You are invited to join us on a sacred journey of connection, healing and self-knowledge, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. A deep transformational experience, for a small group of friends, in Aldeia Nova Esperança the Village of the Yawanawá people.
There are about 1000 Yawanawá living in the Brazilian state of Acre, in villages along the banks of the Gregório river, where they have made their homes since time immemorial.
The Yawanawá people's first contact with the non-indigenous world happened around the fourteenth century. It was an intense period of much conflict with the rubber barons and missionaries who invaded their lands and tried to forbid Yawanawá language, culture and spirituality. In the 1980s, chief Biraci Nixiwaka Brazil led his people in the struggle for the recognition of their native territories, and the Yawanawá became the first indigenous people to obtain the official rights to their lands in the state of Acre.
The Yawanawá have since then reclaimed their sacred medicines, rituals, song and dance, festivals, games, traditional body painting and adornment, artwork and food, in a profound journey of cultural revival.
Aldeia Nova Esperança is one of the largest Yawanawa villages on the Gregorio River. It is there, in their home, that we will be received by a warm team of caretakers. This team includes a Professional Wholistic Chef, Plant Medicine doctors, Pajes (Shamans) and young upcoming leaders of the community all working alongside Putanny Yawanawá and her husband chief Nixiwaka Biraci Brazil, who will be guiding our journey.
We will also visit the Sacred Village (Aldeia Sagrada) the home of future retreats and the place where all apprentices on the path of Yawanawa Spirituality undergo their Spiritual trainings and ‘dietas’ to become Pajes (Shamans). Aldeia Sagrada is the sacred sanctuary where the ancestors of the Yawanawá people lived. Today, access to Aldeia Sagrada is granted only in times of prayer and diet. As a small group of friends, we will have the opportunity to experience Yawanawá culture in a deeper, more intimate way.
> Itinerary <
Arrival in Cruzeiro do Sul airport. Van to the Hotel
07 AM • Van from the Hotel in Cruzeiro do Sul to São Vicente, on the banks of the Gregorio River. (about 3 hour drive)
10 AM • Arrival in São Vicente. Departure by boat to Aldeia Nova Esperança. (about 6 hour journey upriver)
4 PM • Arrival at Aldeia Nova Esperança
November 14th to 19th
Retreat in Aldeia Nova Esperança (‘New Hope’ Village)
07 AM • Departure by boat from Aldeia Nova Esperança to São Vicente
03 PM • Van from São Vicente to Cruzeiro do Sul
07 PM • Arrival in Cruzeiro do Sul Hotel
11 PM • Van from Hotel to Cruzeiro do Sul Airport • Flight out of Cruzeiro do Sul
- Medicinal Herbal Bath- with plants that purify the spirit, calm the heart, assist in the dreamspace and balance our thoughts.
- Body Painting- the study of the sacred designs of the tribe called KENE.
- Traditional Storytelling
- Traditional Food and exceptional vegetarian cuisine
- Traditional Songs Workshop
- Hike to the Samaúma Tree, the ‘Mother’ tree in the Amazon.
- Visit to the Sacred Village (Aldeia Sagrada) and its Medicinal Botanical Gardens.
- Smudging Circles with Sipá; sacred tree resin of the Yawanawá.
- Uni (Ayahuasca) Ceremonies
- private room
- shared rooms
- communally cooked meals
- over 80% locally sourced
- None: Off the grid
- plant medicinedaily
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