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’d been wanting to go to a retreat like this for a long time, but I was skeptical about a lot of places. From all that I’d learned about ayahuasca before (reading or from experience), and from talking to Bobby by voice call, I felt good about how they run things. I wasn’t disappointed at all in what I actually found once I arrived.
It was a great environment thanks to everyone involved there. I had a bit of nervous energy before the first ceremony, but that all quickly dissipated once we got into the maloka and I could see and feel the warmth and family (literally) atmosphere. It’s easy to see there’s a lot of thought and care that goes into everything there. It was also great having discussions with the facilitators who knew where we were coming from and had seen people pass through and had practical advice for how to turn the experiences into more than just pretty colors and a story to tell friends.
I had had some difficult times without a shaman, but during one of the ceremonies, thanks to Leonidas, I was able to break through that and experience something sublime. I really don’t know how I can realistically say the retreat could have gone better. Even before I had left I was thinking about when would be good to come back.
As much as people may go mainly for ayahuasca, the san pedro ceremonies were great as well, and I felt the schedule as a whole was well planned. I was interested in the sweat lodge also, but I really didn’t know what to expect. That was actually a very powerful experience as well.
I spent 10 years researching where to go. I wanted to make sure I would be safe, respectful of the plant/tradition, and that I would be getting the guidance and help I needed.
I’m so greatful for what I experienced at the ECA. It was the most difficult, beautiful, and shifting experience I’ve ever had.
The facilitators are wonderful, the food is made with love, and the healers are an undeniable presence.
I don’t have many words to express how incredible the service that these folks provide is…but if you want to do the work and reconnect to what and who you are – I couldn’t recommend it any higher.
Much thanks to the ECA <3
The experience I had at the Eagle Condor Alliance retreat is one that I will think about every day for the rest of my life.
The moment I got picked up from my hostel, I knew I was in good hands. The combination of the medicine, the healers, the faciliatators, the centre, quite literally every aspect of this place is nothing short of perfection.
This place changed my life and I can’t wait to come back when the time is right. Thank you Bobby and Jesse, thank you healers and elders, thank you Leidy and Margarita, and thank you Great Spirit for making this all possible.
The retreat at ECA is truly an amazing experience. From the moment I arrived I felt like I was welcomed into a family. Bobby and Jesse are extremely passionate about what they do and are excellent guides. Gonzalo and Leonidas are incredible healers, who remain very down to earth and approachable. Lady is full of love in the kitchen, cooking amazing food. The other beautiful humans who reside at ECA also add their love, light and laughter. The plant medicines are very effective and are given with respect and kindness. This place is all about healing and paying homage to our beautiful planet. I feel very blessed to have been able to spend 10 days with the ECA family and I very much look forward to visiting again!!!
This is an amazing retreat, and it has the potential to impart lots of lessons. Working with the medicines at ECA was greatly enhanced by the presence of the family and the way they’ve structured the retreat. The emphasis keeps going back to you (the individual) and how you can take these lessons back. This in my opinion is really the whole point, so needless to say i found it really useful.
Bobbie and Jesse were always available for help or advice, and I think that’s one of the great things about this retreat: support is there when needed. I’m quite grateful to them and pray they carry on the good work.
I highly recommend ECA to others who want to experience Yage (ayahuasca) and San Pedro.
Loved my 10 day stay at ECA. They have a very authentic and traditional environment for plant medicine ceremonies. I actually wrote a blog post about my stay there if you want to get more details.
My experience at Eagle Condor Alliance was extraordinary and I consider this 10 day retreat to be one of the best investments I’ve ever made in myself. The team at Eagle Condor Alliance was very professional and extremely well-prepared. They helped me understand the plant medicine, its effects and what to expect (in some cases helping me to expect the unexpected!). I am very grateful for the all the Eagle Condor Alliance team and I would not go anywhere else in the future to experience the plant medicine. This experience was life-transforming for me and I am eternally grateful to the Eagle Condor Alliance!
From the moment I was picked up from the airport, I knew I was in good hands. But truthfully, my positive experience with the ECA started long before the retreat even began—and so far has extended long after.
I was referred to the ECA through the glowing review of a close friend. I had been searching for some new roads to self explorations and learning for a while, and through my friend’s description and through my email and skype chats with Bobby and Jesse, felt confident the ECA could help with some answers. Bobby and Jesse were extremely helpful and available and made feel unconditionally safe and unjudged. By the time I arrived in Colombia months later, I already felt at home.
As for the retreat itself, I remain blown away by the care and thoughtfulness that Bobby, Jesse and the whole ECA family put into creating the entire experience. As a first time yage drinker, I had no idea what to expect, but the guys walked us through every step of the way.
I say easily say without any hyperbole that my experience with the ECA has been one of the most meaningful, positive, and perspective changing experiences of my life. I’ve returned home with a new family, a full heart, and a renewed gratitude for life. I you are in search of a sacred medicine experience, I cannot recommend the ECA more highly.
If you are drawn to this retreat, listen to yourself and attend it! Jesse and Bobby have made the healing of others their lives work and it shows. Every part of the retreat is well thought out and designed with intention. Their safe and experienced guidance allowed me to go truly focus on my journey inwards. Although anxious, I always felt safe and cared for. Mark is also incredibly funny and his lightheartedness washed away a lot of heaviness after ceremonies.
-go with an open mind and open heart. Learning too much about the process can create unnecessary expectations. Trust that this is the place for healing and the only way to surrender to the medicine is to let go of preconceived notions.
-although sharing your experience with the other participants can create a strong sense of community, remember that everybody heals in a different way. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s.
-remember to breathe fully and not shallowly like most of us are used to. Use your entire lung capacity. It’ll make things a lot easier.
-post-retreat: remain intentional with what you learned and maintain the momentum of this healing. Check in with yourself. I divided my life into 4 parts that I wanted to maintain focus on and it has been working well for me.
-try to plan some time for exploring Medellin before of after the retreat, it is an amazing and safe city. Would recommend taking the free Real City Walking Tour in Medellin.
The people at ECA are incredible to say the least. The knowledge of the healers and people who run the retreat is only second to their hospitality and their compassion for life itself. I love each and everyone of them and when you experience what they have to offer im sure you will too.
The retreat at ECA was a magnificent experience, a transformative process that starts before getting there and continues after leaving. The entire ECA community is absolutely great, you will feel welcome right from the beginning as everybody is extremely helpful and loving. For me, one of the most important aspects was the ever-present respect for the ancient traditions. This does not only hold true in ceremony (be it yage, san pedro, temazcal or tobacco) but also for all times in-between ceremonies. Next to the importance of carrying out a retreat in that way, as it will allow you to get the most out of the process, this respect for traditions also gives participants a lot of ideas on how to improve their everyday-lives. I can therefore only recommend this retreat to everyone who is serious about turning to the ancestral traditions for healing and changing their lives. Of course, every part of the ECA experienxe contributes to that: the medicine, the structure of the retreat, the amazing food, the atmosphere, the location and so many other aspects were responsible for all group participants to be left with a very deep feeling of thankfulness towards ECA.
The experience of Yage is noetic and ineffable and as much as I’d like to talk about it here, the act would be absurd for me to attempt. What I can say is that Eagle Condor Alliance is the only place I would send people I care about to experience the medicine. That’s not to say that there aren’t other retreats out there that are very good, and ECA is the only one I’ve been to, but my experience there transcended a mere group of strangers and became that of a family. This is because of the pure love that is Greison, Jessie and Bobby. Hans was not there for this retreat but I’m sure he is the same. The amount of dedication to the medicine from these three is unparalleled. They’ve dedicated their lives to the sanctity of the medicine without regard for money or personal gain. Had I just met them and not even imbibed, I’d have been inspired by their devotion alone. I weigh 200 lbs and became quite drunk from the medicine and I required a lot of attention and these guys were right there to help me where I needed it and also professional and experienced enough to let me help myself when I needed that. This is very important as the medicine can be serious stuff, depending on what you need, and having someone you can truly trust to help guide you is paramount.
The retreat is absolutely beautiful and the food is fantastic- colorful, healthy, vibrant and prepared with love by people that are happy and sympathetic to what you are going through.
The ECA has the added element of donating a significant portion of their proceeds and time to conservation of the medicine and its habitat. I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to thank Yage for what it gave me and the Eagle Condor Alliance will be instrumental in helping me to fulfill that.
I attended two retreats with ECA, in September 2017 and a couple of months later in November. My decision to attend the retreat came as a final straw after nine years of severe chronic pain which was diagnosed as an autoimmune disease affecting the sacroiliac joints and the spine. I faced the choice of either going on lifelong immunosuppressant drugs and irreversible damage to my bones or following a deep and persistent calling to drink ancestral medicine. I had been thinking about it for 4 years I had researched many places and spoken to a few Taitas in the jungle however, as soon as I came upon ECA and had the Skype interview with Bobby I knew that my search had ended. I was assured by our conversation in which he showed infinite compassion and a genuine intention to help me and I have not looked back since.
The retreat itself is located in Santa Elena, mystical Andes mountains just on the outskirts of Medellin. At the retreat, we were introduced to the medicines and other master plants such as tobacco. We did an opening ceremony which now that I look back know opened my commitment to truly healing and connecting to the medicines, mother nature and the entire group. Bobby, Jesse and Hans’ commitment to the wellbeing of the entire group was so strong and got me through these extremely demanding retreats. They were always there to answer questions and give assurance about the serious work we were undertaking. The advice they gave on how to handle ourselves in ceremony is truly priceless and gave me the ability to continue in my path with the medicines. I am forever grateful to them as brothers whose hearts and dedication to the path were apparent throughout. Graemo and Gonzalo are true and serious healers. Their knowledge, compassion and confidence in maintaining a powerful and safe space made me feel that I was in the best hands. The ceremonies themselves were nothing short of magical. The icaros, the fire, the maloka, the medicines, our brothers who were in constant service will stay with me for the rest of my life.
A review without referencing our meals, the retreat home and most importantly the entire ECA family and children would not be complete. The family are so beautiful and generous. I count it as a true blessing that I was able to share in their joy and love for our lives (shoutout Julie, Angie, Lori, Suzi, Jue, Ayni, Danielle, Elli, Mark and my best friends Ameyali and Jai). The food was the healthiest and most delicious I had in Colombia (I was there for over 6 months) – thank you Elli. The house is an incredible place to rest in in between ceremonies. The groups I was a part of are my brothers and sisters for life and to have experienced that bond in such a short space of time was a true gift.
For those who are deciding whether they should take that extra step, if you’ve been lead to ECA, you can count yourselves as truly lucky. The work you do here is extremely serious and likely to be the most difficult spiritually speaking but believe me when I say each morning after ceremony I would feel incredible in knowing that I had possibly achieved a lifetime’s work in one night. I trust these brothers with my life and only hope that one day I can also be of service to others with the same dedication and love. I have gone on to drink medicine elsewhere but I can confidently say that my experience with ECA was fundamental to my healing and gifted me so much more than what I set out for. It has rekindled my connection to the great spirit, mother nature, the elements and this beautiful but arduous path that is the commitment to live my best life.
Hayei Mitakuye Oyasin
Everything about the ECA made me feel from the start that it would be a genuine and positive space in which to do a retreat and they’ve surpassed my expectations.
Looking at the website gave me a sense of security and also interest in being a part of this community because of how detailed and clear it is. The pre-retreat interview was thorough and I had no sense whatsoever that I was being sold into anything, in fact I felt that the facilitators really had my best interest in mind and asked important questions to help understand where I was coming from and what my intentions were.
Upon meeting Hans, Jesse and Bobby, I pretty quickly felt that they were trustworthy and genuine individuals which is rare for me personally to trust so quickly. By the end of the retreat I felt that if there was anyone I could imagine that’s really cut out for this work and whom I would want to be helping me through this process, these three individuals embody that perfectly.
I felt that the healers, Gonzalo and Greison, were coming from a place of care and humbleness. They were focused and sincere when they needed to be but also showed themselves to be lighthearted and joking at appropriate times. I believed I was in good hands with these two throughout the retreat and trust that the medicines were of high quality, well cared for and prepared with real intention.
