Adam first went to the Peruvian amazon when he was 20 years old.  He instantly fell in love with the large tracks of untouched rain forests and ancient cultures that live off the land. He organized his first trip down to the land with his friends from America in 2002.  He has since started the non-profit Ni Bero which focuses on seed saving, permaculture, reforestation and attuning to the consciousness of the jungle.


Adam also teaches permaculture design and herbalist courses at Tierravida Benxote and leads family trips for children and adults. His fluent Spanish makes him a wonderful translator! 

Adam is a Jungle Guide and also a registred Maine Guide. The process of obtaining a License as a Maine Guide is the most difficult in the United States.  He has also worked on many organic farms and has fun incorporating all his experience into the versatile Amazon jungle basin.


Adam studied at SOLO to earn his certifications as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT). SOLO is the oldest continually operating school of wilderness medicine in the world.

He attended Tom Brown’s Apache inspired Nature and Wilderness Survival School.

During a 4-year apprenticeship a Earthways with Ray Reitze, Adam experienced sweat lodges, sacred pipe ceremonies, study of the medicine wheel, and meditation.


His studies in Peru include Shamanism in Tarapoto, and volunteering in exchange for studies at Takiwasi. Takiwasi is a center to treat drug addicts using ayahuascha and other medicinal plants. Adam studied at Iquitos, which is is a center of shamanism and permaculture at Kapitari. He also spent time in Pucallpa with Mixtisu, Shipibo Shamans, and with elder Nauahas and Cashinauahas.




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Bella Luz Stone

 Director of Guest Services

Adam’s wife, Bella Luz is Director of Guest Services at Tierravida Benxote. Bella Luz means beautiful light, and her Shipibo name is Ntenkena, meaning morning light. Bella is involved in every aspect of guest activities including teaching indigenous art classes and assisting Wendy with native dance sessions. Bella speaks Spanish, Shipibo and is quickly conquering the English language.


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