Johnathan Flores, Md

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Johnathan Flores holds the title of Dr. in General Medicine (Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil). He is also a trained Reiki Therapist and specializes in Ecuadorian Ancestral Medicine (Shamanic Medicine). He was born in the USA but grew up in Ecuador with Colombian roots.

He started to develop his relationship with plants in which he had learned from his grandmother. Johnathan now aspires to dedicate his life to the teachings of plant medicine.

In 1997, at the young age of 13, he started in martial arts training himself in Taekwondo. There, he discovered the world of Asian philosophy which captivated him. A few years later he became a student of Japanese Traditional Jiu Jitsu. In 2001, at 17 years old, his Jiu Jitsu master gave him the blessing of Reiki and he became a Reiki Therapist. In the same year, he studied the anatomy of the body and increased his knowledge with chiropractic courses. At that point, he began his vocation as a healer.

Finally, in 2002, he met Master Ricardo Tay Lee who taught him the sacred path of Kung Fu.
Master Tay Lee instructed him for 8 years in the Chinese arts of BODY, MIND and SPIRIT through the daily and rigorous practice of Kung Fu and Taoist meditation.

In 2004, he began to study as a doctor in medical school. At the same time, he was introduced to the power plants and the abundance of knowledge that came with it. In that moment - he met the sacred circle of ancestral medicine. The combination of the fire, teacher plants and mother earth medicines brought him a feeling of yearning to return back home. 

Johnathan decided to devote his life to the path of the ancestral medicines teachings (Shamanic Medicine). He aspired to keep alive the powerful tradition that ancestral civilizations have been transmitting from generation to generation.
He has 13 years of experience with the teacher plant´s knowledge of San Pedro (Aguacoya) under the discipleship of the Master Taita Marco Vazquez and Yajé (Ayahuasca). He received generous teachings from teachers of the community Shuar, Cofan and Siona in the Ecuadorian and Colombian jungle, who have become part of his family.

He was born with the intuitive ability to feel others. This empathetic skill has allowed him to develop dynamic treatments, adapting it in a unique way to each patient.

He dedicates his life to the study of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Aside from being an Ancestral Medicine Man and a General Doctor of Western Medicine, he provides Reiki treatments, different techniques of Chinese Medicine and Emotional Therapy. He developed his own Therapy named IET (Integral Emotional Therapy) where he combines all the branches of medicine he has developed.

Johnathan is also a musician and works with Lakota Flute. He uses this as music therapy, taking the patient into a meditation towards an inner journey.

¨ I believe in the integration of medicines and I feel that this allows me, as a healer, to expand my field of vision. Being able to treat the same ailments or illnesses in my patients from several points. That makes me achieve fast and effective results, which betters the quality of life and brings health and wellbeing.¨
                                                                                                                                        Dr. Johnathan Flores Becerra

NINA WASI´s founder

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  • Heather Osborne   October 29, 2018

      True & Profound Healing

    Dr Jonathan Flores has helped me literally take my own life back into my hands and into my heart. His own and his family’s love, wisdom, knowledge and humility warmed my whole being each day. I’m grateful beyond measure for his support and guidance to truly manifest the gift of life each precious day. Thank you infinitely. With Love and Blessings

  • Kerstin Rueckert   July 24, 2018

      Healing with love

    Dr. Johnathan is an extremely patient, humble, honest and dedicated person. He has so much knowledge and is eager to share, which he does in the most loving, but firm way. But the most beautiful thing is that he is teaching by example through the life he is living on a daily basis - living in this little paradise he has built with his beautiful wife and children, inviting people into their home to help them on their journey back to themselves. In every moment of the day, with every word and action, he shows that he is really the best example of what he is teaching. I was often wondering how at the end of a busy day or the next morning after a full night ceremony, he could still be so happy and be so present with his wife and his kids, but I guess he just truly loves his life which is dedicated to his family and the amazing work he’s doing with the help of the plant medicines. I can’t thank Johnathan enough for being such an amazing teacher and example. I’m deeply grateful for those 10 days of healing that I’ve received through him and his wonderful family.

  • Daniela Pönisch   July 10, 2018

      A true healer

    Dr. Johnathan Flores is a healer in the purest way. What made my encounter with him so inspiring for me was to witness how he does not separate his work from his life. His work is his life, and his life is the work. Plant medicine was new for me, I did not know what to expect but Johnathan provided an environment for me in which I felt safe - his home. The medicine he generously gave to me is the love of his family, his beliefs and his deep respect for ancestral medicine that empowers him to heal me. It was beautiful and impressive to experience how he, with much wisdom and kind patience, guided me to connect with the plant medicine (in my case San Pedro and Ayahuasca) and to do the necessary therapeutical work together. Especially touching for me was the enchanting music he played on the guitar, the flute and the harmonica during the ceremonies. Through his music, his presence and his love for what he does he taught me many lessons. Returning to my own home with a healed and warm heart, I know my life has changed. Thank you, Johnathan.

  • Maria Lucia   March 15, 2018

      My experience.

