– Dancing with the Spirits –

Plant & Animal Medicine Retreat Andalusia

Holistic 7 Day Intensive Retreat with Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremonies
and the Animal Medicine

at the Natural Park Sierra de Grazalema in Andalusia, Spain
5th – 11th of November 2022
(for a small group of max. 4 participants)

by Metsa Yaka & support by Sanken Tsoma

I invite you to a intense week to reconnect to yourself in the mirror of the plant medicine and animal spirits.

Are you wishing for a authentic life connected to your hearts purpose?Are you searching to deepen your relationship with animals and in the end with yourself?
Are you fully committed to dive into your process of transformation?Then this week might be something for you…

Release what needs to be released, heal what needs to be healed and transform what needs to be transformed to follow the path of your heart.

Accompanied by the powerful plant medicine of Ayahuasca, Rape & Cacao you will work on what ever is just present right now in your life.
We will support you with different types of body and integration work to unleash your inner potential, wisdom and intuition.
You will receive insight as well from different animal spirits and learn a authentic and profound approach to the animal medicine.
You will learn how to create your very own healing space for yourself, others and your animals.

Surrounded by the stunning nature of the Sierra de Grazalema in Andalusia we will come together into a space of allowance, clarity, compassion & transformation.

You are welcome with everything that is.

Lot´s of love…    Metsa Yaka 

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 the 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.

You will have the possibility to drink the Plant Medicine, but it´s not a have to. You can as well participate in ceremony without drinking the medicine. The work still will be done.

 

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 was used for spiritual, medicinal and ceremonial purposes, inner awakening and creative guidance. 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 silence the mind. Cacao has been used for centuries to heal the mental, physical and spiritual body.

Through deep, circulating breathing, we increase the oxygen supply in the brain and in the entire bloodstream. The neural network is stimulated and more hormones are released. Among other things, anandamides, also known as the “bliss hormone”. From the state of connectedness, 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. Deeper truths can show up.

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

 

* painted by Geenss Archenti Flores

Rapé & Sananga Ceremony

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 noise 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.
The Rapé ceremony is divided into three Rapé sharings with three different themes:
Spirit/mind – body – heart

In the last part of the ceremony the eye drops medicine Sananga is shared. Sananga, the so called “Queen of the forest“ is also a very powerful medicine made from the root and bark of the Tabernaemontana undulate shrub. Dripped into the eyes, which are the windows of the soul, it can thus heal on the physical as well as on the spiritual level. 

Animal Medicine

Animals have the amazing ability to connect us straight away to our most inner worlds. In their mirror we have the chance to find healing, transformation and our true authentic self. Each and every animal has their very unique medicine and when we start to listen carefully, their spirits will open up to us.

Process and Integration Work

It´s all about the integration, to really embody and manifest the experienced into your daily life.
Integration happens when experiences you made on an energetical, emotional and physical level, are brought into consciousness.

We will support you during the whole retreat in the process work with different techniques and ways, so that you can work through your process with self empowerment. We will introduce you to techniques like breathwork, shadow work, emotional release, inner child work, inquiry work and guided meditations. With this tools you are enabled to explore your inner landscape more and more by working on your personal topics.

Closing Beach Ceremony

On the end of our retreat we will have a trip to the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate our Closing Beach Ceremony.

There here we will go into our final process round.
We will share the last practices, taking a bath in the ocean for a salt water purification and making a beach ritual. And we will certainly not forget to relax, to enjoy and to celebrate life during this beach day.

Content & Schedule

The 7 day retreat is an combination of

  • 2 sacred Plant Medicine ceremonies according to the Shipibo-Conibo tradition
  • 1 Cacao & Breathwork ceremony
  • 1 Rapé & Sananga ceremony plus further Rapé sharings for cleansing, aligning and centering awareness
  • body work
  • animal communication
  • animal healing space practice
  • process and integration work like shadow work, emotional release, inner child work, inquiry work and guided meditations (depending on the needs)
  • final beach ceremony & celebration day at the ocean

The retreat is an cycle closed in itself.
This way the work is as effectively as possible and you can go deeper in your personal processes to intense your healing and transformation process and also to evolve and expand a strong group process.

