- Orillas del Río Uchima, Barrio Sacapo, Parroquia San Pedro de Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador
- +593 993-895-963
Private Ayahuasca & San Pedro Retreat in the heart of San Pedro de Vilcabamba, in Loja, Ecuador. Casa Del Sol works with small groups to optimize the quality of your experience, and share the space as a family. Blessed with a beautiful location within the Valley of Longevity, we integrate ourselves with its powerful medicine; our retreats include walking through its mountains, cleansing ourselves in the waterfalls and in the river in front of our home. We make offerings, meditate, practice yoga, hold sweat lodges and plant medicine ceremonies to encourage this integration.
I would definitely recommend a retreat at casa del sol. For some days you are part of a lovely family, where Ximena and Santiago work fully dedicated with the plants and the clients. They feel what is important, have a lot of experience, are able to connect as well to nature as to the deeper levels within yourself and they do not hesitate to give everybody the attention one needs. Another big advantage is the choice for groups with maximum 12, and mostly less, people. In this way you get real contact with each other, are able to share your intention, which was helpful to be focused and open up yourself.
The dedication and love which Ximena and Santiago put into the ceremonies is great! I’m very thankful for this intense and beautiful experience :).
I ‘ve just returned from an eight-day retreat at Casa Del Sol in the majestic mountains of Vilcabamba, Ecuador.
It was facilitated by Ximena and Santiago who are a pair of the purest souls I’ve had the honour and pleasure of meeting and they have left me feeling blessed to have walked this part of my spiritual journey with them.
It took me three flights and 22 hours of travel, to get to Vilcabamba from Toronto and I would say that it was worth the journey there. Casa Del Sol is in beautiful mountains and it feels like stepping back into a time of peace, serenity, innocence and love. The lush landscape of the forests, filled with all forms of life and flowing rivers, radiates a positive inviting energy that we from the western world have lost and is missing from our lives.
Upon arrival at Casa Del Sol, I could feel the warmth, caring and love from Ximena as she welcomed me to their place. On the first day, both Ximena and Santiago started the pre-ceremonial blessings and group facilitated process of ensuring that our intentions are in the right place to embark on the many ceremonies that we had ahead of us.
Of course, spiritual healing begins from within us and not from the external, however, with positive intensions that are directed in the right direction, we are more likely to succeed.
After having San Pedro, Ayahuasca, Kombo and Ximena and Santiago’s guidance, I must say that I’m now equipped with the tools to start the real healing journey as I return home.
There aren’t words, that exist to describe how lucky, honoured and blessed I feel to have been guided through all these ceremonies with Ximena and Santiago. They are both gifted with pure unconditional love.
For the eight days I was with them, each day was exciting and a new adventure in the path of spiritual growth. I would recommend their retreat to anyone interested in accelerating their path to spiritual enlightenment. You will not be disappointed.
I love they both dearly!
Amazing. Rare.Transformative. A beautiful expression of ceremonies, prayers, healing, and connectedness. Situated in one of the most beautiful settings one could imagine themselves in. Vilcabamba was the final standing grounds of the Incas, also known for it’s Vilca tree, for which Vilcabamba was named after, a plant who’s bean-like pods are said to take you to the stars and back. Add to this, mountains, rivers, lush valleys, waterfalls, birds, relaxed local beauty and you have located Casa Del Sol.
The medicine ceremonies were powerful, healing, very personal and rooted deeply in the ancient traditions of the high Andes. You will learn a lot and return to yourself the lost knowledge of what these scared traditions teach. I have had the fortunate opportunity over the years to experience other medicine retreats, from Peru to Ecuador, and this one is truly special and something you can’t put in into monetary terms or comparisons. You really should be asking yourself when you can go, not if, and I say that sincerely and without reservation.
Santiago and Ximena hold beautiful ceremonies that you won’t soon forget, to try to put it into words would only take away. They are experienced shamans, holding to a long and powerful lineage of ancient shamanic traditions and customs. They are caring, compassionate wonderful medicine people, they are also husband and wife with four beautiful adoring children. The eldest son Mateo, initiated and working alongside in support. Santiago and Ximena have received some of the highest initiations in relation to this work. Very few people will ever have a chance to experience a retreat like this, so all I can say is follow your heart, you’ll be glad you did.
-In joy, healing & gratitude. -Imad
It was truly an amazing week of healing, reconnecting with my spiritual side, reviving of energies and remembering who I am. Santiago and Ximena went above and beyond pouring loving, kind and caring energies to myself and all the participants who attended the retreat with me. I loved the location and nature, even though it takes long time to get to Vilkabamba – it was worth the time spent getting there. The retreat located in the beautiful lush green side of a mountain, there is a stream running through the property that turns into a river depending on amount of the rain.
I had attended medicine ceremonies before but I never witnessed so much sincere care and genuine kindness provided as Santiago and Ximena do. They gave exact individualized healing to each of the participant needed at that time as per our conversations at the daily sharing circle; and all benefitted from what was done and said in the ceremonies. Santiago and Ximena always facilitated heart-centered discussions amongst the participants to promote friendly and loving environment, where all felt welcomed, included without pressure, despite your spiritual knowledge, race, sexuality etc.
Every day was filled with a ceremony or healing circle; and I had a chance to get out to the near town- Vilkabamba for several outings: laundry, crafts shopping etc.
Food was healthy, vegetarian (with optional fish and chicken on some days) and in plenty amounts, 3x per day, except when required to fast for medicine ceremonies.
Rooms were simple and beds comfortable, I had couple suggestions to the owners – they were open and flexible to accommodate my requests.
Everything was healing and caring about this retreat, even scary-looking guard dog – Floky was always attempting to lick my knee that I injured just before arriving to the retreat; I looked up that some dogs do that to help humans to facilitate healing injuries.
I am deeply grateful to the Shaman-Santiago, Ximena, their beautiful 4 kids (that occasionally popped at the retreat), Mateo-Shaman assistant and made-Nati for this amazing time I had at the retreat.
