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Past Brazilian Rainforest Healing, Yoga & Surf Immersions

Ecological and Cultural immersion 8 Day and 4 Day Immersions Available Below



Terra Brasilis Retreats will repeat its successful Rainforest Coastal nature immersion in a spectacular oceanfront location, inserted in the exuberant forest, overlooking the sea, mountains, and steps away from the sand. This ecological immersion’s theme will be “Healing in the Brazilian waters”.

It will take place in a small coastal village of Picinguaba (in Tupi-Guarani the indigenous language in Brazil, it means “fish shelter”) located in a tranquil bay at the heart of the tropical forest, in the only part of the “Sea Sierra” State Park that reaches the beach.

It is a magical and rare ecological sanctuary in the “Green Belt” a costal rainforest that extends from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo state, where five ecosystems are preserved; co-exist peacefully with the “caiçara” community (coastal habitants of a fishing village) tucked in lush nature, and unknown even to the Brazilian tourist. This is a well-kept secret that Terra Brasilis will share with few of you. It is the perfect place to discover real Brazil, and to be immersed in its bountiful nature and local culture. We will limit the number of guests per event to ensure exclusive service and extraordinary experiences.

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Picinguaba is a small village located inside Ubatuba. It is also an internationally recognized UNESCO heritage site. Amongst the many natural experiences that are to be had here, we can arrange cultural guided tours: Vila de Picinguaba, Paraty and Trilha de Ouro (Gold Trail). The “Paraty, Colonial Heritage” tour takes us to a city rich in culture, outfitted in XVII and XVIII century buildings, arts and crafts shops, as well as restaurants featuring local gastronomy.

Either stay very active and adventurous or on the opposite, enjoy the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the charming colonial style “inn” or “pousada” and its pool, view, sauna, or enjoy the beach, village and its surroundings. Or both! We offer a wide-range of activities a la carte. Indeed, some of these experiences are to be enjoyed in total freedom by our guests, whereas others are guided by locals and our bilingual team. Surfboards, Boats, kayaks and stand-up paddles take us to picture perfect adventure in nearby secret beaches; walks through the forest teach us about the calls of birds that echo in the green and reveal landscapes and waterfalls. Native dwellers invite us to fish scallops and taste the entire potency of their flavor.

8 Days/7 Nights’ Package (December 1-8 - Friday to Friday)



Prices are per person, in US dollars. Includes all meals, benefits from all the services of the “inn” or pousada, including its pool, sauna and accommodations at “Casas da Terra” per below. Click here for more room details.

1.Based in triple room accommodations $ 2495.00 pp
2.Based in double room accommodations $ 3195.00 pp
3.Based in single room accommodation $ 3995.00 pp
4.Special suite room accommodation $ 4695.00 pp (1 master suite with bathtub and an incomparable view).
5.Green House $ 3595.00 pp (minimum of 4 persons)

The “Casa Verde” or Green House (not far from the Pousada), is a tucked away space perfect for couples or families that would like more privacy. The house accommodates 2 to 6 people in 3 separate rooms; one of them, a suite. In staying here, guests benefit from all the services of the pousada, including its pool, sauna and all meals.

P.S- Rooms are intended for single or double occupancy but some can be equipped with an extra bed if desired.

8 Day Ecological and Cultural Immersion

WHAT IS INCLUDED
  • Seven (7) Night Accommodations at Pousada Picinguaba with access to all amenities.

  • Three (3) Full Daily Gourmet Meals, (to enhance your experience of the culinary culture of the land) with fish option; Total of : (7) Breakfast (including morning of departure),(7) Lunches;(7) Dinners (including arrival night);*

  • Two (2) - Guided adventures in nature with bilingual guide (2) Examples of activities and tours*

    1. Rainforest “Hike – (1) Half day or full day guided trekking into the forest to waterfall; Hike in the rainforest and trekking to waterfall This is a walking excursion led by our local guide. He will drive you to the hinterlands and then lead you on to a hike inside the forest and a stop at a spectacular water- fall. After a picnic we visit a “Casa da Farinha” (a heritage Manioc Flour factory and historical site, and then return to Picinguaba before sunset.*
    2. (1) Half day or full day excursion to secluded beaches in Sea Sierra Park’s Kaiak or 15 walk to nearby beach, then follow on a trail hike to another paradisiac beach from there.

Seu Cirilo, a Picinguaba resident, keeps our farm overflowing with bananas, cacao, manioc root, cambuci, hearts of palm and whatever else pops up in his backyard. Fresh organic vegetables and fruits are brought from Fazenda Catuçaba. Neighborhood fishermen, who are friends of the Pousada, bring us Picinguaba’s famous fresh scallops, and sometimes even stick around to open them for guests. From the nets of the local fishermen to our table. Fish still salty from the sea are only a short walk away from Tati’s kitchen. Every year and season comes with its own offerings: anchovies, baquara and carapeva; sororoca in the winter, mas pargo, vermelho, robalo (snook) and garopa year-round. They are grilled, baked, and boiled..

To honor the philosophy of connecting guests to nature, local culture and history, our accommodation does not carry televisions, fridges, telephones or internet service. We believe in profound experiences that instead connect us to the natural world and our inner essence. This venue is a non-smoking place and do not serve industrialized food such as sodas and meat that are not locally produced at the farm.

  • Airfare to and from Brazil’s São Paulo airports. (If you need assistance with booking your flights, logistics, we are happy to provide recommendations that suit your needs). RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND TRANSPORTATION FEES , Visa fees, air tickets (domestic or international fares)Taxi and transfers from and to the retreat center.
  • Add-on activities– Not included in retreat package and pricing. Guests can practice many activities for additional cost (i.e Surf, Yoga, Individual and group Healing therapies )Some activities such as Surf you can purchase here on our website, and separately from the package. Most activities are designed for a small group, and some require a minimum of participants. Please Inquire at registration if you are interested in the activities as there are permits to enter into the state parks, beaches and certified local guides that must be reserved in advance. Please reserve your space when returning the registration form.*
  • Board and equipment rentals
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Two (2) - Shamanic Group Healing Circles, guided by a native Amazonian born Brazilian Shaman. includes the application of Amazonian Medicinal Master Plants **These ceremonies and rituals are done off site, so please reserve in advance to secure your place in advance.
  • Daily Yoga by a certified bilingual teacher (1 hr. and 30 minutes)
  • Surf Click here to know more
  • Stand-Up-Paddle SUP
  • Hikes inside the “Sea Sierra” forest, beaches and State Park
  • Cultural and historical Guided tours - Amongst the many cultural experiences that are to be had here, there are other guided tours: Vila de Picinguaba, Paraty, Trilha de Ouro (Gold Trail). The “Paraty, Colonial Heritage” tour takes us to a city rich in culture, outfitted in XVII and XVIII century buildings, arts and crafts shops, as well as restaurants featuring local gastronomy, available to you from our “a la carte” menu of activities.
Shuttle transportation to and from the hotel/retreat center from São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH) are not included in the price of the package. Transfers could be arranged at an additional fee, with the staff group, on the retreat event’s start day and retreat event’s departure days for guests scheduling at the time of registration only. There is limited space for the scheduled transfers, number of guests per shuttle are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact us at registration if you are interested in this option. Group pick up for scheduled arrivals is 07:00 hrs.(am), at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH) on the event start date and return drop off at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH) estimated at 22:00 hrs. (10 pm local São Paulo time, Brazil) on the retreat event’s last day. Any participant needing a different arrangement may inform us of any special needs at the time of registration and we will try our best to assist.

Temperature/Climate: The climate in the São Paulo coastal region is warm and wet. The average temperature in Ubatuba, Brazil is t 21.4 degrees Celsius (70.5 degrees Fahrenheit).The warmest month (February) is fairly hot with a mean temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). July is the coolest month (very mild) with a mean temperature of 17.6 degrees Celsius (63.68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Passport/Visa: Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and are a responsibility of the traveler. Please check your country’s requirements, applications for visas are at the Brazilian consulate or embassy. You must have a passport valid for six months after your arrival date to be permitted entry into Brazil.

Medical Information: You are recommended to seek the consultation of a qualified medical practitioner and travel clinic for the latest information on health and vaccinations needed prior to your travel to Brazil Travel health insurance is highly recommended but optional.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL US AT INFO@TERRABRASILISRETREATS.COM BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE! WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN.

Tips for flying in Brazil*

  • Proper clothing for adventure in nature: Yoga clothes, hiking pants, bathing suit for water and ocean activities, hat, environmental friendly personal toiletries, mosquito repellent, sunblock, light rain jacket are recommended.
  • Shoes for hiking (excursions to trails, waterfalls) such as boots, shoes, or hiking sandals, water immersion neoprene or similar anti slip shoes.
  • Cash in Brazilian Reais or US dollars for shopping in town or additional group therapies. (Currency exchange is available in the São Paulo (GRU) Airport)
  • Camera

*Travel insurance is highly recommended but not required

RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION FEES

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Full Refund (minus $500 cancelation fee and minus $100 processing fee): Cancelations will be accepted and a full refund given, minus $600 total for both fees above, if notification is sent and received via email notification no later than 31 days prior to the purchased Retreat start date. No Refund: Within 30 days or less of the purchased Retreat start date, no Cancelations will be accepted and NO refunds will be given.

The Retreats must have a minimum of 5 Participants in order for the Retreats to be held. In the case that fewer than 5 Participants register for the retreat, all registered members will be refunded of 100% of the funds. Should cancellation due to lack of participants occur, you may also have the option to stay with us with a different arrangement of food and activities and a re-calculated price.

Should one of the leaders of this Retreat become ill, have serious injury or death (hopefully not!), the remaining leaders will lead the Retreat. Should all of the assigned leaders fall ill, have serious injury, or death (again hopefully not!) all Participants of this Retreat will received a 100% refund of the funds paid upon registration. However, the retreat Organizer cannot be responsible for cancellation fees for airline or other transportation paid to others. (Proper travel insurance is recommended)

If the Participant requests cancellation 30 days or less prior to the retreat’s start date, or in case of no-show, NO REFUNDS will be made. If the cancellation is requested 31 days + prior to the Retreat’s start date a cancellation fee of $500 USD + $100 USD Processing Fee will be retained and the remainder will be refunded in the same form of payment originally received.

Retreat Organizer is not responsible for airline or travel arrangements by the Retreat Participant, and Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility or liability for losses due to cancellations arranged by the Retreat Participants are responsible for seeking refunds on their tickets from the airline carrier from which their ticket is issued. Some airline tickets might have penalties or surcharges for cancellation, or may be completely non-refundable.

There will be NO REFUNDS for any Retreat Participant who attends the Program, or who leaves the Program prior to its conclusion, for whatever reason, or no show. Dissatisfaction or complaints about the Program will not result in any partial or full refund.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE: The Retreat Organizer reserves the right to accept, decline, or retain any person as a Retreat Participant at the Program at any time without liability and without any obligation to pay a refund or any other amount whatsoever.

