MEET OUR FAMILY AND TEAM

Vicky (Neyreymbu):

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 Wachiperi 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”.

Alberto (Suwit):

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. 

Steve:

Jessica Bertram has been working in the Manu region and with Harakbut community people since 1997. 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. ​

See her full bio here:

JESSICA BERTRAM BIOGRAPHY

JESSICA BERTRAM CERTIFICATE

Jessica (Widwid)

 

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATIONS

The facilities at Parign Hak are simple. The main complex contains three double occupancy cabins, two cold water showers, a dining room/kitchen, and a meeting hall that holds a growing library and community craft store. Our maloca, or ceremonial space, is located about 10 minutes by foot from the main complex, surrounded by a beautiful garden full of medicinal and edible plants.  

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. Vegetarian and vegan options can be made available upon request.

*Please note - there is no electricity or Wifi at Pargin Hak. 

 

FLORA

FAUNA

 

Harakbut 

Culture

 

 

Learn more about

the Harakbut people

Oagog 

Oakog - The Harakbut stone face. A recently re-discovered sacred site in the heart of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.

Queros

 

Children from the Queros Wachiperi community learn about their traditional culture and history. 

Machinue

 

A fan made from macaw feathers that was worn by Harakbut men over one shoulder in the past for dancing. 

Henpu (Wachiperi)

 

Traditionally made carrying bags from Cetico (Cecropia sp.) tree bark fiber, today many Harakbut women are finding threads from used sacks easier to obtain, more colorful and lasting.  

or Oenpu 

(Amarakaeri)

 

In the communities they are used to this day to carry firewood and plantation produce like manioc (cassava) 

Stone Axe

 

A Harakbut stone axe head found near Shintuya. Dominican missionaries introduced metal tools to the Harakbut people in the 1950´s.  

Manioc or

Yuca

 

 

Manioc or Yuca is a 

staple crop in the

 

Harakbut communities.

Sections of the plant are

 

placed into the ground and

 

grow starchy roots in three,

 

six or twelve months

 

depending on the variety. 

 

Weaving 

 

 

Woven palm leaf panels,

 

like the ones on top of the

 

cabins at Parign Hak, so-

 

crisnejas, for roof thatching.

Palm Leaf 
 

 

 

The final product, ready to

 

line a roof. 

Suri

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!).