The property itself is absolutely beautiful, conveniently located on the side of a mountain slope with an impressive view of Medellin and the valley below. The room I stayed in was private and comfortable. The food was healthy and delicious! There was always plenty of food available (but not right before ceremony) and it was nourishing as well.
I feel very grateful and fortunate to have met these guys and to have done my retreat here. I hope they’re able to continue doing this work for years to come.
If you are called to this retreat…please go and be confident that you will be well taken care of on all levels. I would say more but anything beyond that would be insignificant compared to the experience. If you have the faith to trust in opening yourself to the healing of ayahuasca, do it here.
It’s hard to describe my experience in words, but hopefully what I write will help in your decision-making. After feeling ‘stuck’ at a certain point in my life, I decided it was time to give myself an opportunity to ‘reset’.
After doing an exhaustive search on the internet, I found the ECA’s website to be the most authentic, well-worded, and non-commercial. I was impressed by the fact that they give 25% of their income back to the indigenous elders, and to protect/restore the Amazon. They also require you to communicate with them via Skype for a two-way interview, and to fill out a health intake form. During the Skype interview with Hans, I strongly felt that I was meeting someone who was grounded, sincere, caring, and professional. There was no hard-sell tactic; quite the contrary. He was very honest about the therapeutic and non-recreational aspect of the retreat schedule.
Everyone’s experience with yage is different. Mine was difficult, but so is being me. While I didn’t love being under the influence as much as I wanted to (ask for a weaker brew if you’re highly sensitive), I was extremely moved by the care and attention that I, and all of us, were shown by Hans, Bobby, and Jesse. Whenever I was sick, or didn’t think I could go on, one of them was there with me, telling me that I was stronger than I realized. Before our first ceremony, I thought they had the coolest ‘job’ in the world. After one night of looking after us in the maloka, I now know how difficult and serious their work is.
Perhaps the best part of the experience for me was bonding with the rest of the group. I grew to love everyone in the group, and experienced deep connection, some of it with people I initially didn’t think I would want to hang out with for 10 days. We all arrived with whatever ‘armor’ we use to protect ourselves; 3 days into the retreat, most of that armor was gone, replaced by authenticity, kindness, vulnerability, and a camaraderie that only comes with sharing intense life-changing experiences.
I want to reiterate that Bobby, Hans, and Jesse are the real deal. They are faithful to the traditions and have the utmost integrity; single ladies can feel absolutely safe with these beautiful guys. They are also committed to living as sustainably as possible, and to giving back to the elders. Although originally from the U.S. and Australia, they speak perfect Spanish, have close Colombian friends, and have integrated into the culture. The shamen, Greison and Gonzalo, are also the real deal, and are very much an integral part of the ECA family, as is Eli, who tirelessly provided us with delicious and healthful food during our retreat.
If you want to swim with dolphins, sight-see, or go on long hikes, this is not your retreat. If you want an intense journey inward, and to experience profound, safe connection with others, with shamen and facilitators who have the integrity needed to do this work, this is the place. It can be a little chilly, so bring warmer clothes than you think you’ll need for a visit to Colombia.
I look forward to future retreats with these beautiful people.
There are no words to express this amazing experience. You must find out for yourself, but if you’re reading this right now, know that you are on the right track. In the 10 days I spent with ECA, I found a deep love, connection, and acceptance for planet, all that inhabit it, and beyond. It is the most profound healing I have ever received. We are largely responsible for our own journey with the medicine (it is 50% you, 40% medicine, and 10% shaman), and while this is true, that 10% shaman is crucial. Let Greison and Chalo (as well as Jesse, Bobby, and Hans) guide you on this incredible journey. Look no further.
I was a participant of the retreat in february 2018 and full of gratefullness, trying to give at least a little something back I will do my best to write a helpful review and express my gratitude towards the family and the medicines.
The profoundness, depth and intensity of the healing I was allowed to have is beyond the realm of anything I thought possible before the retreat.
The guidance and answers I received changed the course of my life forever.
Tears come to me when I imagine my life without the healing I experienced and the path I was shown by the medicines.
I am forever grateful for the family, who so kindly make it possible for us to take part in these sacred ceremonies and still guide and support everyone of us with inexhaustible patience and love.
The organization of the retreat, the ceremonies and everything else that you need when you are there are absolutely professional.
There is nothing that I can recommend more than participating in a retreat with the ECA family.
If you are reading these reviews and they spark something in your heart, please trust that feeling. I am so grateful I was led by my heart to this beautiful place. There is an incredibly strong and pure intention in the work that is carried out at the ECA. Hans, Bobby and Jesse were fantastic leaders. They guided us through a really integrated process from beginning to end. The principle of walking the path of the heart is encouraged through ritual, teaching and most importantly, by example. I am proud to have shared time with everyone I met there.
The ceremonies were life changing for me. I was incredibly grateful to be in the company of the healers Gonzalo and Greison who conducted the ceremonies with a magic and wisdom that is beyond me. It was my first time experiencing San Pedro and Ayahuasca, but I can tell that the medicines were very powerful and effective. The experience was indescribable and infinite. There was so much that I was shown by the medicine that it has changed me forever. It reconnected my towards my heart, my ability to love, my animal nature, and gave me a thousand lessons on gratitude, humility, compassion and respect. Thank you.
The set and setting of the whole retreat is perfect. Surrounded by beautiful trees and tropical birds and at 8,700 feet up in the mountain, I could think of nowhere I would rather go to reconnect. Everything is relaxed and inspiring. I must thank Elena for always preparing such delicious food with the warmest smile.
There is an authenticity, compassion, humanity and beauty to the whole process. I felt like I was always in safe hands. There is a great feeling of trust and warmth. I left feeling part of the ECA family, and I am forever grateful for my time there.
I will start by saying that as someone who was born in Colombia, who was lightly familiar with some of the rich ancestry linked to the concept at the base of this type of healing, I had specific and high expectations of this experience. I also have dealt with some difficult challenges in life and wanted to make sure that this was the right choice, so I was ready to remain skeptical for as long as needed. But now I can confidently say that not only those expectations were met, but they were also clearly surpassed. The medicines are challenging and powerful, and for that reason I know this is the right place to experience them. The main requirement that I had when choosing a place to take these medicines was a clear sense of safety, and this is a quality that I felt was always at the base of every activity during this ten day journey. The beautiful, thoughtful, and generous individuals behind ECA, were truly there for me and for everyone else during our retreat; and the taitas (or shamans) are not only knowledgeable, but also responsible with the way in which they use the medicines and treat their guests. I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with ECA. I left with my heart full of love, a more balanced body, and with my mind and soul ready to continue evolving in a brighter direction. And of course, with many new friends that I look forward to seeing again. Did I mention they also have some amazing-delicious, fresh Colombian food? The people, the location, the food, the gatherings around the fire, the teachings, the discovery, the personal journey… so many positive things to write about this experience, so it’s a 10 out 10!
I attended the retreat in November 2017. Before committing to ECA, I read all the raving reviews on the website, and I have to say they are all true!
I will add some things here that might have not been said so often.
First of all the setting of the retreat in the mountains above Medellin is absolutely beautiful and magnificent. The main house has a great vibe and serves as a meeting point and hang out for all the participants. It’s a great way to connect to people from all around the world while eating delicious and healthy food.
The retreat starts with an herbal bath. You get a bucket with hot water which has been boiling with herbs over an open fire outside the main house. You go to a spot overlooking Medellin where you strip down naked and pour this great smelling green brew over your body which is the best bath I ever had.
I had never done any yahe or san pedro ceremony so for me it was very important that somebody was there to explain and answer a lot of questions. Bobby and Jesse are really two of the nicest and most caring human beings I have ever met. They will explain in great detail everything you need or want to know about the ceremonies. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have two angels like Jesse and Bobby on your side who not only introduce you to a new chapter in your life but also guide you step-by-step through the process. They are literally there to hold your hand and will do whatever it takes so you have the best experience possible.
Besides the medicine being superb and strong you will meet two amazing, responsible and wise healers and listen to the most wonderful music during and after the ceremonies.
If you want to experience this plant medicine in a loving and safe place then you should join the ECA family.
This a no-nonse healing.
If you are looking for a place to really sit down with yourself and face your issues, this is the place to do that. There is no “commom” distractions of other retriets and gatherings, just focusing on the medicines and the process. I liked that a lot, gave me space to really go deep within myself and just be with what was there.
I had so unbelievable profound experiences, I still have hard time comprehending all the teachings. Everyday I understand more, the connection with the medicine is strong. I am not saying this is an easy path but well worth everything that comes with it.
The curanderos and the facilitators..what can I say? I have no words. The amount of effort, love and dedication they put into this is overwhelming. As is my gratitude.
Thank you ECA, I hope I will return one day. I felt like I was home with you.
This review is long overdue.
I took the medicine for the first time ever with ECA this past September. I went alone and did the camping option. What a beautiful group of people from all over the globe formed for those beautiful 10 days. There were about 12 of us total.
I am still processing the teachings of the medicine. Every now and then I get down on myself and life gets tough again. The medicine and it’s teachings have been very supportive recently. Brings tears to my eyes thinking about how blessed I really am. One of the ECA members said it best “The medicine is for everyone, but not everyone is for the medicine.” (I grew up in Watts/Compton CA)
I feel so blessed to have experienced this healing/cleansing/spiritual awakening whatever you want to call it.
My life has been getting significantly better in many areas of my life. By far the best investment I’ve ever made.
You won’t find a better group of people who will make you feel extremely comfortable.
Tips for people considering ECA.
You probably know enough about the medicine, sometimes less is better.
Let go of any expectations.
Trust the medicine.
Let go of the control.
Love you ECA thank you! Forever grateful.
A few months ago I found myself on this website reading reviews about Eagle Condor Alliance.
Now, here I am, writing my own review.
The ECA experience is a unique and personal undertaking. Before committing to the experience I was skeptical about the benefits of plant medicine and the intentions of the retreat administrators…Why would a bunch of white guys want to spend their time in mountains of Colombia feeding people this strange concoction of voodoo magic?
Coming from a traditional western education and value system I was doubtful, nervous, and more than a little uncertain about spending ten days ingesting potentially toxic substances.
As the retreat enfolded all of my fears vanished and I knew that I was in the right place with the right people.
The ECA family is a dedicated group of amazing people—decidedly committed to sharing the traditions of plant medicine with the broader community in a safe, respectful, and nurturing environment.
A few words to describe the guys at ECA: authentic, empathetic, connected, experienced…These guys are amazing and I would recommend anyone from my family or friends to attend a retreat under the care and guidance of the ECA family.
If you’re having second thoughts about attending a retreat take my advice and go for it. It’s hard work but it’s rewarding.
One of the most profound experiences of my life. The healing and learning I received surpassed my expectations. The environment felt safe and the support I received from the ECA family was amazing. Beautiful people at a beautiful retreat. I will always be greatful
I don’t know where to begin. Let me say up front that after my first retreat with the ECA in November of 2017, it became absolutely clear that I would never bother to go to another location ever again and so I returned in January 2018 to experience the magic once again. It will not be my last time, of this I’m certain beyond a doubt. Prior to the ECA, I had spent 5 weeks in Peru at other facilities and realized what a waste of time and money that had been. There is absolutely no comparison in the quality and quantity of attention, care, devotion, friendship, teachings… I could go on and on bragging up the entire crew from morning until night and I still wouldn’t be able to fully express my heartfelt gratitude to all who are part of this beautiful alliance.
The medicine is beyond compare as is the food provided for the duration of the retreat. No one prepares meals with such a loving heart as Ellie does and it shows through and through.
Everyone in the groups I have had the pleasure to meet who had also experienced the medicine elsewhere said that they too found the ECA to surpass every one of them. That says a lot.
Take time to read all of the reviews as they really do encompass the full picture of what an incredible and beautiful place this is.
Aho!! Mitakuye Oyasin, I love you all deeply.
