Had a great time here. The staff as well as Percy went above & beyond to support each of us and create a memorable retreat experience.
Some details: the tambos have individual bathrooms (en suite) with *flush toilets*. There’s a friendly team of workers who met every request with efficiency and attentiveness– whether for water, misc supplies, space adjustments, meal accommodations and etc. Food was delicious and ample. There’s no electricity nor running water, much less hot water, so you get a real off-the-grid type of feel, adding to the overall body/mind/spirit reset.
Percy himself strikes me as a spiritual giant of a man who is unusually accessible & devoted to the overall experience of his guests. I don’t see how it’s possible to come away from a retreat at DAS without feeling a joyous affection for this man. And perhaps I shouldn’t comment yet I find myself compelled to say that I’m confused by the negative reviews here. Because, personally, I view Percy as having the utmost integrity. Not to overstate it but I would trust him with my life pretty much, and, more significantly, with the lives of my most dear loved ones (whom I’m trying to convince to head down there with me at a future date). He most certainly lives right on the grounds of the retreat ‘campus,’ for one thing. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with requesting full payment in advance of a retreat. That’s completely standard for every retreat center/practitioner IME.
Back to the retreat, though– it wasn’t easy per se. The schedule was kind of demanding. Then again it was also stimulating. More than once I found myself thinking, “This is a feast for the body, mind, and soul.”
Regarding the ceremonies, well, hard to put into words. For me all ultimately was deeply cathartic and also catalytic. Nothing was ever rushed, you don’t really have a sense of time anyway if you’re surrendering to the process. Mother Aya I thank you, Rak & Percy, I thank you. And to the exceedingly capable & attentive staff, thanks to you as well.
As you can see, I had a good experience and I recommend this place and also Rak’s Aya Awakenings 10-day course. Rak and Percy are a perfect team, I think. They’re both well-studied, compassionate, perspicacious, tireless, and just a little bit formidable ; ) If you go I hope you have the breakthrough you’re seeking and a fun time too.
Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
I can’t wait to go back to Gaia Sagrada. Everything about the center surpassed my expectations. They need to get Salvador a shirt with a big “S” on it because he is a Superman. Major gifts were bestowed upon me during his ceremonies. Christine Breese is a very advanced person and quite frankly I’m not sure earthlings deserve to have her among us. She and the healers on staff helped me through a very difficult time in my life. I think going there, even just for the 5 day retreat– which was all I had time for– was probably the equivalent of 1 year of intensive therapy. And it would have to be an exceptional therapist to equal what Salvador and Christine and Jerry (and their guest shamans) did for me, and it’s almost impossible to find such a good therapist, so just go to Gaia Sagrada. They seem to know so much about the processes that humans go through, I think they could probably help anyone with anything. Many positives about the center and facilities: delicious food, magical surroundings, no mosquitoes, ample water and hot water, warm bed, decent wifi even, in the central area. I could go on and on, and yes there were some slight negatives, but they had to do with my feelings about the travel scene and also some quirks about Ecuador. Anyway it really was quite an adventure. Thank you to everyone at Gaia Sagrada. The permanent staff they have, and their m.o. for taking care of their guests, is exceptional and helped restore my faith in goodness. I hope to return very soon. If you are lucky enough to go, I hope you have a beautiful experience too.