RESERVATION RESTRICTIONS Please note, any prospective Retreat Participant with a disability, pre-existing medical condition, or medical history requiring special attention or treatment, should advise the Retreat Organizer at time of booking the reservation and are advised to consult with a medical specialist prior to reserving space in the Retreat. People who are unable to travel alone or who would require special assistance or handling must be accompanied by a companion who will provide the required assistance. The Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility for cases such as these.

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED including all DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RELATED DOCUMENTATION AND/OR REQUIREMENTS (PASSPORTS/VISAS/VACCINATION).

TRAVELING ABROAD

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents for Brazil.

INSURANCE: All Retreat Participants in the Program are strongly advised to get travel, medical, accident, cancellation, and baggage insurance independently. The Retreat Organizer carries no travel related or medical insurance whatsoever for the Retreat Participants.

PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION (Passports & Visas)

TERRA BRASILIS RETREATS STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL GUESTS TRAVEL WITH A PASSPORT THAT IS VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS BEYOND THE END OF YOUR STAY IN THE COUNTRY

It is the sole responsibility of the Retreat Participant to identify and obtain all required travel documents for your entire stay in Brazil and have them available when necessary. These appropriate, valid travel documents – passports, visas, family legal documents and possibly, inoculation certificates, are required for boarding of air flights and re-entry into the United States and other countries. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or from entering a country and may be subject to fines.

No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation. Some countries you may visit will require that you obtain a visa prior to arrival. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. If you do not hold proper visa documents, you will be denied entry into the country.

HEALTH All guests must ensure that they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide guidelines as to which vaccinations are required in each country. In many cases inoculations are recommended, but in some circumstances, they are required. We recommend that you check with your health care professional or a Travel Medicine Specialist certified by the WHO for guidance.

DISCLAIMER WAIVER AND RELEASE TO PARTICIPATE

“I, a Retreat/Program Participant, am aware that Terra Brasilis LLC is in the service business of sharing knowledge of yoga, health and meditation. I recognize that yoga like any activity requires physical exertion that may be strenuous and/or cause physical injury. I am fully aware of the risks and hazards involved. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician prior to and regarding my participation in this Program. I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and I have no medical condition that would prevent my full participation in the Program.

In consideration of being permitted to participate in the Program, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which I might incur as a result of participating in this Program.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Retreat Organizer, Terra Brasilis LLC, and its owner Raquel Nakid Lacroix and any of her affiliations or companies not stated herein, their officers, directors, employees, agents, teachers, or volunteer staff (collectively “Retreat Organizers”) from and against all claims, actions, demands, proceedings, liabilities, cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, which they may have ascertained against or incurred by them arising as a result of my participation in the Program. Should any dispute arise between the Retreat Organizers and myself, resulting from actions at the Program or from the booking of the reservation, I agree that the dispute will be governed and determined by California law. Any dispute that arises under or relates to my experience with the Retreat Organizer and/or Retreat (whether contract, tort, or both) will be resolved exclusively in the Superior Court of San Diego County, State of California, and the parties expressly waive any right they may otherwise have to cause any such action or proceeding to be brought or tried elsewhere.

I acknowledge and agree that there are no guarantees, stated or implied, made by the Retreat Organizers, regarding any aspect of the Program. Therefore, I, my heirs or legal representatives forever release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue or make any claims of any kind whatsoever against the Retreat Organizers, Terra Brasilis Retreats and its owner or any of the aforementioned parties for any injury, property damage/loss, or death caused by their negligence or other acts.”

“Don’t forget to check the Brazilian embassy or Brazilian consulate nearest you for latest updates on passport, visa, vaccinations and requirements for your country.”

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED.

Friday

    • 7AM Local time in São Paulo, Brazil:
Shuttle Pick up at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (airport code CGH) not included in package price, available for scheduled arrivals at additional fee.
  • 1PM Arrival at the “Inn” – Free time to tour “Inn”, relax in the pool, explore beach and surroundings
  • 7PM Opening gathering followed by Dinner

Saturday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf
  • 7-8:15 AM Yoga – (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 8:45-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 -2 PM - Expedition to Fazenda Beach and guided trekking in a hike to secluded beach from there
  • 2:00 – Lunch (Picnic for group excursion)
  • 6 PM -12AM - Optional – Group Healing therapies - Shamanic Healing Circle (booked separately in advance) with Medicine of the Forest. Participants will have a light dinner (or Soup) after shamanic ritual is finished.
  • 6 PM - Optional - Individual Healing therapies (booked separately in advance)
  • 8:30 PM - Dinner for non-participants of Group Shamanic Healing Circle.

Sunday

  • 8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 -2 PM Free time to explore, surf, rest, enjoy the beach, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 2:30-5:30 PM- Optional Individual Healing Therapies, Surf (Or choose other “a la carte activity”)
  • 5:45-7:15 PM Yoga (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 8:30 PM Dinner

Monday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf (Or choose other “a la carte activity” such as SUP, not included in package)
  • 8:45-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10 AM – Free time to explore, surf, rest, enjoy the beach, or choose other “a la carte activity” such SUP, Schooner to island, not included in package)
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 2:30 PM – Paraty City Visit (Optional “available a la carte”, arrival estimated at 3pm. Visit to Historic Center and afternoon free for shopping, etc.
  • 5:00 PM – Return to “Inn”/Lodge
  • 6:00-7:15 PM Yoga (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 8:30 – Dinner

Tuesday

  • 7-8:30 AM Yoga (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 -2 PM - Expedition to Atlantic Forest and guided group trekking to spectacular waterfall (3 km moderate hike). Group transfers by van to Ubatumirim river to an open trail inside thick forest, streams and creek pools where you can swim.
  • 2:00 PM Picnic.
  • 3:00 PM - Transfers to “Casa da Farinha” a historic flour mill in hinterland village, and quick stop to a local agro plantation to see the “hearts of palm” cutting which we will eat for dinner.
  • 4:00 PM - Socio cultural visit to a community descendant of African Slaves at the same site
  • 5:00 PM - Return to Lodge for sunset.
  • 8:30 PM Dinner

Wednesday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf
  • 8:45-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 -2 PM - Free time to explore, surf, rest, enjoy the beach, or choose other “a la carte activity” such SUP, Schooner to island, not included in package)
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 2:30-5:30 PM - Free time to explore optional Surf classes, Individual Healing Therapies, “A la carte” Activities
  • 6:00-7:15 PM Yoga (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package) or;
  • 6 PM - 12AM - Optional - Shamanic Healing Circle (booked separately in advance) with Medicine of the Forest. Participants will have a light dinner (or Soup) after shamanic ritual is finished.
  • 8:30 PM - Dinner for non-participants of Group Shamanic Healing Circle.

Thursday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf
  • 7-8:30 AM Yoga (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 8:45-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 -2 PM Free time to explore optional S.U.P, Kayak, Surf classes, Individual Healing Therapies, “A la carte” Activities (choose from menu)
  • 14:00 – Lunch
  • 2:30-6:30 PM - Free time to rest, explore optional Surf classes, Individual Healing Therapies, “A la carte” Activities
  • 8:00 PM - Dinner

Friday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf
  • 8:45-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10 AM – Check out and final gathering. Closing of the Retreat.
  • Optional Add-on activities will be offered for guests * Free time to explore local islands, Paraty excursions, surf, or choose other “a la carte activity”. Book in advance or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 6 PM Departure to São Paulo Shuttle drop off to São Paulo Congonhas Airport (code CGH) for schedule departures or guests who signed up in advance at additional fee at registration)
* All special activities are subject to change due to weather, river and tide conditions. Dates for excursions and tours can change anytime and will be announced during the retreat according to the number of participants. Please bring additional cash equivalent in Brazilian Reais or US Dollars if interested in purchasing additional therapies, and group therapy options or shopping locally. (Currency exchange is available in the São Paulo Airports)
Surf and Ocean activities

The region offers several ideal and safe spots for beginners up to advanced surfers. Click here to know more

Did you know that the Ubatuba’s region is considered the surf capital of Brazil? Surf lessons for all levels. Learn how to surf or improve your technique with our local bilingual instructor. Subject to Availability*

Other activities subject to availability from our local hosts.

Stand up paddle This is a more stable and longer board than a regular surfboard, ideal for beginners. Subject to availability Duration: 2 hours or full day. Subject to Availability: Book in advance

Schooner Our private schooner “Uyra” will take you for a tour around the islands, Ilha Comprida, Ilha das Couves and Ilha dos Porcos, where you can swim and dive in the clear waters (snorkels and masks are available on board). Right before sunset, the schooner returns to Picinguaba. The boat normally leaves at 10am but we can also arrange a departure at a different time, if you wish for a private tour. Duration: Boat leaves at 10am and comes back at 5pm

Kayak in Picinguaba Bay We have the pleasure to offer you two possibili ties for this tour: Praia da Fazenda: You cross the Picinguaba bay all the way to a secluded beach with the possibility of going up the Picinguaba River. This tour is especially nice early in the morning or dur- ing sunset time. Cerco de Picinguaba: Twice a day a group of experienced fishermen from the Picinguaba village repeat the tradition of checking the encirclement (Cerco de Picinguaba). It’s a fixed net located 300 meters away from the beach. Several different types of fish are caught in the net and sometimes it is possible to see turtles and sting- rays.

Birdwhatching There is huge birds diversity here and we know a place from where they can be observed. This tour will take you to the forest with a professional who is very passionate and will make you discover all the different types of birds who live here. Duration: Around 4 hours — Book in advance

Native Fishing Experience the Picinguaba way of life. Fish with a local fisherman, from one of the colorful boats docked out on the bay. This activity is great fun for both children and adults — a relaxing, educational experience that connect us with the knowledge of people who embrace fishing as a traditional practice. Upon our return, we can cook up what you’ve fished for dinner, a special experience in and of itself.

Forest Hikes Hikes through the forest to Bird Watching, waterfalls, secret beaches Entering the forest and following trails through essentially untouched greenery, breathing in fresh air, hearing the echoes bouncing off the trees. We offer various itineraries that take guests to secret beaches, only accessible on foot, to spectacular waterfalls or even on a birdwatching tour led by a local and passionate guide.

Traditional canoeing in the mangrove The traditional caiçara canoe is a symbol of the relationship between the people of Picinguaba and the sea. They are the traditional means of reaching the ocean for artisanal fishing. Made of wood and colorfully painted, the canoes color the village’s ocean. To go on a caiçara canoe trip through the mangrove means encountering a place that is the natural filter between sweet and salt water, discovering its unique vegetation, fauna and richness — an enchanting experience.

* All ocean and outdoor activities are subject to change due to weather, ocean conditions and/or natural disasters. Conditions need to be suitable and favorable to the practice of water sports, expeditions and hiking. Dates for group excursions and tours can change anytime and will be announced during the retreat according to the minimum number of 5 participants.

