Letter from the Founder


In 1997, I traveled to Ecuador for the first time with John Perkins and Dream Change to visit the Yachaks of the High Andes, and the Uwishin of the Shuar tribe in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. There I made a promise, in a powerful vision, to the Spirit of the jungle who flew me over the jungle canopy. I promised to help it survive the onslaught of the encroaching Western civilization, to help preserve its vast spiritual and medicinal knowledge, and to learn from the keepers of its wisdom.

In 2007 ten years later, www.shamanportal.org was born to fulfill that promise. Last year I made a promise to my teacher Don Jose Joaquin Pineda, to create an organization and bring the people of the North to meet the Yachaks in their own homes. I am thrilled that other shamans, many teachers of mine as well, enthusiastically embraced our vision, and that you will be joining us. 

The Andes Summit is part of my effort to keep those promises and to share them with like-minded members of our global shamanic and Earth honoring community.

I want to thank the members of my group, the New York Shamanic Circle, for their support and inspiration throughout those long years.

Join me in the consciousness revolution we are all part of, and in creating a strong global shamanic community for the sake of humanity and future generations.


Itzhak Beery
Founder and Publisher, ShamanPortal.org


Itzhak Beery is a leading shamanic teacher, healer, speaker, community activist and author. For over 21 years Itzhak bridges the spiritual and practical wisdom his indigenous teachers entrusted in him with a powerful contemporary approach relevant to our stressful and unbalanced modern times. Itzhak teaches internationally and leads groups on healing expeditions to the Andes and the Amazon of Ecuador. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pajè. He has also trained intensively with other elders from South and North America.  The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of Kripalu Center, New York Open Center, The Shift Network, and staff teacher at Omega Institute. He received 'Ambassador for Peace Award’ from The Universal Peace Federation and the UN. His work has been featured in the New York Times, films, TV, and numerous webinars.