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About This Center

We are invited you to live a deep and transforming process of awareness.

Nina Wasi is no more nor less than our home, where we live and work with love, where we receive hundreds of people guiden them during and after the healing process. This is why it is our temple, our house of light. You are welcome as long as you bring pure intentions of your heart to share and receive what this path of healing will bring to your life.
We are a family that has decided to dedicate our lives to service healing and the wellbeing: physical, mental and spiritual. We have a bountiful of experience and walk with the conviction of the integrity of the being. We know that healing is a living labor and is unique just like each patient. For this reason, we have developed a dynamic system, which cares to the whole: body, mind and spirit, achieving effectives results.

We also know that in order to heal, you  must want it and for that reason we are selective with our patients; that being said, the healing process is never the whole responsibility of the healer. Its a team work between patient and the therapyst. This is what allows us to obtained excelent results.
We recognize and honor the path that the Elder, grandfathers and grandmathers give to us. The sacred medicines are not a "flight experience".  They are a powerful tool that offer us the possibility of being honest with ourselves. The Sacred Medicines invite us to connect with the most authentic of our being. And they give us the strength to make the changes we need to live in peace and well-being.We do not follow any religion or doctrine, and we respect it all . We know that there is no single path to awakening of consciousness, and that is an inner journey. You are the path, you are the master of your own life. Our job is to help you connect and be confident enough to recognize yourself as your own master. All forms are welcome provided they are aligned with the foundations of respect, harmony, health and welfare. You are welcome with pure intentions of your heart.


 "We are not invited you to a psychedelic experience or to learn about a metaphysical philosophy, we are invited you to live a deep and transforming process of awareness."

~ Nina Wasi



Throughout history, aboriginal people have discovered a great healing power in plants. Whether it be for physical, mental or spiritual ailments, Mother Earth is a living and powerful pharmacy.

The Medicine Plants that we share is the San Pedro or Aguacoya (originally from the mountain) medicine as well as Ayahuasca or Yage (originally from the jungle.) Although science has examined the active components and named it, mescaline or DMT, we respectfully believe that it’s important to clarify that these medicines are not drugs, nor should they be used recreationally. With that said, they carry out a profound process of structural changes in the ways we perceive ourselves, and all who surround us. This (medicines) contain the power of the sacred spirit of the plant, which offers healing and knowledge to those who take it in a sacred way (this way being, ceremonial, honoring and recognizing its presence.)

In recent times, the sacred altars, which have been guarded by Indigenous people, have begun to rise.
There are many places and people who say they know these ancestral practices, and truth be said there are many people who do, but there are also those who take advantage of these medicines to fool and profit from others.
That´s why we feel that it's important that you take your time to investigate the place and the people that will support your process in order to have a safe and real healing experience.


You will enjoy a healthy homemade gourmet dishes. They are repared with fresh and local ingredients.
All the meals are designed to be in harmony with your process with the Master Plants.

· We can customize the menu depending on your preferences and needs ·

You will enjoy a continental breakfast ( coffee or tea, toast bread or natural bread, butter, jam, cheese, yogurts, fruit and cereals.

Lunch example: 
· Vegetarian / Gluten free example: Zucchini lasagna (Zucchini, ricotta, *fresh cheese, parmesan cheese, natural tomato sauce, seasoned with pepper and aromatic plants like rosemary, bay leaf and oregano) + Season´s raw salad.
· Omnivore example: Grilled Fish + Fresh Vegetables + Season´s raw salad.

Dinner example: 
· Vegetarian / Gluten free example: Vegetable´s Chop Suey (Cabbage, bean sprouts, carrot, zucchini, morrón, onion, *egg, grated coconut and ginger, sauteed in sesame oil, soy sauce)
· Omnivore example: Grilled Fish + Sauteed Fresh Vegetables + Season´s raw salad. 

