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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 dimished! But what was an even greater relief was how I felt, and continue to feel personally: strong, and calm, with clear intentions. Thank you so much Hans and Jesse and Bobby and friends for the work you are all doing to share this medicine with the world!
My first Temezcal ceremony with the Eagle Condor Alliance was a truly spiritual experience (and I'm not one who would describe many things that way). It felt refreshing and healing to give thanks to the earth for all it does to sustain our lives. The staff, other attendees, and shamans were all welcoming, and treated everyone's comfort with importance. I'd love to repeat the experience.
Many cultures have different ways of understanding and explaining the human experience. The Cofan people that I met in Colombia liked to put you in the driver’s seat and let you do it for yourself, one glass at a time. In 2012 my curiosity inspired me to attend an Ayahuasca ceremony in Santa Elena. My encounter with Yagé or ‘La Medicina’, synonyms for Ayahuasca, transcended words. I ingested a first and then a second cup of the thick brown brew. The ensuing eight hours were a roller coaster of high-speed cognitions. My ability to process thought and reflect on past experience was mind-blowing. All this in the company of reliable facilitators with a competent, loving practitioner to guide us through the ritual. It’s something I’ll do again when the opportunity presents itself.
Andy MartinMiddel School Teacher - USA
I was curious about the medicines because I had read articles and heard the term Ayahuasca thrown around in the media. It is hard to judge something one hasn’t experienced for oneself; I decided to do a little research. The general consensus was Ayahuasca and San Pedro Cactus are a powerful plant teachers which have been employed throughout South America for healing purposes. When I first met Chalo I did not know what to expect. A man small in stature with a humble presence greeted me at his home in Santa Elena. To describe what I felt during the first ceremony is difficult. A range of positive and negative emotions flowed through me and when it was all over I felt more connected with what was happening around me and inside of me than ever before. I recommend everyone tries these plants at least once to see if they can add value to his or her life. For myself, I was forever changed by this experience and feel lucky that I had experienced and loving healers to lead the ceremonies. Gremo is a young yet stoic individual who really brings a special element to the ceremony - his presence is electrifying as well as professional. I could not have asked for a better introduction to the medicine, or a better reintroduction to myself.
Jasper NorrisRetired - Netherlands
I don't know how to express my gratitude to Gremo and Gonzalo and our group facilitators. They cared for me as I wept and celebrated with me as I smiled. These ceremonies were real, they were hard, and at the end they led me toward the white light of my own heart. I feel able to love myself and to carry that love with me in a way that I just couldn't have ever done without these medicines. Thanks you Ayahuasca. Thank you San Pedro. Thank you Temazcales.
My stay and experience with Eagle Condor Alliance was incredible . The program directors answered all my questions about the therapeutic benefits of their retreat and I was guided throughout the process which allowed me to feel comfortable and secure. The location is perfect and stunningly beautiful, the accommodations were comfortable and easy to find. I found numerous benefits during and after the therapeutic ceremonies and even more so for weeks to come after my stay with Eagle Condor Alliance. If you are looking for a safe, positive, welcoming environment to cleanse your body and soul, I couldn't recommend ECA high enough to those that are looking to improve their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you ECA for your help and guidance. I hope to come back to the beautiful Colombian mountains soon for another amazing experience. Best TM
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
Medellin is a city famous for the finer things in life, a kind of over indulgence of sensory experience. But its best kept secret may just reside an hour outside of the high-rise buildings and sea of inhabitants. On a surrounding mountaintop lives a venerable sage with a mystical view of the city far down below. Eagle Condor Alliance are the link that takes you up this mountain and makes sure that you return feeling better, healthier and more invigorated than when you went up.
I've traveled around South America many times and have taken medicine and spoken with many different healers and I truly feel that these guys have some of the purest medicine I have found. Their energy is very focused and their intentions are pure, love and compassion not money. MY SUGGESTIONS FOR PICKING A CENTER. -Choose a center who focuses on the medicine and the healing, as opposed to trying to make their centers seem better by making claims against others. Adding other things not relating to the medicine, such as fitness, only takes away from valuable and needed time for healing and introspection, remember why you decided to come.
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 heart, they are true to the medicine and that’s the most important thing because I know they have real intentions. Waking up into 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 is something that everyone should experience. Learning how important it is to live a simple life without attachments, without material needs, and just with our heart vibrating the most pure and beautiful energy is one of the biggest teaching 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 grow so much and was going teach me how to smile and enjoy life in the purest way. I didn’t expect to reconnect myself 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 will need, and don’t hesitate on choosing ECA, because they are complete, they have a beautiful energy to share with you, their houses are incredible; beautiful and comfortable, and Santa Elena Colombia is without a doubt a special place that everyone has to discover.
