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Shamans & Staff

Titi de Paula

Titi de Paula

Healer:  Titi de Paula, born in Brazil, discovered diverse spiritual practices from the different cultures around the world.  Eight years ago started studying and living the ancestral Cosmo vision of health from the native tribes of the Americas, therefore had the opportunity to live in diverse tribes, getting to know more than 12 ethnic groups from South America.  Yoga teacher, Ayurveda therapist, Pranic Healer, Sweat Lodge Leader, Vision Quest Seeker, Sun Dancer, Men of Fire for the Vision Quest and the Sun Dances, Holder of a Chanupa, Guardian of the Traditional Medicines of the Americas: Ayahuasca, Hawa Collai, Rapé, Kambo and Tabaco.
Jerry Rabas

Jerry Rabas

General Manager / Facilitator / Bookings & Communications

Jerry oversees the general operations of the center to ensure that all the guests are happy and supported. He handles all the bookings and communications as well. He supports the guests before arriving, during the retreats and also provides support after the retreats during their integration period. 

Jerry has worked in Corporate Sales for most of his professional career but was called to work with the medicine several years ago. He has been working extensively with these plant medicines for several years now and has worked in other retreat centers in Ecuador and in the Peruvian jungle. He brings much care, attention and knowledge to this role. Jerry is truly a bright shining star at Ayni.

Matías André Lizama

Matías André Lizama

Originally from Chile, Matías is actually an actor by profession specializing in the theater of movement and gesture. He has experience in alternative methods of education as well. He describes himself as a vision seeker and is a bearer of the Chanunpa which is a sacred pipe used in ceremonies as a means of conveying prayers to the Creator and other sacred beings.

Together with his artistic and educational trade, he has been working extensively with plant medicines for many years. He has been on a path of health, self-knowledge and spirituality from different traditions and cultures. He is very passionate about his path of supporting and being in service in sacred ceremonies, Vision Quests, Sun Dances and Spirit dances.

Santiago Ayala

Santiago Ayala

Born in 1966, a native to Ecuador, Santiago found himself on the shamanic path at the age twenty-six after overcoming a serious illness working with sacred plants and the healing traditions of the Andes that extend down from Ecuador to Peru. He has since devoted his life to the path of indigenous teachings and healing with the sacred medicine of San Pedro.

He carries the blessings of his elders, tribal chiefs, his family and all the many medicine people whom he was initiated under. Santiago is well known throughout Ecuador and the Americas as a highly respected Shaman and a gifted healer, when you work with Santiago you will quickly learn why. Santiago is deeply compassionate, wise beyond his years and carries a deep and powerful intention to heal with the spirit of San Pedro.

Santiago has lived in Vilcabamba, Ecuador for over sixteen years along with his wife, two daughters and two sons. Well known and loved in the community, he works tirelessly to offer healing to all those who seek his help. He is also the guardian and keeper of one of the last San Pedro forests here in southern Ecuador. His medicine songs, prayers and blessings carry the intentions of the spirit in his heart and are a special gift to all those who have a chance to work with him. Santiago speaks Spanish as well as English and creates a healing space in his ceremonies where everyone feels comfortable and safe.

Santiago works with the sacred tools of his ancestors that have been passed down for generations, the power and presence of his lineage speaks in all the work he does. Santiago works with many animal spirit energies, including Jaguar, Mountain Lion, Fox, Coyote and Hummingbird. To work with Santiago is to learn the ancient traditions these sacred ceremonies represent and to re-connect with the subtle energies of spirit, so you can heal on all levels and start to transform your life.

Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis

Kitchen Manager / Facilitator

Andrea is a passionate vegetarian food artist, avid plant grower, writer, traveler, and herbalist. Having grown up in the Northern Plains of South Dakota and feeling a deep connection to her Panamanian roots, she has traveled all over the Americas. She has worked on many projects ranging from permaculture/organic farming, cooking at retreat centers, preparing natural medicines, interpreting/translating in diverse locations, and living with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon to lend support to safeguard ancestral wisdom and lands. Andrea studied Cultural Anthropology in Washington state, attended herbal medicine schools in Oregon, and has apprenticed for many amazing teachers in forests, prairies, jungles, and homesteads. She loves creating beautiful, medicinal, and delicious food, and serving this kind of nourishment to others is a deep act of spiritual devotion that is dear to her heart.

Ximena Ayala

Ximena Ayala

Those that know me understand it takes a lot for me to speak about myself. Even more so regarding this other dimension of mine, but here we go. I started along this path, on a school trip to the Pachacamac Temple in Lima, Peru, when I was 7 years old. My childhood and teenage years were deeply marked by the painful internal armed conflict.

