Eagle Condor Alliance - Ancestral Healing Center in Colombia
The Eagle Condor Alliance offers 10 Day Sacred Medicine Retreats in the mountains outside of Medellin, Colombia. Participants stay in BnB quality housing while experiencing traditional Cofan Ayahuasca (Yage) ceremonies in conjunction with Red Road (El Camino Rojo) San Pedro Cactus and Lakota-Sioux sweat lodge ceremonies. By bringing these traditions and medicines together we do our part to fulfill the ancient Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor.
Our central mission is to spread consciousness, awareness and love by being the bridge between our participants and the ancient traditions and sacred medicines of the Americas. We are ultimately concerned with conserving the forests of the Americas, starting in Colombia, where these medicines, traditions, and wisdoms are found. Part of the profits of every retreat are dedicated to land conservation and social uplift for our elders in Colombia,
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Sam Twyman March 15, 2018
If you are reading these reviews and they spark something in your heart, please trust that feeling. I am so grateful I was led by my heart to this beautiful place. There is an incredibly strong and pure intention in the work that is carried out at the ECA. Hans, Bobby and Jesse were fantastic leaders. They guided us through a really integrated process from beginning to end. The principle of walking the path of the heart is encouraged through ritual, teaching and most importantly, by example. I am proud to have shared time with everyone I met there. The ceremonies were life changing for me. I was incredibly grateful to be in the company of the healers Gonzalo and Greison who conducted the ceremonies with a magic and wisdom that is beyond me. It was my first time experiencing San Pedro and Ayahuasca, but I can tell that the medicines were very powerful and effective. The experience was indescribable and infinite. There was so much that I was shown by the medicine that it has changed me forever. It reconnected my towards my heart, my ability to love, my animal nature, and gave me a thousand lessons on gratitude, humility, compassion and respect. Thank you. The set and setting of the whole retreat is perfect. Surrounded by beautiful trees and tropical birds and at 8,700 feet up in the mountain, I could think of nowhere I would rather go to reconnect. Everything is relaxed and inspiring. I must thank Elena for always preparing such delicious food with the warmest smile. There is an authenticity, compassion, humanity and beauty to the whole process. I felt like I was always in safe hands. There is a great feeling of trust and warmth. I left feeling part of the ECA family, and I am forever grateful for my time there.
Julio R March 08, 2018
I will start by saying that as someone who was born in Colombia, who was lightly familiar with some of the rich ancestry linked to the concept at the base of this type of healing, I had specific and high expectations of this experience. I also have dealt with some difficult challenges in life and wanted to make sure that this was the right choice, so I was ready to remain skeptical for as long as needed. But now I can confidently say that not only those expectations were met, but they were also clearly surpassed. The medicines are challenging and powerful, and for that reason I know this is the right place to experience them. The main requirement that I had when choosing a place to take these medicines was a clear sense of safety, and this is a quality that I felt was always at the base of every activity during this ten day journey. The beautiful, thoughtful, and generous individuals behind ECA, were truly there for me and for everyone else during our retreat; and the taitas (or shamans) are not only knowledgeable, but also responsible with the way in which they use the medicines and treat their guests. I can't say enough positive things about my experience with ECA. I left with my heart full of love, a more balanced body, and with my mind and soul ready to continue evolving in a brighter direction. And of course, with many new friends that I look forward to seeing again. Did I mention they also have some amazing-delicious, fresh Colombian food? The people, the location, the food, the gatherings around the fire, the teachings, the discovery, the personal journey... so many positive things to write about this experience, so it's a 10 out 10!
Drella Thiele February 28, 2018
I attended the retreat in November 2017. Before committing to ECA, I read all the raving reviews on the website, and I have to say they are all true! I had never done any yahe or san pedro ceremony so for me it was very important that somebody was there to explain and answer a lot of questions. Bobby and Jesse are really two of the nicest and most caring human beings I have ever met. They will explain in great detail everything you need or want to know about the ceremonies. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have two angels like Jesse and Bobby on your side who not only introduce you to a new chapter in your life but also guide you step-by-step through the process. They are literally there to hold your hand and will do whatever it takes so you have the best experience possible. Besides the medicine being superb and strong you will meet two amazing, responsible and wise healers and listen to the most wonderful music during and after the ceremonies. If you want to experience this plant medicine in a loving and safe place then you should join the ECA family.
Bryan Johnson July 31, 2017
ECA is such a wonderful retreat center. Everything from the healers, to the medicine, to the facilitators, to the food, and the atmosphere are just great. Bobbi, Hans, and Jessie are everything you could ask for in facilitators. They take their roles extremely seriously and offer kind loving support to help you through what can be a very challenging process. The healers here are very experienced and offer medicine of the highest and purest degree. Both Gonzalo and Greison guide you through very deep and life-illuminating ceremonies. I would strongly urge anyone looking for a Yage retreat to follow your calling to ECA. I promise you that you'll be happy to have made this decision.
