laurenaustintx's Reviews

Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca & San Pedro Retreat Center

Listed in Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Huachuma), Kambo, Integration, Magic Mushrooms, Spotlight

593-93-934-2737 outside Ecuador, 093-934-2737 inside Ecuador, +593985904836 Whatsapp

Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador

Reviewed on February 19, 2020. #1 of 243 Reviews

Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

I loved my room. Quiet, cozy, comfortable. I loved having a little heater for my room. It doubled as a white noise machine. I really loved the food that was cooked with love by Carol. The property felt very safe and is surrounded by gorgeous nature. The amenities and accommodations were fantastic, but the people and my experience were absolutely wonderful. Words are not enough to describe the experiences I had with plant medicine. I’ve lived much of my life with depression starting at age 8. I was able understand and feel how my negative thoughts and disconnection from myself and the world were affecting me. I knew these things were causing me to be depressed, but I was very stuck in it. I was living my life trying to protect myself, but I didn’t feel strong. I was going through life with so much fear and worry that resulted in me feeling weak, anxious, paranoid, depressed, and judgemental. I was living in the past and the future and was struggling to feel and be present and concentrate. I’ve had happy times in my life, but they didn’t seem to last. I tried self-help books, talk therapy, workshops, mediation, dieting, positive thinking, law of attraction, yoga, teaching yoga, journaling, Network Spinal Analysis, Somato Respiratory Integration, Tantra, inspirational podcasts, praying, exercise…all of these things do work, but I was often intellectually engaging with these healing modalities rather than allowing myself to feel and be vulnerable and the positive effects did not last long. Often I would give up the aforementioned methods. After taking plant medicine I feel I have a very innate sense of strength and the above mentioned healing modalities work in tandem and help me to integrate my experience.
I must also mention the amazing people who help run Gaia Segrada and the work exchangers. They really care and have been through it as well and are great to talk to. Christine, the owner, is an amazing woman!
The shamans!! Mere words are not enough to describe them, but I will try. They are the most amazing combination of strength, understanding, and softness I’ve ever known.
Last but not least, my Gaia fellow retreat participants aka family! We became so close during the experience. They were so great and happy to share. We had so many edifying conversations! I miss them dearly.
If you feel called to work with the medicines I encourage you to! I don’t encourage over-researching as I did. Everyone has a different brain and heart and your experiences will and should be unique. Some of my research put unnecessary fears in me. Just trust and breathe!
Love and Light!

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