Orillas del Río Uchima, Barrio Sacapo, Parroquia San Pedro de Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
Having recently completed the 12 day retreat, I feel very blessed to have experienced the power and synergy of the medicines offered at Casa Del Sol. The power of the medicine, complemented by the energy work that Santiago and Ximena do is priceless and worth experiencing if you are open to the process.
Before heading to Casa Del Sol, I felt that I had a fairly comfortable relationship with the spirit of San Pedro until I experienced the intensity of the process with Santiago and Ximena. This could have only come from a place of complete surrender, trust and sincerity towards the process and medicine. Since then, I’ve felt a deep reverence towards the plant, which helped me in further understanding my relationship with the medicine and more importantly, with myself.
Whether during ceremony or in casual conversation, it is quite evident that when they speak of their experiences or share their insights, there is alot of wisdom to be gained from listening to Santiago and Ximena. There is such a wisdom that cannot be learned simply from reading books but that is passed down through generations, who’ve experienced from and established a harmony with nature, which can be the greatest teacher of all.
Apart from the medicine work, one can experience the feeling of what it is to be part of a tribe, a family of loving people. This energy is evident in their family dynamic and not surprisingly can also transpire to the group, in all its cheerfulness and fun.
The program is designed in such a way, that it allows one to work on oneself while also being part of a community of people, a support system, a family, a tribe, to learn, share and care for one another other. I would suggest that one complete the entire 12 day program to actually begin to see the benefits of the medicine and the work that can be done with it. It’s one thing to work with the medicine in your own space and comfort zone. It is quite another experience to work with a shaman in their realm or space.
If you wish to love in the consciousness of the light, you must be sincere enough to work in the unconsciousness of the dark. Be open, be sincere, trust the shaman and trust the process. I wish you well in your journey!
As someone who had already experienced San Pedro several times before in Peru, it was my first time experiencing the medicine in Ecuador. Having looked up a few retreats, I had to finally go with my gut instinct and trust that the medicine would lead me to the right person or retreat. And I’m glad it was at Steve & Samay’s beautiful new place that they’d just moved into.
The property is located in a lovely spot between two beautiful mountain views, each with their own unique energy and the medicine is just as good and powerful. While the real work is with the medicine itself, Steve is all ears if one needs guidance during the process or even afterwards and keeps it simple. Samay’s cooking is awesome and even her general sense of humor shines through when she’s about the property.
They make a good team and it always helps to have not one but two people’s energy to bounce off of.
Overall, I’m blessed to have experienced the medicine with them and look forward to working with them next year as well. One word of advice for those who are experiencing this medicine for the first time: As with everything, healing is also a process and it takes time. Its not about finding the right answer but a series of answers that are revealed over the course of a few sessions. If you do plan to work with Steve, try working over a few sessions (1-2 weeks atleast). San Pedro will be more rewarding and your journey, more fulfilling.