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International Women’s Day – A thank you letter from Roey

As we commemorate International Women’s Day, I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to all the women working at Vikara and around the world. We recognize the challenges that women face in their professional and personal lives and are committed to creating a safe and inclusive space where all can thrive.

Since I was a child, I have always been drawn to the power of healing. I know that there is a special power in being able to help someone else feel better. I am proud to see how in recent years, more women are taking up this role and making their mark on the world as healers.

Ayahuasca medicine women are powerful healers and teachers. By working with the ayahuasca plant, these wise women provide spiritual guidance and healing to those seeking transformation. They have mastered the delicate art of navigating the mysterious world of the ayahuasca terrain, teaching us how to surrender our egos and trust in the power of a higher realm.

Here at Vikara, we work with two medicine women who facilitate the ayahuasca and san pedro ceremonies. They both bring a wide range of wisdom, understanding of the natural and supernatural world and have a great capacity for healing. Their ceremonies are conducted with lots of care, awareness, and sensibility. Like the mothers that they are, they take care of all our participants with the intention to illuminate their consciousness and bring more love and healing to their lives.

I also believe it is important to acknowledge the resilience and strength of medicine women, who for many years, have had to work in environments that did not recognize or validate their work. These women have had to navigate patriarchal societies and religious prohibitions, often at great personal risk, to exercise their wisdom and provide healing to those in need.

We also have a team of incredible therapists, most of whom are women, who are dedicated to the healing work and the transformation we provide in Vikara.

I am grateful for the opportunity to welcome Nadia to our team. Her commitment and diligent work ethic have been essential in bringing Vikara to the next level. Nadia’s dynamic perspective and creative flair have breathed new life into our workplace and meetings. As the manager and facilitator of the retreats, Nadia’s ability to bridge the gap between the rational mind and the heart is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering dedication.

medicine women at Vikara healing center by the beach in Olon Ecuador, South America
More Ecuadorian women are joining our team: Mica, our social media manager, is a young creative entrepreneur from Quito. Here at Vikara, she has the responsibility to share content on social media and spread our mission and vision to the world. I am proud to employ an amazing group of local women: Maria Jose, Sandy, Irene, and Erika, who are all very strong and dedicated women from Olon and the surroundings. They have different responsibilities and perform their duties with care and commitment.

I have been fortunate to work alongside women who have shown me what it means to be kind and compassionate in a professional setting. I learned that empathy, compassion, and inclusivity can create a more positive and productive work environment. I am grateful to work alongside such amazing women.

At Vikara, we believe that by uplifting and empowering women, we can create a more equitable and just world. We are honored to work alongside such amazing women and look forward to continued collaboration and success.


Roey Klein


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