Integrative Plant Medicine Retreat

5 Day Retreat /// 24. April – 28. April 2024

Sierra de Grazalema – Andalusia, Spain
by Sanken Tsoma & Metsa Yaka

We are very happy to invite you to our opening retreat of our new retreat place in in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in Andalusia, Spain.
With this we are opening our retreat oasis for transformational retreats at this beautiful place near the white village Zahara de la Sierra.

During these 5 days we will hold three Plant Medicine Ceremonies in Shipibo Tradition and one Cacao Breathwork ceremony and we will share and go together into different process work practices. So you will have the possibility to go even deeper in your own process. You will gain tools for your daily life and discover new ways to keep working on your processes independently.

We are very excited for this first retreat at our place and we are very happy to share our work at ths powerful and conscious place of transformation.

We are looking forward to welcome you…   Metsa Yaka & Sanken Tsoma 

Our Work & Program

* painted by Geenss Archenti Flores

Plant Medicine Ceremony

In these Plant Ceremonies you are connecting with sacred healing plants from the Peruvian Amanzon. By drinking the sacred and powerful Medicine you enter the worlds of the Master Plants, which enable you to work on a deeper level of consciousness and experience profound healing, clearing and transformation on a physical, psychological, emotional, energetical and spiritual level. It is aswell about the transformation of old patterns and removing of blockages.

The Medicine opens you up to your inner truth and connects you to a deeper understanding and blessings of life.
Through the integration of the teachings and the wisdom of the plants, this can be the starting point to change your life and live it in full potential.

It is also possible to take part in the ceremonies without drinking the medicine.

 

Cacao & Breathwork Ceremony

Cacao Ceremonies are originated all the way back to Mayan and Aztec traditions in Central and South America. The spirit of Cacao – also called Mama Cacao – was worked with in spiritual ceremonies to open up the heart, to bring clarity, inner harmony and to connect to ones creativity. The heart opening Medicine can unlock euphoric states, release emotions and enabels you to connect to our Higher Self, our wisdom within, the loving energy in our body and will also calm the mind. Cacao has been used for centuries to heal the mental, physical and spiritual body.

Through Conscious Connected Breathing, we can overcome the barriers of the mind and increase the oxygen supply in the brain and in the entire bloodstream. The neuralogical network is stimulated and hormones are released, among others, Anandamides – also known as the “Bliss Hormone”. From a state of connection, emotions, stress and anxiety can be released, our own awareness and creativity are increased and we come into a feeling of inner peace, love and compassion. Our deeper truth can be revealed.

The Medicine of Cacao and the Medicine of our own Breath is an incredibly powerful combination, allowing us to delve deeply into our process.

“Our breathing is the direct connection to pure consciousness.”

* painted by Geenss Archenti Flores

Rapé & Sananga Sharings

Rapé (pronounced Hapee) is a sacred and powerful plant medicine with deep healing, purifying and centering qualities which has been used for centuries by Brazilian indigenous tribes such as the Huni Kuin, Yawanawa and Nukini.

The Rapé is a powdered mixture made from finely ground Mapacho tobacco and ingredients or ash from various medicinal plants and it´s blown into the nose through a bamboo tube (Tepi). It cleans physically & energetically, it heals, opens the heart, centers the mind, clears the consciousness and cleans the pineal gland. Rapé is very good to focus and to maintain better concentration during meditation.

Process and Integration Work

The Integration is the most important element to embody and manifest what you have experienced in your daily life.
Integration happens when experiences you made on an energetical, emotional and physical level, are brought into consciousness.

We will compliment your process with different tools and exercises to enable you to accomplish your process with self empowerment. Breathwork, Trauma Work, Body Work, Shadow Work, Emotional Release, Inner Child Work, Inquiry Work are a few elements which we incorporate intuitively.

Content & Schedule

The 5 day retreat is an combination of

  • 3 traditional Plant Medicine Ceremonies according to the Shipibo-Conibo tradition
  • 1 Cacao Breathwork Ceremony
  • Rapé sharings for cleansing, aligning and centering awareness
  • Process & Integration Work (including elements from trauma healing, body work, shadow work, inner child work, …)

The complete 5 day retreat is spread over three nights of ceremony and one day of integration & process work, making it a self-contained cycle. This retreat structure ensures the most effective work possible and one can delve deeper into personal processes in order to intensify the healing and development process and at the same time a strong and sustained group process can be developed and maintained. Based on many years of experience, this structure has proven to be the best, as it brings the greatest possible benefit to everyone involved.

