Manari is a ceremonial leader and healer from the Sapara people who live in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Manari has also been a key figure in the indigenous movement of his country as the Vice President of CONAIE (The National Indigenous Organization of Ecuador) from 2013-2016, and as the President of the Sapara Indigenous Federation from 1999 to 2012. He has also led the Sapara Bi-national Federation of Ecuador and Peru since its inception in 1996.
As a healer, Manari has a special relationship with medicinal plants and cures ailments of the modern world. He is skilled at dream work of dreams and distinct spiritual connections to care for and heal people.
As an entrepreneur Manari created the community association NAKU www.naku.com.ec, the word for “the forest” in Sapara language. Naku is a sanctuary and provides ecotourism and healing retreats with traditional plant medicine and alternative medicine and other Amazonian healing traditions based on ancestral knowledge. Manari has participated in numerous global events focused on healing and personal transformation.
As an advocate of indigenous rights, Manari led the Sapara people, to become recognized by UNESCO to be protected as an oral and cultural heritage of humanity. Manari has been a key player along with his sister Gloria Ushigua in stopping the expansion of the oil frontier in their territory. He has published a series of articles that reflect on extractive threats in its territory and how its people have resisted for more than 25 years in the defense of life and knowledge. In December 2019 Manari will launch his latest book on symbology, culture and dreams of the Sapara, a compilation covering the story of creation of the universal life of the contemporary Sapara people.
Spectacular success of the 3rd edition of the World Ayahuasca Conference 2019.
The Alchimia Solidària Foundation was one of the main sponsors of AYA2019, which took place in the historic city of Girona, 30km from our Growshop Alchimia in Vilamalla (Girona).
The AYA2019 was a meeting place to promote a change towards a better future among diverse communities, to celebrate the richness of cultures and practices that surround Ayahuasca, and at the same time to appreciate indigenous visionary art and disseminate innovative research.
Together we’ll go further!