○ * Without this ingredient in Vegan option 

Our cuisine caters to:

✔ Meat Eaters   ✔ Dairy-free

✔ Vegetarians   ✔ Nut-free

✔ Vegans.        ✔ Other Allergies

✔ Gluten Free        

*If you have special dietary requirements please email us!


You will have your private room in a cozy villa in a quiet and retired area of the Ecuadorian Pacific coast.
We currently have a single room available for one person or a couple.

The room includes:
· Twin size bed
· Private bathroom and shower with hot water
· Air Conditioner
· Bedsheets
· Towels

Activity Areas:

○ surrounded by greenery.
○ 5 minutes walk to the beach, archaeological reserves and local villages.
○ next to Montañita, international surf spot.
○ surrounded by beautiful bike paths and walking tracks through the mountain landscape.

○ The nearest airport is José Joaquin de Olmedo located in Guayaquil City. 

To come from Guayaquil you have to options: 
· We can arrange for a trusted driver to pick you up at the airport for an extra charge.
· You can take a bus from the bus station. 

Taking a bus from Guayaquil:
Take a taxi from the airport to central bus station in Guayaquil (may cost between 3 to 5 dollars ).
At the bus station, you have to go to the C.L.P (Cooperativa Libertad Peninsular) and ask for a ticket for a bus DIRECT to Olón. There are many buses to Olón, but only de Direct one could bring you faster.

The bus ride ends exactly at the Olón´s bus station. There we will be waiting for you :)


  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Melina Tertzakian   April 22, 2019

      Thank you ❤️

    I was introduced to Johnathan thanks to a good friend of mine, a current patient of him. And so I had my initial consultation. Opening up in this manner was something new to me - still, there I was, asking for his help with profound honesty. He answered back with compassion by being there for me. Next thing I knew, I was off to Dr. Johnathan Flores’s home in Olon with no expectation but the intention of placing my trust in his guidance, experience and process, hoping to be able to go through the work proposed. I was welcomed by Johnathan, Sofia - his wife - and their two adorable daughters - Violeta and Luz - in their home, in this magical quiet local spot by the coast of the Ecuatorian Pacific Ocean. I was assigned my own independent housing (room, toilette & shower and sofa/recreational area), with every detail taken care of by Sofi’s warm hand. I had the most peaceful times for myself in this private sanctuary and the best rests ever too! Since my arrival, I completely gave in to their lead, from the healing work to be done, to every single healthy detailed meal crafted by Sofi with love. I was able to face and follow the beginning of an intense personal journey only because I was taken by the hand of Dr. Flores’s strength, integrity and commitment to service, his talent, experience and professionalism, together with Sofi’s nourishing big heart and family supporting me throughout the way. I am forever grateful for their genuine generosity of opening their home to me, for Viole and Luz’s smiles, hugs and kisses, for their loving care and commitment, for their empathy and patience to my process, for their trust and confidence, and above all for their teachings and their belief in me.

  • Jonathan Hardman   January 31, 2019

      Amazing healing retreat

    Our experience at Nina Wasi was great before we had even arrived. Sofia was so quick responding to emails and accommodating with our needs and request, we were skyping with Jonathan the day we had contacted them and it was all booked by that night. When we arrived the vibe of Jonathan was calming, putting to rest the nerves that had built up in anticipation of what was to be truly an amazing experience. We were further relaxed by the atmosphere of the retreat it was so homey and just felt comfortable. We were treated to the most delicious breakfast we had our whole tour of south america, in fact the food Sofia cooked was our best meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner of our south american trip and easily the most healthy. After breakfast was our one-on-one's which were deep, intense and healing in itself. I found just chatting to Jonathan about my life and my issues, something I normally keep to myself, challenging but ultimately liberating. We rested after the one-on-ones and lunch and did a little homework that Jonathan had set for us for our ceremony. once the ceremony started everything flowed so easy our nerves were only that of excitement and it was because of Jonathan and Sofia had set such a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. the ceremony was mind-blowing, healing and indescribably amazing, we were guided at every staged by Jonathan and Sofia. My girlfriend had an outer-body experience and was so happy and content from her experience that she has been walking on cloud ever since. Both of us have started a journey of discovery, of ourselves and the universe and this experience was the kick start we needed . We both had an amazing time and only wish we could have gone for longer than the one night we were there. Jonathan and Sofia were incredible the whole experience is something I 100% recommend.

