Monday, December 1, 2014

Ethnobotany Trip To Peru

Jill Stansbury is offering her Ethnobotany Trip to Peru again.  If interested in an amazing trip into the Peruvian culture and a week of learning about Peruvian herbs, check out the details below. I have known Jill for many years and can attest to her being an excellent teacher. I am sure it will be a fantastic learning experience.


July 20-30 2015 With Dr Jillian Stansbury
Join us in July of 2015 to explore the plants and the healing traditions of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon.
We will learn of healing traditions from Incan spiritualists and travel into the Amazon to see a great diversity of plants and visit with members of several indigenous communities.

July 20 – Meet in Cusco hotel Pension Alemana Wed morning, Intro talks and Welcome. Lunch, City Walk to plant museum and herb markets, introduction to unique plants. Dinner discussion, followed traditional Andean music.
July 21 – Early breakfast buffet, botanizing Andean plants on the way to sacred valley and back.  Lunch in Pisac, visit ruins and markets.  Cusco Dinner.
July 22 – Buffet breakfast at Hotel.  Van down to the Amazon basin, settle into ACA lodge.  Dinner at lodge and evening stroll to focus on identifying tropical plant families.
July 23 –Short travel to Hauchiperi Queros tribe.  Herb walk with Fredy, traditional meal, afternoon arts with tribe.  Dinner and evening to visit with the Hauchiperi community.
July 24 – Travel to Atalaya and motor boat to indigenous community of Shintuya.  Lunch and settle in at lodge, meet with Liborio of the Bora tribe, Alicia of the Matsigenka for herb study.  Evening song and storytelling of amazon shamanism.
July 25– Morning herb hike to waterfall with Liborio.  Lunch back at lodge.  Afternoon plant studies and discussions with Dr Stansbury and free time.  Dinner at lodge. Eve discussion of indigenous healing ways with guests.
July 26 – Boat back to Pilcopata, Afternoon herb and tropical food preparation demos. Masato, Agua de Cocona, Aguaje
July 27 – Day at ACA lodge medicinal garden, jungle trails. 
July 28 – Van back to Cuzco.  View Cock of the Rock Birds on the way.  Lunch at Wayquecha research station in Cloud forest.  Late dinner at hotel.
July 29 - Breakfast at hotel.  Day trip with Incan shaman Kush. Coca Ceremony and offering to Pachamama, Late lunch at Trout Farm and closing.  Free evening.
July 30 – Breakfast at Hotel, AM Check out.  Preparation day for those preparing to hike the Inca trail or travel on.



  1. I hope at least some consideration is being given to the impact of flying to Peru for a one week visit. This issue seems to be off the radar of many people who call themselves environmentalists. Check out "Beyond Flying: Rethinking Air Travel in a Globally Connected World."

    1. Hi Doug, Personally I don't fly at all. The last time I was on a plane was about 14 years ago. However, I did something that in my opinion is much better for the environment than even deciding to travel less and stay off of planes. The most important environmental decision I ever made was not to populate the planet. I would like to have others consider decreasing the population on the planet by not having children also. I don't pass judgement on others who decide to have children, and there are certainly some wonderful children that will be changing the world for the better. However, the more people like myself that are willing to give up populating the planet, the less the group has to give up otherwise. Eventually we become like bacteria in a petri dish drowning in our excrement no matter how we share the space. Our choice comes down to either decreasing copulation to increase population or we leave the petri dish. No amount of not using, reusing and recycling in our petri dish saves us from ultimately overcrowding the dish if we don't move or decrease procreation. We are already at the point of killing off many other beings in our petri dish and it is not just our toxic chemicals that are doing it. We are actually pushing species out of their environment as we take over more and more space in the petri dish. Imagine if 50% of the current people on the planet decided to have no children and the other 50% had only one child. Things will change drastically in our lifetime.