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Re-Wilding in the Jungle Spiritual Retreat in Brazil

Live, eat, and sleep in sync with the Earth as the Yawanawa has done for thousands of years. Elders, men, women, and children all live together in harmony with the rainforest and the river. During your time here, you will be challenged to leave everything you know behind. Release your identity and let the force of the Yawanawa music and medicine take you back to your true nature. During this experience, you will have 10 days of celebration and community. Immerse yourself in a village in the rainforest and commune with tribe members and other travelers.

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Iris Waxy Wasaru & 5 More…
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Highlights

  • Medicine ceremonies
  • Traditional games
  • Yawanawa music and dances
  • Body painting and adornment, plant and clay baths
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Traditional food
  • Airport transfers

10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Cruzeiro do Sul International Airport
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Accommodation

You will sleep as the Yawanawa do in large, shared spaces. Please bring your own hammock or small tent.

Program

The sensory experience will be unlike anything you've experienced. Yawanawa means people of the wild boar - they hunt together, dance together, celebrate together, and heal together.

They have a unique and special kinship with one another and the rainforest. You will be coming together with: Traditional games, music, dances, body painting, and adornment, traditional food, plant and clay baths, and medicine ceremonies.

Activities

During the retreat, you will be together with the community holding ceremonies with Uni and Rapé, traditional dances, traditional games, medicinal baths with native plants and with clay. You will get to know a bit about the culture and the strength of the Yawanawa people’s spirituality.

During the retreat, you will have ceremonies with Uni (Ayahuasca) and Rapé (Rume) guided by the Yawanawá songs. It’s an opportunity for you to connect, open your voice in the force of medicines, and go deeper in your spirituality.

Rapé

You will be able to receive and study the medicine of Rapé, to feel this force of healing and connection with the forest.

Games

The traditional games are moments of celebration and union between the communities and participants, moments of a lot of fun and joy for everyone.

Body painting

You will have space to be painted during your time. To the Yawanawá, the traditional paintings represent protection, beauty, and connection with the forest. The Kene (designs) are drawings connected to the Yawanawa cosmology and the beings of the forest. To draw on your skin or to wear Rauti (bracelets, earrings, necklace, etc), you are connecting with these worlds of spirituality to bring you strength and protection.

Plant baths

Baths with Ni Pei are traditional healing practices for the Yawanawa. The plants of the forest have spirits and receiving plant baths can bring healing to your physical health, help you to clean energetically, and bring equilibrium to your mind, and to your emotions so you can leave the forest with more joy and less weight.

Baths with Mapu

Mapu (clay) baths are traditional among the Yawanawa. Mapu has spirit and is considered important medicine for energetic healing.

Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, arrival

Day 2: Thursday

  • Arrival and check-in at the Yawanawa tribe
  • Welcome and orientation
  • Presentation and conversation circle with the Yawanawa delegation
  • Native songs performance by the Yawanawa people
  • Cleansing ceremony with Cepà (sacred resin from the forest)
  • Rapé ceremony (traditional tobacco snuff)
  • Dinner

Day 3: Friday

  • Ancestral knowledge and medicinal plant bath
  • Conversation circle with Yawanawa people's knowledge and stories
  • Lunch
  • Body painting with traditional Yawanawa designs
  • Traditional Yawanawa ceremony with Uni (Ayahuasca)
  • Dinner

Day 4: Saturday

  • Free morning for rest and river bathing
  • Optional nature walk or guided meditation
  • Sananga eye drops ceremony
  • Rapé ceremony
  • Lunch
  • Individual services - Vekuxi (spiritual healing session)
  • Dinner

Day 5: Sunday

  • Integration and sharing circle
  • Breakfast
  • Free time for reflection and relaxation
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon activities (nature connection, artistic expression, etc.)
  • Dinner

Day 6-9: Monday to Thursday

  • Various workshops and activities (e.g., indigenous crafts, plant medicine introduction, shamanic journeying)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon activities and excursions (e.g., forest exploration, river bathing, cultural exchange)
  • Dinner
  • Evening ceremony or group activity (e.g., drum circle, fire ritual, storytelling)

Day 10: Friday

  • Individual services - Vekuxi (spiritual healing session)
  • Lunch
  • Integration and reflection circle
  • Dinner

Day 11: Saturday

  • Closing ceremony and integration
  • Breakfast
  • Departure from the Yawanawa tribe

Day 12: Sunday, departure

Instructors

Iris Lami

Waxy Yawanawa

Wasaru Keneya

Huke Nete

Pana Yawanawa

Sana Yawanawa

Yawa Tuxi

Waxy Shahu

Location

The village is deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil which requires a boat transfer via the river. It is a wild place yet the Yawanawa have lived here for generations. You will be immersed in nature with very few modern amenities or distractions.

Food

The food will be simple. Wild fish, wild meats, cassava, and other rainforest staples.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Vekuxi

Vekuxi is a blessing, a sacred breath, a spiritual work of opening and traditional healing from the Yawanawa people. Vekuxi is also a work with the power of thought and words to open spiritual and material paths in your life and your journey.

With the power of hands and words, ancestral spirits and spiritual guides are invoked, wishing for prosperity and wisdom, guiding your steps, thoughts, and paths, bringing healing through the smoke of Cepa, which helps to connect with the ancestral spirits of the forest.

"Like the wind blowing in the woods, the sun rising in the morning, may the spirits make good thoughts arise in your heart."

What's included

  • All activities and ceremonies
  • 11 nights accommodation (9 nights with Yawanawa, 2 nights hotel arrival / departure)
  • All meals
  • Airport transfer
  • Boat transfer

What's not included

  • Flight cost
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Cruzeiro do Sul International Airport Airport transfer included: Cruzeiro do Sul International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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