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Our Mission

Aya State launched with little more than combined experience, a dream, and a shared desire to help facilitate great change in the world. Our inspiration came after connecting with nature through plant medicine and started action by volunteering, replanting vine for a shamanic family near the Amazonian town of Gualaquiza, Ecuador. Since then we have constantly been thinking of ways to help highlight the importance of protecting the source, whilst spreading awareness of a free and unified way of living. We believe this is the only way for us to thrive.

The project began by using the resources we had available. Our Aya pendant is made from the vine we help harvest and replant, Banisteriopsis Caapi, which is used in making the Ayahuasca brew. We are dedicated to sourcing our labor and materials locally, and only working with goodhearted people who deserve and need all the help they can get. We have entered into relationships with indigenous peoples in Gualaquiza that understand the value of replanting the medicine we harvest and pay for, as well as organisations committed to protecting the rain forest they call home.

From the jungle we bring the vine to Vilcabamba where we support local and travelling artisans who lovingly turn the vine into beautiful jewellery. Every pendant is charged with positive energy by people who understand the value and necessity of reconnecting with nature. We want everyone who wears our pendants to feel connected to its spirit so the pieces are coated with nothing more than organic products such as the sacred extract of Palo Santo and finally seal with coconut oil. To care for the pendant at home all that is needed is a simple reapplication of coconut oil.

Whilst our growth continues, we have expanded our offering with all things Palo Santo. An aromatic tree from the Ecuadorian dry forests related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. It is still being used, mostly in South America, by Shamans to heal physical ailments and spiritual blockages; for this reason the Spanish settlers called the tree “Palo Santo”, or “Holy Wood” in English. This mystical wood is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. Aya State only sources branches that have naturally fallen from reforestation projects near the town of Puerto Lopez.

As well as highlighting the importance of plant medicines Aya State provides a platform to promote people and organisations dedicated to a new earth where collaboration is king and individual sovereignty is the rule.