Francesca Barone | Co-Founder
Francesca is a naturopathic medical practitioner, holistic nutritionist, and plant medicine facilitator. Growing up in the Midwest, she sparked a desire at a young age to be of service to the world around her as she witnessed a health and spiritual epidemic. She left home at a young age and began traveling the world gaining knowledge in mind-body medicine and spiritual teachings. Her passion is rooted in guiding others through a variety of natural healing practices to help them restore their vitality and true essence. She is committed to helping others rediscover their empowerment through self-healing, compassion-based therapy, and connection to Spirit.
Since beginning her work with shamanic healing practices and plant medicine, Francesca has helped hundreds of clients release the imprints of trauma and emotional imbalances they carried with them for years. She supports her clients intimately as they move away from Western medical practices that solely treat disease symptoms and inspires them to find emotional liberation and embodied aliveness through treating the root-causes of their pain, often originating in childhood trauma. Francesca is a trauma-informed practitioner and long-term student of Gabor Maté’s work specializing in early-developmental trauma, somatic healing, and addiction therapy.
Francesca’s work is alive with passion and vitality. She believes wholeheartedly that every being on Earth is deserving and capable of emotional freedom and sustainable health, through integrating the parts of ourselves with unwavering compassion. She herself lived a life of addiction and disconnection for years before her first encounter with Ayahuasca, served by beautiful Shipibo maestros that have become her life-long teachers. Her love and reverence for the Shipibo lineage and healers she works besides is felt by her guests. A forever student and explorer of life, Francesca continues her ever-unfolding journey of deepening with plant medicine and working to bridge ancient indigenous practices with the Western world in need of deep collective healing.
Neils Poole | Co-Founder
Neils has lived in Peru for over a decade growing connected with Peruvian culture and working extensively with Indigenous plant medicine traditions. He has co-founded, owned, directed, and facilitated multiple high-end Ayahuasca retreats throughout Latin America and guided thousands of clients through personal plant medicine journeys. He incorporates a broad spectrum of trainings in different types of trauma, somatic/body-based healing, Internal Family Systems, and compassion-based therapeutic models to bring transformative and grounded support to the healing spaces he holds.
Those who have had the honor to work with Neils are inspired by his deep sensitivity and connection to Earth energy and the the non-dual. He embodies an innate gentleness and profound trust in each client’s process, and has a unique way of allowing other’s to find sacred, heart-felt medicine as they traverse their own unique healing path.
At heart, Neils is a traveler and seeker of the unseen. After spending years traveling and expanding his work throughout Latin America, he is fluent in Spanish and deeply passionate about honoring Indigenous traditions and bringing ancient wisdoms back to life that have been lost by modernization. Neils is committed to living a life of intentionality and reciprocity with nature to help lift collective energies. His mission is to help others reconnect to Self through ceremony, nature, and gratitude.