Ayahuasca & yoga Retreat

Event Highlights

  • x2 Ayahuasca Ceremony
  • Organic Meals
  • Detox
  • Kambo
  • Peacefull and quiet
  • Nature sorrounded

Schedule

The itinerary for the retreat is to be something like this, it always changes and flow with it creating it together with our guest
4 days-2 ceremonies.

Day 1 Arrive-introduction ( check in at 3 pm) meeting preparation for Ayahuasca Ceremony at sunset
Day 2- Rest day, is a day to relax and rest from the night experience
Day 3- visit local reserve or beach, Second Ayahuasca Ceremony at night.
Day 4- breakfast and circle Integrating the experience to share and conclusion of the retreat.

About This Event

The retreat is created to help participants get the best spiritual experience while working with the sacred plants  in the best setting to heal and connect with the supreme being dwelling in us. In this retreat you will not only experience the plants medicine but also the medicine of mother nature (pachamama).

In this retreat we will be working with Ayahuasca a very powerful medicine to awaken our consciousness. We will be hosting 2 ceremonies of Ayahuasca . These ceremonies are an intense, profound, and almost always a highly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The medicine is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us access to higher states of consciousness and the experience of spiritual connection. To many people it reveals the multi-dimensional nature of reality and ourselves and it leads us back to who we truly are.

We will work closely with common healing plant allies used in western herbalism and shamanic practices: sage and palo santo smudging, fire ceremony, and gentle yoga. The idea is to deepening our relationships with self, spirit, nature plants and the sacred Earth herself. In a spirited and intimate community of sharing we will also enjoy learning about the natural medicines.

The more apt we are to make the unconscious aware, The greater the amount of life we integrate. Carl G. Jung

Venue Highlights

Our healing center in Costa Rica is at the tropical forest close to the pacific coast and also in the highlands in the Cordillera of Talamanca conveniently located in high energetic centers.

We want to help you heal and improve, but also we want to share with you the beautiful nature wonders of Costa Rica. As part of our retreats, we give our groups the chance to do activities like hiking into the cloud forest, trips to our nearest beach, a tour to the Waterfall near to our location, among other options.

Because once your inner-self has been awakened, you will never see the world the same again and you will be delighted by even the smallest details, and contemplate Nature is definitely one of the greatest experiences to do after an Ayahuasca ceremony

Accommodations

We offer variety of options from single bedrooms with private baths, to single and shared rooms the beauty of simplicity, confort and clean is part of our compromise.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Organic

Menu/Cuisine

We provide you all the meals. You’ll be eating a simple but healthy vegan organic diet, where every meal is cooked using locally grown ingredients, totally free of pesticides and any other chemicals traditionally used in industrial agriculture. To get the best of the sacred medicines, it is important to cleanse your organism from all toxins, and this includes food that is hard for the body to digest/process such as meat, dairy product and sugar/salt saturated food.

Directions

Transportation
We like you to know the options how to get to our retreat gathering.

-If driving please locate us at this map address:


-Private Driver (UBER) We have a trust driver that offer the service for airport pick up and back to the airport: The price is $200 and is lower than normal rates. If you're interested in this service please let us know and we can arrange it for you as your request.

-Getting to the retreat using public transportation is safe, simple and very economic.

From the airport you can take a taxi or Uber to the bus station is about 30 minutes ride and the cost is about $30, the bus station is name is MUSOC, the bus leaves every other hour from San Jose to San Isidro, from 5:30 am to 5:30pm.

You need to buy a ticket to San Isidro the ticket price is $8.00, This bus is about 3 hours ride.

