Preservation Project

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In 2012 Don José launched his Ayahuasca Preservation Project making true another of his dreams. This project gives him lots of satisfaction as it is designed to replenish all the plants harvested from the jungle to prepare his medicine brew for so many years. In addition to replenish, the purpose is to secure future availability of the ingredients as he foresees shortages in the future. First, he purchased a track of land nearby the Ucayali’s Bello Horizonte village suitable for the cultivation of Ayahuasca and Chacruna. Then he planted the initial 1,500 plants to start the project that currently has a capacity for approximately 10,000 plants.

This initiative was, in part, the product of his visions with Ayahuasca during his healing work as a shaman. In 2010 he had this vision where the spirit of Ayahuasca warned him about his responsibility with Her. She demanded in strong terms that he must grow the vine to replenish the large amounts harvested for his curandero work. For Don José it felt like a mother instilling discipline to her little son. Then at the end of that year he read the first draft of the Ayahuasca Manifesto in Spanish and found the call to grow the vine worldwide. The synchronicity of his vision with the message in the book sparked him into action and today the Preservation Project is a reality.

The main problem with the future supply of the Ayahuasca vine is that it takes about five years to reach the maturity needed for consumption. The plants in this farm should be ready to harvest by 2018. Don José intends to continue planting more Ayahuasca to bring the farm to its full potential with the help of sponsors and donations
from around the world.

Preservation Project

This was the inspiration for the Preservation Project:

“For these reasons, I am asking with a sense of urgency to all of you who recognize my benefits and feel called to support my planetary mission to give yourself to the task of planting “Banisteriopsis Caapi ” in every way possible and in all nations. I urge all my shamans, Facilitators, and participants to demonstrate their environmental activism adopting this great cause. It is urgent to create community projects, private philanthropic crops, home gardens, botanical nurseries, household plants, infiltrated plants in commercial landscaping areas, and any other innovative way that my new protectors may creatively conceive. It is urgent for me to become a local plant in every nation.” — Ayahuasca Manifesto, Page 44