Brazilian Ancestral Medicine Retreat


8-9:30 - Wake Up and Yoga Circle (this depends on comfort and needs of the group and the particular schedule of the day)
(Please note: this will NOT a yoga class per se - facilitators are experienced practitioners of yoga, however they are not RYT Certified instructors of yoga)

9:30am - Breakfast

10:30am - Late Afternoon The rest of the day is a blend of engaging study and practical healing workshops/experiences, time in nature, healthful meals, meditation, and of course, breaks/alone time in between.

5-6pm - Rest and Bathe (on first night and as-needed thereafter, participants are invited to engage in a traditional herbal cleansing bath)

6:00pm - Light Dinner

7:00pm - Convene for Cleansing/Smudging/Healing Circle/Fire Circle

8:00pm - Ayahusaca Ceremony Begins (3 sessions throughout the course of the 8-day retreat), duration: approx 6-8 hours

About This Event

About Us

Casa Chama Trina is a Healing Arts Collective founded by Decio Viana Silva and Balthazar Levy. Baltha and Decio are medicine men with over 20 years of combined experience. They bring the best of the ancient and modern to their teaching and practice as they are both trained as licensed Transpersonal Therapists as well as initiated in indigenous Brazilian medicine ways. They bring their joy for life, attention to detail, and humble reverence for creator and creature to the Chama Trina Community every day with their daily one-on-one clients, workshops, and retreats. 

Gabrielle Williams is a holistic healer/teacher and longtime friend and apprentice of Casa Chama Trina. She is the co-organizer and main point of contact for the retreat, and will be present to facilitate and translate during the duration of your time in Brazil. 

Brazilian Ancestral Medicine Retreat

This season's retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Pedra do Sabia' center in Itacare', Bahia. See their site here (partially available in English: (contact info blocked)

Our retreats are anchored in practical and theoretical learning of the four universal archetypes - warrior, healer, visionary and teacher as seen in indigenous, African and Aboriginal traditions. These four archetypes parallel the  the fourfold structure of the earth- and thus promote integration of the Self with the 4 seasons, 4 phases of the moon, 4 elements, and 4 cardinal directions.  

The retreat includes integrative transpersonal care and spiritual support to compliment your experience with ayahuasca. Our Itinerary will include experiences with tools of expansion of consciousness, purification and harmonization, such as:

-Drum journeys and sweat lodge (shamanic sauna)

-Yoga sessions and guided meditation;

-Ayurvedic and relaxing massage (optional, not included in retreat cost); 

-Music- therapy and aromatherapy;

-Healing circles with other shamanic medicines such as sananga, hapé and sacred tobacco;

-Experiences with art, dance, singing, story-telling and bonfire circles for group integration;

-Experiences with power animals and redemption of Afro-Brazilian and indigenous spiritual traditions;

-Bioenergetic exercises to discharge energy blockages caused by trauma;

-Purification with clay- therapy, herbal baths, smudging with sage, palo santo, etc.

-Theoretical and practical training on the four universal archetypes: Warrior, Healer, Teacher, and Visionary 

Plant Medicine

Ayahuasca is our primary healing therapy. Also called the teacher plant or vine of the soul, it encompasses the wisdom of the plant kingdom, and has been used by ancient civilizations of the Brazilian , Peruvian and Colombian Amazon since prehistoric times. As an entheogen Ayahuasca promotes expansion of consciousness favoring a journey of self-discovery, cleansing and purification, internal revelations, spiritual guidance and regaining of personal power and divine purpose.

What is included in the experiences of expanded states of consciousness:

-Contact with the higher self, revision of our identifications of self-images and differentiation of our EGO psychological structure -Contact with our inner "hurt child," traumatic experiences that block and paralyze our life force and positive functioning. -Contact with our personal "shadows" and complexes, projections, review choices and behaviors;-Experience of past and future lives ;-Access to personal or collective unconscious archetypes and symbols ;

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Dairy Free


We offer breakfast, lunch, a snack and supper.

We follow a simple, tasty and healthy diet. The food served is mostly vegan with some ovo-lacto-vegetarian exceptions, thus covering all our food needs. We respect Nature’s cycles, eating what our region has to offer according to the seasons. We are also working toward the goal of living from the organic produce from our gardens.

