Where to start. I arrived at ECA hurting and desperate for something to kickstart my desire to stay alive and continue my own work with healing medicines that I used to e so passionate about. I arrived overwhelmed with trauma, terrified of other humans, and with a total lack of trust in my heart. Immediately, the presence and spirit of Jesse, Hans, and Bobby put me totally at ease and after just a short time spent with them, I felt fully able to let down my guard as a jaded single female traveler which allowed me to be fully present with myself to work with the medicines.
This goes for the two healers Greison and Gonzoles as well, who proved to be as genuine, trustworthy, powerful, and dedicated as healers can get. They both have truly spent a lifetime studying with humility under these plant medicines, and they provide a safe and powerful space to transform yourself. I experienced such vast transformation and self-improvement far beyond my expectations.
The unique combination of all the ceremonies, music, camping, time spent together as a community and apart for self-exploration, and the incredibly delicious nourishing food made it a very demanding trip but one that absolutely changed my life and brought so much positive healing- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
My praises cannot be sung enough for the environment that Jesse, Bobby, and Hans have fostered of love and care for our earth and the land that supports them and the Cofan people. They are remarkable souls and one would be hard pressed to find a retreat center that genuinely cares for, respects, and treasures their participants more than with these guys down at ECA. I’m still brimming with endless gratitude and love. I’ll be back, family!