It is very difficult to put into words the impact that a Ayahuasca and San Pedro experience can have on ones life. I expect that it is extremely different for everyone and that no two experiences are alike. I also cant think of the appropriate words to use to describe any part of my experience with the medicines and I don’t want to try in fear of being disrespectful or diminishing how absolutely profound the medicine is. I dont think our language has the words to describe such things. So I’ll stick to what I can describe.
The medicine is extremely potent and although I have had no past experience with Ayahuasca my experience was so profound that it will stay with me a lifetime. Even now, three weeks after my experience with Eagle Condor, I continue to have extremely strong visions and messages that stem directly from the medicine.
The facilitators and healers were exemplary in regards to their approach to the retreat. I prefer to call them all teachers because thats what they all are. Exceptionally caring, remarkably knowledgeable, highly approachable, strong when required and thoroughly professional. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire crew involved with Eagle Condor.
The food was wonderful and colourful and plenty. And the grounds were beautiful and peaceful and special.
The attention to detail in all regards with absolutely everything was an unexpected touch that I so greatly appreciated. Little things like flowers and crystals next to my bed and flowers in the sweat lodge. Too many things to mention but these special little details made a remarkable experience even more special.
I strongly feel my journey with Ayahuasca has just begun. In fact I know this. For me, the desire in a spiritual sense to see more and learn more is overwhelming. And Id like to think that perhaps it would be fun to do it somewhere else but I dont think I will. I will head back and join the beautiful souls at Eagle Condor and take their incredibly strong and profound medicine in the very special environment they have created because it is very difficult to beat a perfect experience.
Thank you Eagle Condor xxxx
ECA was my third yage journey to South America and I can honestly say it was by far the most transformative retreat in terms of spiritual growth and connection to Oneness. Words can’t describe my experience with connecting to myself, and ultimately the divine. Beyond the powerful medicines and healers, I want to give my gratitude to the facilitators who are beyond attentive, caring and really understand these traditional healing practices. To put it in a nutshell, these guys know their shit and pushed me to the next level beyond my ego. I’m in awe of their commitment and will forever be grateful for their care and guidance during the ceremonies and throughout the retreat. To this day (its only been a month), I follow the daily regime of starting the day with a cup of water by giving thanks to life, the Great Spirit and the gift of the ECA retreat. If yage calls you, be fearless and step onto the path. Aho!
It was the best of experiences. Everyone found their answer, we all bonded deeply. The accomodations, the guides, the medicine man – all exceeded my expectations. Planning to return,
Joining Eagle Condor Alliance was my second medicine retreat in the Americas so far but I cannot really imagine a fuller one.
The setting is absolutely beautiful and peaceful close to Medellin in the mountains but still easily accessible.
The program is really intense and perfectly organised. The facilitators – Bobby, Jesse and Hans – are among the most professional people I have ever encountered with immense amount of caring, acceptance and love towards the attendees.
The ceremonies are really powerful due to the fantastic healers – Gonzalo and Greison – and the most powerful medicine I ever encountered. Don’t go with expectations, you will surely receive more… these are REAL sacred ancestral ceremonies with several millennia of experience. Whatever happens there, you and the whole world will only benefit from that…
Last but not least you will meet the best and nicest cook you have every encountered… absolutely delicious meals served with unbelievable humbleness.
If you happen to search for a medicine retreat with a full program, loving people around you and the best care, you have arrived!!
I am grateful having met these people during these days. Gracias abuelo fuego, madre tierra, hermana agua y hermano aire. Hope to see you soon!
I attended this retreat with little expectations and it completely blew me away. Your experience with the medicine will be unique to you so I won’t say more abt that. But i couldn’t have asked more from the healers and facilitators. They are an amazing group of people who are deeply respectful of tradition. The support, attention, and care they provided helped guide me through the hardest of times. Much love and respect!
Wow. Such a truly incredible experience!… I attended a 10 day retreat in July, and am extremely grateful to the ECA family – it really was life changing for me.
I felt the program of the retreat was very well put together. In particular, the combination of the medicines and ceremonies of the north and south was excellent balance… providing for deep level of introspection and self-exploration.
The food was absolutely incredible, every single meal…Ellie is a wizard in the kitchen… fresh, delicious healthy dishes served with an abundance of love… truly the best I have eaten in years….and such a tranquil setting as well, it realty did feel like a home… plenty of comfortable, serene spaces to spend by yourself reflecting as well cozy communal spaces to come together as a group and enjoy the company.
The facilitators.. Bobby, Jesse, Hans.. just remarkable… they really have dedicated their lives to this cause. They are approachable, thoughtful, encouraging, knowledgeable, untiring and thoroughly organized. They clearly have an excellent understanding and relationship with the healers – Gonzalo, Greison and Cesar – who themselves are passionate and completely dedicated in their calling and working with these medicines, strong in character but humble and willing to help you learn and interpret your experiences. A great team.
It was indeed a big first step for me personally, and I really am looking forward to spending more time with the ECA family… and in the meantime can completely recommend this a retreat with the ECA family to anyone that is open to it!
I came on the July 2017 retreat, and it was one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of my life. I had come on a whim and wasn’t sure what to expect because I have never worked with these plant medicines before.
The facilitators are so welcoming, they pick you up from the airport and take you to the retreat center. They have a beautiful “castle” that is on the edge of the mountain and has beautiful views of Medellin below. A private chef, Ellie, who is one of the sweetest women I have ever met and made delicious and healthy food for us every day. Every part of the experience is so intentional and well planned, and done for our physical and spiritual health.
The experience with the medicine is something I will never forget. The healers and facilitators created such a safe environment for me to interact with the medicine and allow myself to heal in my own process. The spirit of these medicines showed me my own beautiful spirit and that we are all connected to the earth, and a new sense of gratitude for my life. I am forever grateful to the eagle condor alliance and the important work they do. I will definitely be back!
I have had the pleasure of joining two separate retreats with ECA and they have been extremely transformational and enriching. The entire team at ECA is very good at what they do. Bobbi, Hans, and Jessie, who are the facilitators, are such a blessing. They are very kind, grounded, and supportive people. Having them to guide you through the process is key to a smooth journey. Then you also have the incredibly talented healers in Gonzalo and Greison. Both healers are very gifted and experienced in holding space for the healings and in working with their medicines. The medicines that they provide are clean and potent. ECA in total provides the perfect center to experience ceremony with both Yage and San Pedro. You are in a beautiful setting, fed amazingly clean and tasty food, and surrounded by safe loving facilitators. If you’ve found yourself looking at ECA retreats consider yourself lucky. Words cannot express how great the entire ECA process is and what a wonderful hidden gem they are. Just go already!
Ayahuasca (Yagé) can save your life or it can add toxicity and outright damage your soul. The outcome you experience will be determined by two things: 1) the purity of the medecine as well as the purity of soul of those who prepare it and oversee the ceremonies 2) the preparation ( pre-during-and post- retreat) offered by the retreat facilitators. At ECA, you will receive complete integrity of service in these two determining areas. Incidentally the setting, food and care are all impeccable throughout. Highly recommended.
I did the retreat in April 2017. Before I decided to come to Medellin I was thinking about doing the medicin in Iquitos/Peru. But I am so greatful to chose ECA Family.
The setting is amazing. You have the beautiful view of Medellin from the top in a really nice place in beautiful nature.
The food you eat every day is absolutly delicious. The facilitators will help you with everything you need.
I had a really hard time with the medicin and I was so happy to have all this loving people around me to help and support me.
If you are not sure with retreat you should chose, take ECA, you will not regret it.
This retreat was beautiful. Its in a beautiful location and facilitated by beautiful people. I am so grateful for the work everyone at the ECA has put in to look after everyone who comes. You dont a have single need while yiu are there everything is taken care of while they and the medecines take care of you. Being there was definitely the most profound moment of my life so far, until i attend the retreat again and then im certain that will be another profound experinece.
After being there i have made life long friends with my group but also with the facilitators. The moments ive been through and the feelings ive felt while i was there is something ill never forget and be eternally grateful for.
I was a little worried initially about going to Columbia.Thankfully the ECA facilitators spoke with me on video call and eased my worries. They helped me find a trustworthy hostel prior to the retreat and provided a trustworthy ride to/from each destination.
I was expecting to go and do some internal healing with the medicines… Little did I know that they are committed to tradition and connection with the individual and the group dynamic. I usually shy away from such group dynamics but it was like a new family to me. I found incredible connection with everyone I could easily speak with. The facilitators speak English very well.
The location is beautiful, just like the facilitators and healers. Incredibly kind, compassionate and inspiring people. I’m definitely recommending this to anyone interested and going back myself. It was a much better experience than the previous one I went to in Peru.
In terms of the medicine and ceremonies, it was powerful and extremely insightful for me. I found the medicine to be very strong. My appreciation to the facilitators for providing structure and words of wisdom before and after each ceremony.
They say the integration is the actual work and ECA is still providing support to me back home.
I’m so grateful for the experience, connections, insightful understanding of myself and strengthening my intuition.
Love you ECA, what a beautiful experience!!! :):D
What you need to know:
The medicine – it is pure, it is strong (many in my group who had attended Ayahuasca retreats in Peru said this Yagé was stronger than any medicine they had experienced before)
The healers – experienced, skilled, true Taitas. They are the real deal.
The facilitators – sincerely compassionate, true to their mission, always there at the right time to correct your course should you get stuck in a difficult spot during your journey (especially true during ceremony!).
The food – always delicious, prepared with love.
Heart – you will be cared for here. The ECA isn’t in it for the money. It is evident to me that they answer to a higher calling.
The facilitators and healers at ECA have the utmost respect and reverence for the sacred medicines and ancient traditions of the Americas, which I consider to be the most important aspect of the experience. You are in good hands with ECA. I have such deep admiration and appreciation for the important work they do to support people on their journeys to healing and awakening. This retreat changed my life and I look forward to going back.
Logistically speaking, accommodations are great and the food is incredible. There is a lot of intention and care put into each aspect of this retreat.
Lots of love to everyone at ECA!
This retreat has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. The facilities and healers are truly dedicated to these medicines and traditions. The location and accommodation is beautiful. The food is absolutely delicious. They really pay attention to the details to make sure that everyone is comfortable and safe. They really care and the itinerary is very well structured for a maximized experience. I highly suggest you heal and grow with ECA, you won’t regret it! =)
The Eagle Condor Alliance was one of the most profound and lifechanging experiences in my life.
I drank the medicine before but what i experienced here at the ECA was nothing to compare with! Not only did i get answers to a lot of open questions in my life but the medicines also showed my a clear path that i have to follow to achieve what i want in my life.
i am on the path now and i am more than greatful to be able to go down that road!
The location is amazing, close to medellin but also in the middle of nature. the facilitators are dedicated and very knowledgeable. they are more than just working there, they live and breath the life with the medicines! all three of them are my brothers from the same mother, madre tierra 😉
the shamans are more than just amazing! they are experienced, humble and down to earth and more than willing to help you find your way!!
The ceremonies were held like they have been done since thousands of years, no fancy equiptment or tools. only what is necessary and worked for people since the beginning! that connection to nature and traditions was one of the most profound teaching that i received during my time there. the message still lives with me, everyday!
i personally like the mix of the medicines (ayahuasca and san pedro), works amazing!!
i stayed with them after the retreat and they treated me like a part of their family! i will be back soon.
Gracias madre tierra, abuelo fuego, padre sol , hermana agua y hermano aire!!!
I went to ECA in January 2017. It was a very positive and profound experience. The facilitators were very personally involved in each person’s process they made me feel like they were genuinely interested in the healing and development of people. They were very generous of their resources.
The food that was prepared throughout the week was absolutely delicious and healing in and of itself.
The shamans are very experienced and they made me feel in security all along.
I recommend this place 100% and I would love to go back soon to do some more work!
My first experience with ECA was as part of a 10 day retreat in February of this year. Since then I have been back two times to attend their community ceremonies. From the first instance I met everyone there, they immediately made me feel like part of the family. During my ceremonies as part of the retreat Hans, Bobby and Jessie were extremely supportive, understanding and encouraging the whole way. I am very grateful of having met them and having discovered ECA because it has really left a profound impact on my life.
