Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
This place is truly wonderful. When stepping into the world of plant medicines and making a large investment (both time, money, and, most importantly, emotional and physical well-being) into getting the best experience possible, one cannot go wrong with Gaia Sagrada. In fact, I will say that is a massive understatement; I cannot think of a better location or group people that could do this any better than they do at Gaia Sagrada. Although the location is absolutely beautiful (mountain setting in Ecuador) with lots of green space and quite country side to explore, what really makes Gaia Sagrada special are the people that work there. The owner of the establishment, Chrinstine, shows her dedication to her work every day in the way she runs her retreat center and how she handles her staff and customers. The happiness in this place is overwhelming and I believe that is due to the safe and open atmosphere that has been created here. Christine really shines during the ceremonies where her natural intuition and compassion regarding the people she is healing comes to the forefront in an unprecedented way, in my experience. The Ceremonies themselves are evenly spaced apart for ample physical and emotional recovery time (this is a very good thing, the ceremonies can be very draining and the body/soul needs time to rest). They are run by excellent shamans who can communicate very well in English and are willing to share their knowledge and culture for the good of healing (this is truly a treat and blessing to be able to experience this type of setting as a foreigner and should not be taken lightly). The plant medicines are powerful, however the space created during the ceremonies are very safe and all of the participants are there to help each other. One of my favorite parts of this entire experience is the level of catering that is given by the staff. First off, the food is EXCELLENT; it is fresh cooked every day and never failed to disappoint (on the contrary, it was expertly made and there was plenty of it, also the fresh platters of tropical fruit after ceremonies are to out of this world (forgive the play on words)). The staff themselves are always friendly and will hug you and give you a smile whenever you need it. I think one of the things that stuck out most in my mind was that they are on duty during the Ayahuasca Ceremony to help participants walk to and from the bathrooms to insure no-one falls down ( the medicine makes you a bit wobbly on your feet). It is the little things like this that make Gaia Sagrada so great. They welcome you into the space with openness and love and I immediately felt like part of the big family they have created.
I could go on, but I will stop here. This place is truly magical in more ways than one and worth every penny, minute, and emotional investment spent. Cannot say enough good things about this place.
Peace and Love