My time in the mountains of Santa Elena with the Eagle Condor Alliance has changed me profoundly. I was *extremely* anxious about making the trek up the mountain, and experiencing some serious resistance that I knew really meant I needed to go. Jesse was kind enough to take some time to chat about the process, and helped me feel more confident in the decision to face my insecurities. Once I arrived at the finca it was like remembering how to breathe again. The accommodations are cozy and inviting, set atop the mountains with an incredible view of the city of Medellín below. The ceremonies are held with such care & reverence for the traditions and healing power of the plants, it is an unbelievable process to witness and be a part of. This was my first Temazcal & Peyote experience, and it completely cracked me open. I have a new level of appreciation and connection to the inner warrior spirit that I have been exploring over the past year, and am so grateful she stepped forward in the Temezcal in particular. Those panicky feelings around cramped dark spaces, and discomfort with extreme heat? Yea, not so much a problem anymore. The Four Tobaccos Peyote ceremony was an especially moving experience for me. I felt completely at peace with myself regardless of any difficulties experienced during the night, and connected so deeply with those in the maloka on a profound level of love & acceptance. A great deal of my healing happened in the days outside of the ceremonies, as the energy of the land and the beautiful people I met encouraged me to share my Truth in new profound ways. I am so grateful for this experience, for the people of ECA. I cannot express how highly I recommend this group for your exploration in the world of plant medicine. Thank you ECA - so much Love for all of you!
I have partaken in over 30 Ayahuasca ceremonies. All of them with the eagle condor alliance. Frankly the energy of the shamans, support staff, and the medicine is so pure, and the integrity is so high, I have never considered going anywhere else.
I’ve had the opportunity to sit in sacred ceremonies with varying traditions and countries, and the Eagle Condor Alliance group in Medellin holds an especially dear place in my heart. Setting: The land and retreat homes are far enough away from the city to embrace a nature connection- it’s peaceful and quiet, beautiful morning silence! However they are also close enough for it to not be a huge undertaking of a journey and be able to have city time before or after as needed. Teachers: Of those working with the group currently, I have sat with Gonzalo Aguila. I really appreciate his manner of keeping form and guidance in the ceremony while still allowing space for individual process and exploration throughout. He’s a caring, compassionate individual with a big open heart. Accommodation: Wow are these houses little treasures on the mountain! Great beds, totally comfortable spaces, organized, beautiful views, It feels like home! Hosts: Wow, how on earth did a trio of blonde guys from 3 different backgrounds wind up together in Colombia creating this beautiful project? It’s worth asking to hear their stories. These guys go above and beyond to make sure you’re well cared for and feel comfortable for your stay. What I love most about here is that I leave feeling more like family than a visitor. The ceremonies have helped me a lot in my self-understanding and how I want to relate to the world. I leave with a ton of uplifted energy and watch it spill into the rest of my life. Looking forward to the next one, guys! Thank you!!
I’ve lived in Medellin for the past 5 years and consider myself very fortunate to have met the guys who have set up this project and to have such a place to attend ceremonies. A lot of love, care and commitment has been put in by everybody involved to ensure that these medicines receive the treatment and respect which they deserve, and so that people can take them in the correct way and fully benefit from what they offer. The shamans involved with the project are fully committed to their role as healers and show a degree of guidance, experience and kindness which can only leave you extremely grateful for their presence and company throughout the experience. Good luck and you’re in good hands!
If I could give 10 stars, I would! My husband and I are still here actually, we extended our stay to be a full 15 days, and man, these guys do not disappoint! We started our healing journey in Peru, and decided to try ECA due to their wonderful climate, beautiful living spaces, and the additional of San Pedro and the Temazcal to their healing portfolio. We have also had the chance to take Yopo here, due to our extended stay. The shamans/healers are warm, caring, and impeccable with their medicines and treatments, the food is excellent (I'd be really surprised if we both haven't lost at LEAST 10 pounds), and the facilitators are down to earth, funny, really warm spirited men. ECA is truly a family, and they CARE about your healing. They also really care about our environment and the indiginous communities these sacred plants hail from. If you are serious about changing your life, and you want to feel safe and secure in a comfortable environment, you can't go wrong here. I have done a 12 day retreat in the Amazon Rainforest with another center, and while I would not trade that experience for the world, this is a much more comfortable place. The price also, can not be beat. And the scenery, BREATHTAKING!! One note is to bring plenty of long sleeves and a comfortable hoodie or jacket. The City of Eternal Spring can get chilly at night at 9,000 feet elevation! (Im a Southern American woman though lol.)
