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Why The Name Gaia Sagrada For This Ayahuasca Retreat Center?

Ayahuasca retreat center in Ecuadetor

Gaia is a very old name for Mother Earth, or Mother Nature and that is why we used Gaia Sagrada for our ayahuasca retreat center. In Greek mythology Gaia 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. Sagrada means “sacred” in Spanish, and of course our mother is sacred!

Ayahuasca Retreat

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

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

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 to visit  Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat center. 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. 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, check out our Ayahuasca Retreats 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 Ayahuasca Shamans and San Pedro shamans who speak both Spanish and English.
  • Ayahuasca Retreats 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 from Ayahuasca Retreats center .

Ayahuasca Retreats

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 near Ayahuasca Retreats center 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!

What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca or iowaska, or yagé , is an entheogenic brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients. The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the Indigenous peoples of Peru and Ecucador.

Welcome to Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca  Retrests and San Pedro Retreat Center !



  1. Saki December 18, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Are you allowed to bring your child?

    • Sinclair Fleetwood January 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm - Reply


      We do not allow minors under 18 at our center in accordance with Ecuadorean law. Thank you, we hope to see you soon!

  2. Peter December 13, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I attended an ayahuasca retreat in February 2018 near Cusco, Peru. However, upon arrival I discovered that I had difficulty breathing at such high altitude (about 3,000 meters). I was aware that some people can experience altitude sickness but I never had any headaches or any other typical symptoms other that difficulty taking a deep breath, especially at night, which resulted in many sleepless nights during my 10 day stay. I would like to know at what altitude is your center located and if you are aware of people experiencing altitude sickness symptoms at your location. Thank you.

    • Sinclair Fleetwood January 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm - Reply


      Our center is located at over 8,000ft above sea level and it can take a few days to acclimate to the altitude. Rarely, some people can experience shortness of breath, headaches, and fatigue. We advise people who feel they may be sensitive to the altitude to arrive a day or two in advance so they can adjust.

  3. Audie Prince October 4, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    sounds like heaven here on earth. My soul soul is in need of this type of spirtual experience

  4. Desneige Gigault August 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Can I know when I’m gonna be sure about the trip on the September 1ft. I put my name on a waiting list. Thanks you have a great evening

    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      Hello, We can’t check any of that from here, we just maintain the website, you will need to email them at gaiasagrada -at-

  5. Frank Murphy July 15, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I am very interested in attending one of you’re retreats. My only concern is i have read that some people have been known to have negative experiences. Is this a possibility, or will the Shamans in attendance guide you through the negative phases of the ceremony.

    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:09 pm - Reply

      People don’t have negative experiences here that aren’t part of their healing of something they need to let go or make peace with. Our shamans help people every step of the way and we have plenty of helpers at each ceremony. If you don’t have anything deep to heal, it’s probably unlikely you would have any negative experience, but if you do, we have helpers and shamans who get you through it! The goal is to let all those things go, and by the end of the retreat everyone is transformed in a big way and took quantum leaps in their evolution and healing!

  6. Cesar July 14, 2018 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Quiero jugar ajedrez

  7. Stacy Bernstein June 24, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Hello! I was wondering if it was possible to come for an ayahuasca ceremony for just one or 2 nights? I am unable to do the entire 12 day retreat in November-December.

    ¡Hola! Me preguntaba si era posible venir a una ceremonia de ayahuasca por solo una o dos noches. No puedo hacer todo el retiro de 12 días en noviembre-diciembre.

    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Yes, just email gaiabooking -(at)- and they will set you up! we have one night ceremonies at the end of each retreat on the last day of retreat.