Ashley Skoch May 20, 2017
The facilitators and healers at ECA have the utmost respect and reverence for the sacred medicines and ancient traditions of the Americas, which I consider to be the most important aspect of the experience. You are in good hands with ECA. I have such deep admiration and appreciation for the important work they do to support people on their journeys to healing and awakening. This retreat changed my life and I look forward to going back. Logistically speaking, accommodations are great and the food is incredible. There is a lot of intention and care put into each aspect of this retreat. Lots of love to everyone at ECA! Aho.
Anna Paniagua May 18, 2017
This retreat is safe and incredibly effective for healing and growth. I felt so connected to the earth, god, and myself. I was able to realize things that would have taken a decade in traditional therapy to understand. It was so worth every penny. The food and grounds are amazing and the facilitators and healers are so helpful and dedicated. If you go with ECA, I guarantee you will come out the other side a better, happier person! =)
Miranda Lynn Vires April 27, 2017
I attended retreat at ECA in April of 2017, and it was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone who feels called to work with these sacred plant medicines. The detail and love that goes into these retreats, by so many people, blew me away. From the moment I was picked up from the airport, until I was dropped back off, I felt a part of a family, well cared for, and very safe. The location was gorgeous, the medicine very effective, the healers are very loving and have plenty of experience, and the food was AMAZING! The knowledge I have learned from Bobby, Jesse, and Hans blew me away, and will stay with me forever. This community truly loves what they do and it shows in every aspect of this retreat and beyond.
Carter Coe March 05, 2017
The Japanese word Yuugen means “an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses that are too mysterious and deep for words.” Yuugen is the only way to succinctly describe my experience at Eagle Condor Alliance. On several occasions I wanted to leave the retreat due to anxiety, fear, and inability to let go. Healing deep-rooted issues was more than I thought I could handle. The men leading this retreat were there to carry me when I couldn’t carry myself though (literally and figuratively). Bobby, Hans, and Jesse are three of the most transcendent individuals I have met. Alongside the ancestral wisdom of the taitas, Greison and Gonzalo, these five men deliver an experience unrivaled in spiritual power. Despite a strong desire to abandon my intentions and fly home, I stayed at the retreat. The 10-day process had to be carried out to know whether plant medicines could help me. I am glad beyond words that I stayed. While intense anxiety and difficult moments continued to arise throughout the week, I also experienced profound joy and revelations. I forgave, let go of resentments and attachments, found compassion for others, developed a connection to parts of life I didn’t know existed, and discovered clarity where I was confused. The plants didn’t necessarily do what I wanted them to do, but they did what I needed them to do. I am not cured of all that ails me, but I have been shown a better path. Now it’s up to me to take that path, an open heart path. I’m not alone as I move forward though – you leave ECA as a family member rather than a customer. We are forever linked to the men and women who shared this experience with us. I hope to see many of them again one day and trust they are there for me if I need them. Consider giving yourself at least a day or two of personal rest following the retreat. Going straight back to work was challenging. Staying in accommodations away from the main common area may also be preferable to some, as sleep can be difficult in that area. Finally, don’t hesitate to bring a warm hat or other comfortable cool-weather items although the guys will provide as many blankets as you need if you are cold. I would be remiss to not also point out that a young woman named Eli is equally profound in bringing love to the retreat through her culinary genius. I miss Eli and her food and now seek places in my hometown that resemble her cooking. Eli’s meals taste better than the ingredients alone, because they are cooked with loving intention. If you seek deep healing and a higher truth, you will likely find it at ECA. Good luck wherever you go.
