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Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca & San Pedro Retreat Center

239 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

Listed in Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Huachuma), Integration, Magic Mushrooms, Spotlight

Min. Cost: 185
Max. Cost: 1775
Room Features: A/C, Bug-Netting / Screens, Wifi, Heating, Private Rooms, Suites
Property Features: Hot Tub(s), Sauna(s), Massages, Yoga, Airport Shuttle Service
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Authentic Ecuadorian Shamans who speak both English and Spanish! Talk directly with the shamans, no translator needed. Rare opportunity indeed!

Gaia Sagrada is nestled in the Magical Andes Mountains on 55 acres (22 hectares) with hundreds of miles of beautiful country roads and trails to hike. Most centers are in cramped quarters on a small piece of land, but Gaia Sagrada is expansive, open and free.

Gaia = Mother Nature, Mother Earth
Sagrada = Sacred

This is a magical journey through consciousness that will change your life forever.

This is a chance to overhaul your system through shamanic healing and realize your full potential. Much healing will take place during these 12 days in mind, body and spirit during this Ayahuasca retreat and San Pedro retreat.

Why did we choose Ecuador instead of Peru?

We chose Ecuador because shamans have to be certified and authorized to practice their trade. It is important to us that everyone has a safe experience with skilled shamans who are approved by the government to practice their trade with integrity, skill and a proper education in this particular healing practice. Ecuador has more regulations for shamans.

Ecuador was also picked for the ease of entry for visitors (no shots or visas required, only your passport), and also for its gorgeous, magical, and natural settings (very lush and green!).

Ecuadorian people are very friendly and helpful, and we have become quite a part of the Ecuadorian community around us. Your money helps to support them.

Where is Gaia Sagrada?

Gaia Sagrada is nestled in a small community called Llayzhatan (Yah-zuh-tan) in the Andes Mountains on 55 acres, about 45 minutes outside of the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. We are very near to Jadan (Huh-don) which means “Close to Heaven.” What a perfect place for Gaia Sagrada!

Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca & San Pedro is also offering Magic Mushroom Retreats in Jamaica. See our website for more information about our Magic Mushroom Retreats!

Why both Ayahuasca and San Pedro Ceremonies?

We feel that offering both is very important because one without the other is not a balanced experience. Some shamans say Ayahuasca shows you what you need to change or heal, and San Pedro gives you the power to do it.

We offer both Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies because the Ayahuasca is considered the feminine aspect of the medicines; San Pedro is the masculine aspect of the medicines. In this era, it is all about balancing the masculine and feminine aspects in each of us to attain true wisdom. These two very different medicines help with that in every individual.

Modern, Comfortable Facilities

, sauna and modern housing with electric, hot water, and WiFi make it easier to concentrate on your inner journey, yet stay in touch with the outside world if you wish.

We are practically bug free, (NO mosquitoes!) the air is clean, never too hot or humid, and you can see the milky way at night in the sky with fireflies all around you. During the day is T-shirt weather, with sunny gardens to sit in, and hummingbirds to watch.

Description of Ceremonies

12-day Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats are offered. During these 12-day retreats, 5 ceremonies are offered: 2 Ayahuaca, 2 San Pedro, and 1 mixed with a powerful sweat lodge experience.

7-day Ayahausca and San Pedro retreats entail coming for the first 7 days of a 12-day retreat. This includes 3 ceremonies – 1 Ayahuasca, 1 San Pedro and 1 mixed with the powerful sweat lodge experience.

Ayahuasca Ceremonies

During the Ayahuasca ceremonies we always have a few people standing by to help light your way to the bathroom, empty your purge bucket, and get you anything you need during the ceremony.

Some centers have people express loudly and be dramatic, but our ceremonies are quiet and inwardly focused, with our expert shamans holding space, using music and Icaros at the proper moments to carry the energy.

The shaman is there for your individual healing as you need it from beginning to end. Between ceremonies you are supported with experienced staff to talk with about your experiences if you need any help.

