Yoga & Language Vacation in Tumbaco, Ecuador

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Iris Disse

Iris is a German artist, who works in Latin America and Europe as an internationally renowned filmmaker. Her documentaries and movies reflect the social reality of the indigenous people in Latin America and Indonesia.

Until 1995, she was a well-known actress for German TV and theater. She subsequently worked as a theater director in Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna. She is a prize-winning sound artist and maintains some involvement in these fields.

Throughout 1988 to 1993, Iris got involved in meditation, breathing, singing, and dancing as spiritual techniques with the Sufimaster Pir Vilayat Inayat Kahn. Every year, she participated in monthly retreats in the Alps.

In 1993 through 1995, she trained in Yoga Trantra with a range of teachers, including Margo Anand, Doris Christinger, and Peter Schröter from Sky Dancing Tantra; Diana Richardson, Kutira, and Allan Lowen. She has been practicing Tantra for the last 20 years together with her partner, David Höner.

Since 1996, they are teaching Yoga Tantra, and Iris presents this knowledge at the University of Quito (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar). Working since 1994 with indigenous people in Latin America and Indonesia, she got involved with shamanistic energy work.

In February 2013, she gained a 500-hour advanced Tantra yoga certificate with the Traditional Tantric Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha Anantha Natha in Southern India. She is initiated in Shri Vidya Tantra and a YAI certified master yoga teacher.

Since 2000, Iris has been developing Durga’s Tiger Teachings incorporating Tantra Yoga and shamanism. Her Durga’s Tiger dance meditation is a powerful fusion of yoga energy work implemented in different dance stiles. The training involves voice work like chanting.

Iris created erotical radio programs for Radio La Luna. She has also received many awards for her international programs about tantric topic of Radio Art and Video. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Daniela de Girolamo

Daniela was born and grew up in Italy. After some years travelling as tour guide, she decided to settle in Granada, Spain, where she started to study in “Sol y Luna” school.

In 2005 she began studying ayurvedic medicine with the study of abhyanga massage and marma treatments.

In 2006 Daniela was certified as ayurveda massage therapist by APTN_COFENAT. The same year she started to study shiatsu and traditional chinese medicine. Thanks to this beautiful 4 year path, in which Daniela gained an understanding of the functioning of nature’s elements and their relationship with the body, she can integrate the knowledge of these two ancient arts of healing; ayurveda medicine and chinese medicine have a lot of things in common.

In 2010 she was certified as a shiatsu therapist by A.P.S.E.

Daniela’s love for shiatsu and the practice with patients, stimulated her to delve more, participating in 2010 in an intensive course about “Diagnostic and work with chakras” with Diego Sanchez, teacher from Uruguay. In 2011 she attended a postgraduate course about “Shiatsu and menstruation” with Marina De Franceschi from Italy.

She began to regularly practice Qi Gong in order to be in health and energetically strong whilst working with patients. Between 2010 and 2012 she trained at “Sol Y Luna” school to become a Qi Gong teacher.

Daniela taught and worked with shiatsu in differents centres in Granada, between them, ArtesSanas en Movimiento which is a creative project where she could meet professionals of other disciplines and exchange with them yoga practices, other Qi Gong thechniques practices, classical inidian dance between others.

Between 2011 and 2012 she travelled in India where she practiced hatha yoga (as yoga vacation) in Sivananda Ashram in Neyyr Dam and experience a treatment in Parathuvayalil ayurvedic hospital in Cochin.

Since arriving in Ecuador Daniela has been training in Tantra Yoga with Iris Disse as well as assisting with the creation of Durga’s Tiger School.

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Laura Jerez / Yoga Instructor & Bach Flower Therapist

Laura was born in Chile, grew up in a village in the south, Buena Paz, where she learned to respect and love nature. In 2006, she understood that her path was to improve the lives of others, so she began her studies in Social work atthe University “Tecnológica Metropolitana del Estado de Chile” (UTEM). During this process, she became engaged with social fights under the concepts of justice and equality. In 2012 she was certified with a degree in Social Work.

Laura practiced social work for 3 years in the “Fundación Consejo de Defensa del Niño”, which objective is “To promote children rights and improve the right of compensation in cases where they have been damaged.”

She became disillusioned by traditional therapy methods and wanted to expand her knowledge. She studied “Bach Flower essences”, remedies for the Soul. During this process she understood that as the matter evolves, the same way the Soul evolves. She began to give importance to emotions rather than just reasoning. To the senses more than the figure, to feel more than know, to live more than to have.

