with Komala Lyra & Araminta Barbour

    Women Who See In The Dark

  • The Quest

    Women sitting together with a collective intention...

    Facing the fire, inviting the flames to dissolve stories...

    Piercing eyes into what has been hidden, postponed, distorted, ignored...

    Daring to walk into the dark, unknown, mysterious...

    Recovering the healing gifts of feminine intuition...

    Releasing identifications to allow celebration...

    Honoring personal accountability...

    The new moon rises within the darkest night...



    Calls for remembering...

    individually and collectively...


    Inviting the masculine to dance within...


    Igniting the heart and soul within our body channel...


    Facing the shadows and releasing vulnerability...


    The space from where all arises and returns...


    Within the temple of glowing embers, we can SEE that is REAL...

    The Experience

    Our time together is designed in layers, weaving...


    Early morning

    Movement & Stillness ~ Awakening subtle body channels

    Daily Tandava ~Kashmeerian Tantra Meditation



    Electricity & Magnetism ~ Recognizing dark masculine-feminine archetypes, wisdom & resources

    Including bringing light to the roots of jealousy and comparison ~ clearing judgments and resentments ~ identifying spiritual bypass ~emotions as life resources ~ recovering trust, bliss and freedom



    Emptiness & Fullness ~ Nourishing the body with delicious Ayurveda based gourmet menu



    Inquiry & Revelations ~ Discovering alone-together, what is ready to unfold

    Themes for exploration include Blood Mysteries, Beyond Fairy Tales, Honoring Creative Power



    Vertical & Horizontal ~ Enjoying tastes, scents, touch, sounds, colors, opening the senses...



    Expression & Introspection ~ Sharing with transparent honesty while listening in spaciouness

    Including temascal (sweat lodge), Cacao ceremony, Danza Ritual, Tantric touch, Innocent Wisdom


    Into the Night

    Vision & Expansion ~ Activating the third-eye with Tratak & Darkness Meditation


  • Your Guides

    Komala Lyra

    Mystic, gypsy, dakini, life-adventurer, dancer, writer, artist, healer with a broad pallet of skills, Komala has over 30 years experience offering workshops, retreats and educational programs internationally. Faculty with ISTA (the International School of Temple Arts),

    she is also a professional member of NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association, USA), certified Panchakarma educator by the Ayurveda Institute (Albuquerque, NM, USA), has been part of Osho Multiversity and Mystery School faculty (in India and USA) for over 15 years. Creator of Ayurveda Mandala and Ayurveda-Yoga-Tantra programs, has authored several books, sharing experience of the body as a channel for consciousness, integrating sensuality and sexuality as a natural expression of body-heart-soul.


    Her gifts embrace refined skills, sharp intuition, clarity, gentleness, and assign mystical experiential resources. She invites intimacy with ourselves, while igniting awareness in all aspects of relating. Presently, she is co-creating a retreat place in Alto Paraiso de Goias, at the center of Brazil – her birthplace.

    Araminta Barbour

    Founder of The Sanctuary in Guatemala where she has been based for over 10 years, Araminta is a Speaker, Coach and International Tranformational Workshop Facilitator. She has a Master’s Degree in Indian Religions from the University of London (SOAS) and is a Certified Red Tent Women’s Guide, with over 5 years experience in the sexual reproductive health non-profit sector and over 20 years exploring numerous holistic health modalities and esoteric traditions.


    Faculty with ISTA (the International School of Temple Arts), the Institute of Conscious Sensuality based in Hawaii, and the Online University of Love and Sexuality Araminta has focused on sacred sexuality retreats for the past 5 years​ and the esoteric wisdom that comes from​ healing the split between spirituality and embodiment. Araminta’s core passion is the process of radical self-acceptance – the inner marriage of love with power. She is here to support humanity’s evolution as liberated, heart-centred creators. Araminta offers emotional release guidance, transformational workshops in tantra and conscious intimacy coaching.

  • 4 Events - 4 destinations - 4 explorations

    Where are you called to join us in circle?



    THEMES: Water & Fire,

    Receptivity & Action, Expansion & Direction

    BRAZIL: 12-17 MAY


    THEMES: Courage,
    Wild & Sacred, Prostitute & Saint, Lover & Mother



    THEMES: Dream & Reality, Hope & Grief, Fairy Tales & Escapism, Priestess & Enchantress



    THEMES: Integrity,

    Empowerment & Ecstacy, Surrender & Control, Power & Resistance

  • Sweet Darkness

    Sweet Darkness

    When your eyes are tired
    the world is tired also.


    When your vision has gone
    no part of the world can find you.


    Time to go into the dark
    where the night has eyes
    to recognize its own.


    There you can be sure
    you are not beyond love.


    The dark will be your womb


    The night will give you a horizon
    further than you can see.


    You must learn one thing:
    the world was made to be free in.


    Give up all the other worlds
    except the one to which you belong.


    Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
    confinement of your aloneness
    to learn anything or anyone

    that does not bring you alive is too small for you.