San Pedro Ceremonies

The San Pedro ceremonies give you a completely different experience. These ceremonies take place under our beautiful ceremonial gazebo patio (maloka), on the edge of a beautiful forest with a view overlooking the mountains, completely connected with nature in every way. Some San Pedro ceremonies are done walking through nature on Gaia’s incredibly beautiful land, with beautiful vistas in every direction.

While Ayahuasca takes you to your inner dimensions, San Pedro opens your and shows you how the dimensions intertwine and overlap with each other.

Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The sweat lodge ceremony, with both medicines mixed, takes place outdoors in a beautiful field, with the birds chirping all around you.

Connect with the Earth while you go through this deep, cleansing experience, a traditional shamanic offering as part of your healing and awakening. After the sweat lodge we sit under the stars and enjoy time around the fire, connecting with the shamans in a heart felt way with laughter, music and love!

In this ceremony, the San Pedro is given first, then if you want to take the Ayahausca you can later in the ceremony. It is optional, but don’t miss this exquisite experience of both the masculine and the feminine medicines together. It is like having both grandfather and grandmother holding your hand in this journey.

This is often everyone’s favorite ceremony, as it brings everything together, the male and female aspects of the medicines, and a balance to the experience. Places that tell you not to mix the medicines are usually ones that don’t offer one or the other, but we have found that this is the most healing experience of them all and there are always good results!

Each ceremony is different

In total, there are five ceremonies in a 12 day retreat with the option of 2 extras if you choose to partake, and the 6 and 7 day ceremonies also have 3 ceremonies each with extra ceremonies if you would like to partake as well.

Each one is a different kind of ceremony so you can experience all the ways that shamans work with these traditions. There are many ways to experience shamanic ceremonies and we offer them all!


12-Day, 6 Day and 7 Day Retreats includes everything – sauna, , wifi, food, several workshops and meetings + 5 – 7 ceremonies with a day of rest between each ceremony. It is very important, not to rush through the medicines.

Be careful with retreats that offer back to back ceremonies each day or squeeze too many into a retreat. It is important to process the changes happening for you, and get plenty of rest so you aren’t tired for the next ceremony. Better to spend a couple extra days in retreat than to rush through the medicines.

12 Day Retreats

$1375 dorm
$1575 shared room
$1775 private room
$2175 private 1 bedroom apartment (Single)
$1775 each 1 bedroom apartment (Couples)

7-Day Retreat: Come for the first 7 days of a 12 day retreat. There are limited spaces for the 7 day retreat option, as it is mostly filled by those who want to stay for the full 12 days. We encourage you to go for the 12 day retreat though because you will find that only 7 days is not enough! If all you have is 7 days though, we are here to accommodate your needs.

$875 dorm
$1075 shared room
$1275 private room

6-Day Retreat: Come for the second half of the 12 day retreat, last 6 days, everything included.

$850 dorm
$1050 shared room
$1250 private room

Our Retreats Are At-Cost, Non-Profit

We are not in this for money, we are in it for the awakening of humanity! Our expenses cost 5 – 6 times more in Ecuador than Peru, and yet our prices are even more affordable than most places in Peru. We operate at the edge of expenses because we care about everyone of all income levels to have the opportunity to have this experience.

Who are Gaia Sagrada’s shamans?

Our shamans are true Ecuadorian shamans, so you are getting the real thing! They also speak both English and Spanish, which gives you the chance to have a direct conversation with the shaman and experience the ceremonies in English, which is a rare opportunity indeed!

There is no other center we know of where there are authentic South American shamans who speak both English and Spanish. This is a rare opportunity and one of the things that makes Gaia Sagrada so special. A jungle shaman who knows nothing about Western culture will not be able to help with the problems most Westerners face. Our shamans bridge both the Ancient and Modern worlds so they understand the issues you are coming to heal or understand.

Why Gaia Sagrada Is Highest Rated Ayahuasca Center

People who have been to other Ayahuasca centers tell us all the time that Gaia Sagrada is the best place out of all the centers they have been to and that Gaia Sagrada sets the standard for what an Ayahuasca retreat center should be, even outshining the famous and super well known ones.

They also like ours most is because no translator is needed and our shamans are always around for people to talk to, spend time with people outside the ceremonies, and our shamans stay with the people from the beginning to the end of the ceremony.