  • Heather Osborne   October 29, 2018

      Nina Wasi

    Jonathan, Sofia, their children and their home are simply amazing. I cannot thank them enough for the deeply transformative and healing experience I had each day. This is as well as the most delicious food prepared with love and the cosiest room and surroundings. They helped me to take my own life back in every way possible. Thank you a million times and more.

  • Barbara   October 17, 2018

      Transformative experience through deep healing

    Gratefulness ist the first thing coming on my mind, when thinking about my time at Nina Wasi. A truly magical place. Jonathan and his beautiful family do their very best to make you feel comfortable from the minute you arrive. These 10 days are full of life teachings and intense work. If you are about to make a random experience this is not the right place, this place is about healing and about inner change. Jonathan is guiding you with all his love, experience and wisdom through your personal process and makes sure every ceremony is aligned to a purpose. Before every ceremony there is a consultation session to ask questions, talk about your experiences and clarify your purpose. Jonathans incredible empathy allows him to uncover the underlying issues within a short time and helps you to bring light into your personal situation and destructive life patterns. You are going to leave this transformative place much more in alignment with your own truth, clarity and inner peace. Thanks to all the family for their dedication, love, energy and beautiful work!

  • Abdulelah Tamimi   August 23, 2018

      Life changing experience at NINA WASI

    Jonathan came highly recommended by a friend who she said helped her change her life. By that time I had been to several retreats, of which three were Dr. Joe Dispenza retreats, and have been slowly creating great changes in my life. I was more confident and more in love with myself. However, I still felt stuck, I still felt lost and couldn’t shake off my unconscious obsession with gaining the approval of others. I didn’t know why I cared so much and how to care less. I also knew that my rebellion against my family and culture—under the pretense of self expression—was not the way toward true self-actualization and growth, but I didn’t know how better to do things as the frustration and anger were at times palpable. It seemed that nothing I tried was really creating the necessary shift to feel secure in myself and express myself in a healthy way. And to have the confident and courage to go out into the world and be seen and express my creative individuality; something I have been wanting to do but have always yielded to unworthiness and shame. Jonathan was truly intuitive in understanding the underlying issue I was experiencing and was clear on the first thing that we needed to work on from our first consultation session online. We then expanded on that as we started working together on the healing process. The process was organic and felt natural. After having completed the retreat at NINA WASI I feel profound emotional changes with a renewed sense of connection to my culture and tradition. As well as a clearer understanding of the importance of surrender in the healing process and a renewed commitment to it. I believe that we were successful in achieving the goals that we set out to complete during the retreat and I am happy about that. I recommend Jonathan to anybody who is serious about creating the needed changes in their life.

