Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
Ayahuasca ceremony can be very helpful. I have done ceremonies and retreats in several different settings. However, I have two main criticisms of gaia. Firstly, the ceremonies were the longest I ever experienced and there was not enough water available. I found this to be dangerous and unnecessary. Secondly, I found Christine, who runs this place, to be a bit scary. Like many gurus, if she is adored and praised then she responds kindly. However, she became weird and creepy when presented with criticism. One pattern is that she brings up the personal struggles of people with criticisms and insinuates that their judgment is clouded by their immense, all-consuming pain. I do not have all-consuming pain. I just believe that Christine is somewhat un-well. Its possible to have a good experience at gaia (mine was very mixed) but go with open eyes. Best of luck in your search for a retreat.