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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Brazil.
This program enables you to access and work with a portion of yourself which might have been forgotten but has always been a part of you in this life. Retreat participants will be taught exercises that may help them access and work with this inner being.
Nestled in lush tropical landscaped gardens, Spirit Vine Retreat Center has numerous spacious and comfortable bungalows. Each bungalow has a panoramic view to the jungle and are surrounded by flowered gardens. You can enjoy sitting on the balconies or relaxing in a hammock.
Each bungalow has a private bathroom with hot shower, sofas, hammocks, 2 single beds or queen size bed (for couples), mosquito nets, ceiling fan, and are serviced daily by the Spirit Vine Retreat Center staff. There is also one air conditioned bungalow which is available upon request.
Retreat participants are expected to share these double-occupancy bungalows. The sharing is part of the fun! But if desired, single occupancy bungalows are available at an additional cost for those individuals who require privacy.
The dormitory-style accommodation for 5 people is situated next to the pond. This comfortable and beautiful space has a large shared bathroom.
The night time ayahuasca ceremonies take place in the beautiful temple overlooking the lush gardens and lake. It forms a large, octagonal space with a huge cathedral-like ceiling made from natural materials and is embraced by jungle. The energy of the forest is powerful and enchanting with the background symphony of nature sounds.
A floral landscaped pond that lies at the heart of the garden which is a natural home for hummingbirds, delighting those who choose to relax or swim in the pond. The perfect place to reflect on nature and daydream in the natural spring-fed water.
Next to the pond is a large deck that surrounds the massage room, which is like a small temple, half immersed in the jungle. Many jungle paths wind their way further into the retreat grounds.
The dining area sits up to 20 people comfortably and is an open terrace overlooking the rain forest from the large deck.
Some of the daytime and nighttime activities take place in the cozy living area which features large couches, a library and audio visual center that includes projector, sound system, DVD player, and laptop for power point presentations. Internet WiFi is also available.
In addition to the exercises to access and work with your inner being, this retreat also includes:
Since the ayahuasca experience occurs in a modified state of consciousness, the spiritual insights, visions, symbolic messages, and communications received during the ceremonies can be difficult to comprehend in the ordinary day-to-day state of mind.
Meditation training may help to create a mental space for the new visions and insights to sit more comfortably until the mind has time to fully incorporate all of the information received. During the retreat, various meditation, workshops, and regression exercises take place.
Although in the unconscious mind, time does not exist and everything is happening right now. Participants can re-visit past, future, or parallel lives and eventually unblock resources to reconnect with the power within.
The ancient practice of yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that leads one to a state of peace. Within the journey of yoga, one may attain health benefits and spiritual awareness.
The class is composed of pranayama (breathing exercises), asana (poses), mudra (energetic seals), and meditation. The state of presence attained through yoga allows the practitioner to feel calm, relaxed, and confident.
Spirit Vine offers non-compulsory yoga classes that are gentle and easy, with a beautiful flowing style; a great introduction for beginners and deep relaxation for those with more experience.
During this retreat, four ceremonies will be held at night in the beautiful, purpose built ceremony room in the jungle. In this room you will be protected from insects inside by mosquito nets, and outside, the jungle orchestra with the frogs, animals and insects is the perfect backdrop to a night of spiritual discovery.
The fifth ceremony is held in the day time with the intention to connect with nature. During the ceremony, if you feel ready, you can go walk around the gardens, swim and float in the natural pond, and you can also spend time in hammocks or watch the tapestries in the massage room. Spirit Vine Retreat Center always have a facilitator in the ceremony room and outside in the area where the you can walk to ensure safety and provide support when required.
Please note that the plant ceremonies are always optional; while it is recommended, it is not essential that participants attend all of the activities. Read more about our ayahuasca ceremonies.
The ritual of ayahuasca ceremony is an ancient practice that has traditionally been performed by shamans in South America for many thousands of years. The ayahuasca ceremony is a powerful spiritual experience that opens the participant to a greater awareness of the essence of oneself in this realm.
The ceremonies at Spirit Vine are held at night in the beautiful, purpose-built temple inside the jungle, and beside a stunning lagoon. Outside the temple, the symphony of sounds from the frogs, animals, and insects at night is the perfect backdrop to a night of spiritual discovery.
Music is carefully chosen for the ceremony that supports, triggers, and guides the participant in their spiritual journey with ayahuasca. Music can often be a powerful medium for spiritual awakening and the music played at Spirit Vine are sublime soundscapes that allow the mind to expand into endless space where visions and feelings of cosmic awareness flow as rivers of consciousness.
