The Kichwa magic
Our healing lineage extends back at least five generations. Our father, Don Agustin, was one of the founders of the Kichwa community of Rio Blanco back in 1970 which was created to preserve the ancient Kichwa customs and way of life.
In this community Don Agustin pioneered one of the first ecolodges and herbal medicine schools in the Amazon starting in 1990. This was created in order to invite the world to experience the Kichwa way of life and preserve the forest while providing a sustainable, right livelihood for the community. These efforts then led to the creation of Ruku Samay in 1999 as a family owned retreat and healing center offering plant medicine healings and cultural immersive experiences to people from around the world.
In accordance with our tradition, our current generation of healers began training at the age of 8, sometimes earlier. Our parents and grand parents are actively involved in the process as this is the Kichwa way where family serves as the base for knowledge and wisdom.
Our healing approach is holistic compared to the western allopathic, modern approach to medicine. Similarl to the healers in Chinese medicine, Kichwa healers strive to help the client find the balance within the whole person rather than just treat the individual symptoms. We believe that once balance is reached and the person is given enough space heal, recovery is imminent. We have expertise in over 3000 medicinal plants and deep knowledge of the flaura an fauna of our beloved Pacha Mama which forms the foundation of our healing offerings.
GO FURTHER AND BEYOND
In the Kichwa tradition, Ayahuasca is often used in the healing process. Popularly known around the world as a gateway to the spirit world, Ayahuasca has traditionally been used for thousands of years as a healing medicine by the Kicwha and other indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Made using two indigenous plants Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis, Ayahuasca has been known to promote significant healing responses physically, mentally and spiritually.
While the experience is different for everyone, Ayahuasca is known to be deeply affecting often allowing people to come away from the Ayahuasca ceremony feeling more spiritually and vitally restored and connected to themselves and nature than they did before arriving.
"I had the most transforming experience at Ruku Samay. I'll never forget the kindness of the Grefa family and the amazing healing abilities of Don Agustin. It was truly life changing. Ruku Samay is pure magic. I have been coming back almost every year since 2007." - Guest, 2019
“Ten days in the Amazon jungle with Agustin’s family was incredibly amazing. Deep in the jungle, surrounded with such variety of fauna and flora, all the sounds of the jungle and delicious home-made meals was so great that I did not want to leave. Ceremonies were profound and opening and the retreat was deeply transformational for me. Can’t wait to come back to Ruku Samay soon.” Guest, 2017
"We bring our university students here every year for an intense, immersive experience. It is always unforgettable and the students are forever changed for the better." American university professor and tour leader, 2018