For the Love of Shakti

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For the Love of Shakti

A Retreat Led by and in Support of the Divine Feminine

This is not a women's retreat

This is not a men's retreat

This isnot a couple's retreat

This is a retreat with significant intention. The intention is to heal the imbalance between the masculine and feminine.

The very fabric of the universe is held together by two forces: raw, unconditioned energy (Shakti), and pure, unconditioned consciousness (Shiva).


For the universe to take form and for experience to emerge, Shiva and Shakti work together in union, for energy without consciousness is aimless and blind; consciousness without energy is dormant and inert.


Shakti represents the divine feminine and the creative principle; Shiva, the sacred masculine and the canvas upon which Shakti paints her masterpieces. Hence, it is in tandem that the masculine and feminine must heal each other and come to balance.

You may have noticed that there are many “women's retreats” available and we feel that these retreats are very important and we support this type of work.  Yet, sometimes these retreats can unintentionally end up focusing on the destructive or harmful aspects of the masculine. This unconscious reaction is understandable as there is an imbalance within our culture and society in favor of the masculine.  


Unfortunately, if there is an overly negative focus towards the masculine can actually perpetuate and feed energy into the imbalance between the feminine and masculine rather than bringing harmony between the two.


This retreat aims to explore the ways in which the feminine and masculine can come together and heal each other through connection, cooperation and balance


We agree that our society is currently out of balance, with the masculine being in the forefront.


Because of this imbalance we feel it is important that this retreat will be led by the feminine principal, within the container of the loving mother. 


This feminine principal will be represented by Jess.  She will be leading ceremonies, cooking and pouring the medicine.  Jess will be infusing our work with the nurturing and compassionate energy you know her for.


This retreat is for women who are ready to open up and bloom in the presence and support of the masculine, at the same time supporting their brothers in healing around the feminine.


This retreat is for men who recognize and feel that the most effective way for them to heal their relationship with the feminine is through openness, vulnerability and unconditional support.


Curriculum/Details:

- 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies Led by Jess

- Mayan Fire Ceremony

- Children Welcome & Childcare is Available

- Post Ceremony Integration Circles

- Heart Opening Integration Circles to  create a safe, non-judgmental space where both women and men can discuss and communicate the points of confusion between the masculine and feminine and generate clarity on how to relate with and support one another.


- “Building the Bodhicitta body” Meditations.  “Bodhicitta” is a sanskrit term that is generally translated as “enlightened mind”: “Bodhi” meaning “enlightened” or “awakened” and “citta” meaning “that which is conscious.” However, if we delve deeper into the body of bodhicitta meditation practices, we find that the mind is actually the source of duality and illusion, while the heart is the source of pure consciousness. Thus, the term “bodhicitta” actually refers to an awakened heart. So, it is through daily embodiment meditations focused on opening the heart center that we will clear and widen our energy channels dedicated to both relative and unconditional compassion for all sentient beings.


- Diad, or partner meditations will also be an important part of our practice. Note that these practices do not require that you attend the retreat with a partner.


Event Highlights

  • - 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies Led by Jess
  • - Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • - Children Welcome and Childcare is Available
  • - Post Ceremony Integration Circles
  • - Heart Opening Integration Circles to create a safe, non-judgmental space where both women and men can discuss and communicate the points of confusion between the masculine and feminine and generate clarity on how to relate with and support one another.
  • - “Building the Bodhicitta body” Meditations. “Bodhicitta” is a sanskrit term that is generally translated as “enlightened mind”: “Bodhi” meaning “enlightened” or “awakened” and “citta” meaning “that which is conscious.” However, if we delve deeper into the body of bodhicitta meditation practices, we find that the mind is actually the source of duality and illusion, while the heart is the source of pure consciousness. Thus, the term “bodhicitta” actually refers to an awakened heart. So, it is through daily embodiment meditations focused on opening the heart center that we will clear and widen our energy channels dedicated to both relative and unconditional compassion for all sentient beings.
  • - Diad, or partner meditations will also be an important part of our practice. Note that these practices do not require that you attend the retreat with a partner.

Venue Highlights

Enjoy an Ayahuasca retreat located in a Stunning location, with Perfect weather, very comfortable accommodations and is easy to travel to.

La Familia Ayahuasca conducts retreats in Guatemala, in the altiplano and around Lake Atitlan. This location is truly a hidden gem, forgotten by the western world.

The central american altiplano is called "The Land of Eternal Spring". This is due to the incredibly perfect weather there. the area has minimal humidity and temperatures range from the low 60s to low 80s year round.

Lake Atitlan is often called "the most beautiful lake in the world" with it's alluring waters, indigenous Mayan culture and the majestic volcanoes that circle the lake.

The accommodations are simply wonderful. Surprisingly, the lodging available around Lake Atitlan is some of the best in Latin America, with unique architecture and modern conveniences that you would find at home.

To top it all off, travel to Lake Atitlan is extremely easy! It takes only 3-5 hours to travel from most U.S. cities into Guatemala City and a 3.5 hour shuttle to lake atitlan.

This means you can travel from home to the retreat in less than a day!

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

All meals are included and consist of fresh, local organic gluten free vegetarian meals. One can opt for meat if they like.

Accommodations

This retreat will be held at the luxury retreat center Villa Sumaya which sits directly on the lake and offers many different spa options that you can choose from during your retreat with us. If comfort is of concern for you during your Ayahuasca retreat, this may be the choice for you.

Directions

Villa Sumay is located on Lake Atitlan near the village of Santa Cruz de la Laguna.

Tags: ayahuasca guatemala lake atitlan meditation retreat plant medicine shamanism

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