Know Thyself

  • Bahia, Brazil

About This Center

An 11 Day Full Moon Spiritual retreat with Know Thyself is a profound and sacred journey of healing and self-realisation. The program is carefully designed utilising the joint experience and knowledge of the team of professionals, Shaman, Ayahuasquero’s, therapists, guide’s and facilitator’s alike, dedicated to providing you with a complete and comprehensive healing and learning experience.

Set in an environment of intense natural beauty, the valley is an enchanting place of peace and tranquillity. Its welcoming and loving inhabitants touch the lives of those who are blessed to come here and who always find it very difficult to leave this magical hideaway.

You can expect the utmost individual care, attention and respect from the Know Thyself team. We are passionate about our work and committed to ensuring you get the maximum results from your journey with us.

Food & Comfortable Personal Accommodation – The Healing Centre is a vital and respected pillar of the community. Its founders are an inspiration and a fine example to those of us looking to understand the benefits of a holistic lifestyle. With over 30 years of experience in holistic health and healing, people have been coming for years to feel better, to heal, to grow, to learn, to develop themselves and to recuperate from the struggles of life in the ‘developed’ world. Set amidst glorious gardens home to hummingbirds, parrots, monkeys and butterflies, with a 120m waterfall in the backdrop, this peaceful retreat provides a perfect place for those needing to harmonise themselves with nature, unwind, and practice self-development; whether that be meditating in the temple, reflecting in a hammock, studying in the library, receiving treatment in the therapy hut, or strolling through the vast gardens, it is a welcoming place and home to all who come.

Using local organic produce only, you will be provided a very healthy, detoxifying, energising and delicious vegetarian-based alimentation, three meals daily, to compliment and support Ayahuasca’s work, and to aid the healing processes. There is plenty to explore in the village and surrounding area of this alternative, esoteric community. You will enjoy discovering the many hidden secrets of this magical hideaway of only a few hundred inhabitants.

Inipi Purification Ceremony, driven by Shaman and Inipi Chief Zezito ‘Blue Eagle’, at 63 years old and one of the original settlers of the valley, he is a hugely respected figure and valued member of the community. Zezito’s personal contribution to the development of the valley and to the education of its children is unparalleled. His much loved Inipi ceremony is a powerful and purifying experience and is offered in preparation for your second Ayahuasca ceremony which takes place in Zezito’s self-made temple.

Treatments and Therapies:

Throughout your journey you will be offered specific treatments and therapies based on your personal requirements, including:

Ayurvedic Massage Therapy – Thai Yoga Massage – Iridology – Herbal Bath – Reiki – Mud Wrap – Re-balancing – Re-birthing – Sound Therapy

Daily Pranayama, Yoga and Meditation Workshops:

Each gifted day begins with the (optional) opportunity to practice Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama in the temple with Paul, our qualified instructor who will conduct each session based on the capabilities of the group as a whole. The sessions are light and fun, with emphasis on the calming and centring of the mind, alignment and energisation of the chakras, oxygenation of the body, developing flexibility and balance, and exercising focus and concentration.

Guided Day Trips:

During your 11 day stay you will be guided to numerous locations of stunning natural beauty, including Purification Falls – aptly named because of the healing and purifying effects of its crystal waters – and to the mesmerising Fumaça Falls; the world’s third highest at an astonishing 380m. On the final day participants will have the option to finish their journey with a day trip to 3 of the Chapada Diamantina National Park’s prime attractions, including The Devil’s Well and The Cave of Torrinha; one of the world’s most complex cave systems with over 15km of (discovered) depth. The day, and your journey, will end with a symbolic sunset at the summit of Morro do Pai Inaçio.

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