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, Doña Ines Vargas and his son Juan Andi Vargas, who also helps to organize the retreats.
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Kathy Valler-wahrlich January 24, 2019
I feel immensely grateful to Don Luis for my life. I went to the jungle Jan 2018, I thought to become more fearless and within moments of cutting the first vine Don Luis was able to tell me very specifically about a vein that was blocked in my neck due to old scar tissue. Everything suddenly made sense and become very real and I have been continual healing ever since. I learnt so much in such a short time, beyond anything words could try to describe. I am now doing things i never even considered i could do before. I achieved more on all fronts money - work - home - relationships of my life last years as well as the healing. Don Luis is a very gifted and special soul, he worked so hard during the ceremonies I felt so safe and protected in the Maloka these guys a real deal. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else except back to them. I am coming back planning: Jan 2020. Thank You for the healing that continues everyday now!
Joy Kerry January 21, 2019
Don Luis and his family graciously opened their land and shared with my group all the love and practices that have been cultivated and passed down through many generations. Don Luis is a powerful man with so much love and light packed into his petite physique. I have sat in over 30 ceremonies in multiple countries and am ever grateful for the work they do and share with others. Being a shaman is not necessarily considered a gift, it is a calling, possibly a responsibility to the planet. I look back fondly to my experience with Don Luis and his family. I also received additional care for a chronic issue I had been dealing with for years. Daily someone would drip medicine (hot water infused with plants) over my legs and feet for almost an hour as I sat there able to communicate with only a smile. I cried one day as Don Juan (Don Luis son) applied the medicine. I have been socialized to believe this is a menial task that not many would want to do, let alone feel happy to do it. It was at this moment I realized, they offer this healing with such grace because they are aware that my suffering, causes suffering to the planet. I was so humbled by this knowing.
Louise Baranowski January 21, 2019
This experience was life changing for me and a year later I am still feeling the benefits. Don Luis is an amazing wise Sherman who open up his home and his family to make you feel comfortable at all times and protected. I also watched all the people around me grow and flourish. It is a very safe environment for all who are open and willing to grow. I will return again and highly recommend Don Luis who has given up a traditional life to help others Thank you Louise
Rebekah Hunter January 20, 2019
I have struggled with mental illness in the past and now I feel as though I am able to move past it thanks to the wonderful work Don Luis and his son, Don Juan, have have helped me work through. Thanks to thia retreat I feel as though I am starting my life over and living from the earth while giving gratitude and upping mt awareness I feel in my body. Much love to these two shamans.
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.