Durga’s Tiger School® Tantra - Yoga - Shamanism

in Casa Kiliku - Quito, Ecuador

the welcome sacred space

Our Team

Iris Disse

Iris is a German artist and internationally renowned filmmaker based in Latin America and Europe. Her documentaries and movies reflect the social reality of the indigenous people in Latin America and Indonesia.

Until 1995 she was a well-known actress for German TV and theatre. She subsequently worked as a theatre director in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. She is a prize-winning sound artist and maintains some involvement in these fields.

From 1988-1993 she became interested in meditation, breathing, singing and dancing as spiritual techniques with the Sufi master Pir Vilayat Inayat Kahn. Every year she participated in monthly retreats in the Alps.

From 1993-1995 she trained in Tantra Yoga with a range of teachers including Margo Anand, Doris Christinger and Peter Schröter from Sky Dancing Tantra, Diana Richardson, Kutira and Allan Lowen. She has been practicing Tantra for the last 20 years with her partner, David Höner.

Iris Disse - yoga on the beach

Iris and David have been teaching Tantra in different parts of the world since 1996 and Iris currently presents at the University of Quito (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar) and Durga’s Tiger School. Since 1994 she had worked with indigenous people in Latin America and Indonesia, and has become heavily involved with Shamanistic Energy work.

In February, 2013 Iris completed a advanced Tantra Yoga Certification with the traditional tantrica Bhagavan Shanmukha Anantha Natha in India. She is certified as a Master Yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance International and a 500 hrs E-RYT of Yoga Alliance. The Mistress Kapad Dini Ambar iniciated her into Shri Vidya Tantra.

Since 2000 Iris has developed Durga’s Tiger Teachings, incorporating Tantra Yoga, tantric Philosophy and Shamanism. Her Durga’s Tiger Dance Meditation is a powerful fusion of yoga energy work implemented in different dance styles. The training involves voice work including chanting and “liberation of the voice.”

Iris Disse is the catalyser of Durga´s Tiger School, choreographer of this transforming energy composition of Yoga, Tantra, Arts and Shamanism. Iris is Master Yoga teacher in the school teaching Kaula Tantra Yoga classes, Durga´s Tiger Dance and “Applied Tantra Philosophy.”

Daniela de Girolamo

Kaula Tantra Yoga teacher

Daniela was born and raised in Italy. After some years traveling as a tour guide, she decided to settle in Granada, Spain, where she studied a Sol y Luna.

In 2005 she began studying ayurvedic medicine with the study of abhyanga massage and marma treatments.

In 2006 Daniela was certified as ayurveda massage therapist by APTN_COFENAT. She also began to study shiatsu and traditional chinese medicine. Thanks to this beautiful 4 year path, in which Daniela gained an understanding of natural elements and their relationship with the body, she can integrate the knowledge of these two ancient arts of healing and utilize the many similarities between Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine. In 2010 she was certified as a Shiatsu Therapist by A.P.S.E.

In 2010 she was certified as a shiatsu therapist by A.P.S.E.

Daniela’s love for shiatsu and subsequent practice with patients stimulated her to deepen her study. In 2010 she participated in the intensive course “Diagnostic and work with chakras” with Diego Sanchez of Uruguay. In 2011 she attended the postgraduate course “Shiatsu and Menstruation” with Marina De Franceschi of Italy.

Daniela clase de Qi Gong

She began to regularly practice Qi Gong to be in good health and energetically strong while working with patients. Between 2010 and 2012 she trained at “Sol Y Luna” school to become a Qi Gong teacher.

Daniela taught and worked with shiatsu in different centers in Granada. Between centers she participated in Artes Sanas en Movimiento, a creative project where she met professionals of many other disciplines and exchanged methodologies in yoga practices, Qi Gong techniques, and classical indian dance.

Between 2011 and 2012 she travelled in India where she practiced hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Neyyr Dam and experienced a treatment in Parathuvayalil ayurvedic hospital in Cochin.

Since arriving in Ecuador in 2013, Daniela has been training in Kaula Tantra Yoga with Iris Disse and assisting with the creation of Durga’s Tiger School.

