Born and raised in Brazil, Raquel always had a deep appreciation for movement and nature. Growing up, she was a dancer, surfer, and a sportswoman. A natural born adventurer, Raquel has competed in marathons, adventure races, and triathlons, but her passion was surfing. As a free surfer and an avid traveler, she settled in Encinitas in 1993. It was then that surfing crossed paths with yoga and she was introduced to the Ashtanga yoga tradition. She has since spent much time learning directly from Guruji (Shri K. Pattabhi Jois) in India and from his successors, honoring that lineage.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Chey was a monk for nearly 20 years, became Brahman and an expert in Indian Vedic philosophy, studied in depth Bhakti yoga, Shiatsu, Ayurvedic holistic practitioner, and massage therapist with hot stones, aromatic, and essential oils among other alternative healing therapies. He was introduced to the Shamanic tradition and now serves as a Shamanic spiritual healer in 2 different "healing houses" in Rio de Janeiro. Chey helps people awaken their utmost inner power through safe spiritual transformation.
Mercedes is a music therapist trained in psychology, shamanic healing, and sacred feminine rituals. She is also a massage therapist.
Lizzie Mulherin Australia
Terra Brasilis Retreats website
My experience with Terra Brasilis was truly trans formative. I have been on retreats before, but never anything quite like this. The four days were spiritually enlightening and quite life changing. The event was executed with heart and was completely authentic. I definitely recommend it for anyone searching for clarity, guidance or more self awareness.
Brooke Moore United States
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Terra Brasilis retreats is a truly unique retreat experience! Traversing trails in the depths of the Atlantic Rain forest, meeting local & indigenous communities focused on preserving the rain forest as well as the culture and histories of their ancestors, submerging myself into creek pools made by waterfalls, bathing in the sun on tiny, secluded islands accessible only by canoe, and surfing sweet little waves in the salty Atlantic waters all after mornings of meditation and yoga practice made my senses vibrate! This retreat woke me up, soothed my soul, made me feel alive! With forest colors so vibrant, daily native fruits to enjoy, and endless adventures through lush forests this retreat provided a visceral experience at every level. We ate not just healthy foods but gorgeously vibrant flower salads -- "non-traditional edible plants" -- that were grown and gathered fresh from the premises. Prepared by an incredibly sweet and caring chef and kitchen crew who also kept us nourished for the days adventures with tasty and delightful vegetarian menus. The kitchen crew and all staff are friendly and warm and have created a cozy family vibe that extends to guests. This retreat also has a strong spiritual component with opportunities for group practices facilitated by a gregarious and thoughtful spiritual guide, as well as ample opportunities for alone time and deep self-reflection amidst the most secluded, peaceful and gorgeous natural environment the earth has to offer. Terra Brasilis retreats provided me an opportunity to explore parts of the planet that are not otherwise easy to get to. I highly recommend this retreat for those seeking adventure, self-care, and a deeper understanding of the planet and what feeds her. Finally, come with an open mind: flexibility is a must as sometimes the schedule is determined by nature and not the people coordinating the retreat ;). Enjoy the adventure!
Raquel Nakid Lacroix
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This place is Paradise on Earth. Simplest the best retreat I've ever participated in. The food outstanding, perfect vegetarian gourmet plant based meals, directly from their land to the table. The Chefs, perfectionists, prepared impeccably juices, Jussara Açai snacks and fruits unique to Coastal Forests of Brazil. Not to mention the surf, pristine waterfalls and natural pools, trails, and hidden paradisiac beaches to hide in. The crew at Terra Brasilis Retreats and Eco Bananal, provided a amazing and enthusiastic experience for all the guests, with plenty of surprises unfolding everyday.