
        Everyone that wants to do some serious internal work with the help of ayahuasca, will not find a better shaman to help him on the way than Jessica.

        • Profile photo of Eduardo SalazarEduardo Salazar Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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          The 3 ceremony experience with Jessica was excellent. It had the right balance between tradition and formal procedures with a wonderful result. Her knowledge and integration with native Amazonian cultures made it so much deeper than anything I had imagined.

          • Profile photo of josh benjosh ben Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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            My experience with Jessica included a series of 3 ceremonies. This was my first and wont be my last.
            The individual attention Jessica took with each participant was remarkable.
            Our group of 10 participants all connected with her deeply.
            The Icaros Jessica sang at times through out the ceremony was so perfect to guide my journey.
            She also took the time to explain the process before and after the ceremony.. this helped me integrate my experience into my life.
            I highly recommend Jessica to facilitate your encounter with plant spirit.

            • Profile photo of Joseph FedorowichJoseph Fedorowich Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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              I have participated in 17 Ayahuasca Ceremonies with five auahuasceros. Twelve of these ceremonies were with Jessica. There are several reasons for my personal seeking of healing with this exceptional shaman of which I will attempt to convey openly and concisely. Many people aspire to be shamans and there are those who have been chosen by the spirit realms. The latter are shamans of immense power with clear and concise communion with the spirit world, Jessica being one of the chosen. She practices with unwavering integrity without exception. As such, there is a profound respect and honouring of the teacher plant spirits and for those participating in her ceremonies. Also, of great value is her personal attention with each participant, with whom she sits with once during the ceremony singing the icaro gifted to her from the plant spirits for the purpose of that individual’s healing. She is also available for additional support when requested. Jessica’s gifted union with the plant spirits has reunited my once fragmented soul with recognition and knowing of truly who I am which has manifested the potentiality of my being.

              • Profile photo of Sanya TSanya T Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                I had three Ayahuaska ceremonies with Jessica and my experience was very positive. She is definitely a serious, knowledgeable shaman with a lot of experience in traditional Ayahuaska ceremony. But, she also understands a “western” mindset and issues that prompt us to take Ayahuaska. Her kindness, wisdom and dedication made this experience truly transformational for me. Frankly, I am not sure how would I go through my personal emotional turmoil without her . She truly cares about every participant. She would help without me asking, somehow she would know when I need the assistance. I can recommend Jessica without reservations. I hope that I will have a chance to participate in Ayahuaska ceremony again,and I will make sure that Jessica will lead it. I trust her with whole my heart.

                • Profile photo of Dawn BuchananDawn Buchanan Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                  Isa Same, with her intimate knowledge and understanding of plant medicine and Ayahuasca, has provided me with invaluable help in moving past childhood trauma and PTSD. Isa possesses a deep integrity and an unwavering ability to pay close attention when working with individuals both in ceremony and out. I knew from the moment that I met her that I could trust Isa with my life.and this has proven to be true. Anyone who is given the opportunity to work with her is truly blessed and honored!

                  • Profile photo of Spi RalSpi Ral Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                    I am very pleased with my experience with Isa, She is well versed in the traditional methods as well ( and more importantly for me ) commands a deep understanding of the “western” mindset. I have had the honor of 8 ceremonies with her, including the lifetime support of her open heart to hear me out whenever i need it. She has a commitment beyond words, to those she takes under her wing, bending in all sorts of directions ( and dimensions ) to facilitate your transformation ( to the extent that you are willing ). I highly recommend Her, and hold her in the highest regard!

                    Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou.

                    onelove.

                    • Profile photo of ChiaraChiara Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                      I did with Jessica my first experience with Ayauasca. I had always been scared about making this kind of internal work and I was waiting to meet a serious person in which I could trust. Jessica is definitively a professional and serious shaman. I appreciated her way of taking care of the soul and the person. The Ayahuasca experience is something so deep and strong that we need to have a guide that helps us to make and carry on the connection with the plant and that teaches us how to prepare for this meeting, and extremely important how to clean our body to let the plant work on us.
                      Her way of taking care of people is amazing, I didn’t even had to ask for help because she already knew that I was in need…and everything without saying a word.
                      She fully respect the plant and the tradition and she teaches to the other as well how to respect and enter in contact with the plant in the right way. Thanks to her I made one of the most powerful experiences of my life and I will always be grateful to her to introduce me to the Ayauasca ceremony in a safe and deep way.

                      • Profile photo of MartinMartin Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                        I whole-heartedly recommend this ayahuascara. Having experienced a number of ceremonies she led, and gotten to know her, I admire her character, discipline, generosity and integrity. She screens and advises participants in advance. In ceremony she embodies the beauty of the ceremony and supports every participant fully. I was particularly touched by the perseverance, kindness and wisdom with which she treated me during a long and challenging ceremony. This is a person completely dedicated to helping others and to her craft. You are blessed if you can arrange to visit and be in ceremony with her.

                        • Profile photo of WintersolsticeWintersolstice Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                          This shaman is relentless in her ceremonies. She goes the extra mile to help the people using the medicine to break through any blocks and troubles they are having to face their self. If it wasn’t for her I would have never had the break through that I did with Ayauascha. She is the real deal. My advice is to be open with her and trust her and the medicine.

                          • Profile photo of Josh BabierJosh Babier Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                            I have been participating in ceremonies with Jessica since 2005. She has consistently had the utmost of integrity toward her work, her participants and the Shipibo tradition. She is very skilled with the medicine and her icaros are some of the most beautiful that I have ever heard.
                            Although she is quite humble and does not seek to be a famous shaman, I have seen some of the latter come to her when they wound up in over their heads. I have never seen her quit on anyone in a ceremony. She just keeps going and doesn’t stop until the work is done.

                            She also is profoundly concerned with the preservation of the Amazon and its cultures as evidenced in both her words and deeds.

                            I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone who is ready to do some serious work!

                            • Profile photo of Tiago PintoTiago Pinto Isá Samë - Shamanic Practitioner in the Shipibo Tradition

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                              I had the previlege of knowing this shaman in Cusco because we have friends in comun that made it possible. After I heard some inputs about the way she works and had the oportunity to made some questions about her own manner of work, I decided to do a complete process of healing in her “hands”, that included some diet restrictions and 3 ceremonies with individual interview in the midle of each one.
                              At the end I stayed completely rendered to this total process and deeply thankfull for all that she had offer me with this sacred plant in total union.
                              I recomend you Jessica if you are looking for a real healing process, with all that that process could offer you, with total description, safety and responsability.

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