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  • León Fidel Andy Grefa

    Fidel Andy

    Fidel Andy was born in 1966 on the river island La Soga in the outskirts of Tena, Ecuador, where he still lives and practices. He began his training with both his grandfathers at the age of six, learning about healing energies and medicinal plants. Soon he was introduced to tobacco infusions, taken first through his nostrils and later orally. He has spent substantial time in the forest finding his element, water, observed a variety of diets and practised celibacy until his mid-thirties. At the age of sixteen Fidel began to cure his immediate family, by the age of nineteen he became sought after by other people as well. Fidel is acquainted with San Pedro and Angel’s Trumpet, but Ayahuasca, which he began to drink at the age of 14 is his main companion plant alongside tobacco. As a widely recognised curandero, Fidel is often called upon by communities around Ecuador to heal, and resolve conflicts, and he continues to learn from a variety of ethnicities and teachers: “We never stop learning”.

    Fidel has been very active in the movement that successfully resisted the witch hunts of traditional healers in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in the legalization of curanderos in Ecuador with the establishment of ASHIN (Associación de Shamanes Indígenas del Napo) in 1997. ASHIN, which now counts members from all around Ecuador, was co-founded by Fidel and he acted as Vice-President and Secretary for ASHIN for several years and has been its President since 2006. Fidel continues to be involved in the social and political organisation of Ecuador’s indigenous nationalities, and is currently part of the popular movement for a constitutional assembly to rewrite the Ecuadorian constitution. [Editor’s note, DEC ’16: ASHIN has changed name to CYRAE as it is now a nationwide association of shamans and Fidel is currently – 2016/17 – the president and organising a Natural Medicine Gathering that will take place in Tena, Napo, Ecuador, April 11-15, 2017.]

    One of the initiatives within the constituent assembly processes spearheaded by ASHIN concerns further entrenchment of traditional healers in the Ecuador. A proposal to employ healers in conventional hospitals and to explore the possibilities for awarding academic credentials to traditionally trained healers was recently adopted by the “III Congreso Nacional por la Salud y la Vida”, which issued a “Declaración de Cuenca” in support of ASHIN’s demands and many other health related reforms.

    Alongside all of these activities, Fidel is conceptualising a set of academic workshops for medical doctors, psychologists, para-psychologists, hospital directors, pharmacologists, and constitutional lawyers about medicinal plants and their traditional usages; as well as working with independent researchers of a reforestation and autonomous development foundation to develop a “Casa de la Salud” offering traditional healing in Tena.

    Finally, Fidel Andy’s door is always open for people from near and far who want to learn about Ayahuasca and reflect on personal and relationship development, creative unfolding and, of course, for healing of whatever illnesses -mental, physical, or social-, that anyone may approach him with. However, his main commitment continues to be his work with local communities and individuals.

     

     

    Fidel can be contacted via: fidel.andy@gmail.com

    (but be patient, he is a curandero, not a cybernerd!)

     

    See also http://www.naturalmedicinegathering.com and http://naturalmedicinegathering.com/council-of-those-who-know-cyrae/

     

    From “Songs of Ayahuasca”:

    1 – Fidel Andi Grefa - healing

    Fidel Andi is a Kichwa healer from Tena by Napo River in Ecuador. He comes from a long family tradition of curanderismo and has a very interesting life as a indigenous rights & traditional medicine activist. This healing song was recorded live during an ayahuasca session (you will notice the throwing up in the background)

    This is where the journey begins, for it is theorized by some researchers that the origin of ayahuasca use lies in this very geographical area, the Napo river, in Ecuador.

    Here’s a quick summary of these theories: In the Pleistocene Age (2 million BC to 10000 BC) there were a series of glaciations that put most of the American continent under a sheet of ice.  During these glaciations there were certain areas called Pleistocene refuges where the ice didn’t reach. In the entire American continent there were only 9 such refuges.  It was vegetation from these areas, veritable centers of biological diversity that re-populated the continent when the ice ages passed. The Amazonian Piedmont of Ecuador and Colombia is recognized as one of the areas with the highest biodiversity in the world.  All of it originated in the Napo Pleistocene Refuge, which includes the Napo River and spans the area between the Aguarico River and the Caquetá River in Colombia.

    Most of the plant species in today’s Amazon come from that refuge, including -it is theorized- the ayahuasca vine. Thus the indigenous groups of that area are thought by some academics (G. Zuluaga, G. Highpine) to maintain the oldest, longest, traditions of ayahuasca use, starting with the Napo Runa (which would include Fidel) and then further down to the Siona, Kofan, Kamsá, Koreguage, Ingano and others.  It is in these tribes where ancestral ayahuasca use can be proven.  It is also among these groups that wild vine use is has prevalence over cultivated vines. Some academics (P.Gow, Brabec de Mori) believe that in other tribes ayahuasca use can be as young as a few hundred years old.

    Fidel’s style of working is slightly different from what I have seen further downriver in that right after the effects are felt he will begin the individual healings which are fairly long in duration. So on any give night he won’t treat more than 8 people or so, after he's done he will talk in the patient's ear for a while, telling them you what he’s seen and giving advice.

    THE STORY

    When Fidel did his healing on me after singing the song that you hear here, he said the following on my ear:

    “I looked at you and saw you are alright. It’s just that recently you were born again and that’s why you are still a bit weak, like a baby."