At most centers the shaman sings for a little while and then disappears, never to be seen again until the next ceremony. If you see them around you are supposed to not talk to them or bother them. Our shamans are always available, approachable, and are happy to talk with you.

Our shamans spend time with everyone and give individual attention to each person not only during the ceremonies but also between the ceremonies. You can actually sit by the fire and enjoy their company! This is one of the things that makes our center unique.

Our Shamans

Mauricio has been in documentaries of South American Shamanism. He is guide with power plants for 30 years, plays many instruments, plays shamanic music for events, and makes wind instruments and stringed instruments. He composes Andean and shamanic music. He is very famous for his music! He is a descendant of the Diaguita ethnic group from northern Chile.

Mauricio is an elder, which is very unusual and lucky to have as your guide in these Ayahuasca ceremonies. He is very skilled, well respected and known in Ecuador for his work, and you will be so blessed with a real, authentic and safe Ayahuasca ceremony guided by a true master Shaman!

Veronica’s motivation is serving others in their existential search in relationship with nature, and personal balance. She runs sweat lodge and creates a beautiful, transformative and authentic experience, carrying the traditions of the native people. She is a spiritual energizer who carries the sacred pipe (Chanupa), blessed by the elders of the Sacred Fire of Itzhachilatlan.

She is a Medicine Woman, Sun Dancer, Star Dancer, and has completed the vision quests. She is an Andean Agricultural student of University of Hatun Yachak Wasi, as well. She is also a biorhythm trainer.

Namur descends from a family of Shuar tribe shamans, a native culture of the Ecuadorian Amazon. He is a born shamans, so to speak! He experienced and connected for the first time with the medicine of Natem (Ayahuasca) when he was only 5 years old. The shamans of his community have shared with him their knowledge, wisdom, songs and prayers throughout all his life and he took part in many ancient rituals.

An elder Shuar shaman passed down to Namur the Uwishin practices. He has also received the instructions and teachings of the ancestral practices of other native cultures.

Christine holds space in ceremony with a combination of strength, gentleness and kindness that is quite rare. She touches the hearts of those she works with in her ceremonies. She is a shaman who has a way of calming any person who needs it and can help each person take their power back from the places they lost it.

Born and raised in La Amazonia (Ecuador), Santiago’s first memories are of the medicine, the ancestors, and his first limpia (shamanic cleansing) when he was 7 years old from his mom (Alicia). His Mother was his first and most important teacher. She taught him how to do limpias with the Sacred Plants such as: Tobacco, Santa Maria, Aji and many others. Another Master from his village was Don Juanito, who works with medicine plants doing limpias of all sorts and healing bones.

Nase is a Shuar shaman who has truly mastered the art of holding ceremony, and works with Ayahuasca in a way that brings clarity and self awareness to all the participants in his ceremonies. He is powerful and kind, a unique and beautiful person, with precision and intention that goes straight to the heart.

Male and Female Shamans At Each Ceremony

We have both a male and a female shaman at the Ayahausca ceremonies. At the San Pedro ceremonies there is a male shaman and a female firekeeper. At the Sweatlodge ceremonies, we have a male and a female shaman. This keeps everything in balance.

Women Are Truly Safe at Gaia Sagrada

Women are truly safe at Gaia Sagrada, particularly given that the founder of Gaia Sagrada is a woman and there are always male and female shamans in every ceremony.

You will love every single one of our shamans. Feel free to look on our shaman bio page for their history and photos.

We spent years looking for just the right shamans to offer ceremonies here. Shamans who can also speak English was no easy task to find, and we bring the best of the best to you here in Ecuador!

Safe Medicine!

Whenever there are problems with Ayahuasca or any other shamanic medicine ceremonies, it’s because the shamans mix something into the medicine that shouldn’t be there. Sometimes shamans mix in Datura (Toe), Nicotine, or other ingredients to make the experience more intense.

However, ingredients mixed in is not true Ayahuasca and can become a nightmarish experience rather than a healing experience. When people have a terrible experience with Ayahuasca, it is usually because ingredients are mixed into Ayahuasca that shouldn’t be there (or the person is taking pharmaceutical or recreational drugs that should not be mixed with Ayahuasca.)

