Rebekah Shaman is an urban plant medicine shaman, working with plant medicines to inspire conscious change.
With over twenty years’ experience working with plant medicines, and using her experiences from both the Amazon and urban jungles, Rebekah enables people to start living ‘shamanically’ in a western world. She teaches modern shamanic wisdom and offers practical tools to help people living in the urban jungle see the synchronicity and magic in the ordinariness, and reconnects them back to nature, and the natural cycles and rhythms of life. Rebekah facilitates individual and group plant medicine ceremonies, and has a thriving ceremonial Cacao practise.
Rebekah trained with Don Juanito, a Peruvian Amazonian Plant Medicine Shaman in 1997, as his apprentice and has been working with ‘Plant Consciousness’ ever since. She has a BA (Hons) in Study of Religions, and MSc in Development Studies, both from SOAS University, and a Post-graduate Psychology Diploma in the Human Givens Approach. She is also the author of ‘The Shaman’s Last Apprentice,’ and ‘Beyond Illusion’ the true stories of her apprenticeship with Don Juanito, and how she became a modern urban shaman.
From 2006-2010, Rebekah was Founder and Director of Hemp Global Solutions Ltd, growing hemp research crops in the UK and educating on the importance of hemp for food, nutrition, fuel and shelter. She also created ‘Hempower,’ a Hemp porridge, and sold hemp seed and hemp protein powder under her food label AMARU. Since 2015, she has been deeply involved in promoting the Hemp industry in the UK. She is founder of the British Hemp Association that is seeking to remove the barriers to growth that are stopping the UK Hemp industry from thriving.
'I have total trust in nature and humanity that everything will turn round right in the end. All we have to do is change ourselves, by becoming an Imaginal Cell and dream in a new way. If we want to see real change we have to live it, and be the inspiration for others.'
How I got into Cacao…
I started my Cacao Ceremonies in February 2013. I had just completed my 14 year apprenticeship in the Peruvian Amazon with my Shamanic teachers, and the first time I took Ayahuasca outside of Peru, in Palenque, Mexico in Dec 2012, the Ayahuasca told me to find the Cacao Shaman and bring Cacao back to the West to use it in Sacred Ceremony just as I had been doing with the Ayahuasca.
I gave away all my belongings and packed my rucksack with 21 pounds of Guatamalan Cacao and headed back to the West. There was nothing in London, so I had to dive into the deep end and start my Cacao ceremonies based on the principles I had learned during my Ayahuasca ceremonies.
I have been a huge part of the Cacao movement that is now sweeping across the UK. Many practitioners are using it as an addition to what they offer, be it sound healing, movement, dance, yoga. It is a versatile plant medicine that brings a depth of healing to any modality.
However, I work with it in it's traditional form and take people on a Shamanic journey to meet the Cacao Spirit so they can find their own inner answers, clarity and guidance.
I have seen so many transformations and I'm always so amazed at the healing power of Cacao. Each ceremony is completely different so I enjoy the varied experiences and its an honour to watch people deal with their issues in a loving, peaceful and calm way.
As more people become aware and open to exploring new ways of feeling better I see Plant Medicine ceremonies and the use of Shamanic processes growing and becoming more mainstream and acceptable.