I am highly recommending this place if you are looking for a deep healing and spiritual growth.
My experience with Casa del Sol was deep, emotional, challenging, spiritually charged, fantastic! Santiago is an amazing shaman, and most of all he is an amazing human being. He was the reason why I decided to come back to Ecuador to experience Ayahuasca and San Pedro once again. (I was at another retreat centre before.) I trust him with all my heart. Santiago and his family became my family too. Thank you to Ximena for your amazing, loving, emotionally charged feminine energy. Thank you Mateo for your openness to experience, strength, you are a brother to me! Thank you Titi for your positive energy and your strength manifesting in such a delicate way.
At Casa del Sol you will be connecting to nature, to your nature as well. You will experience what it means to be part of it. You will see what it means to truly appreciate things we often take for granted.
I really enjoyed Santiago and Ximena’s place. The room (shared) was very comfortable, clean and surrounded by nature. The food was amazing. I felt like a god after couple of days of eating that healthy (and I’m a vegan who really takes care about his diet). Delicious veggie soups, fruits in the morning, light, tasty and nutritionally supercharged diet. Fantastic!
Also, I really enjoyed the late evening meet-ups at the table where we exchanged our experiences and opened up to each other fully.
The ceremonies were very intense to me. Especially the sweat lodge ceremonies turned out to be very challenging and healing. Santiago and Ximena put an amazing amount of work to make sure as much healing is done as possible. Wasn’t easy but was totally worth it. The drums, the singing, all the little details… it’s just mind blowing how dedicated they are in their hearts to do this kind of healing to the people of this world. Thanks for that Santiago, Ximena and Mateo.
I came back different. I now have a different relationship with my body and soul. I also, met my power animal which was super exciting to me. Finally I understood the power that was sleeping in me.
Lots of love to all of you brothers and sisters!
Santiago The Shaman is the real deal but I would stay away as his wife talks about love and healing but is a hypocrite and gives Lip Service to it and undoes any sort of help or healing Santiago does I attended to do ayahuasca and after attending I now suffer from cluster headaches I asked them to help me with my father and I got told effectively to go away so please understand you will get a conflicting service and quite possibly one of them is a charlatan and a hypocrite and I would not say that inauthentic person is Santiago he seems to be genuine but be warned that there is one entity at this Retreat that will work against you you have been warned
Five stars state “near-perfect”, so I had no other choice however I would say “this is simply the place with the people” so just skip the word near!
The location in an epic neighborhood of Vilcabamba, directly on a bank of a river surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains of Andes. The Flocky (a dog) takes care of, anyway already given, security and Natalia serves delicious meals (very fresh and vegetarian) and takes care of our accomodation. So only thing to think about is our spirituality. Here the Ximena, Santiago and their son Matteo came into the game. Set of ceromonies of San Pedro combined with Rapé, Kambo, sweat lodge and finally Aya itself made the journey AMAZING with lots of thoughts to work on during my daily life. In addition, set of acctivities like yoga, painting workshop (to express ourselves in a different way), breathing classes and needless to say several sharing circles made the retreat PERFECT!
Communication with Santiago and Ximena before, during and after my stay is what i actually needed.
One day, after I execute teachings from the current retreat, I will be back to them to get know myself even better.
Thank you all for making this retreat possible!
Santiago and Ximena have created an incredible space for healing. The food provided is fresh, nourishing, alive, and the accommodations comfortable. Most important is working with two incredible healers that bring forth both the masculine and feminine to each ceremony (nature and nurture).
The medicine is powerful and provided me with answers and a better understanding of my own being. However it is up to me to work with the information provided and to remove those patterns in life that hold me back.
They are both very humble, wise, and loving people. They are amazing healers and teachers: I feel blessed to have been in their company.
Have you ever had an experience that was so amazing and life changing, all you want to do is share it with everyone you know?? If you have, then you know how powerful it can be. This is Casa Del Sol.
I was absolutely blown away by the initial love that I felt here energetically and literally. Santiago, his wife Ximena, and their family were kind beyond words. They instantly took my friend and I in line family. After the first 5 minutes of conversation with Santiago, I was instantly comfortable and confident (not necessarily the feelings I had previously.) His ability to share and be a relatable human make him a medicine man like none other. I knew this was the perfect place, in the perfect timing.
Their approach to the medicine, the land, and the entire process of ceremony was profound to see and be a part of. The purpose and intention that this work will give you has potential beyond anything else I have experienced. Learning how to let go of fear and expectation, surrender to the mother, create purpose, and share these lessons with the world.
The medicine was profound. The teachings of Santiago and his family were life changing. If you are considering ceremony and are looking at Casa Del Sol, stop thinking and take the plunge. Dive in. On the other side of fear is always love.
So much gratitude,
I’m not one to usually write reviews – but an experience as personal as plant medicine for healing, this may be the most important decision one makes.
Set and setting and intention bringing to the medicine is I believe the most important. The medicine gives you what you need and what she needs but to have a good place that you believe in the purpose and the reason for being there.. to have this aids so much of what you take out of it. Because the work starts at the center and follows you home where the hard work begins.
Casa del Sol is a family. Truly, and you feel part of it. It’s done for the right reasons and is meant to heal a sick world. Santiago and his family are amazing, they are kind, generous with words and time and will meet you where you’re at. I was just done with biking across Columbia and Ecuador in the Andes for 2 months, in a mindset feeling very connected with the earth and getting to know myself. Santiago graciously led me through my first ceremonies that only grew my connection to this beautiful earth, it’s spirits and the kindness I needed to find inside me.
If you have any doubts about doing medicine in South America anywhere – you should and you’re right. It may not be for you, or maybe not now. But this place and this family will give you the right set and setting to try it – if you believe it’s your path.
If it’s calling you, these people, this land, and the spiritual experience here is the right choice.
