Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center, Ecuador Shamans

Gaia Sagrada Spiritual Retreat Center

Gaia = Mother Nature, Mother Earth — Sagrada = Sacred

Why The Name Gaia Sagrada For This Ayahuasca Retreat Center?

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 ayahuasca retreat center and 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 an ayahuasca retreat center of support and nurturing amidst natural beauty near Cuenca, Ecuador.

The Perfect Place For an Ayahuasca 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. It is a perfect place for an ayahuasca retreat center, mosquito free too! Ecuadorian people are  very friendly and helpful, “muy tranquilo!”

Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca 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 ayahuasca retreats and exploring ayahuasca retreats and san pedro retreats with authentic Ecuadorian shamans! Ayahuasca in Ecuador is quickly becoming a new destination for ayahausca retreats in South America.

While we host various spiritual retreats, spirituality at Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca 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! Ayahuasca retreats are open to all religions, the Ecuadorian ayahuasca shamans and Ecuadorian san pedro shamans speak both English and Spanish, which is very rare at an Ayahuasca retreat center in Ecuador or even Peru. The san pedro shaman speaks English and Spanish as well. Speak directly to the ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans in your own language (if it is English or Spanish).

If you would like to read about our spiritual perspective, Our Philosophy

Here you can experience:

  • Ayahuasca Retreats and Ayahuasca Ceremonies with authentic Ayahuasca shamans
  • San Pedro Retreats and San Pedro Ceremonies with authentic San Pedro shamans
  • Meet Ayahausca shamans and San Pedro shamans who speak both Spanish and English
  • 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
  • Take a day hike to the nearby waterfall
  • Gaze at the milky way, distant planets, and galaxies
  • Enjoy fireflies after dusk
  • Be at peace in ayahuasca retreats while you dive into your inner worlds in a safe, beautiful paradise
  • Eco-Community atmosphere on an organic farm
  • Comfortable, modern housing so you can focus on your inner journey

Relax in beautiful nature meditation spots everywhere on the land, or take a day trip into the city of Cuenca, Ecuador to see the historic sites. Cuenca is only a 45 minute ride away.

If you are coming for community living at an ayahuasca retreat center, 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 while the magic of ayahuasca retreats sets the energy. Whatever you find nurturing and adventurous for your consciousness and spirit, you will find it here at this heavenly organic eco-village and ayahuasca retreat center!

Welcome to Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca and San Pedro Retreat Center !


  1. Kunjabihari Adhikari says:

    I am interested to work as a volunteer in your community.
    I have lived in India for more than three decades, mostly in villages, and thus have much experience to share.
    I am trained in ritual worship and cooking.
    I also lived on a commune in W.Virginia for three yrs. and got my initial experience there.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

  2. Dennis D'ettore says:

    I’m interested in doing a tiny 1 bedroom, 1 bath, pay it forward… Do we communicate somehow before I get to Ecuador?

  3. hello! I live and work in Quito, I would like to join for the ayahuasca retreat but I cannot stay 12 days. Is there the possibility for a shorter period? maybe 3 to 5 days? thanks

  4. Traveling from Los Angeles to Guayaquil to get to Cuenca what is the best way to travel to Cuenca?

  5. Hope everyone is safe after the earthquake. Is everything okay there? I was hoping to join the may retreat but am unsure about safety and traveling after the recent earthquake. Will there be any interruptions or difficulties getting to Gaia Sagrada? I will be coming from New York. Sorry for those who have lost loved ones, God Bless. thank you

    • Gaia Sagrada has not been affected by the earthquake, as Cuenca is on granite and is stable and not in the fault zones where earthquakes happen. They got it pretty bad on the coast though and we have been sending truckloads of supplies there to help the people who are there. They really need our help! All retreats are going on as planned, all is safe in the airports you would be travelling through. We are far away from the earthquake zones. Blessings!

  6. Please keep me posted by news letter or any other information

  7. Candy Keye says:

    I am joining u today to volunteer however I was wondering if u have wifi access ?

  8. Hello, If somebody from Canada going to Gaya Sargada ? I am from Winnipeg and would like somebody to join me. email me.

  9. How would I sign up for retreat and pay?

  10. Is there a 7 day retreat?

    • You can come for the first 7 days of any 12 day retreat, but there isn’t a discount as it is still less expensive than even 7 day retreats at other centers. You would get three ceremonies in the 7 days! Please use our contact page and email if you have any other questions. We only check comments about 1 time per month.

    • We allow people to come for the first 7 days of a retreat, but there isn’t a discount for not attending the full 12 days because it is still less expensive than 7 days. It’s still a great deal!

