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Join this retreat for a challenging and spectacular cleansing process in complete perfection. Through methods such as meditation, yoga, Reiki, healing arts, and journaling, you will practice the art of living in the present moment. This retreat will be a profound and transformational cleansing retreat that will take you to a realm beyond concepts and words. Be ready to live the life that wants to live you.
During the retreat, you will reside in The Yoga Forest retreat center in Lago Atitlan, Guatemala.
Kula Collective’s greatest honor is to help facilitate this profound and transformational cleansing retreat. While many ask them to explain what will happen, Kula Collective cannot truly answer because Plant Medicine takes them to a realm beyond concepts and words. You will be provided with some tools to prepare for the cleanse. However, each of you will take your own journey to the soul. So, trust Kula Collective completely and surrender to the process and know that you are guided and protected by the light you carry within.
Kula Collective has watched their friends and family transform before their eyes. Their skin is clear and their eyes are brighter as years of age pour off their bodies. While the process is at times difficult and at times spectacular, when you finish, you will know that every moment, no matter how challenging it was, was in complete perfection.
While not every Shamanic cleanse is the same, they all tend to follow a similar flow. As often as possible, you will attend yoga classes in order to keep your body loose and your mind focused and strong. There will also be daily Plant Baths to continuously wash away the toxins that you are purging. In the beginning of the cleanse, there will be ceremonial offerings to the spirits of the land in order to open up a healing space. Local Shaman will often be invited to help with the opening. From there, you will move into a diagnostics phase which may be a coca leaf reading, an egg reading, or a diagnostic massage.
This phase will aim at determining what in your body needs cleaning, where the energy is flowing freely, and where your blockages are. Afterward, the third phase of the cleanse will aim at freeing up your physical and emotional blockages. This usually consists of a tobacco purge and / or a sweat lodge. Finally, once all the energy is flowing freely, you will move into the final phase of the cleanse where you will start to work with plant medicine to clean yourself on a spiritual level.
Release & Manifest is a simple and powerful program offered in a safe environment which is naturally conducive to the work of letting go of your past and manifesting your dreams. In addition to daily yoga, there will be a daily workshop that will be filled with lessons that contain stories, insights, systems, and tools that can be applied to your personal and professional life. Through methods such as meditation, yoga, Reiki, healing arts, and journaling, you will practice the art of living in the present moment.
The 4 directions and ancient wisdom of the Medicine Wheel will provide an anchor for the retreat, and cacao will be the plant medicine in this retreat. Medicine Wheel is an ancient tradition which provides a structure for the process of releasing that which no longer serves us in order to make room for that which we want to manifest in our lives. Within the foundation of this wisdom, you will find nature’s intelligence as your guide.
The sacredness of lake Atitlan, the volcanoes that surround you, the earth, and the sky that envelop The Yoga Forest will become your greatest teachers on this transformational journey. By simply connecting to the elements, you will be shown how to be in the flow of life and release that which no longer serves you, personally and collectively. Trusting nature’s wisdom, you will be able to accept where you are on our path and let go, knowing that you are held in the arms of mother earth; supported and connected.
From here, you will be able to journey deeply into the exploration of who you are and who you come here to be. Now is the time to reveal yourself to yourself. As the Hopi elders stated: “We are the ones that we have been waiting for.” This is the perfect opportunity to excavate your passions and gifts in order to dream your world into being. As each of you individually steps into this path of self-realization and manifestation, you will naturally create space and trust for others to do the same. In the process, you will be raising your overall vibration and therefore the vibration of universal consciousness and the world.
The hope of this eight-day program is for you to come to remember who you truly are and take with you that which you already knew; that you are magnificent beings of light and love. You will leave feeling spiritually cleansed, emotionally empowered, and expansive; ready to live life in your most enlightened state of being.
In yoga practice, The Yoga Forest clears the body and mind making space for wisdom and deeper understanding to flow freely and openly. In making space, they allow yourself to experience your fullness and connection to everything around you. Yoga is therefore about cultivating flow through the body and mind and opening up to optimal experience, union.
Permaculture follows the same principles. In Permaculture, The Yoga Forest are essentially making space for the wisdom of the entire system to fully flow to become a more open and thriving container for life. Permaculture teaches you to observe the natural environment and work with rather than against the natural order of flow. Thus, in Permaculture they are also cultivating union. Through the yoga of Permaculture, The Yoga Forest is facilitating the experience of yoga as deep ecology by allowing the ecosystem and yourself within that system, to demonstrate their own evolution.
As you step into deep ecology and recognize yourself as part of the ecosystems and world that you breathe, you begin to recognize the impacts you make. In Permaculture, the idea that everything gardens means that everything you have in place is cultivating the whole. Therefore, it is imperative to take time and recognize the impacts of all the plants, buildings, elements, animals, and insects on the whole of The Yoga Forest’s Permaculture space.