  • Kerstin Rueckert   July 25, 2018

      Family healing with love

    Nina Wasi is a true place of healing. Johnathan and Sofía are the most loving and welcoming people you could imagine. Through my private retreat Johnathan was always so calm and reassuring. He was always fully present and never seemed in a hurry or stressed out. Not only does he share his knowledge in his stories and teachings, but also in his beautiful songs that he shares during the ceremonies. It’s a pleasure to listen to! I was dealing with a lot of stubbornness and I know that at times it was really difficult to work with me. But never in those 10 days did I feel that Johnathan gave up on me, which gave me the reassurance that I needed to keep going even if sometimes there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. It made me fully trust in the medicine and his work. Thanks to Johnathan I can understand myself and my behaviors better so that I can change them. I can feel gratitude towards my family now and I know that it is possible to overcome my stubbornness. These are only a few of the many insights and teachings that I’ve received over the course of those 10 days. I know that now it’s my part to practice every second of every day what I have been thought through the plant medicines and Johnathan - he always throughout the retreat makes this really clear that the real work only starts when you leave Nina Wasi, which I think is immensely important as the mind wants to escape from this thought. I know it won’t be easy to make the change in my life and to implement all those teachings. I know that it is a process, but I know it will be so worth it. Sofía is a great role model of a loving mother and wife. I could feel that she fully supports her husband in his work. She is also an amazing cook. No matter which dish she prepared it was always delicious and completely different than the days before. It was always really flavorful, cooked with fresh ingredients. You could see and taste how much love she put into it, making me for the first time in my life really realize that preparing food can and should be an act of love towards your family. The room I was staying in was super comfortable. It was the perfect place to to relax on the couch or bed after working hard in the ceremonies and sessions. I felt at home there. I highly recommend you to do this retreat if you looking for true healing and you are dedicated to do the work. Johnathan and his family will bring so much love and light into your life. I’m not for a second regretting that I’ve come here. If you are looking for a tourist shaman then you are definitely wrong here as the work with Johnathan is hard, but so worth it. I’ve tried a lot of other retreats and courses before to heal myself, but nothing felt like it had such a big influence and change on me than the work with Johnathan. I’m truly grateful for all the love and healing that I got to experience. Thank you!

  • Daniela Pönisch   July 10, 2018

      Deep structural healing with a medicine family

    Nina Wasi is a medicine family. It is what they live, teach, show and share every minute in the day. When I was here, I felt home, I was safe. During my private healing retreat I received healing from each one of the family. From Johnathan, not only Master of Ancestral Medicine but also master of the most enchanting music on his guitar, the flute and the harmonica during the plant medicine ceremonies, next to doing the hard and patient work of re-connecting me with my inner self through talking, listening and guiding me through all sessions and consultations, or if needed also during breakfast...He's been always there for me. I received healing from his wife Sofía whose attention and service has been medicine for my soul just as her beautiful meals have been for my body. And from the two very young daughters who enlightened me with their natural happiness to bond and freely share their joy with me. The love this family creates every day for one another and for me as their patient is without pretense and serves the purpose of healing in a rare and sacred way. I return to my own home with clarity, hope, connection and a warm heart. Thank you, medicine family.

  • Maria Lucia   March 15, 2018

      EL SPA del ALMA

    Nina Wasi es EL SPA para el ALMA, Este es un espacio para retirarse, descansar y trabajar con medicinas ancestrales en un ambiente familiar, donde se respira hogar, cuidado y respeto. Abren las puertas de su familia para mostrar como es la vida compartida de una manera sana, amorosa y en armonía. Agradesco mucho a esta familia por abrirse a hacer este trabajo tan hermoso y compartirlo, me gusto mucho trabajar con ustedes. es un places para mi encontrar personas tan comprometidas con su trabajo y con la vida. Agradecida de encontrarlos en mi camino NINAWASI.

  • Christina Hinz   September 26, 2017

      Trust this home of pure hearts, it is simply the best you can find!

    I am German but I live in Ecuador for a few years now. I have been in contact with medicine before but the real encounter I had in this most beautiful home. Since a year I am participating in the ceremonies guided by Taita Jonathan and his wife Sofia. With their help and their powerful medicine I was able to find real healing. Struggling with lots of experiences that repeated itself in my life I wasn´t able to experience true love and joy. Through the dedicated work of this healthy family in many different aspects I am able to get to know myself for real and see that I am the creator and with their humble work I am able to change. They give me all the lessons and tools I need to create what my heart is beating for. In every word and action of them I experience healing. The first time in my life I am with true teachers that guide me with immense patience, humbleness, love, love, love and with a knowledge that is limitless. Every ceremony is special and different and I am able to grow and so much has changed in my life. The medicine is beautiful and helps you to grow intensely if you open your heart and trust. And this is the right place for you because it is very safe, there is a healthy, knowing and loving Taita who explains so much and gives beyond words. I love this place, this family, this home of light. It is impossible to give back what they offer to you with all their heart and soul. May this family always be blessed, may they always be happy and able to keep doing their incredible work.

