Meet Ron Wheelock





Gringo Shaman of the Amazon

Don Ron Wheelock


A shaman is a person who, in tribal cultures, communicates with the spirit world. As intermediaries, shamans ask spirits to intercede in the lives of humans, healing them of illnesses, or granting favors. Since traditional cultures believe that spirits play important roles in people’s lives, the shaman must learn how to cooperate with the spirits for the benefit of his or her community.

Don Ron Wheelock is widely known in Peru as “The Gringo Shaman”.

Don Ron Wheelock was born in Independence, Kansas. In 1996 he went to Peru looking for a spiritual teacher. Don Ron first drank ayahuasca in Tamshiyacu with famed shaman Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez. While with Don Agustin, he made arrangements to return to begin the intensive training to become a shamanic healer himself using the South American plant medicine, ayahuasca.


Don Ron stayed with Don Agustin for 5 months doing  many plant diets. Don Ron then began working with Don Jose Coral Mori, the teacher of Pablo Amaringo and Eduardo Luna, the authors of “Ayahuasca Visions”. After studying with both ayahuasqueros (shamans who works exclusively with ayahuasca), he began working on his own in 2000.

Don Ron is an ayahuasquero/curandero. An ayahuasquero is someone who has trained under a maestro ayahuasquero and has the ability to prepare the ayahuasca brew, complete the icaros and prayers during the preparation, set up the maloka (the ceremony space for the ayahuasca ceremonies) and conduct the ceremony.

As a  curandero, Don Ron works with a large variety of plant and tree bark dietas.  These dietas form a strong bond between the curandero and the plants dieted. Those plants become allies, and the plants teach the curandero how to work with them during ceremony and in healing.  A curandero can call on one of his plant/tree allies to protect the guest, to bring in the medicine, and help cure a guest.

Don Ron works with various energies and spirits. This skill of managing energies and spirits is particularly important in an ayahuasca ceremony as a person’s energies open up significantly in this space.

Don Ron is also a Tobaquero. Tobacco is a strong medicine and a strong purgative that cleans the body out. Don Ron uses tobacco to prepare his seekers for the first ayahuasca ceremony.

Unlike other ayahuasca retreats that have a team of shamans or invite available shamans to performs ceremonies, Don Ron drinks and conducts all the ceremonies himself without an assistant. His many years in Peru have given him a strong affinity for the people, culture and language. Of course, being from Kansas, there is no need for a translator if you have any questions about your experiences with Mother Ayahuasca.


Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest and is known as the ayahuasca capital of the world. Ayahuasca tourism is now a vital part of the Iquitos economy with Westerners seeking traditional shamanic experiences and healings using the visionary Amazonian medicine. Besides bring “spiritual tourism” to Iquitos, ayahuasca is being used in three new religions in Brazil. It has been credited with curing thousands of alcoholics and drug addicts, and is being studied by pharmacologists around the world.



Like indigenous shamans have been doing for centuries, Don Ron prepares his ayahuasca by harvesting the vine Banisteriopsis caapi and then boiling it for several days.  After continual praying over the mixture, Don Ron’s “tea” is ready to be used in a ceremony. Don Ron’s strong and pure medicine is used by other ayahuasca retreats in Peru.

Ayahuasca is said to give users the power to travel beyond their bodies, to see the future, and hunt and confront the demons that cause physical and emotional illnesses and  is said to give users the power to travel beyond their bodies, to see the future, and hunt and confront the demons that cause physical and emotional illnesses.

Ayahuasquero Don Ron (62 years old) lives with his partner Karina Maria Diaz Paredes and conducts ayahuasca retreats at his compound, El Purguero. He has a 43 year old daughter, Christina, living in the U.S., and a 14 year old son, Quetzalcoatal Luis Wheelock Angulo. Sebastian, 13,  and John, 19, complete Don Ron’s family.


Don Ron’s email address is

For further information about retreats at El Purguero contact Don Ron directly or

Victoria Alexander
9521 Grand Canal Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117 U.S.