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Spirit Vine, Itacare, BA, Brazil
It has been my second time at Spirit Vine in December. And this may already say it all. Without any other experience with other places (but certainly inquiries that were treated in dubious ways…), to me there is no need to look any further and I am sure I will return.
When you arrive behind the gates of Spirit Vine, you enter a parallel universe. It is a lush secluded place full of plants and flowers and all kinds of lovely creatures. Birds are surrounding you while you eat or drift in the natural pond, looking at the palm trees and clods in the sky. At night, during the ceremonies, you can actually feel the interconnectedness of all because you witness and even become part of the whole creation, from frogs croaking to all kinds of beings playing the drums, to the falling rain, all like orchestrated with the music and your personal experience. In the morning, when you come back to “reality” you slip out of your cocoon I the dawning sun and chances are you feel like newborn awakening to a new world.
Apart from the awesome magic and intelligence that Ayahuasca offers per se, I think the ceremonies at Spirit vine leverage the potential to the full, especially because they are embedded in a smart integrative retreat schedule which includes preparative and integrative workshops, shared meditation and yoga classes as well as leisure time at the amazing beach or inspirational move nights. You will truly get a retreat with the possibility to recalibrate your being.
While Silvia does not consider herself a shaman, she is a highly experienced and intuitive psychologist who is able to integrate approaches wisely and guide participants through the retreat and their own personal journeys – if necessary also after the retreat. This is important as we all have our own challenges before, during and after the retreat. You can feel the focus is one the individual and Silvia and Rohan are absolutely present, trustworthy, human, intelligent and also humorous in not only caring and sharing the journey, but also opening up on their own experiences. I could truly feel the focus lies on the purpose of healing (vs. potentially ego driven shaman roles and rites).
Together with the all the people from allover the world, an amazing healing energy is created, providing for a space for mutual sharing and support. I think the people chosing to come to Spirit Vine make up another quite important ingredient in the whole setting – I have loved the groups and individuals I met, even making true friends for sure. We have set up a WhatsApp group where we still share and support each other now we are back home integrating the experience.
Last but not least, while the Aya diet can be quite restrictive, Spirit Vine’s organic garden provides the freshest and most delicious ingredients for a very yummy and satisfying creative wholesome vegetarian (or rather mainly vegan and glutenfree) kitchen, delighting and surprising the tongue (and eyes!) every day.
I felt truly nourished on all levels – physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and aesthetically when I left the retreat.
I will highly highly recommend Spirit Vine, not only if you are looking for an Ayahuasca retreat – but actually I think everybody should experience this at least once in their life.
As a very last thought, on a meta level, it is quite amazing to see what healing paradise Silvia has manifested following her visions and her heart along her own journey. Which, to my eyes, speaks for itself.