We use only the vine and the leaves for Ayahuasca, nothing else!

For the San Pedro medicine, only the cactus. Nothing else.

Our shamans are under contract to make only the purest medicine with nothing else in it that could cause harm to anyone. Our medicine is the safest possible medicine that can be made, strong and pure.

Why Choose Gaia Sagrada?

  1. At Cost, Low, Non-Profit Prices, good karmic use of your money. This center is not about commercialism or making money and that is why we offer everything AT COST. Things in Peru cost a fifth or sixth of what things cost in Ecuador, so this truly is our rock bottom cost! No one is getting rich at Gaia Sagrada. Even the directors make only $380 per month, and get housing and food. This is about service to humanity, NO Ayahuasca commercialism here!
  2. Modern Housing And Facilities. Comfort allows you to focus more on your inner journey. Electric, hot water, modern toilets and hot showers, wifi internet… LUXURIOUS HOT TUBS and SAUNA. No mosquitoes or bugs. Big thick, comfy mattresses in a real bed in a modern room. No other Ayahuasca center has this level of comfort and amenities. Be comfortable while you journey into the universe within!
  3. Shamans Are Registered, Trained, Skilled, And Evaluated. Shamans are examined by Ecuadorian government agencies for their ability to practice their trade, instead of countries where anyone can call themselves a shaman.
  4. We use Stainless Steel instead of aluminum pots to cook our medicines, as aluminum is very toxic for your body. Most centers use aluminum cookware.
  5. Ease Of Access for travelers, no vaccines or shots required, Cuenca airport only 45 minutes away. There have never been any medical emergencies, but if there was one, a fully equipped modern hospital is only 35 minutes away by car. No walking through bogs, hiking, motorcyles or boats required to reach help if needed. Even a clinic is only 15 minutes away, yet you are in a pristine 55 acre country setting under the stars with no lights or buildings interfering with the view. You would never know you were close to civilization. This makes our center one of the safest to experience these medicine journeys.
  6. Not Hot Or Humid, pleasant weather all year round. No screeching animals or insects all night long, like in the jungle!
  7. Medicine Is Safe, Strong, Pure And Unadulterated. NO additives or mixtures that could be dangerous to your health. We only use pure traditional ingredients, only the vine and the leaves for Ayahuasca, and only the Cactus for San Pedro. Nothing else! Period! Our medicine is safer than places where they mix things that shouldn’t be included.
  8. Sponsored By University Of Metaphysical Sciences, a leader in metaphysics and spiritual teachings, with credibility and tens of thousands of students all over the world.
  9. Instead of large, overpriced and commercial, we keep ceremonies Small And Intimate so each participant gets individual attention.
  10. We Offer Both Medicines, Ayahuasca (feminine) and San Pedro (masculine) medicines in order to provide a balanced experience. One without the other is not balanced.
  11. Our Shamans Stay With You From Beginning To End, never leaving prematurely before the medicines are finished doing their work with you. At a lot of centers the shamans sing for just an hour or so, and then they end the ceremony and leave you on your own just when you are needing their guidance the most. It is not good if the shamans leave when the medicine is at its strongest heights! Our shamans stay with you for every part of your journey, until the medicine is finished doing its work with you. They are with you to guide you every step of the way.
  12. 55 Acres To Hike On, plus miles and miles and miles of country roads to wander in wilderness and small, authentic, indigenous Ecuadorian villages, with the women wearing their normal indigenous clothing, walking sheep, cows and goats. You will never run out of beautiful vistas and places to explore. Here you will get a taste of what the REAL Andes Mountains of Ecuador are like, far from tourist traps.

Transformation with love!

You are supported in your Ayahuasca healing journey with love and kindness. You will have a true adventure in consciousness during these days of Ayahuasca ceremonies and San Pedro ceremonies.

This is a life-changing event – a healing retreat that will change how you see yourself and life. You will see the evidence of this in our more than 500+ reviews on Ayaadvisors.org and Tripadvisor.org

Be ready to meet yourself at levels you never thought possible! Meet the master within you and explore the universe that you are.


