Spring Doralene's Reviews
Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
My 12 day Gaia Sagrada adventure far exceeded my expectations and was the best investment I’ve ever made in myself and in my life. I went there with an intent to heal from a very tragic event in my life that happened in 2014 (the death of my adult son at the hands of police in my presence), but far more than that one life event was healed by the plant medicines, and the healing is still going on! Grandmother Ayahausca was gentle and loving in her restorative healing at times, but very tough and lovingly adamant at others. She gave me just what I needed when I needed it. Father San Pedro taught me to love myself and that there really are people out there who love others and do so with an open and willing heart. I’ve never experienced such a feeling of loving acceptance anywhere else in my life from both the shamans/staff and from the other participants, and I’ve made many life-long friends/new family members that I plan to see again. Christine, each of the Shamans and the work exchangers are the type of people I always want to have in my life, and I hope to have the privilege of seeing many of them again. Salvador is a wise, gentle and loving soul who is also blessed with a great sense of humor and Amalia’s loving compassion and generous spirit touched me deeply. The music was beautiful and touching and there are several very talented singers/musicians who contribute to the ceremonies. In addition, each of the ceremonies was amazing, and I feel such a sense of honor and gratitude to have taken part in the communion with the plant medicines and the shamanic traditions – they were unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced!
On the practical side of things, if you prefer to sleep warm, get a regular room instead of staying in the dorm (I moved to a regular room from the dorm a few days into the retreat). My body temperature is two degrees lower than average, so even with three wool blankets, I froze most nights until my room change. Also, bring warmer clothing rather than shorts and t-shirts. A winter hat, warm coat, gloves and wool socks will help in a big way during the Ayahausca ceremonies, and I was very happy that I brought my eye mask to help me focus on my inner self without the distractions from outside sources.
Finally, if you are a single woman wondering if it is wise to be traveling alone to Ecuador to attend this retreat in Cuenca, rest easy that the trip will be safe, if not a bit challenging for those who do not speak Spanish, like myself. My friends and family members were concerned about my being kidnapped and human trafficked (lol), but they had nothing to be concerned about. Other than the tarantulas, the most frightening thing that happened was trying to find out whether my luggage had been sent through from Guayaquil to Cuenca (which it was, and I shouldn’t have worried). So, if Mother Aya is calling you like she called me, don’t hesitate – book your retreat and your flight today!