Don Howard Lawler Principal Maestro of Shamanic Programs and Maestro of the Chavin Mesa
Don Howard is the founder and facilitator of Peruvian SpiritQuest Listening to the Plants, innovative traditional retreats and pilgrimages exploring the deepest roots of traditional Peruvian shamanism, and focusing on holistic healing, personal transformation, and realization of ancient shamanic spiritual truth.
His professional background in biology, ecology, ethnobiology, environmental education, and transcultural liaison spans over three decades as a curator at natural history and cultural institutions in the United States. He holds degrees in biology, education and cultural history from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a trained ethnobiologist, environmental educator, and life-long shamanic practitioner, don Howard dynamically combines his extensive knowledge of natural science and traditional core shamanism to guide profoundly stimulating and transformative experiences for the serious seeker of genuine shamanism.
Don Howard has practiced traditional core shamanism for over 40 years, and during that time has initiated thousands of people in traditional ceremonial plant shamanism. His shamanic practice is rooted in the ancient art of the Chavín huachuma mesa. The Chavín huachuma mesa is the most sophisticated and advanced sacred plant ceremonial practice of Andean Perú, predating the Inca by over 2,500 years. The extraordinary Chavín culture, founded over 3,500 years ago, is recognized as the cradle of Andean civilization. And the genesis of Andean civilization was the grand huachuma mesa ceremonies at Chavin de Huantar.
Howard’s four decades of experience, shamanic skills, compassion, and personal integrity provide the perfect transcultural bridge for those seeking a connection with Source. He believes this ancient path offers great benefit to humankind to realize personal healing, renewal and spiritual consciousness much needed in today’s world. His rich knowledge and experience in this field combines with strong sensitivity, human insight, unbridled enthusiasm and dynamic transcultural skills to make your SpiritQuest journeys truly an experience of a lifetime.
Howard is a Peruvian citizen and permanently resides in Iquitos with his family. In the Peruvian Amazon, he works closely with members of the Muruy Huitoto, Yahua, Bora, and Shipibo Indian communities near Iquitos, Perú to materially support self-sustaining health care, nutrition, community development, land rights, and cultural preservation projects.
Howard has conducted field studies and group workshops in conservation biology, herpetology, ethnobiology, and New World shamanism in the U.S., Mexico, Haiti, Honduras, and Perú since 1969. During this time he has published over fifty papers and articles on ecological, wildlife, conservation and research topics and has addressed formal lecture audiences in Mexico, Perú, Sweden and throughout the United States.
Don Rober and don Howard represent over 85 years of combined experience in the practice of the shamanic healing arts. Unlike many others, they are not newcomers to this work. They will guide you through the joys and challenges of the spirit plant shamanic path, and the rewarding integration of which follows, amplifying your relationship with nature, cosmos, and all humanity through your deep connection with the profound spiritual essence of ancient Perú.
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