Incredibly potent retreat. Beautiful land. Very powerful medicine and traditions. Wonderful people.
I was greeted by Mark at the airport, who ended up sharing his home with me throughout my stay at ECA. A kind and hospitable man; his wise words, wonderful humor, and guidance aided me in navigating the sometimes murky waters of this sort of inner work. He kept the house lit with comforting wood fire, served me up tea and fried sugar plantain. Great dude!
The food throughout the stay was excellent. The cooks knew exactly what to prepare for this sort of experience. Delicious fish and high protein meals before Yage’ ceremonies. Fruit, salad, and nourishing soups post-ceremony. Very well done. And they genuinely took joy in feeding and nourishing us with wonderful meals. Cooking can be done as an act of love, great food is itself a medicine.
The facilitators were kind, knowledgeable, no-nonsense guys; communicating via the heart. During a particularly rough portion of the retreat Bobby reassured me that the things that were happening were indeed very good, and were evident of the effectiveness of what I seemed to be going through. Jesse helped me to really crack into the core of what I was experiencing, and reminded me to trust the process. The affirmation of trust and acceptance being quite pivotal.
Much happened over the stay, purging on all levels. The facilitators, staff, and were all quite soft and accepting; they maneuver the work with warmth and grace. It is a blessing to have such a space, with such people, in which to practice this sort of heavy inner work.
There I was puking, crapping, cursing, exorcising demons; and they were hugging me, keeping me wrapped in soft warm blankets, and turning my attention to the love they all live and share. I am grateful for ECA for providing such comfort and acceptance while navigating such vulnerable processes.
Their traditions are beautiful, they strike me as quite old and powerful. Mostly beyond my comprehension, all I know is that I respect what they are doing and know it to be a great service to the world.
Potent ceremonies. Ancient medicine. Life really is a gift. Me gusto!
I’ll be going back there for sure.