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Peru and Beyond

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FC: Healing Journeys 2013: First Group of Naturopathic Medical Students to Visit Nihue Rao

2: "Joe, Thank you for your centered, quiet leadership in helping to keep Nihue Rao on a steady course. If it were not for your vision and courage to bring to life a traditional Amazonian plant medicine healing center, we would have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. You have changed lives, including my own, by giving us a glimpse of the innate spiritual intelligence of the plant world in guiding us to transform our lives and clearing issues that have plagued us for years. After I spent several weeks last year at your center, I knew this was a medicine that must be shared with those who feel the "calling." The eight naturopathic medical students and herb shop owner I brought on my second visit to Nihue Rao all felt incredible transformations, which I feel inspired them to become better physicians. There is so much you do behind the scenes to keep Nihue Rao running, and you tend to our concerns and requests day to day, and are tirelessly present for us throughout the night during all the ceremonies. This creates an incredible protective blanket of safety for us to completely focus on doing our inner work. My inner work and self-discovery at Nihue Rao has kindled for me a passion to further pursue this path of Amazonian plant medicines." - Stefan Kasian, Ph.D.

4: "Joe like a circle, the pursuit of excellence has no end. I salute your unwavering commitment to bringing the powerful healing power of the Amazonian Ayahuasca medicine. I have always had a special place in my heart for the Amazon and if not for your vision, courage and perseverance to bring to life Nihue Rao Healing Center, I would not have had the incredible healing transformation experience. I will forever be grateful for your gentle caring words of encouragement and wisdom to me when I wanted to quit. Through your non-judgmental, loving and kind words of wisdom you gave me a glimpse of the innate spiritual intelligence of Ayahuasca that guided me to face and clear the issues that have plagued me for years. This experience will help me to be a better physician for my patients. You went out of your way to make sure our experience was extraordinary and special even at the cost of your own time and energy. Your spirit is so patient and loving and it showed by the way you cared for us while there. Nihue Rao will forever have a special place in my heart and I look forward to returning soon. Keep the brilliant glow of your beautiful healing essence because that is what makes Nihue Rao so special!" - Xan

7: "Dear Joe, "The belief in oneness changes nothing, but living in oneness changes everything." You made that possible for me. To experience what it truly means to live in oneness, embracing all of who we are. My journey to the Amazon created a profound shift in me. Most days I still have trouble finding the words to describe this incredible experience. But I know one thing for sure...the care and love you invested in creating and maintaining the beautiful, sacred space at Nihue Rao allowed me to experience connection with the divine without fear or hesitation. It allowed me to push beyond the boundaries of what I believed possible and to recognize the incredible healing power of the plants, the tradition and the love inside me. Your calming presence and kind heart brought me so much peace during my stay. As you let your beautiful light shine, you allowed us to do the same. Your love and dedication truly knows no bounds." With love and gratitude always, - Lauren Bethell | "Joe, Without you, none of this would have been possible. Your hard work and dedication in creating Nihue Rao has changed and will continue to change people's lives from all over the world. You are a rock solid leader; a consistent, compassionate friend. You have found the most gifted shaman, the kindest, most hard working staff, and the most peaceful, tranquil location to establish your healing center. Nihue Rao feels like a second home to me and I look forward to my next visit. I now understand the healing power of traditional Amazonian medicine and look forward to utilizing what I've learned to help my future patients. I would like to be more involved with this medicine and Nihue Rao in the future. I think there there are some great things that Naturopathic medicine can bring to this already wonderful healing center. In the words of Greg - "Joe, you changed my fuckin' life man." love and light, -Matthew Allen

9: "Joe, I am elated that our paths had the opportunity to cross. You are a patient, loving, and understanding soul and anyone would be a fool to think otherwise. Thank you for making my healing journey at Nihue Rao a very comfortable experience. Also, thank you for all the advice and feedback that you gave me. I will forever carry those words of wisdom with me! I look forward to working with you in the future as colleagues and especially as friends. Remember, to continue to take care of yourself so you can take care of others." With Love, Tanisha Hoover

