Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center

Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center

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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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Eric W wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
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Gaia Sagrada WOW.....
This was my first psychedelic journey and I was a little nervous. I was there with my son who encouraged me to come with him and he with the staff helped me get past the initial apprehensions.

My experience at Gaia went well beyond all my expectations

I guess it all starts by being welcomed with a big warm hug and meeting with very open caring staff. You then look around and realize you’re in the Andes surrounded by great facilities. A Tipi, the sweat lodge, numerous malocas and fresh air!!!!

The ceremonies and meetings were just amazing. The shaman and facilitators have tremendous insights to share and an ability to get everyone involved and help step out of their comfort zone to share and express their feelings and intents.

The ceremonies were at times intense but the settings, the incaros, the rhythms, the prayers were always beautiful and meaningful helping you to go calmly deep within yourself.

Gaia really does what it sets out to do, by giving birth to a place where amazing healing happens. I have truly turned the corner, and seen others transform. I have gained knowledge that will be with me forever. I don’t have any doubts that I made the right decision!!!

And may everyone have a good day and a good life!!

Ej
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Andrew B wrote a review Nov 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
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Well first off I went for the ayahuasca experience, and I wasn't expecting to much of anything to be honest, I just wanted to try it. I was blown away by how professional everything/ everyone was. The staff were extremely helpful. I lost my bags on the fly out there and the staff arranged for a pickup from the airport. I also get very sick while out there and I felt very well taken care of. At no point was I pressured to continue on in the ceremonies, I was told to listen to my body and do do what I think was best.
The food was so good, the cook was awesome. Snacks were always available to guests in-between meals. The snacks available were hard boiled eggs, bread for pbj sandwiches, milk and cereal, milk, juice, and tons of tea. I don't think I've ever eaten healthier in my life. The accomodations we're excellent, I think I may have been expecting makeshift- rustic type of accomodations and so I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived and found very modern and well maintained buildings. There's 3 hot tubs and a sauna available to guests at anytime. Wifi in the main cottage.
The staff and work exchange volunteers have huge hearts. Ayahuasca is not a pretty trip. It takes a lot out of the body and it was so nice to have a kind voice and empty purge bucket ready at all times.
No two experiences will ever be the same. The group I was in, the individual experience of ayahuasca and San Pedro were extremely different. I personally did not experience any visual hallucinations, but got some heavy emotional realizations. My short time here was life changing.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Paola F wrote a review Feb 2020
Yorktown, Virginia11 contributions2 helpful votes
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First time ever in a center to experience the jungle medicine. I went with my best friend not knowing what to expect, and I will never regret going, this experience has change my life for the better, and it keeps on giving.
The center is rustic and tranquil, the perfect environment to reconnect with Mother Earth and find stillness, the Ceremonies are just beautiful and you can feel the love and care of the people at Gaia and the commitment of the Shamans to healing and bringing this beautiful gift of Mother Earth to better the humans kind and to rise the vibration of our entire planet. The big change starts within yourself and going back home back to your heart is what this center is committed to help you achieve. You can relax, recharge, regenerate and unplug.
During the Ayahuasca ceremony I had a "limpia" a ritual perform for cleansing and for protection, the Shamans Salvador and Paulina performed and it was a true gift that has gotten me onto the right path for healing, I felt the love and compassion in their songs, I felt their heart committed to the intent of healing and helping everyone there, I can tell you that I will never be the same.
Gaia Sagrada is a very soothing, beautiful place to reset your life, the all vegetarian diet is delicious even if you are not a vegetarian, and the support you'll find is truly from the heart.
I will recommend this place in beautiful Cuenca to anyone that wants to experience this medicine.
SatNam.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Ivy M wrote a review Sep 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
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What can I possibly say, except THANK YOU. I have been feeling called to ayahuasca for years now, and I’m so happy that I decided to go with Gaia Sagrada. The location in the mountains of Ecuador was perfect. It’s not too hot, there aren’t mosquitos like in the swamps of Peru, and the views were breathtaking.

