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Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
Having attended 12-day retreats twice at Gaia, this review is overdue. Gaia Sagrada and the shamans (especially Salvador and Paulina) will hold a special place in my heart because it was where I first participated in ancestral medicine. I highly recommend this retreat center , especially for first-timers, as they are uniquely equipped to support the transformations people experience here. The volunteers work tirelessly to ensure all guests feel equally supported, and support/encouragement comes from other fellow attendees as well. Please don’t underestimate the center’s advice to bring warm clothing for night ceremonies (you will thank me), as the altitude can make you wish you had layers. Accommodations are nice, as described. The only reason I give 4 instead of 5 stars is because, for me, there were a lot of people attending the retreats I participated in. The shamans and support staff are fully capable of supporting each and every guest, so it is very safe, but I just personally prefer smaller groups.
Orillas del Río Uchima, Barrio Sacapo, Parroquia San Pedro de Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
Just returned home from a truly magical and profoundly transformational 12-day women’s retreat at Casa del Sol. This is not my first time with aya or san pedro (although I experienced new medicina at this retreat for the first time, including special gifts shared by visiting medicine women). Most (but not all) of the guests at my retreat had prior experience with Aya and/or San Pedro, and the medicina shared at Casa del Sol was both strong and unique in many ways. What a privilege to share in San Pedro which began its life in pre-Columbian times! Ximena and Santiago, and their family, welcomed us into their home, and provided a nurturing and healing environment throughout. The retreat begins with one-on-one interviews with each guest privately, and you can be confident any unique needs or goals you have , have been understood. The special visiting shamanas/medicine women were all amazing in unique ways, pure of heart/spirit and radiating love and purpose. Ximena’s right hand (my spiritual sister, Belen) also supported me in unexpected ways. I have never felt so supported as I did in this smaller, more intimate setting. As the oldest attendee during the retreat, accomodation (a taxi) was arranged to get me up the most arduous part of a mountain hike, spontaneously offered and gratefully accepted 🙂 Rooms (including amazing hot showers) were perfect, and I was even able to check my work emails (necessary even during retreat) with ease at any time. As January is the beginning of the rainy season, the sound of the powerful river lulled me to sleep each night, and the beautiful nature surrounding the property itself was so healing that at times, I forgot I had ever lived anywhere else. I love sweat lodges (probably my favorite experience during any retreat), and find new strength and gratitude every time in the process of being (in a great way) brought to my knees – but this was my most intense and highly energetic experience in a sweat lodge by far. Thank you Ximena for the bucket of water over my head 🙂 Just what I needed, and you knew! Just as it is hard to put one’s experiences with plant medicine into words, my experiences at Casa del Sol exceed anything I could have wanted, or am able to communicate using so limited a symbolic form of expression as language, but know that I wholeheartedly recommend this place without any reservation.