**Dates and schedule for Group Shamanic healing therapies, and excursions will be announced during the retreat according to the weather conditions. Shamanic ceremonies can be lengthy due to the nature, depth, and length of the treatments we will keep a limit to the number of participants to maintain the quality of the experience. All activities above are included in pricing and are optional. Ceremonies and special activities require a minimum of 5 people. Please reserve your space when returning the registration form


4 Days/3 Nights’ Package (December 1-4 - Friday to Monday)



Prices are per person, in US dollars. Includes all meals, benefits from all the services of the “inn” or pousada, including its pool, sauna and accommodations at “Casas da Terra” per below. Click here for more room details

1.Based in triple room accommodations $ 995.00 pp
2.Based in double room accommodations $ 1395.00 pp
3.Based in single room accommodation $ 2595.00 pp
4.Special suite room accommodation $ 1895.00 pp (1 master suite with bathtub and an incomparable view).
5.Green House $ 1595.00 pp (minimum of 4 persons)

The “Casa Verde” or Green House (not far from the “Inn” or “Pousada”), is a tucked away space perfect for couples or families that would like more privacy. The house accommodates 2 to 6 people in 3 separate rooms; one of them, a suite. In staying here, guests benefit from all the services of the Pousada, including its pool, sauna and all meals.

P.S- Rooms are intended for single or double occupancy but some can be equipped with an extra bed if desired.

4 Day Ecological and Cultural Immersion

WHAT IS INCLUDED
  • Three (3) Night Accommodations at Pousada Picinguaba with access to all amenities ( sauna, pool, etc.).
  • Three (3) Full Daily Gourmet Meals, (to enhance your experience of the culinary culture of the land) with fish option; Total of : (3) Breakfast (including morning of departure),(3) Lunches;(3) Dinners (including arrival night);
  • One (1) - Guided adventure in nature with bilingual guide. Please see examples of activities and tours*
    1. Rainforest “Hike – Guided trekking into the forest, creek pools and waterfall; This is a walking excursion led by our local guide. We will take you to the hinterlands and then lead you on to a hike inside the forest and a stop at a spectacular waterfall. After a picnic we visit a a heritage Manioc Flour factory and historical site, and then return to the lodge.
    2. Excursion to secluded beaches in Sea Sierra Park’s Kayak or 15 walk to nearby beach, then follow on a trail hike to another paradisiac beach from there.

Seu Cirilo, a Picinguaba resident, keeps our farm overflowing with bananas, cacao, manioc root, cambuci, hearts of palm and whatever else pops up in his backyard. Fresh organic vegetables and fruits are brought from Fazenda Catuçaba. Neighborhood fishermen, who are friends of the Pousada, bring us Picinguaba’s famous fresh scallops, and sometimes even stick around to open them for guests. From the nets of the local fishermen to our table. Fish still salty from the sea are only a short walk away from Tati’s kitchen. Every year and season comes with its own offerings: anchovies, baquara and carapeva; sororoca in the winter, mas pargo, vermelho, robalo (snook) and garopa year-round. They are grilled, baked, and boiled..

To honor the philosophy of connecting guests to nature, local culture and history, our accommodation does not carry televisions, fridges, telephones or internet service. We believe in profound experiences that instead connect us to the natural world and our inner essence. This venue is a non-smoking place and do not serve industrialized food such as sodas and meat that are not locally produced at the farm.

  • Airfare to and from Brazil’s São Paulo airports. (If you need assistance with booking your flights, logistics, we are happy to provide recommendations that suit your needs). RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND TRANSPORTATION FEES, Visa fees, air tickets (domestic or international fares).
  • Taxi and transfers from and to the retreat center. Shuttle transfers could be arranged for arrival and departure day, however numbers of guests are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact us at registration if you are interested in this option.
  • Add-on activities– Not included in retreat package and pricing. Guests can practice many activities for additional cost (i.e Surf, Yoga, Individual and group Healing therapies). Some activities such as Surf you can purchase here on our website, and separately from the package. Most activities are designed for a small group, and some require a minimum of participants. Please Inquire at registration if you are interested in the activities as there are permits to enter into the state parks, beaches and certified local guides that must be reserved in advance. Please reserve your space when returning the registration form. *
  • Board and equipment rentals
  • Beverages and drinks
  • One (1) - Shamanic Group Healing Circle, guided by a native Amazonian born Brazilian Shaman. includes the application of Amazonian Medicinal Master Plants **These ceremonies and rituals are done off site, so please reserve in advance to secure your place in advance.
  • Daily Yoga by a certified bilingual teacher (1 hr. and 30 minutes)
  • Surf Click here to know more
  • Stand-Up-Paddle SUP
  • Hikes inside the “Sea Sierra” forest, beaches and State Park
  • Cultural and historical Guided tours - Amongst the many cultural experiences that are to be had here, there are other guided tours: Vila de Picinguaba, Paraty, Trilha de Ouro (Gold Trail). The “Paraty, Colonial Heritage” tour takes us to a city rich in culture, outfitted in XVII and XVIII century buildings, arts and crafts shops, as well as restaurants featuring local gastronomy, available to you from our “a la carte” menu of activities.
Shuttle transportation to and from the hotel/retreat center from São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH) are not included in the price of the package. Transfers could be arranged at an additional fee, with the staff group, on the retreat event’s start day and retreat event’s departure days for guests scheduling at the time of registration only. There is limited space for the scheduled transfers, number of guests per shuttle are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact us at registration if you are interested in this option. Group pick up for scheduled arrivals is 07:00 hrs.(am), at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH) on the event start date and return drop off at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH) estimated at 22:00 hrs. (10 pm local São Paulo time, Brazil) on the retreat event’s last day. Any participant needing a different arrangement may inform us of any special needs at the time of registration and we will try our best to assist.

Temperature/Climate: The climate in the São Paulo coastal region is warm and wet. The average temperature in Ubatuba, Brazil is t 21.4 degrees Celsius (70.5 degrees Fahrenheit).The warmest month (February) is fairly hot with a mean temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). July is the coolest month (very mild) with a mean temperature of 17.6 degrees Celsius (63.68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Passport/Visa: Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and are a responsibility of the traveler. Please check your country’s requirements, applications for visas are at the Brazilian consulate or embassy. You must have a passport valid for six months after your arrival date to be permitted entry into Brazil.

Medical Information: You are recommended to seek the consultation of a qualified medical practitioner and travel clinic for the latest information on health and vaccinations needed prior to your travel to Brazil Travel health insurance is highly recommended but optional.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL US AT INFO@TERRABRASILISRETREATS.COM BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE! WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN.

Tips for flying in Brazil*

  • Proper clothing for adventure in nature: Yoga clothes, hiking pants, bathing suit for water and ocean activities, hat, environmental friendly personal toiletries, mosquito repellent, sunblock, light rain jacket are recommended.
  • Shoes for hiking (excursions to trails, waterfalls) such as boots, shoes, or hiking sandals, water immersion neoprene or similar anti slip shoes.
  • Cash in Brazilian Reais or US dollars for shopping in town or additional group therapies. (Currency exchange is available in the São Paulo (GRU) Airport)
  • Camera

*Travel insurance is highly recommended but not required

RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION FEES

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Full Refund (minus $500 cancelation fee and minus $100 processing fee): Cancelations will be accepted and a full refund given, minus $600 total for both fees above, if notification is sent and received via email notification no later than 31 days prior to the purchased Retreat start date. No Refund: Within 30 days or less of the purchased Retreat start date, no Cancelations will be accepted and NO refunds will be given.

The Retreats must have a minimum of 5 Participants in order for the Retreats to be held. In the case that fewer than 5 Participants register for the retreat, all registered members will be refunded of 100% of the funds. Should cancellation due to lack of participants occur, you may also have the option to stay with us with a different arrangement of food and activities and a re-calculated price.

Should one of the leaders of this Retreat become ill, have serious injury or death (hopefully not!), the remaining leaders will lead the Retreat. Should all of the assigned leaders fall ill, have serious injury, or death (again hopefully not!) all Participants of this Retreat will received a 100% refund of the funds paid upon registration. However, the retreat Organizer cannot be responsible for cancellation fees for airline or other transportation paid to others. (Proper travel insurance is recommended)

If the Participant requests cancellation 30 days or less prior to the retreat’s start date, or in case of no-show, NO REFUNDS will be made. If the cancellation is requested 31 days + prior to the Retreat’s start date a cancellation fee of $500 USD + $100 USD Processing Fee will be retained and the remainder will be refunded in the same form of payment originally received.

Retreat Organizer is not responsible for airline or travel arrangements by the Retreat Participant, and Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility or liability for losses due to cancellations arranged by the Retreat Participants are responsible for seeking refunds on their tickets from the airline carrier from which their ticket is issued. Some airline tickets might have penalties or surcharges for cancellation, or may be completely non-refundable.

There will be NO REFUNDS for any Retreat Participant who attends the Program, or who leaves the Program prior to its conclusion, for whatever reason, or no show. Dissatisfaction or complaints about the Program will not result in any partial or full refund.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE: The Retreat Organizer reserves the right to accept, decline, or retain any person as a Retreat Participant at the Program at any time without liability and without any obligation to pay a refund or any other amount whatsoever.

RESERVATION RESTRICTIONS Please note, any prospective Retreat Participant with a disability, pre-existing medical condition, or medical history requiring special attention or treatment, should advise the Retreat Organizer at time of booking the reservation and are advised to consult with a medical specialist prior to reserving space in the Retreat. People who are unable to travel alone or who would require special assistance or handling must be accompanied by a companion who will provide the required assistance. The Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility for cases such as these.

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED including all DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RELATED DOCUMENTATION AND/OR REQUIREMENTS (PASSPORTS/VISAS/VACCINATION).

TRAVELING ABROAD

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents for Brazil.

INSURANCE: All Retreat Participants in the Program are strongly advised to get travel, medical, accident, cancellation, and baggage insurance independently. The Retreat Organizer carries no travel related or medical insurance whatsoever for the Retreat Participants.

PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION (Passports & Visas)

TERRA BRASILIS RETREATS STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL GUESTS TRAVEL WITH A PASSPORT THAT IS VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS BEYOND THE END OF YOUR STAY IN THE COUNTRY

It is the sole responsibility of the Retreat Participant to identify and obtain all required travel documents for your entire stay in Brazil and have them available when necessary. These appropriate, valid travel documents – passports, visas, family legal documents and possibly, inoculation certificates, are required for boarding of air flights and re-entry into the United States and other countries. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or from entering a country and may be subject to fines.

No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation. Some countries you may visit will require that you obtain a visa prior to arrival. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. If you do not hold proper visa documents, you will be denied entry into the country.

HEALTH All guests must ensure that they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide guidelines as to which vaccinations are required in each country. In many cases inoculations are recommended, but in some circumstances, they are required. We recommend that you check with your health care professional or a Travel Medicine Specialist certified by the WHO for guidance.

DISCLAIMER WAIVER AND RELEASE TO PARTICIPATE

“I, a Retreat/Program Participant, am aware that Terra Brasilis LLC is in the service business of sharing knowledge of yoga, health and meditation. I recognize that yoga like any activity requires physical exertion that may be strenuous and/or cause physical injury. I am fully aware of the risks and hazards involved. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician prior to and regarding my participation in this Program. I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and I have no medical condition that would prevent my full participation in the Program.