Schedule:

  • Saturday – arrival day with welcome dinner and sharing
  • Sunday – preparation & 1st Plant Medicine ceremony in Shipibo tradition
  • Monday – Rapé  ceremony and Cacao & Breathwork ceremony
  • Tuesday – process and integration work and 2nd Plant Medicine ceremony in Shipibo tradition
  • Wednesday – process and integration work
  • Thursday – Closing Beach Celebration Day
  • Friday – departure day (after breakfast)

The schedule is not fix, the order can still change.
The ceremonies will be held in the evening or in the night. During the day we will do process and integration work. But you will have as well time to relax, to enjoy the nature and to have a swim in the lake or to take a sun bath the pool at the guest finca.

Arival & departure time:

 

  • arrival is on Saturday, 5th of November in the afternoon
  • departure is on Friday, 11th of November after the breakfast
For whom is this Retreat?

If you are looking for personal and spiritual growth in your life, you want to step into your strength and your full potential and are ready to take responsibility for yourself, then you are welcome to join a group of people who are looking for change and transformation.

or…

⇒ If you are having a difficult time emotionally, mentally or energetically, you are currently challenged by life, you feel depressed or suffer from traumatic experiences and trauma, then this will be a held space for you to process emotions, to let go fears, to release blockages, to step out of suffering and to leave some of your burden behind you.

or…

⇒ If you have physical or mental health problems, chronic diseases or addictions, we will support you on your personal path of healing and help to bring awareness to the connection between body, mind and soul in order to bring everything more and more into balance.

or…

⇒ If you need a recalibration in life, a resest, a re-centering and a realignment to open up a new path or a new chapter in your life, we cannot recommend enough the work with sacred plant medicine and the inner work. Because this has the opportunity to bring a huge change in our lives.

So…….

If you recognize yourself in one of the specifications or you have other good reasons for it or your inner voice / your higher self tells you that this retreat is made for you, then trust your inner feeling and take the opportunity.

About us

The retreat is created and led by Metsa Yaka. Sanken Tsoma will support the retreat within the ceremonies. Both will share their medicine with you and guide you through the ceremonies and your process.

Metsa Yaka

For me as a passionate inquiry work practitioner, coming from the shamanic approach through the work with Ayahuasca and various Master Plants, as well from the work with the Horse Medicine, the intention is always, to get to the source of things to really transform in order to grow.
My work is not based on a technique, I let myself be guided and follow my intuition what is needed in the moment.

more infos here

Sanken Tsoma

I have been working intensively with plant medicines in a shamanic approach for 8 years. While studying various Master Plants in Master Plant Dietas and energy work, I was initiated into this type of work by maestros of the Shipibo and Inca traditions. My focus is always on personal and spiritual growth, expansion and inner and outer transformation. My purpous here is to share what I am learning to support people on their healing journey.

more infos here

The Venue

We invite you to our finca “Huerto de la Rosa”, which is located in the natural park Sierra de Grazalema near the white village Zahara de la Sierra. This beautiful remote place is sorrounded by an impresive landscape of mountains, canyons, caves, rivers and vultures nesting places. In this self-sufficient environment you can reconnect with healthy nature and with yourself. The ceremonies will be held at our ceremony hall (where you can aleso sleep after the ceremonies or rest during the day). We hav a very nice outdoor bathroom and amazing spots on and around our property. On our little farm you will also get to know our deer, 3 horses, 3 dogs and 12 cats.

Accommodation & board

You will have different accommodation optio at our placetwo 4 m bell tents, for one person each

  • a 3 m bell tent for one person
  • a single room in a guest house near our place (40 min by walk)
  • a double room with your partner in a guest house near our place (40 min by walk)
  • a shared 2 bed room with another participant in a guest house near our place (40 min by walk)

You can choose the accommodation option with overnight stay at the guest house Cinco Lunas (depending on availablity), which is also located in the Sierra de Grazalema nature reserve, about 40 minutes’ walk from our retreat place (15 min by car). It’s a beautiful, magical guest house with cosy rooms and a beautiful garden, located at a stream. After the Plant Medicine ceremonies you also can stay at the ceremony room at our place and sleep there if you don’t want to walk to your room after the ceremony.

