2017 was a year of new experiences and surprises. I visited 10 countries (seven of which were in Asia and almost all new to me). I started off in Ecuador “doing shaman things”, and ended up house-sitting in Japan, chilling in Bali, going crazy in India, and 10 countries later, finishing up in Thailand.
I first arrived in Ecuador in 2016 for a two-month house-sitting gig in Cuenca. I ended up staying nine months! After my house-sitting gig, I found myself living and working at a plant medicine retreat centre nestled in the Andes mountains an hour away from Cuenca, as part of my overall apprenticeship. (See also: Learning to be an Ayahuasca and San Pedro Shaman).
If you want to visit the Andes mountains, do you go to Ecuador or Peru? Here’s an analysis, based on the last 3 years of living between both countries.
How I stumbled into learning to be an ayahuasca and san pedro shaman in Peru then Ecuador. Notes on shamanism, being a healer, and what’s next for me.
Baños is the adventure capital of Ecuador, with so much to do. Read on for a chance to win a beautiful eco-lodge guesthouse there! No, really. Click here!
2016 started off in one way, turned left, got flipped upside down, then messed up in the blender. Here’s how it all came out in the end:
After a few months in Ecuador staying in and around Cuenca, here are my observations of this cool – yet confusing – place.