    ~ David Whyte ~


  • Villa Sumaya - GUATEMALA

    Eco-FriENDLY world class Luxury


    Bespoke rooms


    Participants will share beautiful,  carefully appointed rooms, with a private bathroom that has all the modern conveniences, and a spacious veranda where the lake is a stage. In your room you’ll be surrounded by flowing fabrics (the hallmark of Guatemalan artistry), hand-crafted ceramic tiles, high-quality linens, wooden furnishings mixed and matched in a down-to-earth duo of adobe browns, indigo blues and stone-washed sienna. At Villa Sumaya where earth meets the sky and the stars literally tumble to the horizon, communing with nature, comet-countdowns, sunset-spotting and magical twilights along with meditative mornings are high on the agenda.



    Cafe Sumaya


    We will dine together buffet-style at the retreat’s jewel of a restaurant, with a stunning view of the lake. Cafe Sumaya offers a culinary-conscious menu for slow food aficionados and eco-epicureans. A vegetarian based eclectic blend of local and international cuisine, created from Guatemala’s cornucopia of fruit and vegetables. Baked goods are produced daily. The scent of fresh bread and tortillas is utterly intoxicating! Breakfast includes a main dish, granola, yogurt, fruit and other sides. Lunch has a main entrée, side dishes, green salad and fruit. The Dinner meal includes soup, main entrée, side dishes, and dessert. A range of organic, herbal and caffeine teas as well as coffee is available 24/7. There is also an onsite juice bar that may tempt you to try delicious raw cacao bliss balls, kombucha or a strawberry ginger kombucha tea or one of our tropical smoothies if you desire additional treats.


    Integration Space


    This is an ideal place to integrate with access to lush gardens, hammocks, and cozy shaded or full sun sitting areas. There is a lake-front solar heated pool, hot tub and wood burning sauna for the group’s use.

    Getting There

    The Land of Eternal Spring


    Our venue is 4 hours travel from the international airport at Guatemala City. If you have time, we recommend overnighting in beautiful colonial Antigua, 45 minutes from the airport. Advice and support with your travel to and from the venue will be provided upon registration with trusted private drivers or shared tourist shuttle options.

  • Guatemala retreat

    special event - Cacao Ceremony

    "Cacao brings the door but doesn’t push you through it." THis offering is unique to the Guatemala gathering - a chance to understand why chocolate was considered the "divine drink in this region. Link for info about Keith: http://ceremonialcacao.blogspot.com

    "The Food for the Shift"

    Welcome to a different understanding of chocolate!

    This is high grade ceremonial chocolate used as a major facilitator for inner change. In ceremonial doses, cacao is one of the planet's most significant entheogens - a powerful heart opener that paves the way to transformation through self-love. The much loved and respected Keith Wilson, "the chocolate shaman' will be guiding us in this 4-hour euphoric meditation into deeper and deeper energetic sensitivity awareness. It is an honour to collaborate with Keith for he has played a fundamental role in raising awareness of unprocessed cacao's immense medicinal and spiritual properties and the resurgence of cacao circles across the world.


    "Chocolate brings the door but doesn’t push you through it." More info on Keith's ceremonies here


    OUR DESTINATION FOR Guatemala Event March 4-10, 2017

  • Czech republic Retreat

    Sammasati Retreat Centre

    September 4 - 10, 2017


    Our 3rd offering lies in the centre of Europe - where an enchanting landscape filled with castles, glassy lakes, and the enigmatic symbols of the alchemists provide our theme:


    Dream & Reality, Fairy Tales & Escapism


    A brief journey from the wondrous city of Prague, Sammasati Retreat lets you experience a connection with nature and the wilderness within reach of one of the world’s great cultural centres.


    Surrounded by lush green forests and pristine nature reserves, Sammasati rests in an area blessed with streams, lakes and sandstone formations. The tranquil, private area surrounding the retreat allows for introspection, self-inquiry and a safe environment to embark on a transformational journey.

  • Women wHo See in the Dark - czech republich

    Sammasati Retreat Centre


    Simplified Elegance

    The all natural, wood space was

    recently renovated into simple, single and double rooms and dormitories.

    Chill out space under the roof is available to gather and enjoy the company on our quest during downtime.

    GARDEN AND nature reserve

    Integration Space

    With a 100% private garden and surrounding forests, inviting you to tune in to nature, pick berries or mushrooms, lie in the soft moss and listen to the birds sing or watch them bathe in the nearby streams.

    Getting Here

    Praha Enchantment

    Our venue is 2 hours travel from the international airport at Prague. If you have time, we recommend overnighting in beautiful Prague city centre, 30 minutes from the airport. Advice and support with your travel to and from the venue will be provided upon registration.


    Email us to Register

    Deposit (secure your place) - $450 USD

    Czech residents - $1250 USD

    International residents - $1450 USD

  • About the artist

    We are in love with the incredible work of artist Annelie Solis featured here and share her powerful images with her permission. Please treat yourself to time on her website: www.anneliesolis.com