THE BANCO AYAHUASQUERO
Don Rober Acho Jarama
Maestro Banco Ayahuasquero
Don Rober is a genuine Lamista banco ayahuasquero. He is a natural maestro (master, teacher) and native taught, whose knowledge has been passed down through generations of Amazon jungle healers. Don Rober possesses an extraordinary knowledge of the Amazon’s healing plants and how to use them safely and properly for the benefit of his patients.Don Rober is a classic Amazonian curandero of great skill and quiet power who manifests a charming, humorous and humble demeanor and conducts his work in deep concentration and without deception. His gift of intuitive plant knowledge and charismatic healing energy is deeply heart-warming. His consummate ceremonial skills and amazing icaros move the energy and guide our metaphysical and visionary journeys as few can, to realize deep healing and profound realization of who we are and where we are going in our lives.
The term ‘banco’ refers to curandero specializing in the Ayahuasca medicine who has mastered the fine art of Ayahuasca shamanism at the highest level. Don Rober is a true ‘banco’ among few living in this day and time. His father and grandfather were both renowned lamista bancos, indeed “maestros de maestros” in the most literal sense. Young Rober began sitting in their ceremonies at the age of 7 or 8, and declared his apprenticeship at age eleven.
During his apprenticeship he was guided in many ‘dietas’ with scores of healing and teacher plants to learn their medicine, their lessons, and their icaros. The plant dietas give strength, wisdom and knowledge needed to undertake the rigorous life of the vegetalista curandero (plant healer). At the age of eighteen, after a diligent apprenticeship of 7 years, Rober was deemed qualified to begin his lifelong service to the medicine and humanity as a dedicated vegetalista curandero and maestro ayahuasquero.
don Rober opens every ceremony
with a petition to the spirit of Ayahuasca
to bring cleansing and healing to all presentIcaro I
Doña Eliana has lived in the world of Amazonian curanderismo all her life. A native of Lamas in the upper Amazon, she has assisted don Rober in his healing work for over forty years. She is a warm and compassionate curandera specializing in camalonga, chiric sanango, and the heart-healing medicine bobinsana.
She administers the flower baths with loving care and a beautiful icaro the morning after every ayahuasca ceremony.
Don Howard Choque Chinchay