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Cuenca / Llayzhatan
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 22 hectares, 55 acres
Persons: up to 50 people
Category: Other
Host ID: 28382
Country: Ecuador

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Last Updated: May 29, 2020


Be a part of our Angel Dream Team!

There are miles of country roads in the mountains to walk or run, amazing views, and peace and quiet of the real countryside of Ecuador. Come and experience the magical Andes of Ecuador, with a friendly indigenous community all around us who you will meet as you walk the roads.

Enjoy being with spiritually focused and like minded people in a heavenly paradise nestled in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador near Cuenca. We are all a real family and laughter and fun is all around us!

You can also participate in transformational, life changing shamanic ceremony retreats, a rare and unique opportunity indeed. Watch the transformation that happens for all the participants too and be part of other people`s healing.

Ayahuasca ceremonies, San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremonies, and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies are offered in 12 day retreats. Volunteers get to be part of these ceremonies too!


Our center has two speeds: 1) full throttle during the retreats, and 2) laid back and relaxed between retreats. Most of the work hours are done during retreats. Between retreats you can relax and take your time, as prepping for the next retreat can be done at a mellow pace.

Work includes:
-kitchen cleanup
-setting up ceremony spaces
-helping at ceremonies
-leading yoga sessions if you are yoga teacher
-general work around the center
-helping guests during ceremonies


"...for work exchange situations, this is LUXURY!! I did a lot of work exchange and this is by far the nicest housing situation I ever had!" TL - Georgia

Housing is modern and comfortable, includes dorm bunk beds (male and female dorms separate) with comfortable, thick, new mattresses, 24 hr hot showers, hot tubs, wifi in the community center, and plenty of books to choose from.

The food is tasty vegetarian fare, no meat. Between retreats cook your own food in the community kitchen, and help yourself to the pantry. The place is yours! Most times volunteers go to tourist attractions between retreats and travel a little. There is a lot to see in Ecuador!


Work exchangers are required to pay $150 per retreat and this includes one ceremony per retreat and covers laundry as well as the first ride to Gaia from the airport on the date of your arrival. We do this not to make money but to make sure that the right kinds of volunteers come here who are aligned with and interested in being with the medicine but don`t have enough money to do a retreat.

There are plenty other places in the world to do work exchange without medicine ceremonies as an option, but no medicine center that we know of that is this affordable. This is a rare opportunity. We want to make sure the right people get these positions because the goal of this program is to make medicine ceremony opportunities possible for those who don`t have a lot of money.

If you want to do more than one ceremony per retreat and there are openings, you can do additional ceremonies for $100 each. This is a very discounted cost for the Ayahuasca Ceremony or San Pedro Ceremony opportunities.


There is a minimum 2 month commitment (3 retreats) for volunteer positions, 3 months maximum (4 retreats). We don't accept less than a 2 month commitment because:

First, there is a lot to learn and once you learn it we would like to have your help for a couple more retreats so we aren't constantly in training mode.

Second, we become family and deep connections are made. You will leave with new lifelong friends who mean a lot to you. This is a chance to really immerse yourself into something special and otherworldly. This place is a little piece of heaven on Earth. You will consider yourself lucky to have been here!

15 work exchange positions are available. The work is 32 hrs/week and you stay for FREE. Includes housing, food, hot tubs, wifi and use of all facilities. There are no other ayahuasca centers that we know of working with the medicines that offer this opportunity. Most charge YOU money to work there!

There are no other costs except if you want to participate in extra ceremonies beyond your first one that is covered by the $150 per retreat charge. The only other costs are transportation or spending money if you go into town or go on tourist excursions between retreats.

This includes NO marijuana.

If you need to drink alcohol, smoke pot, or do any drugs on a regular basis, including pharmaceuticals, we can tell you right now it`s not going to work out. Please do not apply. You will be asked to leave without notice, no second chances. THIS IS NOT A PARTY ZONE!

Drugs and alcohol create disharmony for our shamanic work and bring in energies that don`t mix well with the energy of the sacred medicines. It is important our ceremonies and spiritual work have no interference and everyone is fully functional. There are always 1 or 2 participants who come to work on their addictions in each retreat, so that energy simply cannot be here in order to be of service to them.

If you are ready to be clean and self disciplined for 2-3 months, for the time you are working with us on the Angel Dream Team at Gaia Sagrada, then feel free to apply. It might do you some good to be free of drugs and alcohol for 2-3 months anyway. Try it! You might like it!

Between retreats, if you want a little beer or wine when you are off premises, that`s fine, but no more than that. Please honor this rule. No drunkenness or drug stupors will be tolerated, during or between retreats because you are representing this medicine center even when you are not on the grounds, especially if you travel with some guests between retreats to visit tourist destinations. This is important, transformational work that changes lives for the better. We need to keep the space clean.


To read our volunteer info page, see our website link above.

Please fill out our VOLUNTEER FORM on our website to apply. We do not process applications through helpx, we only do so through our volunteer application form that is listed in the information about volunteering here. We would love to meet you and that's the place to start!


We pick staff from those who come in a volunteer work exchange position first, as we would like to see how you work, get along with others, and get to know you a little bit. If you are interested in being staff, we offer a $150 per month stipend unless you take on bigger responsibilities, you get a shared room with another staff member, and staff works 40 hours per week, but it`s easy work!

Let us know when you get here that you`re interested in being staff and we`ll see how it goes! Staff positions entail cooking, grounds, managing the volunteers, and just being a general go-to person!


Get ready to have an experience of a lifetime! The opportunity to be here on our Angel Dream Team is a true gift indeed! You will see people grow and transform their lives.

This is more than just a job, it is a chance to be part of something really special. This is a life changing crossroad in people`s lives, a profound spiritual experience for you and them, and you will have a chance to be of service with your heart to the lovely people who come here to heal.

Being a kind heart, a listening ear, and a helping hand to people on their spiritual path is part of what this position is all about. There is nothing more fulfilling than this!

We look forward to meeting you!

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