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Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
I had the most wonderful 12 days at Gaia Sagrada and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
I have done ayahuasca before but was naturally quite nervous as I didn’t know what to expect for the duration. My brother did the 12 day retreat 6 months before and said it was the best decision he had made and I totally agree! Some people did 7 days during my stay therefore they did not do the last Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies which were my (and a lot of other people’s) favourite and everyone had become so close by then.
Seeing as you’re flying to the other side of the world, you may as well make the most of it and learn as much as you can about yourself if it is feasible.
It is the most beautiful setting in the perfect surroundings and everyone here was so loving and caring, including the adorable dogs who sat next to you during ceremony if you were having a tough time. On 2 occasions, Yogi was there to help me 🙂
All of the ceremonies were very intense for me; physically and mentally extremely draining, it was like having a full on workout. On the other hand, some people just lay there calm and still with no visuals, everyone had such different experiences. The setting in the Moloka was wonderful each time with everyone positioned in a circle around the fire and it was very comfortable and warm with the blankets keeping you cosy.
I met the most amazing people including the staff, work exchangers and Shamans too. There are too many people to name but Jerry, Christine and the shaman Salvador were incredible, thank you for looking after us.
The experience has given me a different outlook on life and has enabled me to appreciate the things that matter, even though you may not necessarily know what path to take. Food and water is so precious and you will DEFINITELY find this out when you are there.
The food was so delicious! A massive shout out to Francesco and the rest of the kitchen team for being so creative with every meal! You will not go hungry here, well, apart from when you need to fast before ceremonies, hence why you will massively appreciate eating afterwards!
I can’t recommend Gaia Sagrada enough and don’t have anything negative to say. I will always remember the good times here, as well as the intense ones and also how we laughed so, so much! Things are still processing in my head and it’s up to me now to make the changes in my life that I want to address.