Icaros are sacred ceremonial medicine songs traditionally performed by indigenous shaman during plant medicine ceremonies in the Amazon jungle.
Backed by the rhythmic sound of the chakapa (a rattle of bundled leaves), the shaman's singing and whistling of the icaro is much more than just a soundtrack for an Ayahuasca journey. It is a powerful healing tool that creates a deep and profound state of awareness to enhance and intensify the healing of plant medicine in ceremony.
The icaro itself has curative powers – even without plant medicine. The melody of the icaro alone can be a healing experience, calling forth the benefits of the aya without ingesting the plant.
An icaro pulls back the veil and opens the doorway between realms, inviting in spirits, guides, allies, plants or animals to facilitate healing, protection and your intention.
The songs are unique, complex and multi-layered. They may come to a shaman in a ceremony or in dream time, be passed down through a lineage of healers, or be imbued during a years-long intensive personal training, where plant spirits are believed to teach icaros to the shaman directly. It can take a shaman many years to master some icaros, and experienced shamans know hundreds of them.
These 9 icaros were recorded by shaman Don Guido during a visit to the Amazon in January, 2020.
9 Sacred Medicine Songs
Shaman Don Guido Rimachi
45 minutes of traditional medicine songs with the power to open your heart and change your life!
High-quality audio format – Download and listen whenever you need to, wherever you are.
Proceeds support Don Guido and his work at the Center for Medicinal Plants of the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru.
Welcome Mother Nature
Nature's Vital Life Force
Prepare Your Body for Healing
From Sickness to Health
Let Go of Anger and Release Stress
Prosperity in Life and Business
A Woman's Song
My Little Garden
The Universe is Love (bonus track)
Don Guido Rimachi is a respected Ayahuasquero and curandero descended from a long lineage of healers in the Shipibo tribe of the Amazon jungle in Peru. Trained both as a traditional healer and indigenous ethnobotanist, he has a deep understanding and intimate knowledge of the area's plants and their traditional and medicinal uses.
Guido is revered in his village and throughout the region, known for curing countless illnesses using his knowledge of the medicinal plants and his skills and training as a physical and spiritual healer. He has been leading Ayahuasca ceremonies for more than 20 years.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships for local children to participate in programs at Don Guido's Center for Medicinal Plants of the Amazon outside Iquitos, Peru, to preserve and pass on the traditional indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants of the Amazonian jungle for future generations.