Roma Labuda February 13, 2017
Connecting with the medicines is a very profound experience and every single one is extremely individual. I was planning my first encounter with the medicine and therefore it was very important for me to find a place where I would feel safe and in good hands. I could not imagine just to go to a place without knowing anyone, I needed to gain trust before I would go. The ECA family is taking time to talk to each interested person on skype. This establishes a basis of trust and both, the ECA family and the interested person have the chance to find out if they belong together. This is just a short remark for people that might feel like me trying to find the right place for this profound journey. ECA is the RIGHT place for you! From the very first moment there, during and even after the retreat my first impression of this place and the people was exceeded by far. Healers, facilitators, cooks and friends are just words describing their dedication. But who they truly are is a big, wonderful & caring family. And they will treat you as a family member from the first moment on. Apart from that, it is noteworthy that during the whole retreat Jesse, Bobby and Hans would accompany the participants during the day, before and after the ceremony. They have introduced us into the world of the sacred medicines, they have explained us the traditions and they gave us good advices. They were there as well for private talks if needed. And during the ceremonies they offered us the best imaginable care. Not only their dedication is astonishing, but also Gonzalos and Greisons dedication. They dedicate their entire lifes to the sacred medicines, they dedicate their lifes to heal people and to heal the world. A part of the revenues is used for land conversation in the Amazon rainforest and for the support of the indigenous community in the western Amazon. The ECA family is not only helping us to understand how we can become a better person, they are the living example how to be a better person and feel gifted by giving. My love and my gratitude are infinite. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin! PS: And the food is sooo good that this would be reason enough to go there! :)
David Tran January 04, 2017
Me and my friend travelled from Australia to take part in our first ayahuasca retreat. From the moment we arrived we felt very welcomed and safe. Hans and Bobby made sure we had everything we needed and took great care of us throughout the experience. The retreat is in a beautiful location in the mountains and the food was top notch. The ceremonies were very powerful and eye-opening experiences. We felt we were in good hands with both of the healers who facilitated the ceremonies. Overall it was an incredible experience that we wouldn't think twice about doing again.
Balraj Singh August 21, 2016
I took part in the November 2015 retreat (10 days). I had my first Ayahusca experience in 2013 - a retreat just outside Iquitos, Peru. I had an amazing experience, but it did not really cross my mind to do it again until fairly recently when the opportunity arised (work contract ended). I decided to take a few weeks off to go to South America. I wanted to experience an Ayahusca ceremony in Colombia, so after researching, I settled on Eagle Condor Alliance. The location is beautiful- Santa Elena, a quiet rural setting in mountain region, aprox 1 hour from Medellin. The views are honestly breath-taking, the air is clean, and the tap water is drinkable. The accommodation is very comfortable, private room, lovely bed, hot showers, wifi, a communal area to relax, and the food was the best I had during my whole trip in South America. The facilitators - Hans-Peter, Jesse and Bobby were remarkable, I put my full trust in them, I really needed them with me as the ceremonies got very intense, and they were there by my side (I could not have been through it without them). I am truly thankful to them, for their assistance in my every need, their wisdom, brotherhood, friendship and sense of humour. I admit before booking, I was slightly apprehensive about staying in comfortable accommodation, eating well, and being with 'non-native facilitators' (all these details were in contrast to my first retreat in Peru) - but I can honestly say that this only added greatly to my whole experience; the experiences I had during the medicine ceremonies is evident of this. The Yage ceremonies were a lot stronger than I experienced in Peru. I partook in 2 San Pedro Ceremonies, 3 Yage, and 3 sweat lodges - all were unique, and were conducted under the guidance of Gonzalo (Red Road healer), Greison (Yage healer), and our facilitators who are fluent in Spanish and were able to translate for the participants. I thank the healers for their love, guidance, protection, wisdom and knowledge. It was a beautiful experience to sit in the sweat-lodge and finca chanting together in sync, and the chants are one of the greatest souvenirs I have bought back with me. The ceremonies left me with the most profound experience of my life. I did not know where to begin to ask what I wanted from the medicine ceremonies, but I realised in my heart I took away more than my mind could ask for or even comprehend. It can take a lot of hard work and stress to settle on a particular organisation, I can wholeheartedly say, I have found 'my' organisation in the Eagle Condor Alliance, and I have no need to look elsewhere for future ceremonies. I am sure I will be back again... Bless you all, Aho Mitakuye Oyasin!!!
Jacob Godbout July 16, 2016
The Eagle Condor Alliance changed my life for the better. I went to two retreats in April and May 2016 and since then I've had a much better understanding of myself, my feelings and emotions, others, and the world around me. I have absolute trust in the retreat facilitators and the shamans, and that trust was vital to getting the most out of the challenging journeys that I went through. The accommodation, food, environment, organisation, and medicines were excellent, as others have already mentioned. I highly recommend this retreat to everybody considering using these medicines for healing.