My first to San Pedro ceremonies were with Santiago. They will forever be memories that I will hold in my heart. My time in ceremony with Santiago was incredibly beautiful and full of learning and growth. He is very attentive to the energies and bring so much love to his work. No ceremonies my heart was more open than they had ever previously been in my entire life and it showed me a new paradigm and new possibilities which I have carried with me as I have continued working with the plant medicines. Thank you Santiago for all you are doing
Santiago is a great medicine man. I was reluctant at first entering this concept on my own for the first time. Santiago’s diligence and meticulous process of healing, attention to detail and above all else a great positive energetic influence changed my mind after the very first session. He is deeply invested in your healing, in your journey and his treatments are gentle. Thank You Santiago for helping me..
Es una experiencia única, profunda y misteriosa. Es algo que solamente se tiene que sentir. Santiago es excelente en este trabajo.
This is not your average retreat experience, I highly recommend this place if you are looking to do deep work on yourself. The experiences I had here were profound to say the least, and I felt completely safe and supported throughout the entire process. Santiago takes a lot of pride in his craft and it is truly and honor to witness, such a unique tradition and beautiful experience. Also the groups are smaller here and more intimate, you will feel like part of the family. I’m looking forward to returning!
Santiago’s ceremonies are the real deal, because Santiago is the real deal! I did ceremony with him at his former place of employment, as well as at his own venue, for a total of four ceremonies.
Santiago has a way of seeing through a person’s story to the truth that is underlying it. In my case, he could read between the lines of what I wasn’t telling him, (or myself), and call me out on it. I thought I was there only to find inspiration and direction in my life, but he saw the areas where I still needed healing, and he helped me release some blockages that were standing in my way.
It’s been a little over two years now, since I’ve worked with him, and I’m reaping the benefits of those ceremonies and experiences every day, as I am in a much healthier and happier place in my life now, as a result.
Santiago’s medicine, ceremonies and abilities to hold space are all of the highest quality. If you’re looking to work with Grandfather San Pedro, look no further, Santiago is an excellent guide, and his mountain is a beautiful and powerful place!
Casa Del Sol was exactly what I needed all at the right time. Both Santiago and Ximena are now like family, and I’m eager to return to spend more time in this incredible place.
I struggle to remember a time where I felt more cared for, or safer. Altogether my experience at Casa Del Sol was one I will remember for a lifetime, and one I will treasure equally.
Thank you and much love to you both for making the experience so so special.
Casa del Sol is truly a house of the sun. Ximena and Santiago have created a beautiful retreat at their home in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Their warmth and energy made me feel at home and part of the family. This is a place where I experienced great healing, growth and transformation. Their property is nestled in a valley alongside side a serene river. This was a perfect setting to reconnect with pacha mama (Mother Earth) and become present with every element of the universe.
I was just beginning my journey of healing when I arrived at Casa del Sol. And admittedly felt I was a shell of the person I am now. Ximena and Santiago are experts in their work, their dedication to the teachings of this tradition are evident. Their authenticity, guidance, compassion and love, provided both in and out of ceremony, set me on my path of healing and transformation. I am so grateful to Ximena and Santiago for their teachings and blessings during the ceremonies. There is an undeniable sense of magic at Casa del Sol. This place is truly unique.
I whole-heartedly recommend Casa del Sol!!!
It’s hard to come by medicine people like Santiago, and I’m extremely grateful I found him nestled in the mountains. The healing, insights and gifts I received from that ceremony are still growing fruit in my life almost 2 years later. With humble appreciation, I highly recommend visiting him if you can.
Words really can’t do Santiago and Ximena justice. I’ve been travelling and exploring the medicine traditions of the West since 2013, and once you’ve opened up yourself to these complex realities you understand how deep the rabbit hole goes, and most of all, how infinitely important it is with a pure intention. There simply isn’t one facilitator of ceremony that I’d trust more than Santiago. I’ve been coming back to him many times, and he is the only one I trust fully and who I’d recommend wholeheartedly to other people. His ceremonies are very powerful and work deep through many levels of consciousness, but they are always uplifting and infinitely beautiful. We are all participating in prayer and sometimes singing/playing, and whenever Santiago speaks we better listen, because there is tons of life wisdom contained in this man.
I miss Casa Del Sol like my home. The place itself, located on a mountain next to the pure river Sabanilla, is lush, green and serene. A perfect place for calming down, for hiking the mountains and to contemplate.
I’ve been going to see Santiago and his powerful medicine work since 2015 when I 1st met him.
The 2nd San Pedro ceremony we had, he changed something inside of me.
The next morning after I woke up and started crying b/c I could feel this deep inner shift.
It’s hard to put it into words, but the best way to describe it is he removed whatever blockages there were around my heart.
I could feel emotions, people, nature & everything else a lot more now.
It was as if he took my heart and polished it new.
From this experience, I was able to re-connect with myself and my life-purpose.
This lead me down the path of becoming a men’s life coach helping others.
It has been a career filled with more fufillment and joy. Something that feels in alignment with my values and soul.
In 2016, I came back to see Santiago again and brought my brother with me as well to sit in his ceremonies. These were transformative and helped steer me further on my path.
The songs and the way Santiago conducts the ceremonies is like no other. It’s impossible to be in them and not feel like you are growing and healing as a person.
In 2018, I wanted to start co-leading retreats with Santiago & Ximena. And so I brought 10-clients and we did 3-separate retreats.
Casa Del Sol was the perfect place for new beginners to start working with these medicines.
The groups are small – not big like other retreats so it’s an intimate setting where everyone is taken care of.
The retreat is situated in the beautiful green mountains with clear blue skies and a quiet river running which helps to fall asleep.
There are zero distractions around and this space allows you to go inwards and reflect.
The cabins are brand new and clean.
The food and meals were both delicious and healthy. Ay que rico!
The ceremonies that were lead by both Ximena & Santiago were probably my favorite.
