The feminine spirals into her fertile darkness not separated from the belly of the Earth and the dark expanse of the Universe."
Rebelling from the repressive atmosphere of dictatorial Chile, at age twenty one
I left a budding career as a journalist and arrived in hippie California. Wheatgrass juice, hang-loose surfing, and women’s hairy armpits, offered me a freedom I did not know was possible. Studies of yoga and massage opened my eyes to a holistic life. Despite all these awakenings, a marriage and prompt motherhood revived my unhealed childhood traumas and generational wounding.
At age thirty, while miserably drowning in the dark pool of my fears, I was washed exhausted in the shores of the shamanic path. With the force and the speed of lightning, my life took a sharp turn towards my own healing and understanding of the hero’s journey. After a decade I had completed the core work of alchemizing my pain and sorrows into sources of wisdom and compassion. I was first initiated into the mystery teachings within the framework of the Four Winds Society, and then directly by the wisdom keepers of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon jungle.
Meanwhile, I returned to Chile, studied with the medicine women of the south, and created a retreat center in the mountains – together with my second husband, Alberto Villoldo, shaman, author, and founder of the mystery school I attended.
During all these years, my eagerness to feel and connect with the deepest truth of reality kept expanding in my heart. In my forties,I cultivated tantric and Buddhist practices which I weave with love and joy with the rest of my rituals.
Today is my passion to teach
about maps that point us towards self-realization.
I am doing a fellowship in Jungian and depth psychology and I weave this wisdom in my teachings.
Being a lead teacher at the Four Winds Society and the director of its Spanish wing, in the last decade I have led hundreds of students through the Medicine Wheel and Munay-Ki programs.
I am the author of the book Awakening Your Inner Shaman and the co-author of the Mystical Shaman Oracle cards. When I am not writing I love landscaping at our retreat center in the mountains of Chile and creating medicine with plants.