I attended retreat at ECA in April of 2017, and it was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone who feels called to work with these sacred plant medicines. The detail and love that goes into these retreats, by so many people, blew me away.
From the moment I was picked up from the airport, until I was dropped back off, I felt a part of a family, well cared for, and very safe.
The location was gorgeous, the medicine very effective, the healers are very loving and have plenty of experience, and the food was AMAZING!
The knowledge I have learned from Bobby, Jesse, and Hans blew me away, and will stay with me forever. This community truly loves what they do and it shows in every aspect of this retreat and beyond.
I really can’t fault these guys and how they run things. They really put their heart into their work and work tirelessly to give people the best possible experience. It’s tough at times and you want to have good people there to guide you when it is. Jesse, Hans and Bobby really knew what to say to get you in the right head space before going into the ceremony’s which I found really put me at ease. There is a really good vibe around the place in general with plenty of space to hang out, inside and outside, and the setting is pretty epic!
The food served by Elly, their resident chef, was really good and plenty of it. Lots of fresh fruit and delicious meals every day.
Contact with the Healers was also good and although I didn’t speak Spanish, the facilitators were happy to translate. Greyson and Gonzalo have committed their lives to working with these medicines, helping people to heal and reestablish a connection to nature and themselves. These men are 100% authentic, you can be sure of that.
My advice for people going would be: Listen to the facilitators and try to follow their advice, they have a lot of experience guiding people through this process. Trust in the process and go to every ceremony, you don’t want to miss any!:)
It was tough but profoundly beautiful and nourishing. I’ll definitely come back at some stage. Much love and thanks to the ECA family!
A secluded cozy place in the mountains of Medellin. A truly beautiful team of committed and loving people to guide, explain and prepare for the retreats. Authentic healers with decades of experience and an absolute fantastic cook. Absolutely recommendable for all of those playing with the idea, of trying Ayahuasca, or Yagé as it is called in Colombia.
A first encounter with Yagé might be very challenging, physically and mentally, to really get through this I think the guidance of the people running the place was absolutely essential, be it through long talks over a campfire, or be it through just holding you up, when you cannot stand anymore.
What struck me the most, was the reverence with which nature, medicines and water are treated. What at first appears unusual, soon develops into a sense of sacredness, that the guys at ECA don’t get tired to elaborate. The whole approach changes from the idea of a psychedelic trip to an idea of getting to know a spirit, the spirit of Yagé or Wachuma. In this sense I was pleasantly surprised to have gotten much more out of the trip than previously expected.
I came to meet the Shamans, and met the gods.
Outstanding and wonderful!
– Small amazing group
– Great food
– Great beautiful peaceful place in the mountains
– Wonderful people that care about your wellbeing
I felt the calling to attend an Aya retreat since two years now and no spot has had connected on a personal level before. I just didn’t feel it or it didn’t feel right. The costs would either be far too high for me to attend, the flights wouldn’t match at all or it just would be too commercial and a rip off.
Not so with ECA! – Beginning of this year, The Eagle Condor Alliance (ECA) website popped right up infront of me and I directly felt that THIS IS IT! And so it was! The team responded within 24 hours to my initial request and within a couple of hours later we had a great Skype call. Weeks later the magic happened and I was in beautiful Colombia.
All I can say is, it is a wonderful palce and experience! This is safe and the shamans/healers are holding great wisdom. Over the 10 days there is enough time to speak to the healers about your experiences during the ceremonies.
The entire ECA team is non stop working to make sure you have everything you need. They pick you up from the airport and take you back there or down to the city.
Different types of accommodations are available for different budgets. I have chosen to camp on site. Actually my first camping experience since childhood and I enjoyed it. So peaceful and connected to nature – I miss it now 🙂 There is no need to worry about any mosquitos or vaccinations as the climate is moderate. The place is full of butterflies, colorful birds and fireflies. Just magic!
I am very grateful for this experience. It is priceless. Our group was kept small and the people were just wonderful. Most of us just didn’t really want to leave 🙂 Some of us are planning to return soon! A life changing experience!
P.s. Take some extra cash with you as they have beautiful indigenous hand-crafted jewelry pieces for women and men!
I thank the entire ECA team for creating this wonderful spot and hope to return soon!
My friends made the points I would have in an articulate heartfelt way that makes me appreciate them more. I came to the Eagle Condor Alliance with a deep grief from personal losses that bled much of the color and joy from my life. I left with a path towards honoring them, celebrating the time we had and a lighter spirit. I’m not over anything just another dimension was added.
Your own experience will be yours but mine couldn’t have happened without the wonderful dedicated community the Eagle Condor Alliance has nurtured and the fellow seekers who you share the experience with.
It is a well structured organized retreat filled with warmth and community that gives you a chance to heal. Did someone mention the food?
Wow. I can’t recommend this place highly enough. I’ve encountered medicines in Iquitos, Peru and in Costa Rica. I went in with low expectations as I try to do of almost any experience and was blown away. Had I gone in with high expectations, I still would have been blown away. The facilitators, Jesse, Hans and Bobby, all treated me as if I were family. They did a great job of supporting me and others where they support was needed during and outside of the ceremony. They guided the group as a family. There was very little drama throughout the retreat and I think this is in large part due to their direction.
I appreciated that I felt comfortable either keeping my experience internal as well as opening up to the group when I felt like doing so.
I camped and this was a great way to save money. If you are comfortable camping, I highly recommend it. While camping, I still felt that I had everything that I needed and the tent stayed dry throughout multiple rains. I also had the ability to nap in a beautiful sun room and even slept in there 1 evening. There were also hammocks that were great to nap in outside during the day in either the sun or the shade.
The retreat outline, starting with San Pedro/Wachuma and Sweat Lodge/Temazcal continuing with 2 Yagé evening sessions, a Yagé day session and ending with San Pedro/Wachuma and Sweat Lodge/Temezcal was a great formula. It had a strong progression throughout and came to a more clear resolution than I’ve experienced at retreats in the past. It seemed many of the other participants (some in their first experiences) had a similar positive progression. Words don’t do any of the experiences above justice. They were some of the stronger, more difficult, more positive and more insightful of the experiences I’ve had with medicine.
The Taitas/Healers, Greyson, Cesar and Gonzalo were very helpful and available throughout. I felt their genuine desire to help me and to impart a bit of the knowledge they’ve gained from their lifetime of experience with plant medicines. The dedication that they have to their respective plant medicines is awe inspiring and easily visible to any participant at Eagle Condor Alliance. I felt blessed to be in their presence and to learn from them and still felt able to interact, question and share with them.
The best food in Colombia! They have a chef named Eli. She is an amazing chef and works tirelessly to make sure everyone is fed very well. I always had enough to eat, regularly getting seconds and even at times third helpings of food. I never was bored of the food and no meal seemed the same over 10 days this was the icing on the cake to everything else at the retreat. There was also hot tea available and ready almost always.
Herbal baths – these were a regular part of our experience. These were heavenly.
Flora/Fauna – This place is a sanctuary in the mountains. Across the grounds are beautiful flowers, gardens, birds, butterflies. It’s a place I want to go back to just because it’s beautiful.
Maloca – they have a brand new one built in Dec. 2016. It’s beautiful and held many people efficiently and ceremony’s felt great in that space.
Weather – Beautiful during the days, sunny or cloudy. I found it a tad chilly at night and wished I would’ve had a hat and gloves or some thicker layers (probably not both). I’m pretty thin and generally run cold. You may not find it cold at all.
I could go on forever with this review and even in hindsight, with a lot of thinking, I can’t think of any way they could improve the experience. If you’re considering Eagle Condor Alliance, please do yourself a favor and go, preferably alone.
Connecting with the medicines is a very profound experience and every single one is extremely individual.
I was planning my first encounter with the medicine and therefore it was very important for me to find a place where I would feel safe and in good hands. I could not imagine just to go to a place without knowing anyone, I needed to gain trust before I would go.
The ECA family is taking time to talk to each interested person on skype. This establishes a basis of trust and both, the ECA family and the interested person have the chance to find out if they belong together.
This is just a short remark for people that might feel like me trying to find the right place for this profound journey. ECA is the RIGHT place for you!
From the very first moment there, during and even after the retreat my first impression of this place and the people was exceeded by far.
Healers, facilitators, cooks and friends are just words describing their dedication. But who they truly are is a big, wonderful & caring family. And they will treat you as a family member from the first moment on.
Apart from that, it is noteworthy that during the whole retreat Jesse, Bobby and Hans would accompany the participants during the day, before and after the ceremony. They have introduced us into the world of the sacred medicines, they have explained us the traditions and they gave us good advices. They were there as well for private talks if needed. And during the ceremonies they offered us the best imaginable care.
Not only their dedication is astonishing, but also Gonzalos and Greisons dedication. They dedicate their entire lifes to the sacred medicines, they dedicate their lifes to heal people and to heal the world.
A part of the revenues is used for land conversation in the Amazon rainforest and for the support of the indigenous community in the western Amazon.
The ECA family is not only helping us to understand how we can become a better person, they are the living example how to be a better person and feel gifted by giving.
My love and gratitude are infinite.
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin!
PS: The food is sooo good that this would be reason enough to go there!:)
Me and my friend travelled from Australia to take part in our first ayahuasca retreat. From the moment we arrived we felt very welcomed and safe. Hans and Bobby made sure we had everything we needed and took great care of us throughout the experience. The retreat is in a beautiful location in the mountains and the food was top notch. The ceremonies were very powerful and eye-opening experiences. We felt we were in good hands with both of the healers who facilitated the ceremonies. Overall it was an incredible experience that we wouldn’t think twice about doing again.
I arrived at the ECA in the October session.
My purpose in attending an Ayahuasca ceremony was to make my life purpose more clear. Which I will write more about down below.
But I just have to say… the experience was—incredible…
The synchronicity in my mind’s eye and how it perfectly connected with Bobby (One of the facillitators) offering me water.
The stories it told about Earth and myself.
The visions I saw that were not from this world.
The other-worldly sounds and senses.
The rythmn and flow of the Universe.
But wait, here’s the interesting part…
I don’t know how to explain it, but when I recall the memories I get a bolt of stimulation in my body. Like the magic is still with me.
The purging was frightening. But it showed me courage, when I was helped it showed me brotherhood. It showed me this world wasn’t as cold as I thought it was. It showed me the gratitude. It showed me the truth about life.
I’m glad I chose The ECA to be a part of my personal growth. My purpose is to help others, but I need to help myself first. The retreat really helped in understanding myself and my upcoming challenges. And it’s safe to say all the facillitators and shamans I met at the ECA are a great example of being in alignment with their purpose.
Besides… What’s the point of life with no purpose?
I was lucky enough to be able to go to the retreat for 10 days in August 2016.
Traveling in South America for a few months was some of the best times I had had but never really thought I would do something like this. Long story short I had a bunch of health problems that forced me to stop and think and take notice of my life.
Going by intuition after talking to Hans on skype and then meeting everyone at the retreat in Medellin in the mountains, its clear that the people of Eagle Condor Alliance that make this possible are genuinely good human beings that believe in what they are doing and take it very seriously with great respect. This is pretty humbling in its self for me as I had a selfish perspective of things.
I don`t want to get too heavy but I will say that I trust my life with the facilitators and plant medicine healers that worked with us at the retreat which is something you are grateful for coming out of the experience.
If I had the money I would of happily payed a lot more. Although I can`t really put a price on what I took away from this its the people that make it possible and help you get through things that can be pretty intense, share wisdom, knowledge and their own experience that make all the difference.
I wont say anything about my own experience with plant medicine and ceremonies other than you may not get what you want but will definitely get what you need..
After the unexpected passing of my husband I was trying to heal as well as figure out the new direction of my life. My husband had been the one to suggest plant medicine before his passing. It was a synchronistic sequence of events that brought me to Eagle Condor Alliance. The kind that one best not to ignore.
Before reserving a space, the facilitators at ECA schedule a Skype meeting to discuss the program and to learn about your goals. This is a two way interview to make sure that this is a good fit. I felt very comfortable after this meeting which helped ease any apprehension before arrival.
