The Eagle Condor Alliance offers 10 Day Sacred Medicine Retreats in the mountains outside of Medellin, Colombia. Participants stay in BnB quality housing while experiencing traditional Siona-Cofan Ayahuasca (Yagé) ceremonies in conjunction with Red Road (El Camino Rojo) San Pedro Cactus and Temazcal (Inipi) ceremonies.
At Eagle Condor Alliance, our central mission is to spread consciousness, awareness and love by being the bridge between our participants and the ancient traditions and sacred medicines of the Americas. We are ultimately concerned with supporting the elders of these traditions and with conserving the forests of Colombia where these medicines, traditions, and wisdoms are found.
Healing With All of the Sacred Medicines
We offer the sacred plants of the Americas in one powerful and rejuvenating 10 day retreat. Ayahuasca, San Pedro, and Lakota Sioux inipi (sweat lodge) ceremonies each have their own unique spirit, tradition, and way of showing us to ourselves. We believe that using these plants together in guided contexts creates the most profound and curative spiritual experience.
Intensive Plant Medicine Immersion Experience
The demanding itinerary of ECA retreats requires that participants approach the medicine with respect, reverence and strength. These medicines lead us to confront both the beauty and darkness in each of us, and will power is needed to maintain consistent focus on our transformative internal process during the retreat.
Our Commitment to the Individual
Each participant comes with his or her own past experiences, health concerns, goals, ambitions, medical history, and intentions for the retreat. At ECA, we have small retreat groups. The group is cared for by 3 group facilitators and 2 experienced healers who are committed to creating bonds of trust and compassion that form the foundation for the healing processes of participants.
Experienced Healers and The Purest Medicine
ECA’s healers have been finding, harvesting, and preparing their own medicines to the benefit of their respective communities for over 40 years. They offer these gifts from Mother Earth in their purest forms. ECA’s medicines are never altered or mixed with other substances or plants. They are provided with respect and love in traditional ceremonies from the Cofán community of the Amazon, the Lakota-Sioux of North America, and the traditional Andean peoples.
The Setting – Colombia’s Natural Beauty
ECA’s retreats are held high in the Andes Mountains outside of Medellin, Colombia in one of the most spectacular settings imaginable. Lush, green deciduous forests combine with tropical vegetation at 8,500ft (2,700 meters) above sea level to form a truly unique and breathtaking backdrop for our own internal transformations.
Comfort and Rejuvenation
Comfort is a crucial element in this reviving and re-energizing experience, and it’s typically forgotten by most other retreat centers. Participants at ECA retreats: sleep in comfortable, soft beds, take hot showers, eat delicious, healthy cuisine, drink fresh mountain water, walk outside without being devoured by insects, and are given ample alone time for reflection and self-examination. The mild climate also helps us rest.
Convenience and Price
Fly direct into Medellin’s international airport for a fraction of what it costs to get to Cusco, Leticia, Iquitos or other locations, and arrive at the retreat center in under 30 minutes via our private transport. No special vaccinations or injections required. We provide all food, housing, and on the ground transport in order to make our retreat relaxing and hassle free.
I am writing this review more than a year after I attended so it is definitely not being written impulsively or in a way that is trying to cause harm to the center. I’m not quite as high on the retreat as others are. I have drank ayahuasca and san pedro over a hundred times and in several cultures and am seeking healing for a rare disease. I think the affordability factor of the retreat compared to ones I’ve been to in Peru and Costa Rica make it more accessible for people in their younger twenties. I think the problem with that is that you have a lot of kids that are trying to check off a box on their bucket list by drinking plant medicine and the conversations that take place in this retreat reflect the youth that it draws. I heard conversations about double penetration porn, tinder, and reality shows. I paid to have a private room so that I wouldn’t have to hear many personal conversations but the “private room” is in a cabin where the group meets and hangs out in. And there are meetings all the time for no reason at all. The room itself has windows that are open to the living room so there is no chance for privacy or to recharge. If you’re looking for deep healing and not for frat boy conversations then this is not the place for you. I also had a bad cold the entire trip and was extremely congested. While in the sweat lodge I asked if I could sit closest to the door due to concerns about breathing. That request was shot down and I was at the back of the tipi, sandwiched between two big guys, as far away from the door as possible. I had a severe panic attack that could have completely been avoided with a small accommodation and the san pedro shaman simply ignored me and kept singing. I stomped on several people to get out of there. I am not claustrophobic but was sick and they completely disregarded me. At no point did I ever get an apology from anyone. Speaking of San Pedro, no one in the group really had any effects from that medicine. It felt like we wasted two nights and opportunities. What was interesting is that the locals who participated in ceremony were making fun of the “gringos” outside for not being able to connect to the medicine. I’ve never had that experience in Peruvian cultures. The yage was extremely potent and pretty terrifying so most people got out of it what they needed. For seasoned drinkers I thought it was odd that the shamans didn’t work on you when you went through rough passages. It was a shame for me because I have strong mediumship experiences and need a shaman to work through it. The yage shaman was a really nice young guy that was strongly committed to his curriculum and wouldn’t deviate regardless of any crisis situations that came up. The first ceremony he sings all night in a hammock and isn’t accessible or visible. The second ceremony he does some healing work in pairs but its for a small portion of the time and its on his schedule. Again there is no opportunity to get help when you need it. The third ceremony is in the daytime and outside. There were some opportunities to consult with the shaman but again no direct healing work when you needed it. Bobby and Jessie are nice young hipster guys and well intentioned, but I don’t think they have the life experience to run such an intense experience. I know that there were times during yage that I was compelled to slit my throat and couldn’t find anyone for help. Overall it was a fair experience but I wouldn’t recommend for anyone in need of deeper healing.