Larry Lastra June 28, 2016
My experience with ECA has really exceeded my expectations. When I arrived .. I was greeted with open arms and heart... The 3 young men Jesse, Bobby, & Hans I give great credit for .. to see them work, and putting 100% effort with Love and Compassion is really something to be admired. I felt completely safe and just knew I was in the right hands. The accommodations and food was excellent, and just the setting alone was perfect. As for the shamans Greison and Gonzo - they truly are experts in their field - and I actually got more than I expected from La Medicina. My experience and intentions that I set for this retreat were completely met yet La Medicina brought up things in my past that needed healing that I didn't even realize. Feeling grateful. humbled , and rejuvenated by the end of the retreat is an under statement.. I do plan on doing this again with ECA because you all become one - a family - a great feeling. I do recommend not watching any youtube video's because when I did I got the complete wrong impressions from the other retreats... at the ECA it was different..and I'm very happy that I made the right decision. ps Inbetween ceremonies while relaxing- I learned real quick to listen to Bobby Hans and Jessie.. for when they talk maybe not realizing it but I gained much knowledge from them as well. I left the retreat having a greater respect for Mother Nature and all of her elements, taking better care of myself with the right foods and my spiritual growth has sky rocketed. Thank You ECA.. I will be back. Aho
Kate Powell June 28, 2016
After researching plant medicine retreats across South America, my partner and I came across Eagle Condor Alliance. Everything about it sounded sincere, respectful and incredibly intriguing. And after spending 10 days at the retreat, I can happily say that it offers far more than I had ever expected. The location is unbeatable, as you are fully immersed in all of Mother Nature's green, leafy glory. The accommodation is incredible. I have to say, coming home to a cosy fire, warm herbal tea and a big comfy bed was an absolute godsend after the ceremonies. Taylor and the other chefs cooked the most delicious, nourishing and tasty food you can ever imagine. And what can I say about the facilitators – Bobby, Jesse and Hans. These are three of the most genuine and caring people I have ever met. You can see just how hard they have worked to get this amazing place to where it is now, and I have no doubt that they will continue to do many more wonderful things in the future. They each bring their own unique energy to the centre, and I am eternally grateful for the support that each of them gave me during my stay. The healers are true miracle workers. Gonzalo's energy throughout the San Pedro and Temezcal ceremonies was pure joy. I absolutely loved being immersed in his joyous energy, and I was deeply touched by just how much he loves the sacred land that we call planet earth. The San Pedro ceremonies and Temezcals were the perfect balance to the Aya ceremonies, and I couldn't imagine not doing all three in conjunction with eachother. And as for Greison – wow. A powerful man with a giant heart. This man helped lead me through some of the most profound moments of my life during the Aya ceremonies. I cannot fathom doing the plant medicines anywhere else now, because at ECA every aspect is kept true to the ancient traditions, and you know that you are in safe hands the entire time. I am eternally grateful for what Greison, Gonzalo, Bobby, Jesse and Hans have brought to my life – setting me on the right path to discover inner peace. It may sound cliche, but I really do feel reborn in many ways after my visit to ECA. Each and every person that I shared those 10 days with have become my family, and I am so thankful for having been a part of such a beautiful experience. I cannot wait to return someday. Aho!
Antoine Themistocleous June 27, 2016
If you feel called and/or are curious about these ancestral medicines, and want to go through a spiritual journey with responsible and serious people who have the up most respect for these ancestral ceremonies and open to each individual's growth, then Eagle Condor Alliance is the place to go.
sven grensemann June 27, 2016
I'm writing this to help people who (like I was) may be worried about going to a strange place and doing something they haven't done before with people they don't know... I REALLY hope this helps you to make the leap and experience what I did with Jesse, Bobby, Hans, Greison & Gonzalo. Few things below for me which really stood out. 1. The website, compared to others out there it was well designed, visually pleasing and packet with interesting information. Then came the call with Hans, other sites make you fill out a form. Call was great, Hans showed a genuine interest about my situation and what had prompted me to consider joining him and the ECA family for retreat. 2. As I don't speak Spanish, to be picked up and dropped off at the retreat was huge, nothing to worry about, just kick back and enjoy the ride, 30min and you are there. 3. The retreat! this place is amazing, perched 1600m above Medellin on a private road no traffic or noise (apart from birds) the fincas look like something out of a fairy tale. Grounds are luxurious, view over the city, trees, flowers everything is designed to make you relaxed and comfortable. My accommodation was a private room with my own bathroom which made the chilling out & recovery after ceremonies easy and enjoyable. 4. The build up. The guys ease you into things, you progressively (in a step by step fashion) start to extricate yourself from the world you left behind. This happens thought many stages such as meeting the guys who will share the ceremonies with you, sharing stories about what bought you there getting to know Hans, Bobby & Jesse (all super cool dudes). Then the pre-ceremonies start all designed to get you into the best possible physical & mental space before the medicine. 