  11. Theresa Price says:

    To Christine/Bruce and the Shamans. Words can only begin to convey our deepest gratitude for everything you have brought to our lives and the positive change you are fostering in this world. We’ll never forget you or this life-changing experience at Gaia Sagrada.

  12. Theresa Price says:

    To Christine/Bruce and the Shamans. Words can only begin to convey our deepest gratitude for everything you have brought to our lives and the positive change you are fostering in this world. We’ll never forget you or this life-changing experience at Gaia Sagrada.

  13. Hi,

    What is the best way to travel from an airport to Gaia Sagrada? I’m travelling from Australia in November for the 12 day retreat and would like to know the preferred airport in Ecuador which is as close as possible to Gaia Sagrada

  14. maria grazia mei says:

    I would like to try this experience but I’m afraid of it. What happens if I come to you and then want to go away? Do you take me to the airport or there’s another way to go away? Could you please explain me?

    • You are always welcome to leave if you want, but we cannot do refunds after you are here because we have already paid out all the money to the shamans, insurance, and other things, and we are non profit, so there is no extra money to give a refund with. We pay it all out before day one. Don’t worry! It is a wonderful, healing experience!

  15. Veronica Kechichian says:

    Good night, I just wanted to say hi.
    It´s been a long time since I stopped translating the videos for Christine Breese.
    I just wanted you to know that this year translating all of them will be my mission in order to allow Christine´s teachings get to all the spanish speakers.
    I might be losing my English expertise since I haven´t been working with americans for the last 4 years and I´m not a translator, but I BELIEVE in the power of the words and I sure believe that these era needs her words.
    That´s all.
    Blessing for all of you.

    Verónica, from Buenos Aires

  16. Hello,
    I’m from Winnipeg Canada. I just wondering if someone wants to join me to travel to Gaya Sargada in the next 1 or 2 months so we can travel together !
    my email:


  17. Angela Steinbrecher says:

    I am interested in attending, the only thing I am missing is the cost of the trip. I am from Greeley, Co. Looking forward to hearing frm you.

    • Hello Angela,
      I live in AZ, and I too am looking for funding for the trip.
      Am thinking maybe GoFundMe..I was meant to be a healer and mentor, but I need this particular healing that this place offers before I can finally live my purpose.
      Let’s talk and see what we can do.
      Looking forward to hearing from you,
      Lisa D. Hall

  18. Masud Hameed says:

    I would like information attending a retreat would like more information on being a part of it.

  19. Hello Gaia Sagrada! This is Brian from Minnesota. I’ll be attending the May 16 retreat. Looking forward to it!

    • Hey Brian! I’m originally from South Dakota. Looking forward to having a neighbor at the retreat!

  20. Is someone coming to Gaya from Canada (Winnipeg)?
    So we can travel together?

  21. Jim Cathell says:

    Actually, already had a conflict, but am now solid on the early April retreat. So, anyone planning on attending the April 4-15 retreat and want to ride together?

  22. Thanks so much I am so thankful this retreat is such high quality! Is there ayahuasca & peyote involved in your shamanic ceremonies?


    Listen to my amazing experience at Gaia Sagrada in December 2015.

  24. Your retreat looks amazing! Is the diet during the shamanic retreat completely vegan? I am unable to eat milk or dairy.

    And how is the weather in the Andes mountains in late Feb?

  25. I will be attending the January retreat, and could not be more excited! Coming from Charleston, SC. Flying into Guayaquil early on the 9th and taking a bus to Cuenca. If anyone has similar travel plans feel free to contact me:)


  26. Hello fellow light seekers. i am arriving from the UK, 9th January (Quito-Cienca flight) for the 10 day retreat with ceremonies, is anyone else going ? love and light.

  27. Guildo e Ewa dos santos Cruz says:

    hey Gaia,
    i got very insterested on that,
    we want share and exchange such experienc with Gaia and all people
    we are Massagist with opened heart for everething 🙂
    I AM.

  28. I am interested in studying for free . How do I go about it?

  29. Hello
    If somebody from Winnipeg, Canada going to Gaya Sagrada in August?
    Anyone from Winnipeg, Canada maybe wants to share the trip?
    My email:

  30. Hi Gaia Sagrada!

    Just want to know if someone from the Philippines signed up for the shamanic retreat.. I hope you don’t mind asking me this.. thanks

  31. am looking forward to experience this spiritual place no other than Gaia Sagrada.. am counting the days..

  32. Hi Gaia Sagrada,
    Your place sound just the place i was looking for and always wanted to have some experiences with Ayahuasca. I am planning to come over in the near future. Anyone from Uk want to share the trip.

