with Komala Lyra & Araminta Barbour
Women Who See In The Dark
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.
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?
GUATEMALA: 4-10 MARCH
VILLA SUMAYA, LAKE ATITLAN
THEMES: Water & Fire,
Receptivity & Action, Expansion & Direction
BRAZIL: 12-17 MAY
OSHO LUA, ALTO PARADISO
Wild & Sacred, Prostitute & Saint, Lover & Mother
CZECH REPUBLIC: 4-10 SEPT
THEMES: Dream & Reality, Hope & Grief, Fairy Tales & Escapism, Priestess & Enchantress
ISRAEL: 24 - 29 SEPTEMBER
Empowerment & Ecstacy, Surrender & Control, Power & Resistance
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 ~
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
March 4-10, 2017
Surrounded by three striking volcanoes and
over 1,000 feet deep, this magnificent lake’s beauty is encapsulated in the meaning of the Mayan word atitlan:
“the place where the rainbow gets its colors.” Our Theme for this first seeding event will focus on the fire and water elements and our dance with Receptivity & Action, Expansion & Direction.
Surrounding the lake itself are many small Mayan towns, each with their own colored and patterned textiles, artistry and traditions. Renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Aldous Huxley famously wrote of it: “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlan is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.”
The vibrant nature and ability to step outside of the busy modern world whilst still enjoying luxurious comfort, and the distinct energies of this remarkable volcanic crater combine to make this a powerful setting to dive deeply into our journey.
We are delighted to hold the first WWSITD at the stunning Villa Sumaya, (voted #2 in Central America and #25 in the World for Relaxation/Spa Hotels by Trip Advisor). This eco-oriented, full service, family owned retreat training center and hotel, is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan (at 1,500 ms/4,500 ft ASL). With an uninterrupted vista punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes, Villa Sumaya has a world-class temple for us to use, with palm roofs, and panoramic lake views, hardwood floors and a glass pyramid skylight.
Deposit (secure your place) - $450 USD
Guatemalan residents - $1250
international residentS - $1450
Villa Sumaya - GUATEMALA
Eco-FriENDLY world class Luxury
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.
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.
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.
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.
special event - Cacao Ceremony
"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
Osho Lua Sanctuary
Alto Paraíso, Brazil
May 12-17, 2017
An ecological reserve, located a few kilometers fROM Alto Paraiso, in a magnificent land, with a pristine river, waterfalls, small sand beach, a unique place, totally private where silence and nature prevails.
This enchanted place sets an inspiring scenario for nature walks, and relaxation, as well as deep inner exploration. There is ALSO a large Oca - traditional building for gatherings.
THEMES for our second event: Courage -
Wild & Sacred, Prostitute & Saint, Lover & Mother
Accommodation is beautiful, simple and comfortable shared and double bedrooms, and dormitory, hot showers powered by solar, sauna, hang out room and the nature to explore! Accommodations will be distributed according To the order of registratrion for choice of rooms.
EXCHANGE: (Includes all tuition, food and 5 nights accommodation) -
Brazilian residents: 2410 reals
internationals: 3300 reals
Transport between Brasiia airport and venue provided - 120 reais
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Czech republic Retreat
Sammasati Retreat Centre
September 4 - 10, 2017
The HEART OF EUROPE
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
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
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.
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.
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