5. Ceremonies themselves. I wont go into detail about my own experience as yours will likely be different. What I will say is that they were amazing and 6 months later I still think about some of the things i experienced. With Jesse, Bobby, Hans, Greison & Gonzalo you are in the best hands possible, the guys looked after everyone in what seemed to be the perfect way. It was uncanny at times! 6. Back to basics. I think this was one of the unexpected benefits of the retreat. Eating healthy, water, clean air, lots of sleep and my favorite Abuelo (grandfather fire). Being around the fire in and out of ceremony was something really special, I made the connection in the first san pedro ceremony and it's still with me today. I make a little fire and pray with tobacco in my back yard around once per month and it's super cool! To wrap up, I had an amazing time with the ECA guys and as long as you follow the pre retreat guidance they give you with regards to diet and come with an open mind and heart ready for what the medicine will give you, you will have quite literally the time of your life. May be I'll see you there next time I visit :) Sven
Jesper Kjaer Thomassen June 25, 2016
You are in good hands with these guys. I did a 10 day retreat back in March this year. I am not going to go into details about the actual Aya / San Pedro experience witch was amazing. The whole ECA team are incredible you feel the second you meet the guys that they have found their calling in life and genuinely enjoy facilitating these incredible medicines. In regards to the price, yes there are cheaper places available around south america, but i can honestly say that its money well spend. In this case you really get what you pay for. I have done a retreat in Peru previously to this one, and the food, accommodation, medicine was way superior with ECA compared to the other place i tried. Don't be a tight ass when it comes to something like this. I promise you its the best investment of your life! All in all 11/10 to ECA changed my life :)
Natalie Fiore June 22, 2016
To any and all considering the ECA, please know that my life is forever impacted by the care i received from this remarkable community. I participated in their 10 day retreat in March 2016, and I am already booked to return in September 2016. There exists an enveloping atmosphere of love and acceptance, plenty of time to be with yourself in comfort, and compassionate friendship from your hosts when/if you desire it. I was also deeply impressed with the Shamen and their medicines, which helped me to heal and celebrate myself. Please have a thorough look at their website as I found it was an excellent representation of the experience that awaits you. The ECA is worth every penny and moment of travel. Aho!
Niklas Modess June 20, 2016
This was my first time going on a retreat to experience the medicines. I was a bit nervous and didn't know what to expect, but the people at ECA made the entire experience exceed anything I could've imagined. The location up in the mountains above Medellín is absolutely stunning with a breath taking view of the city below. You feel like part of their family after a short amount of time, where the facilitators Jessie, Bobby and Hans makes you feel welcome and safe. They are people with big hearts and beautiful souls that do all they can to help you and guide you through your experience that is ultimately your own. Same thing with the shamans, Gonzalo and Greison. I'm humbled that they invited me to their maloka and shared their medicine with me. They stay true to the medicine and the ancient ceremonies while sharing their wisdom and helping you along the way. I came out of the experience with a new look on life and a will to continue working with the medicines in the future. I strongly recommend them to anyone who wants an intense and profound journey inwards!
Holly Nielsen June 17, 2016
I experienced my first Temazcal ceremony in the numinous Santa Elena Mountains with Gonzalo. I was in an emotionally and physically low state, as I had seriously injured my knee a week before, on my second day in Colombia. I was still in pain and was experiencing some strong feelings of fear related to the darkness of the inipi. I even felt afraid to take part in the ceremony, but I was determined to do something to help my knee. I was also aware that there was a good reason why I found myself in this place at this time, so I entered. As soon as they began bringing in the abeulas, the red hot stones, and singing with such joy, my spirits began to lift. I immediately connected to the prayers for spreading awareness of the plight of fresh, pure water in our world today, and I felt enveloped in a protective cocoon, a womb, with room only for pure love inside. I was able to move past the feelings of fear I had been having. I could feel my heart opening to this new strength and clarity of purpose and was able to share songs and a prayer of my own. By the end of the ceremony, my pain was greatly diminished! But what was an even greater relief was how I felt, and continue to feel personally: strong, and calm, with clear intention. This experience planted a seed for the many blessings that have followed. Thank you so much Gonzalo and Hans and Jesse and Bobby for the work you are all doing to share this medicine with the world!
Celina Crisan June 15, 2016
It was my 1st aya experience and the guys made it happened with so much grace... I didn't know anything about!havent watched any Utubes Abt aya....so it was lots of unknown and lots of fear....but the facilitators there are so dedicateted!they pour their hearts out into giving me the innermost experience ...I felt so much trust in them that I could completely surrender to the medicine and to the journey....and it was a beautiful journey ...nurtured by the shaman who always felt my struggles and helped me through ...with ease and grace.