  • Emma Brown   September 08, 2017

      An exquisitely intense experience

    Having experienced an ayahuasca retreat in Peru, I came to this ceremony with expectations. I could not have imagined what was going to, & continues to happen. Johnathan & Sophia welcome you into their home & their family. From the start I felt extremely connected to the process after having a consultation with Jonathan before the ceremony. I think this was crucial before taking the medicine. The ceremony itself was intense, indescribably beautiful, powerful & healing. Johnathan's medicine is strong & drinking it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I can feel the positive effects of the ceremony 5 days later & know that this will continue. My only regret is that at this moment I cannot join more of these ceremonies. If you want healing that is personalised, attentive, genuine & loving, Nina Wasi is where you should go. Thank you, with all my heart

  • La Reina Serpiente   August 17, 2016

      Love it !!!

    Esta hermosa familia abrió sus corazones y su hogar a mi y a mi hermana, para ayudarnos a encontrar nuestro camino. Gracias a la medicina que nos ofrece nuestra Madre Tierra nos enseñaron a sanar, a ver a nuestros miedos a los ojos, abrazarlos y dejarlos ir en agradecimiento.En mi experiencia encontré respeto, dedicación y entrega cuando se trata de sanar el alma con medicina ancestral, gente sencilla dispuesta siempre a ayudar. Gracias siempre por esta oportunidad familia!!!! This beautiful family opened their hearts and their home to me and my sister, to help us find our way. Thanks to medicine offered by our Mother Earth taught us to heal, to see our fears in the eye, hug them and let them go in gratitude.In my experience I found respect, dedication and commitment when it comes to heal the soul with ancient medicine , simple people always ready to help. Thank you for this opportunity family !!!!

  • Laura Schinca   August 16, 2016

      Un hermoso camino hacia nuestro sagrado Ser

    El encuentro con las medicinas fue como ir a una universidad de la vida, donde empecé a aprender de una manera muy diferente a la conocida a relacionarme conmigo misma, con las demás personas y con la madre naturaleza... A darme cuenta de la importancia de cada acto, de cada pensamiento, más allá de la teoría y todo lo que sabía sobre las energías y la ley de atracción, empecé a materializar ese conocimiento a partir de la expansión de mi conciencia, de darme cuenta en el momento en que las cosas ocurrían, los pensamiento aparecían, y empecé a tomar control sobre eso, a elegir qué pensar, que decir, con quien compartir mi sagrado tiempo, que lugares frecuentar y cuáles no. Pude también conocer sobre la importancia de los ciclos menstruales en la mujer, cómo afecta mi estado de ánimo, reconocerme cíclica y empezar a entender cómo funciona este ciclo perfecto. Si pudiera resumirlo en pocas palabras diría que la experiencia con estas sagradas medicinas, me llevo a mi centro más profundo (y me sigue llevando) a lo más oscuro y a lo más luminoso de mi ser, y me permitió reconocerme, reconocer mis sueños y poder hacerme cargo de ellos y empezar a trabajar para alcanzarlos. Infinitamente agradecida a esta hermosa familia medicina, muchas gracias Jona, Sofi, Viole y a cada uno de mis hermanos en este camino.

  • damian grimberg   August 12, 2016


    es una familia hermosa que abre con todo su amor las puertas de su casa de luz con el propósito de ayudar a la gente a que se ponga bien, sane y empiece a caminar de una forma mucho más armoniosa su vida. sus medicinas son puro amor, y y su trabajo y dedeciación son admirables. sin duda es el mejor sitio para entrar y empezar a relacionarse con el mundo de las medicinas ancestrales y toda su magia.

