Blue Morpho Ayahuasca center
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Blue Morpho Ayahuasca center is an ayahuasca shamanism center in the Amazon jungle. Blue Morpho, established in 2002, is located on the Iquitos–Nauta Road at kilometer 53, one hour away by road from the city of Iquitos, Peru.
Blue Morpho was founded by its owner, Hamilton Souther, as a center for shamanism 300 kilometers from the city of Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest. Blue Morpho currently has two master shamans (maestros) working in the camp, Hamilton Souther, and Don Alberto Torres Davila, as well as several apprentice shamans and a staff of over ten native Peruvians. Blue Morpho maintains its connection and roots to traditional shamanic practices through the presence of Don Alberto Torres Davila. He heads the mesa of shamans (group of shamans from the same lineage) which includes Hamilton Souther. Hamilton Souther was trained under master shamans Don Julio Llerena Pinedo and Don Alberto Torres Davila, starting in 2001 through 2006, at which time he was granted the status of maestro by his mentors. Don Julio is deceased and has passed his legacy to Don Alberto. Hamilton and Don Alberto have practiced together for over 10 years.
The center consists of 13 buildings of traditional native architecture, all constructed by locals using raw materials from the jungle.
Hamilton Souther completed a degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado in 2000. In 2001, he left his California home and traveled to Peru. Later that year, he studied ayahuasca shamanism under various Peruvian shamans on the Aucayacu River in the Amazon rain forest, approximately 24 hours away from Iquitos, Peru, by boat.
Then, in 2002, Souther began apprenticing with Don Alberto Torres Davila and Don Julio Llerena Pinedo, two medicine men in the area. Souther constructed a camp nearby, where he would live during his studies. It soon became clear to him that many Westerners would benefit from similar spiritual work, so he established Blue Morpho, named after the bright blue Amazonian butterfly of the same name. With its inception, Souther began guiding guests on the 24-hour trip by boat from Iquitos deep into the jungle. As more guests arrived, he added greater infrastructure to accommodate their needs.
- John Otis (8 April 2009). "Down the Amazon in Search of Ayahuasca". Time.