At Lotus Vine Journeys, our facilitators have been carefully selected to ensure sincerity, warmth of heart and a true calling to work with the sacred plant medicine.
All our facilitators have a deep passion for the shamanic traditions of South America, having spent considerable time in the Peruvian Jungle dieting a variety of different sacred plants and going further and deeper in their own practice through many sacred ceremonies. Not only this, but our facilitators have been selected on the basis of the dedication, and the strong foundation, they posses in other spiritual disciplines such as Yoga & Meditation, adding an important element of integration & eastern wisdom to this beautiful path.
Your facilitators will not only give you plenty of information, during the retreat about Plant Medicines & your plant dieta, sharing their extensive knowledge and wisdom with you, but will also facilitate meditation & yoga classes on your sacred journey enabling you to connect more deeply to nature, the plants & Ayahuasca. Each retreat has three dedicated facilitators and a yoga teacher.
Lead Facilitator & Dharma Teacher
Spring Washam is a well-known meditation and dharma teacher based in Oakland, California. She is a founding member and core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center located in downtown Oakland. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom. She is the author of, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in any Moment available in stores on November 7th. She was trained by Jack Kornfield and has studied numerous meditation practices and Buddhist philosophy since 1997. She is a member of the Sprit Rock Teachers Council. In addition to being a teacher she is also a healer, facilitator, spiritual activist and writer. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices into diverse communities. She has studied indigenous healing practices and shamanic practices for over a decade. She has practiced and studied under some of the most preeminent meditation masters in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. She currently travels and teaches workshops, classes and retreats worldwide.
See Spring's website at Spring Washam.
Janeth Jaramillo lafuente
Retreat Manager & Assistant Facilitator
After studying Marketing & Business Management for 5 years in Ecuador and New York City Janeth felt the call to shift her career direction. She studied permaculture at Hancock Permaculture Center in NYC before traveling to Peru. It was during her first encounter with Ayahuasca almost 9 years ago that changed her life. Deep in the jungles of Peru, she instantly felt connected and was called to develop a closer relationship with this sacred plant. This led Janeth to spend long periods of time in Peru, where she resides most of the year. Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Janeth has become fully immersed into Amazonian Shamanism, working directly with Shipibo Maestros and helping to organize retreats. She continues to deepen her journey through countless plant medicine ceremonies and undertaking Ayahuasca plant Dietas. She dedicates a great deal of time working with Permaculture, environmental and social oriented projects. She volunteered at Paititi Institute for the Preservation of Ecology and Indigenous Cultures outside of Iquitos before being employed as the Volunteer Coordinator and Nursery Manager for the Permaculture Project at the Temple of the Way of Light. She also worked with the NGO Allianza Arkana, developing a plant nursery in the Shipibo village of San Francisco. Janeth helped to establish Lotus Vine Journeys and has been coordinating Ayahuasca retreats for several years.
Yugo is a world traveller spending most of the year in Peru, the Australian summer in Melbourne and a few months in California and Ecuador following an annual migration across the planet. During these travels he loves to pursue his passions for hiking, being with nature and creativity. Yugo Feather has had a deep connection to the natural world from an early age. Studying and working with plants professionally for over 10 years as a botanist based in Melbourne, Yugo is specialized in indigenous seed collection, curating one of the largest indigenous seed banks of the greater Melbourne area. Yugo has over 8 years experience working with plant medicines, beginning his journey with various Acacia species of south east Australia. With many solo ceremonies in the Australian bush, Yugo has developed an intimate and personal connection with the spirit of Acacia. His fascination with the exploration of consciousness led Yugo into the Amazon to work with Ayahuasca in early 2014. This decision changed his life forever and Yugo has been returning to the Peruvian jungle every year since, drinking Ayahuasca with many Shipibo maestros, cultivating a close relationship with the sacred medicine. Yugo is passionate about plants and has volunteered in several permaculture projects across the Amazon basin utilizing his nursery skills and experience working with the NGO Alianza Arkana.