Just returning from my second retreat at ECA and feeling the joy emanating throughout my being.
First of all, the grounds at the retreat center are magical- think of a beautiful open semi-rainforest that overlooks the city. With tall trees, beautiful green plants everywhere, and a landscape bursting with flowers- it’s a dream just to be there. On top of that- whether you stay in one of the houses or camp, you’re in for a treat. The houses are beautiful and cozy and have lovely fireplaces to keep warm, and the camping situation is easily the most comfortable camping I’ve experienced.
Second, there’s the food- which is both extremely delicious and is cooked with an enormous amount of love.
Then, there’s the medicine and the healers. The medicine served here is no joke, it’s both strong and extremely beautiful. You are in the absolute best of hands with the two healers, Gonzalo and Leonitus, who make sure every individual is safe and cared for as they work through their individual processes with the medicines. I recommend going in with an open mind and an open heart, remembering to express gratitude for every part of the process (especially the hard parts) and remembering to breathe and relax if anything feels challenging during the ceremonies.
I would also like to give a huge shout-out to Bobby, Jesse, Hans (and Mark!) for their amazing assistance through the process. From the first phone call you feel how much they truly care about your process with the medicines. They’re there to answer questions, to make sure your stay is comfortable, and to help you through your process- before, during, and after ceremony. By the end of your stay, you feel like a part of the family.
In short, I don’t think I could recommend ECA highly enough and would encourage anyone who is interested in going on an ayahuasca or san pedro retreat to reach out to them and give them a call – you wont be disappointed.
Iyay Mitakuye Oyasin