  8. Derrice Fuller June 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I do not have any heart condition that would prevent me from taking this journey however, from my research of testimony the images can ( not always) as I do understand this journey is different for everyone. But… my concern is this: I have some deep “ scars” from exposure to extreme religious teachings which got embedded in my mind when I was a toddler of “ demons “ I had an unsupervised experience with “ blotter acid” what I saw was terrifying. “ a demon chased me but, I told myself it was the drugs and was able to somehow “ get away from him/it. My experience with acid was my one and only experience. But, I just want to make sure that if I should encounter a “ demon” will someone be able to help me come out of it? I don’t want to potentially have a “ heart attack”

    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      Don’t worry! We have very skilled shamans who keep anything like that out of the circle, we instruct you on how to handle any kind of visual like that and help you understand that even demons are just hurt little children who need healing and not to be afraid of them. You can disempower a demon immediately by recognizing their hurt state, and even offer your help and the angels come in then. This confuses the dark spirits. So don’t worry, we teach you how to stand in your power with things like this, and we have lots of help at every ceremony, and skilled and attentive shamans. You have nothing to worry about! We will help you!

  9. Jesse May 1, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Gaia sagrada is absolutely amazing! I attended a 12 day retreat earlier this year. I had been researching ayahausca and retreats for a long time and I am so grateful I chose gaia. The owners, the staff and the shamans are filled with so much love and compassion there is an instant family-like connection. I remember all of us strangers arriving at the retreat being greeted with hugs. Some people embraced it and others were a little hesitant as a first time meeting hug is out of the norm for us North Americans. But when 12th day snuck up on us and it was time to leave those once reluctant people embraced each person with a huge hug as if they were family:). It’s amazing how much can change in just 12 days and how fast it seems to go by. I cannot wait till the day I return to Gaia and experience the magic once again <3
    Oh and feeling like royalty with the hot tubs, rooms and amazing food isn't so bad either!

    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      hugs to you!!!!!

  10. Kathrine ash April 26, 2018 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Hi I am just about to register, but was a bit confused about the pricing, as there is myself and my daughter, we wanted a shared room, 2 beds, so is the pricing the same for each of us, my name is kathrine ash and my daughters is jemaine finlay, received an email to register, but unsure what accomodation to get for both of us

  11. Craig April 8, 2018 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Hello my name is Craig,

    I am interested in your 12 day Ayahuasca retreat. Do you have availability for a private room or private apartment for single occupancy for the June 30th through July 11th program?

    Thank you and looking forward to your reply.


    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      All you have to do is look at and it will show you what availability there is for any given retreat. Just click on the date you’re interested in, even if you aren’t ready to make your reservation, and you will see what rooms and such are available.

  12. Gracelyn April 5, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I am
    Interested in a five day retreat- can you call me with info please

    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure what info you are asking about, that’s a big question! If you have specific questions we are happy to answer them, just use our contact form on the site! The 5 day retreats have one Ayahuasca and one San Pedro ceremony in them, with the option of extra ceremonies possible as well.

  13. Chris March 19, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am presently a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. Would I be able to stay at your resort if I brought my own nurse?

    • Christine Breese August 26, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

      Absolutely! As long as you bring someone to help you it would work out fine. We don’t have the staff to help, but if you bring your own helper it works! We have done this with others and it’s been good. We put you in the most easily accessible room.

  14. Mohamed March 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I hope to connect with us here in alex Egypt to introduce your school ..

  15. Diva Tyler September 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Christine, Do you still Have availability slots for Oct?

    • admin October 13, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      Please contact us through the contact page, and then it will go to the right person to answer your question! Us web people approving comments don’t handle reservations. Just contact us on our contact page and someone will get back to you right away! Quicker that way!

  16. michelle schindelheim September 12, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

    I am hesitant to drink the ayahuasca tea because i was told that medically i have to be careful of ingesting anything like that. can i still come and enjoy my time with you?

  17. Dante August 27, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hi.i would,like to obtain a stipend or ,grant that I don,t have to pay back:to acquire ,a master’s and further:a PhD..How can,you help me? I like,to receive your counsel..Thank you.Dante Allegro

  18. Tom August 12, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Definitely coming here when I can afford it and have the time hopefully in 6months time Iam yet to read a single bad report about your retreat only praises of anyone’s who’s been there was originally going to go to Peru but stumbled on your website and was convinced otherwise I have very limited experience with these types of medicines and now probably gonna keep it that way until I visit your retreat I feel like I have had the calling to do ayahuasca now for quite some time now just gotta put my plans into actions looking forward to meeting everyone who works there and anyone who’s there wen Iam there hopefully the experience opens my mind and changes my life thanks

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