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  • Steven Strom   October 02, 2019

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  • maggie   August 08, 2019

      What an experience. I transformed :)

    We just finished a 4 day ayahuasca retreat here and.. it was phenomenal. I came here to learn how to overcome my insecurities, and I felt like I got a rebirth. Words can’t describe how grateful I am for this experience. But I’ll try. Erick’s house sits on a mountain. It was about 3.5 hours drive from San Jose and much closer if you fly to the local airport. It has an adorable one year old German Shepard, two roosters that roam the garden, a white kitty, a swimming pool, a massive garden with banana and orange trees, a hut overlooking the cliff that guests can sleep in and the jaw-dropping perfect view of the adjacent mountain range. I did two ceremonies - “ayahuascal the first night and “yopo” the third night. Around nightfall, the open terrance is transformed from a tranquil spot with hanging hammocks to a spiritual place with a bonfire, mattresses for participants to meditate and sleep through the night, and half a dozen instruments Erick and Gaby will use for the ceremonies. My two experiences were vastly different. The first one, “Ayahuasca”, is known as the female energy. For this, I chucked down a cup of brown herbal tea with bits of barks at the bottom. This was pretty bitter but Erick had a cup of honey waiting for me. I lied down on the mattress. Ten minutes passed and I still hadn’t felt a thing. Another five minutes and my body started to heat up. First it was my arms, then my neck, then it felt like my right jaw was starting to melt. I’ve never felt anything like it. It was wicked. I kept my eyes closed and just followed the music (which had a jungle feel to it, perfectly synchronized with the animal sounds Erick was making). A kaleidoscope of vivid colours and characters from music videos emerged. Then, before I can see it all clearly, everything turned into this beautiful sky blue colour, with music notes flowing down from the heaven in a circular motion. If I look into the music notes, I could see people dancing and singing around it. It was like micro-cosmos of happy vibes. I also came out of my body, saw how temporary it was and realized the real me was separate from it. From then I rose up, stood from the creator’s angle and looked at how awesome but also ignorant humanity is. Then I began thanking my logic as if it was a person. The whole experience lasted about 6-7 hours. “Yopo”, on the other hand, is the male energy. Instead of drinking it, it went in my nose. Almost immediately, I felt like I couldn’t breath. I sat up and breathed heavily through my mouth. Very little oxygen was going in and I got a bit scared. The next thing I remember is me throwing up, quite vigorously. My arms felt like jelly and my boyfriend later told me I was folding my arms as if I had no bones in them. I felt this energy in me that wanted to come out, and I started screaming. It was very dark, and I could tell I was scaring my boyfriend, Erick and Gaby. All three of them was looking down on me, telling me not to fight it. And.. just like that. Every time a big burst of energy comes out, I’d have a mental breakthrough. First, it’s the traditional values I’ve been living under for decades, such as the “marriage is for lifetime” romanticized notion I’ve held so dear to heart. Then, at some point when I realized humanity is just one dimension in this universe of energy. When I woke up the next morning, I was filled with so much love and gratitude for this person I call myself and by extension, everyone in this world <3. Thank you so much Erick and Gaby for guiding us with this amazing transformative experience.

  • Ozel Christo Annamanthadoo   May 13, 2019

      There's definitely a distinct before and an after phase

    Though still processing a lot of experiences I had on my aya trip, I can already see that "there was a before and after phase". I think my perception of reality, life and myself have changed in ways that I am still discovering (my retreat was only 2 weeks ago). Erick and Gabi are a formidable team - they make you feel comfortable, safe and welcome. Gabi is an excellent vegan chef and I looked forward to each meal. Erick is wise, yet relatable and answers all your questions honestly and succinctly. I could not have had a better experience!

  • Ted Katsoulis   April 06, 2019

      Amazing!!

    Erik and his team were VERY Attentive, Helpfull and knowledgeable during this whole experience. They open me and my friends eyes to a whole different level of consciences that was just simply AMAZING. I CAN NOT EXPRESS The amount of LOVE AND GRATTITUDE we have for them... Thankyou

  • Tomas   March 19, 2019

      I finally found my peace, thanks Erick.

