Sacred Medicine Men's Retreat in the Ecuadorian Andes

Friday August 30- Saturday September 7 2024 near Cuenca, Ecuador

Safety  

Ecuador has always been a beautiful, peaceful and safe country. The recent violence between drug gangs and police you heard about in the media was mainly focused on the coastal borders with Colombia and Peru, and the city of Guayaquil.  

Ecuador’s new president has empowered the military to assist the police in securing the countries ports, prisons and borders. This has greatly decreased the amount of violent crime in the country. 

In central Ecuador where we are located, we are far removed from violent crime. Quito and Cuenca have safe, modern airports. Cuenca is one of the safest cities in all of South America.  

You are warmly invited to attend a life-changing 8 day men’s retreat in the South American Andes where we will explore our connection to the Sacred Masculine, and engage in powerful rituals and transformational practices. 

Masculine energy is out of balance in today’s world- the desperate social, political and environmental crisis’s we are experiencing are the result of the collective actions of deeply unconscious men who are dangerously out of touch with authentic masculinity.

Our connection with the sacred masculine has been compromised by the demands of modern life and a lack of proper initiation into the Sacred Masculine archetypes and training in mature masculinity, setting up imbalances in our being and behaviors, and adding great difficulty to our path. 

We have a deep need to reconcile the sacred masculine within our own being, to honor ourselves and each other as men, and to step into a mission of service in the world. To express the maturity of each masculine archetype in its fullness, we need to examine and transform aspects of our inner landscape that require healing. 

As men of all types we will come together and support each other in honoring the sacred masculine archetypes, exploring and transforming our shadows, finding more aliveness, and clearly defining our Sacred Mission in the world.  

 

Engage with Sacred Medicine and Energetic Healing Practices in a Beautiful and Safe Environment

You will arrive on Friday August 30 at Dancing Dragons retreat center, located in the Yungilla valley outside of Cuenca, Ecuador.

Our retreat space includes the main house, which is situated on top of a mountain bluff, has a 360 degree view of the Andes mountains. There is a separate building with our treatment room and art workshop, and also a pool.

Your guides Steve Eagle Sewell and Orion Chase have been involved in men’s work for a combined 30 years, leading small groups as well as retreats for men. Steve Eagle is a San Pedro Medicine guide for 14 years and a counselor for 24 years. He has taken the San Pedro medicine over 700 times and facilitated over 5,000 San Pedro ceremonies. Orion is an acupuncturist, breathwork guide and Qigong teacher.

In 2018 Steve had a maloka (ceremonial space) built on the property. It was designed with attention to sacred geometry and geomancy, as well as using materials like copper and Orgonite to ground and protect the space from EMF’s and other forms of negative energy. 

Included in Your Retreat

This retreat offers cutting- edge ancient and modern healing modalities, including:  

  • Psychedelic plant medicine with San Pedro to empower the higher self 
  • A Kambo medicine ritual to cleanse and renew you  
  • Acupuncture, massage and daily Qigong sessions to balance your energy 
  • Osho´s Dynamic meditation and Quantum Light Breath guided meditations 
  • Breathwork to invigorate you and a cold water immersion mini-workshop to challenge you and activate the Warrior archetype 
  • A one on one coaching session 
  • Men’s shadow work in a group setting 

Included in your retreat is 2 treatments, you can elect to get 2 acupuncture treatments, 2 massages, or a combination of the 2. 

We believe a small group is best for this kind of work so group size is limited to 7 men. 

“Freedom is the ultimate experience of life. There is nothing higher than that.” – Osho 

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Breathwork and Cold Immersion Session  

Participate in a group breathwork session in the style of Wim Hof, after which we invite you challenge your inner Warrior and have a dip in our ice bath. Benefits include increased aliveness and energy, enhanced sensory acuity, and a cascade of neuro- enhancing effects that includes boosting dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good chemicals in your brain, for hours afterward. 

Men’s Shadow Work 

Through coaching and interactive group experiences, men can explore their inner shadows, addressing emotional wounds and gaining personal growth. Shadow work refers to exploring what we hide, repress or deny, and may point to changes we need to make to shed light on aspects of ourselves that need to grow and mature.  

One-on One Counseling Session 

Each participant with receive one-on-one counseling sessions with Steve Eagle Sewell. In this session you will be invited to explore aspects of your shadow, and dysfunctional aspects of the masculine archetypes that may be holding you back form expressing the sacred masculine in it’s fullness.  

 

Osho´s Dynamic meditation and Quantum Light Breath 

Osho’s Dynamic meditation is a fast, intense and thorough way to break old patterns in the body/mind and release tensions and anxieties that no longer serve. The meditation is done with eyes closed and uses breath work, cathartic release, dance, and stillness to allow the meditator to release tension and deeply held emotions 

The Quantum Light Breath combines elements of Vipassana meditation with deep rhythmic and consciously connected breath. Using verbal and energetic guidance along with evocative music to lead people into the recognition of the mind’s separate realities, QLB encourages an experience of the mystery of true presence. 