You get to witness both the divine masculine and feminine working in duo, in harmony and balance.
Co-creating magic and healing together. This is rare in the medicine world where two beautiful & powerful souls are merging as one.
Bc Ximena & Santiago both speak perfect English, I was able to learn so much more about the medicines, the traditions and the meanings behind them.
They also have such big hearts and you can speak to them about whatever and they will be gentle, supportive guides.
Santiago’s traditions are not new age – they are steeped in deep traditional roots from both South & North American native traditions & brotherhoods.
This is one of the reason’s I choose to go back every year to learn from him. He’s had so much training and experience from many tribes. I trust him completely.
Also, this was the 1st time I got to meet Ximena and it was an absolute blessing to be with her. We had many interesting conversations. She shares her wisdom and path which has helped me grow and expand even more.
I would absolutely recommend Casa Del Sol to anyone on the medicine path.
The fact that I’ve gone back for the last 3-years, as well as brought my own brother and clients should demonstrate that this place runs with love and integrity.
You will walk away with more clarity in your life.
Feeling more connected to yourself, your life purpose, mission & vision.
You will improve your relationships with others and perspective on the world.
You will also have a chance to heal deep trauma’s and wounds that you have been carrying since childhood.
It was an honor to not only experience this myself, but watch other men go on this same journey of healing & transformation as well.
Thank you Santiago & Ximena for everything. I will see you in 2019 🙂
I joined Santiago and Ximena for a San Pedro ceremony in January 2018 and had an amazing experience. Beforehand Santiago met with us to discuss the ceremony and our intentions, which was important because each person in the ceremony had an affect on the group experience. Casa del Sol is a truly beautiful location and the ceremony site has a distinct energy as well. When the ceremony started Santiago led he proceedings, Ximena assisted and Charlie was the fire keeper. The team did an amazing job of harnessing the magic of the plant and I still cherish the experience 9 months later. Thank you Santiago, Ximena, and Charlie, I hope to return!
I had the pleasure of participating in a San pedro session with Santiago a couple years ago in a retreat, and it was a very insightful moment that reminded me how beautiful life can be. Definitely one of the deepest self-reflection moments I have had thanks to Santiago and his traditions from his ancestors.
Casa Del Sol is an amazing place and Santiago and Ximena are genuine, beautiful and loving people. I am thankful to have been able to sit in 3 San Pedro ceremonies with Santiago. Each ceremony was profound and healing, Santiago is truly an amazing Shaman. I look forward to returning to Ecuador and taking part in more ceremonies with Santiago and Ximena. Their presence, and love for spirit, this earth and all beings is felt in ceremony and spending time with them. The land that Casa Del Sol on is magical with a river and San Pedro growing all around. It is very peaceful
I had the privilege and pleasure to take part in a 10 day retreat with Santiago, Ximena and their family. The experience is something that is difficult to put into words. I can say that it is life changing and am so grateful for everything I have learned. The time and experiences I have shared with them, I truly value and will remember forever. I consider them part of my family and dear friends. I hope that I can continue to come back throughout my life to continue learning. I highly recommend to anybody interested, that if you feel the calling, to listen to your heart and follow it. Thank you for everything you do Santiago and Ximena. You are wonderful people with beautiful hearts
I have to start by saying that Santiago work through a very specific lineage of life-long healers, not the ones that do bullshit energy work, REAL healers. The type of work that will take you back to your very core while understanding new and better ways of understanding life outside, with no need of explanations, impositions, or preconceived judgements. Personally I just came back from a Man Journey up in the mountains and had a very straight forward glimpse of what the medicine did for me (but cant put into actual words). Aside of Ximena, his wife, they both made the place feel like a real home and a familiar environment; which is a great thing for someone going through a complete every day in such a magical place.
The medicine offered is completely effective and should be taken with respect and precaution as one has to remember he or she is in someone else’s home. The room where you stay is cozy and full of wonders (specially while sleeping/dreaming), the rooms are feet away from a vibrant running river and under the clearest sky you’ve ever seen.
Never had a problem with food, everything was pretty tasty, it didnt feel like a “dieta” at all.
Overall, this is the place to stay if you want to really look within and cut the spiritual bulls**t off.
hope this info helps
On many levels my life changed after doing plant medicine with Santiago and Ximena. In the end I lived in Vilcabamba for nearly 2 years and they had indeed become my family. The journey with the plant medicine was both challenging and life changing with so many insights…But the real challenge was to incorporate those lessons and teachings in real life. It was the perfect time to change so many aspects of my life and my heart which was in need of healing. It was truly priceless and valuable for my spiritual path.
Santiago and Ximena has made my journey and time with them so easy, with their support and love. Santiago the Shaman, I have found to be truly humble in his Spirit and heart. A phenomenal teacher and guide through his ancestors and Spirit guides. Where they live and where the ceremonies are held is truly out of this world, magical, surrounding in such beauty. I have and still do highly recommend their services to everyone I come across who may have an interest to go into their selves further for guidance and healing.
I am forever grateful to you both Santiago and Ximena and I look forward to one day seeing you again and being part of your ceremonies again. Sooooo much love to you. Blessings to you both and Casa del Sol xxx
I find healers to be similar to most other aspect of life, there are excellent examples among the average. And there are also bad healers, and fakes. Do your research and treat your spatial health with the importance that it is. I rank Santiago as excellent, mainly because of his uncompromising work ethic. He must be nearing 3 decades of experience, and has studied under many masters.
I met Santiago and Ximena in 2016. We have since developed an in depth relationship. We have shed much sweat, blood, tears, and laughter together. I cannot commend them highly enough in their dedicated and discriminant style of teaching and practicing the ways of their elders, masters, and gurus. And the Masculine/Feminine dynamic between them is quite magical.
I often joke that any clown can run a ceremony when everything goes well; but the joke stops there; because when it comes to heavy in-depth healing, there are very few people I have met in the world that I trust as sincerely as Santiago and Ximena at Casa del Sol.
