Reasons to Choose Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreats in Ecuador vs Peru
You have many choices for your Ayahuasca retreat journey, so how do you choose between so many? Here are some points about Gaia Sagrada that can show you where your money goes, what our purpose is, why it is one of the safest places on Earth to experience an ayahuasca retreat, and where our true motives are.
Good karmic use of your money is very important if you want good things to come back to you. Instead of picking an ayahuasca center where someone is getting rich, consider a non-profit like Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center who uses proceeds to help the Ecuadorian community around them and keeps prices AT COST as a non-profit should.
We do not believe these sacred ayahuasca and san pedro traditions are for making a bunch of money. We believe these sacred traditions are coming to the awareness of Western civilization because it is time for a big change in the world. We are here to be in service to humanity’s transformation. Our karmic account is the one we care about! It is what you have done in this world that counts on the other side.
Here at Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center we walk the dimensions as a way of life. We know full well what is truly important on Earth, and it sure isn’t money! It is all about how many people we have been in service to in ways that have helped them transform, thus changing the world, one person at a time.
Through University of Metaphysical Sciences we have helped hundreds of thousands in the world, and through Gaia Sagrada we take people to the next level, beyond “learning” and gathering knowledge. This is all about direct experience with spiritual worlds within. It is one thing to learn about spiritual concepts, but a whole different thing to experience them directly.
Please also see our page about how Gaia Sagrada is one of the safest ayahuasca centers in the world and why we have higher safety standards than most centers, Ayahuasca and Safety. Feel free to look at the hundreds of positive reviews at our Ayahuasca Retreat Reviews page.
1. Our Shamans Speak English AND Spanish! Very Rare!
It is very rare to come to an ayahuasca retreat center and you can talk directly to the ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans in your own language (if you speak English or Spanish). Nothing is lost in translation, which is laborious and often amateur and incorrect. Our shamans have not only studied the ancient shamanic traditions in the jungles with their people, but they have also gotten an education in college and know our western culture and our world. One of our shamans is a psychologist, one is a marine biologist, and they all know our songs and movies from our culture! They bridge both the ancient world and the modern world, and understand our issues and processes like no other shamans can. We searched high and low for the most intelligent and skilled shamans possible. While they offer authentic traditional ceremonies, they also understand our world in a profound and intelligent way.
2. Shamans Stay Until End of Ceremony and Available Outside Ceremonies
At almost any ayahuasca retreat center the ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans are unavailable to talk to, and you’re not supposed to “bother” them. As we said, most do not speak English so you couldn’t talk to them even if you could sit with them outside the ayahuasca ceremonies. Sometimes ayahuasca shamans at other ayahuasca retreat centers do not even stay until the end of the ayahuasca ceremony. They simply pass out the ayahuasca medicine or san pedro medicine, sing for a little while, and then leave while you are still in your process with the ayahuasca or san pedro. Our ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans see you through the whole process and they are also available to talk to outside of the ayahuasca and san pedro ceremonies. We believe that the process isn’t over just because the ayahuasca ceremony or the san pedro ceremony has ended.
3. AT COST, Non-Profit Prices
Another reason to choose Gaia Sagrada for experiencing your journeys in healing is that we offer AT COST, non-profit prices for ayahuasca retreats and san pedro ceremonies. Not even the directors of the center are paid more than $340 per month! Most people on staff are here in trade for housing and are not gaining financially from these sacred traditions. We do it for love and service to humanity’s awakening! Even though everything in Ecuador costs three to four times more than Peru, we still offer lower prices than almost every Peru ayahuasca retreat center, or even the world for that matter. Our prices truly are at cost, affordable and yet a better ayahuasca experience than at ayahuasca centers that do not offer cheap ayahuasca retreats, only expensive ayahuasca retreats.
4. Good Karmic Use of Your Money
If you want your money to go to a good cause, instead of making someone rich on shamanic medicine ceremonies and ayahuasca retreats, Gaia Sagrada is the place to put your money to work on something good in the world. Correct karmic use of money is very important. Many people don’t think about where their money goes, but the universe is keeping track of what you do with your money and what it creates in the world! Your effect on the world will be shown to you when it is your time to cross over. Make sure it is a shining light!
