N K's Reviews
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Spirit Vine, Itacare, BA, Brazil
I was at the February 2020 retreat.
I watched a documentary on Amazon Prime last September called, ‘The reality of truth’ As soon as I watched it, I felt a calling that I have never experienced before. I had never heard about Aya prior to watching this documentary.
In the days to follow, I searched the internet for retreats around the world. I found 2 other potentially suitable ones. I was still not 100% convinced due to the mixed reviews and then by random chance I stumbled across Spirit Vine. I looked at Silvia’s credentials and the trip advisor reviews and I was immediately convinced that this was the one. I am happy that I followed my instinct.
It has taken me a bit of time to write the review, mainly because I have found it difficult to put into words the amazing experience I had.
I would like to thank the facilitators, all the participants, kitchen staff, 2 massage ladies, housekeeping staff, cleaners and everyone who made the experience so enriching for me. I received so much warmth and love from everyone and I gained answers to many questions that I was not even looking for and more crucially, all the dots just seemed to join up by the time the retreat was over.
As it was my first visit to Brazil. I was somewhat anxious. I called one of the facilitators and Silvia from the UK prior to departure. They answered my queries, including the confirmation of a taxi to pick me up from Ilheus Airport to my hotel in Itacare.
On arrival at Sao Paolo, I had to pick my luggage and recheck it in again for the transfer flight to Ilheus, despite having boarding passes issued for both flights in the UK. I stayed in Itacare for 2 nights before the retreat. It’s a gem of a place and the photos on the internet don’t do it justice.
The first day of the retreat, I was welcomed by one of the facilitators. He took me to my room and introduced me to my roommate. Thereafter, we met all the retreat participants, followed by an introduction part 1, dinner and introduction part 2.
Spirit Vine is like heaven on earth. It is magical. Silvia has achieved something out of this world. The attention to detail that has gone into everything is second to none, including the quality of food, cleanliness, the timings of the daily schedule, the ceremonies, the activities etc. Everything was just perfect.
In terms of the ceremonies, in the beginning, there was a stage where I felt I was not sure if I was getting anywhere, but by the time I finished the third ceremony, despite finding it quite challenging at times, I found the answers I was looking for and everything suddenly seemed to fall into place. I started to notice my limiting patterns of behaviour over my life that had hindered my growth and that had made me more fearful.
Upon reflection of the 4 ceremonies, I would say, don’t try & imagine what to expect at the outset. Go with the flow. Everyone’s experience is different & don’t negatively compare yours with others. Write things down as soon as you can after each ceremony. Don’t lose hope and have faith in the process. Silvia appears to have formulated the perfect process & it seems to work in some magical way. It definitely worked for me. Talk to the facilitators and let them know if you have any queries/questions at all after any of the ceremonies. They are there to help and by talking, they can try and make sure that you get most out of your experience; I found talking to them helped me achieve my answers as they guided me and made sure I got what I needed (& not necessarily wanted); Group sessions were extremely useful and it felt safe to open up, where I learnt more about myself & others. Workshops left me with an entirely new way of thinking. I have learnt how better to handle challenging situations in life. I would suggest staying 2 nights in Itacare after the retreat. Thank you so much to everyone.