If you are feeling disconnected from yourself and the magic all around you, then this is the place to connect to sacred teachings and your relation to the earth and to spirit.
Casa Del Sol is a powerful and magical place in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador where you can truly face yourself, to remember who you are. Santiago and Ximena carry the healing traditions of their ancestors with humility and respect, and they are devoted to helping people with love and generosity. I have complete faith in them.
My times in ceremony with Santiago have been some of the most meaningful experiences of my life.
Santiago is a man you can trust. Him and Ximena have created an amazing sanctuary for your healing.
Being in ceremony with Santiago puts me at ease. He has seen many things in his years of Shamanic healing so there’s little that could surprise him. I spent months working with him and never once saw him lose his focus.
Santiago is careful about his intentions and maintains them for you and for himself. I cannot say enough about how much I trust him and recommend him and I always look forward to the next time I get to see him and stay at Casa Del Sol.
Of all the shamans I have even sat with, Santiago is the one I most want to return to, and the one I most highly recommend. I am beyond grateful that I was able to experience the spirit of San Pedro with such a strong, compassionate, understanding, loving healer. If you are debating which retreat is right for you, I would highly recommend you choose to go here. I have witnessed this man perform miracles – he is the real deal!
My husband and I have had the exquisite pleasure of having Santiago guide us through our journey with plant medicine. The first time I was quite nervous until I met Santiago. He is attentive, caring, experienced, intuitive. His level of intuition is one that put me at ease – I knew I was in good hands. He has the ability to challenge and push at just the right time, as well as offer deep understanding and love when needed. I don’t know how he is able to do such intimate work with a group of people but he does. I wholeheartedly recommend Santiago for anyone contemplating this life changing experience.
I have had the great privilege of doing over 20 ceremonies with Santiago, and wholeheartedly recommend Casa Del Sol to anyone looking to improve their life in anyway.
When working with plant medicines, it is very important that we have a good guide, and I cannot recommend anyone higher than Santiago. He is a man of incredible integrity and wisdom. He cares very deeply about every person he works with. Santiago has walked the path for many many years, and has seen and experienced more than most of will ever appreciate. All this wisdom he shares with the people who come to him, and he does so with a deep love for all humans.
Santiago has taught me more than I could possibly express, and he has helped thousands of people in the same way. Everyone comes with different issues and areas to work on, and somehow, Santiago is able to give each person exactly what they need. He will challenge you when required, give you his profound love, and help you open the gates to the greatest mysteries of Life. He shows us the beauty of life, and teaches us how to live in a beautiful way.
I trust Santiago with my life. His work is service to Spirit, rendered with love for all humanity. We are truly blessed to have a teacher like him to guide us. I cannot imagine a greater gift to oneself than to work with this incredible man and his family. If you are considering going, PLEASE GO!
Good luck on your journey 🙂
Santiago is the real deal. A Shaman with deep spirit and humility. The memories of my experience with the medicine and Santiago’s guidance will be with me forever. I hope we meet again.
I had the privilege of being in ceremony with Santiago eight times in 2015. Santiago pointed me towards the ground at a time in my life when I was flying towards the sun, and communicated to me what I needed to hear – not what I thought I wanted to hear. That which truly supports me to grow and live in harmony was empowered and encouraged, and that which was out of balance was brought to the surface and challenged. After I left the world of ceremonies to re-enter the ceremony of life, the experiences and lessons I encountered with him echoed as I passed through a challenging period of change, as if the meaning of my time in ceremony was close to me and playing itself out. Still to this day, my experiences with Santiago and this sacred tradition support me and remind me to turn towards myself for guidance, and for that I give thanks over and over again.
Santiago embodies true dedication, humility, perseverance and patience – without lording it over anyone and without taking credit for it. I was deeply moved to be in the presence of somebody with such a gift to share, who as far as I can tell is doing everything he can to honour that gift properly and share it in a way that’s good. We might not all be shamans but we can all take inspiration from that! As well as my own experience, I have witnessed many people bravely stepping forward to heal and grow, and Santiago is there in memory as an essential part of such meaningful experiences, that lead people forward towards a more well-aligned and balanced life. My time with him was inspiring to say the least, and I am continuously grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to meet him, learn with him and experience his work in the service of life.
After a personal crisis I spent a few months in Ecuador with Santiago. Casa del sol is a blessed space. As soon as I spent my first night there I began dreaming very vividly and I had not had any dreams worth remembering in years. Through many lessons throughout the next few months, I returned home and made moves In my life I would never of done had I not received what I did at Casa del Sol. I am almost effortlessly in a much more powerful place on the earth and also taking care of myself in a way I had not bothered to do so before. Thank you so much to the Ayala family
I have done a retreat in April 2018 and it has been a life-changing experience.
Santiago and Ximena are two incredible souls, that made me feel at home and as part of their family. Before coming to “casa del sol” I was a bit scared and skeptical about drinking plant medicine (such as San Pedro and Ayahuasca).
But when you are in the hands of Santiago and Ximena you feel completely safe, because they have many years of experience, they have a very strong relationship with the medicine, but most importantly, they do everything with their heart.
I don’t have words to describe how magical and powerful coming to “casa de sol” has been for me. It’s an experience. A life-changing experience.
The only thing I can say to someone that is considering doing a retreat at Casa del sol is to try it, at least once in your lifetime, because your life can change, forever.
Sending so much love and gratitude to Santiago and Ximena, and I hope to see you again soon.
This was such a magical experience. The location is perfect. The medicine was clean and fresh. The participants felt comfortable and safe. Santiago is an amazing shaman – extremely professional and experienced. I highly recommend this site for a deeply spiritual, relaxing, insightful, guided ceremony.