239 reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars

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May 19, 2018

First, the retreat does deserve the glowing reviews for the medicine. I experienced the transformation of the plant medicines, but as a work-exchanger, I also experienced troubling, neglectful behind the scenes lapses that put all of our health at jeopardy.

The main issue I will review here is sanitation. During the first retreat, I noticed the main cook sick, coughing all over everything he prepared and that the dishes were washed in lukewarm water with no sanitizing procedure. Germs were not being killed and people (including myself) were getting sick with colds/flu/pneumonia from this major lapse in proper protocol.

I brought this up to the owner, Christine, by email and she replied back how thankful she was that I brought the issue up and to please be “the boss” and implement sanitizing the dishes. I tried to do so and was met with hostility and personal ridicule by management. “You act like your better than us” was the shockingly inappropriate response by the two on-site managers when I asked when we might start the simple 3-basin dishwashing system.

The next retreat people were getting diarrhea. I chose to sanitize my dishes and take them back to my room each time. I never got diarrhea.

Oh, and when they pass around the ayahuasca, only one cup is used unless you ask specially and even then it’s poured into the communal cup then into an individual cup. They say things like “mother ayahuasca” will take care of any germs. This issue was brought up by another. And, really mother ayahuasca has plenty to do so, again, people need to use common sense to avoid spreading illness.

The chef and management ostracized me for trying to make a simple yet extremely important improvement so, after informing them and Christine, I left early. Not what I had in mind for part of the transformation but important lesson nonetheless.

After a very rude email from Christine and her withholding my deposit, she said they have implemented the procedure. Hopefully, they have. But still it came at a high cost both to my health (took 1 1/2 months to recover from the flu bug), mental stress, cost of travelling Ecuador early rather than staying at an unfriendly retreat and the health of others.

The medicine, the shaman and the people other than the owner and management were all wonderful. If you go, just be sure your dishes are properly cleaned and trust your intution for anything else that seems “off.”

Response from Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca & San Pedro Retreat Center on August 2, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. The bleach dip missing in the dishwashing process was temporary when we had a substitute kitchen manager who didn’t know the system. As soon as Christine found out, the system was re-implemented immediately. Our regular kitchen manager, who is meticulous about sanitization, is back now and all is in order.

As for the flu, people come from all over the world during flu season. A lot of people arrived from the airport with the flu. We have instructed any kitchen staff to take a day off or wear masks if they are sick.

The people who got sick with diarrhea had gone into town for the day and had a meal there together. Others at the center who did not go into town did not get sick. Carry activated charcoal since that happens when travelling to other countries. It works wonders! Gaia Sagrada has regular health inspections and codes to abide by. We have always passed health inspections of the kitchen.

Ceremony Cups: We are surprised to hear this because everyone has their own ceremony cup in every ceremony. There is a metal cup behind everyone’s seat if they want their own cup. What probably happened is the shaman didn’t notice she had her own cup before he poured the medicine in the communal cup and then he simply transferred it when he saw it. We have instructed shamans to always check first before pouring the medicine from now on. It was a fluke that that happened.

Christine DID GIVE THE FULL REFUND of the deposit minus the shamanic cleansing for $35 that this work exchanger did not pay for, which the shaman rightly earned. It is not true that she did not get her deposit. She was trying to get away with not paying for the shaman’s services, even though she knew the price and agreed to it ahead of time but was trying to get away with not paying for it. This review is her revenge for finally having to pay for the shaman’s services. This is why we require a deposit of volunteers.

Christine actually let the unworked hours slide which she should have also deducted. Out of the kindness of her heart she was being very lenient by giving everything except the shamanic cleansing to this work exchanger. Christine was very diplomatic and matter of fact, she was not rude, but this person thought it was rude that she finally had to pay for the shamanic cleansing she got. This is what has made her angry.

It rarely happens that we dismiss a work exchanger, but this volunteer was dismissed by a unanimous vote by the entire community. No one wanted to work with her. She was aggressive and argumentative if people didn’t agree with her. That is what caused some of her co-workers to say “she thinks she’s better than everyone else.” This is a very loving community, so it takes a disruptive person to cause others here to say something like that in frustration.