    "In order to get strong you need to drink tobacco”

    “Drink tobacco, how?” I asked

    “You take a large tobacco roll and cut a slice, leave it in a glass of water overnight.  In the morning you filter out the tobacco leaves out and drink the water on an empty stomach.”

    “But if you leave tobacco in water over night the water gets really really dark” I said

    “Precisely” he answered

    “But I’ve drunk such tobacco juice before and it made really really sick”

    He clicked his tongue

    “That’s because you had NO FAITH in it."

    "You have to drink tobacco.”

    And with that he sent me back to my place.

    It took me a few years to realize how right he’d been, but that’s another story for another time.  I’ll just say that nowadays I drink tobacco as he prescribed, and it no longer makes me sick.  I learned to have faith in tobacco.

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    Will come to your house, anywhere in Ecuador, if you for transport etc.

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    Experience explained:

    Fidel Andy was born in 1966 on the river island La Soga in the outskirts of Tena, Ecuador, where he still lives and practices. He began his training with both his grandfathers at the age of six, learning about healing energies and medicinal plants. Soon he was introduced to tobacco infusions, taken first through his nostrils and later orally. He has spent substantial time in the forest finding his element, water, observed a variety of diets and practised celibacy until his mid-thirties. At the age of sixteen Fidel began to cure his immediate family, by the age of nineteen he became sought after by other people as well. Fidel is acquainted with San Pedro and Angel’s Trumpet, but Ayahuasca, which he began to drink at the age of 14 is his main companion plant alongside tobacco. As a widely recognised curandero, Fidel is often called upon by communities around Ecuador to heal, and resolve conflicts, and he continues to learn from a variety of ethnicities and teachers: “We never stop learning”.

    Fidel has been very active in the movement that successfully resisted the witch hunts of traditional healers in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in the legalization of curanderos in Ecuador with the establishment of ASHIN (Associación de Shamanes Indígenas del Napo) in 1997. ASHIN, which now counts members from all around Ecuador, was co-founded by Fidel and he acted as Vice-President and Secretary for ASHIN for several years and has been its President since 2006. Fidel continues to be involved in the social and political organisation of Ecuador’s indigenous nationalities, and is currently part of the popular movement for a constitutional assembly to rewrite the Ecuadorian constitution. [Editor’s note, DEC ’16: ASHIN has changed name to CYRAE as it is now a nationwide association of shamans and Fidel is currently – 2016/17 – the president and organising a Natural Medicine Gathering that will take place in Tena, Napo, Ecuador, April 11-15, 2017.]

    From: https://colonos.wordpress.com/2007/04/16/interview-with-a-yachak/

    Type of medicine: Ayahuasca
    Preparation: Non-commercial, from forest gardens, sustainable, organic. Prepared traditionally with love and care and local secrets.
    Medicine content: Only ayahuasca with chakruna and chalipanga - no other things like tobacco, toe/wantu or whatever!!! This is safe and sound!

    Ceremony

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 15
    Place of ceremony: Normally in La Soga or in your home. Or anywhere else by special agreement and extra cost. For examples see: http://naturalmedicinegathering.com/2017-gathering/ceremony-places/
    Do you use any props during the ceremony?: Tobacco, leaves, icaro, cologne, conversation and integration.
    Do you welcome locals?: Yes
    Price range for locals: 50 or a chicken or a bag of food from the forest if you cannot afford it otherwise,

    Accomodation

    Type of accomodation:
    • Shared
    • No accomodation
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    Fidel has a simple hut for ceremonies. Rough and ready. Bring a tent or a mat and sleep on the floor.

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  • 2 Reviews on “Fidel Andi”

    1. pn45 Fidel Andi

      I have participated in several ceremonies with Fidel Andy Grefa. He is not set up with a lodge for tourists. He is a working Kichwa Yachak. From my experience, Fidel Andy performs limpia (cleaning) ceremonies. After performing the limpia, he will provide information about what he has seen during the ceremony and any other information that he believes might be useful for the client/patient. He performs the limpia with singing in Kichwa and accompanied with a suriponga for every participant. Therefore, for the ceremonies I have participated in, the gatherings have been small as the limpias can take some time.
      I get by with my limited Spanish abilities, however it might be useful to have a fluent Spanish speaker who can assist you with the conversation if your Spanish skills are lacking.

      Napo Runa culture is very complex. A little research into the ethnographic literature will demonstrate this point. Because of Fidel Andy’s years of experience working with many different types of clients, he is comfortable with foreign clients.

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): 2015 and 2016
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: No
    2. Pescador Post authorFidel Andi

      I have worked with Fidel for more than ten years. He is one of those rare shamans who build a bridge between the traditional Kichwa style and the modern world, because he speaks very good Spanish as well as Kichwa and he loves to share his knowledge and teach people about the magic, energetics and philosophy of ayahuasca, the use of plants and his techniques.

      He works regularly with locals and all over Ecuador.

      I have seen him in ceremony with hundreds of other people, too, and he is always careful, caring and helpful. His insights are powerful and his curations effective.

      You will need a translator if you do not speak Spanish and want to learn from him and get as much out of the ceremony as possible, but if you are ill and need treatment, then it is also possible without sharing a language!

      He is not a tourist shaman, but he will happily work with foreigners and he provides good protection!

      Highly recommended!

      • Date visited (Please let others know when you visited here): Many times since 2006
      • Was there someone to help you and watch over you during the session/ceremony?: No

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