In consideration of being permitted to participate in the Program, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which I might incur as a result of participating in this Program.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Retreat Organizer, Terra Brasilis LLC, and its owner Raquel Nakid Lacroix and any of her affiliations or companies not stated herein, their officers, directors, employees, agents, teachers, or volunteer staff (collectively “Retreat Organizers”) from and against all claims, actions, demands, proceedings, liabilities, cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, which they may have ascertained against or incurred by them arising as a result of my participation in the Program. Should any dispute arise between the Retreat Organizers and myself, resulting from actions at the Program or from the booking of the reservation, I agree that the dispute will be governed and determined by California law. Any dispute that arises under or relates to my experience with the Retreat Organizer and/or Retreat (whether contract, tort, or both) will be resolved exclusively in the Superior Court of San Diego County, State of California, and the parties expressly waive any right they may otherwise have to cause any such action or proceeding to be brought or tried elsewhere.

I acknowledge and agree that there are no guarantees, stated or implied, made by the Retreat Organizers, regarding any aspect of the Program. Therefore, I, my heirs or legal representatives forever release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue or make any claims of any kind whatsoever against the Retreat Organizers, Terra Brasilis Retreats and its owner or any of the aforementioned parties for any injury, property damage/loss, or death caused by their negligence or other acts.”

“Don’t forget to check the Brazilian embassy or Brazilian consulate nearest you for latest updates on passport, visa, vaccinations and requirements for your country.”

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED.

Friday

  • 7AM Local time in São Paulo, Brazil: Shuttle Pick up at São Paulo Congonhas Airport ( airport code CGH) not included in package price, available for scheduled arrivals at additional fee.
  • 1PM Arrival at the “Inn” – Free time
  • 7PM Opening gathering followed by Appetizers/Dinner

Saturday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf
  • 7-8:15 AM Yoga – (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 8:45-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 -2 PM - Expedition to Fazenda Beach and guided trekking from there to another secluded beach.
  • 2:00 – Lunch (Picnic for group excursion)
  • 6 PM -12AM - Optional – Shamanic Healing Circle (booked separately in advance) with Medicine of the Forest. Participants will have a light dinner (or Soup) after shamanic ritual is finished late night. (“a la carte)
  • 8:30 PM - Dinner for non-participants of Group Shamanic Healing Circle.

Sunday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf
  • 8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 -2 PM Free time to explore, surf, rest, enjoy the beach, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 2:30-5:30 PM- Free time
  • 5:45-7:15 PM Yoga (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” https://www.terrabrasilisretreats.com/activities/ not included in package)
  • 8:30 PM Dinner

Monday

  • 7-8:30 AM –Surf
  • 7-8:30 AM Yoga (classes purchased “a la carte”, or choose other “a la carte activity” not included in package)
  • 8:45-9:30 AM- Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM Check out and final gathering for 4-day package participants
* All special activities are subject to change due to weather, river and tide conditions. Dates for excursions and tours can change anytime and will be announced during the retreat according to the number of participants. Please bring additional cash equivalent in Brazilian Reais or US Dollars if interested in purchasing additional therapies, and group therapy options or shopping locally. (Currency exchange is available in the São Paulo Airports)
Surf and Ocean activities

The region offers several ideal and safe spots for beginners up to advanced surfers. Click here to know more

Did you know that the Ubatuba’s region is considered the surf capital of Brazil? Surf lessons for all levels. Learn how to surf or improve your technique with our local bilingual instructor. Subject to Availability*

Other activities subject to availability from our local hosts.

Stand up paddle This is a more stable and longer board than a regular surfboard, ideal for beginners. Subject to availability Duration: 2 hours or full day. Subject to Availability: Book in advance

Schooner Our private schooner “Uyra” will take you for a tour around the islands, Ilha Comprida, Ilha das Couves and Ilha dos Porcos, where you can swim and dive in the clear waters (snorkels and masks are available on board). Right before sunset, the schooner returns to Picinguaba. The boat normally leaves at 10am but we can also arrange a departure at a different time, if you wish for a private tour. Duration: Boat leaves at 10am and comes back at 5pm

Kayak in Picinguaba Bay We have the pleasure to offer you two possibili ties for this tour: Praia da Fazenda: You cross the Picinguaba bay all the way to a secluded beach with the possibility of going up the Picinguaba River. This tour is especially nice early in the morning or dur- ing sunset time. Cerco de Picinguaba: Twice a day a group of experienced fishermen from the Picinguaba village repeat the tradition of checking the encirclement (Cerco de Picinguaba). It’s a fixed net located 300 meters away from the beach. Several different types of fish are caught in the net and sometimes it is possible to see turtles and sting- rays.

Birdwhatching There is huge birds diversity here and we know a place from where they can be observed. This tour will take you to the forest with a professional who is very passionate and will make you discover all the different types of birds who live here. Duration: Around 4 hours — Book in advance

Native Fishing Experience the Picinguaba way of life. Fish with a local fisherman, from one of the colorful boats docked out on the bay. This activity is great fun for both children and adults — a relaxing, educational experience that connect us with the knowledge of people who embrace fishing as a traditional practice. Upon our return, we can cook up what you’ve fished for dinner, a special experience in and of itself.

Forest Hikes Hikes through the forest to Bird Watching, waterfalls, secret beaches Entering the forest and following trails through essentially untouched greenery, breathing in fresh air, hearing the echoes bouncing off the trees. We offer various itineraries that take guests to secret beaches, only accessible on foot, to spectacular waterfalls or even on a birdwatching tour led by a local and passionate guide.

Traditional canoeing in the mangrove The traditional caiçara canoe is a symbol of the relationship between the people of Picinguaba and the sea. They are the traditional means of reaching the ocean for artisanal fishing. Made of wood and colorfully painted, the canoes color the village’s ocean. To go on a caiçara canoe trip through the mangrove means encountering a place that is the natural filter between sweet and salt water, discovering its unique vegetation, fauna and richness — an enchanting experience.

* All ocean and outdoor activities are subject to change due to weather, ocean conditions and/or natural disasters. Conditions need to be suitable and favorable to the practice of water sports, expeditions and hiking. Dates for group excursions and tours can change anytime and will be announced during the retreat according to the minimum number of 5 participants.

**Dates and schedule for Group Shamanic healing therapies, and excursions will be announced during the retreat according to the weather conditions. Shamanic ceremonies can be lengthy due to the nature, depth, and length of the treatments we will keep a limit to the number of participants to maintain the quality of the experience. All activities above are included in pricing and are optional. Ceremonies and special activities require a minimum of 5 people. Please reserve your space when returning the registration form


August 3 - AUGUST 7, 2017

4 Nights/ 5 days– Package starts on Thursday 8am, when we pick you up at the São Paulo Congonhas city airport (CGH) and drive 4 hrs. to the beach at Bananal Eco lodge for an extraordinary experience of Yoga, Shamanic Healing, Adventure, Nature immersion.

Highlights: -Shamanic Purification and Healing Rituals with Rainforest Master Plants with Amazonian Shaman Chey Okawa -Ashtanga Yoga and meditation with Mariana Mesquita -Fire Ceremonies, -Meditation Drum Circles, -Discovery of Spirit (Power) Animal -Socio-Cultural Excursions to Indigenous tribes, tours and Nature Exploration -Trekking to waterfalls -Gastronomic organic vegetarian meals plus protein options -River baths, surf, yoga, and much more. -Sauna, Bio pool, whirlpool Beginners welcome

Brazilian Residents and residents in Brazil: R$2300 Reais. Payment plan in Reais available, please contact raquel@terrabrasilisretreats.com WhatsApp +1(619) 997-0787 for questions, press stay, day passes. Payment and reservations directly with Bananal Eco Lodge reservas@ecobananal.com.br +55(12) 99600-2145. Mention Shamanic Retreat package.

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5 Day Shamanism & Yoga

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 4 nights' accommodation at Bananal Eco Lodge with access to all amenities
  • Transportation to and from the retreat center from São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH). Group pick up for scheduled arrivals only on Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:00 hrs.(am), Drop off on Monday August 7, at 21:00 hrs. (9 pm local São Paulo time, Brazil)
  • 2 shamanic ceremonial Ayahuasca group healing circles guided by a reliable native Amazonian Brazilian Shaman, including the application of Amazonian medicinal master plants **
  • On site, morning Yoga and Meditation group practice with Zé Miguel in a beautiful Eco-Constructed Yoga temple (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • 3 full daily gastronomic gourmet buffet style meals including dinner arrival night Thursday August 3th, 2017, breakfast on morning of departure Monday August 7th, 2017
  • 2 guided adventure tour in nature, including special excursions and social-cultural activities that allow an incredible interaction with the rural communities, Indian tribe***
  • Afternoon snack (fruit, famous “cheese bread” or pão de queijo, coffee, tea, homemade cookies)
  • Delicious healthy snacks (such as home-made Jussara Açai, among other favorites) to take out on the excursion days
  • Transportation to and from the retreat center from São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH). Group pick up for scheduled arrivals only on Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:00 hrs.(am), Drop off on Monday August 7, at 21:00 hrs. (9 pm local São Paulo time, Brazil)
Included Excursions
  • Group expedition - Aguapé tour (2 kilometers hiking by the river shore. Trekking from Lodge to river trail in the water.
  • Waterfall - Half-day guided group trekking to the 15-meter high Tombador waterfall
This waterfall trekking will take 6 kilometers or 3.73 miles round trip, passing rural communities and manioc and banana plantations. The hike until the waterfall will start at Ubatumirim river for about 3 kilometers of hike in an open trail inside the banana trees. During the trekking, you will see a thick forest, agro forestry yards, and streams with red colors where you can swim.
  • Group Expedition to PrumirimIndian Tribe, socio cultural visit. Transfers and snacks included.
  • Group Expedition to the Beach (Open schedule for Possible trail hike to remote beach or waterfalls, or possible surf and boat tour to islands depending on ocean conditions) ***

Three full healthy meals a day (with vegetarian and fish options) in additional to an afternoon snack, prepared with care by the chef Camila Taquari who has worked with healthy and tasty cookery for many years. She is graduated from Cooking School Wilma Kosevi and Sivamanda Yoga Vendata in nutrition ayurvédica in the Alain Ducase School in Paris, valuing the local foods, using flavors from the local kitchen and healthy recipes. The Ubatumirim Hinterland is also known for organic production of cassava, cambuci, juçara pulp and, of course, banana! The Cooking Bananal Ecolodge add these foods to your menu ecogastronômico, so named for adding value to local products. We seek to use local ingredients as much as possible to enhance your experience of the culinary culture of the land, as well as to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Airfare to and from Brazil’s São Paulo airport (If you need assistance with booking your flights, logistics, we are happy to provide recommendations that suit your needs). RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION FEES Taxi and transfers from and to Bananal Eco Lodge in Ubatuba, São Paulo for NON-SCHEDULED arrivals outside retreat assigned arrival and departure dates. Add-on activities: Surf, Individual Healing therapies, board rentals Visa fees, air tickets (domestic or international fares) “ADD ONS – Personalized Activities & Therapies (Optional) – Not included in retreat package and pricing.Guests can practice many activities for additional cost.