Upon arrival at ECA I felt incredibly welcome. The facilitators Hans and Jesse did a great job making sure we felt comfortable in our rooms or tents and were fed a nourishing meal. As other participants arrived the cohesion of the group was really strong. I think this was partially created by the tone that was set all the way back in our Skype interviews.
The program of medicine and ceremonies is intense and invites you to go deep into your healing. The environment and support created by the healers and staff fosters a relationship of trust and safety. This is of the utmost importance when embarking on this journey into the infinite with plant medicines. The level of integrity that each person at ECA has is very high. They deeply respect the medicine, the process, the lineage, the land, each other, and every person who joins them.
The healers are the real deal. They have devoted decades of their lives to this work and they do not compromise the integrity of medicine one bit. They are humble, well-experienced, and open to answering all your questions and meeting one on one to provide support.
I had a deeply healing experience and I know I will be returning when the medicine and my spirit call me back. I definitely recommend ECA to anyone who is considering a path with plant medicine.
I returned a week ago from the retreat at Eagle Condor November 11-20 and I have to say it was the most profound and healing experience of my life.
On a leap of faith, from reviews on the internet and a skype conversation with co-owner Jesse, I went to Medellin. My experience there surpassed my greatest hopes in all regards. Jesse and Hans, who run the center, have the highest integrity imaginable, and offer a retreat experience that is impeccable. The shamans, Greison and Gonzalo, are the real thing, carrying forward traditional ceremonies that date back many millennia. Every single individual involved with ECA is a top notch human being.
Words can describe the experience. I have so much gratitude to ECA for their service in bringing these traditional plant medicines to a wider audience. If you are thinking about it, just go! These guys are the real thing, full stop.
I found Eagle Condor Alliance after a thorough search on the internet. I was struggling with severe PTSD and needed more relief than could be provided through available medical/counseling treatments. A social worker who was helping me find adequate therapies said that “It has been said that ayahuasca is a very helpful treatment for people with PTSD.” She made sure to be off the record for her recommendation but made sure that I was clear of how helpful she thought it could be for me. I researched every site I could find since I heard about the importance of traditions being honored and the importance of a shaman who had a lot of experience as well as reverence for the medicine.
When I found Eagle Condor Alliance I was impressed by their detailed lists of what would be a safe way to prepare for the experience. I also appreciated how they were conscientious of screening and skyping with me to know that I was ready to commit myself to this intense experience. The thing that made me know I was in safe hands was when I was skyping for intake and had an emotional moment and Jesse (one of the boys as I call them) heard my emotion and immediately sat up and came to close attention to take in my heart.
Being there was intense. I was not able to partake of the first few ceremonies due to my moon cycle. I was very respectful of the reasons for that and was aware before travel that this was an issue to be discussed. This establishment is very traditional and that is why I trusted them with my most vulnerable subconscious self. They showed themselves to be worthy of that trust.
Over my week with three of my favourite people I had a vulnerable healing time where some things in my life changed forever. Greison was very in touch with the energy going on in the maloka and came to my aid before I sensed a need. I am a highly sensitive person. Also, each of the Three Amigos were very attentive and walked me through the process. More than anyone, Bobby was such a kindred soul and shared stories and songs with me that gave me courage. Hugging them all goodbye was so sad since we shared such a deep experience. I hope to see this team again.
All I can say to any females is that it is very important to plan your ayahuasca trip around your moon cycle. Don’t lie about it. We are all energetic beings and our cycle is not the time to partake of deep spiritual cleansing… My first ayahuasca was at the end of my cycle and it was amazing but super intense. If you could plan for being there at the end of your cycle you will not miss out on any sessions. Just make sure to not bother being dishonest. This is an very energetically sensitive medicine. Some people think it’s not a big deal, but even at the end of my cycle the intensity was huge. Great people to share your soul with
I didn’t know what to expect when I was called by Yaje and ECA, nor was I particularly conscious of the calling or optimistic about the outcome, but I’m happy to report that it was the most positively impactful experience of my life.
A decade of ‘searching,’ via a multitude of methods (ie: therapy, yoga, anti-depressants, various flavors of meditation retreats, moving to Nepal for 9 months to study Tibetan Buddhism guided by accomplished Lamas, distance running, nutrition, insert self-help item here), was blown away by the time I spent with the medicines and healers at ECA.
It is the best thing you can do for yourself, your loved ones, and the planet.
After a couple of months of researching retreats, I found ECA. Whereas several others took days to respond, often with barely a 2-line email, ECA responded immediately. The next day one of the organizers Skyped with me for over an hour, answered every question and was very informative. That was the first sign of the level of intention and attentiveness Jesse, Bobby, and Hans put into their work. That level of care carried through to the very end of the retreat.
–Cost- yes, there are some cheaper places, but ECA has several pricing options. Also, you absolutely get what you pay for. You’re very well fed, accommodations are great, shared spaces and the surrounding area are beautiful, and everyone involved is constantly working to make sure you’re comfortable. Beyond that, I never once felt unsafe, even during the most intense ceremonies. Added bonus, from US/Canada, flights are $2-300 less than they are to Iquitos, Peru.
–Healers/Facilitators- Everyone involved is serious and discernibly dedicated to the work they do. When you leave the hut to purge, a facilitator is 2 steps behind. At very intense moments, they’re there to calmly talk you down. They are lucid, super-attentive, and really good at keeping everything smooth. They’re all also totally accessible to chat, and are genuinely great guys.
–Medicine- most importantly, the medicine here was strong, pure, safe, and definitely did not short change you on intensity. What else can you ask for? The ceremonies are serious and intense, but well curated. That’s not say they weren’t often fun too, but an environment is provided where you can really work with the medicines and focus on your experience.
Downtime was also really nice here, with plenty of incredible food and great grounds for just hanging out–fire pits, hammocks, great view of Medellin.
Also, the healers and facilitators live on the grounds, practice what they preach, donate 25% to Amazon land conservation, and they don’t jam 30 people into ceremonies. Aka- this is not a tourist trap in it for the money.
Lastly, notice how many reviews single out the staff by name. That’s a result of, again, everyone involved working really hard to make sure you have a great experience.
If you’re trying to choose a place, I’ll just say, flying to a foreign place to work with extremely potent medicines to sort out often deep internal issues is daunting enough. Do it somewhere trustworthy, with good people, where worries about safety et al won’t distract you from the work you need to do. ECA is totally that kind of place. I’m glad I went, and hope to go back.
What an incredible experience. Please do yourself the favor of going to participate in ceremony. Beyond the ceremonies, the guys running the retreat are amazing. Instead of continuing on and saying how amazing this place and the experience was, I will briefly explain one of the “a-ha” moments I had while on retreat……….Our lives, as the waves, will consist of many peaks, crests, crashes and “do-overs”. Cyclical. If we look closely at life we will see circles represented in some of the most intricate parts. A mother’s womb; a circular enclosure of sustainability. Our joints, bones, organs, etc… are all cylindrical in nature. Our lives go through cycles, the sun is a circle, the moon is a circle, the earth is a circle, our neighboring planets are circles. With all the cylindrical symbols that encompass the root of human existence, why are constantly putting ourselves or allowing ourselves to be put in squares and rectangles?? We are born in a square hospital room, we sleep in rectangular beds, we get put into a square classroom, we are glued to a square television and we allow ourselves to be ruled by a rectangular piece of paper we call a dollar……..Go to the Eagle Condor Alliance and have your “a-ha” moment!
Wow;is the 1st word who come to my mind when i think of my trip to ECA.
I went to this retreat because of the easy access for someone who travel alone and dont speak much spanish. It look serious and they even request a skype interview,so i felt more safe to go by myself.
They pick me up at my hotel and from that moment they took care of everything.
Their set up in Santa Elena is just perfect,i could not expect more than that,the view on Medellin,being on top of the mountains like this,its the best.The lodging was awesome; a nice place ,great view and and good place for your down time when you need to recover from the ceremonies.Its important to have a certain level of comfort to make your experience more enjoyable ,because you gonna have some intense experiences and you will feel tired after a night with the healers.
The people were just amazing,what a nice group of dedicated people,the level of work,knowledge and passion those guys pull out is just incredible.Hans,Jesse and Bobby are the perfect team to introduce you to the ancient medicines from the amazon.They have such a respect and knowledge of the plant medicine ,they are so calm, so serious and humble ; you will feel relax and in good hands,always there to help you in any times of the day or the trip.The food was incredible and prepared by a chef in the house several times a day,the best fresh fruit and soup i ever had.The house is cozy with many spots to read or share our experience. Always a fire burning and something to be grateful for..
The healers were very experienced and you can feel an infinite wisdom coming from those guys,they can read you after 2 seconds of eye contact. The traditions they share with us is priceless,Greason and Gonzalo have dedicated their life to keep those traditions alive and we are so fortunate to be a witness of those sacred ceremonies.
When all those guys joined to give birth to the Eagle Condor Alliance they went trough the usual trial and error period,but with the experience of the healers they have figured out the best formula, take it down to a science. Tobacco ceremony,herbal bath,cleansing purge,San Pedro ceremony,sweat lodge and ayahuasca ceremonies are all balance and place in perfect order to get the best out it. Just get on the plane and faith, i am telling you,those guys know what they are doing and trust the process and trust the wisdom of the healers,its a privilege to meet those mens (and women).If you are serious about going to an ayahuasca retreat and you dont want to wait for your friends to go with you,well;just do it;by yourself like an adult,no more excuses,you will happy than you did.
This is not my last experience with the medicine thats for sure and i am very happy than i went to the Eagle Condor Alliance for my first time,they took all the headaches away so i could enjoy my time in Colombia.
thank you SO MUCH guys
its was awesome
Where to start. I arrived at ECA hurting and desperate for something to kickstart my desire to stay alive and continue my own work with healing medicines that I used to e so passionate about. I arrived overwhelmed with trauma, terrified of other humans, and with a total lack of trust in my heart. Immediately, the presence and spirit of Jesse, Hans, and Bobby put me totally at ease and after just a short time spent with them, I felt fully able to let down my guard as a jaded single female traveler which allowed me to be fully present with myself to work with the medicines.
This goes for the two healers Greison and Gonzoles as well, who proved to be as genuine, trustworthy, powerful, and dedicated as healers can get. They both have truly spent a lifetime studying with humility under these plant medicines, and they provide a safe and powerful space to transform yourself. I experienced such vast transformation and self-improvement far beyond my expectations.
The unique combination of all the ceremonies, music, camping, time spent together as a community and apart for self-exploration, and the incredibly delicious nourishing food made it a very demanding trip but one that absolutely changed my life and brought so much positive healing- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
My praises cannot be sung enough for the environment that Jesse, Bobby, and Hans have fostered of love and care for our earth and the land that supports them and the Cofan people. They are remarkable souls and one would be hard pressed to find a retreat center that genuinely cares for, respects, and treasures their participants more than with these guys down at ECA. I’m still brimming with endless gratitude and love. I’ll be back, family!
I had been thinking about meeting the medicine for quite some time. My first intention was to do it in Peru, but I somehow ended up in Colombia and found this wonderful retreat in these stunning mountains.
Going there was the best decision I could have ever taken. They say you should chose your Ayu facility wisely, well, I am glad I did.
For me the most important thing was to be able to trust people there, to have the feeling that they will take care of me, they will pick me up and accompany me down the (sometimes painfull) path to personal healing.
My admiration and loves goes out to the two healers, these people with their dedication and their love for all living things, amazing. The ceremonies were powerfull, incredible moments and all because they are so conected… it is ..I cannot even describe how powerful the ceremonies thanks to these healers.
For me, I enjoyed every single moment there, every delicious meal, every peaceful moment in the hammocks overlooking the mountains of St. Elena.
If I could, I would go back in a heartbeat and I hope that I can make my way back to this wonderful place someday.
I am very grateful for the facilitators, who have done so much for me and really, really took care of me. I can recommend this “facility”, this healing center with all my heart.