Schedule:

  • Wednesday – arrival day / 1st Plant Medicine Ceremony in Shipibo tradition
  • Thursday – 2nd Plant Medicine Ceremony in Shipibo tradition
  • Friday – Process and Integration Work / Cacao Breathwork Ceremony
  • Saturday – Process and Integration Work / 3rd Plant Medicine Ceremony in Shipibo tradition
  • Sunday – Closing Sharing and departure (after brunch)

The Ceremonies will be held in the evening or in the night. During the day we will do the process and integration work. Of course you will find time for yourself as well to relax, enjoy nature or to have a dip in the fresh river.

Arival & Departure time:

  • arrival is on Wednesday throughout the day until latest 6 pm
  • departure is on Sunday after the sharing and brunch (approximatly around 3 pm)

You are also welcome to stay one or a few days  longer after the retreat at the retreat venue. Feel free to ask in advance if  you would like to book additional nights in our Guesthouse.

About us

The retreat is led by Metsa Yaka & Sanken Tsoma. Our organizer Sabina will take care of everything organizational in advance and on site, as well as our well-being during the retreat.

Metsa Yaka

With a strong intuition, Metsa Yaka is holding a space of presence, clarity, love & allowance. She supports people to become present, to reconnect to themselves and their intuiton. As a translator for the Horse, Animal and Plant World she has a deeper understanding for our teachings we receive and the holistic picture.

more infos here

Sanken Tsoma

Sanken Tsoma has been working intensively with sacred plant medicines in a shamanic approach for 11 years. While studying energy work and various master plants in Master Plant Dietas, he was initiated into this type of work by maestros of the Shipibo and Inca traditions. His focus is on inner healing, personal and spiritual growth, expansion, and inner and outer transformation.

more infos here

Sabina – Organization

Sabina is consider herself a free spirit and she feels at home in the world, in nature and with the animals.

She is looking forward to be there for you during the retreat and assisting with any organizational matters, both before and after.

The Venue
The retreat will be held at a magical venue in the area of the Sierra de Grazalema, which is located between Seville, Málaga and Jerez de la Frontera. This magical hidden oasis with its charming, playful Andalusian country house and the lush green garden amidst the Andalusian dry vegetation is located on a fresh river and surrounded by babbling water canals.
In the lovingly designed and furnished house you will be accommodated in one of the two shared two-bed rooms, a shared two bed apartment, a single or double room or a group sleeping room, The nightly ceremonies will take place in our ceremony dome.
 
We are still in the process of preparing the location, so the rooms will look a little different than in the current pictures and the dome is not there yet, but will be set up for the first time before the retreat. The photo of the dome on this page is an example photo.
Accommodation & board

 Accommodation:

We can offer different room options.

    • one single room or double room (with 1,40m double bed) with own bathroom in the room
    • one shared apartment for two persons (with two separate beds) with own bathroom and little kitchen
    • two shared two bed rooms (with separate beds) with shared bathroom
    • a shared group sleeping room for 4 persons with shared bathroom

If you would like to stay at the venue a little longer after the retreat, it is possible to book additional nights upon request.

Food:

You will be nurished with delicious vegan food adapted to the preparatory diet for the Plant Medicine ceremonies.
If you have any food intilerances or a special diet, please let us know in advance.

Preparation & Packing List

Preparation Diet

It is highly recommended (partly necessary) to make a special preparation diet before, during and after the retreat, to prepare you physically and mental for the retreat. This diet includes following topics:

Please abstain two weeks before and after the retreat from:

  • pork and red meat

Please abstain one week before and after the retreat from:

  • salt, spices, garlic, onion and sugar
  • dairy products
  • citrus and sour fruits (like lemons, oranges, mandarins, pineapple, kiwi, passion fruit, sour bears)
  • oil and fat (including avocados and nuts)
  • pills, medications, caffeine, alcohol and drugs of any kind (waiver urgently necessary!)
  • sexual activities
  • violent or aggressive movies or video games

Detailed information you will receive after your registration.

