Our first sessions began in a living room belonging to Claudia Pecchio, permanently assisted by Lulis Carbonell. Claudia is currently in New York as the Mae de Santos over there.
It was finally in the year 2002 when we were able to open an official place to practice our Religion. At the same time, our Babalorixa Heber Ureta de Oxala was naming Juan Alejandro Brugada of St. George as our Pai de Santo.
Juan began the first of many initiations in October of 1988 and has ended all the required ones in October of 2010.
So, from then on (2002), Juan of St. George has been the one who has guided us through these years and a few moves to find the proper place to perform our rites. With a constant smile on his face and with the willingness of a warm hug, he is one of our biggest assets.
It is important to note that the practices of Umbanda vary slightly from one place to another, be it by the peoples’ attire, the way they pray and invoke. These manners are determined according to how each Pai de Santo was prepared and this goes for Juan also, since his teacher is Heber Ureta de Oxala who has been initiated in Umbanda, Kimbanda and Candomble from his early years in Uruguay where he was born and being prepared by his own Pai de Santo in Brazil.
From Brazil he moved to Venezuela to establish Umbanda there and prepare all those who at present are now conducting Umbanda in different countries like Colombia, Spain, Panama, Chile and locally in Miami, Dallas and New York. And with all these places active, he has earned a minimum of 1200 followers around the world.