Who We Are
Don Howard Lawler
Founder & Maestro Emeritus of Shamanic Programs at SpiritQuest Sanctuary
October 3, 1947 - October 13, 2019 (Ascended)
Don Howard was the founder and Maestro Emeritus of Listening to the Plants at SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary. SpiritQuest offers innovative healing and spiritual retreats exploring the deepest roots of traditional Peruvian Shamanism, focusing on holistic healing, personal growth, spiritual transformation, and realization of ancient Shamanic spiritual truth.
Don Rober Acho Jarama
Maestro Banco Ayahuasquero
Don Rober is a genuine Lamista Banco Ayahuasquero. Don Rober’s mastery of the art of Ayahuasca Curanderismo (Shamanic healing) is extraordinary, spanning over 60 years of healing practice in the Lamista tradition of the upper Amazon. Don Rober was initiated in Ayahuasca at 7 years old, began apprenticing with the medicine at age 11, and has continually refined his mastery and knowledge of the art of Ayahuasca Curanderismo for over 60 years. Don Rober’s intuitive gifts and perceptual insight is complemented by his authentic, humble and unassuming manner. He is a natural Maestro (Master, teacher) and native taught, and possesses knowledge that has been passed down through generations of Amazon jungle healers. Don Rober possesses an extraordinary knowledge of the Amazon’s healing plants and how to use them safely and properly. Don Rober and his family have been working at SpiritQuest for over 17 years.
Doña Eliana Acho
Doña Eliana has thrived in the world of Amazonian Curanderismo all of her life. A native of Lamas in the upper Amazon, Doña Eliana has been enormously instrumental in assisting Don Rober in his healing work for over 50 years. When Doña Eliana sings the icaros during Ayahuasca ceremonies, time and time again people characterize her voice as being absolutely angelic. Doña Eliana is a loving, warm, and compassionate Curandera specializing in Ayahuasca, Camalonga, Chiric Sanango, and the heartwarming and serotonergic plant medicine Bobinsana. Doña Eliana helps administer the flower baths with supreme love and care as well as a beautiful icaro the morning after every Ayahuasca ceremony.
Don Carlos Acho
Don Carlos comes from a truly sublime lineage of Banco Ayahuascero Shamans and Amazonian Curanderismo of healing and higher consciousness at the most elevated of levels. Don Carlos is the son of Don Rober and Doña Eliana and has lived, breathed, learned, and worked with many teacher-healer plants of the Amazon his entire life. Don Carlos is the fourth generation in his family lineage of Banco Ayahuascero Shamans and Curanderos. He is masterful in the preparation of Ayahuasca and intricately knows dozens and dozens of Amazonian teacher-healer plants and how they can catalyze holistic healing and enhanced consciousness for SpiritQuest participants. Don Carlos, along with his parents, form a remarkable triumvirate both during the Ayahuasca ceremonies and outside of the Ayahuasca ceremonies in which the whole of the Acho family greatly exceeds the sum of its parts.
Parker is the principal facilitator, counselor, and spiritual guide for SpiritQuest Shamanic retreats. Parker has consistently demonstrated extraordinary integrity, leadership, amazing personal abilities, and a deep commitment to being of service and motivating others to become fit for service. He is a natural teacher who will provide the guidance and instruction needed to make your personal Shamanic work as beneficial as possible. Parker facilitates all Shamanic instruction, workshops, and ceremonies with the Maestros. He coordinates visits to local indigenous tribes, nature walks, transportation logistics, and guest services. Parker leads the group talking circles following ceremonies and provides special counseling and guidance on an individual basis. He has apprenticed with Don Howard at SpiritQuest and has learned his lessons well.
Selva Reyna Lawler Villacorta
Maestra of the Mesada Norteña for Huachuma & Retreat Co-Facilitator
Selva is Don Howard’s daughter and supremely gifted prodigy. Selva was born in Iquitos and has grown up in Shamanic culture reflecting her Amazonian ancestry. Selva was christened with Ayahuasca in a ceremony when she was 3 months old. Selva has been her father’s ardent apprentice in Shamanism since childhood, and is blessed with special gifts in the art of the Huachuma mesada. Selva is the co-facilitator of SpiritQuest retreats and the Maestra of the mesada norteña for the Huachuma retreats.
Tercero Ramon Villacorta Vasquez
Sanctuary General Manager
Ramon hails from a tiny village in the Amazonian rainforest. Ramon is the General Manager at SpiritQuest and handles and coordinates everything on-site at the Sanctuary. Ramon is extremely dedicated to ensuring that SpiritQuest's participants have a very comfortable and enjoyable experience and that everyone has everything that they need to maximize their time at the Sanctuary. Ramon makes daily supply runs to procure food and supplies for the Sanctuary and otherwise manages the upkeep of the Sanctuary's entire 350 acres. Additionally, Ramon oversees the entire operations of the staff at SpiritQuest, including the operators of our boats, our cooks and food services staff, our landscapers and gardeners, and our guest comforts and cleaning staff.
Reyna Isabel Villacorta Vasquez de Lawler
Director of Guest Services
Reyna was born in the small jungle village of Bretania, on the edge of the great Pacara-Samiria rainforest reserve. Reyna was raised in the old jungle culture and learned about medicinal plants from early childhood. Reyna assists with food services and guest comforts at SpiritQuest and helps coordinate our staff. Reyna and Don Howard are wife and husband and have two children, Howard and Selva Reyna.
Sanchi Reta Lawler M.M.S.
Advisor & Facilitator of Transpersonal
Sanchi Reta is a professional teacher and practitioner of transpersonal psychotherapy as well as Founder and Guiding Teacher of the Boulder Morningstar Zen Center. She has worked for many years with Mystics and Shamans in the Amazon and Peruvian Andes as well as studying extensively in C'han Buddhism and Mystic Christianity for the past 45 years. As well as considering Don Howard a primary teacher, Sanchi Reta has assisted her "brother-Brother" (Don Howard) in the evolution of the SpiritQuest programs from the beginning tones of its manifestation. Sanchi Reta continues to offer support and insight for the continuance of SpiritQuest's bright light unto our World and Cosmos.