By Viola Woolcott
Scott Peterson is the Founder and Director of the Refugio Altiplano. Scott grew up in Michigan and took his first trip to South America when he was 17 to teach English in Ecuador and travel across the continent. He studied philosophy, anthropology and literature at Calvin College, UCSC, and the University of New Mexico. He studied herbal and shamanic medicine in New Mexico, Arizona and California with the Taos, Navajo and Hopi Indians in the Native American Church. He continued his shamanic and medicine studies in Brazil, Nepal and Indonesia, and lived in Bolivia and the Peruvian Andes for eight years, working and doing research on healing and belief systems. He worked with Shipibo and coastal shamans in Peru for seven years before locating the ideal location for an exceptional healing center. He established the Refugio Altiplano in 1996.
The Refugio Altiplano combines the wisdom of 1000s of years of shamanism with the knowledge of the use of healing plants and the mother of all medicines, Ayahuasca.
The Refugio Altiplano is a natural retreat of beauty, wilderness and solitude available year-round for international guests to engage in adventure, healing, balance, and alignment.
Personal view and experience:
Having done a workshop with Scott I like to add my un-biased and honest observation that for me it was the most authentic, sophisticated, exquisitely orchestrated center of profound shamanic healing and teaching I have encountered so far in my extensive personal research. The center is located in an exclusive, natural, relaxed, beautiful setting, and surrounded by the magic of the wild world of the Amazon jungle.