Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
Gaia Sagrada is a magical place. If Ayahuasca is calling you then look no further than this place. Christine has created a place of beauty and I honestly don’t know how she could make it any better. As soon as you arrive you are greeted with hugs from everyone and you’re immediately made to feel comfortable. The work exchangers are wonderful and will always be there with anything you need. Expect plenty of hugs whilst staying at Gaia! Before I went to Gaia I was told my retreat members would become my new family and this couldn’t have been more true. Get ready to meet likeminded people and create a new family who will always be there for you.
It is hard to find English speaking Shamans but Gaia has found some! The Shamans are wonderful and they are always willing to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. I always felt safe, looked after and I am still in awe of their knowledge and wisdom.
It is so important to have a rest day between ceremonies so that you can process and rest. You will have a family meeting the day after a ceremony which really helps you process everything that has happened. You will find that you’ll learn SO much from your fellow retreat participants and their experiences with the medicines.
The Andes Mountains are absolutely stunning, the air is pure and fresh and there are plenty of places to take a time-out and simply sit in nature and ground yourself. You can go on hikes, go for a run or simply take a 5/10 minute stroll and find a spot to meditate or just relax. Everywhere you look you will be mesmerised by how breathtaking the views are.
The food at Gaia is delicious. If you are a meat eater do not worry! The food is magnificent, full of flavour and there is plenty of it. As for accommodation, I stayed in Casa Tranquilo and I couldn’t have been happier with my room.
At night there is usually a fire going where you can chill & sit and talk to your new friends. There are plenty of places to sit and chill, there are benches scattered throughout the grounds as well as hammocks & chairs. The community centre has wifi, its own kitchen and they even have Netflix! There are also a few guitars and musical instruments which are great fun especially when everyone has a good jam session!
There is usually someone teaching Yoga every morning and some people offer their own services such as massage, reiki etc.
They say Mother’s know best and I feel Mother Ayahuasca was calling to me because she believed I needed San Pedro too! A lot of people come to Gaia as they are drawn to Ayahuasca but let me tell you that San Pedro is a beautiful plant medicine. Imagine your heart being cracked open so you can receive endless amounts of love, clarity and wisdom. I am so thankful I got to work with San Pedro and I believe I actually got more out of this medicine. I had so many questions and they were all answered.
My experience at Gaia was truly life changing and I witnessed countless transformations in my fellow retreat members. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity and it is an experience I will never forget.
Thank you Christine for creating such an incredible place of healing and love. You are giving people the tools to transform their lives and make this world a better place.
Thank you Christine, Bruce, Salvador, Santiago, Paulina, Sofia, the work exchangers and everyone involved at Gaia Sagrada, and of course, thank you to my new family, I love you guys.
PS. I am going back to volunteer in August so to anyone reading this review and thinking about going to Gaia, I hope to see you there, you will not regret it 🙂
Stayed May 2016, Travelled Solo