Taita Juanito is a title given to spiritual leaders of the Inga people in the Amazon. The title is a revered and respected one, earned through years of study under the grandfather elders.
Taita Juanito is a Doctor of the indigenous community of the Colombian Amazon, he walks the path of the Yagé and his family comes from a long lineage of traditional botanists. He began studying the medicine as a young boy. He learned the traditions of the Ingano people until he was twelve years old, before studying the Siona ways. Since then he has been learning and sharing with different communities.
Taita Juanito is a pillar of strength, hope and healing in his community, and now hopes to spread his message of love across the world to those who seek the path of sacred medicines.
This retreat is facilitated by Eli Rechtschaffen. Since a young age Eli has been drawn to self-exploration and has felt a strong connection with the spirits of nature. This connection led him to explore the world of Shamanism and to intensively study with indigenous people in South America. His journey has taken him to the depths of the Amazon jungle to learn about their medicinal plants and to learn a way of healing people in the truest form as our ancestors teach. The lineage that Eli follows is carried by Taita Juan from the Ingano tribe of Colombia.
Each year Eli leads healing retreats in Costa Rica with people from all around the world. Eli lives year-round in Costa Rica and there he has his own shamanic healing practice and leads medicine ceremonies. Every year Eli visits Colombia to further his studies and dive deeper into the teachings of the Amazon and the sacred plant medicines. His life intention is to bring these sacred healing tools to all beings whose hearts are open and to support the collective awakening of all human beings.
Taita Carlos is a medicine-man and botanist, he was born in the Condaugua indigenous reservation in the Putumayo department of Colombia and belongs to the Inga town.
Taita Carlos spends the majority of his time now living in the jungle and he brings with him wisdom of the jungle. He is a master in construction of sacred ceremonial spaces and also in the cooking of the Ayahuasca brew.
Sitting in ceremony with Taita Carlos is something very unique as he holds both a simple sweetness and the deep power and strength of the Amazon jungles plant medicines. We are very excited to have Taita Carlos joining us in ceremony and prayer! It is something very unique.
Peia Luzzi is an American born song collector, writer and multi-instrumentalist based in the mountains of Southern Oregon. Like water from a deep well, she draws inspiration from her ancestral roots of Celtic and Old World European folk music. With the voice of a lark, Peia dances nimbly from Child Ballads and 17th C. Gaelic laments, to Waulking Songs, and Bulgarian mountain calls. She has traveled extensively over the past 10 years to uncover melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring to honor their language and stories, while bringing a piece of herself to each song she carries.
At the Nature Within we are beyond thrilled having Peia join us on our upcoming retreats. Having had the chance to sit in ceremony with her it’s amazing how her voice supports the healing journey and acts as a bridge in the activation of the plants. A voice unlike one we have ever heard before, she brings the song of the heart of the natural woman who has been calling us home since the beginning of time.