Nourishing Food and Immersion in Nature 

You will be provided with daily meals made up of organic fruits and vegetables, and locally sourced organic meats and dairy products. Or opt for a complete vegetarian diet to enhance your healing experience. Our professional chef Leo is standing by to provide quality fresh meals. 

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Dancing Dragons Retreat Center

Dancing Dragons is surrounded by majestic scenery and nature. On one side is the jungle and a fresh water mountain stream, and the other side looks out at the mystical Andes and down into the Yungilla valley, a true paradise that recalls the garden of creation.  

Here you will find a perfect temperate climate with  abundant fireflies, beautiful tropical birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Immerse yourself in natural environment all around Dancing Dragons, breathe in the clear mountain air, feel the sun on your face, and let these elements re-connect you to your deepest inner nature.  

Itinerary

Qigong Classes will be held pool side or in the maloka every morning at 7:30 if you choose to participate, beginning on Saturday the 31st. 

A facilitated Men’s Integration Circle will be held at 8:30 am every morning, also starting Saturday the 31st. 

Day 1– Arrival. You will arrive at Dancing Dragons and settle into your accommodations, explore our beautiful grounds, or maybe book a massage or acupuncture treatment. Dinner will be provided and then we will have an opening circle, followed by free time and bed. 

Day 2San Pedro Ceremony Your 1st San Pedro ceremony, which will begin at 10 am and run through until evening. We encourage you to fast in the morning in preparation. Fruit salad is provided in the afternoon and a lite vegetarian dinner around sun down. Ceremony closes around 8 or 8:30. 

Day 3Integration/ Free time/ Acupuncture, Massage and Counseling Appointments Integrating the psychedelic experience is very important. We encourage you to spend time reflecting on your experiences of the previous day, and to share your journey with Steve Eagle who is a Master at interpreting San Pedro experiences, having provided ceremonies for well over 5000 people in 14 years.

Day 4Quantum Light Breath / Kambo Ceremony/ Free Time/ Integration  

In the morning after Qi gong and Integration Circle, we will gather to experience the Quantum Light Breath, a tool for rapid transformation developed by a student of the late Spiritual master Osho.     

Later in the day you will have a chance to experience Kambo, a powerful medicine from the Amazon rainforest. Used traditionally to enhance the senses for hunting, it is a powerful tool cleansing the body, strengthen natural defenses, and ward off bad luck. It enhances stamina, resiliency and sensory acuity.  

Day 5San Pedro Ceremony Your 2nd San Pedro ceremony, which will begin at 10 am and run through until evening. We encourage you to fast in the morning in preparation. Fruit salad is provided in the afternoon and a lite vegetarian dinner around sun down. Ceremony closes around 8 or 8:30. 

Day 6Integration/ Free time/ Acupuncture, Massage and Counseling Appointments  

Integrating the psychedelic experience is very important. We encourage you to spend time reflecting on your experiences of the previous day, and to share your journey with Steve Eagle who is a Master at interpreting San Pedro experiences, having provided ceremonies for well over 5000 people in 14 years.

Day 7Dynamic Meditation / Breathwork and Cold Water Challenge /Free Time /Integration  

In the morning we will gather for the experience of Osho’s dynamic meditation. This practice is a transformational powerhouse. It will aid in “shaking things loose” from your subconscious in preparation for your final San Pedro ceremony. 

Day 8San Pedro Ceremony  

Your final San Pedro ceremony, which will begin at 10 am and run through until evening. We encourage you to fast in the morning in preparation. Fruit salad is provided in the afternoon and a lite vegetarian dinner around sun down. Ceremony closes around 8 or 8:30. 

Day 9- Closing the Retreat 

We will hold a closing circle for the retreat in the morning at 9 am. Before you leave you will get an integration package and we will assist you in getting to the airport in Cuenca or your next destination. 

Logistic and Pricing

Logistics 

It’s best to fly into the Quito international airport and then catch a connecting flight to Cuenca.  

Our private driver will pick you up upon arrival at the Cuenca airport and bring you straight to our center, which is included in the price of the retreat. 

Pricing 

Large Bedroom, single or double occupancy with Private Bathroom (1)  $3200 

Medium Bedroom, single or double occupancy w/ Shared Bathroom (1) $3000 

Upstairs Dorm beds (4) $2500 

Small Poolside room  single occupancy (1) $2000 

pool area

Register for this Retreat

To register for this retreat, please visit our enrollment page and fill out the quick form. We will send you confirmation of your reservation and instructions for deposit payment and further logistical considerations.

We look forward to seeing you soon.