Danielle Hubard June 15, 2016
The Eagle Condor Alliance welcomed me upon arrival with the utmost love and respect; right away I knew that I had made a decision to come to a place that would forever change my life in many diverse ways. The ECA healers and facilitators were uniquely capable of guiding my journey and supporting my process day after day. The land in Santa Elena is powerful, magical, and the ceremonial spaces are pristine. The housing situation surpassed any expectations, leaving me entirely blissful between ceremonies in complete comfort and well-nourished with healthy meals. The combination of the various sacred medicines they work with allows an intense cleansing and stabilizing of our energy systems. The spirit of Ayahuasca blessed me with entirely different lessons than those that I encountered through the spirit of San Pedro cactus; they complemented one another wonderfully. Furthermore, the insight that I discovered through tobacco purging and the use of tobacco ceremonially was profound in and of itself. Sweat lodges after a long night of ceremony improved the the quality of my experience dramatically- Another dimension of consciousness comes in. Not to mention mountainside basil/herbal baths! These guys are the most dedicated and sincere retreat group that I have ever encountered. Remember, too, that they are actively working to protect the Amazon rainforest and support indigenous elders. Truly amazing. I am in awe. After attending sacred medicine ceremonies in six different locations so far, I would without a doubt recommend the ECA community above all others. If you are interested in restructuring your paradigm of life, and experiencing sudden, unforgettable revelations and visions of the world which allow you a glimpse of the truth, then I would highly encourage you to trust yourself to heal and transform your suffering at one of their 10-day retreats. I wish you a pleasant journey, and every happiness.
Dylan Raphael Baker June 11, 2016
I had the pleasure of finding this beautiful retreat this past spring, tucked away in the Hills west of Medellin it is truly a hidden gem. This was the second time I attended an Ayahuasca retreat (first time was in Peru) and after spending over a week with the ECA family I don't see myself taking sacred medicine anywhere else. Eagle Condor Alliance is not an adventure travel destination where gringos can go do exotic drugs to check off something on their bucket list, this is a place for true healing. The housing is very comfortable and the property is a truly comforting environment ideal for reflection, peace, and rest. I chose to camp outside in the front lawn for a discounted stay and I still felt very comfortable the whole time. I was assured that if the weather turned bad that I would have a place in house on one of the extremely comfy couches. The chefs onsite prepared us some tremendous meals with the freshest ingredients possible. If you're obsessed with eating clean healthy organic meals than you will be in culinary heaven during your stay at ECA. What truly makes this place so special is the sincere efforts of the staff. Hans, Jesse, and Bobby did a tremendous job of making everyone feel very comfortable with not only sleeping accommodations but by explaining the process of the retreat and what to expect from the medicine. In all honesty you'll never know exactly what to expect from the medicine but that is part of the beauty of partaking in these sacred medicinal ceremonies. The guys are also just great to hang around with and shoot the shit if you will (please excuse my french). All three of them come from different western backgrounds, Jesse is an east coast Boston guy, Hans is from California, and Bobby comes from Australia. They are very easy to relate to which I think is super important in these very foreign ancient traditions. That being said they have a tremendous amount of experience in sacred medicinal ceremonies and with South American culture in general. The healers at ECA were a pleasure to work with, I felt very comfortable in the Moloka and I felt I was given proper attention and respect during my healing process. Gonzalo is a follower of the Red Road and is the conductor of the San Pedro ceremonies and the Temazcal (sweatlodge) ceremonies. He is a very caring individual with a wealth of knowledge, a beautiful family that helps him during the ceremonies, and he also has a great sense of humor. Greison is the Ayahuasca (or Yaje is what it is more commonly referred to in Colombia) healer. He is a very focused and intense healer but does not fail to give everyone proper attention during the ceremony. He would walk up to me during my intense sessions with Yaje on my mat and look into my eyes to make sure I was doing alright. When he whips out his harmonica the room fills with love. He has over twenty years experience with the medicine and comes from a very interesting and authentic Amazonian tradition. He is truly a master at is craft and has dedicated his life to understanding the medicine and healing others. When the retreat is over the guys make it very easy to communicate with them if you need any advice or have questions about reintegrating into society. They have kept in contact with everyone at the retreat months after it was over through emails meant to continue to help all of us on our individual journeys. I felt like I made some lifelong friends at this retreat, and I feel like I have three new older brothers down in Colombia in Bobby, Hans, and Jesse to help guide me if I need any direction on my path.