Medical guidelines

First priority is the safety and health of the participants.
To ensure this you have to fill out a questionnaire with questions about your mental and physical health as well as any medication to be taken.
In some cases with particular health conditions or specific medications it is not possible to to intake the plant medicine. Medications that are not compatible with the plant medicine has to be discontinued in advance and in consultation with a doctor (the required period depends on the particular preparation).
In case you take medications we will inform you after your registration about the compatibility of your medication.
It is as well possible to participate in the retreat without taking the plant medicine. The work still will be done.

Packing list

  • a blanket and a pillow or a sleeping-bag for the ceremonies
  • maybe a notebook and pens if you want to write something down
  • a small flashlight or headlamp (for the ceremonies)
  • comfortable and warm clothing, thick socks (sometimes it can be a bit fresh in the night at this time of year)
  • if you want, music instruments

 

Travel

Welcome to the Sierra de Grazalema

Flights:

If you come by plane, please book your flights to Seville or alternatively to Málaga or Jerez de la Frontera .
The day of arrival at the retreat will be the 24th of April (afternoon or early evening) and the day of departure from the retreat will be the 28th of April (after breakfast). 
To search for suitable flights, we recommend for example the flight search engine Skyscanner: https://www.skyscanner.com
In case of pandemic travel regulations, please take care of the regulations for Spain and back to your home country.
Travel regulations from your country to Spain you can check here: https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

Buses:

From the city of your arrival you can take a bus to Algodonales, where we will pick you up and bring you to our retreat place. The pickup from Algodonales is included.
Note that buses from Seville, Málaga and Jerez sometimes are only available in the morning or noon. If your flight arrives later in the day it might be that you need to take a taxi. Alternatively, you could arrive in Seville (or Málaga/Jerez) a day earlier and spend one night there.

> From Seville Airport you need to take a bus or a taxi to the Seville Prado San Sebastian bus station or the bus station Plaza de Armas. From there you have a bus connection to Algodonales.  (usually only one bus in the morning at 9 am)
> From Jerez de la Frontera Airport you need to take a bus or a taxi to the Jerez main bus station. And from there you have a bus connection to Algodonales.
> From Málaga airport you need to take a bus or a taxi to Málaga bus station. And from there you have to check the bus connection to Algodonales. You may first have to drive from Málaga to Ronda and from there to Algodonales.

You can check your bus conecton here: https://www.checkmybus.com or here: https://www.omio.com/
(please note bus connections are sometimes only shown 2 weeks in advance)

Taxi:

The price of a taxi from Seville airport to the retreat venue is approximately € 120,-. From Málaga or Jerez it might be a little more expensive.
If you are interested in sharing a taxi from the airport with other participants, please contact us and we can connect you.

Rental car:

You can also rent a car at the airport for the duration of the retreat. This gives you more flexibility if you want to go on a trip on your own or stay a few days longer. The prices for rental cars are usually very affordable if you book early in advance.
You can find the best offers here: https://www.doyouspain.com

Your Self Investment

Full 5 Day Retreat (Wednesday till Sunday)

incl. 4 nights accommodation and food, 3 Plant Medicine Ceremonies, 1 Cacao Breathwork Ceremony and Process & Integration work

5 Day Retreat

incl. accommodation in a
Group Sleeping Room
 

with four separate single beds and shared bathroom

5 Day Retreat

incl. accommodation in a
Shared Two Bed Room

(example photo)

with two separate single beds and shared bathroom

5 Day Retreat

incl. accommodation in a
Shared Two Bed Apartment

with two separate single beds and own bathroom

5 Day Retreat

incl. accommodation in a
Double Room
(for couples & family)

with 1,40 m double bed and own bathroom

5 Day Retreat

incl. accommodation in a
Single Room

with 1,40 m bed and own bathroom

Sign in
To sign in for our 5 Day Integrative Plant Medicine Retreat please use the ‘Sign in’ button:
If you have further questions please send us an email to spain@visiones.org
Research Study & Membership

All our retreats and ceremonies serve as research studies in order to explore and evaluate the effect of the shared plants and practices as holistic healing techniques. Our aim is to support the holistic healing of body mind and soul with alternative practices, to promote a balance in life and to support an alternative healthy lifestyle that is in harmony with our nature.

Our retreats, ceremonies and individual treatments do not replace any medical treatment.
To participate in our retreats / research studies, it is necessary to become a member of our association.
For this we also offer a free short-term membership. You can select your membership type later in the registration form.