The Hummingbird Ayuhuasca Retreat Center in Peru is owned and operated by Jim Davis & his Peruvian wife Gina. Ceremonies and dietas are led by a fourth generation ayahausquero with over 42 years of experience. We also have a master huesero (bone doctor) that comes each retreat, and some have said it was worth coming to Peru just for his work!
Jim and Gina live at the center full-time with their family, including their 5 year-old granddaugter.
Maestro Ayahuasquero Manain Miche Amacifen comes from a family of healers and is the fourth generation to carry this tradition. He was born and raised in Requena, a small town about 12 hours from Iquitos by river. Manain began learning the healing way from his father when he was 16 years old, and spent the next 15 years working at his side in his healing practice. When his father died, Manain moved to the small community of San Herardo, about 6 hours deeper in the jungle, and spent the next 20 years there as a popular and well-respected healer. Manain came to the Hummingbird in 2014 and we have had a steady stream of returning guests and referrals since. His powerful icaros and prayers bring people the deep healing they are looking for. Manain has a deep and profound faith in God working through the medicine spirits to heal. He is a quiet and humble man, commited to helping people live a happy and healthy life, and has been working with ayahuasca over 42 years.
A gentle and humble man, Manain encourages people to be open about their troubles so he can better understand how to help them. As we move through the retreat and cleansing and healing begins, he appreciates it when people ask for healing for specific issues that have become more clear. In the first ceremony of the retreat Manain does a general scan of the group and walks around and gets a feel for all the people present. In all subsequent ceremonies he will do specific healing work on each person, stopping in front of their spot in the maloca and singing an icaro directly for them. He often prays for people while doing this healing work and frequently asks them to take his hands while he is praying. Many people speak of the powerful energy of his direct prayer and healing work, and how they can clearly feel deep blocks and energy leave while he is working on them. His powerful singing voice carries and guides you on your journey, calling in the spirits and vibrations of healing.
Jim Davis comes from Seattle, Washington in the USA. He has had an interesting and eclectic life working at various occupations, including commercial fisherman in the Bering Sea, chemist, and software engineer. His study of religion and spirituality, and his own journey of healing eventually brought him to Peru where he was led to commit to working with ayahuasca. Being on the other side of a life-long struggle with depression and alcoholism he truly understands the pain, confusion and negative thought patterns that plaque so many of us. Having lived through it, he is able to connect with people were they are at and offer compassionate support and guidance that helps them let go of false beliefs about themselves. Jim has studied many spiritual traditions, and was deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Krishnamurti, The Course in Miracles and Ernest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind. In addition to study with an ayahuasquero, Jim has been through a number of different healing processes and transformative workshops and has formal training in facilitation and spiritual healing. He brings practical wisdom to his daily work , as well the insight and skill from personally facilitating the ayhausca healing process of over 1300 people. This has been his daily work since 2010. Jim's compassionate and supportive presence provides a safe and loving space, allowing people the freedom to face their shadows and release the pain of the past.
Here is an interview with Jim created by Daniel Satari: Jim Discusses Ayahuasca
Gina Mosquera Davis is a native of Iquitos, Peru and delights in ensuring our guests have what they need to enjoy their stay. Affectionately called "Mama Gina", her warm and loving presence is appreciated by all. Gina has a rich knowledge of medicinal plants and frequently acts as the house nurse, using her knowledge of plants to help people with a variety of health and first aid issues. Her primary role at the center is managing the workers and facilities. Gina is also an excellent cook and the reason the food we serve is so delicious. She is a devoted mother of two young men and absolutely adores her 4 year-old granddaughter Tayra.
Huesero (Bone Doctor) Jorge Vela Davila comes from a long family tradition of bone healers. The family gift is the ability to straighten out the skeletal system. His work is surprisingly gentle, massaging muscles and moving limbs to help joints shift back into position. Jorge is exceptionally skilled at straightening the spinal column, and has straightened out scoliosis with a full inch of lateral displacement. He has corrected the breathing of many people who have suffered a broken nose and been told by western doctors that only surgery would fix it. Jorge is able to make delicate adjustments in hands and feet, and has also corrected many knee problems. If you have any persistent aches in the body, we recommend that you have him take a look, as he may be able to clear it.
Jorge comes to the Hummingbird Center on the third day of each ayahuasca retreat and can return for more sessions if needed. Each session costs only 50 soles, paid directly to Jorge.