Gaia = Mother Nature, Mother Earth — Sagrada = Sacred
Why The Name Gaia Sagrada?
Gaia is a very old name for Mother Earth, or Mother Nature. In Greek mythology she birthed many of the major Gods who ruled over different sections of the Earth. Gaia is known as the nurturer, sustainer and giver of love to all who come to the goddess for support. She is known as the spirit of the Earth, plants, rocks and water and when you are blessed with darshan from nature, it is Gaia blessing you.
Gaia Sagrada is the perfect name for our eco-community (eco-village) because we strive to be one with Mother Nature and live harmoniously on the Earth, which is a sacred being. It is also the perfect name because this is a sanctuary, a retreat center of support and nurturing amidst natural beauty in Cuenca, Ecuador.
The Perfect Place For a Retreat Center & Community
Cuenca, Ecuador was picked because of its low expenses, safety, ease of entry for visitors (no shots or visas required, only your passport), and also for its gorgeous, magical, and natural settings. Ecuadorian people are very friendly and helpful, “muy tranquilo!”
Gaia Sagrada Eco-Community & Retreat Center is nestled in a small community called Llayzhatan (Yay-zat-an) in the Andes Mountains, very close to Jadan (Ha-dan) which means “Close to Heaven.” What a perfect place for Gaia Sagrada!
While we host various spiritual retreats, spirituality at Gaia Sagrada Eco-Community & Retreat Center is varied and we honor all paths. You are not required to adhere to any specific religious or spiritual beliefs. You are able to be yourself!
If you would like to read about our spiritual perspective, Our Philosophy
Here you can experience:
- Retreat from the world in the magical Andes Mountains of Ecuador
- Watch the hummingbirds, forests, pastures, and butterflies
- Partake in the nectar of flowers while you are sitting in sunny gardens
- Gaze at the milky way, distant planets, and galaxies
- Enjoy fireflies after dusk
- Be at peace while you dive into your inner worlds in a safe, beautiful paradise
- Eco-Community atmosphere on an organic farm
Relax in beautiful nature meditation spots everywhere on the land, or take a trip into the city of Cuenca, Ecuador to see the historic sites. Cuenca is only a bus ride away.
If you are coming for community living, you will find a beautiful model in action. Eco-practices are widely used and you can learn something for your own building endeavors in the future. You can even build your own small house here if you decide you want to stay! Check out our Build it Forward program, a much cheaper and safer way to live in the country in the Cuenca, Ecuador area.
People here are living in a stress free environment, separated from the world, in a way that is rare and hard to find. Whatever you find nurturing and adventurous for your consciousness and spirit, you will find it here at this heavenly organic eco-village!