Kester Reid is an outdoor mentor leading land-based learning and nature connection work in Canada. He has a background of conservation field work in the tropics, mainly in the Western Amazon: Peru and Ecuador. It was during work with isolated Achuar communities of Pastaza’s interior that Kester came to know Flavio in 2014. They quickly established that they had shared vision, and Kester began to spend time with Flavio’s family – learning and assisting them in such ways as he could. Kester is a writer, and Flavio requested that he begin work on a book telling the history of the Ayuy Yu clan. Working from some seventy hours of recordings with Flavio and some elders, Kester has been crafting the story that tells of the clan’s origins and purpose – where they are from, and where they are going. Flavio is keen for the story to reach Western ears, in the English language, and that the story reflect the Mystery and Wealth of their lived experience as medicine people and true guardians of ancestral territories. Kester also assists Flavio with international travel, facilitating and interpreting for events and ceremonies. He lives between Canada and Ecuador.
Cian Dalglish completed his MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development in2018 at University College London. His interest lies in Amazonian cultures, Indigenous knowledge and shamanistic knowledge-practice. In particular, he examines the relationship between these and mainstream development initiatives. He chose the Wayusa School as the topic of his Master’s dissertation and spent a transformative two months living in the Amazanga community. The dissertation explores the Wayusa School as an alternative model of development grounded in the spiritual practices of Flavio and his family; it represents a decolonial project that seeks genuine Indigenous empowerment and revival through land-based healing and ancestral teachings. Cian is also a passionate musician, traveller, budding writer, and linguist (with fluent English and French and fast improving Spanish). Whether through a PhD, professional research or otherwise, Cian is dedicated to deepening his knowledge and understanding of Amazonian cultures and their complex relation to their physical and metaphysical realities.
Andrea Davis is a passionate vegetable and plant grower, herbalist, food artist, writer, and traveler. She comes from South Dakota and Panama, and has spent many years working on projects ranging from permaculture to teaching English all over Latin America. Andrea met Flavio Santi and his family in Pastaza, Ecuador in 2014 when she came to learn about medicinal plants with his parents Rafael Santi and Lucila Vargas. Soon thereafter she became immersed in the Ayuy Yu family mythology and began a collaboration to recuperate the myths to preserve them for future generations. Andrea continues to study mythology and healing/spiritual practices with Flavio and other indigenous communities, as well as translate, write, and organize for various events.