In 2012 she was certified as Floral Therapist end she participated to the National Congress of Bach Flowers for children.

She practiced her profession as floral therapist with children, teenagers and adults, focusing on therapies for women and providing counseling services, realizing with satisfaction the quality of results you can obtain using floral therapy.

In 2014 Laura traveld through Latin America, gaining experiences through cultures, landscapes, colors, fragrances, tastes and most of all, releasing her attachment to material objects. During this travel she planned a pause “The middle of the world” to become a yoga teacher, a love of her past. 

Here she found a mystic and sacred environment in the “Durga’s Tiger School”. During her training here she was able to go deep inside her yogic experience, reinforcing her beliefs and supporting her ideals.

Laura taught yoga classes to children and teenagers in the School of Arab dances “Brigitte Saunders” (Valle de los Chillos) and now offers regular classes in the Cultural Centre Kay Miravalles and in Casa Kiliku.

She’s also the fouder of “Bien-estar Yoga” centred in personal and private yoga classes.

"Work with your body, relax your mind, and cultivate your soul!" - Laura Jerez

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Erica Esham

200 RYT & YAI Certified Tantra Yoga Instructor, Erica is currently working towards her 500 hour certification.

Erica embarked on her yogic journey in 2006, studying Yin Yoga in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. From here she began to explore and develop her own practice, drawing influence from Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Acro-Yoga and finally tantric yoga with Durga’s Tiger School.

In addition to her yogic practice, Erica involves herself in art, performance and teaching. She has played with Capoeria and attended many Afro-Cuban & Afro-Brazilian dance workshops with Donna Oefinger, the director of the Axe Dide Dance Company in Portland, Oregon.

After graduating from the School for Creative and Performing arts in 2003, she moved on to receive a degree in fine arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2007, and her Masters in Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati in 2012. She has been awarded a number of prestigious grants and scholarships for her artwork.

In 2011 Erica received a Travel Grant for a documentary project working with the indigenous peoples of Ecuador. While traveling for this project she fell in love with the energy of this country! She has intensively studied plant medicine, holistic health-care and herbalism for more than 11 years and continues to work with Shamanistic communities & power plants in both the US & South America. She has traveled extensively working with a multitude of farmers learning about sustainable farming methods, permaculture and natural building.

Erica strives to infuse all aspects of her life with the tantric philosophy. She believes that all people have a right to treat themselves with kindness and work to achieve a state of balance.


Erica se adentró en el viaje yogi en 2006, estudiando Yin Yoga en la ciudad donde vive, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Desde aquí, empezó a explorar y desarrollar su propia practica siguiendo los aprendizajes del Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Acro-Yoga y finalmente el Tantra Yoga en Durga’s Tiger School.

Para complementar su practica de yoga, Erica hace actividades relacionadas con el arte, el teatro y la enseñanza. Practica Capoeria y participó en muchos talleres de danza Afro-Cubana & Afro-Brazilian con Donna Oefinger, la directora de la Compañia de Danza Axe Dide en Portland, Oregon.

Después de graduase en la Escuela de Artes Creativas y Escénicas en 2003, se mudó para recibir otra graduación en Artes Plásticas en el “Columbus College of Art and Design” en 2007, y los Masters en Artes Plásticas en la Universidad de Cincinnati en 2012. Ha sido premiada con varios reconocimientos y becas por su trabajo.

En el 2011 Erica recibió un Viaje Premio para un proyecto – documental trabajando con los pueblos indígenas del Ecuador. Mientras viajaba para este proyecto, se enamoró de la energía de este país. Estudió a fondo las plantas medicinales, el cuidado de la salud desde el punto de vista holistico y herboristería para mas de 11 años y continua trabajando con las comunidades Chamánicas y plantas poderosas en Estados Unidos y Sur de América.

En Oregon, trabajó con la “Urban Farm Collective”, transformando las parcelas de terreno, en huertas colectivas para los vecinos del sector. Viajó mucho, trabajando con diferentes granjeros y aprendiendo sobre los métodos sostenibles de cultivo, permacultura y bio-construcción. .

Erica intenta meter en todos los aspectos de su vida, la filosofía del Tantra. Cree que todas las personas tienen el derecho de tratarse con ternura y trabajar para lograr un estado de equilibrio.

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