    I finally found my peace, thanks Erick. I have been at war with myself for 20 years and it has been a fucking mess. I been filled with so much anxiety, rage, hate, hopelessness and meaninglessness about myself and my past. Ive gone so deep that I have almost killed myself. I have always felt like this war but in the middle of the second ceremonial I felt at peace with myself. A peace I never felt before and its still with me. I am light as a feather and I think all my emotional attachment to my past is gone. I did a 4 days retreat with 2 ceremonies and I can tell you it was the most intense two nights of my entire life. It was a fucking nightmare combined with a beautiful fairly tale. I got so many answers on questions I didn't even knew I had. Got some of my values incorporated even deeper withing myself. I couldn't ask for more of Erick, he was a true hero and with the help of the Ayahuasca I found my inner peace and the war with myself is over. I will do it again and I think everyone should experience Ayahuasca and the healing power it has. I feel blessed and I would recommend Erick to everyone because of hes action, knowledge and the way he made me feel safe.

  • Anne Schwarz   January 28, 2019

      Rückverbindung mit dem Leben

    Retreat vom 14. – 17. 01. 2019 mit Erick Saldana Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser Das Retreat mit Erick hat mein Leben grundlegend im positiven Sinne verändert! Der Beginn kann vielleicht abschreckend wirken, aber lies doch meinen Bericht bis zum Ende 😉… Die beiden Medizin-Reisen waren eine sehr grosse Herausforderung für mich. Aber es hat sich gelohnt dranzubleiben. Während dem ersten Ritual wurde ich mit meinen tiefsten Tabu-Themen, der grössten Scham und meiner allgegenwärtigen Angst konfrontiert. Zudem war das Entsetzen da, was wir Menschen unserem Planeten, unserer Mutter Erde alles Schreckliches antun und ich wurde ich überflutet von hässlichen Bildern. Das Ganze war begleitet von einer abgrundtiefen Einsamkeit und Trauer. Am nächsten Morgen führte ich mit Erick ein heilsames Gespräch; er half mir, mein Schiff wieder auf anderen Kurs zu bringen. Bei der zweiten Reise setzte ich einen Anker in meinem Herzen. Es war immer noch sehr überwältigend und ich hatte mit meiner permanenten Angst zu kämpfen… Auf einmal wurde mir aber bewusst, dass ich ja einen Einfluss, ja die Verantwortung dafür habe, welche Bilder und Energien in meinem Feld sind und so verband ich mich mit der Kraft des Feuers und mit dem Element Luft, dem Sternenhimmel und dem Mond. So kehrte allmählich etwas Frieden in mir ein. Im Anschluss an das Retreat kam die grosse Wende: Ich kam ich in Berührung mit dem ersten der 4 Versprechen von Don Miguel Ruiz: «Be impeccable with your word», ein Buch, das Erick mir wärmstens empfohlen hatte. Auf einmal wurde mir bewusst, wie sehr ich meine Mutter verurteilt hatte die ganzen letzten Jahre. Sie hatte keine Chance gehabt… Ich habe sie durch die Brille meiner Kälte und Härte angesehen, wollte sie unbewusst immer anders haben, als sie ist… UND DA PASSIERTE DAS WUNDER: Eine grosse, grosse Liebe für meine Mama kam hoch. In dem Moment war diese Liebe das Allerkostbarste was es in meinem Leben gibt und jemals gab. Es fühlte sich so an, als würde tief in mir ein Stecker wieder eingesteckt und der Schlüssel dazu ist die Liebe zu meiner Mutter. Sie ist das wahre Tor zum Leben. Durch sie wurde ich geboren und indem ich dieses grosse Geschenk rückhaltlos und in Dankbarkeit annehme, bin ich verbunden mit dem Leben. An Stelle der Verurteilung bleibt nur noch Liebe und ein grosses Mitgefühl für das Schicksal meiner Mutter. Die Mutter Erde sorgt für mich, indem sie mich glücklich und frei sein lässt, da ich ihre Geschenke in Demut annehme. Es fühlt sich an, als hätte ich endlich gefunden, wonach ich mein Leben lang gesucht habe… Der deutsche Psychoanalytiker Bert Hellinger, der mit systemischen Familienaufstellungen arbeitet, spricht von einer «unterbrochenen Hin Bewegung», wenn ein kleines Kind durch traumatische Umstände von seiner Mutter getrennt wird. Das war bei mir der Fall. Ich hatte mich im Alter von 1,5 Jahren mit heisser Suppe verbrannt, so dass es mich beinahe das Leben gekostet hätte. Es folgten viele Operationen und ich wurde aus dem Schosse meiner Familie herausgerissen und erfuhr überwältigende physische und psychische Schmerzen. Als Folge davon litt ich unter posttraumatischen Belastungsstörungen. Die Heilung davon wurde zum roten Faden in meinem Leben und heute bin ich selbst Therapeutin. Ich glaube, dass diese «Hin Bewegung» zu meiner Mutter nach den beiden Ritualen bei Erick endlich wieder vollzogen wurde. Somit wurde die Trennung aufgehoben… Das Eis in meinem Herzen schmolz und viele Tränen flossen… Ich erkannte auch die Parallelen zwischen der Menschheit, die unsere Mutter Erde zerstört und der Verurteilung/Ablehnung meiner Mutter. Nach diesem Durchbruch schrieb ich Mami wie sehr ich sie liebe und wertschätze. Sie freute sich sehr darüber… Das ganze Retreat-Setting war wunderbar gestaltet. Silvia kochte uns super-leckeres Essen und liess es uns an nichts fehlen. Lucia, Ericks Schwägerin, begleitete uns während der Reise und entpuppte sich als wahrer Engel. Während dem ganzen Ritual konnte ich Ericks grosse Hingabe und Liebe spüren. Ich sah, dass er alle Hebel in Bewegung setzt, um uns zu unterstützen & schützen und uns eine gute Reise zu ermöglichen. Ich danke Erick und der Medizin von Herzen. Ich kann das Leben endlich geniessen… Die Dankbarkeit ist tief, ich erlebe sie als Schönheit und als Frieden in mir selbst, verbunden mit dem Leben. Anne aus Bern, Schweiz, 26.01.2019