She goes on exploring different techniques of yoga and energetic work such as Ovaries Breath, Meditation, Yogabeats, Hatha Yoga, kundalini Yoga, Qi Gong and teaching with passion and inspiration, having accumulated around 1000 hours giving classes.

In February 2018 she finished the teacher training of Yoga for Pregnancy and after birth.

She is Master Yoga Teacher in the school as well as general manager of Ecuador and Europe, and she gives classes in active meditation, kaula tantra yoga, partner kaula tantra yoga and yoga for pregnancy.

Catherine-Ayer Gresham (C.A.)

Catherine-Ayer Gresham (C.A.) was brought up in North Carolina, US. She has been practicing yoga for 7 years now. She completed a 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with her teacher Lexi Hawks, at Longwave Yoga in 2015.

After completing her training, she still felt there was something missing in her practice. She left to travel for the next couple of years where she continued her personal practice as well as teaching along the way. In January 2017, she completed the 500-hr training at Durga’s Tiger School. Bringing Tantra back into her body was a homecoming.

She now enjoys the Tantra practice, along with meditation. Her area of concentration is the healing of the womb space in the collective conscious as well as bringing sisters and brothers together to heal with compassion and love.

Catherine is administrator of the school in Ecuador and she is giving classes of meditation and kaula tantra yoga.

Hector Villavicencio

Thai Yoga retreat

He comes from Venezuela.
Graduated in Political sciences with a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
After few years working in what he studied, he decided to change his profile, he started meditating and then practicing yoga eproximately in 2004. He practiced and explored deeply different Yoga styles; between them Hatha Yoga, Vidya or classical yoga, Rocket Yoga, Power Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Dynamic Yoga and Kundalini yoga and he has being giving Yoga classes from about 10 years ago.

Also, he practiced different meditation styles during several years, like the Osho meditations (In the Osho Center in Caracas), Zen meditation (Zen Centre Bodaishin Caracas), taoíst meditaions and Vipassana meditation. Thanks to this experiences y works a lot with meditation and its focus on the support of the modern science, sharing what is called medic meditations .

He studied Gestalt Therapy in the “Instituto Venezolano de Gestalt”, and he uses this tool more in the psychosomatic field of the therapeutic session, working with the person on the way he / she comes to term with his / her affection. He works mainly with the chinese medicine (acupunture, moxibustion, energetic massage) and he dive different styles of massage and treatments like the ayurvedic massage, muscular massage and osteopathy.

Hector completed 200hours Teacher Training in our school and he’s in charge of Pranayama classes, Mantra Chanting, Kundalini Yoga and Kaula Tantra Yoga

Rosa Maria Cisneros

Durga's Tiger School teachers

She is Sociologist and during different years, she gave private counselings as manager of market research.

In 2012 she trained as Kundalini yoga teacher.and from that moment she began to go in depth with themes like “consciuous pregnancy”, “upbringing without attachment” and “breastfeeding” so that now she gives yoga classes for pregnancy, for people who are loooking for a baby and for wemen who just gave birth.

Another one of the themes she works with is the couple and she gives workshops for couples.

She works with Hector in Durga’s Tiger School in classes of Pranayama, Mantras, Kundalini Yoga

Hector and Rosa work toghther in:

We give workshops about all that themes related with yoga from its humanology to the philosophy aspects and also related with the pure metodology of the yoga practice (allignment, meditation, breath, nutrition etc.)

We also give international workshops on “Health Coaching”, created by the Dr, Samuel Santokh, in which we look for train of future healing specialists. In these workshops we analyze the scientific contribution, the modern discoveries of the clinic psyco-neuroinmunology toghether with the philosophy, humanology and therapeutic suppport of Yoga, especially of the Kundalini Yoga and tools of taoism.

We also give workshops for couples, for the conception, conscious gestation and psyco-emotional training for men and women.

Nicolas Cambas

34 years, from Argentina.

Nicolas is a scene and experimental artist who researches in the fields of art, therapy and society. His main tools are empathy and play. He is a clown and clown teacher who´s been developing his own particular style in performance, scene direction and pedagogy for more than 14 years.

His nomadic lifestyle brought him to go in depth with the magical world of Andean-Amazonean Shamanism, exploring rituals, musical roots and cosmovisions. He has also designed and participated in humanitarian projects in war context and social emergencies.

