Breath & Water Retreat

with Lao Marin & Mela Mariposa

NEW DATE: 26-28th of May 2023!

Registration is open.

Water and Breath – two main life forces. Both inside of us and extremely essential to survive.

Inhaling, exhaling, waves of the ocean, pulse of our inner Waters – a dance of life that we want to celebrate during a whole weekend with you!

In this retreat we dedicate our time to breathing, moving and meditation practices on land and in the Water, which help us focussing on the present moment and reconnecting with our vitality.

Both, breathing and floating, can be amazing transcendental experiences that anyone can easily access.

This weekend is created for you, to receive, to let go, to be held and be fully nurtured on all levels, as well as going deep into yourself giving you the possibility to release stuck energies and tensions in your body.

You will receive breathwork sessions with Mela Mariposa on land and in the water and experience the magic of somatic water work with Lao Marin. As a highlight for closing our journey together we will be offered to sit in a sweat lodge together held by Jon Toribio from Madre Selva.

Our host Madre Selva will will provide us with high quality, organic, glutenfree and vegan meals during our practises. Healthy and nutritious foods are essential to accompany your journey of self care.

The sessions are held in beautiful spaces that provide enough safety and comfort to let go and surrender. No previous experience needed - if you are ready to let new energy in, gain clarity and strength for your new projects and have a great time you are very welcome to join us.



The more conscious you breathe the more connected and aware you become.

Breathwork uses a simple technique, called “conscious connected breath”, a profound technique that deeply supports the clearing away of old energies, conditioning, negative thoughts/patterns and emotions.
It helps us to open up the doors for new possibilities and a greater consciousness. If done properly it is a “gateway” to your inside world, to truly see who you are with all layers of a human being, emotionally, physically and energetically. And yet the outcome is always a surprise, as we are all individuals caring different stories and backgrounds. The main result is pure presence & awareness, which eventually leads us into a fuller acceptance of what is.

In this retreat we will be using breathwork every day to go deep into our practise. You will be individually supported and guided in this journey.

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Somatic Waterwork:

SOMAQUATICS is a space for experiencing and discovering one’s own body in relation to Water. Water is part of our body, thus the liquids of our body are part of Water, as a whole. Water awakens a cellular memory of the universal life force energy within, reconnecting us to our health, vitality and the innate joy of life, especially, when over the course of life we may have come to forget.

SOMAQUATICS facilitates connection to the here-and-now, and simultaneously, as well to the other dimensions. The experience that arises in the very moment of connecting with Water is completely individual for every person. It can range from encountering one's own essence, an important memory, the answer to a personal question, or perhaps meeting the living conscious essence of Water itself. In this retreat we will do practices alone, in pairs and as the whole group, floating eachother and experiencing weightlessness, movement and breath.

Important to know:

Breathwork is not suitable for you in case of pregnancy, or if you suffer of any severe heart disease, psychosis, glaucoma, or epilepsy. Please get in touch if you are in any doubt about your health situation.

Locations & Accommodation


Madre Selva, Terras de Cura

Our base, for sleeping, eating, merging with nature, and receiving a sweat lodge ceremony.

Madre Selva, is based very close to ocean, at the most western point of Europe. (Capo da Roca)

Eva & Jon are wonderful and deeply connected hosts, that are in full service of healing and are very dedicated to what they are offering. The place is done with so much love and you can feel it through all the little details.

It is basic, yet a very cosy and comfortable place to be in and with nature. Accommodation is offered in two yurts, with comfortable bedding, or in your own tent under the pine trees.



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Liquid Zome

Saturday and Sunday sessions:

Liquidzome is a beautiful chlorine-free hot water pool embedded in a sacred geometry construction, made of wood and cork


Day 1

Madre Selva, Azoia, Sintra

10am Arrival

11am Opening Circle

1pm Breathwork Ceremony and Nature connection

7.30 pm Dinner

Day 2

Liquid Zome


Water Sessions, Breathwork, Meditations, Nature

Breakfast and Dinner at Madre Selva (before and after)



Day 3

Liquid Zome

9am-5pm, including breaks

Water Sessions, Breathwork, Meditations, Nature

Breakfast & Dinner at Madre Selva

Sweatlodge at Madre Selva in the evening with Jon Toribio

Who is guiding you:


Mela Mariposa

Mela is a breathwork facilitator and spirit coach. She has worked for over 12 years as a nurse in psychiatric clinics, she is a holistic nutritionist and spent years studying the science and practice of traditional yoga. She has lived, trained and taught in various communities in Asia and Europe. Nowadays she integrates shamanic work, western therapeutic elements and elements from traditional Yoga & Tantra.


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Lao Marin

Lao is trained in different natural healing practices, body therapy, dance and somatic waterwork. With Somaquatics, Lao combines all of this knowledge and is completely dedicated to working with people and water, individually and in groups, giving single sessions, teaching courses and facilitating reatreats, in Berlin and other beautiful places around the world.


Jon Toribio

Jon is a medicine man with great experience and sensitivity.
Working as a healer since 1999, he is a continuous student of ancient and modern holistic practices. Chinese traditional medicine, kinesiology, biomagnetism, breathwork, and Kambo cleanse are some of his healing tools.
Temazcalero since 2005, Jon learned from different people and traditions including Abuela Margarita, a Mayan elder well known for her teachings, songs and wild spirit, that made Jon's first tobacco prayers for his vision quest and was a great inspiration for him to start to walk to Read Road.

After decades living in different intentional communities and being founders of several healing centres, Jon and his life partner Eva Bellas have now created Madreselva. A healing sanctuary where their work, their visions and prayers grow together.


Including full board, vegetarian/vegan food for 3 days & sweatlodge.
Very early bird: 355.-€ until 3.3 2023
Early bird: 377.-€ until 4.4 2023
Late bird: 399.- €
If you bring a friend we offer you a discount of 20€/person.




(to be booked separately)

Yurt Dorm (max 6 beds.) shared bathroom 25.-€/ night/ person

Private Yurt shared bathroom (max 3 beds) 80€ / night/ yurt

Tent 15.- €/ night

or book your own accommodation in the area.





Click below to register for the breath & water retreat in May 2023!