Santiago is absolutely phenomenal. So humble, so in tune with the medicine and the people. I have never met anyone like him and I say that in a very good way. He also has a way to make people laugh that is exceptional haha. I have met countless people who claim to be Shamans but aren’t, well Santiago most definitely is a real one and he’s the best at what he does. The medicine he prepares is of the highest quality, the ceremonies he facilitates are amazing. The place is just so genuine and the energy so loving. I am forever grateful to Santiago and San Pedro for showing me what real shamanism looks like. Thank you!
A first experience with the plant medicines can be quite scary and overwhelming. When you prepare for your trip, you hear and read a lot of things online, some of them discouraging. So it is very important to experience the sessions in the hands of a shaman who makes you feel safe. I felt totally safe with Santiago. I had no problem trusting him with my jump into the unknown. He is very charismatic (eagle eyes!), intelligent, kind, wise, compassionate, and has a great sense of humour. I swear I saw him “commanding” the elements during our session (wind and rain). I couldn’t recommend this great teacher and warrior of the light highly enough.
All my life changed after meeting Santiago. I healed from cancer and I discovered the teachings of the spirits. I came back from Israel to his private retreat and continued to pill off more of what doesnt serve me. Fears, ego and more. In his private beautiful home, I was supported by him and his amazing wife.Ximena has her own unique connection to spirit and strength to guide us in our journeys. I felt so embraced and guided through the whole retreat. The beautiful house, accommodation, food, river, ceremonies in the spectacular Maloca and in the nature, made me find the courage to relocate to Vilcabamba and act on my joy. I am so grateful for choosing Santiago and Ximena to be my guides and I recommend not to hesitate. The money you pay worth more of it. This is the place to be , in order to find the truth. Thank you for being here and offering this pure and intense experience for those that need you.
As many do, I somehow fell into this magical place. I can’t remember who referred the place, but the all the things that kept me in Vilcabamba and the smooth unfolding of working with the team at Casa del Sol. Santiago and Ximena – you made Vilcabamba my second home. I ended up staying for a month and a half, surrounded by beautiful surroundings, gorgeous people and the beautiful healing that has affected my life for years and maybe even longer. I could not recommend high enough.
i met Santiago and Ximena outside of their retreat place in peru.
it was a gift and a honour to have them for a short while with us. Ximena still stays very close to my heart. she is such a strong,beautiful woman. i learned from her true humbleness,true love towards mother earth. her healings during the ceremonies are very deep, their is a lot of ancient wisdom flowing throu her,as she is so beautifully connected to her heart. i m grateful from the bottom of my heart to have met her and have had this wonderful healings with both of them.. it gave me a new picture of this power and deep love we as women carry within us. thank you for your truth and honesty,your beauty and strengh, ylur humbleness and love.
t’s hard to put into words how powerful Santiago’s work is. Working with him was by far the most significant healing and learning experiences I have ever had in my life. I carry his teachings with me every day. Santiago is the embodiment of love, compassion, wisdom, and strength. Simply put, he is a master healer. Even those words don’t quite meet his level of expertise. I offer my highest recommendation for working with Santiago Ayala at Casa Del Sol.
I recommend Casa del Sol to anyone searching for a new way to see the world. Tucked into a mountainside, Casa del Sol is the perfect place to work with the medicines. The landscape is beautiful and the wisdom of the medicine keepers help one navigate through troubling times in ones life. This is a journey you want to make!
I am so grateful and lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of Santiago’s San Pedro ceremonies. They are amazing and among my cherished memories. He has so much wisdom and such a big heart, providing a safe space. Totally recommended for anyone interested in these medicines.
Santiago and Ximena come from the heart in their healing. They are powerful in their intention to be used for your personal journey. They will relate through the circle what needs to be heard, and it is up to you and to me to take the medicine for our own personal—and collective—endeavor. There are very few people in the world I know I can trust with anything I bring to the table (savory and unsavory, sweet and bitter, ignorant and wise…). These two people are top on the list. They welcome you like family, and—like family—they’ll let you know when it’s time to go. 😉 They’ll trust and support you as much as you trust and support them. They are a safe place to land, to learn, and to relearn how it is to be in healthy relation to those (human and non-human) around you. Take care of them when you go. They’ve taken such great care of me. Peace brother. Peace sisters. Love to you. Thanks from my soul.
Of all the Shaman’s I’ve met and the places I’ve been, Casa Del Sol is the real deal! Santiago and his wife Ximena are true Shamans, they know there stuff, and there magick is real. If your looking for genuine, loving and caring people, you’ve come to the right place
I have been down to Ecuodar four times in recent years and I have been really lucky to get the chance to spend time With Santiago and Ximena. Over the years they have welcomed me into their home, given me a place to stay, food to eat and shared many teaching with me. It has been incredible to see the birth of Casa Del Sol and I would recommend it to any one seeking healing through the traditional plant medicines of South America. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, rivers and waterfalls it is pretty hard not to fall in love with this place and these people.
Visions, Spirits, Healing, Ancestors, Magic, Beauty, Love, Sacredness, Divinity, Power, Brotherhood, Care, Kindness, Wisdom, Music, Jaguar, Snake liquor, all of these and much more are only a glimpse of what I experienced In Santiago’s San Pedro ceremony in Ecuador.
It was my first time in Ecuador and I was fortunate to have my first San Pedro ceremony with such a loving decent caring Shaman, who knows what he is doing and knows how to hold a healing space.
Santiago and San Pedro are one in the ceremony, He is the eyes, ears, hands and heart of the medicine and The Jaguar spirit is strongly present to help and support.
I hope one day to come back and go deeper into the medicine with you dear Santiago.
All blessings to you and your family.
When I decide to travel back to South America, there is no question as to where I will go. I felt in such competent, caring, experienced and knowledgeable hands – something of extreme importance to me in such a vulnerable state. I was in awe of the wisdom that has been passed down preciously throughout time and am beyond blessed to witness a gifted, authentic shaman do what he was born to do.
