Winter Solstice Shamanic Healing Retreat and Plant Spirit Dieta
In the Eastern Algarve, Portugal
This retreat is a journey of healing and awakening consciousness through shamanic ceremonies, plant baths, special cleansing diets and alignments with the sacred plant teachers.
This work will involve applying ancient teachings, that have been passed down by indigenous cultures who have retained a pristine connection. You will be guided on how to begin to gather elements of power through the art of recapitulation and confession in alignment with the Great Mother, deepening our relationship to Her as individual souls. Through this process a realignment with our Essence begins, offering us tools with which to live our lives, helping us navigate our life paths towards the fulfillment our soul's contract and Divine purpose in this lifetime. It is with this understanding that we will enter the ceremonial spaces.
This sacred medicine retreat offers you the opportunity to experience shamanic healing through a profound and life changing journey, free from the distractions of every day modern living. The retreat will include 3 healing ceremonies (one every other evening), daily plant baths, a plant spirit dieta, yoga classes, personal guidance and support, along with an high-vibrational diet (with raw/vegan options) especially suited to support the integration of the wisdom transmitted by the plants.
The work we do on these retreats is focused on holistic healing using spiritual energy, specific diets and medicinal plants. Our retreats are open to anyone who is seriously committed to the healing of their body, mind, emotions and spirit and are looking for a deeper understanding of themselves and the nature of the world we live in.
Each applicant will require a reading to ensure that they are ready and it is the right time to enter such a deep work, as there are many different ways in life that we can be energetically wounded and often these wounds are used as infiltration points by shadow/dark/negative forces. In order to protect the integrity of the group space, it is important that certain types of entities and disruptive energies are disconnected and cleansed beforehand. In such cases we will sometimes have to direct certain individuals through another process before they can safely attend.
The plants are used in healing ceremonies as diagnostic and purgative tools to work with the root of a dis-ease or dysfunction in a person. The ceremonies help people to deeply cleanse their mind and body of blocked and negative emotions and mental patterns sometimes held from childhood traumas and abuses or from past life experiences. We will be working with sacred healing plants that have been used for thousands of years to heal on every level of our being; on the physical and non physical bodies; the consciousness, the emotions and the spirit. Part of the process is a deep purging of physical, emotional and spiritual issues accumulated within your body and mind.
One of the most important aspects to working within the traditional contexts of shamanic healing with these plants is adhering to a time-honoured tradition of following a special diet in order to prepare not just the body, but also the mind and soul to be able to receive the healing energy of plants and spirits.
Through our retreats we provide the appropriate conditions that enable participants to work in a comfortable, secure and positive setting – creating a safe, sacred space for all involved to heal and grow.
Individual massage, healing and shamanic bodywork sessions will be available throughout the week, and our team of facilitators will be present to support and assist you through your process and journey into a new consciousness.
Our venue is a residential Retreat Centre in the heart of the Algarve, in Portugal. The Centre is nestled in a beautiful valley which creates the supportive, nurturing and tranquil environment for a healing retreat. It has a natural beauty: blue skies, plenty of stars, a peaceful nature, clean and light studios for practices and ceremonial work, a swimming pool and lots of space to relax and be still both indoors and in nature.
Accommodation is offered as single or double rooms. There are 12 bungalows which accommodate 1-2 people, which are out on the land, quiet and rustic, as well as 9 rooms within the main house. Guests may choose where they would like to stay, with first choice given to those who book first.
" THANK YOU for being beautiful ancient keys to the sacred doors of the soul…
From my heart - I am very blessed to have found you.
You are lanterns of warm glowing light, illuminating our paths to unfold as is destined.
I now have insight into the beauty, grace, and simplicity of human nature at a deeper level – touched and embraced by this incredible Earth.
I am in tune, lovingly honouring myself and have precision clarity.
Loving whispers of Great Mothers song have breathed into my soul. I am home.
Words are futile – experience is the path.
*Daniela – You are grace, compassion, generosity, a Goddess of purity and love.
*Ali – You are powerful peaceful tenderness, insight, privileged to receive the sharing of your gift of sight and sound.
Holding us all safe in your palm for all of us that trust in your beautiful being of incredible divination. Thank you for all that you create.
*Ed –You are the epitome of a delicate beautiful balance of gentle loving kindness and innate great wisdom, safe, secure – allowing us all to roam and be free – the ultimate truth.
Thankyou for being who you are and the paths you choose."
Angela, UK 2013
"Hey guys :) It's Paul here, I just wanted to email you guys and tell you how grateful I am that people like you exist, you have changed my life.
The help you gave me has helped the people I know and the clients I help in ways I never before imagined. I am in tune with my emotions and life force again, maybe even for the first time. I have experienced deeper and more profound realisations as time has past and made sense of my emotional surroundings in a way I never before thought possible.
Your guidance and spiritual leadership in my journey was beautiful in every way possible, I feel an affinity with everything and a connection with the earth and I owe that to you. I didn't know what to expect even though I read up on the healing ceremony for days and made the necessary preparations in my diet.
Now I believe I understand the true nature of the message I was given and I want to allow myself to be shown the way again, I was so close to experiencing things beyond my comprehension that it made me scared that I would shed my humanity to the point it would be irreversible. I know this is not true and the sense of trust I have for the your space and the plant medicine is the kind that a son has for his parents.
I have the deepest sense of love and kindness for you both and when ever I think of the time I spent with everyone and you both my heart shivers with joy and excitement and a warm glow embraces my whole being. I cannot thank you enough."
"The retreat was among the most powerful and transformative experiences of my life. It's hard to describe the feeling you get when the shaman breaks the quiet of the forest night with the first breathy whispers of the ikaros. It's probably impossible to convey the power of the journey the ayahuasca takes you on, the staggering vistas and inky depths one can voyage to. Anima's music echoes the beauty and mystery of the journey, but to know it you must experience it.
What I can say is how continually impressed I have been with Ali's approach to the medicine; light and gentle yet sincere and utterly dedicated. The retreat reflected this; there were times to laugh, times to go off and swim in the lagoon and enjoy the beauty of the jungle; and time outisde time, spaces of silence in which to go deep with the medicine in it's ancient home, facing its teachings with courage and discipline.
Being on retreat is demanding and rewarding; it is true spiritual work. Throughout the time we spent I felt supported and appreciated, and emerged feeling reborn. I would recommend the retreat to anyone who feels both the call and the commitment to it."