Hyacinth Burrowes June 09, 2016
I attended Eagle Condor Alliance's retreat in May 2016 and I had a beautifully positive and healing experience. I didn't have many expectations, never having experienced any of the sacred medicines prior to this retreat and from the moment I arrived, I knew I was in an ideal environment to do so. The retreat took place high in the Colombian Andes, outside of Medellin, where the everyday temperature was perfect for an afternoon hammock nap and the view lent itself to post ceremony reflections overlooking the valley. Being based in such a natural and beautiful setting aided my journey personally and on several occasions we went on informal group walks down the nearby trail. In addition to the breath-taking setting, it was obvious that the facilitators took care to provide us with the best possible experience during the ceremonies and throughout our stay. To do so meant providing us with delicious and nutrious food, ensuring our mental and physical comfort and being fully present and aware individuals. Who you choose to be surrounded by in these times of expanded consciousness and energetic sensitivity is important. I admire the facilitators not only for their awareness of this fact, but also for the obvious way in which they live with purpose and intention. They are genuine people whose knowledgeable, loving and nonjudgmental spirits serve as guides, role models and confidantes throughout this life changing journey. The healers are equally as beautiful and knowledgeable souls. They have many years of experience with the medicines and have infectious passion for Mother Earth, the elements and their community. The healers have been preparing the medicines for decades and they are as pure as the facilitators and healer's hearts. Comfort can be taken in the fact that ECA never mixes other substances or plants in their medicines. The ceremonies were structured in such a way that I believe I got a thorough, non-rushed introduction to the medicines. The ceremonies were authentic to the traditions in which they come from and the facilitators were there to translate when needed. Any questions or hesitations were addressed prior to ceremonies, the figurative door was always open and we were always given liberty to participate in accordance to our comfort level. I felt extremely comfortable with Eagle Condor Alliance and was able to completely let go because of the trust they fostered. Because of this, I believe I was able to take full advantage of the healing potential of the medicines and truly receive the teachings that were in such abundance that week. The retreat grounds truly felt like home for those 10 days and I left feeling as though I had not only been reunited with myself, but with family. The list of positive things to say about my experience are infinite because each moment spent with Eagle Condor Alliance was filled with light, love, awareness and wisdom. Ultimately, we will undoubtedly have different, individual experiences but I can say with great certainty that if you trust in the Eagle Condor Alliance to guide your journey with the sacred medicines, it will be the curative and refreshing spiritual experience you need.
Juliana Villegas June 08, 2016
Meeting Bobby, Jesse, Hans, and the whole Makha Wakan family has definitely been a blessing in my life, and I couldn't be more grateful with myself for living this experience. Their purpose and what they do comes from their hearts, they are true to the medicines and they have real intentions. The ancestral lineage they follow is something that I value highly because it's authentic. For me the journey wasn't easy at all, but these medicines and the way Gonzalo and Greison manage them, left me speechless. They both have so much wisdom, humbleness, and made me felt always protected. Waking up in the forest, drinking mountain water, eating amazing food, feeling the wind and seeing mother nature as a being that is here to help us on our spiritual process was an amazing experience for me. Learning how important it is to live a simple life without attachments, without material needs, and just with our hearts vibrating the most pure and beautiful energy is one of the biggest teachings that was given to me during this journey. When I made this decision I didn't expect to learn all these incredible things, I didn't expect that my inner child was going to grow so much and was going to teach me how to smile and enjoy life in the purest way. I didn´t expect to reconnect to my inner mother, to my whole femininity and the power that I have as a women, as a goddess. So don't hesitate on making the decision to experience something that your soul needs, and don't hesitate on choosing ECA, because they are complete, they have a beautiful energy to share with you, the accommodation and setting is beautiful and comfortable, and Colombia is without a doubt a special place that everyone has to discover.
Mikaela Weir June 08, 2016
I did 2 retreats with the ECA in September and October 2015. The following is a review I wrote after the first retreat. 9 months later I continue on my journey that has accelerated after attending the retreats. By continuing the path set out for me from there my intentions have been realized and I continue with many of the practices and ideals I learned while I was with the ECA. They have all stayed with me more than they could ever know :) My experience over the past 10 days at the Eagle Condor Alliance retreat has been one of self-growth, clarity and the beginning of my path of transformation. I am incredibly grateful to have had the courage and opportunity to come here, and to become part of the Eagle Condor family. The mountain side setting is spectacular, refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating. It is a great place to reconnect to nature and appreciate the beauty of so much life existing in it. The accommodations are comfortable and assist in the healing process that occurs here. The food prepared by Samuel and Alejandro was delicious, nutritive, and prepared with pride and good energy. There certainly was no lack of food and I was well taken care of. The small group size was intimate and allowed for more focused healing from the healers. I cannot say enough about or express the depth of my gratitude towards Hans-Peter, Jesse and Bobby. Firstly that they have chosen to dedicate their lives to the medicines and facilitate in bringing them to western society to help heal. Secondly that they have genuine intentions with the medicines and have chosen to support a path of ancient tradition in an emerging industry where it can be diluted. Moreover, the amount of hard work and support they provide on all levels before, during, and after the retreat to ensure your comfort, healing, and progress on your path is exceptional. The decision to offer the unique mix of different ceremonies here is now obvious to me one of wisdom, and enabled powerful personal experiences to occur that I believe wouldn’t have happened without undergoing all 3 types of ceremonies. Gonzalo, the healer who provides the San Pedro and Temazcal ceremonies, is a man of wisdom, gratitude, and gentleness. His reverence for Mother Nature and all her elements integrated with his ceremonies are impactful and refreshing. Greison, the healer who provides the Yaje ceremonies, is an extraordinary and powerful human being. He originates from an ancient line of elders in the Colombian jungle and embodies their history and tradition. He is a master at what he does and it was an absolute honor to have met him and to have had his guidance in the ceremonies and in my healing. I was excited, nervous, and fearful about undergoing this experience, but I am so grateful I had the courage to take that step forward and that things aligned so that I could take my first steps with ECA. If you want to heal this is the place to come, the family to join.
