Blue Morpho History
Amazonian plant medicine has been practiced in the Amazon for thousands of years. These practices have been passed down through tribal lineages and bloodlines. The shamans of tribes and villages, known as Medico Vegetalistas are in part medical doctors, spiritual healers, as well as the keepers of sacred knowledge. The most knowledgeable, use hundreds of medicinal plants from the forest to treat the needs of their tribe. The closest western equivalent to a Medico Vegetalista is a naturopath.
In 2001 Hamilton entered the Peruvian Amazon in search of a shamanic apprenticeship. After significant trials, Hamilton finally met Maestro Vegetalistas Don Julio Llerena Pinedo and Don Alberto Torres Dávila. They both agreed to train him in the traditional practices. He apprenticed under the tutelage of Maestro Julio and Maestro Alberto. Upon completion of his apprenticeship at the end of 2004 they gave him the title Maestro Vegetalista or Master Shaman.