Facilitated by Jonathan Barron
Guided ceremonies using
ancient traditions combined with
meditation and sound healing techniques, an open heart, and much love.
4 Day Retreats
Thursday to Sunday Inclusive
at Conscious Earth
Arrive Thursdays for Settling In & Dinner
Closing Ceremony & Dinner Sunday Nights
Breakfast & Goodbyes Mondays
Embark on an incredible Soul Journey, using traditional South American plants and ceremonies, combined with sound healing techniques and meditation.
Safe in the knowledge that, whether novice or experienced, you will be held in sacred space and cared for with Love and Consideration with every step of the journey.
What Makes This Retreat Special?
This retreat is hosted in the sunny Algarve region of Portugal. It is attended by people wanting to work with spirit plants in a ritual context. For those with prior experience and those seeking an introduction, in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.
Shaman Jonathan combines spirit plant work with sound healing techniques, music and song, performed by him during the main ceremonies, as integral parts of the experience.
Facilitator Jason leads the group on morning sessions of chakra balancing, falun gong and guided meditations. Jason and Kay take the group on grounding nature walks around the grounds and perimeters of the Conscious Earth quinta.
The retreat consists of two main ceremonies, complemented by two shorter ceremonies with other supportive plant healers and guides. There is a group familiarisation, question and answer session before retreat ceremonial work commences.
During this time Jonathan, Jason and other facilitators will explain the ceremonies and supportive activities. There are also integration sessions after main ceremonies where much support and sharing is given.
Our wood fired sauna will be hot and welcoming each evening and is recommended to assist cleansing and detoxing of the body. We also have fresh water lakes for swimming and chilling out, not to mention plenty of space for hanging out, like hammock island.
Our catering is vegan and dieta, cooked with love and attention to your needs for ceremony and sustenance. We aim to provide you with meals prepared with the intent of food as medicine. You wont believe dieta food can taste this good!
The Intent of Retreat
Our aim and intent is to provide you with the safest and most supportive environment for deep spirit plant work, guided by experienced and caring folk.
Why Is It A Retreat?
This experience is a retreat from the outside world to go within, where wisdom, knowledge and healing are to be found. In another sense, it is a retreat from distractions like work, social media, mobile devices, artificial environments and hectic lifestyles.
Preparations For Retreat
There are potential contraindications between plant medicine and some foods, medications, physical and psychological conditions. It is therefore essential to follow our recommended preparations.
The dietary regime used to prepare for ceremony is known as dieta and prohibits the use of common foods and drinks like salt, caffeine, alcohol to name only a few and sexual activity. During the registration process we will send you a complete dieta list.
In addition we ask participants to go on a digital dieta, or what is more commonly known as digital detox. These ceremonies are about reconnecting with the natural world through the plants. We ask you limit or cease use of technology, media, devices and tv for as long as possible before retreat, to quiet the mind and relax the nervous system.
Our delicious catering will take care of your dieta food needs. We ask you to put away your mobile devices while on retreat, leave in your car, your room (switched off) or we can store it safely for you. Wifi will not be available during retreat and mobile phone signal is weak here. Please make suitable arrangements to be offline and unplugged for the duration.
Shaman Jonathan has instructed that once ceremonial work has commenced, participants can not leave the group. To attend this retreat you must be committed to remaining in retreat space with your group until the retreat ends. Leaving retreat is only permitted under extenuating circumstances and only with the explicit consent of the Shaman, who is responsible for your safety.
It is very important to continue dieta and digital detox for as long as one is able after ceremonies. Plant medicine remains active for a time after ceremony and integration of your experiences is best done while calm, relaxed and in natural surroundings.
Your accommodation including bed linen and heating, please bring your own towel.
Full Dieta catering three meals per day, fresh spring water, herbal teas and health juice shots.
All ceremonies, activities, instruction and materials.
Wood fired sauna and any and all other facilities that may be used during the retreat.
Heating and cooling as required depending on the seasonal conditions.
Free pick up and drop off to the nearest town of Silves where public transport is available.
Flights, connections, transfers, car hire fees and towels are not included in the price.
Arrival Day Thursdays, & extra days prior & post retreat:
Breakfast at 08:00 for those having extra accommodation.
Chill out time, spend the day relaxing and aligning with your intent for ceremony.
Lunch at 13:00.
More free time, sauna before or after dinner.
Meet and greet everyone and sit down to opening dinner around 19:30.
Breakfast from 08:30, dieta and buffet style.
A little free time after breakfast.
Chakra balancing, falun gong or meditation sessions with Jason.
More free time.
Lunch from 13:00.
Grounding nature walks, swimming, free time and we fire up the sauna!
On main ceremony days dinner is deferred until after main spirit plant ceremonies. Hearty soups await you post ceremony.
Main ceremonies held in the evening through to next morning.
Food is organic as far as seasonal availability allows.