Hello everybody I just came back from a 10 day retreat at the Eagle Condor Alliance in Columbia and would like to share my experience with you. First, getting to the location of the retreat is a real ’no brainer’. They pick you up straight at the airport! After a 20 minute ride you get to these wonderful little houses up in the mountains (9,000 feet high). The view is breathtaking, the air is fresh and the beds are very comfortable. Food is a very important part of the healing process and these guys take it very seriously. They serve you the most healthy/invigorating food you ever had. The 3 facilitators (Bobby, Jesse and Hans-Peter) are 3 wonderful young men that do everything to make your stay an unforgettable experience. For them, money is just an energy to get this thing going. They are dedicated to promote the amazing power of the plants to heal your body, emotions and soul. You will see them working like bees so you can have the best experience possible. Gonzalo is the Shaman conducting the San Pedro and Temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremonies. His philosophy of life will change the way you look at nature and life. His wonderful wife who sang for us and his beautiful daughter are a great addition to this retreat. Thank you so much Gonzalo for these unforgettable ceremonies. Greison Leonidas Lezama, the Shaman for the Ayahuasca ceremonies is probably one of the most amazing human being I ever met in my life. Despite the fact that he is only 26 years old, I think he has a 2,000 years old soul. He started taking Ayahuasca at the age of seven and passionately kept learning his craft throughout his life. The healing he provides and the brew he prepares is out of this world. Before I leave the retreat, he told me ‘You are a new man’… well, he is right… I am a new man. I could talk about this retreat for hours but I will let you experience it so you can really understand the power of it. If you are serious about going through a profound healing process, Eagle Condor Alliance is the place to go. Next time I want to have this experience again, there is no doubt in my mind that I will return to see these dedicated persons. If you have any questions or uncertainties about this retreat, you can email me at ReviewedByBob.com/contact and I will be more than happy to help you. Have a great transformational retreat at the Eagle Condor Alliance, Bob
What a wonderful life changing experience. I've been to quite a few medicine retreats all over the world and I must say, I was totally impressed at what a wonderful retreat these guys orchestrate. They work hard and plan far in advance before you're arrival so things run smoothly as soon as you land at the airport. Upon arriving at the breath-taking finca I was blown away by how beautiful and welcoming the environment is. 3 of the sweetest gringo-gentlemen Colombia has to offer make you feel comfortable right away. Every detail of the retreats they hold is accounted for by them. The food is delicious, pure, and healthy. The company is warm and appreciated. The rooms are cozy and relaxing.... If that wasn't enough- the medicine experience is just as wonderful. I had the opportunity to sit with San Pedro led by Gonzalo. His spirit is humble and gentle just like his medicine. Sometimes I have the tendency to think about "how much longer?" when doing medicine with certain shamans I've sat with. Not here. When it was time to move to the temezcal, I immediately started to wonder when was going to be the soonest I could sit with this medicine again! I think about this experience often. So much of my life path has changed in such a dramatic and progressive manner since. I am so very fortunate and deeply grateful to have had my path cross with the ECA team and it's medicina. I do look forward to the day my path takes me there again.
A 10-day retreat at the Eagle Condor Alliance made me feel so rejuvenated, happy and fulfilled as a woman coming back home feeling like a new person with fresh emotions and a clean heart. Following the retreat I felt so good by receiving such great treatments and medicine in Colombia that I decided to share the new “ME” with my friends on Facebook to observe their reactions. Within a few seconds the picture went viral with nice comments saying how beautiful and energized I looked while showing so much “Joie de Vivre” in my eyes! Bravo ECA, this picture was worth a thousand words to show how successful my journey was, on the inside and out. People are asking me where is that special place that a person can go to to find a great spiritual journey for the body & soul and returning home a strong and happy person in only 2 weeks. The Colombia Mountains with ECA I say, this is absolutely the best gift a person could ever give to themselves as I did for myself. As for the facilitators, they are formidable individuals with lots of experience with people, music, medicine, food, and comfort. They are also very knowledgeable either on putting a successful ceremony in place, cooking a nice meal, a huge bond fire or simply by being around us having nice conversations. Bobby, Jesse, Hans-Peter, thank you for everything, I’ll never forget you for this most profound and curative spiritual experience I ever had. Special thanks to my dear Gonzalo, a great man of the heart which inspires me. His happiness is contagious and he is making me happy just remembering his words of wisdom, his songs or his music as well as for the sacred medicine San Pedro and for the Temazcal ceremonies which were all so wonderful and well put together! Talking WONDERFUL ... Greison! Off ceremonies, he looks like a nice bright young man. But when he starts dressing up for ceremonies, WOW! You can feel the power building up one piece at a time so when he’s all dressed up, his mind is like an old soul with an incredible healing power for your body & soul. You sized me perfectly Greison and gave me back so much life again! I greatly thank you for being this fantastic JAGUAR that you are! Congratulations to all of you my friends on the excellence of Eagle Condor Alliance. It has been the most positive experience of my life. In the meantime; wait for me beside the fire until I return next year. Louise
Everyone there was great. Food was amazing. The program directors guidance with the medicines was useful. We will definitely be going back.