When I was 20 I embarked on a one way trip to Mexico, where I reconnected to my heart’s ancestry. I then became a mother of four. And I must say, this became my most sacred spiritual initiation, the most challenging and the most sublime. I am initiated on the path of Bhakti, of the Vedas. I am also initiated as a Pampamisayoc within the Andean Q’ero cosmovision. I haven’t always embraced my mission. On the contrary, I struggled with myself, during extended periods of darkness, where I denied my own aptitudes with great endeavor. Without the support of two of my teachers and of my Godmothers, I would not have traversed through the quagmire of my confusion. I bestow upon them the utmost gratitude. And this radiant dream has manifested with the sole purpose of being shared. I consider myself an apprentice along this path which I honor, and it keeps me humble. I live in the Sacred Valley of Vilcabamba, Ecuador for 18 years. I have nested with the shaman, alongside the river which is where are the magic occurs. All within a forest of native San Pedros and Huilcos, which are sacred plants of power. Honoring my truth, this is as honest as I can be regarding my path and my journey.

Maria Inés Borrero

Maria Inés Borrero

Maria was born in Cuenca and has years of experience that are an integral part of our center.. She has an impressive list of degrees:

  • Familiar Constellation guaranteed by the Bert Hellinger center in Argentina.
  • Gestalt Psychotherapist, specialized in Esalem Sur, Chile.
  • Facilitator of Personal – Transpersonal Development, specialized in Esalem Sur, Chile.
  • Bachelor’s in educational science and educational supervision and management. Active and personalized methodology, UTPL Ecuador.
  • Psychopedagogy, specialized in UTPL Ecuador
  • Master’s in Reiki, specialized in Centro Raiz, Quito
  • Specialist in Rebirthing techniques, specialized in Centro Internacional de Rebirthing, Leonard, Orr, Argentina.
  • Floral therapeutic, Flores de Bach y Andessense, Chile.
  • Management and practice of Andean Cosmovision.
  • Management of group meetings of Shultz, Couching Grupal.
María Fernanda Flores

María Fernanda Flores

María is from Ecuador and has been working in ceremonies for many years. She has a passion for music and the use of song as a tool for self-healing used in sacred ceremonies. She is involved with the Sun Dances and Spirit Dances here in Ecuador as well. For over 10 years, she has been studying and working with plant medicines with an interest in the innate ability for people to be able to maintain and improve their quality of life and health. María also has a keen interest in the use of organic movement while utilizing yoga and corporal theater. She is currently receiving a certification in Thai massage for therapeutic purposes.
José Luis Garcés

José Luis Garcés

Temazcal guide, mexican toltec tradition – kalpulli casa del condor. Tonallin instructor – kalpulli casa del condor. Energetic and aura harmonization with ancestral techniques and music therapy.Psychic self defense instructor– centro de armonizaciòn integral, Argentina. Student and national coordinator at ramtha school of knowledge.
Juan Pablo Martínez

Juan Pablo Martínez

Born in Cuenca, Ecuador with more than ten years of experience in many initiatory paths, among those the shamanic one as well as the ancestral medicines. He has shared this path with the men and women of this circle. He practices temazcal, that is a part of the Nation of Sacred Fire, part of Itzachilatlan in Ecuador. Also the Red Path and ancestral practices. He has participated in the Sun’s dance in Shuracpamba Sususdel. He is a beloved member of Ayni Center of Ancestral Medicine in Paute, Ecuador.
Geovanny Pesantez

Geovanny Pesantez

Born in Ecuador in 1968. Director of Ayni, plastic artist, cultural manager. He belongs to various initiatives and hermetic schools in which he was an instructor. Reiki master of the Osho school. Facilitator in the breathing, holotropic techniques as well as holistic hipnotist. Master in guided, relaxation techniques,  tarotist. He has knowledge in radiesthesia and its relationship with chakras. He has years of experience and knowledge of the master plants and the use of integral techniques that he has practiced in order to serve,guide and heal body and mind.
Juan José Burbano

Juan José Burbano

Born in Ecuador in 1967. He is ideologist and the founder of Ayni as a space where they can help the  human kind become one heart. For over 10 years he has practiced yoga and has been actively  involved with Shamanic circles. His profession is agro-zootechnist, his practice is based in the respect and development of sustainable organic agriculture. He also is  self-taught in the hyperrealistic art and in the visionary art with 35 years of experience. He possesses a wide knowledge of interior decoration and sustainable, ecological structures. He has musical talent which he uses to sing the Icaro’s songs during sacred ceremonies. He is in charge of the general management at Ayni.

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