10: "Joe, My instinct brought me to Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual and the universe provided the opportunity and the means to have the chance to be able to heal in ways I thought I could only dream and hope for. What an amazing, beautiful place and idea to have a healing center like Nihue Rao. Your vision and execution of this center laid down an incredible foundation for healing enhanced by you partnering with amazing people like Cvita and Ricardo. Being able to be a part of promoting this center and this healing experience was special. Amazingly, the universe beautifully executed all of these pieces into play to make such an awesome environment just fit together so seemingly effortlessly. One of those beautiful pieces in my Nihue Rao experience is you, Joe. I truly feel that your soul, essence and spirit made my healing experience at Nihue Rao extraordinary. Your patience, healing energy, your non-judgmental, playful and loving spirit, your passion and desire for this medicine and what you do only begins to explain the profound effect you had on my healing and me as a woman and my spirit. What a wonderful example for myself and other women and men to see you, a handsome man, respect others, yourself and the healing process, exhibit patience and understanding that brings peace to your spirit and others around you. Singing, painting, reading, appreciating music, writing, swimming, and learning new things like riding a motorcycle shows how you can explore and play. Enjoying and living every moment looks good on you and further set me at ease to continue to do the same. Your playful and loving side for all things and the beauty you see in them is an inspiration to many to want to see that side in themselves, in others and in this world as well. I can’t help but smile when you do. Your beautiful spirit is contagious. Your desire to add the extra touches to this healing experience and your heartfelt passionate welcome to this group of Naturopathic Medical Students meant so much. Your appreciation for what we are learning and your desire to learn more shows your ability to grow and your preciousness of discovering more of life. Even when you needed moments by yourself you took care of what you needed amongst all the constant demands and questions. Leading by example with an open mind, you went through your own healing ceremonies and moved forward from your experience. It seemed you knew exactly what I needed during ceremonies guiding and allowing me to go through my process of healing and making me feel safe to do so. Being a man of your word made the step to trusting men again so much lighter. Thank you for being you and being an example to others of what an amazing man, soul, essence, and spirit looks like! Thank you for looking me in the eye and reflecting back to me everything that I needed to see and further embody about myself. I am truly grateful for all of the pieces falling into place in just the right moments. It is a beautiful thing." Sincerely, Ginger Gayle Hull

15: "Dear Joe, Thank you so much for our time in Peru. I experienced a lot of healing and growth while I was there. You certainly helped ensure my feeling of safety and accomplishment. I was able to be brave even though I often did not feel brave at all. I broke my fibula while I was there. I am in a boot and I am not allowed to put any weight on my ankle for at least 5 weeks. Thank you too for the ride in the wheel barrow and the makeshift cane. I laugh every time I think about that ride. What Urcelia did with her bonesetting is magic! I got around just fine. I was able to participate in all of the activities and I had a wonderful time! They are calling me “Scooter” now because I am getting around school with a knee scooter that has a basket attached to it – easier than crutches with a load to carry. It is still very amusing. Thank you for inviting Ruysen to the center while we were there. I learned quite a bit from him. He helped me to understand that I need to make time in my life for important things like art. I had so much fun creating art in the art malooka with him. I have several paintings hanging in my house that were created during my time in Peru. I think of the time spent there every time I look at them." With Warm Regards, Cindy Romero

17: "When Joe Tafur graced our herb shop a few years ago, I immediately felt his beautiful spirit. Little did I know at that time, that I would ever actually travel to Peru to experience the miraculous gifts and challenges of the Ayahuasca. Having Joe's gentle strength and constant reassurance in the maloka during the ceremonies made all the difference in moving through the challenges. Joe is a true healer on all levels and I for one am in deep appreciation that he has chosen the way of the shaman." -Kathleen Gould, Herbalist RH

20: "Joe, There are so many words of wisdom that I could say, but it wouldn’t show how much I appreciate what you have done for all of us and the work that you continue to do for others. I feel very blessed to have had you there by our side along this mystical journey that we have walked. So much occurred there in such a short amount of time and has completely changed me for the greater good. The amount of dedication and care that you put into your work is truly marvelous. I have no idea how you continue to be this guiding disciple and maintain yourself. You do so much for the center and all of the people that come there seeking some sort of revelation. I felt so light and at peace with thy self when leaving there it was hard to return. Continue your dedication because there are so many more people in the world that need your guidance." With love and peace, Tiffany Avery

22: "To me you're like an angel, sent by God above, To cleanse my soul of sadness, and fill it with love. My life has not been easy hard times I've seen my share, through trials and tribulations, you a Shepard always standing there. You lent an ear, and gave a hand, and always seemed to understand. At times my heart was burdened with guilt and much I grieved, you gave your all without defeat. To you I'm always grateful this journey we all shared, for standing right beside me showing that you cared. You are my inspiration and I want you to know, Thank you for creating the Healing Center Of Nihue Rao . God sends blessings, such as people like you. we really appreciate all that you do. May God bless you with all his love and care. We want to Thank You, for always being there." - Valerie Ripperger

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