  • Cody Roberts   January 27, 2019

      Remarkable

    Where do I even begin… Prior to even booking the retreat I was very apprehensive about the whole idea as I knew very little about the medicine or the benefits. After doing some research and reflection, we decided to take the plunge and book a 3-day retreat with Erick! My fiancé and I were able to incorporate the retreat into our existing travel plans. My fiancé Cody contacted Erick to make enquires on dates and additional information on the ceremonies and the medicine. Erick was extremely helpful and comforting when making all the arrangements. Erick was able to answer all of our questions and stayed in contact with us, continuing to address any further questions or concerns up until the retreat date. When arriving at the property we were a little unsure if we had the right location, from the road it looked as if it was just someone’s home. But all our expectations were exceeded when entering the property. There was the main house which had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a ceremony/meditation room and the kitchen. There was also a pool house which had another bathroom and additional rooms for those who would be assisting with the ceremony and yoga. Cody and I had a beautiful room with a king size bed and a balcony attached which over looked the grounds. The room was clean, comfortable and had a simplistic design. The grounds were breathtaking and over looked a beautiful valley filled with tropical forest; the view was nothing like I had ever seen before and created such a serene atmosphere for the next three days. When arriving we had time to become acquainted to the property and enjoyed the fresh water pool. Shortly afterwards we were met by Eric who sat with us and went over all the details of the first ceremony. Erick was very comforting and put my uncertainty at ease. Coming in as a couple, Erick recommended we try to focus on our own journey as other couples prior would become distracted or too invested in their partner’s journey. I think this was an important reminded for Cody and myself when going into the ceremonies. The first ceremony was held inside a beautiful meditation room which had large windows overlooking the amazing views. The room was set up with mats along with blankets and pillows. Both Erick and Lucia would be guiding us throughout the ceremony. Prior to the ceremony Erick stated “light can always be found in darkness,” these words stuck with me throughout the first ceremony and even today I find myself recalling his wise words reminding me to remain clear and positive. I won’t go into too much detail of my personal experience with the medicine but I will say if there was ever a moment of panic or need both Erick and Lucia were always such a gentle, calming presence in the room. They were extremely attentive to everyone’s needs and made my overall experience so positive! The second ceremony was held outside; I just remember feeling so incredibly grateful to be experiencing something so special and profound. I had never been a very religious or spiritual person but I truly felt connected to something so powerful I can’t even begin to put it into words. During the day times we were able to freely enjoy the beautiful property! Sylvia provided fresh organic vegan food at different times throughout the day, including fresh fruit juices. We enjoyed all of the meals provided, always feeling full and content! Another aspect of the retreat was yoga, we enjoyed two session of yoga over the three days! The yoga/meditation complimented the times of the ceremonies and left me feeling positive and more connected to those in our group . Overall I would 100% recommend this retreat to anyone who is interested! The three days were unforgettable I would have not changed a thing!!

