Co-Founder Ayni Foundation



Nizami studied AI at Edinburgh University and psychology at Birmingham University, where he broke from the constraints of the computational metaphor thanks to the writings of Carlos Castaneda. Practising Castaneda’s Magical Passes led him to the Concord Institute in London, where he took journeys in yoga, macrobiotic cooking and transformational group work. He has worked with plant medicines since 2007, when he attended Howard Lawler’s legendary SpiritQuest retreat in various locations across Peru. He was initiated into Amazonian shamanism by Huitoto maestro Rober Acho Jurama, and made his first pilgrimage to the ancient medicine centre at Chavin de Huantar. In 2011 he received the Kundalini Yoga third eye initiation from Paranjothi Gnanavallal Guru Dega in Kuala Lumpur, going on to train in Kundalini Yoga with Ketut Asana in Ubud, Bali, where he also developed his Spirit13ody programme of shamanic Qi Gong throughout 2012. In 2014 he qualified as a Kambo Practitioner with the International Association of Kambo Practitioners in Alter Do Chao, Pará, Brazil. He co-created the Ayni Foundation with Davina MacKail