who we are
Queen of the Forest Natural Products is a partner of RAW (Rainforest Awareness Worldwide), an NGO dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of rainforest preservation, providing information about the magnificence of rainforest biodiversity and empowering native cultures in their right to exist, flourish and hopefully inspire people to want to live sustainably in the forest. Queen of the Forest shares these same goals and works toward them by creating an online space where people can read about the rainforest and rainforest cultures, and buy products made sustainably by rainforest communities in South America, which helps with the economic empowerment of these groups.
Rainforest Awareness Worldwide and Queen of the Forest Natural Products were both created by Marcio Purusha.
Marcio Purusha is a Brazilian Medicine man who has devoted his life to the medicine path for more than 25 years. Marcio has been very passionate about protecting the rainforest and the people who live in it for most of his life, which was initially the thread that lead him to choose Ayahuasca and the Medicine Path decades ago. He studied under some of the main elders of the Santo Daime tradition of Brazil for 12 years and has been living in the United States for 15, where he facilitates ceremonies through Pachamama Circle and TheVioletRay, a movement he founded in 2007 and which has been growing ever since in North America. Purusha would describe himself not as a shaman or as a healer, but as a servant. Here to serve the Light and carry the Grandmother medicine in his journey throughout the world. He calls himself a “Catmatic” Person. One who is not dogmatic … Such is his sense of humor and love for the service to the world and to the Medicine.
Marcio studied film making in college and he carries a strong belief that we can raise awareness and ultimately change the world through media among other things. One of his many goals is to see the ritual use of Ayahuasca and all sacred medicine plants be recognized world wide and help humanity achieve its illumination and grow into a more fair and ecological society that respects its elders and lives in better harmony with the earth and its resources.
about rainforest prosperity
For centuries, native people have been erased by modern society. All over the world indigenous people have had their lands taken from them, their languages outlawed and their religions replaced, only to be treated with prejudice and disregard by the same societies that demanded their “integration”. One of our main directives is to help create a world in which modern society nurtures, respects and protects indigenous cultures, and the rainforest itself is protected by a global understanding of how much more valuable it is to everyone intact and flourishing than destroyed along with its people and cultures.
The rainforest represents the last frontier in human healing and consciousness. More than half the plants used to make the medicines we use today in the pharmacies come from there and still a great number of medicinal plants exist in the rainforest that we don’t yet know anything about.
In the Rainforest, there are still many indigenous groups living as their ancestors lived long ago, mostly practicing sustainable forms of foraging, hunting and agriculture that don’t harm the environment. It is one of the last remaining strongholds of native cultures that have preserved their traditions and way of life. The rainforest is also the home of the medicinal plants of power, considered by many tribes to be teacher plants. These teacher plants, such as Ayahuasca and San Pedro, among others, have the power to expand consciousness, provoke major psychic, spiritual and even physical healing to anyone brave enough to withstand the experience. They have been growing in popularity in western society over the past few decades, specially Ayahuasca. This has been a catalyst to incredible change in the lives of many, healing depressive states and freeing people from negative emotional patterns or paradigms that held them hostage before.
We depend on rainforests for the oxygen they produce and for the balance they bring to the global ecosystem. Expanding the global consciousness about their true value and meaning is our mission. We believe that informing people about the benefits of this sacred place is the only way to truly preserve it, while creating a way for the rainforest to benefit the world in a safe, sustainable way. By respectfully sharing the medicines, the traditions and the wisdom of the forest, we can create a mutually beneficial channel. Through the Queen of the Forest, people of the world can receive the healing powers of the forest delivered to their homes and revenue from sales helps rainforest communities preserve their lands and their culture. The world wins, the forest wins.
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