Orillas del Río Uchima, Barrio Sacapo, Parroquia San Pedro de Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
I recently had the pleasure of partaking in the Ayahuasca spiritual wellness retreat at Casa Del Sol, near Vilcabamba, Ecuador. It was undoubtedly among the most memorable and rich experiences of my life that I would recommend to anyone, spiritual seekers or not. Ximena, Santiago, and their beautiful family are some of the most gracious and welcoming hosts I have encountered. They devote great care to the comfort and wellbeing of their guests and are able to facilitate a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere with ease.
Make no mistake however; this experience is best approached as a journey rather than a vacation. Be prepared to take things seriously and address some difficult things to get the most of your experience. I witnessed some real healing and catharsis here, and experienced it myself. It was delightfully juxtaposed with a humour and lightness tended to by all of the skilled staff and facilitators.
Everyone’s journey is different, and although it is difficult to comment on specifics, one unifying aspect was the visceral feelings of peace, love and simplicity we shared. No small feat, considering the pain and trauma some of us were carrying and seeking relief from. In these times of seemingly increasing social isolation and disconnection, the Casa Del Sol family take great care in connecting people from around the world, not only to themselves, but also to each other, to the natural environment, and to something bigger, older, and profound.
As I look back on my experience, I am struck not only by the effect of the plant medicines, and of course the beautiful surroundings, but by the care with which I was taught to treat my experiences, and the refreshing and comforting world view and practices that were gifted to me. Thank you so much for all the wonderful memories!