The Yoga Forest is always dealing with ecosystems, whether it is in the personal body, the garden, home, or community. Everything they do with your personal bodies impacts the world around you. It may be subtle and perhaps you may never notice, but regardless, your thoughts affect your actions and world, make you part of what gardens life in this world. In yoga, a personal practice extends far beyond a quiet mind. It extends to where your attention goes. It increases your ability to respond as you become more aware.
Through Permaculture, The Yoga Forest unites the response to and awareness of the environment into a fusion of deep green yoga. At The Yoga Forest, the goal is to live true to your ideals and honest with yourself. For them, this means daily yoga, meditation, and selfless service (seva or Karma yoga) within the community and building a comfortable, peaceful place conducive to growth and sharing. To live in a healthy, balanced, natural manner is a way to make positive change for yourself and for the ecosystems in which you live.
Every day, a plant bath will be prepared by pealing several different herbs and then cooking them over an open fire. You will take your plant baths in order to wash away stagnant energy and to make yourself more appealing to the spirit realm.
On most days, C.J. Ananda will offer an optional (although highly recommended) yoga classes. She will customize the classes to appeal to all levels.
In the Andean tradition, before any cleanse can be initiated, a Shaman must first open the healing space by calling in the spirits of the earth, fire, water, air, and most importantly, the Apus (mountain spirits). The support of the local spirits is essential to guide you on your healing process. With the guidance of a beautiful mountain shaman from the Kero tribe, this sacred ceremony called a Despacho will be held.
You will visit ancient Wacas (power places) where you will make offerings to the Apu mountain spirits. Coming down from the mountain, you will have a chance to buy woolen goods to keep you warm and other artisan crafts from the beautiful indigenous market.
There will also be a cacao ceremony to open up your heart chakras, for love is the strongest healing power and if your heart chakra is open, then you are assured a profoundly healing experience. Sound healing will accompany the ceremony to harmonize the group vibration and to synchronize your energy with the earth.
Coca leaf readings will help you determine the best way to navigate the cleanse, to find out exactly what your spirit is ready for. Close your eyes, focus on your energy, and blow your spirit into the leaves. Whoever is guiding you through the reading will let the leaves fall and let you know the best way to proceed with the cleanse. It sounds like magic and it is.
The practitioner will rub an egg all over your body then cracks the egg into a glass of water. Based on the bubbles that appear in the egg, the practitioner can tell you what exactly needs healing in your body. Most people find this silly at first until they experience the accuracy of the reading.
While you will inevitably love the massage, enjoyment is not really what it is about. Your therapist will be deeply probing your channels in order to discover densities in your energetic channels. Once you know where the blockages are, it will be easier to free them up.
Chupa Runa is an ancient Incan tradition that will help your body flush itself of toxins. You will sit through intense heat, allowing your pores to open and letting any doubts or fears release. When you emerge from the Chupa Runa, you will have vividly experienced death and be reborn and ready for the spiritual journey that lies ahead.
You will finally ready to start your work with the master plants. You will begin with a tobacco purge where you drink concentrated tobacco juice followed by 7 liters of malva tea. This deep purge will help to open your stomach and throat chakras and cleanse your upper intestinal track.
You will often have the opportunity to prepare your own plant medicine, merging your energies with the plants that you will be working with in the coming days. This beautiful practice will elicit a deep meditation as you synchronize your energy with the plant and respectfully request the use of its healing energies.
Psychedelic mushrooms are often used in recreational settings, but used with intention can be very powerful teachers. Those that work with mushrooms often experience very profound periods of connection with all that is. The experience with oneness can dramatically alter one’s life with the knowing that everyone is intimately connected and that all is constantly unfolding in perfection.
You will then start working with Washuma. Just as Washuma grows in the high desert mountains, which are quiet and bright, so will the experience be. While all plant medicines force you to look into the depths of your soul, Washuma does so with a benevolent, kind energy. Deep meditations, strong connection to earth energy, and out of body experiences are common with Washuma.
Mother Aya often allows you to experience the dying process. In Shamanic traditions (and Buddhism), life is ultimately a preparation for death. Aya allows you to experience a mini-death, which at first may be scary, but with practice becomes blissful. How beautiful that this wise plant teaches you how to die, helps you overcome your fears and anxiety so that you can be prepared for the real thing. While it may sound scary, there is no greater teacher than Ayahuasca.
This retreat will take place in The Yoga Forest, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly and in communion with the surroundings. The Yoga Forest is a young dynamic earth-based spirit community, which officially opened in November 2013 with an inaugural PDC course.
They are still in the process of evolving social, ecological, and economic structures and recognize that this journey will be ever unfolding. Together, with the help of work stayers, interns, staff, and a crew of local Mayans, many beautiful things have been created there and there is still much to be done. The Yoga Forest loves to connect with mutually supportive souls and to expand the evolution of humanity toward a communitarian way of life; a way of life that harmonizes nature with spirit.
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In this retreat, you will be served with three gourmet vegetarian meals every day.