The ceremonies themselves were powerful and authentic, facilitated by real, actual shamans who descended from indigenous shamans, and take pride in the preservation of those traditions. I always felt safe and cared for by the shamans and their helpers.

The staff and volunteers were always willing to help. After a particularly powerful (and challenging!) ceremony, I was unsure if I wanted to partake in the last one, and I was able to talk with Tara, one of the staff members to support me through making that decision.

I also want to express my gratitude toward the volunteers, who were all so helpful and kind, taking really good care of us during ceremonies, changing our buckets, and helping us to the bathrooms. I never had to wait for help.

I specifically want to thank one specific volunteer, Renee, who, after I had only packed 1 sweatshirt for the retreat, literally gave me his own clean sweatshirt, washed mine, and then waited for me the next morning to hand me back my clean sweatshirt before I headed to a San Pedro ceremony. The care and generosity I felt was unparalleled.

The food was great. The friends I made there were great. The family meetings to help with integrating our experiences with the medicine were great. Oh, and the adorable dogs (and kitten!) made the retreat feel more like home. I specifically connected with one black puppy named Ru who was so sweet and would comfort us during our ceremonies.

I will be recommending Gaia Sagrada to everyone I know who’s interested in ayahuasca, and I will definitely be visiting again in this lifetime.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Martin Elsbury wrote a review Sep 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
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I’ve just returned home to the UK from a 12 day Ayahuasca retreat at Gaia Sagrada.

Mere words can’t begin to describe what a profoundly transformational experience awaits you if you decide to travel there yourself.

This is a very, very, special place. The location is beautiful. The Andean hills create a stunning backdrop to live with for a while. There are none of the buzzy, biting insects you would experience in the sweaty heat of the jungle. The temperature is just the right type of hot during the day – bring sunscreen and hats - but bring some warm layers for the evenings too as at this altitude the air gets a bit chilly. Don’t let that put you off though; there is a seemingly infinite supply of Alpaca wool blankets to wrap up in as you sit around the fire and gaze into the flames!

The staff and volunteers here are beautiful people too and run the place with great dedication, efficiency, and love. They are always on hand for help, advice, and laughter.

The food is wonderful! Even if you aren’t a born again vegetarian or vegan, you’ll soon forget your carnivorous lifestyle!

