Father, husband, integrative coach for men, music medicine facilitator and music composer/producer.
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, question reality and spirituality started for me.
Stepping into my intuition was a key to go through all the thresholds on the 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, whom showed me a variety of healing modalities and states of consciousness. I started to work with and facilitate the healing power of visionary plants since 2008. Throughout this journey I understood sound/music and shamanism have a strongly-intertwined partnership.
My intuition took me 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 a music and body movement practices as well.
Living next to indigenous communities in the Andes and Amazon, I felt drown 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 (2017) and fatherhood (2021) showed me the profound meaning and depths of being a man. This took me to explore the role of man and husband, and the importance of assistance and healing on individuals and the collective.
All these practices and experiences merged the idea and concept of integrative coaching for men. The art of listening, reflecting as mirror, support and assistance in a compassionate way as man to man. Some of the intentions of this work is for trauma release, to access old memories and experiences, work on toxic patterns and shift them, find emotional and psychological support and spiritual transformation from man’s perspective.
In 2020 I studied Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies while 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 in many levels and dimensions.
I am currently offering integrative coaching for men and music medicine classes, live sessions (group/individual), working on music medicine compositions, and 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.
I believe that turning our attention inward to begin an inner journey to get to know, question and heal ourselves in deeper ways can lead us to experience a greater sense of wholeness, unity and compassion towards a communion with the Divine, Great Spirit.
Fred Clarke Alvarez