Traditional Amazonian Medicine: A View into the Indigenous Cosmovisionary Healing System of the Rainforest (HERB - 12TRAD10)

  Please register at the door - room 1011, 1st floor - go out the door to the left of the chapel and down the sidewalk.
October 28th, 2012 9:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 1011
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional after 10/24 $ 119.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni after 10/24 $ 109.00
General public after 10/24 $ 119.00
BU staff after 10/24 $ 95.00
Full time student after 10/24 $ 50.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, health care professionals, full time students, acupuncturists, herbalists
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Deep in the humid jungles of Amazonia are hidden incalculable botanical treasures and the secrets of how to unlock their healing powers. Amazonian medicinal plants are traditionally regarded to address multiple levels of our being – physical, mental, emotional and more subtle vibrational or spiritual aspects. Oct 28, Sun, 9a.m.-4p.m. Instructor: Aubrey Bamdad 5 CEUs/PDAs

NOTE:  TIME CHANGE - class is 9-4


The Amazon Basin is an intricate web of interlacing tributaries of the river Amazonas. Similar to Ayurveda and other ancient systems of healing, the traditional medicine of this region was transmitted orally from generation to generation and is intimately intertwined with the local myths and legends.

The seminar will introduce you to indigenous perspectives on health and disease, impart an overview of this system, and explore the sub-branches of Amazonian (curanderismo and vegetalismo) shamanism and their various healing techniques. 

We will then focus on the fascinating and magical world of vegetalismo, investigate the shamanic paradigm for the diagnosis and treatment of spiritual illness, and detail the uses of various vegetales (medicinal plants) and plantas maestras (master plants.)

Aubrey Bamdad, Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals founder, will weave stories of her personal experiences during a decade in Amazonia that will take you on a journey into the heart of the magical, healing world of the Peruvian jungles.  Several short video clips will be shown that follow different curanderos, illustrating their respective shamanic healing modalities and traditional diagnostic tools in a typical setting.  You will also have the opportunity to sample different unique plant preparations and view rare plant specimens.  

 Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Describe traditional Amazonian medicine and where it is currently being practiced
  • Describe the difference between shamanism and vegetalismo
  • Describe at least three traditional Amazonian healing techniques
  • Name and identify at least three Amazonian medicinal plants
  • Describe at least one therapeutic approach to how these plant medicines can be used in a clinical setting

Aubrey Bamdad has emerged as a prominent bridge between the fields of Ayurveda and traditional Amazonian medicine.  She is an Ayurvedic practitioner, the founder and director of Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals and the primary product formulator and distiller at Qori Inti.  Aubrey lives at the Yacumaman Ethnobotanical Center in the Upper Peruvian Amazon where she facilitates retreat programs bridging the ancient disciplines of yoga and shamanism. 

She travels and teaches extensively, expounding on a gamut of topics relating to different aspects of Ayurveda and traditional Amazonian medicine.  Aubrey is a storyteller and seamlessly weaves together various modalities, including herbalism, indigenous mythology and cosmovision, sustainability, nature-based philosophy, and shamanism. For more information about this instructor and her company, Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals, go to or

Cost Notes:
Receive a discount, register by Oct. 24
CEUs available for nDs (except CA)
CEUs available for ARNPs and RNs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points pending approval for LAc's
CEUs approved for LAc's licensed in CA
ADA CPEUs approved for RDs

Course Notes:

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 1011. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons