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Headless Chicken
A Personal Narrative about Three Months in the Amazon, Ayahuasca and Old Stories
Maneula Stoerzer
ISBN: 9781940265742
Book (Paperback)
Ozark Mountain Publishing, Inc.
8 1/2 x 5 1/2
208 pages
September 1, 2019


A strong gut feeling led Manuela to volunteer at an Ayahuasca Healing Resort in the Amazon Rainforest. Within a few weeks, she leaves her home in Mallorca to travel to Peru. The plan was, to interpret for foreigners and shamans before and after ceremonies and learn from shamans and visitors. She ended up staying 3 months and participating during 19 ceremonies herself. Spiritual insights and biographic background stories of an as cold and grey perceived environment make clear how we see the world, the way we see the world and why what we think is true, is just a story, designed by our own mind.

Her conclusion: What you think is true, is just what you think is true. A story. An interpretation though the filters of the mind. To find your way you cannot just think, study and contemplate. Ayahuasca is not the solution either. It takes daring to feel in every moment and face our inner world to heal and bring out our gifts.

Her message: Be yourself, not your story!

Starting out in a disfunctional family system, Manuela Stoerzer was eager to explore how life works and what it is all about. In the year 2000 she hit rock-bottom with a bunch of threatening life experiences and started all over.The Mother of 2 kids and former managing director of a Munich Publishing company experienced burnout, divorce and at the same time was diagnosed with Stage 4 malign melanoma. “Next week might be to late” was exactly the words, she needed to hear in order to wake up. She went back to education and invented her new job: Europe’s first “Walking Coach” providing a safe space, compassion and tools for people in crisis during walks in nature. Her passion is to inspire people to explore the space beyond the known and open up for exiting new possibilities that touch heart and mind. She lived in various countries in Europe and the US. Beside coaching she loves to experiment and develop other inspirational formats such as modeling, film-acting, improvisation, writing, playing, dancing and music. Visit her at
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