Don Luis Andi Yachak

About us

Don Luis Andi, 66 is an elder indigenous yachak (in kichwa language "the one who knows"). Since birth had been prepared to become a powerful shaman by his father, a renowned powerful yachak. As soon as at the age of 8, he started to take ayahuasca and tobacco. While roaming alone in the nature, he was visited by the spirits who took him to the "other side" for several days. In those other worlds, he received blessings from the spirit masters. He gained the powers of supreme natural forces such as the lightning, jaguar, anaconda and condor. He is a true curandero who never uses his skills and knowledge to harm people. He does not abuse alcohol. He stresses the necessity of purity and honesty to have healing powers. He sings extraordinarily and plays several instruments during the ceremony and calls spirits to come to protect, heal and give power. He has also apprenticed with 25 other shamans. Don Luis is assisted by his wife, Dona Ines Vargas and his son Juan Andi Vargas, who also helps to organize the retreats.

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  • Miss Mister Woman   October 23, 2018


    In 2016 a trip was taken to this retreat. I came back sick where I developed mental illness. I will not go into specifics since none is needed. This review come from direct knowledge and experience. The shaman and his family appear nice, and kind. My mental illness that followed, the mental difficulties and story outline that followed were executed by the shaman Don Luis himself. While there the two so called shamans disappeared for 24 hours. Without warning to the group. When they arrived they simply said that they were out on a community meeting... ??? ... ???? My advice is what it is. Take it or leave. Do some research on line on the many who have gone to such retreats coming back mentally ill some having fates of death... I feel that it is the least that I can do. Be very weary.

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