-Surf; (See package options below)*

-Stand-Up-Paddle SUP;

-Mountain bike;

-Ocean Kayaking;

-Hawaiian canoe;

-Hikes inside the “Sea Sierra” State Park

Please Inquire at registration if you are interested in the activities above as there are permits to enter into the state parks, beaches and certified local guides that must be reserved in advance.

*SURF

Surf Classes and Packages:

Level 1 – Surf School & Beginners

Level 2 – Intermediate surfer – Surf independently with a surf guide and driver to best waves. Bring your own board.

Single Surf class – One (1) Surf lesson for beginners- (level 1);

or One (1) Guided tour to best waves for intermediate or experienced surfer (level 2) $ 125.00

Surf package 1 –Two (2) Surf lessons for beginners (level 1) or

(2) Guided tours to the best waves for Surfers (level 2) US$ 200

Description of Two (2) lessons- Level 1 – Surf School & Beginners. Board and equipment provided (2) hr. excursion to the beach with English and Portuguese speaking instructor, (30) minutes’ class (daily knowledge & conditions, basics of safety, surf ride etiquette, do’s and don’ts in the water and ocean rules), and (1 ½) hours of practice in the ocean under supervision.

-Van transfers from Retreat center to the beach and back.

-Delicious snacks to take out.

Description of Two (2) lessons Level 2 – Intermediate surfer – Includes:

Two (2) Guided Half Day Excursions to advanced surf beaches with access by car and trails (depending on daily conditions, trekking to these beaches is moderate to difficult, surfers carry their own board. Some trails may take (30) minutes to (1 +1/2) hours trekking by foot, with supervision of a bilingual local surf guide (English and Portuguese speaking)

-Van transfers from Retreat center to the closest access beach and return to the Eco-Lodge.

-Delicious snacks to take out.

Surf Package 2 – “Avid” Surfer (Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2)

Seven (7) Surf lessons for Beginner or level 1 or (7) guided tours to the best waves for Surfers Level 2 US $500

Includes:

– Bilingual local surf guide (English and Portuguese instruction)

-Van transfers from Retreat center to the closest access beach and return to the Eco-Lodge.

-Delicious snacks to take out.

Individual Massage, Acupunture or Shamanic Therapies:

90 min – $110

120 min – $140

-Finding your ancestral animal,

-Rescue of your inner child

-Shamanic Ayurvedic massage.

-Individual therapy for internal cure

Important: Our Shaman is an Amazonian born Brazilian, and therapies are ministered in Brazilian Portuguese, the Indigenous language. An English translator will be available during therapy in case assistance of a native interpreter is needed.

Shuttle transportation to and from the retreat center from São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH). Group pick up for scheduled arrivals only on Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:00 hrs.(am), Drop off on Monday August 7, at 21:00 hrs. (9 pm local São Paulo time, Brazil)

Airport transfer: Transportation is included in the package is for pick-up and drop off at the São Airport Congonhas City Airport (code CGH) in the state of São Paulo on the scheduled dates noted above. Any participant needing a different arrangement may inform us of any special needs at the time of registration and we will try our best to assist.

Temperature/Climate: The climate in the São Paulo coastal region is warm and wet. The average temperature in Ubatuba, Brazil is t 21.4 degrees Celsius (70.5 degrees Fahrenheit).The warmest month (February) is fairly hot with a mean temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). July is the coolest month (very mild) with a mean temperature of 17.6 degrees Celsius (63.68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Passport/Visa: Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and are a responsibility of the traveler. Please check your country’s requirements, applications for visas are at the Brazilian consulate or embassy. You must have a passport valid for six months after your arrival date to be permitted entry into Brazil.

Medical Information: You are recommended to seek the consultation of a qualified medical practitioner and travel clinic for the latest information on health and vaccinations needed prior to your travel to Brazil Travel health insurance is highly recommended but optional.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL US AT INFO@TERRABRASILISRETREATS.COM BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE! WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN.

Tips for flying in Brazil*

  • Proper clothing for adventure in nature: Yoga clothes, hiking pants, bathing suit for water and ocean activities, hat, environmental friendly personal toiletries, mosquito repellent, sunblock, light rain jacket are recommended.
  • Shoes for hiking (excursions to trails, waterfalls) such as boots, shoes, or hiking sandals, water immersion neoprene or similar anti slip shoes.
  • Cash in Brazilian Reais or US dollars for shopping in town or additional group therapies. (Currency exchange is available in the São Paulo (GRU) Airport)
  • Camera

*Travel insurance is highly recommended but not required

RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION FEES

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Full Refund (minus $500 cancelation fee and minus $100 processing fee): Cancelations will be accepted and a full refund given, minus $600 total for both fees above, if notification is sent and received via email notification no later than 31 days prior to the purchased Retreat start date. No Refund: Within 30 days or less of the purchased Retreat start date, no Cancelations will be accepted and NO refunds will be given.

The Retreats must have a minimum of 5 Participants in order for the Retreats to be held. In the case that fewer than 5 Participants register for the retreat, all registered members will be refunded of 100% of the funds. Should cancellation due to lack of participants occur, you may also have the option to stay with us with a different arrangement of food and activities and a re-calculated price.

Should one of the leaders of this Retreat become ill, have serious injury or death (hopefully not!), the remaining leaders will lead the Retreat. Should all of the assigned leaders fall ill, have serious injury, or death (again hopefully not!) all Participants of this Retreat will received a 100% refund of the funds paid upon registration. However, the retreat Organizer cannot be responsible for cancellation fees for airline or other transportation paid to others. (Proper travel insurance is recommended)

If the Participant requests cancellation 30 days or less prior to the retreat’s start date, or in case of no-show, NO REFUNDS will be made. If the cancellation is requested 31 days + prior to the Retreat’s start date a cancellation fee of $500 USD + $100 USD Processing Fee will be retained and the remainder will be refunded in the same form of payment originally received.

Retreat Organizer is not responsible for airline or travel arrangements by the Retreat Participant, and Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility or liability for losses due to cancellations arranged by the Retreat Participants are responsible for seeking refunds on their tickets from the airline carrier from which their ticket is issued. Some airline tickets might have penalties or surcharges for cancellation, or may be completely non-refundable.

There will be NO REFUNDS for any Retreat Participant who attends the Program, or who leaves the Program prior to its conclusion, for whatever reason, or no show. Dissatisfaction or complaints about the Program will not result in any partial or full refund.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE: The Retreat Organizer reserves the right to accept, decline, or retain any person as a Retreat Participant at the Program at any time without liability and without any obligation to pay a refund or any other amount whatsoever.

RESERVATION RESTRICTIONS Please note, any prospective Retreat Participant with a disability, pre-existing medical condition, or medical history requiring special attention or treatment, should advise the Retreat Organizer at time of booking the reservation and are advised to consult with a medical specialist prior to reserving space in the Retreat. People who are unable to travel alone or who would require special assistance or handling must be accompanied by a companion who will provide the required assistance. The Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility for cases such as these.

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED including all DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RELATED DOCUMENTATION AND/OR REQUIREMENTS (PASSPORTS/VISAS/VACCINATION).

TRAVELING ABROAD

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents for Brazil.

INSURANCE: All Retreat Participants in the Program are strongly advised to get travel, medical, accident, cancellation, and baggage insurance independently. The Retreat Organizer carries no travel related or medical insurance whatsoever for the Retreat Participants.

PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION (Passports & Visas)

TERRA BRASILIS RETREATS STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL GUESTS TRAVEL WITH A PASSPORT THAT IS VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS BEYOND THE END OF YOUR STAY IN THE COUNTRY

It is the sole responsibility of the Retreat Participant to identify and obtain all required travel documents for your entire stay in Brazil and have them available when necessary. These appropriate, valid travel documents – passports, visas, family legal documents and possibly, inoculation certificates, are required for boarding of air flights and re-entry into the United States and other countries. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or from entering a country and may be subject to fines.

No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation. Some countries you may visit will require that you obtain a visa prior to arrival. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. If you do not hold proper visa documents, you will be denied entry into the country.

HEALTH All guests must ensure that they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide guidelines as to which vaccinations are required in each country. In many cases inoculations are recommended, but in some circumstances, they are required. We recommend that you check with your health care professional or a Travel Medicine Specialist certified by the WHO for guidance.

DISCLAIMER WAIVER AND RELEASE TO PARTICIPATE

“I, a Retreat/Program Participant, am aware that Terra Brasilis LLC is in the service business of sharing knowledge of yoga, health and meditation. I recognize that yoga like any activity requires physical exertion that may be strenuous and/or cause physical injury. I am fully aware of the risks and hazards involved. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician prior to and regarding my participation in this Program. I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and I have no medical condition that would prevent my full participation in the Program.

In consideration of being permitted to participate in the Program, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which I might incur as a result of participating in this Program.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Retreat Organizer, Terra Brasilis LLC, and its owner Raquel Nakid Lacroix and any of her affiliations or companies not stated herein, their officers, directors, employees, agents, teachers, or volunteer staff (collectively “Retreat Organizers”) from and against all claims, actions, demands, proceedings, liabilities, cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, which they may have ascertained against or incurred by them arising as a result of my participation in the Program. Should any dispute arise between the Retreat Organizers and myself, resulting from actions at the Program or from the booking of the reservation, I agree that the dispute will be governed and determined by California law. Any dispute that arises under or relates to my experience with the Retreat Organizer and/or Retreat (whether contract, tort, or both) will be resolved exclusively in the Superior Court of San Diego County, State of California, and the parties expressly waive any right they may otherwise have to cause any such action or proceeding to be brought or tried elsewhere.

I acknowledge and agree that there are no guarantees, stated or implied, made by the Retreat Organizers, regarding any aspect of the Program. Therefore, I, my heirs or legal representatives forever release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue or make any claims of any kind whatsoever against the Retreat Organizers, Terra Brasilis Retreats and its owner or any of the aforementioned parties for any injury, property damage/loss, or death caused by their negligence or other acts.”

“Don’t forget to check the Brazilian embassy or Brazilian consulate nearest you for latest updates on passport, visa, vaccinations and requirements for your country.”

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED.

August 3, 2017 – Thursday

  • 8:00 Shuttle Pick up at São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) airport and drive to the beach (approximate 5 h. drive)
  • 1:00 Arrival at the Bananal Eco Resort - Opening gathering followed by refreshments and snacks served. Free time to tour the Lodge
  • 14:00 “Aguapé” tour. 2 kilometers hiking by the river shore, leaving the Lodge, walking an easy tour inside the property)
  • 16:00 Shamanic Healing Circle with ceremonial Ayahuasca with Chey Okawa
  • Late Dinner or Light meal/Soup (after ritual for participants of shamanic healing circle).

August 4, 2017 – Friday

  • 06:30 Yoga with Zé Miguel (Light asana practice for participants of previous night ceremony )
  • 07:45 Meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Morning excursion. Half day guided trekking to waterfall (6 km. round trip), passing rural communities and manioc and banana plantations.
  • 14:30 Lunch at the Lodge
  • 15:30 Free time or pre-booked therapies, surf or nearby beaches ( Please choose package that best suits you at https://www.terrabrasilisretreats.com/activities/),
  • 17:30 Shamanic Exercises with Chey Okawa (Meditation, Finding your Spirit Animal, Trance Dance, without Master Plants) 19:00 Dinner.

