Podcast 475 – “The Path of a Medicine Woman”


Guest speakers: Borka Cafuk & Shonagh Home
Borka Cafuk

Today’s program features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Borka Cafuk, who is a remarkable medicine woman. Not only does Borka provide interesting details about plant medicines such as ayahuasca, sapo, and nu-nu, she also tells the fascinating story of her transition from working as an environmental journalist from Europe into a South American medicine woman. And she minces no words in talking about the difficulties that she has encountered being accepted by the indigenous people, and in particular the male ayahuasceros, where she now lives. Much plant knowledge is being lost as traditional healers are being subsumed into the Western culture that is now seeping into the Amazon basin, and so it has fallen to people like Borka to help the local medicine men and women hold together the threads of this important work.

Yana Puma Healing Center

Yana Puma (Black Jaguar) is a plant medicine healing and educational center located on river Momon in Loreto, Peru. The center offers traditional healing treatments using a variety of Amazonian plants, ayahuasca, sapo, nu-nu and tobacco ceremonies, as well as plant diets.

Our primary objectives are to preserve the jungle and its biodiversity, and to preserve the incredible knowledge and culture of the indigenous people.

The mission of Yana Puma Healing and Educational Center is to help people on the path towards spiritual, physical and mental healing and growth, to ultimately reach their true purpose in life. This is done through unparalleled support on all levels, healing and education while simultaneously preserving and spreading the knowledge, culture and traditions of the indigenous people, who are in danger of being lost forever.


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Shonagh Home is a teacher, shamanic practitioner, and the author of

‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’

‘Love and Spirit Medicine’

and the upcoming, ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissae Speaks.’

Website: www.shonaghhome.com

Contact: shonagh.home (at) comcast (dot) net

Posted in Ayahuasca, Borka Cafuk, Consciousness, Culture, Kambo / Sapo, Medicine, Psychedelics, Shamanism, Shonagh Home.


  1. I have recently had healing work with Borka and ayahuasca and she is truly amazing, her work was like no other shaman I’ve met. The integrity, wit, humor, and deep wisdom of this woman is incredible. Thank you borka! !

  2. The words in this podcast are one thing, but the reality is something very different. Beware of this self-proclaimed healer with no serious training in curanderismo, who’s been swindling people in Croatia for some time now. Sorry to tarnish the heroic female healer image portrayed here, believe what you want, come to her “healing” retreats and see for yourself and good luck to you…

  3. Thank you for this episode. I am intrigued with Borka however, Shonagh needs some lessons interviewing people. She kept interjecting her own stories which detracted from getting to know Borka better. Must’ve been her ego. I love the salon. Thanks Lorenzo. I love your podcast.

  4. I’m looking forward to listening this and was going to preemtively check out the site. However, the link is missing the “peru” in the URL. The correct link should be http://yanapumaperu.wix.com/yana-puma-center

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I haven’t been able to get either URL to work either. However, I verified it with Shonagh, and she assured me that it is the correct address.]

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