The ‘medicine’ ceremonies themselves are powerful and authentic. The shamans are the real thing, coming from a culture of long family traditions of training. They conduct the ceremonies with a balance of respectful ritual and good humour. The medicines; Ayahuasca and San Pedro are strong and will take you on great journeys. But be prepared to experience much more than a ‘quick hit’ psychedelic light show. There is a profound spiritual energy being delivered here. It will get under your skin whether you want it to or not, and it will live with you. You won’t regret the experience.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Mitramahdavi wrote a review Apr 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Let's say I had no real intention to select this retreat for plant medicine, I just wanted to visit Ecuador, do yoga, and read some novels in a beautiful setting! But it came to me through many little coincidences and I knew I had to go AND very glad I did. This is certainly not for the fainted heart as digging in and cleansing our mind, body and spirit, of known and unknown traumas is not easy. But once you step in and become a warrior the rewards are priceless. I won't get into details as this is an individual journey so I will talk about the setting which is beautiful, the staff which is so loving, supportive, and knowledgeable that you can't help love all of them, the food was beautiful and lovingly made, and the people you meet are wonderful because we all are there to be our authentic selves and advance to living out of our highest self and not the stuck child.
Christine Breese is pure love (extremely funny) and genuine. Taking on this very difficult task to create such spaces to heal human beings so we can heal our collective consciousness and hope to move towards peace and harmony for all living beings sharing this beautiful planet with us. While I must say it was not easy, I am now home much lighter in my body and downloading tons of useful information for the short book I have been planning to write. I also appreciate the price not being so ridiculously expensive like many retreats that claim to have the same aim. Thank you, Christine, and thanks to every single beautiful being at Gaia who worked so hard to make our journey as comfortable and rewarding as possible. Love you all!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Chuck M wrote a review Feb 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of Gaia sagrada is pure magic. The way that you are treated by the staff and fellow journey men and women is Magic. I did not know what to expect having never experienced plant medicine before. I walked away with an understanding that only is plant medicine good medicine... but with an understanding of true human love and potential. I am so grateful for my experience, it dramatically changed my perspective and the future trajectory of my life and my children’s life. If you want to walk away refreshed, a new human being aware of yourself...look No further. You will fall in love with this magical location as well as the beautiful servants that caretake there. The food is amazing the people are even more amazing.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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lisalblmar wrote a review Sep 2023
1 contribution
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Love Gaia Sagrada ♥️. I was very fortunate & grateful to find this gem and personally connect with The great spiritual healer Christine, owner of Gaia all the wonderful Gaia staff, incredible volunteers that made it magical staying at this healing retreat tucked in the beautiful Andes mountains. It really is heaven on earth with the stunning landscapes, nature trails with waterfalls, gardens, flowers, wildlife and tranquil zen sanctuary. I was here about a month ago had an amazing, transformative positive journey with both Ayahuasca & San Pedro that healed my soul , deepened my spiritual practice, heal my ancestoral lineage, past traumas & renewed my spirit to new beginnings and new awakenings . I feel gratitude in my heart, inner peace from being here and having this profound life changing experience. Everything was perfect and organized to help prepare & guide you to the best quality & pure plant medicine in the amazon . There are no words, it is one of kind memorable experience with sacred fire ceremonies, beautiful music, musical instruments, angelic singing, the shamans are truly authentic, and divine they will leave you speechless and feeling so much peace love and joy in your heart .The food is so delicious fresh & healthy and there is plenty of great food, snacks water, tea and coffee available all time . There is time to be alone or just rest, have educational workshops, integration meetings, yoga classes breath work & meditation sessions, massages and energy healing sessions and connecting with wonderful people that accommodate and make your stay enjoyable welcoming and blissful . I would highly recommend just go with your intuition and book a minimum of 7-12 day stay experience at Gaia Sagrada you will be so happy , it is safe, fun, relaxing enlightening, you will meet people from all over the world with interesting backgrounds and make life long friendships . I will come back to Gaia Sagrada.
Thank you for this beautiful experience.
Love & Light & Blessings ♥️
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Make sure to stay a few more days afterwards in Cuenca beautiful city and has so much charm and...
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Gabriel C wrote a review Oct 2022
Coram, New York2 contributions1 helpful vote
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Gaia Sagrada is a magical place high in the Andes mountains in Ecuador. Christine Breese has created a perfect place for exploring entheogenic plants through beautiful shamanic ceremonies in a country setting with trails, magnificent landscapes and other facilities and events such as hot baths, yoga, meditation workshops and reiki sessions among others.

Gaia is safe and secluded. The setting has a calming effect and encourages participants to reflect on the ceremonies they have attended. For me it was a perfect opportunity to explore plant medicines and spirituality at an affordable price. The experience at Gaia gave me the opportunity, not only to explore the medicine plants but also to meet really wonderful and interesting people. I learned a lot from the life experiences that they were brave enough to share with others and their insights into the plants and spirituality. It has also opened doors for me to look into the spiritual realm with a new and more open perspective and attitude.

I give Gaia the highest marks for having a welcoming, helpful, friendly and accommodating staff and work exchange volunteer group. Food, which is included in the package was vegetarian. They have a great variety of vegetables, fruits and very tasteful hot dishes as well as delicious desserts.

