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Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center

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Via Jadan, Cuenca 010150 Ecuador
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Sleeps 46. Relax in the real countryside of Ecuador on a mountain where a real Ecuadorian community thrives, enjoy fresh air and quiet, a hike, or sit by the campfire! Just outside of Cuenca, Ecuador, Gaia Sagrada is easily accessed by car, bus or taxi (driver must know where we are). Bring your own food and cook for yourself if you are staying between retreats, or enjoy one of the many retreats we offer. AYAHUASCA RETREATS and SAN PEDRO RETREATS with real Ecuadorian shamans are offered monthly, providing a safe, secure, nurturing environment in which to experience this amazing adventure. Wifi Internet, Clean, modern housing, electricity, 24hr hot water, Sauna, Hot Tub, Hiking, Kitchen to cook for yourself or $15/day for food during retreats even if not participating in retreats, help yourself to the buffet! Yoga room, movie room, games, light a campfire at patio if you like, walk 3/4 mile to little store nearby, gardens, organic farm, fireflies, stars and moonlight! See our Ayahuasca Retreats and San Pedro Retreats with Ecuadorian shamans schedule if you are interested in Ayahuasca Retreats dates.
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Collierd wrote a review May 2020
Osa, CR3 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a wonderful place with great kind people making it easy to connect to nature, other wonderful people, and expand yourself. Thank you for all the accommodation, love and wonder. I wish everyone a wonderful moment in the sun :)
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Camilla wrote a review Apr 2020
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I had such a beautiful time at Gaia Sagrada and I only have good things to say about the place. Amazing medicines, shamans and ceremonies. It was such a good place to heal but also connect with people, if you like, and the most open hearted and genuine volunteers. The location is stunning, facilities are very good and the schedule offers optional activities outside of the ceremonies, so you enjoy your days here how you like. It is really nice to have such good facilities at such a good price. It lets you relax and focus on your healing. What I loved the most was the overwhelming feeling of compassion and joy at this place. I left feeling so much love for myself and others. I am extremely grateful and I would love to come back here.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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BLE wrote a review Apr 2020
Toronto, Canada29 contributions14 helpful votes
It is difficult to put in words how grateful I am for my experience at Gaia Segrada. My daughter and I had discussed how we were both interested in attending an Ayahuasca retreat last summer and, in the fall, she told me that she had researched options and planned on attending Gaia in December. After her retreat, she described her experience to me (in the most glowing terms imaginable) and I started booking my own retreat right away. She had told me how amazing the shamans and the staff were, but even with all her praises, I wasn't expecting to meet such an incredible group of people. I have never had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful souls--Christine, the staff (including, Carly, Ross, and Carole xoxo), the volunteers, the shamans (omg the shamans!!!), and even the dogs:) I would be remiss if I didn't also mention my fellow attendees--a group of amazing people from all over the world that I had the privilege of sharing this experience with and who have now become life-long friends. The environment at Gaia is one of total support. I was nervous about experiencing Ayahuasca and San Pedro for the first time and had a couple of experiences with the medicine that were very difficult, but I ALWAYS felt safe, I ALWAYS knew that I would be cared for, and I ALWAYS felt nothing but love from everybody there. Everybody's journey with the medicine is different, but almost everybody encounters challenges along the way. That is why I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Gaia. This is the place you want to be when you inevitably encounter your own challenges with the medicine. This is the place where everybody will help you to work through those challenges. This is the place where those challenges can turn into insights, lessons, tools, and victories going forward. If life is a journey, Gaia is a lighted path. PS. If you can, sign up for the 12-day retreat. I had originally signed up for the 7-day and am SOOOOO happy I switched to the 12-day. I would definitely have missed some important opportunities without those additional days. Besides, you will not want to leave after 7 days. Trust me on that:)
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Date of stay: January 2020
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jjmux wrote a review Mar 2020
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One of the things that most helped me decide on Gaia Sagrada, came from these reviews, in addition to their low costs (lowest I've seen anywhere for the amount of ceremonies - and half of others with the same amount of ceremonies). I was a bit nervous at first, since i couldn't see many good pictures of the grounds on their website, yet i just now found a ton here! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294309-d6160601-Reviews-Gaia_Sagrada_Eco_Lodge_Retreat_Center-Cuenca_Azuay_Province.html My point though, was I was blown away when I arrived! Truly, truly a very beautiful and fully built place! Incredibly comfortable and also very in tune with nature. In any case, the place is absolutely amazing, gorgeous mountains and scenery, ample space and facility, a huge amount of room to hike around, and incredibly, incredibly kind and friendly staff. I was there just for the 6 days, but you truly connect very deeply with those around you during that time. I'd recommend doing the 7 or 12 day, as these both include the Sweat Lodge, which was verrrryy highly talked about from those who were in that ceremony! The shamans were all incredibly kind, and the entire place had a very open, non-judgemental, caring attitude about it. It's only been a few weeks for me since I've returned, but the changes are incredible.. helping me completely clear issues i've struggled with for about 10-15 years.. Others' stories are similar, in many cases folks who struggled for 40-50 years and so on, and able to let go or address deep personal issues in the few days there. By the halfway mark of the retreat, everyone had experienced enlightening or very heart-opening ceremonies, that I'm sure will continue to impact them as time goes on. The age group was also quite varied, so don't feel nervous if you think you may be alone, we had a number of folks all representative of ages from early 20s to 70s, same with genders. All gender identifications/sexualities etc are all incredibly welcome just as everyone else. You'll absolutely make no mistake in attending here :)
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Emma D wrote a review Mar 2020
Knutsford, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
Thank you Christine for creating such a wonderful setting for retreats. Can highly recommend, the plant medicine journeys are planned with every thought to your well being during the process, you will be so well supported so please don't let fear or worries hold you back as the shamans were fantastic and rest of the staff so caring. We were spoilt with some very talented volunteers, super yoga lessons and meditations with Ronnie, massage therapists and other very interesting workshops. Lots of freedom to create a healing time that works for you, can do as much or as little activity as you like but I personally liked having some stuff to stay occupied. You are also guaranteed to meet kind hearted and like minded people so this makes for a very special week. Food was healthy but delicious. Thank you to all!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center
Which popular attractions are close to Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center?
Nearby attractions include La Casa de la Makana (2.9 miles) and Belissa, tu moda urbana (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include airport transportation, meeting rooms, and laundry service.
What are some restaurants close to Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include Museo De La Gastronomia Cuencana Restaurante, BUFFALO WINGS & RIBS, and Villa Ana María.
Does Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.