I will start by saying that as someone who was born in Colombia, who was lightly familiar with some of the rich ancestry linked to the concept at the base of this type of healing, I had specific and high expectations of this experience. I also have dealt with some difficult challenges in life and wanted to make sure that this was the right choice, so I was ready to remain skeptical for as long as needed. But now I can confidently say that not only those expectations were met, but they were also clearly surpassed. The medicines are challenging and powerful, and for that reason I know this is the right place to experience them. The main requirement that I had when choosing a place to take these medicines was a clear sense of safety, and this is a quality that I felt was always at the base of every activity during this ten day journey. The beautiful, thoughtful, and generous individuals behind ECA, were truly there for me and for everyone else during our retreat; and the taitas (or shamans) are not only knowledgeable, but also responsible with the way in which they use the medicines and treat their guests. I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with ECA. I left with my heart full of love, a more balanced body, and with my mind and soul ready to continue evolving in a brighter direction. And of course, with many new friends that I look forward to seeing again. Did I mention they also have some amazing-delicious, fresh Colombian food? The people, the location, the food, the gatherings around the fire, the teachings, the discovery, the personal journey… so many positive things to write about this experience, so it’s a 10 out 10!