This week Tim Cools speaks with Don Gino Chaka-Runa, shaman, about the Andean worldview, working with plant medicines, and shamanic practice.

Don Gino's Background
Working With the Medicine
Peruvian and Shamanic Culture
The History and Uses of Ayahuasca
Don Gino's Spiritual Journey with Shamanism
The Responsibilities of A Shaman
Confronting Ourself with the Medicine

About Don Gino Chaka-Runa

Don Gino Chaka-Runa comes from Puno, the highlands of Peru and has extensive experience in working with Master Plants from the Peruvian Amazon and Andes.

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His grandfather was a Yatiri from the lineage of the Incas, which was the highest level for a Curandero or Healer. He solely spoke Quechua and passed away at the age of 100.

He initiated Don Gino in the Shamanic path at the young age of 15 and gave him the name of Chaka-Runa, which means The Bridge Man in Quechua. At that time he was introduced into the knowledge of Andean Cosmovision, Shamanism and the use of Sacred Medicine Plants.

Along his path following the Andean Ancient Shamanic Knowledge, he strongly felt the call of the Amazon and started doing Plant Medicine and Master Plants Dietas at the Munay Retreat in Pucallpa-Peru, headed by Don José Campos, by whom he was further trained.

Don Gino belongs among the Mestizo Maestros’ line. At the beginning of this lineage was Don Solon Tello, Don Guillermo Hojanama and Don José Campos (the first two already passed away). He also embraced the knowledge of the Shipibo lineage learning their practices and Icaros. 

Don Gino Chaka-Runa works in the Peruvian Amazon and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where he holds Plant Medicine and Master Plants Dietas.

Don Gino’s Shamanic work, based on ancient knowledge, includes the use of Plant Medicine,  Master Plants, Mapacho, Rapé, Kambo and Sananga. He also works with powerful Shipibo, Quechua and Spanish Icaros to create a unique healing vibration during ceremonies, bridging you to the spiritual realm.

His first value and priority is safety for everybody. Only in a safe space people are able to let go, and trust the Plant Medicine, allowing them to surrender and dive deep, which is necessary for the awakening process.

Don Gino’s honest and conscious healing work is renowned and acknowledged in several countries around the world, due to its unique style, which merges the Shipibo, Mestizo and Andean Shamanic knowledge of Peru.

But most importantly, he receives everyone with an open heart, and is always eager to personally solve any doubts or questions along the journey.


About Tim Cools

Tim is a psychedelic integration specialist and legal psychedelic guide. He facilitates powerful, life-changing experiences for professionals, to help their professional lives come in alignment with personal ambition and values.

Tim is a Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher, a certified coach, and psychedelic advocate, educator and guide.

He founded Psychedelic Experience, an online non-profit platform for information surrounding psychedelic substances. It's a community based non-profit organization, created by and for psychedelic and plant medicine communities.

His personal interests are technology, meditation, metaphysical and eastern philosophies, shamanism and the healing power of nature and plants.