We’re a ragtag crew hailing from Costa Rica, Peru, and Switzerland. What we all have in common is our love of nature, plant medicine, healing people, and Mother Earth. And of course we’re all united in Costa Rica’s life motto: PURA VIDA!

Los shamanes

The Shipibo are renowned for their centuries-old healing tradition involving medicinal plants and teacher trees. Outside the workshop season, our shamans live in the Shipibo medicine village of Ani Shinan in Peru, where they mostly guide teacher tree dietas. If you’d like to learn more about tree dietas, visit


A mother of nine—six sons and three daughters—she’s an esteemed medicine woman hailing from a long healing tradition. Her dedication and love are quite contagious. Her most important ally is the mighty shiwawaku tree. Also, she has dieted the bobinsana, pinon colorado, and mucura.

Francisco is one of our ayahuasca experts


He has been working as a curandero for 20 years and he enjoys supporting you to grow and heal. In the ceremonias he is very specific and right on the point with his icaros. He has dieted Tamaruri, Piñon Colorado, Suelda con Suelda, Renaquilla and many more.

Los facilitadores

For many years, a group of people from Switzerland has maintained close relations with the Shipibo nation. More than 10 years ago, they created the medicine village of Ani Shinan in Peru. In 2020, Pandorita, with its 370 acres of primary rain forest, was placed in the care of that same group as a gift to be shared—as a local employer, a travel destination for Shipibo, and a place of healing for workshop participants from all around the globe.


Gigi started her spiritual training in the Peruvian jungle, where she studied shamanic teacher plants and trees by doing dietas. Though born in Lima, Gigi’s heart belongs to the Andean Mountains. For the last decade she has lived in the Sacred Valley at the foot of the Pisaq ruins, not far from Cusco. Her offerings and songs are gifts from that time as well as her connection with Pacha Mama. Her passion is to help people form a deep connection with their own hearts. She takes in her guests’ wishes and intentions and uses songs and prayers to liberate the magic they carry inside. Gigi has hosted women’s ayahuasca retreats in Cusco and mixed groups in Tarpato and Costa Rica. She’s fluent in Spanish and English and will be there for you with love and patience throughout your stay. Always grateful for your presence and to your own heart medicines that each of you brings to the space and to ceremony of life.


Montserrat, devotes her energy to the service of our mother earth holding and honoring sacred spaces of ceremony. Her deep passion is to help to reconnect all beings to their true nature. With Compassion she watches over the participant and intuitively assists them when needed. She has a deep love for the plant world and the spirit of ayahuasca, she spent over a year in the Amazon jungle with shamans learning and witnessing transformative processes. She has as well been dieting with master plants that today are her great allies for the ceremonial work. She loves to dive deep into the unknown places in us, cleaning and transforming our inner soil, so the participants can afterwards plant and water the seeds of their hearts. She has trainings in the understanding of our nervous system and traumas,  Certified Yoga teacher, Flow movement teacher, Permaculture designer, Spine Ayurvedic massagist and knowledge in herb medicine. Her loving heart, and joyful being will remind you that everything happens for a reason and that all is a process.

Aum Keita

Aum Keita is a spiritual guide, Yoga teacher, meditator, life coach, permaculture enthusiast, eco-building architect specialising in treehouses, musician and singer with a great vision of making this world a peaceful and wonderful place for all the beings that live on it and for all those yet to come. His spiritual journey began as a child while traveling his entire life to more than 35 countries by learning the wisdom and knowledge from many wise masters and through his adventures. Apart from working many years with various sacred medicines, Aum has graduated a University masters degree in Yoga, Meditation and Holistic Health in India, spent a year practicing the ways of meditation from the Thai monks in Thailand and spent a year with the Shamans in the Amazon working with plant medicine and dietas. He is fluent in English, French, Tamil, Hindi and Spanish. He will be happy to be there for you and be part of your journey with his calm and loving presence.

Los trabajadores

They’ve grown up on the shores of the beautiful Golfo Dulce, living every day where other people go on vacation. Their knowledge of local conditions and peculiarities is a great asset for tending to the land at Pandorita.


Oscar oversees the cultivation of the land, and he knows and takes care of every nook and cranny at Pandorita. He steers the boats and is responsible for all things electronic and administrative.


Paulina is a miracle worker in the kitchen and tends to all the rooms at Pandorita. She lives only a short boat trip away.


Rhoyzer is a plant professional of a different kind: he checks and maintains the jungle paths, harvests various fruit, and tends to the entire garden with great dedication and love.