Amanda Schendel

About us

Amanda's goal as a facilitator is to protect the practice of North and South American Spiritual traditions, ceremonies, and sacred practices. As an advocate of the safe, responsible and sacred use of psychedelics, she strongly supports the continued scientific research into their healing potential and medicinal use. 

Amanda has spent the past 4 years studying native plant medicine and healing with a Quechuan shaman in Ecuador. During her stay as a manager and facilitator at Gaia Sagrada, she keeps the sacred fire, teaches workshops and studies modern mindfulness meditation & native healing modalities. Her position includes managing and leading a group of 15 volunteers at the center. 

She splits her time between her home in San Diego, California, Seattle WA & the mountains of Ecuador. She works with various groups and retreat centers around the world. Her podcast, Semi-Woo, is a celebration of all things spirituality, consciousness and "woo-woo"!

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  • Petar Veljacic   November 20, 2018

      What a lovely soul!

    Amanda was one of the fire keepers in my final ayahuasca ceremony at Gaia Sagrada in Ecuador and I remember that she accomplished magnificent work that required loads of concentration and fine skills. She was moving around energies during my stay in Gaia with elegance and inspired many participants with the stories she shared. Key words that describe Amanda (except from being such a lovely soul) : clarity, efficiency and readiness. Looking forward to meeting Amanda again in some other set up!

  • Jansyn Cunyus   November 15, 2018

      Knowledgeable and Passionate

    My husband and I both had the opportunity to have Amanda facilitate our psychedelic journeys. I can say that without a doubt, she is both knowledgeable and compassionate. She helped my understanding of the experience and led me through several breakthroughs that were instrumental in my growth through the process. Her witty hilariousness never failed to lighten up any tense moments that arouse. Her breadth of knowledge on just about any subject matter made conversations with her as easy as they come. I would be honored to have her facilitate another one of my experiences in the future.

  • Megan   November 13, 2018

      Healing Magic

    Something about Amanda and her energy makes you feel accepted- which is a very comforting feeling during ceremonies. From the way she holds herself, holds a ceremony, and holds space for other beings is full of such natural grace it makes you feel warm knowing that you are safe with her. If you have been intrigued by this sort of healing but haven’t taken the leap I’d say that this is the sort of place to do it!

  • Megan   November 13, 2018

      Healing Magic

    Something about Amanda and her energy makes you feel accepted- which is a very comforting feeling during ceremonies. From the way she holds herself, holds a ceremony, and holds space for other beings is full of such natural grace it makes you feel warm knowing that you are safe with her. If you have been intrigued by this sort of healing but haven’t taken the leap I’d say that this is the sort of place to do it!

  • Jeff Canada   November 13, 2018

      Magestic human!

    Amanda was an amazing facilitator and friend on my retreat. Her calming energy was able to ground me and help me along my journey. She gracefully led me through meditations, yoga, ceremonies, massages, and was a kind friendly ear to listen and talk with me. I highly recommend Amanda and am so happy to have her in my life. ❤️

  • Tinatsu Wallace   November 13, 2018

      Compassionate and trustworthy facilitator

    Amanda facilitated during a retreat experience I had in Jamaica, and I absolutely loved her bubbly but grounded presence. Her knowledge, experience, and insight helped me navigate my own experiences, and she's just plain fun to hang out with as well. I would work with her again anytime.

  • Martha Anandakrishnan   November 13, 2018

      Joyful, Intelligent, Caring

    I connected with Amanda the moment I met her—she has the kind of positive energy people are drawn to immediately. The sort of work she does with retreats demands a serious commitment to the wellbeing of the participants (which can be challenging); yet Amanda has a light touch and a sense of humor that make the experience more effective and enjoyable. My best moments were spent with her and I trusted her implicitly. I would definitely do another retreat with her and highly recommend her!

  • Nicole Sambor   November 13, 2018

      Calming Presence

    As a somewhat anxious, introverted person, I have a tendency to keep my distance from most people until I know them well. This was not necessary with Amanda. I felt safe around her from the moment that I met her, while she was working as a facilitator at a retreat that I attended in Jamaica. Her compassionate, calming presence was felt immediately. Additionally, she has a great sense of humor, which helps. The retreat wouldn’t have been the same without her.

  • Sam   September 21, 2018

      caring and compassionate

    Amanda is one of the most caring and compassionate women I’ve ever met. She’s a strong, guiding force who wields her energy like a healing baton. She understands herself and her place within the world she inhabits, and she honors the journey and honors the soul in ways I’d never experienced before. She’s also grounded and hilarious, which makes even the scary moments fun. I’d recommend any time you can spend with Amanda as possible. Her retreat changed my life.

  • Paul Gambill   July 12, 2018

      Amanda is a warm and thoughtful guide who makes experiences more fun

    I went on a retreat hosted by Amanda in July 2017 at a beautiful house in Sammammish, WA. From the moment I arrived until the time that I left, I felt like a very welcome guest. Amanda has such a fun and endearing personality that makes it very easy to feel comfortable with her as a guide. She offered an opportunity to discuss 1 on 1 with her any concerns or anxieties I was feeling, and that was really helpful to preparing me for the ceremonies. Every detail about the weekend was meticulously planned, from food to activities to how to create a comfortable space for all the attendees. I had an incredible experience with her, and I would absolutely do it again if she was hosting a retreat in my area.

  • Katherine Elonna   July 10, 2018

      Joyful and Powerful Leader & Excellent Ceremonies

    I was lucky enough to have Amanda as one of my Ayahuasca facilitators. I've also worked personally with her in a one-on-one mushroom journey. She truly is able to hold space and provide such a caring and warm environment. I think its so important to trust the person who is leading you through these psychedelic spaces. Amanda has a firm grip on these medicines and also has such a light-hearted personality and warmth so that I always felt it was easy to let go and breathe into my lessons and healing. I find her experience with traditional ceremonies helpful as she creates a beautiful and intimate space for your journey. However, she also is a modern teacher and able understand the needs and background of westerners. Overall, I'd love to attend any retreat or journey that she hosted. I can't wait to see what's next for Amanda!

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