We are excited to extend an invitation to join us for a Master Plant Vegetalista dieta retreat in the lush, tropical jungles of Costa Rica!
Surround yourself with vibrant beauty and the sounds and smells of this pristine rainforest in the heart of Costa Rica at the Brave Earth regenerative farm.
The intention of the Vegetalista dieta is to deepen ones connection to plant spirits, or doctores, as the Shipibo-Conibo people call them. In the dieta, we open ourselves to the healing world of plants and expand our personal healing through direct learning from these Master Plants.
The invitation is to let go of the stress, attachments and the distractions of our daily lives and enter into communion with nature and a plant teacher, while following a strict protocol.
The dieta will consist of 4 nights of meditation and each person will have a plant in which you will be working with and deepening with over the 9 day, 8 night retreat. A tour of the biodynamic farm is included and we will complete the retreat with a trip to the thermal baths at the base of the Arenal Volcano.
The nights will be guided by Soi Bari and supported by Akayah, and Mehul.
Soi Bari has been working with Traditional Amazonian plant medicines for the past 14 years. During this time he has trained with Shipibo Curanderos from the Peruvian Amazon. His passion for integrating complementary healing modalities has been his focus for many years. Soi Bari holds a Masters in Integral Counselling Psychology, is trained as a Medical Qigong Practitioner and lives in Victoria where he leads retreats and has a private practice as a psychotherapist.
Akayah has been apprenticing with Amazonian plant medicines for 9 years. She has studied in various indigenous healing traditions including with the Q'ero and Mestizo. She continues to deepen her learning of Vegetalismo in the Shipibo-Konibo tradition through dietas and ceremony. Akayah holds a Bachelors Degree of Nursing, is a Clinical Herbalist, and a Reiki Master-Teacher. She has lived and studied in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and Spain. Akayah is a voice for the plants who loves to travel the world learning of new plant medicines. She is an artist of many modalities and currently calls home Costa Rica and the Cowichan valley of British Columbia.
Mehul has been working with plant medicine for over a decade and has trained directly with indigenous teachers of the Shipibo-Konibo and the Q'ero of Peru. His particular interest is in the integration of yogic practices with the plant medicine path. He works in systems change and is currently completing his Ph.D in cultural evolution theory.
Contribution includes a 9 day, 8 night stay at Brave Earth, all-organic meals, a trip to the thermal baths, Sacred Seed tour, and 4 nights of meditation.
Airfare is not included.
Transportation from airport to Brave Earth and back vary depending on mode of travel.
Options for transportation are as follows:
Private Taxis (1-4 people)
$140 each way / 2.5-3 hours
Private Van (1-14 people)
$160 each way / 2.5-3 hours
~$10 / Approx. 5 hours
Bus 1: San Jose bus terminal to San Ramon, Bus 2: San Ramon towards La Fortuna. Get off at San Isidro de Penas Blancas or Chachagua. Take short taxi ride to Finca Luna Nueva.
A $500 deposit is required by September 1 to reserve you space.
Please contact Akayah at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.