ECA was my third yage journey to South America and I can honestly say it was by far the most transformative retreat in terms of spiritual growth and connection to Oneness. Words can’t describe my experience with connecting to myself, and ultimately the divine. Beyond the powerful medicines and healers, I want to give my gratitude to the facilitators who are beyond attentive, caring and really understand these traditional healing practices. To put it in a nutshell, these guys know their shit and pushed me to the next level beyond my ego. I’m in awe of their commitment and will forever be grateful for their care and guidance during the ceremonies and throughout the retreat. To this day (its only been a month), I follow the daily regime of starting the day with a cup of water by giving thanks to life, the Great Spirit and the gift of the ECA retreat. If yage calls you, be fearless and step onto the path. Aho!
This was a last minute enrollment into Flower of Life’s first group retreat and I’m definitely glad I took that leap of faith. Everything about the retreat was amazing and definitely life changing.
I was a tad cautious as the pictures on the website seemed too good to be true for an aya retreat but I can honestly say that the grounds are some of the most spectacular lodge I’ve ever been to you. The lodge sits deep within the Amazon 3 hours from Iquitos, Peru on a hill high above the Amazon Forest right next to the river. The individual huts are spacious, well furnished and the common areas are beautifully designed inside and outside with many exotic fruit trees and hiking trails around. The staff is incredible and the food is outstanding, especially for dieta!
The aya ceremonies are very personalised as the group is small. My retreat only had one other person therefore we got the full attention from the retreat founder, the facilitator and shamans of which there were two. Lino was a local shaman from the nearly village who works with tobacco and local plant medicine and he provided cleansing and consultation with his light drinkable remedies. Maestro Juanita from the traditional Shipibo was the head Maestro who had mastery over the aya medicine. Although she is quiet and didn’t speak much English, her healing was extremely powerful. Her icaros pierce the night sky and guided my journeys from the darkness through the light. In all, there were 4 ceremonies which was a good amount to really build up the aya in the body. The final ceremony was indescribable as my mind was unleashed from the confines from reality and opened to the universe. I’ve done another aya retreat two years ago which was great but Flower of Life was on another level. The feedback was Juanita was really inspiring as she really did explain what she saw and felt during the healingss and what she did to help each person cleanse their body and spirit. Juanita’s serenity, wisdom and power is inspirational.
The medicine taught me what I needed to learn and showed me what I needed to see. I’m not sure when/if I’ll ever revisit the spirt of aya but nevertheless I’ll always cherish my time at Flower of Life along with the caring facilitators. The retreat is truly magical along with unique experiences such as swimming in the Amazon with pink dolphins, viewing sloths climbing above the forest, awakening to the melodic songs of hundreds of tropical birds and eating sweet fruit picked directly from the forest.