I give a very enthusiastic recommendation for Gaia Sagrada to anyone new and open minded to entheogenic plants and to those looking to further explore these plants in a magical setting where you will be able to learn about the medicines, spirituality and our common human experiences. This has been one of the most unique and memorable experiences I've ever had. Having said this, be prepared for a wild ride as some of the ceremonies can be difficult but at the end very rewarding if you have the right expectations and open mind.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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ALBugazia wrote a review Mar 2022
Milwaukee, Wisconsin29 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An amazing place, full of love, support and healing. Every one has been phenomenal. The place is extremely friendly and yet organized, clean and meticulous yet immersed in nature, it was disciplined yet laid back, it had the perfect balance of paternal toughness and maternal love. The experience was inspirational, had the difficulty needed to transform and the support needed to excel. The place ran like a non for profit organization, which it was comparing what you pay for what you get. The day I left I felt like leaving family. I will be back in no time. I WAS TRANSFORMED
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Hb H asked a question Aug 2020
Phoenix, Arizona
I’m wondering if you are open again now during covid ?
Answer from Gaia S
Cuenca, Ecuador3 contributions
We have been open since Oct 2021 after the pandemic and retreats have been going on ever since!
Answer from Gaia S
Cuenca, Ecuador3 contributions
Yes, it is getting more difficult to get Ayahuasca, have to go deeper into the jungle to get the vine, so enjoy Ayahuasca while you can! Our shamans have excellent connections and make very strong and pure medicine. The shamans make the medicine and bring it with them, so medicine making is not happening here at Gaia Sagrada. You wouldn't be able to participate in making the medicine. Sometimes we prepare huachuma here, but not always so it can't be guaranteed that it will be happening when you are here. We hope you would still want to come, it's an amazing experience and Gaia Sagrada shamans do ceremonies very beautifully!
Answer from Gaia S
Cuenca, Ecuador3 contributions
The 7 day retreat has 3 ceremonies and the option for an extra if you stay another day. 12 day has 5 ceremonies with the option of 2 extra ceremonies, one in the middle and the other at the end of you stay an extra day. Keep in mind it's important to have a day of rest between ceremonies, as you will see, so you can get the most out of them. Some centers cram a lot of ceremonies together back to back but don't give you the time for rest and processing what you are experiencing, which is a disservice to the medicine. More in less time is not necessarily better. We give the option with the extra ceremonies for those who can do more, but those who need the rest and processing time, we don't want them to have to pay for ceremonies they can't keep up with. Just remember, it's only a few extra days if you want to be with the medicines in a good way. 5 ceremonies crammed into 6 or 7 days is not healthy. Days of rest between are so important.
Answer from Ryan B
Minneapolis, Minnesota4 contributions8 helpful votes
Hi Gabby, it depends on the lodging you choose. Pricing is on their website (which tripadvisor won't let me share in this message because you can't share hyperlinks). I paid $1375 for a shared room with one other person. Hope that helps.
Answer from Gaylegt
Syracuse, New York7 contributions6 helpful votes
I also am sometimes shy especially about speaking in public. I didn't find it to be much of a problem. It was a very supportive and welcoming environment; the staff, shamans and leaders were so in tune with the problems of being human that it made it much easier to participate. Also, people are there to be real about themselves. Everybody is there to progress in some way and nobody seemed judgemental about any of it. I highly recommend it for the shamans, the safety, their philosophy and the beautiful environment.
Jazmyn V wrote a tip May 19
Dallas, Texas4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The 12-day retreat is highly recommended and so worth it!!!! "
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Mike H wrote a tip May 19
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to spend some time in the hot tub and steam room. There are eucalyptus leaves you can use on the trees nearby!"
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Matthew Z wrote a tip Apr 2024
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"Mountain weather can be a little hard to predict so make sure you have some clothes for both a warm/chilly/rainy type experience."
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Lyn T wrote a tip Mar 2024
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"Recommend booking a day before and a day after the retreat, to be fresh. Bring electrolytes to help with the altitude and clothing changes."
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Bri O wrote a tip Sep 2023
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"Think about starting and finishing the retreat at Cuenca for a few days"
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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), Museo De La Gastronomia Ecuador (4.7 miles), and Casa museo de la macana (4.7 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 at Home, and Villa Ana María.
Does Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center have airport transportation?
Yes, Gaia Sagrada Eco-Lodge & Retreat Center offers airport transportation 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.
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