Catering for these retreats is vegan and strictly follows dieta. We do our best to ensure our food is as nourishing and tasty as dieta will allow. Our emphasis is on complementing the plant medicines, providing nourishment to support your process and creating memorable meals.
We highly recommend following the dieta regime for as long as you can. You will receive a detailed dieta list during our registration process for retreat.
It is essential that you inform us of any food allergies or intolerance during our registration process. There is a questionnaire in which you can detail your dietary requirements and allergies. If there is something that we can not reasonably be expected to provide, that you need for your health and well-being, we encourage you to bring a sufficient supply for the duration of the retreat.
I have been practicing Shamanism for nearly 20 Years. My first teacher was a self discovered Shaman from the UK who taught me a very modern approach to Shamanism. It was through him that I came to understand that it is not only people from an Indigenous culture that walk a Shamanic path, but a calling to ALL those who hear it. Once you are on the path there is no turning back and the teachings come directly from the source.
In my initial years of training I came to realise this quite quickly and felt deeply within myself that this was my calling and that I would follow this sacred path. During the first 7 years of my path I learned about many sacraments and how to use them correctly for Shamanic exploration and direct connection to the source. After 7 years together our paths went in different directions and sometime later I was guided to my next teacher, a traditionally trained Shaman from Argentina.
We worked extensively with The Grandmother (Ayahuasca) and The Grand Father (Wachuma/Huachuma/San Pedro) and through these sacred spirit plants I learned the sacred work and traditions that we undertake in our Spirit Plant Retreats.
Jason & Kay
We are the founders and creators of Conscious Earth Retreats. You can read a little more about our journey to here from our info section.
We both had our first experiences with spirit plant medicine in Peru where we attended a number of ceremonies. Our experience of the healing potential of these medicines is first hand, witnessing profound shifts and healing in people close to us and within ourselves.
After our initial experiences in Peru we both felt a strong call to assist others to connect with the plant healers and guides. At first our work at Conscious Earth centred around digital detox in nature.
A serendipitous meeting with Shaman Jonathan brought about the start of spirit plant retreats at Conscious Earth. We have since become key facilitators in retreat, assisting participants and Shaman alike.
Our role has grown and we now provide complementary activities from our life experience, like sessions of chakra balancing, falun gong, guided meditations and nature walks.
Glyn & Steffie
Glyn has extensive experience with many spirit plants gained from decades of worldwide travel. A keen explorer and strong advocate of spirit plant ceremonial use, Glyn has worked with many Shamans including time he spent living in Colombia.
Working with Shaman Jonathan at Conscious Earth Retreats through 2017 and 2018, Glyn has established his role as a key facilitator, his role to assist participants and Shaman throughout ceremonies and integrations alike.
Steffie has joined the crew in a formal sense in 2018 as our regular assistant for women on retreat. A strong addition to the crew Steffie brings professional and complementary health care to the team. She is experienced with spirit plant medicine having worked with Shamans in Peru.
An emergency medical responder and registered nurse, Steffie complements this knowledge with massage therapy and is a home herbalist. Spirit plant medicine is a natural extension of her support and care work. Steffie will assist participants and Shaman alike.
Steffie is available for Massage Therapy on each Retreat
Paul & Merle
We have managed, cooked and volunteered for many events in the wellness and ecotourism fields in Portugal, Ireland, UK, France, Germany and Switzerland.
We love providing participants and facilitators with the most supportive foods for the purposes of their retreat. We cook in most styles and in later years have been specialising in vegan, and most recently dieta themed vegan food.
Having managed lots of retreats we know how to create tasty, nourishing and nurturing food to make a retreat memorable....yes, even dieta food!
We are strong advocates of returning to nature for sustenance, health and well-being. We are excited about the synergistic effects of spirit plants with medicinal plants and healthy food preparation.
Terms & Refunds
To book your place pay a deposit of €100, non-refundable.
You may pay in full before retreat if you wish, or pay the balance upon arrival at retreat in euros.
Deposits may be made by bank transfer or Paypal, including credit/debit cards.
Paypal payments incurring a 7% surcharge.
Please note there are no refunds or discounts for late arrivals, early departures, flight cancellations, other travel issues or illness. If you cancel your participation in the Spirit Plant Retreat for any reason, the refund policy below applies, without exception. We would like to be able to compensate participants in the event of unforeseen circumstances (illness/injury, family emergency, travel issues, etc), but we incur costs prior to the events when reserving accommodation and ordering catering supplies. We have tried to provide as fair and reasonable a refund policy as possible in the event of unforeseen circumstances. To protect yourself in case of such events we encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
Deposits are non-refundable.
Balance payments (beyond deposit) paid before arrival qualify for refund as below:
45-60 days prior to the start of the event, your payment, is 100% refundable.
30-45 days prior to the start of the event, your payment, is 70% refundable.
15-30 days prior to the start of the event, your payment, is 30% refundable.
0-15 days prior to the start of the event, no refunds will be given.
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