MAY 2020 (DATES TBC)
A ONE OF A KIND RETREAT SHOWCASING THE HEALING ARTS OF THE ANDES
“In the most beautiful setting, total peace and quiet...the perfect space to be able to quieten your mind and open your heart.”
Nested within the secluded tranquil hills of Central Portugal, Shamanic Space offers a unique opportunity to experience the powerful healing benefits of two ancient practices that have stood the test of time: Yoga and Wachuma.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE CACTUS
Join Maestro of San Pedro, Dr Rubén Orellana PhD, transpersonal-psychotherapist Michele Costa Lukis and shamanic practitioner Leandro D’Andrea as they guide you through three traditional ceremonies of the sacred visionary plant medicine, wachuma.
For more than 3,500 years the visionary cactus, San Pedro (wachuma), has been used by many different civilizations within the Andes for its profound healing and visionary properties. This ancient plant medicine is sometimes referred to as ‘the doorway’, punku, as it allows passage to a realm of heightened consciousness, enhanced creativity and inspiration, wisdom and healing; thereby reawakening one’s passion for life and restoring equilibrium in the mind, body and spirit.
Wachuma offers the opportunity to work within your shadow and move deeply into your subconscious and ego to unearth the underlying issues preventing you from leading a life of love, harmony and balance. When we truly connect with the healing energy of San Pedro, we are given the space and loving support to release, to nurture, to receive inspiration, to rediscover our true nature and to find our path and purpose.
“When our hearts open with San Pedro, we have the feeling of profound love of self, of others, of Mother Earth, the Universe and beyond. We experience enthusiasm for how beautiful our lives truly are and a connection to the Great Divine. Some would call this bliss. Very often one becomes aware of their path, purpose and service. As a psychotherapist, I have experienced the medicine providing individual guidance in reaching deep into the shadow and releasing the pain of past trauma, crisis and early childhood issues.”
Michele Costa Lukis
Experienced teachers, Craig Norris and Michele Pianigiani will lead you through beautifully held daily yoga practices designed to deepen your connection to Wachuma and yourself. Combining multiple disciplines and drawing inspiration from their backgrounds in Forrest, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Yin and Restorative Yoga, Craig and Michele work together to meet the needs of each student with sensitivity, precision and laughter, evolving your existing practice and introducing you to new ones.
We maintain working in small groups of up to 14 to allow for in- depth technique discussions, questions, and specific adjustments suited to individual needs. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain greater clarity and confidence to carry into your own practice, to re-connect with your body and breath and deepen your existing relationship with yoga or begin a new one.
Sessions will include: asana practice from multiple disciplines (Forrest, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra), technique discussions, pranayama, breath work, restorative, specific adjustments suited to the individuals needs, time for questions.
6 DAYS & 5 NIGHTS
Through their combined expertise and knowledge Ruben, Michele, Craig, Michele and Leandro help their clients on the path to health, well being, personal empowerment and spiritual growth. Through this unique combination of Andean Shamanism and Yoga, they work in harmony to remove blocks and life obstacles at source, restoring the balance of mind, body and spirit. We will provide you with the tools to release what no longer serves you and to integrate the learning from medicine and yoga into your daily life.
Our home will be a beautiful holistic retreat centre set in a small valley in the forested hills of Central Portugal. Far from the crowds, the centre is a lovingly restored hundred year old manor house with wonderful views of the valley. We hope you will enjoy the stunning views and take a walk through the local forests. During our time together, we encourage you to take a break from any devises that will distract from immersing yourself in the natural beauty of your new surroundings and your experience with Wachuma.
Whilst the work may be profound, there is always time for fun, laughter and great food!
Dr Rubén Orellana, curandero and former head archaeologist of Machu Picchu will hold space for the group alongside transpersonal-psychotherapist Michele Costa Lukis and shamanic practitioner Leandro D’Andrea.
Having majored in chemistry and social sciences, Rubén is an expert on the historical and contemporary aspects of San Pedro shamanism and healing in Peru. He spent twenty-two years as head curator of Machu Picchu where he is credited with the discovery of forty-four new sites. In addition to his academic credentials as a historian and scientist, Dr Orellana is a practicing shaman himself, studying with the healers or Paqo (Shaman) of the Andes from the age of seven. Rubén’s knowledge of healing plant medicine and ceremonies has been passed down through generations of Andean tradition. When Michele once asked Ruben how many times he had conducted San Pedro ceremonies, he paused and said “over eight hundred”.
Michele Costa Lukis brings her expertise of twenty years as a practicing psychotherapist and Shamanic practitioner whose work has led her around the world, studying many varied traditions over the past twenty years. She is also a Reiki Master and regularly holds workshops in the UK and works alongside Dr. Rubén Orellana as a guide in Peru.
Through their combined expertise and knowledge Ruben, Michele and Leandro help their clients on the path to health, well being, personal empowerment and spiritual growth. They work in harmony to remove blocks and life obstacles at source, restoring the balance of mind, body and spirit, providing the tools to release what no longer serves you and to integrate the learning from medicine into your daily life.
“Michele and Ruben are truly dedicated to the sacred tradition and I felt safe and nurtured during our San Pedro ceremonies. It was just amazing. I must say that my experience with San Pedro was beyond what I imagined, very beautiful, very life changing. I felt bathed in love for the whole duration. I am very grateful for the experience I had with them, for all the care that they put in, making sure that each of us had an amazing, loving experience. Thank you Michele and Ruben for what you created.”
“Michele, Ruben and Leandro provide an amazingly open and safe space to work on oneself. They provide the safety to completely let go. It was amazing to work with the plant medicine embedded into traditional ceremonies that provided context and reference points for integration. I could choose what to look at and work on and resolved a lot of issues. I loved the interactions with Michele, Rubén and Leandro with conversations that went very deep. There is so much to be learnt from the three of them and they are very eager to teach when asked. Thank you for everything.”
Three Traditional Wachuma (San Pedro) ceremonies lovingly brewed by highly experienced and renowned curandero, Dr. Ruben Orellana PhD. Ruben is considered a ‘maestro’ and has been conducting ceremonies since 1976 with an unblemished record. He will be joining us from Peru to hold this retreat.
Michele Costa-Lukis brings her expertise of twenty-five years as a transpersonal-psychotherapist and Shamanic practitioner to hold space during ceremony and to help each individual process and integrate their experiences when working with the medicine.
Group yoga sessions joyfully held by highly experienced teachers catering for all levels in a variety of styles (Forrest, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra), to complement your journey with San Pedro.
Shamanic cleansing and workshop on San Pedro, connecting you with the history of this beautiful medicine and answering any questions you may have before ceremony.
Workshop on Shamanic journeying, working with power animals and sound as a tool for Andean healing.
Processing and integration circles following each ceremony held by Michele and Rubén to answer questions, assist individual needs and help interpret what Wachuma has brought forth. Michele, Rubén and Leandro are always available to discuss any elements of the work in private should you wish.
Gain confidence and clarity in your yoga practice with the personal attention of two dedicated teachers with in-depth technique discussions, time for questions and specific adjustments suited to your personal needs.
5 nights accommodation in a beautiful holistic retreat centre set in a small valley in the forested hills of Central Portugal. Far from the crowds, the centre is a lovingly restored hundred year old manor house with wonderful views of the valley.
Delicious homemade vegetarian meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients - some from the retreat’s own garden!
Transfers to and from the airport.
Selection of herbal teas.
* Please note the fee does NOT include flights to and from Portugal, personal travel insurance, airport tax or personal spending.