Philippa, founder of Futuro Nativo, went to visit the Yawanawa tribe in Brazilian Southwestern Amazon for the Yawarany Festival from 12th to 20th June.
This was 7 days of sharing stories with elder healers (including their experiences with the late shaman Yawarany, leader who passed away at the age of 108).
In the village daily life consists of rapeh circles, smoking with sepa, body painting with jenipapo and urucum, bath of medicinal herbs and clay with the shaman in the kapok tree (the largest tree in the Amazon rainforest), application of kapum (Kambo), singing circles with the young Txanas (singers) from the village, sananga application, traditional games and Uni (ayahuasca) ceremonies.
There will be future opportunities to travel with Futuro Nativo to the villages in Brazil.
...Returning to Costa Rica
Philippa returned with Ronna, Tata and Ester, 3 Yawanawa who are coming to visit Costa Rica and share their knowledge at 3 events from 5th July to 16th September.
On the 8th & 9th July FUTURO NATIVO held workshops and a Fundraiser Concert at Holos, a retreat centre in Diamante Valley, raising funds for the Yawarany Solar Power and Shuhu Cultural Centre projects,
During 12th to 16th July, they shared traditional practices and held a ceremony at the retreat centre Brave Earth in Pocosol.
They then held a beautiful concert at the incredible space of Yacumama, in Ojochal.