Meet The Shamans in Your Beautiful Gaia Sagrada Retreat!

ayahuasca shamanMauricio

Ayahuasquero, Ayahuascero, Ayuahuasca Shaman

Mauricio has been in documentaries of South American Shamanism. He is guide with power plants for 30 years, plays many instruments, plays shamanic music for events, and makes wind instruments and stringed instruments. He composes Andean and shamanic music. He is very famous for his music! He is a descendant of the Diaguita ethnic group from northern Chile.

His grandfather taught him the knowledge of plants and their secrets, and learned the ecstasy techniques with power plants, mainly with the banisteriopsis caapi, the grandmother Ayawaska. Sharing with taitas and yachaj (shamans) from Ecuador and Colombia mainly, he has been on the path of ancient wisdom for more than 30 years, offering shamanic ceremonies and concerts throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Japan, China and Europe. He currently resides in the city of Quito, Ecuador.

If you would like to hear and see Mauricio singing the medicine, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mcU9vx9zWI

Mauricio is an elder, which is very unusual and lucky to have as your guide in these Ayahuasca ceremonies. He is very skilled, well respected and known in Ecuador for his work, and you will be so blessed with a real, authentic and safe Ayahuasca ceremony guided by a true master Shaman!

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medicine womanVeronica

Sweatlodge/Temezcal Shaman

Veronica’s motivation is serving others in their existential search in relationship with nature, and personal balance. She runs sweat lodge and creates a beautiful, transformative and authentic experience, carrying the traditions of the native peopl.  She is a spiritual energizer who carries the sacred pipe (Chanupa), blessed by the elders of the Sacred Fire of Itzhachilatlan.

She is a Medicine Woman, Sun Dancer, Star Dancer, and has completed the vision quests. She is an Andean Agricultural student of University of Hatun Yachak Wasi, as well. She is also a biorhythm trainer.

To sit in a sweatlodge ceremony with Veronica is a delightful experience, her medicine is strong, and her heart is gentle and sweet! We have known Veronica for a while now, everyone always loves her masterful presence, and her kindness through everyone’s processes. She is just amazing!

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ayahuasca shamanNamur

Ayahuasquero, Ayahuascero, Ayahuasca Shaman

Namur descends from a family of Shuar tribe shamans, a native culture of the Ecuadorian Amazon. He is a born shamans, so to speak! He experienced and connected for the first time with the medicine of Natem (Ayahuasca) when he was only 5 years old. The shamans of his community have shared with him their knowledge, wisdom, songs and prayers throughout all his life and he took part in many ancient rituals.

An elder Shuar shaman passed down to Namur the Uwishin practices. He has also received the instructions and teachings of the ancestral practices of other native cultures.

Namur is a vision quester, a Sun Dancer and a Star Dancer. As time goes by, many cultural practices and traditions of indigenous people are slowly disappearing. For Namur, the opportunity to share medicine, Shuar songs, and music is a way to keep alive his culture and share it.

His mission is to be of service for the family and facilitate the inner experience with the medicine to whoever feels ready to embark on a powerful journey with the purpose of healing.

We just love Namur! He is a kind, compassionate, and incredibly strong but gentle presence in every ceremony he gives. He looks young for his years, but carries the wisdom of an elder! We think perhaps he has been a shaman in many lives! His ceremonies are amazing and whew! What strong medicine. Get ready!

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ayahuasca shaman assistantMarlene

Ayahuasca Shaman Assistant, Singer of Sacred Medicine Songs

Marlene was an Italian volunteer at Gaia Sagrada for almost a year and her life completely changed from then on. Since her very first encounter with the plant medicines, she felt the desire to deeply explore the realm of the sacred plants and share her gratitude towards them with songs and prayers.

After leaving Gaia Sagrada, Marlene moved to the jungle, where she has mostly lived for the last few years. With that, she has had the opportunity to profoundly explore her relationship with the medicine of Ayahuasca. She is a vision quester and supports Namur during his ceremonies with translations and singing medicine songs.

“I will always be eternally grateful to Gaia Sagrada, all the shamans and people I have met here and to the sacred plants for giving me the opportunity and inspiration to walk this path of life, realizing the sacredness of all that we are and it is around us.

It has been an honor for me to have the chance to grow and heal, supporting the family.”

Wait until you hear Marlene sing! People talk about the energy she carries long after a ceremony with her. Wait until you feel her heart! She is a beautiful presence in every ceremony, assisting Namuur in a skilled and experienced way, a shaman in her own style. Everyone absolutely adores her. She is a lovely nurturer of the heart!

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Christine Breese

Christine

Founder/San Pedro Shaman, Huachumera

Christine Breese is the founder of Gaia Sagrada in Ecuador and University of Metaphysical Sciences in California, USA. She is a huachumera who works with San Pedro, blessed by the elders to carry the medicine after her Sun Dances and vision quests. Everyone loves her very strong medicine and enlightening ceremonies.

She has walked the shamanic path for 35 years, as well as studied and applied many other spiritual paths, combining them all to create her own unique brand of shamanism and spirituality. She started with the Navajo (Dene) in Arizona when she was only 19 years old. She then worked closely with many Native American medicine people in many places in the United States. For the past 10 years she has been with South American shamans of every tradition and is now 55 years old (yes, she looks young for her age!). She has been working with many different medicines.

