Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
Gaia Sagrada is a wonderful place to heal and/or expand as a person. I came to Gaia as part of my quest to grow and explore what this life is all about. I also came to get clarity about my future and heal anything that needed to get healed so I could move forward in this life with more ease and purpose. I got all that and more! First of all Gaia Sagrada is breathtakingly beautiful. Even before we took the medicine, the energy of the land the retreat is one went to work on my spirit. The weather is next perfect year round and there are no mosquitos to deal with. There are friendly dogs running around giving and receiving love too! The food is awesome, healthy and fits the diet recommended for a plant medicine experience. The staff and work exchangers are full of love and are non-judgmental and friendly. The beds are super comfortable so sleep was easy and restorative. There are great hikes and activities to do and they even schedule a trip to beautiful Cuenca or surrounding sights so you get a vacation during the healing!
The plant medicine part is nothing short of PROFOUND. Trying to explain it in words is hard but let me just say that in my group we had some seriously heavy and tough work that people had to do. We bonded right off the bat and people really opened up about their pain and I think that’s when the healing really took hold. This is a place you can let it all go, open up and KNOW that people are there with you, going through it too and wanting you to get better in your own way. After our two weeks together I saw completely new people! I’m not just saying that they were smiling more or more friendly. They had an entirely new spirit and energy, stood a different way, voice changes, eyes sparkling. It was incredible. The Shamans are so knowledgable and caring, you can’t help but give thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this ancient tradition and receive the fruit of so many years of their training. The owner Christine Breese has the tools and expertise to empower people to transcend and move on from their past pain, she’s an integral part of the ceremony and a wonderful healer. Her partner Bruce is the kindest dude around and keep the wheels of the retreat turning. This isn’t a mill just churning out people and not caring about what happens after or if they are really getting to the root of why they came. If you come with an intention and the will to weather the entire journey and transform, you most certainly will!!!