Via a Llayzhatan Bajo, Ecuador
The psychedelic experience is influenced greatly by set and setting. What you bring to the experience, your purpose and mindset are factors of great importance in determining what transpires. This is why they talk of diet and cleansing to create a vessel ready to accept the plant teaching. Only you know the set you bring. If you believe you are ready, then the setting at Gaia Sagrada is no problem at all. It is an oasis of incredibly beautiful gardens high in the Andes with amble space for solitude or communion with others on the journey. There is a lot of positive energy generated by their lovely staff and work exchangers that creates an atmosphere of tranquility, joy and love. The amenities and meals are very good. Having tried both, I found the mountain venue a much more tranquil setting for the psychonaut than the jungle. I also liked the opportunity to experience both ayahuasca and san pedro from an english speaking shaman. We all are different, but for me the jungle/Peruvian ayahuasca was more visionary while the mountain san pedro of Santiago was top shelf medicine as were his transdimensional healing skills demonstrated in ceremonies that were intense and transformative. To survival in ordinary reality all these retreat centers have to be sensitive to these web reviews; Christine seems to be able to keep this reality in perspective and not let it encroach on the experience. It was a peak adventure for me and I highly recommend it for your consideration. Don’t miss the spa in Cuenca on the rest day and give regards to Yogi for me!