August 5, 2017 – Saturday

06:30 Yoga with Zé Miguel (Ashtanga Mysore) Beginners welcome
  • 07:45 Meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:45 Group Expedition to PrumirimIndian Tribe, socio cultural visit. Transfers and snacks included.
  • 14:30 Lunch at the Lodge followed by free time.
  • 15:30 Free time or pre-booked surf or stand up activities on nearby beaches ( Please choose package that best suits you at https://www.terrabrasilisretreats.com/activities/)
  • Suggested activities: nature immersion, on-site river baths, bird watching, bio swimming pool; whirlpool, pre-booked healing therapies (acupuncture, massage, and individual shamanic therapies)
17:30 Shamanic Exercises with Chey Okawa ( Meditation, Finding your Spirit Animal, Trance Dance, without Master Plants) 19:30 Dinner

August 6, 2017 – Sunday

  • 06:30 Yoga with Zé Miguel (Ashtanga Mysore)
  • 07:45 Meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Group Expedition to the Beach (Possible trail hike to remote beach or boat tour to islands depending on ocean conditions)
  • 14:30 Lunch at the Lodge followed by free time at the Lodge, suggested activities: nature immersion, on-site river baths, bird watching, bio swimming pool; whirlpool, pre-booked healing therapies (acupuncture, massage, and individual shamanic therapies)
  • 17:30 Snacks. Gathering and Preparation for a group shamanic healing circle.
  • 19:00 Shamanic Healing Circle with ceremonial Ayahuasca with Chey Okawa
  • Late dinner: light meal (soup) is served after ceremony

August 7, 2017 – Monday

Optional Ocean activities and Exploration (( Please choose package that best suits you at https://www.terrabrasilisretreats.com/activities/)
  • Lunch outside of the Lodge possibly at the Beach communities
  • 15:30 Departure. Transfers from Retreat Center Lodge to São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) for scheduled group departures ETA 9 pm (Brazil local São Paulo time.
  *Lunch and Dinner include desert, tea and coffee; Fresh seafood could be made available upon request, and additional cost. Healthy snacks mid-morning or afternoons (take out on optional excursions days)   **Group therapies with Plant Medicine, are included in price, and participation is optional. Participants and non-participants are welcome to join the rituals.   ***weather permitting   Please bring additional cash equivalent in Brazilian Reais or US Dollars if interested in purchasing additional excursions, individual therapies, or shopping locally. (Currency exchange is available in the São Paulo (CGH)) Airport)
 

LOCATION & ACCOMODATIONS

$950.00 USD per person – 5 days/4 nights from August 3 - August 7, 2017* Sleep in triple shared accommodations at Bananal Eco lodge.

IMPORTANT, once purchased, you will receive a welcome email with a link to a pre-registration form. This form must be returned completed and signed within 24 hours of receipt. If you do not receive the pre-registration form, please email info@terrabrasilisretreats.com. Our Shaman is a native Amazonian born Brazilian, and therapies are ministered in Portuguese, the Indigenous language. An English translator will be available during therapy in case assistance of a native interpreter is needed.

* All ocean and outdoor activities are subject to change due to weather, ocean conditions and/or natural disasters. Conditions need to be suitable and favorable to the practice of water sports, expeditions and hiking. Dates for group excursions and tours can change anytime and will be announced during the retreat according to the minimum number of 5 participants.

**Dates and schedule for Group Shamanic healing therapies, and excursions will be announced during the retreat according to the weather conditions. Shamanic ceremonies can be lengthy due to the nature, depth, and length of the treatments we will keep a limit to the number of participants to maintain the quality of the experience. All activities above are included in pricing and are optional. Ceremonies and special activities require a minimum of 5 people. Please reserve your space when returning the registration form.

***Transportation: Shuttle transportation to and from the retreat center from São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH). Group pick up for scheduled arrivals only on Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:00 hrs.(am), Drop off on Monday August 7, at 21:00 hrs. (9 pm local São Paulo time, Brazil)  

JULY 31- AUGUST 7, 2017 "THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING" Yoga  Surf   Shamanic Healing Therapies   Nature Exploration   Social-Cultural Immersion

 

Terra Brasilis Retreats will repeat its successful Rainforest Coastal Healing and nature immersion at the Bananal Eco lodge located in the Hinterlands of Ubatumirim , 2km (1.24 miles) from the beach.

Shamanic Healing Circle: The indigenous cultures interpreted the cure, and the healing process as a consequence of the harmonic relation of the man and the nature. One of the most powerful healing tools used by the ancient tribes, is a powerful ritual of cure called Healing Circle. This event will feature:

-Ashtanga Yoga; -Shamanic Purification and Initiation Healing Circle with Master Medicine Plants; -Meditation Drum Circles and Fire Ceremonies; -Shamanic Exercises; -Discovery of Spirit or Power Animal; -Social-Cultural Excursions to local beaches, communities, Historical sites; -River baths, Trekking to waterfalls, and Nature Exploration; -Vegetarian gastronomy, Surf, Sauna, Bio pool, whirlpool, and much more.  

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8 Day Ecological Yoga Surf Spiritual Immersion

WHAT IS INCLUDED

-Seven (7) Night Accommodations at Bananal Eco Lodge with access to all amenities.

-On site Daily Morning Yoga; yoga asana group practice in a beautiful Eco-constructed room by acertified teacher (1 hr. and 30 minutes);

-Three (3) Full Daily Gastronomic Gourmet buffet style Meals, plus additional afternoon snack menu prepared with native ingredients by a Brazilian Chef (to enhance your experience of the culinary culture of the land) with vegetarian and some protein options, fresh juices and non-alcoholic drinks; Total of : (7) Breakfast (including morning of departure),(7) Lunches;(7) Dinners (including arrival night);

-Two (2) - Shamanic Group Healing Circles, guided by a native Amazonian born Brazilian Shaman. includes the application of Amazonian Medicinal Master Plants (Ayahuasca, Rapé, Sananga,). **

-Four (4) Guided Adventure Tours in Nature, including special excursions and social-cultural activities that allow an incredible interaction with the rural communities, Indians and Quilombolas.

Examples of tours:

(1) Half day guided trekking to waterfall;

(1) “Aguapé” (2 km hiking by the river shore, walking an easy tour

(1) Half day excursion to Fazenda beach including a visit to Sea Sierra Park’s

(1) Half day Socio-culture visit to a “Casa da Farinha” (a heritage Manioc Flour factory and historical site, followed by a “Quilombolas” (Descendants of Afro-Brazilian slaves who escaped from slave plantations that existed in Brazil until abolition in 1888) and typical lunch in the hinterland village; (1) Trekking into Jatoba trail, with a local guide explaining about forest species, medicinal plants, finishing off this historical trail with a bath into the river pool’s and fall.

-Delicious healthy snacks (such as home-made Jussara Açai, among other favorites) to take out on the excursion days.

-Transportation to the Retreat center from São Paulo international airport (GRU Airport code)to the retreat center and return on scheduled arrivals and departures ***

Three full healthy meals a day (with vegetarian and fish options) in additional to an afternoon snack, prepared with care by the chef Camila Taquari who has worked with healthy and tasty cookery for many years. She is graduated from Cooking School Wilma Kosevi and Sivamanda Yoga Vendata in nutrition ayurvédica in the Alain Ducase School in Paris, valuing the local foods, using flavors from the local kitchen and healthy recipes. The Ubatumirim Hinterland is also known for organic production of cassava, cambuci, juçara pulp and, of course, banana! The Cooking Bananal Ecolodge add these foods to your menu ecogastronômico, so named for adding value to local products. We seek to use local ingredients as much as possible to enhance your experience of the culinary culture of the land, as well as to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Airfare to and from Brazil’s São Paulo (GRU) International airport (If you need assistance with booking your flights, logistics, we are happy to provide recommendations that suit your needs). RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION FEES Taxi and transfers from and to Bananal Eco Lodge in Ubatuba, São Paulo for NON-SCHEDULED arrivals outside retreat assigned arrival and departure dates. Add-on activities: Surf, Individual Healing therapies, board rentals Visa fees, air tickets (domestic or international fares) “ADD ONS – Personalized Activities & Therapies (Optional) – Not included in retreat package and pricing.Guests can practice many activities for additional cost.

-Surf; (See package options below)*

-Stand-Up-Paddle SUP;

-Mountain bike;

-Ocean Kayaking;

-Hawaiian canoe;

-Hikes inside the “Sea Sierra” State Park

Please Inquire at registration if you are interested in the activities above as there are permits to enter into the state parks, beaches and certified local guides that must be reserved in advance.

*SURF

Surf Classes and Packages:

Level 1 – Surf School & Beginners

Level 2 – Intermediate surfer – Surf independently with a surf guide and driver to best waves. Bring your own board.

Single Surf class – One (1) Surf lesson for beginners- (level 1);

or One (1) Guided tour to best waves for intermediate or experienced surfer (level 2) $ 125.00

Surf package 1 –Two (2) Surf lessons for beginners (level 1) or

(2) Guided tours to the best waves for Surfers (level 2) US$ 200

Description of Two (2) lessons- Level 1 – Surf School & Beginners. Board and equipment provided (2) hr. excursion to the beach with English and Portuguese speaking instructor, (30) minutes’ class (daily knowledge & conditions, basics of safety, surf ride etiquette, do’s and don’ts in the water and ocean rules), and (1 ½) hours of practice in the ocean under supervision.

-Van transfers from Retreat center to the beach and back.

-Delicious snacks to take out.

Description of Two (2) lessons Level 2 – Intermediate surfer – Includes:

Two (2) Guided Half Day Excursions to advanced surf beaches with access by car and trails (depending on daily conditions, trekking to these beaches is moderate to difficult, surfers carry their own board. Some trails may take (30) minutes to (1 +1/2) hours trekking by foot, with supervision of a bilingual local surf guide (English and Portuguese speaking)

-Van transfers from Retreat center to the closest access beach and return to the Eco-Lodge.

-Delicious snacks to take out.

Surf Package 2 – “Avid” Surfer (Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2)

Seven (7) Surf lessons for Beginner or level 1 or (7) guided tours to the best waves for Surfers Level 2 US $500

Includes:

– Bilingual local surf guide (English and Portuguese instruction)

-Van transfers from Retreat center to the closest access beach and return to the Eco-Lodge.

-Delicious snacks to take out.

Individual Massage, Acupunture or Shamanic Therapies:

90 min – $110

120 min – $140

-Finding your ancestral animal,

-Rescue of your inner child

-Shamanic Ayurvedic massage.

-Individual therapy for internal cure

Important: Our Shaman is an Amazonian born Brazilian, and therapies are ministered in Brazilian Portuguese, the Indigenous language. An English translator will be available during therapy in case assistance of a native interpreter is needed.

