Values and Guidance

Explore Our Sourcing, Reviews, and Advice on Working with Shamanic Sacraments

Handmade Sacraments from the Tribes of the Amazon
Home-grown Katukina 'Tabaco Mói' being labor-intensively hand-processed to make authentic rapé snuff.

About Sourcing

  • Direct Relationships: We maintain direct relationships with tribal artisans, a rare approach that grants them the autonomy to shape their own destinies and bypass any imposed hierarchy. This direct connection ensures transparency and authenticity in what we offer, as there are no middlemen to obscure the true origin and quality of the products.

  • Fair Trade: We honor the prices set by these tribal artisans and don't negotiate; we consider this “fair trade.”

  • Advance Payments: We pay the artisans ahead of time for their sacraments, ensuring zero risk for them and their families.

  • Generational Seeds: The artisans we collaborate with cultivate their own 'Tabaco Mói' (Nicotiana tabacum) from seeds that have been passed down for generations. Other rapés may contain mass-produced Sabiá tobacco (Nicotiana rustica), resulting in an inferior, unnatural product.

  • Respect for Tradition: We research those people who respect the “old ways.” Everything they do is handmade/grown/collected and charged with strong prayers.

  • Tribal Community Artisans: We work exclusively with artisans who reside within tribal communities, immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of tribal life and culture, rather than those living 'in town.'

  • Expert Production: Our medicines are made directly by Pajés or under their supervision. The Pajé (or shaman) is a person who has undergone long spiritual training, under the guidance of plants.

  • Energetically Fresh: Sacraments are made to order and are therefore energetically fresh; they carry the healing energies of the medicine maker.

Pajé Tama of the Katukina inspecting the fermented organic 'Tabaco Mói' grown by the tribe with seeds passed down for generations
Pajé Tama of the Katukina inspecting the fermented organic 'Tabaco Mói' grown by the tribe with seeds passed down for generations
Sun-drying Tabaco Mói (Nicotiana tabacum).
Sun-drying Tabaco Mói (Nicotiana tabacum).
Rapé is handmade with great care and with strong prayers.
Rapé is handmade with great care and with strong prayers. 

About Application

  • Sacred Instruments of Healing: We view the rapé, kambo, and sananga we offer as sacred instruments of healing. When approached with care and proper guidance, these sacraments unlock profound transformation in those called to work with them.
  • Respectful Approach: Set the stage for optimal growth by greeting these allies respectfully as teachers, not treatments. Listen without judgment, establishing trust rooted in patience and acceptance. Surrender to each medicine’s unique wisdom, on its schedule, not yours.

  • Humble Courage: True plant spirit medicines ask us to walk their paths with humble courage. The healing manifests gently and organically, in alignment with each seeker’s readiness to receive the gifts waiting within. Our role is to steward this sacred transition in service to human awakening.

  • Quiet Listening: A true plant medicine offers guidance if you quiet the mind to listen. In gentle ways, it reveals how one may walk in step with its healing rhythms. Do not rush its blossoming or your own.

  • Patient Integration: Stay open to direction from the medicine itself—where it wishes to take you, what it asks you to consider, and when integration is right. Move through each passage at the pace it sets for you. This careful, attendant patience allows the medicine’s authentic voice to come forward.

  • Understanding and Intuition: In stillness, understanding will grow of proper use, dosage, and duration. More so, deeper intuition develops, sensing when a period of working together is complete for now. There comes a knowing when to incorporate lessons before saying thankful farewell. For now. True plant allies depart only to circle back when the student stands ready once more to receive their gifts.

About Your Journey

The ultimate goal of any sacrament is to facilitate wholeness and self-realization. In the shamanic view, healing is a sacred process of aligning one's physical, emotional and spiritual energies to support personal liberation and empowerment.

When working with plant medicines, guidance is provided based on listening closely to the medicine, leading the individual through a transformational experience. This process is focused on reconnecting them to their inherent ability to heal. As the medicine imparts clarity, it gradually releases the person from past traumas or limiting beliefs. What emerges from this journey is a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper understanding of one's divine nature.

As healers, we walk beside others on this journey with deep respect and humility. We understand the medicines we steward are part of Creation's mysterious support for human awakening. Our mission is to be humble conduits for this ancient, sacred process of alignment, realization and actualization.

Ultimately, the goal is for each person to fully embody their gifts and medicine power. When the student is ready, the teacher appears to confirm what lies within: 'You have always been the healer you searched for outside yourself'.


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Making Hapé, Rapeh, Hapeh with the Katukina Tribe, Acre Brazil
Hand grinding the various ingredients of the rapé at the Katukina.