  • Daniel Monge   January 24, 2019

      LIFE NECESSITY!!!!

    Our Shaman Erick did ALL that he could to provide the best and authentic experience possible making myself and others in the small group feel as comfortable as possible, without the ceremony being westernised. The view over San Isidro was amazing, and the ayahuasca experience even greater. Truly life changing and to put it simple no words on mine will ever be able to describe, all that I know that it is something that everyone will receive benefits from, however as with any experience one must let go to truly receive the fullest experience. I can’t 100% without doubt coming from overseas that the cost is worth it and the meals/accomodation/people/music/environment etc. was unbelievable. Breath,love and peace ✌🏽Again Erick and his team will do there best and do speak great English &Spanish :) Do itttt!!!! Anyone reading this...JUMP at the opportunity! Life is NOW not tomorrow,Peace and love

  • Marci Sandler   January 19, 2019

      Beware!!!

    I have been corresponding with the owner Erick for a number of months as he was needing some professional photography done of his facility for his new website. We came to an agreement and I booked my tickets and arranged transportation thinking everything was settled. One month later he changed the dates he would be able to have me. Then today (January 18) he sent me an email confirming my dates for last December and asking about my partner who does not exist and asking for more money then we agreed upon. I called to speak to him on the phone to clear things up and he was very short and rude like i was bothering him. Then he sent me very unfriendly correspondence changing the terms again basically reneging on everything we had agreed upon telling me he would be housing me in a shack and not providing any meals except for those during the ceremony - for which I was paying full price and had already paid a deposit on and he would not be providing transportation from the bus station like he does for ALL the guests attending the retreat (I was paying the full price of the retreat). Avoid!!!!!                                                                                                 ************* CENTER'S RESPONSE ****************                                                            Hello Marci I would like to apologize for this situation, After reading your review all I can say is that: “YOU HAVE NEVER VISITED OR TAKE PART OF OUR RETREATS OR CEREMONIES” After talking with you, and listening to your demands on the phone, I personally decided not to receive you as a participant or volunteer in our retreat. I wish you the best and I hope you find the right place to do your volunteering and the perfect place for you to connect with medicine, Now I realized that my heart was right to cancel your reservation. Thank you Namaste .

  • Leah Hall   December 30, 2018

      Wonderful

    I attended Ayahuasca Costa Rica in December of 2018. My experience was very positive and profound for me. I chose Ayahuasca Costa Rica because I wanted to be in a smaller group and I liked the emphasis the center placed on nature. In hindsight I feel the small group was fundamental for getting the most out of my experience as Erick was aware of each individual journey and was able to give guidance and individualize medicinal therapy when necessary. The setting was simply beautiful. Erick and Gabby are truly walking the path, and I find them both inspirational. I can't write a review that will do justice to the gratitude I feel for them. It's a very special place. I would recommend it to anyone that feels called to do Ayahuasca.