We wish this person well and hope she can find better ways of relating to people. We gave her a lot of chances to improve, but she could not coexist peacefully with others so we had to dismiss her from the volunteer team. We simply could not let her stay. Because she is angry about this, she wants to damage Gaia Sagrada as much as possible. We hope that someday she can heal this in herself. We hope for her the best.

  • Member Since: April 4, 2017

April 3, 2017

The first of many rules at Gaia Sagrada is to not say anything negative about Gaia Sagrada, and to not leave a negative review. If you’re wondering why there’s very little honest reviews about the place, it is because everyone is under a gag order to not express themselves if they disagree with what happens there. It is a beautiful place with great facilities, comfortable beds, hot showers, beautiful animals, awesome people, breathtaking landscapes….but it also has its downside. It is run with a top-down authoritarian approach with a lot of rules that can make it feel a lot like a strict school. The people in charge posit themselves as “all-knowing” experts and if you disagree with them then you are doing something wrong or do not understand their superior knowledge. If you are looking for somewhere to heal yourself and want to be in charge of your healing, then this is probably not the place for you. During the san pedro ceremonies they offer a pseudo-psychological therapy session for everyone involved that all participants must sit through whether you like it or not. If you were hoping to commune with the universe and the natural world during your san pedro experience you are out of luck because you must sit in the one position for over 20 hours and listen to the traumatic experiences of over 30 people at the retreat and the sometimes questionable advice that is doled out in a slow and often condescending manner. If you are tempted to leave the ceremony and appreciate the natural world, then this is some kind of demon leading you astray or you are considered to be someone who is not supportive of the rest of the participants. This is one of the many cultish control mechanisms that they employ to get you to do as they want. If you leave the ceremony early, they threaten to kick you out of the retreat and not return your money. The ayahuasca is watery and not very strong, and the majority of people were not having the experiences that they had hoped for. This again was blamed on the participants either having too high expectations or that they were resisting the medicine. Christine is a well meaning person but can get carried away with controlling the ceremonies and it is clear that this can cause frustrations with the shamans. She makes it clear that she enjoys extremely long ceremonies and spends hours repeating the same prayers in a slow and drawn out manner. There are people who haven’t eaten for long periods, are tired or in physical pain, but she wants to be there so everyone has to stay. It wasn’t all together a terrible experience and some people really appreciate the way that it is run and gain a lot out of being there. If you are someone who wants to take some autonomy over their own healing and believes that they can make the best decisions about what they need, then this isn’t the place for you.

Response from Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca & San Pedro Retreat Center on April 24, 2017

This simply isn’t true. We never tell anyone they can’t make a bad review. That has NEVER been a rule. We simply ask people not to be negative to each other so the retreat experience can be beneficial to all. We pass out a feedback form at the end of their stay and ask people to fill it out if they want to give some feedback, so it is possible this person misinterpreted that as not being able to make a bad review. We never said they couldn’t. There is no rule like that. Who has control over that? If they want to, they do.

This person was very difficult to work with. We did our best! Everyone learned about unconditional love with this particular participant. This person was angry for not being allowed to wander around the Andes Mountains off property, unsupervised while on very strong medicine. We take our responsibility to keep people safe very seriously and if we don’t know where they are we cannot take care of them. We cannot give people medicine and then let them wander off on their own.

There is nature all around the ceremonial space. We DO allow people to sit outside the ceremony under a tree, walk in the gardens, or walk in nature around the ceremonial space, but we ask them to stay within eyesight or earshot. That’s all. No one is forced to stay in the ceremonial space if they want to stretch or lay in the grass. We have no problem with that.

We do have a few basic rules, but not as extensive as this person is depicting. We ask people to be respectful in the ceremonies, refrain from sexual or romantic advances toward other participants, not to gossip or make fun of other people’s experiences in the ceremony, and to honor people’s boundaries. That’s about it. These are not rules though, they are guidelines we hope people will honor. Medicines can be chaotic if there is no order, so it’s important people get some basic guidelines.

These medicines are very strong, and everyone else had a great experience with the medicines, but this person did not get much out of it because we believe there were antidepressants or pharmaceuticals involved. People do not understand that the medicines will not give them the experience they are looking for if pharmaceuticals are not stopped before coming to a retreat like this.

