Marcela Lobos



"Spirit calls us when it is time to evolve and shed our worn-out skin. To guide us in answering this calling, we can turn to the indigenous wisdom that sees life as a continual process of death and rebirth”.

—Marcela Lobos


Rebelling from the repressive atmosphere of dictatorial Chile, in 1992 I arrived in hippie California at age twenty. Wheatgrass juice, hang-loose surfing, and women’s hairy armpits, offered me a freedom I did not know was possible. Studies of yoga, massage, and Ayurveda, opened my eyes to a holistic life. Despite all these awakenings, my 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, it is my passion to teach about the maps that guide us towards self-realization, and I am delighted to craft rites of passage for women to step into their own beauty, power, and wisdom. When I am not writing, I love landscaping the beautiful land where I live, walking with my four dogs, and consciously dreaming my destiny with my beloved husband. Lastly, I am deeply proud of my two sons, who in their own search for truth, have become a physicist and a poet.

When I´m not traveling, I´m creating or teaching with my husband at our retreat center in the mountains of Chile



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