At the moment, we produce the following items: organic dry bananas and jack fruit, granola, whole-wheat bread and organic cocoa.

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Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Nia Nicole   March 19, 2019

      Remembrance of Self on the Beach Under the Stars

    Drinking tea with Gabbi, Decio and Balthazar was a magical experience. At the time I wasn't quite aware that I was laying the foundation for some deep trauma to surface and expel itself from my psyche. The healing felt fun like a long and loving sleepover with long time friends. The work we did at Chama Trina changed my life and the way I relate to myself and thus others for the better. It gave me space to accept my physical form in all it's imperfections. I accepted my spiritual gifts there under the guidance of the teachers and it even helped me become more mindful. Worshiping the earth all night is something we all need a lot more of. Chama Trina does a great job of facilitating ancestral healing and joy.

  • Hannah Moore   September 26, 2017

      Healing in Community

    A few years into my journey to consciously understand what my own healing means and the different ways of bringing it to realization my journey brought me to Chama Trina. I had researched Ayahauasca years before yet it was not time for that part of my journey to began. With Chama Trina I was at a pivotal point in understanding how my own healing is connected to community and to the world. The healing work we did was collective. We each entered into ceramony with the courage to find the parts of ourselves that stay hidden deep below. Together we collectively moved through processes of healing for the greater good. I feel humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to explore my own healing while in communion with other healers who soon became family. I will forever hold Chama Trina in my heart.

  • Jasmine Dominique   September 25, 2017

      The Experience Changed My Life!

    Words merely describe how the support that I received at Casa Chama Trina changed my life. I was transformed by the healing experiences that were created with so much love! Being a part of the community taught me about the essence of healing and transformation. With compassion, the leaders gave to me the guidance needed to "enter into myself". I am forever grateful and I recommend experiencing the power of the community at Casa Chama Trina.

  • Maya Rodriguez   September 25, 2017

      "I was born under water/With three dollars and 6 dimes"

    I get emotional when I reflect on tears of joy and gratitude. Getting there took some time but the ambiance is more than worth it. Crashing waves scored the setting sun as Decio Silva, Balthazar Mamed, and Gabrielle Williams, welcome All with donation and instruction--"newcomers please set up by the door". A group of 15-20 settle in Casa Chama Trina, tribal music is played, Ayahuaska is poured and the amazing (and bilingual) Decio, Balthazar and Gabrielle lead the way--supporting and guiding the experience. After the second tea of the night (Ayahuaska), I felt overwhelmed with discomfort, purging the old and dead within me...I wanted to let it go but I was afraid and throwing up. Gabrielle was there to help me through that! As the sun rose, I felt permanently changed. Fresh fruit and food greeted us and it gave us time to reflect and connect. As we were cleaning up I realized how intentional I had been--from eating root foods prior to the ceremony (per Casa Chama Trina's instructions) to sweeping the floor when it was all over..I am eternally grateful to have had such an experience at the time I did, and it gave me a lot of perspective on life and rebirth (affirming a lot for me). After surviving cancer a few months prior to this experience, I truly needed that at the time and I would go back in a heart beat. Your in great hands at Casa Chama Trina!!

  • Codey Young   September 14, 2017

      A life transformative experience

    It's challenging to find the words to express how positively impactful my time at Casa Chama Trina was. Over two years has passed and I still find myself revisiting and drawing inspiration from those memories. I was fortunate to fall into an incredibly supportive, compassionate, and affirming group of guides in Gabrielle, Decio, and Balthazar. As a non-native Portuguese speaker, they were all especially considerate of my experience and helping me understand how to navigate of the healing process. They constantly offered themselves as resources of wisdom and guidance. I left feeling not only transformed through my own personal experiences, but genuinely connected to a group of global healers radically invested in building community sustained by loving kindness.

  • Chris   October 06, 2016

      What an experience!

    I went on a journey of spiritual healing with Gabrielle Williams and it was a very positive and enlightening experience. I feel like I learned years worth of life lessons (mostly about dealing with fear and uncertainty) in one night. Ms. Williams was a wonderful leader throughout the process, explaining the background and history of the therapy used, and what to expect along the way. I'm glad I had her there with me by my side. I certainly would recommend Casa Chama Trina, and Gabrielle Williams in particular (I have no experience with the other instructors). As far as I'm concerned, therapy led by her is sure to be a profound experience in your life.

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