He’s been invited to participate in festivals, gatherings and projects in Latin America and Europe: Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Austria, Germany, France, Poland, Estonia, Finland, England, Switzerland, Romania, Israel and Palestine where he also taught in diverse universities, theatres, schools of art, spirituality, transpersonal psychology and humanitarian aid.​

He studied with different contemporary teachers and shamans of various traditions, like Marcelo Savignone, Cristina Marti, Gustavo Lecce, Juan Monsalve, Victor Stivelman, Taita Querubin (chief of Cofan nation). In the scenic art he trained Clown, Lecoq Technique, Masks, Commedy, Improvisation, anthropological theatre and studied scene direction.

Also, he explored body techniques and languages like the circus, contemporary dance, tantra, soundpainting, capoeira, yoga, fencing. He specialized in contact improvisation which is now one of the bases of his investigation and training. He has created and directed performances for street and theater room such as “Cantos Cuentados”, “Carloncho!” and Ëstudio Tornattori” performing in different international festivals in Latin America.

In his performances and classes he looks into points of contact between structure and improvisation, game and collective unconscious, laughing and healing, shamanism and paradigm change.

Tatiana Dávila Rodriguez

Shamanism and Cosmovision classes

Tatiana was born in Ecuador.
In 1999 she studied Plastic Arts and at the same time Initiation Psycology based in teachings of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim. Thanks to this, she empirically experienced art as a therapy.
She started doing workshops in which she worked on the human development using art and the play as the main tool.

In 2015 she realized a Master with IASE of Valencia, Spain in Art Therapy.
In 2007 she finished her studies in Humanistic Psycotherapy Gestalt with the IHPG school of México.

She has been working as psycotherapist from 14 years ago, integrating arts, body movement and conscious breath in her work.
Since 10 years she organizes and facilitates Family Constelations workshops.

Ecuador artesanos de arcilla

From 1997 she is connected with the Red Path in which she experienced different ceremonies of Sacred Plants, Temzcals, Sun Dances, Chanupa circles and chantings.
Now she facilitates Temazcal and Chanupa circles.

From 4 years ago, she connected with women circles and healing treatments through the link with the Sacred. She participated as facilitator of workshops in two Women Gatherings in México in 2016 and in Ecuador, in Urcupacha temple, in 2015 and 2016.

As artist, she makes ceramic figures representing mother earth with her gifts: nutrition, abbundancy, contention and wisdom.

She completed her 200hrs training in our school and she gives classes of “Shamanism and Cosmovision” and “Kaula Tantra Yoga”

Marcela Camacho

artista en Ecuador

Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1980, Marcela relocated to Ecuador 1989.

She has studied Acupuncture, Healing Humanism and Healing-Creative Theater in the Neijing School of Quito, Ecuador.

Marcela explores performance techniques such as physical theater, clown, art comedy, storytelling, stage, and theater of the oppressed. She also applies these techniques in different social scenes, developing each project with individual and group exercises.

Among the social projects in which she has participated in are:

taller cuentos con percusión

On the storytelling stage she presented “Percucuentos, stories that resonate from the heart” with the Peruvian drummer Alfonso Gamboa. Her individual tales “Los cuentos de Tató” which includes stories of authorship, oral tradition and various national and international writers, filling them with a number of different theater techniques. She has dramatized her own story with the theater group “Clown destinos” entitled “The terrible problem of the dark lady” and “Conversations with the mirror” with the group “La Luciernaga” Healing-Creative Theater.

Marcela completed 200hrs training in our school and teaches Arts classes called “Between theritual and the play”

Fanny Simbaña

Fanny comes from one of the native families of our mountain, the Ilaló. Her family has actively supported community life on the mountain through many generations.

As part of our Shamanism program, we convinced Fanny Simbaña to share a little bit of her knowledge of the traditional medicinal plants that grow here on our volcano. Fanny’s knowledge of medicinal plants was handed down to her by her mother and grandmother, as it has been from generation to generation.

In her classes, Fanny introduces students to the various plants used for the ‘Limpia’ (energy cleaning), plants used for common ailments, and plants which help women recover after childbirth.
Students have the opportunity to have a ‘Limpia’ made by Fanny, a cleansing ritual in which native medicinal plants are used to clean a person of energies which may be contributing to ill health and bad luck.