Christine feels it is important to offer people an opportunity to meet the master within, which plant medicines make possible in a way that no other method can offer. Shamanic plant medicine ceremonies offer soul travel through the universe within even if a person has never meditated before. If you would like to meet Christine, http://www.youtube.com/ChristineBreese

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ayahausca shaman assistantSantiago

Firekeeper, Singer of Sacred Medicine Songs

Born and raised in La Amazonia (Ecuador), Santiago’s first memories are of the medicine, the ancestors, and his first limpia (shamanic cleansing) when he was 7 years old from his mom (Alicia). His Mother was his first and most important teacher. She taught him how to do limpias with the Sacred Plants such as: Tobacco, Santa Maria, Aji and many others. Another Master from his village was Don Juanito, who works with medicine plants doing limpias of all sorts and healing bones.

His first encounter with Natem (Ayahuasca) medicine was with a grandfather of his childhood friend, who comes from a powerful Shuar family and has worked with Natem for generations.

In 2015 he got to know medicines in a more profound way. He journeyed around South America where he met different Masters from Peru and Bolivia. He also traveled around Argentina, Chile and Colombia delivering to the people the medicine of music. After coming back to Ecuador he started his formal training in service to the Sacred Medicines of Ayahuasca, San Pedro and Temazcal (sweat lodge). For the last few years he has been supporting different Masters, Medicine Women, Taitas and Curanderos to light the Sacred Fires, run ceremonies and give limpias.

His spiritual development is shaped strongly with music, which is one of the best medicines for him, a musician madly in love with life! Santiago, 31 years old, is a musician and dog-assisted therapist too.

Santiago is at many of ourceremonies as a firekeeper and assistant to the shamans. He is also a beautiful hearted musician. He is fun, friendly, and a joy to have on our team! Everyone loves him and there is always a smile on his face!

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Carly

Gaia Sagrada Manager

Carly originates from London, England.  After spending her 20s and early 30s working for the corporate world, she came to plant medicine after a calling to discover why she lacked fulfillment, purpose and happiness in her life.  After her first ceremonies with Mother Ayahuasca, she was shown a new direction and quickly made drastic changes to her lifestyle, leaving her job, home and country and heading to South America with just a backpack and a mission; to be of service to the medicine.

Her passion is people, and knowing that her skill-set is being put to use in a place where people are offered shamanic medicine and receive deep spiritual healing completely satisfies her soul.  After working with the medicine in a number of locations and with different Shamans, she understands the importance of set and setting. She is here to do whatever it takes to ensure that our guests all feel happy, safe and loved during their time here at Gaia Sagrada and throughout their healing process, whilst ensuring that our center operates smoothly and efficiently.

Carly fell in love with Gaia from the moment she arrived and cannot imagine working with the medicines anywhere else.  Carly is also a certified yoga teacher and loves teaching yoga and meditation classes throughout the retreat.  If you need anything at all, either during your time here at Gaia or before you arrive, Carly is your go to gal.  She also loves hugs!

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Carol

Kitchen Manager

We all love Carol so much! She is funny, wise, kind, sweet, and has the coolest southern accent you ever heard. She makes the kitchen hum, which is the heart of any retreat center, and she makes food taste better than you can imagine it could taste. She is a wonderful leader who everyone adores and she makes absolutely everything fun.

When you meet Carol you will truly enjoy her company and companionship. She is a very wise woman and has helped many people find the better version of themselves, and helps us learn how to laugh at ourselves in the process and lighten up. Carol is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet!

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Bruce

Bruce is from California and has been a supporting force for Gaia Sagrada since the beginning. He believes each person has an individual path, and the way for that person to find the path to Source is deep within. Only the individual can find Source, as no one can tell you how to find God. You yourself must go within and God is then revealed to you through your own consciousness.

When errands of all sorts need to be done, Bruce is there. We call him Señor Seguro because he is always making sure everything is safe and secure. He is always standing by as the straight man during ceremonies to make sure anything that comes up can be handled, anything people need can be gotten, and if someone needs help he’s the go-to guy!

If you want to meet a guy with a big heart, he’s the one. He keeps things light and has a terrific sense of humor. If you ever need anything, Bruce is here to help!

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Victor

Victor, Angel and Benito, three brothers, maintain Gaia Sagrada and fix anything that comes up to be fixed. They are also the ones who run the building crew, who built Gaia Sagrada including all the rooms you sleep in, the kitchens where we make your food as well as all the patios, the sauna and the hot tubs where you can relax and enjoy.

Benigno, Jose, Cesar, and several others are the right hand guys of Victor and when things need to get done, they are the ones to call on. They live here in the Ecuadorian community around us and are our neighbors as well. Benigno rides his horse to work every day so you will see his horse grazing in the fields of Gaia Sagrada when he is here!

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Volunteers: The Angel Dream Team!

We have at all times 15 staff and volunteers to help you with all your needs during your stay at Gaia Sagrada. They take care of you during ceremonies, between ceremonies, and support you with lots of love, laughter, and give you a shoulder to cry on if you need one! Our staff and volunteers are always available. We call them the Angel Dream Team, here to help you with your journey through our ayahuasca retreat.

We have all kinds of beautiful and creative people who come through on our volunteer team, and they are all interesting and sweet in their own ways. Take some time to enjoy their company while they keep everything at Gaia Sagrada running smoothly. Feel free to get to know these wonderful souls and make some new life long friends.