Shuttle transfers from São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) International airport to Bananal Eco-Lodge for scheduled arrivals and departures are included. Our Shared shuttle departs São Paulo Guarulhos Airport on July 31, at 11 am (Local time in São Paulo, Brazil) to the beach (approximate 5 hrs. drive) and scheduled departures on August 7th, at 10 AM – from Ecolodge to São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)International Airport.

Airport transfer: Transportation is included in the package is for pick-up and drop off at the São Airport Guarulhos international Airport code (GRU) in the state of São Paulo on the scheduled dates noted above. Any participant needing a different arrangement may inform us of any special needs at the time of registration and we will try our best to assist.

Temperature/Climate: The climate in the São Paulo coastal region is warm and wet. The average temperature in Ubatuba, Brazil is t 21.4 degrees Celsius (70.5 degrees Fahrenheit).The warmest month (February) is fairly hot with a mean temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). July is the coolest month (very mild) with a mean temperature of 17.6 degrees Celsius (63.68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Passport/Visa: Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and are a responsibility of the traveler. Please check your country’s requirements, applications for visas are at the Brazilian consulate or embassy. You must have a passport valid for six months after your arrival date to be permitted entry into Brazil.

Medical Information: You are recommended to seek the consultation of a qualified medical practitioner and travel clinic for the latest information on health and vaccinations needed prior to your travel to Brazil Travel health insurance is highly recommended but optional.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL US AT INFO@TERRABRASILISRETREATS.COM BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE! WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN.

Tips for flying in Brazil*

  • Proper clothing for adventure in nature: Yoga clothes, hiking pants, bathing suit for water and ocean activities, hat, environmental friendly personal toiletries, mosquito repellent, sunblock, light rain jacket are recommended.
  • Shoes for hiking (excursions to trails, waterfalls) such as boots, shoes, or hiking sandals, water immersion neoprene or similar anti slip shoes.
  • Cash in Brazilian Reais or US dollars for shopping in town or additional group therapies. (Currency exchange is available in the São Paulo (GRU) Airport)
  • Camera

*Travel insurance is highly recommended but not required

RETREAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION FEES

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Full Refund (minus $500 cancelation fee and minus $100 processing fee): Cancelations will be accepted and a full refund given, minus $600 total for both fees above, if notification is sent and received via email notification no later than 31 days prior to the purchased Retreat start date. No Refund: Within 30 days or less of the purchased Retreat start date, no Cancelations will be accepted and NO refunds will be given.

The Retreats must have a minimum of 5 Participants in order for the Retreats to be held. In the case that fewer than 5 Participants register for the retreat, all registered members will be refunded of 100% of the funds. Should cancellation due to lack of participants occur, you may also have the option to stay with us with a different arrangement of food and activities and a re-calculated price.

Should one of the leaders of this Retreat become ill, have serious injury or death (hopefully not!), the remaining leaders will lead the Retreat. Should all of the assigned leaders fall ill, have serious injury, or death (again hopefully not!) all Participants of this Retreat will received a 100% refund of the funds paid upon registration. However, the retreat Organizer cannot be responsible for cancellation fees for airline or other transportation paid to others. (Proper travel insurance is recommended)

If the Participant requests cancellation 30 days or less prior to the retreat’s start date, or in case of no-show, NO REFUNDS will be made. If the cancellation is requested 31 days + prior to the Retreat’s start date a cancellation fee of $500 USD + $100 USD Processing Fee will be retained and the remainder will be refunded in the same form of payment originally received.

Retreat Organizer is not responsible for airline or travel arrangements by the Retreat Participant, and Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility or liability for losses due to cancellations arranged by the Retreat Participants are responsible for seeking refunds on their tickets from the airline carrier from which their ticket is issued. Some airline tickets might have penalties or surcharges for cancellation, or may be completely non-refundable.

There will be NO REFUNDS for any Retreat Participant who attends the Program, or who leaves the Program prior to its conclusion, for whatever reason, or no show. Dissatisfaction or complaints about the Program will not result in any partial or full refund.

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE: The Retreat Organizer reserves the right to accept, decline, or retain any person as a Retreat Participant at the Program at any time without liability and without any obligation to pay a refund or any other amount whatsoever.

RESERVATION RESTRICTIONS Please note, any prospective Retreat Participant with a disability, pre-existing medical condition, or medical history requiring special attention or treatment, should advise the Retreat Organizer at time of booking the reservation and are advised to consult with a medical specialist prior to reserving space in the Retreat. People who are unable to travel alone or who would require special assistance or handling must be accompanied by a companion who will provide the required assistance. The Retreat Organizer assumes no responsibility for cases such as these.

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED including all DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RELATED DOCUMENTATION AND/OR REQUIREMENTS (PASSPORTS/VISAS/VACCINATION).

TRAVELING ABROAD

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents for Brazil.

INSURANCE: All Retreat Participants in the Program are strongly advised to get travel, medical, accident, cancellation, and baggage insurance independently. The Retreat Organizer carries no travel related or medical insurance whatsoever for the Retreat Participants.

PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION (Passports & Visas)

TERRA BRASILIS RETREATS STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL GUESTS TRAVEL WITH A PASSPORT THAT IS VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS BEYOND THE END OF YOUR STAY IN THE COUNTRY

It is the sole responsibility of the Retreat Participant to identify and obtain all required travel documents for your entire stay in Brazil and have them available when necessary. These appropriate, valid travel documents – passports, visas, family legal documents and possibly, inoculation certificates, are required for boarding of air flights and re-entry into the United States and other countries. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or from entering a country and may be subject to fines.

No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation. Some countries you may visit will require that you obtain a visa prior to arrival. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. If you do not hold proper visa documents, you will be denied entry into the country.

HEALTH All guests must ensure that they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide guidelines as to which vaccinations are required in each country. In many cases inoculations are recommended, but in some circumstances, they are required. We recommend that you check with your health care professional or a Travel Medicine Specialist certified by the WHO for guidance.

DISCLAIMER WAIVER AND RELEASE TO PARTICIPATE

“I, a Retreat/Program Participant, am aware that Terra Brasilis LLC is in the service business of sharing knowledge of yoga, health and meditation. I recognize that yoga like any activity requires physical exertion that may be strenuous and/or cause physical injury. I am fully aware of the risks and hazards involved. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician prior to and regarding my participation in this Program. I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and I have no medical condition that would prevent my full participation in the Program.

In consideration of being permitted to participate in the Program, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which I might incur as a result of participating in this Program.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Retreat Organizer, Terra Brasilis LLC, and its owner Raquel Nakid Lacroix and any of her affiliations or companies not stated herein, their officers, directors, employees, agents, teachers, or volunteer staff (collectively “Retreat Organizers”) from and against all claims, actions, demands, proceedings, liabilities, cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, which they may have ascertained against or incurred by them arising as a result of my participation in the Program. Should any dispute arise between the Retreat Organizers and myself, resulting from actions at the Program or from the booking of the reservation, I agree that the dispute will be governed and determined by California law. Any dispute that arises under or relates to my experience with the Retreat Organizer and/or Retreat (whether contract, tort, or both) will be resolved exclusively in the Superior Court of San Diego County, State of California, and the parties expressly waive any right they may otherwise have to cause any such action or proceeding to be brought or tried elsewhere.

I acknowledge and agree that there are no guarantees, stated or implied, made by the Retreat Organizers, regarding any aspect of the Program. Therefore, I, my heirs or legal representatives forever release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue or make any claims of any kind whatsoever against the Retreat Organizers, Terra Brasilis Retreats and its owner or any of the aforementioned parties for any injury, property damage/loss, or death caused by their negligence or other acts.”

“Don’t forget to check the Brazilian embassy or Brazilian consulate nearest you for latest updates on passport, visa, vaccinations and requirements for your country.”

BY PROCEEDING WITH PURCHASE YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL REFUND, CANCELLATION AND RETREAT POLICIES STATED.

July 31, 2017 – Monday

11AM Local time in São Paulo, Brazil:
Shuttle Pick up at São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) airport and drive to the beach (approximate 5 hrs. drive)
4PM Arrival at the Bananal Eco Resort – Refreshments and snacks served
5-6:15 PM -Opening gathering followed by Free time to tour the Lodge
7PM Dinner

August 1, 2017 –Tuesday

6:30-7:45 AM- Yoga
7:45-8:15 AM –Meditation
8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
10:00AM -1:00 PM- Morning Excursion * Half day guided trekking to waterfall (6 km, 3.73 miles round trip), passing rural communities and manioc and banana plantations. The hike until the waterfall starts at Ubatumirim river about 3 km of hike in an open trail inside the banana trees, you will see thick forest, agro forestry yards, streams with red colors where you can swim. Difficulty – low, flat ground.
2:00 PM – Lunch at the Lodge
3:00-5:30 PM- Free time/ or Pre-Booked Individual Healing therapies
6:30 Dinner

August 2, 2017 – Wednesday

6:30-7:45 AM- Yoga
7:45-8:15 AM –Meditation
8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
9:45 -1:00 PM Expedition to Fazenda Beach / Optional Pre-Booked Surf or Stand Up paddle (depending on swell conditions)
1:30-5:30 PM- Lunch and Socio cultural visit - Transfers to “Casa da Farinha” a flour mill at the Fazenda beach hinterland village/ Socio cultural visit followed by lunch Quilombolas on site.
6-7:30 PM Free time/ or Pre-Booked Individual Healing therapies
7:30 PM Dinner

August 3, 2017 – Thursday

6:30-7:45 AM- Yoga
7:45-8:15 AM –Meditation
8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
10 AM – Visit to Quilombo do Campinho, a community descendant of African Slaves, organized in the 19th century with matriarchal organization. A tour to their site, history and arts, culture and gastronomy, followed by lunch on site. Transfers included.
1:30 PM –Paraty City Visit, arrival estimated at 3pm Visit to Historic Center and afternoon free for shopping, etc.
6 PM Return to Retreat center (approximately 45-minute drive)
7 PM Dinner

August 4, 2017 – Friday

6:30-7:45 AM- Yoga
7:45-8:15 AM –Meditation
8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
10 AM – “Aguapé” Tour - (2 km hiking by the river shore, leaving the Lodge, walking an easy tour inside the property that can be extended until the beach);
1:00 PM– Lunch at the Lodge
Free afternoon at the Lodge, suggested activities: Nature immersion, On-Site River baths, Bird watching, Bio swimming pool; Whirlpool, Pre-Booked Healing Therapies (acupuncture, massage, individual shamanic therapies).
5:00 PM– Preparation for a Group Shamanic Healing Circle.
6:00 PM – Ayahuasca Ceremony
Dinner: Light meal (Soup ) is served after ceremony

August 5, 2017 – Saturday

6:30-7:45 AM- Yoga Therapy (Practice will change to a healing approach, the day after Ritual and ceremonies)
7:45-8:15 AM –Meditation
8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
Free time at the Lodge. Pre-Booked activities: Individual Healing therapies, ocean activities (surf, stand up paddle).
1:00 PM– Lunch at the Lodge
Free afternoon at the Lodge, suggested activities: Nature immersion, On-Site River baths, Bird watching, Bio swimming pool; Whirlpool, Pre-Booked Healing Therapies (acupuncture, massage, individual shamanic therapies).
5:00 PM– Preparation for a Group Shamanic Healing Circle.
6:00 PM – Ayahuasca Ceremony
Dinner: Light meal (Soup ) is served after ceremony

August 6, 2017 - Sunday

6:30-7:45 AM- Yoga Therapy (Practice will change to a healing approach, the day after Ritual and ceremonies)
7:45-8:15 AM –Meditation
8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast
Free time at the Lodge. Suggested activities: On-Site River baths, Bird watching, Bio swimming pool; Whirlpool, Pre-Booked Healing Therapies (acupuncture, massage, individual shamanic therapies).
(Optional )Pre-Booked Ocean activities (surf, stand up paddle).
12:30 – Lunch
Free afternoon – Rest
6:00 – Dinner at the Lodge.