Bobby, Jessy and Hans are incredible people, they truly care about their calling, about spreading the healing and making it possible for outsiders like me to participate in sacred ceremonies.
All my love to my Jage-family, I am forever greatfull!
I attended the Eagle Condor Alliance retreat two times with my gf over the course of 1 year. The first retreat was in September 2015, the second retreat was in March 2016. Going into the first retreat I had many afflictions, drug, alcohol and family related. This was a prime motivator for the medicine calling me. Also my relationship was near breaking point so something had to give. From the first screening process to when you get there you feel like you are at home, where you are meant to be and that continues when you’re on retreat. When you get there you are going to ask 1000 questions and Bobby, Jesse and Hans will answer them 10 fold, more than you’d expect, about the plants and your behaviour and critical analysis of yourself and how that all relates back to the plant. You are probably thinking why did I go twice if it’s so good. The first round got me physically clean and the second round got me emotionally clean, with my insecurities etc. The fact is you can never have enough medicine. I had to go cold turkey on my SSRI’s in the weeks leading up, and I haven’t taken them since. It really has been the most positive experience. My gf and I intend to get married by Gonzalo and Grieson because without them we wouldn’t be where we are today or even together for that fact. We plan on being heavily involved with them for the rest of our lives from donations, to recommendations so they can continue to heal people from around the world. We haven’t had experience at other retreats but we don’t feel like we need anything else either – thats our home. The retreat itself isn’t easy but personal healing isn’t meant to be easy either – the challenge is healing yourself.
I took part in the November 2015 retreat (10 days).
I had my first Ayahusca experience in 2013 – a retreat just outside Iquitos, Peru. I had an amazing experience, but it did not really cross my mind to do it again until fairly recently when the opportunity arised (work contract ended). I decided to take a few weeks off to go to South America. I wanted to experience an Ayahusca ceremony in Colombia, so after researching, I settled on Eagle Condor Alliance.
The location is beautiful- Santa Elena, a quiet rural setting in mountain region, aprox 1 hour from Medellin. The views are honestly breath-taking, the air is clean, and the tap water is drinkable. The accommodation is very comfortable, private room, lovely bed, hot showers, wifi, a communal area to relax, and the food was the best I had during my whole trip in South America.
The facilitators – Hans-Peter, Jesse and Bobby were remarkable, I put my full trust in them, I really needed them with me as the ceremonies got very intense, and they were there by my side (I could not have been through it without them).
I am truly thankful to them, for their assistance in my every need, their wisdom, brotherhood, friendship and sense of humour.
I admit before booking, I was slightly apprehensive about staying in comfortable accommodation, eating well, and being with ‘non-native facilitators’ (all these details were in contrast to my first retreat in Peru) – but I can honestly say that this only added greatly to my whole experience; the experiences I had during the medicine ceremonies is evident of this. The Yage ceremonies were a lot stronger than I experienced in Peru.
I partook in 2 San Pedro Ceremonies, 3 Yage, and 3 sweat lodges – all were unique, and were conducted under the guidance of Gonzalo (Red Road healer), Greison (Yage healer), and our facilitators who are fluent in Spanish and were able to translate for the participants.
I thank the healers for their love, guidance, protection, wisdom and knowledge.
It was a beautiful experience to sit in the sweat-lodge and finca chanting together in sync, and the chants are one of the greatest souvenirs I have bought back with me.
The ceremonies left me with the most profound experience of my life.
I did not know where to begin to ask what I wanted from the medicine ceremonies, but I realised in my heart I took away more than my mind could ask for or even comprehend.
It can take a lot of hard work and stress to settle on a particular organisation, I can wholeheartedly say, I have found ‘my’ organisation in the Eagle Condor Alliance, and I have no need to look elsewhere for future ceremonies.
I am sure I will be back again…
Bless you all, Aho Mitakuye Oyasin!!!
I’m not sure words can describe how utterly powerful and amazingly beautiful this retreat is – having gone twice now (and having travelled specifically from Australia) I can say without a doubt it is worth every single second of your time, your money, your energy and effort. All the other reviews are true, the food and accommodation provided is beyond expectation for Colombia. You are looked after and cared for much like as If you were family. My single belief is that everyone owes it to themselves to try the spirit and magic of the vine, if you try it anywhere, look and think no further, ECA has you covered. Bobby, Hans and Jesse are incredible souls, who each radiate their own special energy which will come to spread joy throughout every single aspect of the retreat and your experience. I’m the kind of person (a near perfectionist) so quick to find fault in things, however the degree of integrity and honesty that these guys carry through this retreat cannot be faulted. Grieson and Gonzalo are very special people – the energy and feeling in their presence is incredibly grounding. Gonzalo is also very funny too! As for the yage / aya ceremony I can say I have never experienced anything so incredibly profound, astounding and powerful, and mysterious – the medicine’s are truly that, medicine for the soul. And the healing, wow! Also, daytime ceremony is pretty much as close to heaven as I think it gets. I’m planning my third visit hopefully for sometime later this year but without a doubt my relationship with ECA will be lifelong and I have no need to feel I would ever go anywhere else – life changing!
I was staying at Dharma BnB as a guest. This is one of the BnB used in the ECA retreats. It was very comfortable each with their own bathroom . The food offered was amazing. We participated in a San Pedro ceremony. This was a great personal experience which led to me resolving some personal issues and awakening of myself.
I have yet to experience a retreat, which I can only imagine as a wonderful enlightening experience.
The Eagle Condor Alliance changed my life for the better. I went to two retreats in April and May 2016 and since then I’ve had a much better understanding of myself, my feelings and emotions, others, and the world around me. I have absolute trust in the retreat facilitators and the shamans, and that trust was vital to getting the most out of the challenging journeys that I went through.
The accommodation, food, environment, organisation, and medicines were excellent, as others have already mentioned.
I highly recommend this retreat to everybody considering using these medicines for healing.
After researching plant medicine retreats across South America, my partner and I came across Eagle Condor Alliance. Everything about it sounded sincere, respectful and incredibly intriguing. And after spending 10 days at the retreat, I can happily say that it offers far more than I had ever expected.
The location is unbeatable, as you are fully immersed in all of Mother Nature’s green, leafy glory. The accommodation is incredible. I have to say, coming home to a cosy fire, warm herbal tea and a big comfy bed was an absolute godsend after the ceremonies. Taylor and the other chefs cooked the most delicious, nourishing and tasty food you can ever imagine. And what can I say about the facilitators – Bobby, Jesse and Hans. These are three of the most genuine and caring people I have ever met. You can see just how hard they have worked to get this amazing place to where it is now, and I have no doubt that they will continue to do many more wonderful things in the future. They each bring their own unique energy to the centre, and I am eternally grateful for the support that each of them gave me during my stay.
The healers are true miracle workers. Gonzalo’s energy throughout the San Pedro and Temezcal ceremonies was pure joy. I absolutely loved being immersed in his joyous energy, and I was deeply touched by just how much he loves the sacred land that we call planet earth. The San Pedro ceremonies and Temezcals were the perfect balance to the Aya ceremonies, and I couldn’t imagine not doing all three in conjunction with eachother. And as for Greison – wow. A powerful man with a giant heart. This man helped lead me through some of the most profound moments of my life during the Aya ceremonies.
I cannot fathom doing the plant medicines anywhere else now, because at ECA every aspect is kept true to the ancient traditions, and you know that you are in safe hands the entire time. I am eternally grateful for what Greison, Gonzalo, Bobby, Jesse and Hans have brought to my life – setting me on the right path to discover inner peace. It may sound cliche, but I really do feel reborn in many ways after my visit to ECA. Each and every person that I shared those 10 days with have become my family, and I am so thankful for having been a part of such a beautiful experience. I cannot wait to return someday. Aho!
I’m writing this to help people who (like I was) may be worried about going to a strange place and doing something they haven’t done before with people they don’t know…
I REALLY hope this helps you to make the leap and experience what I did with Jesse, Bobby, Hans, Greison & Gonzalo.
Few things below for me which really stood out.
1. The website, compared to others out there it was well designed, visually pleasing and packet with interesting information. Then came the call with Hans, other sites make you fill out a form. Call was great, Hans showed a genuine interest about my situation and what had prompted me to consider joining him and the ECA family for retreat.
2. As I don’t speak Spanish, to be picked up and dropped off at the retreat was huge, nothing to worry about, just kick back and enjoy the ride, 30min and you are there.
3. The retreat! this place is amazing, perched 1600m above Medellin on a private road no traffic or noise (apart from birds) the fincas look like something out of a fairy tale. Grounds are luxurious, view over the city, trees, flowers everything is designed to make you relaxed and comfortable. My accommodation was a private room with my own bathroom which made the chilling out & recovery after ceremonies easy and enjoyable.
4. The build up. The guys ease you into things, you progressively (in a step by step fashion) start to extricate yourself from the world you left behind. This happens thought many stages such as meeting the guys who will share the ceremonies with you, sharing stories about what bought you there getting to know Hans, Bobby & Jesse (all super cool dudes). Then the pre-ceremonies start all designed to get you into the best possible physical & mental space before the medicine.
5. Ceremonies themselves. I wont go into detail about my own experience as yours will likely be different. What I will say is that they were amazing and 6 months later I still think about some of the things i experienced. With Jesse, Bobby, Hans, Greison & Gonzalo you are in the best hands possible, the guys looked after everyone in what seemed to be the perfect way. It was uncanny at times!
6. Back to basics. I think this was one of the unexpected benefits of the retreat. Eating healthy, water, clean air, lots of sleep and my favorite Abuelo (grandfather fire). Being around the fire in and out of ceremony was something really special, I made the connection in the first san pedro ceremony and it’s still with me today. I make a little fire and pray with tobacco in my back yard around once per month and it’s super cool!
To wrap up, I had an amazing time with the ECA guys and as long as you follow the pre retreat guidance they give you with regards to diet and come with an open mind and heart ready for what the medicine will give you, you will have quite literally the time of your life.
May be I’ll see you there next time I visit 🙂
You are in good hands with these guys. I did a 10 day retreat back in March this year. I am not going to go into details about the actual Aya / San Pedro experience witch was amazing. The whole ECA team are incredible you feel the second you meet the guys that they have found their calling in life and genuinely enjoy facilitating these incredible medicines.
In regards to the price, yes there are cheaper places available around south america, but i can honestly say that its money well spend. In this case you really get what you pay for. I have done a retreat in Peru previously to this one, and the food, accommodation, medicine was way superior with ECA compared to the other place i tried. Don’t be a tight ass when it comes to something like this. I promise you its the best investment of your life!
All in all 11/10 to ECA changed my life 🙂
I’ve been to different Ayahuasca retreats, mostly in Peru.. I had such a great experience there (in the jungle), that I was a bit scared of being potentially disappointed by Colombia.. I have to say that the Eagle Condor Alliance swept my anxiety away & exceeded all my hopes, a million times ! This is the kind of place that is so sacred, and the kind of peoples & shamans that are sooooo nice, caring, professional.. exceptional, that you almost want to keep this amazing place as a secret.. you want to protect it & keep it for “yourself”.. but the medecina’s teachings are too valuable to keep them for oneself, and the guys from Eagle Condor Alliance are doing such a great job to heal people that it would be criminal not to pass the words. So there it is.. For anyone in search of themselves, curious to know more about life, the Universe and our place in this gigantic whole, for anyone willing to get better, Eagle Condor Alliance is THE place ! The program is intense, but you can count on Hans, Jesse and Bobby to help you in the process. I’m profoundly greatful and blessed that Life has put them on my path.. as well as the shamans working there.. they are all wonderful human beings.. they are my friends. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin !
To any and all considering the ECA, please know that my life is forever impacted by the care I received from this remarkable community. I participated in their 10 day retreat in March 2016, and I am already booked to return in September 2016. There exists an enveloping atmosphere of love and acceptance, plenty of time to be with yourself in comfort, and compassionate friendship from your hosts when/if you desire it. I was also deeply impressed with the Shamen and their medicines, which helped me to heal and celebrate myself. Please have a thorough look at their website as I found it was an excellent representation of the experience that awaits you. The ECA is worth every penny and moment of travel. Aho!