Or you can choose the accommodation option with overnight stay in beauiful 4 or 3 meter glamping bell tent at our retreat place.
Each tent has one bed and will accomodate one person.
We have the “Vulture View Bell Tent”, which is located on the highest place on our property. This has the most beautiful view, but you will have a 10 minutes uphill hike to your tent. 
Another option would be the “Deer Reserve Bell Tent”, which is also located on a little hill, but it´s the closest tent to the ceremony place and to the outside bathroom.
And the third tent option is the “Olive Hill Bell Tent”. Located on our olive groove hillside, you will reach it with a little easy hike. 

If you would like to stay a bit longer, there might be a possibility to book some extra nights at the guets house Cinco Lunas or at other guest houses in the area.

Food:

You will receive a welcome dinner on the day of arrival (Saturday).
On the retreat days from Sunday till Saturday you will receive vegan meals of diet food (adjusted to the ceremonies). Breakfast will be available in self service.
On the days of ceremonies we will fast from the afternoon.
On the day of departure (Friday) we will have last breakfast.

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 notebook and pens if you want to write down something
  • small flashlight or headlamp (for the ceremonies)
  • comfortable clothes and thick socks
  • light sneakers, barefoot shoes or neoprene shoes that can get wet for our river hike
  • 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 Jerez de la Frontera or to Málaga.
The day of arrival at the retreat will be the 5th of November (afternoon or early evening) and the day of departure from the retreat will be the 11th of November (after breakfast).
To search for suitable flights, we recommend for example the flight search engine Skyscanner: https://www.skyscanner.com
Please take care of the travel 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 or Villamartin, where we will pick you up and bring you to our retreat place. Th pickup from Algodonales or Villamartin is included.

> 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 or Villamartin (please note that on weekends buses from Seville to Algodonales are only available in the morning).
> 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 Villamartin.
> From Málaga Airport you need to take a bus or a taxi to the Málaga main bus station. And from there you have a bus connection to Villamartin.

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

Taxi:

The price for a taxi from the airport Seville to Zahara de la Sierra is arround 130 ,- €.

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 an excursion on your own or if you want to stay some days longer.
You can find offers here, for example: https://www.doyouspain.com

Your Self Investment

Choose one of our Glamping Bell Tents at our retreat place or stay at a room in a guest house near our place (4o min walk / 15 min by car).

Bell Tent - Vulture View

7 Day Retreat // 4m Bell Tent
incl. accommodation in a private 4 meter glamping bell tent (for 1 person)

located on the highest place on our poperty, with the most beautiful view, but with a 5 minutes uphill hike

Saturday 5th till Friday 11th of November

Single Room

7 Day Retreat // Single Room
incl. accommodation in a private single room with a 1,40 m king size bed (for 1 participant)

located at a guest house, around 40 min by walk from our retreat place

Saturday 5th till Friday 11th of November

Bell Tent - Deer Reserve

7 Day Retreat // 4m Bell Tent
incl. accommodation in a private 4 meter glamping bell tent (for 1 person)

located on a little hill on our poperty near the outside bathroom – the closest tent, easy to reach

Saturday 5th till Friday 11th of November

Double Room

7 Day Retreat // Double Room
incl. accommodation in a private double room with a 1,40 m double bed (for couples) 

located at a guest house, around 40 min by walk from our retreat place

Saturday 5th till Friday 11th of November

Bell Tent - Olive Hill

7 Day Retreat // 3m Bell Tent
incl. accommodation in a private 3 meter glamping bell tent (for 1 person)

located on the olive groove hillside, with a beautiful view, to reach with a little hike

Saturday 5th till Friday 11th of November

Shared Group Room

7 Day Retreat // Shared 2 Bed Room
incl. accommodation in a shared group room with 2 separate beds (for 2 participants)

located at a guest house, around 40 min by walk from our retreat place

Saturday 5th till Friday 11th of November

Sign in
 
To sign in for our 7 Day Plant & Animal Medicine Retreat please use the ‘Sign in’ button:
 
 
 
If you have further questions please send me an email to info@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.

For this, we currently have a collaboration with the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry, to evaluate whether plant medicine ceremonies with ayahuasca improve mental health and overall well-being. Participation in the study is of course voluntary for the participants of this retreat and not a requirement. All data collected are kept strictly confidential, anonymous and secure.

Our retreats, ceremonies and individual treatments do not replace any medical treatment.
To participate in our retreats / research studies, it is necessary for legal reasons 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.