Don Francisco Montes Shuna
Maestro Vegetalista

Don Francisco Montes Shuna is a Peruvian maestro vegetalista – a traditional shamanic herbalist that uses the ayahuasca vine, perfume and many other medicinal and sacred plants – as well as a visionary painter, that depicts his intricate ayahuasca visions and the magical world of spirits through works of art that have been internationally recognised.

Coming from the indigenous Amazonian Capanahua ethnic group Don Francisco, beginning at age 6, learned the legacy of his ancestors from his grandmother Trinidad, chosen from among 42 grandchildren to be the one to continue this wisdom tradition. in 1990 he opened the Sachamama Ethnobotanical Garden (now Sachamama Lodge), a healing centre and a school for learning the native indigenous medicine tradition.