Taita Juan Martín Jamioy Juajibioy was born in 1967 in Sibundoy, Colombia. He inherited the shamanic tradition of healing from his mother, healer and midwife, who came from a long line of shamans. She belongs to the Kamentsa Biyá tribe in the Sibundoy Valley in Putumayo, Colombia.
Taita Juan Martín Jamioy was introduced to the Yagé tradition as a child. He began taking the medicine at the age of 8, at the age when children in his tribe are initiated. His mother says that he fell into the Putumayo River as a child, she found him floating in the water, his body lifeless. He was lying in a bed in the cabin, it was raining outside. Suddenly the thunder shook the whole house and the child came back to life. The force of nature appointed him, he had an important task to fulfill.
At the age of 20, when he was a young man, he already cooked his own Yagé and only a few years later he followed his vocation to become a shaman, a man of knowledge, or Taita, as they are called in Colombia.
He found a grandfather, a wise man, a master who taught him the ancient wisdom of Amazon shamanism. In the depths of the jungle he learned the secrets of the Yagé to help others. People came to him for healing and counseling.
The path of medicine led him to work for the indigenous peoples. He represented his people in an indigenous organization until he became an active member of ONIC (Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia), an organization that represents indigenous peoples in Colombia politically. Taita Juan was appointed representative of traditional medicine.
In this context Taita Juan had to move to Bogotá, where he continued to share medicine with people seeking help in the urban environment.
Thanks to Yagé, Taita Juan has developed in all areas of his life, including professionally. He was invited to Barcelona as an official representative of traditional medicine. That was the first time he left his homeland Colombia. It was also the first time he shared medicine with the Europeans. After some ideological differences between ONIC and Taita Juan, he decided to devote all his energy to medicine and healing.
In 2014 he founded the organization Pinta Yagé in Europe. The organisation now operates in Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, Austria, Italy, Sweden and Spain.
Taita Juan shares the medicine of Pacha Mama with much love, wisdom and respect and follows the tradition of his ancestors. During this time many people in Europe were able to overcome problematic situations with the help of traditional medicine in order to lead a better life.
Pinta Yagé offers training as a facilitator. This learning process is led directly by Taita Juan.
Pinta Yagé would like to help and thank the Kamentsa community, the ethnic group of which Taita Juan also belongs. Every year we organize a Christmas event where we bring school supplies, clothes and gifts for the children of Kamentsa. Further social projects are under construction.