    • Hi, im going Jan 8th 2015, fly out of Heathrow 8th, return 23rd. dinky@hotmail :)) if you wish to travel together be in touch 🙂

  33. Hi everybody!
    I am going for the 12 day retreat in july and will take a plane from Quito to Cuenca on the 12th of July at 9.45. If anyone is in the same boat,
    well plane :-), I would be glad to share your company as I travel alone.
    Hope to hear from somebody here or on my email

    All the best!

  34. I am Going to attend the retreat in June, any one want to share transport cost from Cuenca airport ?

  35. Hi everybody,

    This Oldooz from Iran. So pleased to be here with you like-minded people. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

  36. Hola Gaia Sagrada,

    Mi nombre es Nicolas. Mi novia y yo queríamos visitarte. Somos en Peru la proxima semana y tenemos tiempo del 25. April hasta el 2. de Mayo. He leido mucho de ti y queremos hacer esta expedicion espiritual contigo.

    Avisame si tienes tiempo para nosotros. Por favor con tu direccion y condiciones.

    Te deseo un dia hermoso.

    Mejores saludos,

    Nicolas y Gelareh

  37. I am looking for a place to live that is free from toxic pesticides and economical to live. Can you live at Gaia Sagrada and do you use any pesticides containing pyrethrins or pyrethroids I am a good organic gardener.

  38. How much to buy a house and to rent a house? I am interested especially there I have a high interest in researching ancient cultures and i belive it would also allow me to tune my connection with nature and the cosmos.

  39. Carol Dewey says:

    I have applied for my passport and intend to continue my retirement in Ecuador by becoming a permanent resident. I have never been to Edcuador (or South America), am traveling alone, and looking for a safe community where I can peacefully transition from living in the U.S. to living in Ecuador and learning to speak Spanish. My ultimate goal is to live in a community where I can grow my own organic fruits and veggies; and, as I am not (now) a vegetarian, keep chickens for eggs, etc. and not be dependant on big international corporations for my needs.

    Your community looks like a perfect match for me and I would like to move forward toward making it a reality. I plan to arrive in Ecuador in two or three months and am looking for a furnished room with small kitchen. Also want to take advantage of opportunities to do some volunteer work as part of your community. I am a retired professional with many valuable skills who also loves to learn new things, so I am sure you will be able to find something I can do.

    Any information/advice you can give me with respect to making this happen will be appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  40. Jason Pednault says:

    Hello. If I were to rent an apartment, is it possible to just join Ayahuasca ceremonies and not do the San Pedro? Would the price be discounted?

    How much land do you guys own?

    Beautiful eco-village!

  41. Jared Powell says:

    What are your requirements for the cooking position? I am an intelligent young soul who would love to take the job. I do not shy from hard work and I am an extremely fast learner. I have some experience with vegetarian cooking and I have been working to shed my ego and live the way we are meant to live. I am computer savvy and love to chop and carry the fire wood. Nature is my muse. I hope you will consider me as a candidate for your wonderful community. Thanks!

  42. Hello
    I want to attend Gaia sargada from Canada, Winnipeg. I want to know if someone from Winnipeg maybe goes to Gaia, so we can travel together.
    Please let me know.

    • Hi, Can you please connect with me. I am in Canada but Alberta. I would love to have a travel companion and maybe even a sharing however aim rather to be on my own space when there. However, be good to have someone from back home around. When do you intent to travel?

  43. How about meat,fish, milk and butter?
    I love the organic diet, but am not strictly vegetarian. Would I be able to get the above using transportation? and how easy is it gonna be?

    • Sure, you can buy other things and keep them in the kitchen, but no cooking of meat in the kitchen. Just get meat that is already cooked, or canned meat is ok, just can’t cook it. No problem though, you can bring whatever you want! No requirements.

    • I’s easy, a little store nearby, or just take a day trip to the city and get whatever you like, as well! Just can’t cook meat in the kitchen, but canned, already cooked at the store, etc, that is fine! Dairy is fine too. No requirements!

  44. Hi!

    I’m attending the retreat on January 18th, and wanted to possibly connect with anyone else who is…

  45. Hi
    Is it safe to come to gaya sargada alone?

  46. Does center has Library?

  47. Great Retreat Place when consciousness can prevail and be free!

  48. Am staying in Cuenca for about 2 months – a charming place – but finding the wheat-dairy-sugar-meat diet & constant honking of car horns quite a challenge.. Your retreat & Eco-community sounds wonderful! Intending to look further into it 🙂

  49. This place looks beautiful!

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