  • Cerezit Reiss   August 12, 2016

      This house of healing is very powerful

    This house of healing is very powerful. I found what I was looking for my entire life: an opportunity to heal my soul and live in peace with myself and others. There are real life changing teachings that come hand in hand with the medicine and Taita Johnathan. This medicine family is committed to give their best at all times, something very hard to find. In this house of light I found love, trust, respect and patience towards everyone. My life has changed significantly since I began this path of healing with love and I owe it to them, the growth that anyone can achieve here is invaluable. Thank you Johnathan and Sofia for helping me and my family and making us feel at home with you. I wish you the best!

  • Ignacio   August 08, 2016

      Very beatiful Holy Medicine!!!

    Thank you Great Spirit for this beatiful house, and thanks for this lovely family, Jhonathan and Sofia. Here I found a better way for me and my family to walk with more love and happiness, is so nice. The work with the Holy Medicine is beatiful and real, with so much patience and tenderness guide and help me to learn, feel, recognise, heal. Again, thanks you very much!!!

  • Beatriz Pasina Souza   August 08, 2016

      sanacion profunda

    Mi experiencia con Jhonathan y las medicinas fue de profunda transformación. En todos los niveles pude sentir la ayuda que en este lugar se me brindó, limpio completamente mi mirada de mí misma y el mundo cambió totalmente, me ayudó a ver y reconocer todas mis dificultades todos los lugares dentro y fuera de mí que me estaban impidiendo ser una persona plena y verdaderamente amorosa. Es muy difícil contar en pocas palabras toda la ayuda que se me brindó a mí y a mi familia, todos los aprendizajes que aún hoy, meses después del encuentro siguen ayudándome a cambiar mi vida. Hay una de las cosas vividas que quisiera compartir para que otros se acerquen y es para mí de las que más me ayudó y es la ternura con la que a uno le enseñan, las cosas duras que me tocaron ver de mí misma, con esta ternura se me hicieron tan fáciles de reconocer que perdió sentido defenderme o enojarme y se hizo bien fuerte la verdadera intención de corregirme para estar bien. Y a partir de ahí comenzar a disfrutar de todas las bendiciones que existen en la vida de uno y ser verdaderamente agradecido con todas las oportunidades que se nos brindan para estar bien. Una maravilla el trabajo que se hace en NINA WASI lo recomiendo a todo el mundo que esté buscando una verdadera sanacion. Muchas gracias

  • Fabio Raphael Coitinho Pereira   August 07, 2016

      Un lugar donde pedir ayuda, te aseguró que esta familia de la dará.

    Agradecido al universo a la vida por tener la experiencia de compartir las medicinas ancestrales con esta familia amiga. Por brindar su ayuda en la búsqueda de mi camino, lograr mirar mi interior y reconocer lo que hay para cambiar para lograr Obtener la felicidad, amor, humildad y saber pedir ayuda cuando realmente nos encontramos a la deriva. Muchas gracias por todo el apoyo, las charlas los momentos de risas y felicidad compartidos. Por todo eso y mucho más que estoy seguro que hay aun para compartir un gran abrazo a todos ustedes desde Uruguay.

  • lucía Nux   August 06, 2016

      Five star place to heal your heart and soul

    This is a beautiful family that welcomes you, when you need it, to heal your heart, mind and soul through sacred medicine. This medicine and Taita Marco, Johnathan and Sofía, (and all the other members of the family) will help you to discover better your inner self, and heal what needs to be. All that with a lot of love, besides everything. I feel very thankfull and blessed with my experience and living with them. Con esta hermosa familia y medicina puedes desenredar y sanar aspectos de tu ser con los que te sientes trabado hace mucho tiempo. Con mucho amor y gracias al trabajo de los chamanes, de todo el grupo (la familia) y la medicina. Muchas gracias por un trabajo y una experiencia tan bonita que permanece en el tiempo y en mi vida!


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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.