Medicine of the Heart Retreat
27th - 29th of October 2023 in Portugal
Prayer Ceremony, Medicine Music, Cacao & Breathwork
This is a space for you to be fully held, to relax into your breath and reconnect with mother earth through the powerful work in ceremony.
In this retreat we are bringing together powerful tools, to deepen our connection to mother earth and to ourselves.
There will be a Prayer Ceremony with Andean Medicine with Yari and a Cacao & Breathwork Ceremony with a Healing Ritual for the Feminine and Masculine with Mela.
There is plenty of integration time, resting, sharing circles, nature walks and space for you to be held in your journey fully.
Separately you will have to opportunity to deepen your journey with Kambo Medicine, offered at extra cost Friday morning.
Prayer Ceremony with Andean Medicine
The ceremony will be held during the night and is guided with live medicine music by Yari. The music will help you enter into your individual process.
Releasing what doesn't serve us any more, we will enter in a more heart centred state of being. Protected and held by prayers of tobacco smoke, you have the opportunity to do your inner work, supported by an experienced team. Calling to the elements, the four directions, all forces of nature, spirits of light and our ancestral lineages, we unite to celebrate this unique experience of life on earth.
With local plants originally coming from the Andean mountains of Peru, the simplicity and beauty from this very ancient cultures will heal, nurture and inspire our life path, step by step, slowly and safe.
With cacao we will be using an other ancient medicine, to deepen our prayer with the focus on staying connected to our heart.
Our cacao comes from Guatemala, from local businesses, where it's been collected and fermented all by hand.
With drinking a high dose of cacao, we are influencing our neurotransmitters, and release more serotonin and dopamine, our so called happy hormones. Using these qualities of the cacao, we will work to deepen the connection to ourself and everything around us. Cacao is a wonderful tool, to help us integrate previous work, because of it's heart opening quality and it is a great preparation to enter the breathwork ceremony.
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.
Important to know:
This retreat is not suitable for you in case of pregnancy, or if you suffer of any severe heart disease, psychosis or epilepsy. It is required to fill out a health questionnaire, only after that you will be accepted to the retreat.
Please get in touch if you are in any doubt about your health situation.
Arrival until 2pm
For those doing Kambo (book separately) arrival at 10am!
4pm Opening circle & setting Intentions
6pm Breath & Movement with Mela
7pm Prayer Ceremony with Andean Medicine, with Yari
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5pm Sharing Circle
7.30pm Space is open for sharing, music jams, dancing ...
8am Breath and Movement with Mela
12.30pm Cacao & Breathwork Ceremony, incl a special healing ritual for the feminine & masculine with Mela
5pm Closing Circle
6pm Dinner and Good Bye
This program has been carefully designed to create a beautiful wave to enter into the space of this deep work. Note that some slight changes may arise.
Who is guiding you:
Mela Mariposa, is a breathwork facilitator, spirit coach and cacao mama, she loves sharing her passion in rituals and ceremonies.
Mela has a huge background knowledge, she worked for over 12 years as a nurse in psychiatric clinics, she is a holistic nutritionist and spent years studying the science and practise 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.
I came into this world with a genuine open heart and the gifts of joy, freedom and flow. Passionately looking for depth and the unity between all things. Very early I understood the power of music, and became a devoted explorer of that power.
I started playing with rhythm instruments as a young boy, and ever since I have been in a permanent experiential research on world sounds, drumming, and all types of instruments,the spiritual aspects of music, the human voice, tribalism, deep listening, presence, authenticity, intuitive expression, the state of trance, ecstasy and connection to nature.
With a natural tendency for creating high energy states, throughout the last decade I have been playing music in gatherings, retreats, conscious movement practices, ecstatic dance and plant medicine rituals. I have been guiding drum circles, rhythm classes, and voice activations.
Out of all this, it became very clear that (probably) the most powerful and healing experience that I know, is when we get together around the fire, drumming, singing, dancing and praying. I am here to hold space for that.
Yari and Paula
We dedicate our life to study the Andean cosmovision and its master plants. With the inspiration of different traditions, a growing medicine family and local plants, we are rising our altar to honour life. Always learning & growing with humbleness, doing our best for the earth to be a better place for the future generations. Focused on sustainable living, balance & simplicity, we are walking a path of prayer and manifestation of our dreams, always sharing with everybody everything we are and everything we have. We are a couple for 5 years and are living in a small community in the South of Portugal. Guardians of a native forest, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Living in harmony with nature, honouring every being that is alive on our mother earth. Always grateful for all the blessings of father sky.
The retreat is held at the Moon Heart Temple.
We are living on a shared land with 7 other families, horses and lots chickens. It is in the middle of the nature, where the night sky is shining bright and the silence is touching your soul.
The work is either held outdoors, or inside the dome. Accommodation is basic and yet we give everything to make it as comfortable as possible.
Retreat fee, includes organic/local vegetarian food.
Sliding Scale : 260.- to 350.-€
(has to be booked separately and paid in cash at the venue)
Own Van/Tent: 10.-/ Night
Shared bell-tent with provided bedding 20.-/ Night
Private tent with bedding: 25.-/night
Private bell-tent 40.-/night
Caravan (ideal for 2 friends or a couple) 60.-/night
Bring your own sleeping material to sleep in the Dome: 10.-/Night
you are welcome to stay until Monday morning.
YES, I'm IN!