(Yagé retreat, COLOMBIA)
We spent quite some time on research about Yagé retreats before our trip to Colombia. In the end we decided for El Mundo Magico, because it seemed to be the most serious offer. Of course, it is not a cheap offer, but we did not regret it, getting an experience we will never forget. The welcome was a very warm one and we felt integrated and at home right from the arrival. The whole family helped to make our stay as pleasant as possible, including e.g. preparing snacks at 4:00 AM!
There is a lot of laughter and love around and the simple and easy-going way at the Finca facilitates the whole experience. All amenities are very clean and especially the Maloka, a very nice spot. Five consecutive days of rituals is very exhaustive so that at the end we skipped one day of Yagé. In hindsight, we would have liked more breaks in between. Especially if combined with hiking trips. We therefore spent most of the time on the Finca itself, relaxing during daytime. The friendly and beautiful surroundings invite you to just rest, hang around, and process the impressions from the ceremonies.
Taita Gabino, a scholar of the renowned Taita Querubín, was a perfect choice for a master of ceremony. Together with his wife Fanny he guided us safely and sensitively through the rituals. His explanations were lucid, funny and very human. The two of them guided us, also without many words, in just the right mixture of seriousness, laughter, dancing, and singing.
There was room for every kind of emotion that arouse. Gabriel, the local facilitator, is very caring and charming. Besides, he knows a lot about the local flora and fauna and is ever willing to share this knowledge and also his experience with Yagé.
¡Muchas gracias por esta experiencia inolvidable!
Hans Gmasz & Clara, GERMANY