There are 30 people at a retreat includes the 15 work exchangers who are NOT in the ceremony. Some are helpers during the ceremony but most are up at the kitchen preparing food for the end of the ceremony. The ceremonies are not 20 hours long either, this is an exaggeration. The Ayahuasca ceremonies are about 6-8 hours long and the San Pedro ceremonies are about 10-12 hours long. We always give water and snacks in the middle of the San Pedro ceremony so people have nourishment. People are allowed to drink water if they ask, we don’t withhold water.

During the San Pedro ceremonies (not the Ayahuasca ceremonies or sweat lodge), a person is allowed to take a turn in front of the fire if they want to (optional) and the shaman gives them a blessing and may say some encouraging words if they speak about what is troubling them, but it is not psychology. There is a lot of music and laughter in the ceremonies as well! Christine was joking one time about being patient, trying to lighten the energy, but this person didn’t take it well.

Honestly, there was no way to please this person. Sometimes we can’t reach someone, as they don’t want to heal yet. When this happens, we can’t do anything but do the best we can to keep them safe while they express a lot of negativity and try to keep the impact down they are having on the group, which may feel controlling to a person who wants to express a lot of anger. We hope this person can heal.

Blessed be.

  • Member Since: October 6, 2016

October 6, 2016

I loved the Shamans but honestly my retreat at Gaia was a mess. I hope Christine is doing better but she was not in a good emotional place and I question her stability. The staff and shamans were all wonderful and so I did get a lot out of the experience. But, the general sense from my group was that we wouldn’t go back. I’ve also heard that this website doesn’t post negative reviews. If you’re seeing this then thats a very good sign. I certainly encourage you to go on a retreat if you’re considering it – but I would go elsewhere. I’m very curious about Lotus Vine which incorporates meditation into the retreat which I think would be enormously beneficial. I’m 100% sure they’re are good cheaper retreats around but would probably not risk it myself and would spend more next time – unless I had a very good reference or did more solid research.

Note: All reviewers are encouraged to provide completely honest reviews – the good, the bad, and the ugly – as this is essential to the integrity of the reviews here on AyaAdvisors. So thank you for your honest opinion 🙂

Response from Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca & San Pedro Retreat Center on March 4, 2017

Christine was mourning the death of someone she cared about during that retreat in January 2016 when this reviewer was here more than a year ago, so she was not as available for people at that retreat as she normally is. That does not make a person unstable, just unavailable while they process grief. He was expecting to meet the wonderful Christine he read about in the reviews, but she couldn’t be available at that time while she was grieving for the loss of a person she cared about. Other people in the retreat were compassionate and supportive in the situation and understood she needed some time to herself to process grief.

The retreat was still great, and several of his fellow participants have already come back for another retreat and loved it, so “everyone” did NOT feel the same way he did. Several of them came back again, and others still plan to. They even left us great reviews! This is the first “bad” review we got in all our years of operation, and even this reviewer still says he got a lot out of it with the shamans, staff, and that the medicines are great, so that says a lot about Gaia Sagrada and what we offer here. The other center he is promoting is twice the cost to come to Gaia Sagrada. Why is it that it’s a year later he is promoting another center and placed a “bad” review for us? Just something curious to think about.

We have continued to get great reviews since he was here over a year ago, including what people say about Christine being there for everyone in a loving way, her words of wisdom and good advice, and being a good facilitator. Some people who have been to the most popular centers on google say we do it best out of them all, so it really is true that we get all these great reviews for a good reason. There is no trickery or conspiracy about websites like AyaAdvisor.org censoring bad reviews. If someone writes one, it’s there. No one has wanted to say anything but good things about us! It’s real!

Also, we DO offer meditation and yoga on the days between ceremonies, but they are not required for people to attend, it’s optional, so he didn’t take advantage of the other programs we offer besides the ceremonies. Meditation and yoga is always available between ceremonies.

We wish this person well. We hope he can find the healing he is looking for and that love and light are with him. Be blessed, dear brother and may love and compassion guide your way.

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