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Amanda Schendel January 08, 2016
Santiago, upon first meeting, seems a bit serious and solemn to most of us westerners. He takes his work with the sacred San Pedro medicine very seriously. In addition to growing his own plants and making an incredible brew for the retreat guests, Santiago pours his heart and soul into each ceremony. You get to spend personal healing time in front of him and in front of the fire on his real Jaguar skin (it was given to him as a gift when he was younger). The lessons he teaches are simply mind-blowing. It seems as if he's channeling the great Grandfather spirit of the plant and teaching its life lessons to us all. You realize that when the medicine is this strong, you will want a strong leader there with you to control the spirits. Santiago is solid, strong and powerful. You can tell he has been a shaman for many, many years. One of the best things about him is that he struggled with substance abuse as a young man, so therefore is very kind and understand toward those struggling with similar issues. He always seems to know what to say just when you need it. I can't wait to be in his presence once again and feel the love of life this man emanates from his inner being.