Fanny is also in charge of keeping our center beautiful, clean, and colored with plants and flowers.
She has been working with Iris and David for many years and is part of the family together with her sons and daughter Mercy, a 12 year old yogini who has been practicing yoga in our school for two years now.

Fanny completed 200 hor training in Durga’s Tiger school

Malin Wind Disse

Yoga Shamanism and surf camp

Wind Malin Disse was born in Berlin, Germany. His mother is german and his father Swiss. From the age of 4 years old he has been living in Ecuador with exception of a fiew years in Switzerland and Germany, where he has been living over the past 2 years to study about the german politics of integration of migrants. He loves extreme sports, and became in a race the 3. of Europe in Downhill.
In October he will start to run a vacation camp of “Yoga, Surf and Shamanism” in Mompiche, one of the nicest beaches of Ecuador.

Wind´s path as an anthropologist, artist and 500hrs certified Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International yoga teacher leads him to be seen as a cultural mediator, a bridge between worlds.

Due to his deep interest in shamanism, he has contacted many shamans of the Amazon and Andean region of Ecuador, and worked with them to understand their traditions.

Yoga Shamanism and surf camp

From 2009 Wind has been invited to learn more about the shamanic tradition of the Cofán- A’i socio-culture and ended up being accepted as apprentice by the shaman Don Avelino Quenama.

Wind´s thesis as Anthropologist was about the theme: Orality, practices and symbols of the A´i shamanism, including the relation with visionary plants. Don Avelino gave him the authorization to do his own ceremonies with the yage medicine and share his knowledge.

Since then, Wind Malin Disse has attended and guided many shamanic ceremonies in order to keep on learning and help others to enter into a shamanic state of consciousness that allows shamanic healing.
He’s in charge of classes of Kaula Tantra Yoga and Shamanism

Alimishky Music Project

The group is composed by several people and we have the honor to have with us at the school Anahi sandivares and Javier Wermuth from Argentina.

Proyecto musica Alimishky

Anahi Sandivares comes form the province of Córdoba, Argentina. She grew up in a village, Tránsito where she started in in a very yourg age to study and dance Flokloric dances.

In her teenage period she traveller through Argentina and Italy with the Municipal Ballet of Arroyito and she started to penetrate into the Latin America Dances.

In 2003 she entered in the Social Communication School in the National University of Córdoba untill 2007 whe she decided to travel through South America with the Alimishky Project. She’s travelling with the people invlved in this project more than 10 years, investigating and studying the traditional folklores of South America with their musicas, dances and traditional instrumenta.

In the lasts years she developped dancing and music works and creations like the Individual Dance-Theatre of South America and the collective creation “Wilkamayu Luz al sur” and simultaneously she realized many workshops in different educational spaces as well as musical presentations in countries like:Uruguay, Paraguay, Perú Ecuador Colombia y Brasil.

In 2017 she met a Iris Disse and together with Javier Wermuth they started to work in Durga’s Tiger School making music for dance classes in which the spiritual development of the being relates with the connection with ancestral rithms and dances.
In 2018 she participated to the 200 hrs Teacher Training in our school and from that moment she conntinues to develop practces which relate her Art with Tantra Yoga and Dance as a potencial of healing expression.

Proyecto musical Alimishky

Javier Wermuth is born in Córdoba Argentina and grew up in Salta, in the north of the country.
From when he was child he was connected to the popular music because of his family. He studied in the post-secondary School of Music in Salta with the teacher Gustavo Kantor.

After having been travelling in Uruguay for his studies, he met in Córdoba his partner Anahí Sandivares and he started with her a trip through South America studying the musics, dances and cultures of the continent.
Together with the musicians Ernesto Guardia and Marcelino Peralta they form the group Alimishky.

After 13 years of travels he has become a multi instrumentalist playing the South American guitar, the charango, the cavaquiño of Brazil, the Colombian bagpipers, the Candombe drums and the Murga of Uruguay, the Brasilian percussion like pandeiro, Zurdo, etc., the Peruvian cajon, the Afro Colombian music with the Tambor Alegre, the Tambora, the Llamador and the Maracas as well as the wind andean instruments like Quena, Quenacho, Sikus and Sampoña, among others.
During these years he realized workshops in the whole continent sharing his knowledge with people of South America.