Andrea Guarin Hincapie June 07, 2016
Such a non-transferable experience as my 10 Day ECA Retreat is difficult to describe, but I now believe that everyone can feel these sacred medicines that connect us to the earth, the universe, the heart, and our own spirits. Having found the family of Makha Wakan and the ECA on my path has been a great blessing. The family is dedicated to love and to the welfare of each person who comes in search of healing. My experience of living with these amazing people for days reminded me that the importance of life lies in simplicity, awareness and love. I feel like I should mention something about the retreat accommodations: 3 gorgeous country homes on two properties that vibrate with good energy and blend with the sounds of the wind and the birds of the forest. All three have stunning views of the Andes and offer very well furnished spaces that are extremely comfortable. That comfort proved crucial to my ability to get the most out of the medicines. I loved knowing that I had a big comfy bed to rest and reflect in after a long night of study by the fire! The meals were thoughtful, colorful and flavorful. Lots of local fruits, vegetables and herbs are mixed together to create dishes that are full of life. I am grateful for having given myself this opportunity to learn about myself and refocus my energy on the parts of life that make it worth living. Andrea GH
Tom Kornblit June 07, 2016
As I recently wrote to somebody: "I think about these guys, and try to use you guys as role models all the time." "I found the time with you guys very insightful and introspective, but also being around guys like them very inspiring" "And i appreciate the great powers, for allowing me to see such a beautiful establishment, and continue to thank them everyday" It was an incredible experience, probably one of the best in my life. It wasn't always easy, but it's not supposed to be. Thank you Bobby, Hans, and Jesse. You guys will forever hold a special spot in my heart. Aho. -Tom
Caroline Stark June 06, 2016
Like most retreat centers, Eagle Condor Alliance (ECA) offers comfortable accommodations and delicious food within a beautiful, peaceful setting, but what sets ECA apart is their approach to the medicines and how this is reflected in how the facilitators and healers live their lives. In my search for a retreat center, I was wary of places that did not approach the medicines with respect and humility; a place where the traditions were not taken seriously or completely disregarded; a place who took anyone who simply registered despite his/her motivations to participate. I am grateful for my time at ECA not only because of my experiences with the medicines, but because everyone involved (facilitators, healers, and the community of people surrounding them) conducted themselves with integrity and dedication to the healing power of the plants within the context of a traditional ceremony.
Michael June 03, 2016
I was interested in doing a yagé retreat and found Eagle Condor's website online. I read great reviews of their 10-day retreats online and was drawn to the idea of combining Amazonian traditions with those of the North. And I wasn't disappointed. The retreat center is a beautiful wonderland up in Santa Elena overlooking the city of Medellín, everything was well coordinated and very comfortable. The lodging and food and logistics were all taken care of and top notch. The three organizers -- Jesse, Hans and Bobby -- are all great guys, and a lot of fun, but moreover, they're very committed to these traditions and provide a helpful link (not just as interpreters) to understanding the traditions. I was also impressed by their willingness to speak openly about their own journeys and challenges -- you really are made to feel that you are their peers in this journey, there's no hierarchy here. The two shamans -- Greison and Gonzalo -- are equally approachable and caring, and clearly committed to these traditions. I found Greison in particular to be a powerful and loving presence, and I very much look forward to sharing in a ceremony with him again. On top of all this, I would add that the environment felt very safe. The organizers were attentive and skilled at dealing with emotional and physical issues, and for first timers, it's nice to know that you are close to medical facilities -- though of course, nothing of the sort ever seemed necessary during the retreat. Lastly, as someone who's dabbled in different spiritual traditions and retreats, I very much appreciated and was humbled by the Eagle Condor Alliance's commitment to preservation and their use of a portion of the funds to protect swaths of the Amazon where the yagé culture and traditions are in danger.
Mike Pinette May 31, 2016
I was welcomed, looked after, and sent off feeling hesitant to leave. The guys at ECA really put a lot of love into their work and make sure every person is guided in the right way. I will absolutely return and hope share with as many people as I can. It is a life long process and I hope they can introduce it to the peel that need it the most. Aho