Taita Luis The lovable Taita Luis Chindoy, brother of Taita Juanito, is from Southern Colombia’s Inga tribe. Taita Luis’s at a young age was adopted into the Siona tribe and lived there studying with elders of this tradition.
Taita Luis studied most of his life under the elders of the Sionas tribe and also holds his roots from the Inga tribe who are botanists and holders of the Yage/Ayahuasca. Taita Luis is a potent healer and seer with an infectious laugh and a gentle heart. His gifted council comes from plants, animals, and a place of deep wisdom of the earth. We are beyond grateful and honored to have Taita Luis joining us. This level of integrity and compassion is hard to find in the modern day it is such a pleasure to have Taita Luis to guide us.
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.
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.