Diogenes is 50 years old and comes from the village of Santa Rosa de Dinamarca. He joined us at the Temple in July 2010 after being shown in his visions in June that he needed to take his medicine to work with foreigners. He had only previously worked in his community although a few weeks after these visions, we were introduced to him and asked him if he would like to come and work at the Temple. He immediately agreed explaining that the plants had orchestrated our connection. He now works with us with wife Anita who is a Maestra.
Diogenes has been working as a Maestro for over 20 years and carried out his first dieta at the age of 25. He has dieted a plethora of master plants and brings a great deal of experience and knowledge with him to the Temple. He is fluent in Spanish and is very keen to explain his work and teach guests who are interested in understanding more about plant spirit healing. He is a very welcome addition to the team of healers and we have all been extremely impressed with his dedication to his work and the gentle approach he has to the guests. He is a humble and gentle man although in ceremony takes a lead role with an impressive variety of many different ikaros.
It was his father-in-law, Lisardo Hernandez, who began teaching him about plants after one of Diogenes' children became seriously ill. From that moment that he decided to dedicate his life studying and working with plant medicines. Together with Anita, he has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. One of his sons, Tomás, who is now 24 is currently undertaking dietas and will eventually come to the Temple to work alongside his mother and father.