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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 (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.

December 1st, 2017 – 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

December 2nd, 2017 –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.

December 3rd, 2017 – 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

December 4th, 2017 – 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

December 5th, 2017 – 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

December 6th, 2017 – 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.

December 7th, 2017 – 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

December 8th, 2017 –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

Book Now: 8-Day Immersion

 

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.

December 1st, 2017 – 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

December 2nd, 2017 –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.

December 3rd, 2017 – 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

December 4th, 2017 – 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

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TESTIMONIALS

Name: Lizzie Mulherin
Place you live: Queensland, Australia
Rating 1to 10: 10!

My experience with Terra Brasilis was truly transformative. I have been on retreats before, but never anything quite like this. The four days were spiritually enlightening and quite life changing. The event was executed with heart and was completely authentic. I definitely recommend it for anyone searching for clarity, guidance or more self awareness.

Brooke Moore
Name: Brooke M.
Place you live: Los Angeles, CA
Rating 1to 10: 10

Terra Brasilis retreats is a truly unique retreat experience! Traversing trails in the depths of the Atlantic Rainforest, meeting local & indigenous communities focused on preserving the rainforest as well as the culture and histories of their ancestors, submerging myself into creek pools made by waterfalls, bathing in the sun on tiny, secluded islands accessible only by canoe, and surfing sweet little waves in the salty Atlantic waters all after mornings of meditation and yoga practice made my senses vibrate! This retreat woke me up, soothed my soul, made me feel alive! With forest colors so vibrant, daily native fruits to enjoy, and endless adventures through lush forests this retreat provided a visceral experience at every level. We ate not just healthy foods but gorgeously vibrant flower salads — “non-traditional edible plants” — that were grown and gathered fresh from the premises. Prepared by an incredibly sweet and caring chef and kitchen crew who also kept us nourished for the days adventures with tasty and delightful vegetarian menus. The kitchen crew and all staff are friendly and warm and have created a cozy family vibe that extends to guests. This retreat also has a strong spiritual component with opportunities for group practices facilitated by a gregarious and thoughtful spiritual guide, as well as ample opportunities for alone time and deep self-reflection amidst the most secluded, peaceful and gorgeous natural environment the earth has to offer. Terra Brasilis retreats provided me an opportunity to explore parts of the planet that are not otherwise easy to get to. I highly recommend this retreat for those seeking adventure, self-care, and a deeper understanding of the planet and what feeds her. Finally, come with an open mind: flexibility is a must as sometimes the schedule is determined by nature and not the people coordinating the retreat ;). Enjoy the adventure!