Taita Laureano Piaguaje
- Putumayo, Colombia
"And at any master who lacks the grace
To laugh at himself -- I laugh."
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
At the incredible age of 110 years, abuelito Taita Laureano is one of the last remaining Yagé grandmaster shamans and sages from the Siona indigenous people of Colombia, and - to the best of our knowledge - the oldest living and practicing Ayahuasca shaman on earth. We treasure his power, knowledge, wisdom and his incredible sense of humor! :) We have the deep honor of being his friends and to offer discerning participants the opportunity to work with him on our once-a-year Spirit of Yagé journeys. The retreat is residential (based in a private, hired facility, in a Colombian Finca, in the countryside, overlooking the mountains, which we use as our base, as a retreat centre) and at the same time is itinerant (in that almost everyday we go on excursions to sacred power places, with indigenous guide, Taita Victoriano, and - whenever the terrain will permit it - also with grandfather Taita Laureano himself.
Don Laureano does not live in the Finca where we host our retreats. Like all true jaguars, he lives in a very remote and unaccessible location, in an off limits jungle area of Putumayo. We hope you will appreciate the great logistics efforts involved in having him as our guest, every time we run the Yagé retreat!