August 7, 2017- Monday DEPARTURE IN THE MORNING

6:30-7:45 AM- Yoga
7:45-8:15 AM –Meditation
8:30-9:30 AM- Breakfast and closing of the Retreat.

10 AM –DEPARTURE – Transfers from Retreat Center/Lodge to São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, with ETA- 4PM for scheduled group departures*
* All activities are subject to change due to weather, ocean conditions, traffic, road conditions/or natural disasters. Conditions need to be suitable and favorable to the practice of water sports, expeditions and hiking. Dates for group excursions and tours can change anytime and will be announced during the retreat according to the minimum number of 5 participants.

**Dates and schedule for Group Shamanic healing therapies, and excursions will be announced during the retreat according to the weather conditions. Shamanic ceremonies can be lengthy due to the nature, depth, and length of the treatments we will keep a limit number of participants to maintain the quality of the experience. Please reserve your space when returning the registration form. Participation is optional and included in pricing. Retreat Participants and non-resident participants are welcome to join us in the group therapies, fire ceremonies, and night rituals which are included in pricing. Important: Our Shaman is a native Amazonian born Brazilian, and therapies are ministered in Brazilian Portuguese, the Indigenous language. An English translator will be available during therapy in case assistance of a native interpreter is needed.


 

LOCATION & ACCOMODATIONS



$1,650.00 USD per person – 8 days/7 nights from July 31 - August 7, 2017* Sleep in triple shared accommodations at Bananal Eco lodge.

IMPORTANT, once purchased, you will receive a welcome email with a link to a pre-registration form. This form must be returned completed and signed within 24 hours of receipt. If you do not receive the pre-registration form, please email info@terrabrasilisretreats.com. Our Shaman is a native Amazonian born Brazilian, and therapies are ministered in Portuguese, the Indigenous language. An English translator will be available during therapy in case assistance of a native interpreter is needed.

* All ocean and outdoor activities are subject to change due to weather, ocean conditions and/or natural disasters. Conditions need to be suitable and favorable to the practice of water sports, expeditions and hiking. Dates for group excursions and tours can change anytime and will be announced during the retreat according to the minimum number of 5 participants.

**Dates and schedule for Group Shamanic healing therapies, and excursions will be announced during the retreat according to the weather conditions. Shamanic ceremonies can be lengthy due to the nature, depth, and length of the treatments we will keep a limit to the number of participants to maintain the quality of the experience. All activities above are included in pricing and are optional. Ceremonies and special activities require a minimum of 5 people. Please reserve your space when returning the registration form.

***Transportation: Shuttle transfers from São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) to Bananal Eco-Lodge for scheduled arrivals and departures are included. Our shared shuttle departs São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) Airport on July 31, at 11 am (Local time in São Paulo, Brazil) to the beach (approximate 5 hrs. drive) and scheduled shared shuttle departures on August 7th, at 10 AM – from Ecolodge to São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) Airport.  

MARCH 7-10, 2017 ATLANTIC RAINFOREST IMMERSION Yoga  Surf   Shamanic & Healing Therapies   Nature Exploration   Socio-Cultural Immersion

 

Terra Brasilis retreats will offer Atlantic Immersion coastal retreat at the Bananal Eco lodge located in the Hinterlands of Ubatumirim , a 2km (1.24 miles) hike to the beach, on the banks of its river. Click here to view map.

The retreat center is nestled in the in 20 hectares of native Atlantic Forest, in the North Shore of São Paulo, an area known as the “Green Belt,” a lush green forest corridor, encrusted in between Mountains and the emerald green ocean, a heritage of humanity recognized by UNESCO. This is the only place in the São Paulo State coast where the coastal ecosystems are preserved such as beaches, mangroves, rocky shores and forest sandbanks, a preserved area little known to the average tourist including Brazilians. We will limit the number of guests per event to ensure exclusive service and extraordinary experiences.

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By morning, guests will opt in to practice yoga, meditate, immerse themselves the vibrant natural environment of forests, enjoy trekking in a region of great natural beauty, the unspoiled warm waters of the beaches, spend the day exploring nature, visit pristine waterfalls, rural, indigenous and ethnic communities.

By afternoon, guests will immerse in socio-cultural excursions to local villages and beach comunitites, will opt in to Surf, or immerse themselves in shamanic group healing therapies to finish the day just right, with a rich blend of experiences of the local foods, culture, and beauty found in this area.

SOCIAL-CULTURE IMMERSION In addition to blending in with our Brazilian and multi-cultural staff, and Native Shaman, there is an incredible ethnic and cultural diversity of indigenous, Quilombolas, rural, maroon and “ caiçara” communities. Lunch is arranged in these communities to lead to an immersion in this unique costal culture and to allow an incredible interaction with the villagers.

LOCATION & ACCOMODATIONS & PRICING: $1,250.00 USD per person – 4 days/3 nights from March 7-10, 2017* Sleep in triple shared accommodations at Bananal Eco lodge.

REFUNDS & CANCELLATION POLICY

WHAT'S INCLUDED

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

WHAT TO BRING

MEAL PLAN

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TRANSPORTATION: Shuttle transfers from São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) International airport to Bananal Eco-Lodge for scheduled arrivals and departures are included. Our Shared shuttle  departs São Paulo Guarulhos Airport on July 31, at 11 am (Local time in São Paulo, Brazil) to the beach (approximate 5 hrs. drive) and scheduled departures on August 7th, at 10 AM – from Ecolodge to São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)International Airport, with ETA at the airport for the 8 day Retreat and on August 10th, at 10 AM for the 11 day Retreat.

IMPORTANT, once purchased, you will receive a welcome email with a link to a pre-registration form. This form must be returned completed and signed within 24 hours of receipt. If you do not receive the pre-registration form, please email info@terrabrasilisretreats.com. Our Shaman is a native Amazonian born Brazilian, and therapies are ministered in Portuguese, the Indigenous language. An English translator will be available during therapy in case assistance of a native interpreter is needed.

* All ocean and outdoor activities are subject to change due to weather, ocean conditions or natural disasters. Conditions need to be suitable and favorable to the practice of water sports, expeditions and hiking.

** Dates and schedule for group healing therapies will be confirmed during the retreat. Due to the nature, depth and lenth of the treatments it will vary according to the number of participants. In order to keep the high quality of the experience, and proper intimate enviranment, we will limit the space and keep a minimum of 5 participants to run the group therapies.

***Please bring additional cash equivalent in Reais or US dollars if interested in purchasing additional excursions, individual healing therapy options, renting a board, or shopping. (Currency exchange is available at the São Paulo airports)

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Past Amazon Yoga Immersions

AMAZON YOGA IMMERSION - 25 FEBRUARY 2017

In partnership with Namaskara Yoga Studio, we offer the Amazon Yoga Retreat. Experience the majestic beauty of the Amazon Rainforest in this unique yoga immersion set in a house without walls. Far more than a yoga retreat, this is an opportunity to immerse yourself in your own perfect way of being while surrounded by the largest, most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. In this retreat you have the option to choose between studying the traditions of either Ashtanga or Iyengar.

During this 5 or 10-day program you’ll enjoy daily yoga and meditation sessions taught by Namaskara Yoga Studio owners and senior yoga instructors, eat local fruits and healthy vegetarian meals prepared onsite, soak in breathtaking views of lush rainforest balconies and close by white sand river beaches, and embark on a fulfilling journey of self-discovery in a paradise on Earth.

Inspired by the native communities who live abundantly from the land and without commodities, we’ve designed this immersion as opportunity to practice a simple and gratifying way of life- to truly unplug from the toxic modern grid, and rest well in genuine integration with nature.

Please read the following program options carefully!! In our efforts to make this experience more inclusive, there are various options for length of stay and two styles of yoga practice available: Ashtanga or Iyengar. We’d love to have you join us on this adventure.

PROGRAM OPTIONS: LENGTH OF STAY: (Retreaters choose between a 5 or 10 days (4 or 9 nights) immersion experience. Please choose your desired length of stay at checkout, as prices do differ.)

DATES & PRICING: 1950.00 USD per person – 5 days/4 nights (February 25- March 1, 2017) * 2250.00 USD per person – 10 days/9 nights (February 25- March 5, 2017) * * All activities are subject to change due to weather, river and tide conditions.

TYPE OF YOGA PRACTICE: In this retreat you have the option to choose between studying the traditions of either Ashtanga or Iyengar. Both styles focus on breath (pranayama) and posture (asana), and both are rooted in the eight limbs of yoga of Patanjali and are derivate of Hatha Yoga.

GROUP PRACTICES:

 Classes will be taught by senior teachers, our friends Renata Ventura and Mario Reinert, studio owners of the Namaskara Yoga Studio, with over 15 years of experience who will assist in both English and Portuguese. We do ask that you choose your preferred style before the start of the immersion, as it will determine the size of space needed for practice, and also to give the teacher the benefit to “learn’ each student bodies and adapt the practice accordingly. http://www.namaskara.com.br for more details

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LOCATION & ACCOMMODATIONS: In the state of Pará, in the small village Alter do Chão, in an area known as the Caribbean of the Amazon.

NATURE IMMERSION: Sleep in hammocks in a structure without walls, which is inspired by the traditional habitats of the natives. This ancestral home will keep you safe and protected, while allowing you become fully integrated with the surrounding nature of the rainforest. Hammock sleeping is not only comfortable, but is actually very healthy and actually gives the brain optimal blood circulation for a restful night’s sleep.

MEAL PLAN:  Three full vegetarian meals a day prepared with the utmost love and care to heighten the wellness of your body and mind. The daily menu includes fresh juices from local fruits and delicious plant based entrees. Additional snacks, fruits, teas and fresh locally sourced natural water will be available to you throughout the entirety of your stay. We seek to use local ingredients as much as possible to enhance your experience of the culinary culture of the Amazon, as well as to reduce our carbon footprint.

TRANSPORTATION: Airport transfers from the Santarém Airport (Airport Maestro Wilson Fonseca, Airport code “STM”) in the state of Para to the Retreat Center (for scheduled arrivals on 25 February, 2017), and from the retreat center to the airport, for scheduled departure dates (on 1 & 5 March, 2017)

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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:   *NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE COST

WHAT TO BRING:

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