MEET OUR FAMILY AND TEAM
Victoria Corisepa is Alberto´s wife and founder and owner of Parign Hak. She is in charge of organizing the kitchen and keeps an eagle´s eye on the smooth unfolding of everybody´s work and duties during the retreat. She also makes most of the beautiful crafts from rainforest seeds that are for sale in the center´s handicrafts corner. Many years ago, with the help of Ayahuasca, and to the surprise of medical doctors, she has not only overcome a life-threatening illness, but also learned to appreciate her Huachiperi heritage (she named the ceremonial space “Mini-hosipital Majeno”, after her father who was a tobacco healer) and to use many of the medicinal plants available in the area. In ceremony she takes turns with her husband to help hold a safe space and assist participants whenever necessary. Victoria can also offer additional treatment such as teas, plant baths, sopladas, and traditional tobacco treatments with seri (a Wachiperi snuff) and her pipe.
Alberto Kiramo is Victoria´s second husband and founder and owner of Parign Hak. He has built all of the existing infrastructure, with the help of Victoria´s sons. As an expert Harakbut farmer and fisherman, he takes great pride in providing all the organic bananas and tasty river fish that you will find on many of your plates.
He has ample personal experience with Ayahuasca which has helped him heal from past trauma and become a more reliable partner to his wife. His job is to protect the ceremonial space, for which he uses tobacco smoked in his hand-carved wooden pipe. This, his calm presence, his quiet manners and his overall solidity is very reassuring and have resulted in him being nicknamed “Rock Man”.
Steve Flores Corisepa is Victoria´s second son. He is the kitchen assistant, goes out fishing with Alberto and steps in whenever a helping hand is needed. With the help of Ayahuasca he has overcome many years of heavy physical and psychological abuse inflicted by Victoria´s first husband and his Andean family. He is very knowledgable about medicinal plants and is currently undergoing an apprenticeship under Jessica´s supervision that includes doing "dietas" with different plant teachers and stepping into his Grandfather´s footsteps. Steve also offers plant-based steam baths throughout the retreat upon request.
Jessica Bertram has been working in the Manu region and with Harakbut community people for the past 21 years. She currently is the retreat organizer, cultural facilitator, tour guide and Ayahuasca ceremony leader at Parign Hak. She is certified as a "médico tradicional" (traditional medical practitioner) by the Escuela Superior de Medicina Tradicional Shipibo (School of Traditional Shipibo Medicine) in Pucallpa, Perú, and is on its advisory board.
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Parign Hak offers three double-occupancy cabins and. Showers run on cold water and septic latrines are available in the main complex and close to the maloca (ceremonial space). In main complex is also a dining room, and a meeting hall that holds a library and a craft store.
We offer a blend of local organic produce (bananas, plantains, manioc, papaya and much more) and river fish, combined with fresh vegetables that we bring in from Cusco, as many of these don't grow on site. Depending on the fisherman's success, we may occasionally offer organic free-range eggs and chicken on the menu.
*Please note - there is no electricity or Wifi at Pargin Hak.
Oakog - The Harakbut stone face. A recently re-discovered sacred site in the heart of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.
Henpu (Huachiperi) or Oenpu (Amarakaeri) carrying bags. Traditionally made from Cetico (Cecropia sp.) tree bark fiber, today many Harakbut women are finding threads from used sacks easier to obtain, more colorful and lasting. In the communities they are used to this day to carry firewood and plantation produce like manioc (cassava)
Manioc or yuca (Manihot esculenta sp.) is a staple crop in Harakbut communities. Sections of the stem are placed into the ground and grow starchy roots in three, six or twelve months, depending on the variety.
Oftentimes, meat or fish is not readily available, so the protein supply is complemented with edible palm beetle grubs, snails and other small bites (no worries, there will be alternatives for you!).
Machinue, a fan made from macaw feathers that was worn by men over one shoulder in the past for dancing.
A Harakbut stone axe head found near Shintuya. Dominican missionaries introduced metal tools to the Harakbut people in the 1950´s.
Woven palm leaf panels, like the ones on top of the cabins at Parign Hak, so-called crisnejas, for roof thatching.