Spirit Vine is a trans-denominational space that is designed to allow the participants to optimize their own inner spiritual processes and development through self-reflection and integration.
An instructor will work individually with each participant before and after the ceremonies to ensure they are ready and feel safe in the experience. During the retreat, the group process is very important and regular sharing circles are an intrinsic part of the reflective experience, which often lead to deeper understandings.
Spirit Vine Retreat Center grows its own ayahuasca vine and Chacruna plants and the tea is made here on the land with much loving care and attention. It is devoted to ayahuasca and the spirit of the plants permeates through the land and everywhere in the center.
Itacare is a small town located on the south coast of the Bahia state. Originally Itacare was a fishermans town. The first visit makes it seem like many other small coastal towns, but dig deeper and you will find a multi-layered microcosm of everything that makes this world a beautiful place. White sandy beaches, pure, un-adulterated nature, gorgeous people, delectable food, tranquility, and most importantly sunshine and awesome waves.
Whether body surfing in the warm ocean water, riding a barrel, or practicing yoga on the beach, Itacare attracts adventure seekers, eco-enthusiasts and urban dwellers alike. Rent a canoe and take a bath in the waterfall in Conta River, scuba dive in Marau, or surf in Engenhoca beach (five minutes driving from Spirit Vine Retreat Center).
Stop by the artisans in Itacare and buy some presents. Dine at one of the many eateries serving local and international cuisine. After dinner and before dessert, stop by the Jungle to watch capoeira and perhaps even participate. Dance with people from all over the world on the cobble-stoned streets.
Itacare is quiet during the day but after the sun sets, the streets start to come alive. Do not forget to try the typical Bahian specialty called Acaraje and Moqueca at least once before you return home. You can drink an Aai smoothie or a Cacao honey here too.
During the program, a special diet that is optimized for the ingestion of ayahuasca is followed. The Spirit Vine dietary recommendations include a period of time before and after the retreats.
The delicious meals served are prepared by the cooks using only local fresh products, and most of the organic fruits and vegetables are from the Spirit Vine garden. Every day, plenty of fresh vegetables, luscious fruit, salad, grains, and coconut water or fresh lemonade will be served.
The nutritionally balanced diet is gluten free, and without sugar, salt, meat, or alcohol. Only healthy spices to replace salt. It is not unusual that people lose weight and feel healthier after an ayahuasca diet, although this is not the focus, nor a guaranteed outcome.
Participants are suggested to start the diet, (which includes sexual abstinence) at least 3 days prior to arrival here at the Spirit Vine Retreat Center and recommend its continuation for at least 3 days after the retreat.
Some optional activities you may enjoy during your retreat at the Spirit Vine Retreat Center:
Condor is a budget airline flying to Salvador from or via Frankfurt 3 times per week, otherwise there are many other options. You are suggested to check with Edreams, Skyscanner, or Kayak.
TAM, Copa, United Airlines and many others fly to various destinations in Brazil from the USA. If you are only able to find flights to So Paolo or Rio de Janeiro, you will need to purchase a domestic flight from one of the Brazilian domestic airlines. Other booking websites recommended are Expedia, Webjet, and Skyscanner.
There are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand straight to Brazil. You will most probably need to fly via Santiago, Chile or possibly Buenos Aires, Argentina, with an additional connecting flight in either Rio de Janeiro or So Paulo. LAN, Qantas, and Aerolineas Argentinas are the best options from Australia and you can often get a connecting flight included in your fare. You will also need to purchase a domestic flight from one of the Brazilian domestic airlines.
Kayak is also a good website to purchase internal flights as it may be difficult for foreigners to book directly with domestic airline.
The easiest way is to get to the Spirit Vine Retreat Center is to fly into Ilhus-Jorge Amado Airport (IOS). Spirit Vine Retreat Center is located 60 km north along the coast from Ilhus and it is an hour's drive directly from the airport. You can easily get flights to Ilhus from major Brazilian cities.
Airport transfer can be organized to pick you up directly from Ilhus Airport (IOS) and bring you straight to the Spirit Vine Retreat Center.
Some people also like to arrive via Salvador in Bahia, a bustling city thriving with culture and the old capital of Brazil. It is relatively easy to get a ferry and bus from Salvador or you can fly to Ilhus (40 minutes flight).
The Spirit Vine Retreat Center is around 6 hours from Salvador by road and ferry. From Salvador, you must cross the Bay of All Saints via the ferry boat which then connects with buses direct to Itacare. When you arrive on the ferry boat, you can book directly with the bus companies Aguia Branca and Cidade Sol.
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