In 2017 he met Iris Disse and plays music for her classes in the Durga’s Tiger School.
In 2018 he comes back to Ecuador to do the 200hrs Teacher Training where he teaches about ancestral musics of Latin America. He also makes musics for the “LI” at the school (energy cleansings) and he guides meditationswith his music.

Daniel Tesolin

„Tantra Yoga allowed me to discover life on the exhale and changed my perception on Life“

Always fascinated by the undercurrents and dynamics that define and drive society Daniel Tesolin studied Sociology and Tourism in Switzerland.

While living in Australia a friend introduced him to Hot Yoga and he was immediately hooked by the unity within.
As with many men that start out with Yoga, the physical aspect was a major draw for him in the beginning. But the spiritual dimension caught up quickly and he embarked on a journey that included a total of 300hrs teacher trainings and different immersions in Thailand and India in Hot Yoga, Sound healing, Chakras and Tantric philosophy.

Blown away by the tantric outlook on the world he joined Durgas Tiger school as yoga ambassador and completed another 400 hours with the school.

Discovering Tantra closed a circle for him and ended his search for a Philosophy and Practice that encompasses personal light and shadow and offers the challenge to cut to ones core and be truly honest with oneself in order to step into personal power.

Tantra also raises the question of the role of the modern man which fascinates Daniel.
Furthermore, he is very interested in non violent communication and sees it as a crucial tool to live together in compassion and understanding.
Daniel teaches Kaula Tantra Yoga classes.

Barbara Stützel

An actress and musician, Barbara teaches in many countries as a specialist for community processes and group communication. In our courses she shares tools about artistic group communication to solve knots in students’ emotional fields.

She has been a member of ZEGG community since 2001.
Apart from art, her passion is to create spaces where the truth of every human being can expand and thereby support healing of people and systems.
In the ZEGG Forum we offer a place to share from the heart. Topics as emotions, personal development, love, community living, and their place in transformational processes are discussed.
She shares, mantra chanting, art classes, Forum classes and Kaula Tantra Yoga in the training in Germany.

Thomas Ritthoff

Musician and teacher for drum and percussion. Sweatlodge facilitator in the tradition of Sweet Medicine Sundance Path.
Training in Shinson Hapkido, korean martial arts.
Spiritual knowledge and practice in connection with creative self-expression is the central theme, which he follows in various aspects of his life with heart and inspiration.

The path of the “Twisted Hairs” unify the spiritual knowledge of different tribus and magic traditions.
Thomas shows this path with a lot of heart and humor.
He shares with us his large experience in shamanism classes and drums healing in the training in Germany.

Thomas web page

Zula Hoffmann

Zula is a dance therapist, crazy performer and contact dancer. She does “Tantra dance” with us – there is much dance energy in the performing arts. (Zulas workshop is held instead of the shamanic clown we have in Ecuador).

Zola holds titles as an educator, a teacher for creative children dance, and as an arts therapist (dance, action theatre, painting, creative writing) from the Tamalpa Institute.

She has created many performances – both solo acts and with other professionals. She performed in “Screaming Mamas”, a play by Iris Disse, in Budapest together with Kretakör, the famous theatre group of Hungary, and in the ZEGG community with German artists.
Zula shares art classes in the training in Germany.

More informations about her here

Ena Rivière Feder

Ena has been living nomadically for the past two and a half years, living in the process of un-learning, while searching to create space for the new to be.

Ena has lived and collaborated in different intentional communities, mainly in ‘Spain’ and ZEGG. Her training background lies in different formal and non-formal settings, including dramatic arts (circus, theatre & clown), dance (Afrocuban, modern, 5 Rhythms and Contact Improvisation), healing therapies (Shiatsu, Gestalt), group processes (group facilitation, Non-Violent-Communication, Active Listening, Process Work, Forum), natures rites (sweat lodge, vision quest, deep ecology), gender work and diverse yoga styles (Iyengar, Hatha y Ashtanga). She also has a glyph:BA qualification in Social Work and Anthropology.

In July 2017 she completed the Tantra Yoga Teacher Training in Durga’s Tigers School. This training helped her to consolidate her different passions and skills.
She shares Kaula Tantra Yoga in the training in Germany.