Mikis Hasson was born in Greece. After spending a life of trying to gain acceptance through business, creating a family and various achievements, his cozy life was demolished in 2002 through serious life threatening illness, divorce and financial collapse. After a period of deep, suicidal clinical depression he decided to live and dedicate some time to his growth, disengaged himself from his workaholic business interests and started a sabbatical to explore the world, both inside and outside.
To the surprise of his cynical, analytical mind he suspiciously encountered Shamanism through Dr. Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds’ Light Body School, a program of workshops designed to teach and familiarize westerners to the wisdom and practices of indigenous Earth traditions and Shamanism in a palatable and understandable way. His sabbatical extended from one year to practically permanent and after completing the Light Body School started traveling extensively through the Americas delving ever deeper into the study of ancient and contemporary spiritual practices. He studied with many wise men, shamans and sages, learning tools such as Soul Retrieval, Shamanic ceremony and healing, Yin and Yang, guided voyages and learned about medicine plants, seeking knowledge and light. In the process he lived amazing, magnificent adventures and healed childhood wounds and family relationships, becoming a very very happy man.
He was one of the initial dreamers of the Mythic Voyage and the founder of TierraMítica as well as the main guide and leader of the Mythic Voyage. Through his search for knowledge and understanding of the human psyche and the magic of the universe, as well as his extensive experience, he has developed clear, practical ways to assist people in navigating the Ayahuasca experience so that specific barriers are broken down, specific questions or dilemmas are resolved. His work on human nature proves conclusively that our divinity is actually in our humanity, and that every single thought and emotion we have is the result of an intricate web of universal and personal truths, a belief system designed for safety and protection from emotional or physical hardship rather than happiness, greatness and adventure. Furthermore, he found overwhelming proof that any disagreable or painful emotion or thought is the result of a paradox: believing two or more contradictory things at the same time. This work has led him to find, weaken and demolish the walls of fear and suffering that keep us from being happy and in consequence is practicing and teaching others the art and practices for happiness, enthusiasm and inspiration. He is now also sharing his happiness with his wife, Lies, together practicing enlightened sexuality and relationship as well as the continuing opening of the heart : The Art of Being One With, The Art of Love.
He provides clear and precise sets of practices, for those who want them, that mathematically lead participants into creating through their personal art a new belief system that serves their happiness, pride and open heart. A belief system encompassing the serenity, the peace and the trust in that everything, absolutely everything around us and everything that we are, is exactly, deliciously as it should be. And he repeatedly proves it in every single Mythic Voyage beyond any doubt to anyone who completes it. The practices he teaches are not of the kind that say ´do that for 40 years and you might get something at the end or in another life¨ but real, practical paths to things like enlightenment, understanding the soul and our role in the universe woven seamlessly into beautiful, creative lives.
Sara Villeneuve, French, 35, is one of the founders of TierraMítica. She is also the master guide for the Embrace the Medicine 6 and 11 day retreats, guide to countless Mythic Voyages and an accomplished ceremony leader. She also holds the rare honor of being one of the few westerners to be ever fully accepted by the Shipibo as a Maestra in her own right, and invited to sing the Icaros, the ceremonial chants. Her background as a singer, an actress and a voyager of Light embellished her spiritual search with jewels such as Sufism and the dance of the spinning dervishes, shamanism and the feminine rites of the Lakota, the Dances of Universal Peace, until the magic of the unexpected brought her in 2011 to the Mythic Voyage.
Despite a long experience with Ayahuasca retreats and ceremonies, she found in the principles of consciously guiding the ceremony to consciously explore, instead of randomly encountering, a new, mind blowing experience. She decided to pursue this path and was one of the first volunteers of TierraMítica. Since then, she has found Who she truly is as a human being, as a real and proud Woman, as an Artist, as a Healer. She has assisted in more Mythic Voyages than anyone else, and her goal is to be the best leader for TierraMítica, definitely soon a leader of the Mythic Voyage, a spectacular leader for Embrace the Medicine, and a woman full of trust and love for life.
She is also researching, practicing and working towards being able to lead the Shipibo Maestras into the inspiration of artfully expressing focused western emotions into the intricacy of the ceremonial chants, and thus create a ceremonial bridge between the work of the workshops and the retreats and the magic of the Shipibo. She aims high: To find a new tool of divine connection to advance healing to a new galactic era.
Her message is “ Life is cool and there is no dream that is not doable. Oh Yeah!”