Santiago, Ximena, and their beautiful children have become our family. Their hearts, eyes, and minds are open to the beauty and mystery of what it means to be alive. They have shared their knowledge of sacred plant medicines and ceremony with me, my husband, and some of our closest friends over the past 10 years. Santiago has taught me to that love exists on every level, and that perspective can change everything. He has taught me that there is no good and bad, no right or wrong, there simply is. Life is a delicate dance, an equilibrium constantly being maintained. The art of being present in our lives, of being helpful to all of the lives around us, and of showing up and facing the challenges of the Spirit head on without fear (or with fear, but face it anyway). I have watched as he has helped the men in my life find their inner strength, gentleness, and truth. He has really helped me to see that my life matters, that time is not fixed, and that anything is truly possible if your intention is strong.
Santiago’s wife, Ximena, is my role model as a woman. She is my sacred soul sister. The beauty and light that she emits are awe-inspiring. She embodies the sacred feminine and helps me to see that the woman’s power to create beauty and life is something that we can bring into everything we do, everyday. She taught me how to pray with my whole heart, how to place my hand on Patchamama and just feel the energy of creation flowing. How to say thank you and really mean it. An attitude of gratituted everyday! When I think of Xime, I remember the beautiful offerings that we have made togehter. The water, corn, meat, fruits, flowers, and sweets that we have placed in front of the fire with every intention to feed the spirit for those who are not as fortunate as us.
The best thing about Santi and Xime is that in addition to being role models that give you a glimpse of how rich and beautiful life can be, they are also very down to earth. They are real people with real struggles. They have worked hard for their entire lives to cultivate the garden that is their lives, and they are willing to share the stuggles and vulnerabilities that it takes to live such a beautiful life.
So, yes, I give these people and their healing center 5 stars on Facebook. Go to their lovely home and participate in their retreat. You will grow as a person and your soul will bloom. They provide a safe place for your journey, there is no better opportunity. Visit their nest, and let them welcome you to the sacared family that you forgot you have always belonged to anyway.
One of the best things Ive done in my life up to this point was to join the 12 day San Pedro and Ayahuasca retreat at Casa Del Sol.
The shamans Santiago and Ximena are incredibly experienced working with the sacred medicines, which is very important especially for people like me who havent had that much experience with San Pedro and Ayahuasca before as it is a very intense experience and lots of things can be revealed so you want to have shamans experienced enough to know how to deal with all situations that might come up.
The 12 day retreat was an incredibly valuable experience for me as it helped me to process a lot of things that were hidden in my subconsciousness since childhood and showed me why I act in certain ways. I can only recommend everyone to go on this journey, and at Casa del Sol you are in very good hands:
Shamans with decades long experience, group sharing sessions to help you bettter understand what happened in the ceremonies, great activities and hikes on the days off, everything you need in terms of accomodation and last but not least the food – I expected to have a blant Ayahuasca diet but the food was just amazing and in accordance with the Ayahuasca requirements 🙂
5 stars and much love for Casa del Sol
How do you put your heart into words? How do you show a stranger how much an experience changes you deeply? I can say many things to try and express my love for this man and his family but I know it would fall short. Maybe if I said I an crying at this moment wishing I was sitting on the Jaguar skin in front of the fire listening to the drum and the song of Santi as I approach the edge of conscious reality with confidence. To sense the moment when he looks inside of you and nothing is hidden from him. To feel the love flood over you from many ancestors wash over you and your burdens sucked out during (Limpia) as he takes it into himself and takes it away to be safely discharged.
I will say this, consider yourself blessed because if you are considering this experience and you have found this place then you have been guided to the real and authentic life changing event that will change everything about you forever.
(5 San Pedro Ceremonies)
First I meet Santiago and Ximena a year ago in a tough period of my spiritual Path. From the moment I entered their home and retreat place my healing began. Healing was coming from the food I eat there, from the pure air in their house, from the river in front, from the mountains around, from conversations with others and of course from the beautiful ceremonies held in traditional way, In Casa del Sol I see healthy, strong and loving family, sincerity lives there and there is no room for manipulation. In my work today as a medicine man I feel this strong relationship and support from my Ecuadorian family. Love, Peace, Respect
I went to Casa Del Sol with some deep intentions to heal some past trauma and Santiago led the path to my healing.
The retreat is a lot more intimate than the other ayahuasca retreats out in Ecuador. Santiago truly believes in giving people a personalized spiritual experience versus a big group of people doing ayahuasca..just to do ayahuasca. This is what sets Santiago’s retreat apart. He really cares about giving you the personalized attention to help lead you through your spiritual journey.
The retreat really allows your body and soul to reconnect with nature and the primal animal within us. I was nervous about taking ayahuasca but during the ceremonies when I saw how much experience Santiago had, it really calmed my nerves. I had one of the more intense ayahuasca experiences but I faced my demons and I came out on the other side of the experience with a lot more positive outlook on life.
My experience with Casa Del Sol summed up in four words is: an experience of a lifetime. Thank you Santiago with for your teachings and thank you Ximena for your amazing food!
Santiago is the most thorough and respected San Pedro Shaman that I have had the pleasure of being guided by. He cares for each and every person who crosses his path. The location of his sacred moloka is also such a special place with an amazing view of the valley and the interactions at this place with all forms of nature are simply amazing.
I can highly recommend Santiago and look forward to the day that I can return and once again spend time on the jaguar skin in front of the sacred fire in the awe-inspiring presence of Santiago.
To drink medicine with Santiago is to sit with mystery itself. Caring, Compassionate and whole heartedly devoted to his work
In full disclosure, I help Casa Del Sol with their marketing but only after my first experience at their San Pedro and Ayahuasca Retreat in Ecuador. It was my first time and I felt the need to help them to help others. For those who have not experience a plant medicine retreat before, here’s what I can tell you: It’s like seeing something you can’t unsee, learning something you can’t unlearn, tasting something you can’t untaste, feeling something you can’t unfeel, and loving something you can’t unlove. It’s like learning secret which can hugely beneficial everyone but most don’t know it exists. It’s a path of no return, a game changer, no take-backs allowed. It’s something that cannot be fully told in one sentence or one Facebook post. Santiago and Ximena took us into their home and gave everyone the same level of care, attention, and love you would expect from the perfect family. The whole experience is priceless and I will return.
