Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
Ok so, Gaia sagrada is a wonderful place that has been organized with the right ideals for combining the ayahuasca experience with a comfortable stay and more then adequate support. I went down there for a 2 week retreat and I am glad I chose this place. Everyone there is incredibly friendly, welcoming you with a hug from the moment you show up on the property. The shamans are available and introduce themselves to you, they enjoy talking with you and getting to know you. After all, it is their job to help you out and heal you.
Accommodations are quite nice and were more than I was expecting. Beds and rooms are comfortable and clean, The showers were large and nice with all the marble, plus plenty of hot water and good water pressure. There are many extra amenities around, such as hot tubs, saunas, volunteer given yoga and meditation classes. There are also sometimes people around to give paid massages, and many other people around (support staff and other retreat participants) to talk to and hang out with. There is also a TV with movies and netflix.
The food there is great. it is all vegetarian and although I am a regular meat eater, the food was filling and delicious and I didn’t find myself craving meat very much. Tons of fresh fruit and different meal choices at mealtimes. There are also options for snacks and other meals you can make on your own if you are hungry at off meal times. Coffee and teas are available as well. A great selection and some new foods I normally would not have tried.
The ceremonies were incredibly well ran, thought being given to every possible aspect. The moloka and ceremony space was comfortable and safe, there were support staff around to help you to the bathroom or provide care if necessary. The shamans were there to do work but they also kept the mood light at the right times and also made sure everybody was taken care of. The ayahuasca was strong and provided the perfect experience in which we had gone down there for. 🙂
I could talk for hours about this place but I will keep it short. It is definitely worth going to this place, it’s very comfortable which is important when doing an ayahuasca retreat, you will need time to integrate your experiences and talk about them with staff or other people who are undergoing it with you. I feel I could spend weeks there working with ayahuasca and working on things in my life and learning. My 2 week experience alone was a lifetime of information and healing. I just wish I could stay there forever. Christine, the organizer of Gaia Sagrada, is great, very wonderful person to be around and I just wanted to soak up everything she said. I could listen and learn from her for the rest of my life if I could!
Already I have been looking at my bank account and contemplating going back again. A+ experience, I am sad it has already come and gone, but glad for the experiences and knowledge I have brought back home with me.
Thank you so much!
Stayed February 2016