If you’re looking for a place that is serious about providing the best healing possible as opposed to a touristic experience then this is the place!
Me and my boyfriend just finished our 10 days at Eagle Condor and we couldn’t be happier that we chose them for our first Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreat. Everything has been absolutely perfect. I was a little anxious beforehand but as soon as we stepped foot inside the door I felt totally relaxed and safe. The facilitators Jesse, Bobby and Hans are fantastic people who really put their hart and soul into the healing of their guests. It feels like you’re staying with friends and it felt sad to say goodbye to them. The healers Gonzalo and Greison are also fantastic. You can definitely tell that you are in safe hands and that they are truly dedicated to their work. On top of that the place itself is just the most beautiful and relaxing imaginable and the food is great..
We hope that we will be able to go back there sometime in the future. Hopefully soon 🙂 Thank you again for everything!
The Eagle Condor Alliance welcomed me upon arrival with the utmost love and respect; right away I knew that I had made a decision to come to a place that would forever change my life in many diverse ways. The ECA healers and facilitators were uniquely capable of guiding my journey and supporting my process day after day. The land in Santa Elena is powerful, magical, and the ceremonial spaces are pristine. The housing situation surpassed any expectations, leaving me entirely blissful between ceremonies in complete comfort and well-nourished with healthy meals. The combination of the various sacred medicines they work with allows an intense cleansing and stabilizing of our energy systems. The spirit of Ayahuasca blessed me with entirely different lessons than those that I encountered through the spirit of San Pedro cactus; they complemented one another wonderfully. Furthermore, the insight that I discovered through tobacco purging and the use of tobacco ceremonially was profound in and of itself. Sweat lodges after a long night of ceremony improved the quality of my experience dramatically- Another dimension of consciousness comes in. Not to mention mountainside basil/herbal baths! These guys are the most dedicated and sincere retreat group that I have ever encountered. Remember, too, that they are actively working to protect the Amazon rainforest and support indigenous elders. Truly amazing. I am in awe. After attending sacred medicine ceremonies in six different locations so far, I would without a doubt recommend the ECA community above all others. If you are interested in restructuring your paradigm of life, and experiencing sudden, unforgettable revelations and visions of the world which allow you a glimpse of the truth, then I would highly encourage you to trust yourself to heal and transform your suffering at one of their 10-day retreats. I wish you a pleasant journey, and every happiness.
I attended Eagle Condor Alliance’s retreat in May 2016 and I had a beautifully positive and healing experience. I didn’t have many expectations, never having experienced any of the sacred medicines prior to this retreat and from the moment I arrived, I knew I was in an ideal environment to do so. The retreat took place high in the Colombian Andes, outside of Medellin, where the everyday temperature was perfect for an afternoon hammock nap and the view lent itself to post ceremony reflections overlooking the valley. Being based in such a natural and beautiful setting aided my journey personally and on several occasions we went on informal group walks down the nearby trail.
In addition to the breath-taking setting, it was obvious that the facilitators took care to provide us with the best possible experience during the ceremonies and throughout our stay. To do so meant providing us with delicious and nutrious food, ensuring our mental and physical comfort and being fully present and aware individuals. Who you choose to be surrounded by in these times of expanded consciousness and energetic sensitivity is important. I admire the facilitators not only for their awareness of this fact, but also for the obvious way in which they live with purpose and intention. They are genuine people whose knowledgeable, loving and nonjudgmental spirits serve as guides, role models and confidantes throughout this life changing journey. The healers are equally as beautiful and knowledgeable souls. They have many years of experience with the medicines and have infectious passion for Mother Earth, the elements and their community. The healers have been preparing the medicines for decades and they are as pure as the facilitators and healer’s hearts. Comfort can be taken in the fact that ECA never mixes other substances or plants in their medicines.
The ceremonies were structured in such a way that I believe I got a thorough, non-rushed introduction to the medicines. The ceremonies were authentic to the traditions in which they come from and the facilitators were there to translate when needed. Any questions or hesitations were addressed prior to ceremonies, the figurative door was always open and we were always given liberty to participate in accordance to our comfort level. I felt extremely comfortable with Eagle Condor Alliance and was able to completely let go because of the trust they fostered. Because of this, I believe I was able to take full advantage of the healing potential of the medicines and truly receive the teachings that were in such abundance that week. The retreat grounds truly felt like home for those 10 days and I left feeling as though I had not only been reunited with myself, but with family.
The list of positive things to say about my experience are infinite because each moment spent with Eagle Condor Alliance was filled with light, love, awareness and wisdom. Ultimately, we will undoubtedly have different, individual experiences but I can say with great certainty that if you trust in the Eagle Condor Alliance to guide your journey with the sacred medicines, it will be the curative and refreshing spiritual experience you need.
I did 2 retreats with the ECA in September and October 2015. The following is a review I wrote after the first retreat. 9 months later I continue on my journey that has accelerated after attending the retreats. By continuing the path set out for me from there my intentions have been realized and I continue with many of the practices and ideals I learned while I was with the ECA. They have all stayed with me more than they could ever know 🙂
My experience over the past 10 days at the Eagle Condor Alliance retreat has been one of self-growth, clarity and the beginning of my path of transformation. I am incredibly grateful to have had the courage and opportunity to come here, and to become part of the Eagle Condor family.
The mountain side setting is spectacular, refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating. It is a great place to reconnect to nature and appreciate the beauty of so much life existing in it. The accommodations are comfortable and assist in the healing process that occurs here. The food prepared by Samuel and Alejandro was delicious, nutritive, and prepared with pride and good energy. There certainly was no lack of food and I was well taken care of. The small group size was intimate and allowed for more focused healing from the healers.
I cannot say enough about or express the depth of my gratitude towards Hans-Peter, Jesse and Bobby. Firstly that they have chosen to dedicate their lives to the medicines and facilitate in bringing them to western society to help heal. Secondly that they have genuine intentions with the medicines and have chosen to support a path of ancient tradition in an emerging industry where it can be diluted. Moreover, the amount of hard work and support they provide on all levels before, during, and after the retreat to ensure your comfort, healing, and progress on your path is exceptional.
The decision to offer the unique mix of different ceremonies here is now obvious to me one of wisdom, and enabled powerful personal experiences to occur that I believe wouldn’t have happened without undergoing all 3 types of ceremonies. Gonzalo, the healer who provides the San Pedro and Temazcal ceremonies, is a man of wisdom, gratitude, and gentleness. His reverence for Mother Nature and all her elements integrated with his ceremonies are impactful and refreshing. Greison, the healer who provides the Yaje ceremonies, is an extraordinary and powerful human being. He originates from an ancient line of elders in the Colombian jungle and embodies their history and tradition. He is a master at what he does and it was an absolute honor to have met him and to have had his guidance in the ceremonies and in my healing.
I was excited, nervous, and fearful about undergoing this experience, but I am so grateful I had the courage to take that step forward and that things aligned so that I could take my first steps with ECA. If you want to heal this is the place to come, the family to join.
Such a non-transferable experience as my 10 Day ECA Retreat is difficult to describe, but I now believe that everyone can feel these sacred medicines that connect us to the earth, the universe, the heart, and our own spirits. Having found the family of Makha Wakan and the ECA on my path has been a great blessing. The family is dedicated to love and to the welfare of each person who comes in search of healing. My experience of living with these amazing people for days reminded me that the importance of life lies in simplicity, awareness and love. I feel like I should mention something about the retreat accommodations: 3 gorgeous country homes on two properties that vibrate with good energy and blend with the sounds of the wind and the birds of the forest. All three have stunning views of the Andes and offer very well furnished spaces that are extremely comfortable. That comfort proved crucial to my ability to get the most out of the medicines. I loved knowing that I had a big comfy bed to rest and reflect in after a long night of study by the fire! The meals were thoughtful, colorful and flavorful. Lots of local fruits, vegetables and herbs are mixed together to create dishes that are full of life. I am grateful for having given myself this opportunity to learn about myself and refocus my energy on the parts of life that make it worth living. Andrea GH
As I recently wrote to somebody:
“I think about these guys, and try to use you guys as role models all the time.”
“I found the time with you guys very insightful and introspective, but also being around guys like them very inspiring”
“And i appreciate the great powers, for allowing me to see such a beautiful establishment, and continue to thank them everyday”
It was an incredible experience, probably one of the best in my life. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s not supposed to be.
Thank you Bobby, Hans, and Jesse. You guys will forever hold a special spot in my heart.
I was interested in doing a yagé retreat and found Eagle Condor’s website online. I read great reviews of their 10-day retreats online and was drawn to the idea of combining Amazonian traditions with those of the North. And I wasn’t disappointed. The retreat center is a beautiful wonderland up in Santa Elena overlooking the city of Medellín, everything was well coordinated and very comfortable. The lodging and food and logistics were all taken care of and top notch. The three organizers — Jesse, Hans and Bobby — are all great guys, and a lot of fun, but moreover, they’re very committed to these traditions and provide a helpful link (not just as interpreters) to understanding the traditions. I was also impressed by their willingness to speak openly about their own journeys and challenges — you really are made to feel that you are their peers in this journey, there’s no hierarchy here. The two shamans — Greison and Gonzalo — are equally approachable and caring, and clearly committed to these traditions. I found Greison in particular to be a powerful and loving presence, and I very much look forward to sharing in a ceremony with him again. On top of all this, I would add that the environment felt very safe. The organizers were attentive and skilled at dealing with emotional and physical issues, and for first timers, it’s nice to know that you are close to medical facilities — though of course, nothing of the sort ever seemed necessary during the retreat. Lastly, as someone who’s dabbled in different spiritual traditions and retreats, I very much appreciated and was humbled by the Eagle Condor Alliance’s commitment to preservation and their use of a portion of the funds to protect swaths of the Amazon where the yagé culture and traditions are in danger.
Everyone there was great. Food was amazing. The program directors guidance with the medicines was useful. We will definitely be going back.
A 10-day retreat at the Eagle Condor Alliance made me feel so rejuvenated, happy and fulfilled as a woman coming back home feeling like a new person with fresh emotions and a clean heart. Following the retreat I felt so good by receiving such great treatments and medicine in Colombia that I decided to share the new ?ME? with my friends on Facebook to observe their reactions. Within a few seconds the picture went viral with nice comments saying how beautiful and energized I looked while showing so much ?Joie de Vivre? in my eyes! Bravo ECA, this picture was worth a thousand words to show how successful my journey was, on the inside and out.
People are asking me where is that special place that a person can go to to find a great spiritual journey for the body & soul and returning home a strong and happy person in only 2 weeks. The Colombia Mountains with ECA I say, this is absolutely the best gift a person could ever give to themselves as I did for myself.
As for the facilitators, they are formidable individuals with lots of experience with people, music, medicine, food, and comfort. They are also very knowledgeable either on putting a successful ceremony in place, cooking a nice meal, a huge bond fire or simply by being around us having nice conversations. Bobby, Jesse, Hans-Peter, thank you for everything, I?ll never forget you for this most profound and curative spiritual experience I ever had.
Special thanks to my dear Gonzalo, a great man of the heart which inspires me. His happiness is contagious and he is making me happy just remembering his words of wisdom, his songs or his music as well as for the sacred medicine San Pedro and for the Temazcal ceremonies which were all so wonderful and well put together!
Talking WONDERFUL … Greison! Off ceremonies, he looks like a nice bright young man. But when he starts dressing up for ceremonies, WOW! You can feel the power building up one piece at a time so when he?s all dressed up, his mind is like an old soul with an incredible healing power for your body & soul. You sized me perfectly Greison and gave me back so much life again! I greatly thank you for being this fantastic JAGUAR that you are!
Congratulations to all of you my friends on the excellence of Eagle Condor Alliance. It has been the most positive experience of my life. In the meantime; wait for me beside the fire until I return next year.
What a wonderful life changing experience.
I’ve been to quite a few medicine retreats all over the world and I must say, I was totally impressed at what a wonderful retreat these guys orchestrate. They work hard and plan far in advance before you’re arrival so things run smoothly as soon as you land at the airport.