  • Karolina Starzynska   December 23, 2018

      Life changing experience

    My personal experience/trip with ayahuasca retreat was the most profound event in my life... I’ve tried to have minimum expectations before attending the event but ofcourse there is always trace of our hopes & wishes which are pretty much what we called expectations. I have to say that the whole package ; the host; the individual approach to make us comfortable & full preparation for the ceremony was beyond I wished for. I am very greatful for all the effort of the hosts; Eric and Gaby for being emphatic and in tune with our needs and for making the full experience as the most beautiful trip to the new chapter in our life. I also would like to mention wonderful yoga master ; who’s classes were a degree of masterpiece & truly soul moving event Overall I am trying to find the words to share but I say do yourself a huge favour and if you are ready to step up in your personal development the retreat.guru is the place to fulfill that wish at the best possible level. Besides all that ; the magnificent scenery surronded by mountains and nature is an ideal setting for integrating the full experience all together with feeding your soul with breath taking views . Wish you all the opportunity to be a part of it.

  • Jeronimo Castro   December 22, 2018

      amazing!

    Calm,relaxing, nature! a place you can't forget to return. I wish to travel again...

  • Jaime Rothbard   December 04, 2018

      Pure reverence for the medicine

    It's been three days since I've finished my retreat with Erick and Gabi and I will tell you that I feel utterly blessed to have experienced this healing space they have created. The loving care and attention they give to facilitating the work of this sacred medicine is expressed in all aspects of their actions. The ceremonies are crafted with utmost reverence for people to do their soul's journeying. The setting is awe-inspiring and the home-cooked food is nourishing and supportive. The onsite kundalini yoga classes provide tools to help integrate the breakthroughs that I had during the ceremonies. I attended a 6 day retreat with 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies. Come to this place if you value being taken in like family. I will definitely return again. Thank you Erick, Gabi and Mother Ayahuasca 💗

  • Ali   November 18, 2018

      My Journey

    I’m not going to try and put my actual experience in words. But rather share how I was treated and taken care of by the Team at Ayahuasca Costa Rica. When doing something new and alone, it can be intimidating and to put yourself in such a vulnerable situation, you must trust who your working with. And for me, being my first time, I can only honestly say I would not have wanted any one else besides Erick (The Gate keeper as I call him) and Gabby who is absolutely a jewel! I cannot say enough to describe my everlasting gratitude for her! To take me from the light to the dark and safely back to the light again. From the very start of the process, I could tell that they cared. I was given a date not with the team at Ayahuasca Costa Rica but with the medicine. I was also provided with a link to all the information I would need to start my journey and was contacted a few times to make sure I was ready and was following the diet and that I was in good spirits. These guys really care! The day before and morning of, I was in constant contact with The Gate Keeper and then I walked the road and entered the door I would never walk out of the same. Again I was provided with information and was given time to ask any questions I had and set my intentions for my journey after a therapeutic head message with essential oils from the lovely lady of the house. I was offered a cup and things have never been the same. The whole experience, I was treated with respect, love and care and never did I feel that the gate keeper was not watching making sure I was safe and for me that was why I can say if this medicine is calling for you and it’s your first time or even your 10th, I cannot recommend Erick and Gabby more. I just can’t imagine anyone else taking better care or me. I left feeling like I just added two new people to my family! Many thanks to you both as well as many many blessings.

  • Cam Newton   November 13, 2018

      Best location .. best hosts

    Myself and partner went to Eriks retreat last month and i can say that it was absolutely amazing . Beautiful location in the mountains and Erik and his wife make you feel very at home . I loved the yoga lessons between ceremonies . As for the ceremonies itself, awsome ... small groups and very very safe . I will be back some day

  • Tonny Abruzzo   September 11, 2018

      Beyond words to describe!

