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Remi was born in a small village in the south of France in August 1978. He has  a PhD in Philosophy, a Masters in Theology with a minor focus in Ancient Sacred Musicology. After living in a monastery and teaching Philosophy for nearly a decade, he was called to explore and study the world of traditional plant medicine. That is why he went to Peru to study under Maestro Ricardo Amaringo for two years straight, dieting plants and trees in complete isolation. Since his apprenticeship, he has dieted numerous Amazonian and Western plants. Remi is now recognized as a talented vegetalista and ayahuasquero

Ashley was born in Central Illinois in September 1978. She has a PhD in Literature, a Master's in World Literature with a minor in Literary/ TraumaTheory. Likewise, she has taught for her entire professional life and became interested in yoga, which led her to the foothills of the Himalayas. Yet, her search for traditional healings also led her to plant medicine and South America. Under tutelage, Ashley practices Shipibo traditional plant medicines and is a yoga and meditation practitioner.  

Remi and Ashley met at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual in June 2016. They were united in a spiritual marriage in May 2017. Since then, Remi and Ashley have been holding frequent ceremonies and continue dieting. In the summer of 2018, they founded the  Kumankaya Medicine House project.