Drawn to the Amazon by the opportunity to study the traditions of Amazonian Medicine Men, or Shamans, Ron Wheelock has lived in Iquitos, Peru since 2000. Over the years he developed into an adept and trusted Medicne Man himself.
Today, Ron is known as the Gringo Shaman of the Amazon.
Local Peruvians, curious travelers, and those in need of healing come to Iquitos to partake in the Gringo Shaman's twice weekly, Tuesday and Thursday, Ayahuasca ceremonies. Others stay for weeks and find healing through traditional plant diets.
And, a few seekers have even moved to Iquitos for the long-term to become Shaman's themselves in a rigorous apprenticeship that includes learning Icaros--or songs that call in the spirits during ceremonies--dieting, learning the healing powers of various medicinal plants and serving as assistants during ayahuasca ceremonies.
Besides being a well-respected Shaman, the Gringo Shaman is one hell of a character....