Juan Andi Vargas

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About The Teacher

Juan Andi Vargas, 46, is the son of Don Luis. He has been working with the plant medicines since birth, under the guidance of his father. He has also studied under other shamans and is very passionate about healing and helping others. He organizes and runs the activities during the retreats, seeing that everyone gets individual attention and healing. He is a powerful shaman and makes use of the ancestral knowledge and the application of medicinal plants together with the wise teachers yachac healers Don Luis Andi and Don Santiago Grefa. He has also worked in Ecotourism for the past 25 years. He is assisted by his wife Irene Cerda Grefa.

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  • Seth Whitaker   February 07, 2019

      A true leader and powerful spiritual healer

    I was honored to spend two weeks with Juan and his family in Ecuador. I have a profound respect for Juan and his abilities as a leader, healer, and spiritual guide. Juan has incredible gifts of holding a very safe space for groups looking to do profound spiritual work. He is kind, attentive, and humble. He genuinely enjoys teaching others about the myriad of plant medicines that the jungle offers us. He has learned from generations upon generations of shamans, and it is clear that he takes his work as a healer very seriously. And yet, he is extremely approachable, smiling, and willing. Juan's family is also a huge part of his healing work. His wife is equally kind and strong; I felt incredibly safe and supported by them both during my stay at their home. I can say without any hyperbole that my experience with Juan has profoundly changed my life for the better. I am eternally grateful for our time together. Thank you Juan!

  • Louise Baranowski   January 21, 2019

      Wonderful journey

    Don Juan is the son of Don Luis and is a Sherman in his own right. His father has passed on the knowledge and as a team they bring great wisdom to your experience in the jungle. He opens up his family and home and his wisdom and brings a powerful energy to your jungle time. He is very helpful and open and thank you again Louise

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