    Working with Dr. Johnathan for me has ben one of the most profound journeys of my life. With him, I was able to travel to places that alone, I could not without the help of someone who knows how to get there. With a very sweet, patient, and compassionate manner, he accompanies you and shows you the map of your life, towards where you’re walking to, and generates a space where confidence is fundamental in being able to deepen in understanding with each step. In this way, one begins to open up, see onseself, and be conscious of your own actions, of your obstacles that impede us to live a life more honest and fluid. His way of teaching is through his examples; you can see that how he is and what he shares is totally in concordance. This is what I like the most about him. He is honest, humble, and very fun, and is a person that wants the common good and always will show you what is necessary to arrive at your best self. For those people who really want to work on themselves, see themselves, and be happy and go forth wit happiness, I recommend getting to know the work of Johnathan Trabajar con el Dr Johnathan, para mi a sido un viaje a las profundidades de mi ser, llegar a esos lugares que a veces solos uno no pode y necesitamos de la ayuda de alguien que sabe como llegar hasta allí. De una manera muy dulce, paciente y amorosa el va acampanándonos y mostrándonos el mapa de nuestra propia vida y hacia donde estamos caminando, generando un espacio donde la confianza es fundamental para poder profundizar cada vez mas. Así uno comienza a abrirse, mirarse y a ser consciente de sus propios actos, de sus obstáculos o trampas que nos impiden llevar a una vida mas honesta y fluida. Su forma de enseñar es a travez de su ejemplo y puedes ver al compartir con el, que lo que hace y lo que dice es totalmente coherente. Eso me gusta mucho de el. Es honesto, humilde y muy divertido, es una persona que busca siempre el bien común y te mostrara lo que sea necesario para llegar a ser la mejor versión de ti mismo. Para aquellas personas que realmente quieran trabajar, trabajase, verse, ser felices y caminar con alegría recomiendo conocer el trabajo de Johnathan.

  • Linda Wilson   March 13, 2018

      Priceless healing

    I am not usually someone who writes reviews online but I made an exception for this one because I believe as many people as possible should know about Johnathan's work. Simply put, Johnathan gave me back my life. I have done both Ayahuasca and San Pedro in a retreat environment before (following the "gringo" trail — not great or very useful experiences overall) but with Johnathan, you will experience true, honest and dedicated healing by an actual medical doctor who specialises in Ancestral Medicines. This is his calling and he was put on this earth to help people and families heal and you can feel the love from the minute you arrive on his property to the minute you leave. And it follows you long after. I arrived at Johnathan's desperate to change / fix / understand my life. An anxiety-ridden, financially broke, scattered, overweight, negative, binge-drinking mess. My life was in the toilet for lack of a better term. I left 7 days later healed. I sit here now writing from a cafe taking a break from a book project I'm excitedly working on, eating a healthy lunch having not touched alcohol since I left with the desire for it simply not being there. Finally, I see the beauty in life and a reason for living. You don't just "get" this from drinking Ayahuasca or San Pedro. You need a guide to get to the good stuff. Johnathan guides you through the underlying pain and issues that are causing your destructive behaviour in the first place. The reasons I was treating myself so badly have been identified and healed through his love and knowledge of the medicines and human beings. It's important to say, there are two people involved in this healing process. You and Johnathan. He shows you what you need to see, helps you make sense of it and then when you leave, the torch is handed over to you to implement the changes you've learned into your life. That's when the real work, for you, begins. I feel as though I was given a gift that I would never have received any other way and I will always be forever grateful to Johnathan, his wife Sofia and their 2 beautiful daughters for showing me a week of pure love and healing. If you're reading this and you really truly want to change your life, go.

  • Christina Hinz   September 26, 2017

      A very respectful and true master!

    I have been working with a healer in Germany for a few years and I have also been experiencing the work of other great healers who work with medicine but the genuine teacher was Taita Johnathan. This is because of his truthseeking nature, his immense knowledge, his humbleness and love, his powerful medicine but most of all his complete dedication to your healing process. He is capable to really bring true healing into your life because he is doing everything what it takes to get you there! With every word and action he teaches you because he shares knowledge about so many different aspects of your process, daily life, life itself, the significance of the medicine and ceremonies and many teachings more and he is not sparing any effort so you can really learn, implement and grow immensely. If you want to learn at any level of your process, he is the one! He lives or even is the medicine. He is an example for a healthy man,a loving husband, a caring father and a very respectful and true healer. He is a great master! He gained so much knowledge and connection with the medicine that after a year working with him I am astonished in what different dimensions he can guide you, really teach you and transform you. As if every ceremony is opening another space in you, another deeper level of yourself, a more profound consciousness all the time. It is truly an incredible and elaborate work. I am finally finding healing, mentally, physically and spiritually. I can connect with my heart for the very first time and this is the greatest gift of all. Now I can bloom and truly create from love. I have the deepest gratitude and the most respect for this master!

  • Laura Schinca   August 16, 2016

      Un gran maestro

    Muchas gracias Taita Jonathan por tu simplicidad y amorosas enseñanzas, por cada palabra, contención y abrazo, por tu atención e interés en mejorar la vida de las personas y por ayudarnos a recordar que estamos en este plano para ser felices y que si se puede vibrar en una frecuencia de amor cada día de nuestra existencia. Inmensamente agradecida por esta familia, los amo

  • damian grimberg   August 12, 2016


    El taita Johnathan es un ser transparente con un enorme corazón. su trabajo es impecable, cada ceremonia se entrega por completo y se pone al servicio para que cada paciente que entra a su círculo de medicina pueda conectar y sanar el propósito que fue a trabajar. las medicinas ancestrales son muy sagradas y poderosas, por esto es importante poner mucha atención con quién se toman. Y el taita Johnathan es una garantia para poder vivenciar la mejor experiencia que transformará tu vida, al igual que lo estoy experimentando yo junto a toda mi familia.

  • Cerezit Reiss   August 12, 2016

      Impeccable work and complete dedication

    Taita Johnathan is one of a kind. His joyful dedication to his life and work is admirable. He treats us all patients with real patience, love, attention and respect. He has an open heart, willing to teach to anyone who is willing to learn. And the beauty of it is that the things you learn from him he puts into action in his own life and his family. His work is confidential and you can trust him completely, you will never be judged by him, on the contraire, you will learn that he has only good intentions in his heart and good thoughts in his mind. He has invested so much energy and love into healing me and my family and for that I am forever grateful.


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