    Being part of this retreat was a life changing experience, coming from a past of abuse and self destruction patterns.The drug abuse the Post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression, were ruining my life; When I considered that my life has no meaning, I received the call from mother Ayahuasca, she was waiting for me to heal, to clean and restore my body, to show me a different way. This medicine brought me to this retreat center where I felt home, where I felt family,I finally could be myself, express myself as I am with no repression or fear. This center is on the top of a mountain surrounded by nature, and birds that you can almost touch with your hands and if you close your eyes you can fly with them; This reconnection with the nature, the rivers, the trees and the sacred plants were all part of my healing process, thank you Ayahuasca for showing me the way to my heart to my consciousness to my new being. Thanks Erick for opening this space of healing so intimate , so powerful, so sacred, thank you for helping me in this process of recovering my life back and creating a new one from the ashes. A feeling of gratitude that I can not express in words, thanks to each of you who guided me and helped me at every moment, highly recommended

  • Johnny Laplace   July 24, 2018

      Que du positif

    J'ai participer à 2 cérémonies et tout était parfait, je n'ai jamais essayer autre chose que le cannabis et wow, l effet est tout autre.. j'étais très bien entouré durant cette expérience, Erick et Gaby on été formidable. Hormis les hallucinations j'ai pu avoir une autre perspective de mes relation et faire la paix avec mes proches, rien ne résiste à cette vague d'amour incroyable. 🙏🏾💛

  • Nick Kraus   July 10, 2018

      Where Do I Begin?

    Me and my wife recently returned from Costa Rica where we participated in a ceremony held by Erick in his wife, Gaby. Before booking the ceremony, I talked with Erick about our options. I decided to do a single ceremony, and at no time did he try to pressure me to do a longer retreat. Leading up to the day of our ceremony, Erick stayed in constant communication and even assisted us with getting to his location. Once we arrived, we sat down and he and Gaby answered all of our questions over a cup of tea. It was then that I began to get comfortable with the whole situation. I had been skeptical about going to another country to participate in a ceremony of this nature. From our conversation over tea, I could tell that they were extremely knowledgeable, and more importantly, extremely passionate about their work. They explained that there would be one other person assisting with the ceremony, and one other participant. Dominic, who was the other assistant, then arrived and we sat outside in hammocks and got to know about each other. He shared his experiences with the medicine and we talked about life, while enjoying the beauty of nature from atop the mountain. As night falls, the view from the facility only gets better. The ceremony was conducted beautifully. It was truly better than I could ever imagine. They played traditional ceremonial music instruments (not sure what they are called) throughout the night and it GREATLY enhanced the experience. Because of the small number of participants, they were able to tend to our needs when necessary. They made us feel safe and cared for, and it was such a relief to know that we were in great hands. The morning after the ceremony, we sat outside and discussed the experience, while eating a delicious breakfast prepared by Gaby. Upon leaving, my wife and I wished we had booked a full retreat. Erick and company did a remarkable job, that I just can't say enough about. I wish to go back one day and work with them again. If I were to ever try the plant medicine again, I know it would be with them. To wrap things up here, if you are considering a journey with ayahuasca, this is the place to do it. The scenery was breathtaking, and Erick, Gaby & Dominic where highly knowledgeable and passionate about giving you the best possible experience. It's been exactly one week since my ceremony, and I am still learning from it. Thank you all so much!! Nick

  • Mauro Persic   July 05, 2018

      Ayahuasca retreat

    This is a wonderfully arranged retreat located in the midst of rainforest. The view is totally breathtaking. Eric and co were super friendly and full of understanding and support, with true intention and belief in their work. They were always available and patient that I felt at home all the time, even I’ve met them for the first time. The retreat experience has been beyond any expectation and I’m still processing it. Food and accommodation were remarkable too. My full recommendation

  • Allan Carter   April 04, 2018

      Amazing Medicine

    This experience will always be in my heart. Erick & Gaby are extremely loving and caring, the place itself was beyond my expectations; Erick work with the plant as impressive and guide, and our ceremonies were incredible. I will be back for sure, as Ayahuasca is part of my heart and Costa Rica is beautiful place too. Beyond what I expected Thank you Mother Ayahuasca

