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Healing in Ecuador

My soul yearned to stay in the beautiful paradise of Ecuador and learn more with Rocio, yet my heart needed to return to my family. 

Learning from Dr Rocio Alarcon, Curendera and Ethnobotanist, on her home soil in the Andes in Ecuador was just incredible. I have so much to digest. We experienced ritual, ceremony, healing with hummingbirds, master plants, ate fresh foods, incredible fruits, bought intensely aromatic herbs at the fruit stalls. We had the honour of holding ceremonies and planting beautiful flowers and trees on Rocios ancestral land she happened to sign papers for while we were there. Land Rocio will turn into a hummingbird healing centre and sanctuary. 

We had the honour of meeting Yechech Titi and his wife Yechech Mama, Andean name for male and female indigenous shaman, they gave us an incredibly moving Limpia Ceremony. 

We also felt Rocio’s ancestors strongly, we met Rocios beautiful family who still live on her grandmothers land. When i say ‘we’ i mean 15 beautiful women from Europe and the USA. An incredibly fun and inspiring bunch of women.

 Travelling is so important to understand life. We really dont know what we don't know until we explore and learn. I chose to visit Rocio in her home country in the Andes because i felt a need to keep learning with Rocio after meeting her in the UK where she sometimes offers Postpartum healing workshops, and Curandera workshops passed down from her grandmother Angela. 

Before this trip I thought i understood healing in nature, the benefits of feeding our soul through nature, and the benefits for my clients to prepare for birth through nature but in Ecuador this week my body and soul felt this on another level, a level that you can only experience. I really felt the benefit of fresh food, air, and healing in nature in a way I have never known before. The benefits of healing through nature and really understanding nature, and the landscapes we live in is so important to healing ourselves, and healing our earth, our mother. Rocio is such an incredible wise woman with such a wealth of knowledge, i had met her twice before this week, and felt her support since we met. Rocio has so many facets of wisdom that flow through her. Rocio shone this week, she walks with so much more wisdom on her home soil, with her ancestors, her knowledge of plants, and Curandera wisdom from her grandmother Angela. 

When you connect with the landscape you are in, nature notices you, you all connect as one. As a druid in the UK I have many experiences of interacting with nature, with the divine energies, but this week gave me a new facet with which to feel through.  

We spent a lot of time with the hummingbirds of this landscape, going into trance with their beauty and ethereal qualities and feeling them respond to our spirit. It is an experience I cannot put into words.