Yes, there are well recognized ayahuasca centers with lots of media coverage and huge price tags for their ayahuasca retreats, but what do they do for the indigenous South American community around them? Not much. For the most part they are getting rich offering this sacred tradition or ayahuasca retreats and san pedro ceremonies to you, and that is not the best karmic use of your money.
We use our proceeds to assist the Ecuadorian community around us, like fixing their school, water systems, improving their roads, giving micro loans for them to start businesses, giving jobs to the locals, and much more. If you want your money to make a difference in South American lives, instead of going into someone’s pocket and making them rich, Gaia Sagrada is a wise karmic choice.
Ecuador Ayahuasca shamans and San Pedro shamans cannot offer ayahuasca retreats or san pedro ceremonies in Ecuador without certification and approval by the proper agencies and the government in Ecuador. This is what makes Ecuador ayahuasca retreats safer than Peru ayahuasca retreats. This is the only country in South America that requires ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans prove they have done the proper shamanic training and that they have the abilities, skills and integrity necessary to practice their trade offering ayahuasca retreats and san pedro retreats. In some other countries in South America, particularly in Peru, anyone can call themselves an ayahuasca shaman and open up shop, whether they know what they are doing or not. That is why Peru ayahuasca retreats are not as safe as Ecuador ayahuasca retreats.
We ONLY work with certified and qualified Ecuadorian ayahuasaca shamans and san pedro shamans. We require our ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans to have the proper certifications, credentials and education, which takes years and years to attain. Our ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans are truly committed to their trade and have done what is necessary to truly be called a shaman and do this work. If you want to work with good shamans, Gaia Sagrada is your place!
If you look into any center in Ecuador, make sure the ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans are certified by the shamanic organizations and registered with the government. Peru is specifically one of the places where Peruvian shamans are not qualified to practice shamanism, so make sure you only work with an organization who has qualified ayahuasca shamans, even in Ecuador.
6. Ayahuasca & San Pedro is SAFE, Traditional and PURE!
The problems that arise in some situations where someone has died or been harmed at an ayahuasca retreat center is because untrained shamans mix in other things that should not be in the ayahuasca medicine or san pedro medicine in order to make it more intense or last longer. This is not good. The hundreds of different substances that are sometimes mixed into the medicines are dangerous, a mystery, and they do not tell you they are mixing other substances into the ayahuasca or san pedro.
Datura (Toe), for instance, is often mixed into non-traditional medicines and literally can kill people. It is very toxic, and some people are even allergic to it. Datura can cause nightmares and intense experiences. Tobacco mixed into the ayahuasca medicine can be a detriment as well, especially if someone cannot handle high doses of nicotine. These are just a couple of different examples of what can go wrong when other things are mixed into the ayahuasca medicine or san pedro medicine that should not be there. Often, ayahuasca medicine is blamed, but it is actually what has been mixed into the ayahuasca medicine that shouldn’t be there that is the culprit when something goes wrong.
Here at Gaia Sagrada our ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans are under contract to only use the traditional ingredients, and NOTHING ELSE! The Ayahuasca medicine consists ONLY of the vine and leaves that are meant to be in it. San Pedro medicine is ONLY the cactus. Nothing else is mixed into the ayahuasca medicine or san pedro medicine. You are getting the true and pure experience of the ayahuasca medicine and san pedro medicine as they were meant to be taken, no funny business! This provides for a safe and secure experience with the traditional medicines.
Please also see our page about how Gaia Sagrada is one of the safest ayahuasca centers in the world and why we have higher safety standards than most centers, Ayahuasca Reviews and Safety.
For your inner journey, you might want to pick a place that has modern, clean housing with all the creature comforts. This way you aren’t distracted and can stay focused on what is going on within you during your ayahuasca retreat. Most ayahuasca retreat centers are pretty rough, practically camping, don’t have electric, water is questionable, don’t have internet, there are mosquito and insect problems, it’s hot and humid, and the jungle isn’t exactly quiet at night! Most ayahuasca retreat centers offer communal or shared housing, whereas Gaia Sagrada offers private rooms and even apartments for couples.
Here at Gaia Sagrada you can focus on your inner journey and not have to deal with physical discomfort. All facilities are modern and new, there is no roughing it, and you can even enjoy the sauna and hot tubs for a really luxurious experience. Treat yourself to something great for an at-cost non-profit price. It just doesn’t get any better than this!
