I was born in Lima, Peru. My awakening journey began in 1998 through my experience with a visionary plant medicine of Peru when I was 19 years old. Since that experience, the call for healing, questioning reality and finding my spiritual path begun.
Stepping into my intuition was a key to going through all the thresholds on my path. Being born in Peru with a vast culture of uses of visionary plant medicines, which facilitate expansion of consciousness, psychological and physical healing, and spiritual awakening, were crucial in my personal journey and training. I met and worked with different curanderos and curanderas (medicine people) from the Amazon and Andes, who showed me a variety of healing modalities and explore different states of consciousness and spiritual awareness. I started to work with and facilitate plant medicine ceremonies in 2008.
My intuition took me to learn from the ancient ones and learn their sounds, instrumentality and spirituality. I have been using ancient sounds and instruments of Peru for healing and ceremonial purposes, developing my own style of music medicine.
In searching to live in deep connection and respect with the earth and human relationships, I adventured in the co-creation of intentional community projects in the high jungle and Andes of Peru. I co-founded a non-profit organization oriented on healing, culture, ecology and arts in alliance with indigenous communities. During that time I worked in an alternative school for children providing music and body movement practices as well.
Living next to indigenous communities in the Andes and Amazon, I felt drawn to its mythology, philosophy and wisdom as useful guidelines to remember and understand human reality, psychology and spirituality. Since then I have been working in private and group settings bringing the healing power of music/sound.
Marriage (in 2017) and fatherhood (in 2021) showed me the profound meaning and depths of being a man. This took me to explore the role of man, husband, father, stepfather and the importance of assistance and healing in individuals and the collective.
All these practices and experiences merged the idea and mission to facilitate plant medicine integration for men and fathers. My intention is to facilitate more grounded possibilities to transform, to integrate, to heal, to awaken, to remember, and to enjoy fully this sacred human experience. To live in deep meaning and high purpose as men and fathers.
In 2020 I studied Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies while concurrently studying Gabor Maté’s Compassionate Inquiry (2020-21). Compassionate Inquiry is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that where both the individual and therapist unveil the level of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states to access profound healing on many levels and dimensions. A powerful tool for plant medicine integration.
I am currently offering plant medicine integration sessions online and facilitating resources as music medicine classes, sessions (group/individual), and music medicine compositions for plant medicine integration. I am the host of The Sacred Heart of the Warrior Podcast on which I explore my own experience in all these topics and bring some interviews as well.
Fred Clarke Alvarez