Upon arriving at the breath-taking finca I was blown away by how beautiful and welcoming the environment is. 3 of the sweetest gringo-gentlemen Colombia has to offer make you feel comfortable right away. Every detail of the retreats they hold is accounted for by them. The food is delicious, pure, and healthy. The company is warm and appreciated. The rooms are cozy and relaxing….
If that wasn’t enough- the medicine experience is just as wonderful. I had the opportunity to sit with San Pedro led by Gonzalo. His spirit is humble and gentle just like his medicine. Sometimes I have the tendency to think about “how much longer?” when doing medicine with certain shamans I’ve sat with. Not here. When it was time to move to the temezcal, I immediately started to wonder when was going to be the soonest I could sit with this medicine again!
I think about this experience often. So much of my life path has changed in such a dramatic and progressive manner since. I am so very fortunate and deeply grateful to have had my path cross with the ECA team and it’s medicina. I do look forward to the day my path takes me there again.
I just came back from a 10 day retreat at the Eagle Condor Alliance in Columbia and would like to share my experience with you.
First, getting to the location of the retreat is a real ?no brainer?. They pick you up straight at the airport! After a 20 minute ride you get to these wonderful little houses up in the mountains (9,000 feet high). The view is breathtaking, the air is fresh and the beds are very comfortable.
Food is a very important part of the healing process and these guys take it very seriously. They serve you the most healthy/invigorating food you ever had.
The 3 facilitators (Bobby, Jesse and Hans-Peter) are 3 wonderful young men that do everything to make your stay an unforgettable experience. For them, money is just an energy to get this thing going. They are dedicated to promote the amazing power of the plants to heal your body, emotions and soul. You will see them working like bees so you can have the best experience possible.
Gonzalo is the Shaman conducting the San Pedro and Temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremonies. His philosophy of life will change the way you look at nature and life. His wonderful wife who sang for us and his beautiful daughter are a great addition to this retreat. Thank you so much Gonzalo for these unforgettable ceremonies.
Greison Leonidas Lezama, the Shaman for the Ayahuasca ceremonies is probably one of the most amazing human being I ever met in my life. Despite the fact that he is only 26 years old, I think he has a 2,000 years old soul. He started taking Ayahuasca at the age of seven and passionately kept learning his craft throughout his life. The healing he provides and the brew he prepares is out of this world. Before I leave the retreat, he told me ?You are a new man?? well, he is right? I am a new man.
I could talk about this retreat for hours but I will let you experience it so you can really understand the power of it. If you are serious about going through a profound healing process, Eagle Condor Alliance is the place to go. Next time I want to have this experience again, there is no doubt in my mind that I will return to see these dedicated persons.
If you have any questions or uncertainties about this retreat, you can email me at ReviewedByBob.com/contact and I will be more than happy to help you.
Have a great transformational retreat at the Eagle Condor Alliance, Bob
If I could give 10 stars, I would! My husband and I are still here actually, we extended our stay to be a full 15 days, and man, these guys do not disappoint! We started our healing journey in Peru, and decided to try ECA due to their wonderful climate, beautiful living spaces, and the additional of San Pedro and the Temazcal to their healing portfolio. We have also had the chance to take Yopo here, due to our extended stay. The shamans/healers are warm, caring, and impeccable with their medicines and treatments, the food is excellent (I’d be really surprised if we both haven’t lost at LEAST 10 pounds), and the facilitators are down to earth, funny, really warm spirited men. ECA is truly a family, and they CARE about your healing. They also really care about our environment and the indiginous communities these sacred plants hail from. If you are serious about changing your life, and you want to feel safe and secure in a comfortable environment, you can’t go wrong here. I have done a 12 day retreat in the Amazon Rainforest with another center, and while I would not trade that experience for the world, this is a much more comfortable place. The price also, can not be beat. And the scenery, BREATHTAKING!! One note is to bring plenty of long sleeves and a comfortable hoodie or jacket. The City of Eternal Spring can get chilly at night at 9,000 feet elevation! (Im a Southern American woman though lol.)
I?ve lived in Medellin for the past 5 years and consider myself very fortunate to have met the guys who have set up this project and to have such a place to attend ceremonies. A lot of love, care and commitment has been put in by everybody involved to ensure that these medicines receive the treatment and respect which they deserve, and so that people can take them in the correct way and fully benefit from what they offer.
The shamans involved with the project are fully committed to their role as healers and show a degree of guidance, experience and kindness which can only leave you extremely grateful for their presence and company throughout the experience.
Good luck and you?re in good hands!
I?ve had the opportunity to sit in sacred ceremonies with varying traditions and countries, and the Eagle Condor Alliance group in Medellin holds an especially dear place in my heart.
Setting: The land and retreat homes are far enough away from the city to embrace a nature connection- it?s peaceful and quiet, beautiful morning silence! However they are also close enough for it to not be a huge undertaking of a journey and be able to have city time before or after as needed.
Teachers: Of those working with the group currently, I have sat with Gonzalo Aguila. I really appreciate his manner of keeping form and guidance in the ceremony while still allowing space for individual process and exploration throughout. He?s a caring, compassionate individual with a big open heart.
Accommodation: Wow are these houses little treasures on the mountain! Great beds, totally comfortable spaces, organized, beautiful views, It feels like home!
Hosts: Wow, how on earth did a trio of blonde guys from 3 different backgrounds wind up together in Colombia creating this beautiful project? It?s worth asking to hear their stories. These guys go above and beyond to make sure you?re well cared for and feel comfortable for your stay.
What I love most about here is that I leave feeling more like family than a visitor. The ceremonies have helped me a lot in my self-understanding and how I want to relate to the world. I leave with a ton of uplifted energy and watch it spill into the rest of my life. Looking forward to the next one, guys! Thank you!!
I have partaken in over 30 Ayahuasca ceremonies. All of them with the eagle condor alliance. Frankly the energy of the shamans, support staff, and the medicine is so pure, and the integrity is so high, I have never considered going anywhere else.
My time in the mountains of Santa Elena with the Eagle Condor Alliance has changed me profoundly. I was *extremely* anxious about making the trek up the mountain, and experiencing some serious resistance that I knew really meant I needed to go. Jesse was kind enough to take some time to chat about the process, and helped me feel more confident in the decision to face my insecurities.
Once I arrived at the finca it was like remembering how to breathe again. The accommodations are cozy and inviting, set atop the mountains with an incredible view of the city of Medell
Meeting Bobby, Jesse, Hans, and the whole Makha Wakan family has definitely been a blessing in my life, and I couldn?t be more grateful with myself for living this experience.
Their purpose and what they do comes from their heart, they are true to the medicine and that?s the most important thing because I know they have real intentions.
Waking up into the forest, drinking mountain water, eating amazing food, feeling the wind and seeing mother nature as a being that is here to help us on our spiritual process is something that everyone should experience. Learning how important it is to live a simple life without attachments, without material needs, and just with our heart vibrating the most pure and beautiful energy is one of the biggest teaching that was given to me during this journey.
When I made this decision I didn?t expect to learn all these incredible things, I didn?t expect that my inner child was going grow so much and was going teach me how to smile and enjoy life in the purest way. I didn?t expect to reconnect myself to my inner mother, to my whole femininity and the power that I have as a women, as a goddess.
So don?t hesitate on making the decision to experience something that your soul will need, and don?t hesitate on choosing ECA, because they are complete, they have a beautiful energy to share with you, their houses are incredible; beautiful and comfortable, and Santa Elena Colombia is without a doubt a special place that everyone has to discover.
I’ve traveled around South America many times and have taken medicine and spoken with many different healers and I truly feel that these guys have some of the purest medicine I have found. Their energy is very focused and their intentions are pure, love and compassion not money.
MY SUGGESTIONS FOR PICKING A CENTER.
-Choose a center who focuses on the medicine and the healing, as opposed to trying to make their centers seem better by making claims against others. Adding other things not relating to the medicine, such as fitness, only takes away from valuable and needed time for healing and introspection, remember why you decided to come.
Medellin is a city famous for the finer things in life, a kind of over indulgence of sensory experience. But its best kept secret may just reside an hour outside of the high-rise buildings and sea of inhabitants. On a surrounding mountaintop lives a venerable sage with a mystical view of the city far down below.
Eagle Condor Alliance are the link that takes you up this mountain and makes sure that you return feeling better, healthier and more invigorated than when you went up.
Such a non-transferable experience as my 10 Day ECA Retreat is difficult to describe, but I now believe that everyone can feel these sacred medicines that connect us to the earth, the universe, the heart, and our own spirits.
Having found the family of Makha Wakan and the ECA on my path has been a great blessing. The family is dedicated to love and to the welfare of each person who comes in search of healing. My experience of living with these amazing people for days reminded me that the importance of life lies in simplicity, awareness and love.
I feel like I should mention something about the retreat accommodations: 3 gorgeous country homes on two properties that vibrate with good energy and blend with the sounds of the wind and the birds of the forest. All three have stunning views of the Andes and offer very well furnished spaces that are extremely comfortable. That comfort proved crucial to my ability to get the most out of the medicines. I loved knowing that I had a big comfy bed to rest and reflect in after a long night of study by the fire!
The meals were thoughtful, colorful and flavorful. Lots of local fruits, vegetables and herbs are mixed together to create dishes that are full of life.
I am grateful for having given myself this opportunity to learn about myself and refocus my energy on the parts of life that make it worth living.
My stay and experience with Eagle Condor Alliance was incredible . The program directors answered all my questions about the therapeutic benefits of their retreat and I was guided throughout the process which allowed me to feel comfortable and secure.
The location is perfect and stunningly beautiful, the accommodations were comfortable and easy to find.
I found numerous benefits during and after the therapeutic ceremonies and even more so for weeks to come after my stay with Eagle Condor Alliance.
If you are looking for a safe, positive, welcoming environment to cleanse your body and soul, I couldn’t recommend ECA high enough to those that are looking to improve their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Thank you ECA for your help and guidance. I hope to come back to the beautiful Colombian mountains soon for another amazing experience.
My experience with the Eagle Condor Alliance was absolutely life changing. When deciding upon retreats, I had a series of questions and ECA was incredibly helpful throughout the whole process to answer them and lead me in the direction that would best suit my needs. The setting was surreal. Perched up in the mountains, the fincas were beautiful, peaceful, and very comfortable. The shamans were humble, friendly and truly there to lead one to the light. The ceremonies were pure. You could feel it in the collective. The medicines were simply beautiful, an experience that rattled me to the core of soul. My memories with the ECA will be with me till the end of my time.
It was only my and my husband’s second day in Colombia when I suddenly slipped off a rock hiking and badly injured my knee ligaments. This left me unable to walk and in quite a bit of pain. But as it is with these things, there is always a reason why they happen; however difficult it may be to understand at the time. Thankfully, it was this injury that led me to work with the Eagle-Condor Alliance and, in the process, to come to a much more profound understanding and healing of deep emotional and spiritual aspects to this injury in which my knee was simply an outer manifestation.
I had never worked with these sacred healing plants, or even done a Temezcal before. It was just extremely apparent that this was the time and place, there was no denying the message. Jesse and Hans are such positive and supportive people and made me feel so comfortable at a time when I felt extremely weak and vulnerable. As soon as I met Gonzalo, the shaman who conducts the ceremonies, I felt immediately that this was what I needed, beyond a doubt. What a pure love is radiated from this community!
The ceremony took place in the magical Santa Elena Mountains outside of Medellin. The mountains themselves are an incredibly healing place, the quality of the air is imbued with a certain aliveness that I have not come across anywhere else. It is very pure and quite literally holds the light. The whole place seems like some primordial garden. Here, I entered the Temezcal burdened with my knee pain, my fears and the heavy things of the world and left like I was reemerging from a womb a happy, bright-eyed newborn. My pain that had me in daily tears was completely gone never to return! In the ceremony with Gonzalo, I felt that the power that we all have to heal ourselves, physically, emotionally and spiritually, was renewed in me. I am so very grateful.