If you want to do a jungle excursion, do it after the ayahuasca retreat so you’re not uncomfortable while on your ayahuasca journey! The jungles are beautiful natural places, so enjoy them before or after your shamanic retreat. You won’t mind roughing it a little when you are focused on your outer journey rather than your inner journey.
8. Internet Here!
We have hi speed internet so you can stay in touch with the outside world! Although we don’t encourage constant internet cruising while you are here, we want you to have the opportunity to document your experience as you go along, keep in touch with family and friends, and let people experience vicariously through you if you are a Facebook user or blogger. Your friends and family will most likely be curious, and some are even worried if you are not keeping in touch.
9. Heart Centered Ayahuasca Retreats
If you have ever wanted to feel truly loved, come here and let us love you! The Gaia Sagrada family is truly beautiful and sweet, and we take care of your every need. You will feel like you have a home away from home. Many have commented on how kind and loving our ayahuasca shamans, san pedro shamans, and Gaia Sagrada staff and volunteers are.
The sponsors of Gaia Sagrada are University of Metaphysical Sciences in the USA and Wisdom of the Heart Church in the USA. We feel that the heart is wiser than the mind and it always makes the right choices. We live more by the heart than the mind, and it shows in our work with you!
The shamans we pick must pass the heart wisdom test and be capable of unconditional love for our participants. We have had many shaman “tryouts” and we picked the most loving and wisest who can work with people in a compassionate way.
We make sure everyone here knows how to help a person transmute and transcend darkness through love, and all the ayahuasca ceremonies and san pedro ceremonies are of the sweetest nature, even if challenging things come up for healing in some individuals. Our ayahuasca shamans and san pedro shamans work with beings who are angelic in nature, never with lower spirits.
10. Healing & Awakening One Individual at a Time
We aren’t in this for the money, obviously. So why do we do this? We are in this for the awakening of humanity, one person at a time. We are here to serve you in the best way we can in order to assist you to become a positive force in the world. The world is in much need of change, and who is going to change that? YOU!
The power of one is immense, and we are here to help you become the One who helps others around you, no matter if your influence is big or small, doesn’t matter. Change in the world happens one individual at a time. Let’s start with you! Healer, heal thyself. Then you become an inspiration to others.
We are here to help you make peace with your past and future, heal your body if it is needed, heal your emotions and thoughts, help you make spiritual connections, and assist you in becoming the most amazing human being that you can imagine yourself to be.
We are here to connect you to the master within you, the Source of who you are. Time to bypass the middlemen, the priests, the spiritual teachers, the gurus, and become the master that you already are. All your answers are inside you. All you need are the eyes to see and the ears to hear. We can help you with that.
Remove the personality layers of obstruction. Heal your emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical injuries. Be free to be the incredible consciousness that you already are! This is our motivation, more than anything, to be in service to your continual awakening. We’re on a spiritual mission!
11. Stainless Steel Instead of Aluminum
We use stainless steel instead of aluminum pots to cook our medicines, as aluminum is very toxic for your body. Most centers use aluminum cookware.
12. Ease of Access, Airport Close, Only Passport, Hospital Close Too!
Ease of access for travelers, no vaccines or shots required, Cuenca airport only 45 minutes away. Not having to hike or take boats into unknown places is a benefit, arrive by car! While it is romantic to go deep into a wilderness area, if there is ever an emergency, it could be a life and death situation if you are unable to get to civilization in time. We have a driver on site at all times, and if anything ever happened, the hospital is only a half hour away by car. While you would never know you were anywhere near civilization out here in these beautiful, wild mountains and trees, with the stars and the milky way high above, we feel it is important to be within reach of civilization if the need should ever arise. No one has ever had an emergency, but we like knowing that civilization is close enough if it is ever needed.
Not hot or humid, pleasant weather all year round. Eternal spring, no bugs, clear skies and stars, fireflies, warm during day, cool at night so you can sleep, and never too rainy or cold. Eternal spring!
14. Sponsored by University of Metaphysical Sciences in USA! Bringing Credibility & Professionalism to Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreats
Sponsored by University of Metaphysical Sciences, a leader in metaphysics and spiritual teachings, with credibility all over the world, Gaia Sagrada is backed by a professional organization that makes sure everything is done right! University of Metaphysical Sciences has a reputation for creating the best possible experience for people, both in educational endeavors and also ayahuasca retreats.