The Team

Ricardo Sanchez, Ph.D. is a mental health counselor, artist, and Andean musician. Born in Peru, Ricardo grew up living the teachings passed on from his Quechua speaking parents, grounded by a love and reverence for nature and an awareness of the interconnectedness of his community and his fellow human beings.

He was initiated in Andean healing arts in 2002 by the most renowned Inka priests in the Cuzco area. Founder of Inka, Ricardo has led retreats and journeys to Peru since 2005. Ricardo received his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2013 and Ph.D. in Counseling and Development from George Mason University in 2019.

Lic. Evaristo Pfuturi - Mystic, author, a college professor of nutrition and Runasimi (the language of the Inkas), and spiritual teacher. Born in the community of K’ana, Cuzco. With life-long experience in the Inka traditions and way of life, Evaristo’s is a direct Inka descendant keeper of ancient wisdom and knowledge, passed on to him by his ancestors and life experiences. He adds a rich perspective to understanding the Andean traditions.

As a life-long practitioner native elder, Evaristo teaches the Andean traditions, performs ceremonies, and is an advocate for the preservation of Native languages of the Andes.

The Paucar Q'ero family - The Paucar family are members of the Q'ero nation, one of the last remaining communities of direct Inka descendants. They are the keepers of the ancient knowledge. Pampamesayoq, holistic healers and medicine men, whose wisdom and teachings restore physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Masters of the energies of the Andes, they lead the group in rituals and sacred ceremonies in Cuzco.

Kathy Sanchez, MS, MBA, CNS, is a bilingual health and nutrition communication professional with over 20 years of experience in international development and public health. She has written and edited numerous publications on topics including maternal and child health, malnutrition, early child development, neglected tropical diseases, mindful eating, and the nutritional profile and health benefits of eating quinoa, among many others. Kathy is passionate about fitness, wellness, spirituality and exploring the interplay between human psychology, mental constructs and ecological factors, in influencing personal choices involving health and wellness. She has been a practitioner of the Andean tradition since being initiated in 2005.