Lis Demets-Hasson is 32 years old and was born and raised in a beautiful quiet family in the quiet town of Rumbeke in Belgium. This place, beautiful and peaceful was too small for this small girl with big dreams. She went on to study English Literature and held various managerial and administrative and public relations jobs, but her big dreams full of excitement pushed her to start travelling the world in search of magic and clarity. From Asia to South America, she eventually found in TierraMítica what she was looking for: inspiration, true love, her art, and a life and destiny she can feel proud of. She is Mikis’ wife and companion in life (they were married both shamanically during the first Mythic Party on their common birthday and in a civil wedding early 2015) . She created this website, the first website she ever built, deciding that she could do it, since there is nothing she cannot do.
She is an amazing painter creating magical worlds and her goal is to be taking more and more responsibility for her chosen home and calling and to be the best face for TierraMítica, endeavoring to express as much of the beauty, love and magic as possible with words and actions.
She is a guide of ceremonies and retreats and fully trusts that one day she will be ready to lead Mythic Voyages, same as she became ready to lead a mythical life. By pure Choice.
Leanne ´Koala´ Pupeza, Australian. Having a a natural talent and a real joy in taking great care of people, she discovered hospitality in her veins. She worked in various restaurants, hotels, concerts and events adding skills and experience to the sense of the caring mother and the people lover that is within her. As such, finally she is taking advantage of her wide experience in the hospitality business to be able to practice hospitality as Art and Love.She found her spiritual path here in TierraMítica after being an Argonaut of the April 2014 Mythic Voyage and she knew that she found a home here where she could practice both her love of taking care of people with creative freedom and her spiritual path in a way that inspires her.
Nowadays, knowing that the sky is the limit Leanne wants everything and is aiming as high as it gets. She is now one of our leaders of Embrace the Medicine Ayahuasca Retreats & Leanne’s dream is to one day lead Mythic Voyages and TierraMítica to their fullest potential. She has found her dream, her destiny and celebrated a Mythic jungle wedding with her true love Dorin in March 2016. She is now the Hospitality queen, responsible for providing a magical heaven to each and every visitor and doing the same for her family, our community whilst training intensively to become a guide.
She has one thing to say: “I’m gonna spoil you rotten, and TierraMitica is gonna blow you away!”
Simon Kingsley, Australian, 34 years was leading a successful career in a multinational company in the Finance sector. Although he was quickly climbing the promotional ladder, and enjoying all the benefits in lifestyle that his career was bringing him, he felt something was missing. After the breakdown of his marriage, he came to TierraMitica for a Mythic Voyage because he had lost all enthusiasm for life, he found little fulfilment in what he was doing and had no direction, or vision for his life.
In the process of the Mythic Voyage, he chose a new identity. He has found inspiration and passion at TierraMitica, has taken responsibility for a number of areas of the business and the community and as a result is now the deputy leader. He brings all of the knowledge and experience developed in his business career to transform the way TierraMitica runs.Now he is not only a leader in TierraMitica but has also found passion as an amazing sculptor who has demonstrated talents way beyond his imagination,and in the process, creating miracles. He was also the event organiser and head of the Mythic Party II, La Astranove, an international art event attracting artists from all over the world.Although only at TierraMitica for one year, Simon is discovering every day his capabilities and pushing his ceiling ever higher to the skies. He has recently started training as a guide in the Mythic Voyage and has found there is no limit to his vision.
Metsa Jens O Thor is an amazingly creative versatile artist capable of bringing beauty of every material . After a career in the film industry as FAD and storyboard artist he is now Creative Director of TierraMitica with a vision to bring his organisation skills combined with his creativity to support promote and push forward TierraMitica’s plan to create a place where visionary art will flow from every corner of this paradise and people will be able to connect with their child soul that vibrates with the energy of the divine: Creation
Dorin Pupeza always had a thirst for knowledge and adventure. His curiosity about how things work led him to become an industrial engineer and curiosity about how life works drove him to emigrate to Canada where he worked successfully as an engineer. But becoming capable of understanding how things work did not quench his thirst in his search for the holy grail: true happiness. Embarking upon a mythic motorcycle trip from Canada to South America, found him the holy grail and a home at TierraMitica. He is now the Maintenance Manager of TierraMitica making sure everything works. He is also crazy in love and married with his love Leanne. He is training to become a guide in the retreats and workshops and is a prime example that magic exists and happiness is attainable.