  • Donna Lewis   April 03, 2018

      The healing experience of my soul

    I recently completed a 6day retreat ! I’m 74 and this was my first time working with Ayahuasca, first time in Costa Rica . I wasn’t sure what to expect but was hoping to find a way to transform what ever remains of this lifetime. By the end of the first ceremony I felt I could go home and nothing would ever be the same again. The second ceremony took me deeper, into a place of profound calm. opened my heart soul and mind and being to the absolute love, kindness and beauty of life. The entire process was held in sacred space that was created by Erick and Gaby,the shamans. The rituals that began and ended each ceremony created a space of absolutely safe to open to whatever the medicine brought forward. Each day following a ceremony we had a sharing where we could not only explore our own journey but learn from everyone else’s experiences as well. I feel like a new person, so alive and present and loving. love and gratitude for your mission

  • Marley Salem   April 02, 2018

      A real life changing experience!

    A real life changing experience! The retreat was done with the most respect and support to my well being. I felt safe and secure during the experience and the way the shaman Erick, handled the Ceremony left me having the most powerful life changing experience of my life. I felt that the person who attended the retreat is gone, I feel new with open arms to receive the beauty of life. Thank you for your work helping the souls to awake Namaste

  • Daniel Schneider   April 02, 2018

      The best experience of my life

    I just completed the 4-day personal healing retreat and this has been, without a doubt, the most life changing experience, ever. The de addictions I had for 40 years, is gone. Anxiety and negative thinking are gone. I believe that the combination of the medicine, the food, the time for meditation, Erick the shaman, the food and accommodations all contributed to my healing. Every aspect of the retreat was design to grow. The ceremonies were incredibly difficult from my background, all my needs and expectations were met. The place is also very clean with amazing energy. The food was delicious and organic!. Thank you Ayahuasca & thank you Erick and your team for this amazing magical work Can't recommend this place enough!

  • Tyler McDermott   October 08, 2017

      New chapter and rebirth into a new world

    Originally from Columbus Ohio, I’m 22 yrs of age an had been battling an addiction to opiates for 2-3 years……. I had recently went down to Costa Rica to do the Iboga Treatment for addicts, and through there i had learned about the Ayahuasca process, experience, and rebirth of yourself. I have never been the type to take them trippy mind state drugs but i was all for it for some reason the day…..I was afraid to see all of the evil things i had been put through and caused other people through my life not just through my addiction, things as is me struggling wit the fact that i wanted to sell my soul to the devil for fame money women etc. and get out of my poor ass neighborhood…..i had sat down at the table wit the devil and he was trying to slide me a contract to sell my soul and overtime i reached for it my arm just kept growing and wouldn’t let me grab it……i also seen some of my friends who had passed on whether the be through street violence drugs or natural causes, i had also seen myself at my own funeral which got to me to see how all my loved ones was reacting to me in the box cold and stiff…….Anyways long story short i took everything in my experience in to a positive perspective and not negative and took those as signs to change my life up real quick before they came true……..i just wanna thank Erick for helping me through my journey and new chapter and rebirth into a new world…….got mad love for y’all and appreciate y’all letting me get up on here and spit some knowledge…..Hope whoever reading this got sum out of it…..stay blessed and be safe.

  • Gabriela Rivera   October 08, 2017

      ` Un contacto mas intimo con mi YO supremo

    Desde el primer momento en que el ayahuasca entro en mi, mi pespectiva hacia la vida cambio de una manera increible. Por primera vez pude sentir el contacto mas intimo con mi YO supremo! Gracias al ayahuasca por darnos la oportunidad que poner personas en el camino que nos transmiten la medicina para poder sanarnos.

  • Henrry harpers   October 05, 2017

      Amazing Experience

    Having the opportunity to share the medicine in this intimate space was magnificent the experience of Ayahuasca is intense and extense the medicine was the most vivid and live changing experience ever, The connection with nature and the proper guidance were fundamental in the process to understand the real meaning of Ayahuasca Thank you Erick for your help and guidance during ceremonies and thank you for effort making it available to other I was expecting something and I got Everything thank you.

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