PlantWisdom Shamanism – Sitaramaya Sita
Dietas and Healing with Master Plants in Shipibo Ayahuasca Shamanism, a North American Urban Field Report
Healing with, and learning from, ”Master Plants” is a cornerstone of Shipibo ayahuasca shamanism. This talk reports on the use of dietas and other traditional Shipibo practices in urban North America including discovering and dieting Master Plants native or local to California. As stewarded by practitioners trained in the Shipibo shamanic tradition, using methods adapted from the native jungles of Peru, dieters have experienced physical, mental, and spiritual healing, clearing, alignment, transformation, and expansion. Specific results experienced by dieters across short-term and long-term timeframes include relief of physical conditions such as asthma, reproductive disorders, and clinical depression. Dieters have also experienced results that are less easy to characterize clinically including increased happiness, resolution of spiritual crises, and improved cognition. Results and examples are drawn from 46 dietas held over a period of five years by 21 individuals ranging in length from 28 days to a year. In working with traditional dietas and ayahuasca practices, a body of folk knowledge has been gathered, which has informed our ongoing adaptation and cultivation of traditional practices for contemporary communities. Our results offer many possible directions and access points for further exploration.
Data continues to be gathered and a new analysis is scheduled for early Spring 2015.
©2014, 2015 Sitaramaya Sita, PlantTeachers
About Sitaramaya Sita
Sitaramaya Sita is a PlantWisdom Practitioner trained in the Shipibo tradition. She shepherds a unique community in Los Angeles and globally, of healers, seekers, visionaries and creators. She works with individuals and groups, in ceremony, events, lectures and tours to bridge the chaos of modern life and the wisdom of the indigenous spiritual practice.
Sita’s innate love of adventure has led her on an inner journey into non-ordinary states of consciousness facilitated largely by the richness of the plant kingdom. The resulting insight into what exists outside of consensus reality informs her teaching in a world with an unconscious emphasis on accumulation of the material.
It was overcoming her own personal challenges with addiction early in life that prepared Sita so uniquely for her commitment to the plant medicine path that requires dietary restrictions and other disciplines of body and mind. Over the last 20 years, Sita has founded several organizations and events including PlantTeachers, Conscious Path Creation and Quantum Path Creation. She conducts unique healing journeys around the world and is the organizer and founder of the Convergence conferences. Sita’s commitment to deep ecology has led to the development of “Fundo Sitaramaya” a preservation project of privately held Amazonian land to steward and protect old growth trees, waterways and rainforest flora and fauna.
Sitaramaya is a stand for “Deep Ecology,” ecology that is more than recycling and preserving our natural resources and is the ecology of the interrelatedness, intelligence and equality of all creation in the ecosphere.
In 2009, Sita curated the first major show of Pablo Amaringo’s art in Venice, California. More recently Sita has appeared as guest speaker at various in Los Angeles events including the Ayahusca monologues and the Aya Awakenings film premiere. She also presented at the World Ayahuasca Conference in Ibiza, Spain in September 2014.
Sita is also the director of the Capital Case Project, assisting and protecting the constitutional liberties of people on death row.