What Santiago and Ximena provide at Casa Del Sol is truly special. Santiago is a powerful and compassionate man, from a strong Huachuma lineage. My visit to Casa Del Sol was a powerful healing experience, and the wisdoms that were shared and learned were profound. I highly recommend Casa Del Sol to anyone who is serious about true transformative healing from an authentic Huachumero with a beautiful heart.
A truly unique teacher, with life changing results… Highly recommended.
Can’t wait to revisit Santiago. An experience that can’t be put into words.
The certainty with which a recommendation can be made can not be quantified in numerical terms. The only certainty that one can trust is that of the heart, and with that strength of heart I recommend those seekers of truth, of light, of healing make the choice to attend the retreat at Casa del Sol. It will bring you home.
I attended a retreat at Casa del Sol in May of 2017. Factors in my life had completely blown up back home in the state, my car broke down, I resigned from my job because of stress, and I had to vacate my apartment. There was also a personal health scare that came up and after resolving that, I journeyed to Vilcabamba, to be cleansed, to be healed, to be recharged and reconnected more deeply with spirit. There are several options one can find online for a plant medicine retreat. Hell, they seem like a dime a dozen these days. Fortunately, I already knew where and with whom I wanted to seek help, at Casa del Sol, with Santiago and Ximena Ayala.
You see, a few years back, at another difficult point in life, I was blessed to come across the medicine for the first time. And Santiago was there. The healing I experienced during the first ceremony with him, the medicine, the spirits, and the Jaguar was unlike anything I had expected. A hard shell had developed over me, through the years, of pain, of suffering, of anger, of sadness. I imagine there are many others who carry this armor themselves. I’d like to ask where it came from, but we all know the answer to that, it came from me. From the repression of all those moments of low vibrational frequencies that we are zapped with throughout tough days, and tough times. It’s a protection against feeling, against releasing, against healing, against letting goooooo. And it jacks you up. I mean, seriously, man, it jacks you up!! But so it goes.
I sat on the Jaguar skin, in front of the fire of purification, for my personal session with Santiago. Everyone who wants, gets this opportunity. He spoke some words, he asked my name, he brushed my energy field clean with his condor feathers. His assistant did the same. Then he started to massage my back, very gently with thumb and forefinger, going along my spine from top to bottom. And as gentle as he did this, it felt like the energy of his hand was going about three inches deep into my body, into my energy field. It wasn’t anything to be concerned about and it happened quite quickly. Afterwards, he went to his chair in the circle directly across from me and began retching into a bag. I knew what he was doing, but I didn’t know what he was doing, if you know what I mean.
After my session on the skin, I returned to my seat. Over the next few minutes I began feeling a little uncomfortable, anxious, jittery and told the assistant I needed a breath and went up to the bathrooms. Within moments, I broke down sobbing like I never had before. Crying the hurt, releasing the sadness, eliminating the harshness. Well, some of it anyway!!! Santiago, with the help of the spirits, the ancestors, removed some of the hardness, the armor, that I had developed over myself through the years. I am forever grateful for his work and his kindness for that help.
(Side note: your personal journey is yours. To be shared with whom you choose. Do not take this lightly. You are your true guardian. I share my experience so as to shed a bit of sunshine into how things can be for a seeker, to pass along a little knowledge.)
This healing experience, these memories, is what brought me back to Ecuador for his help. Life had lifted me up from where I had been existing and practically carried me down to Vilcabamba and landed me on Santiago’s doorstep once again. To his home, where he takes ceremony with Ximena, his wife. This time, though, the experience was different. Here at Casa del Sol, the setting was more intimate. Two other seekers joined me for the retreat. We were able to share meals with Santiago and Ximena, exchanging stories about life, about the medicine, about healing and our journey’s. The kindness came from the heart, with everyone. A beautiful home in the foothills of the mountains was our setting to explore our soul’s needs, not particularly our own wants.
During this time, I shared some of what I had been doing with my life up to that point. I described my job taking care of children who had been abandoned and the stories of those children’s struggles. Ximena and Santiago just listened, holding space for healing, and asked a few questions along the way. It felt easy, comfortable speaking with them. And it also was important to give them a glimpse into some potential healing areas for the ceremonies to come. And did the healing ever come home!
Taking my seat on the Jaguar skin once again, this time Ximena and Santiago had the insight to push a couple of buttons and wham, boom, I’m releasing some deep seated pains and sadnesses from years and years ago. The flames of the fire flickered in front of me, the tears rolled down my face, the emotions banished into the flames before me. And Santiago and Ximena simply offered words of encouragement, Let it go, Ben. Don’t hold on to that. Don’t you want to be free? Yes, indeed, Senora. Quiero mi libertad!! These burdens we carry, of ourselves and of others in our lives, need to be let go. And I can not recommend more highly a retreat at Casa del Sol for this aspect of self growth.
I am forever grateful for the work of Ximena and Santiago. They are caring individuals, true hearted medicine carriers. Your time at Casa del Sol will be well worth your time. Be open. Be free. And let the spirit of the medicine take you home.
I wish I could find the eloquent words to describe Casa del sol, Ximena and Santiago, It is obvious that they do this work out of their heart, this is their passion, this is their prayer of life to help humanity evolve in a new consciousness, They treat you kindly, with respect, paying attention to your own individual needs, if you’re looking for a safe place and also affordable and then breathtaking location of Ecuador I highly recommend Ca they treat you kindly, with respect, paying attention to your own individual needs, if you’re looking for a safe place and also affordable and no breathtaking location of Ecuador I highly recommend Casa del Sol. May all your needs to revolve be fulfilled, and with this shamans that will help you walk in that direction