“Within every woman is the wisdom needed to change the world.”
This 4 day retreat, exclusively for women, is a deeply nurturing experience to awaken the goddess within and connect with other women to support the empowerment of feminine energy. It is an intimate group experience which combines sound, movement, power plants, connection with nature and healthy food to allow for personal growth and relaxation. Together we create a safe space for deep healing and transformation, supported by a circle of strong women.
Very few women are fully connected and comfortable with their feminine power and a woman-only environment provides an opportunity to be vulnerable and heal parts of ourselves, which are often suppressed in the male-dominated culture. By joining together in a community of women, lead by inspired facilitators, each woman can reconnect with her divine feminine power and flow, which is essential for bringing balance to ourselves and the planet. We will use compassionate communication throughout the weekend to cultivate sacred sisterhood and transform the way we relate to ourselves and others.
This is an uplifting ritual, using the sacred cacao beverage, where we will set intentions and use both live and recorded music as well as dance to open our hearts, connect with ourselves, release energetic blocks and negative emotions and enjoy the sensuality of movement.
Yoga for the Chakras
We will start the day with Hatha yoga and Pranayama practice, to align body, mind and spirit. Tara has been teaching yoga for over 30 years and weaves the knowledge of the chakra system into her class, focusing on both the physical and spiritual sides of practice.
This is a healing and transformational journey into the deeper layers of the self. The circle is held around a fire and the journey is guided by sacred songs from different spiritual traditions, combined with moments of silence and meditation. We will be joined by a talented vocalist and harp player from London, who has many years of experience playing in ceremonies.
Raw Chocolate Workshop
In this workshop you will learn about the nutritional, medicinal and ceremonial uses of cacao and learn how to prepare raw cacao treats using natural, organic ingredients. We will savour our treats during the cacao ceremony.
Group Singing-Chants from Across the Globe
A one-hour Kirtan style group singing session in which we will chant repetitive songs from cultures, languages and faiths from around the world. With lyrics projected and an encouraging environment, each person is invited to participate fully - bringing their voice forward and hearing themselves as individuals within a collective sound. We will build the energy in such a way as to reach the highest group harmony and synergy, uplifting us into a cloud of sound. We will allow the music to take control and learn about people from around the planet through their music, appreciate the diversity of humanity, and celebrate our unity in all its variety. Languages will include Arabic, English, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Yoruba and more.
Group Sound Healing Session
We will use principles of Sound Healing while working with the human voice in a workshop that takes each woman through a journey into herself. By exploring our own vibration, the instrument that is our body, the medicine that is our intention, and the power that is our awareness, we will utilize the human voice to cleanse, balance, unblock, understand, heal and transform emotional, spiritual and/or physical dis-eases. In this 2 hour session we will work on our own unique inner landscape and empower our voices both literally and figuratively. This is a proactive style of sound healing rather than a passive one, and full participation is required for the most positive impact. The invitation is to be brave, trust the process, and really bring out the power of our ideal frequency.
Wonders of Whirling
This two hour workshop is a journey into the body, mind and spirit - exploring the spinning movement of the whirling dance. We will stretch out of the comfort zone, challenging the minds’ conditioning and learning how to reorient the senses to enable us to exist in a new physics governed by centrifugal force. After understanding and embodying the techniques, you will be guided on a journey through music and movement in which a discovery of consciousness, sub-consciousness and over-consciousness can be initiated, in synchronicity with carefully selected musical pieces. We will end with a sound-bath meditation to assist in the settling of the energy.
Cacao, also know as food of the God(desses) has been used in ritual by the Mayans and Aztecs for thousands of years. It is a symbol of love and sensuality and is a gentle, heart-opening medicine. Drinking cacao in it’s pure form can enhance intuition and creativity as well as bring a more authentic and deeper connection to the self and others.
Also known as the Mother or the Grandmother, this sacred Amazonian medicine has been used for thousand of years for physical, emotional and spiritual healing and the expansion of consciousness. The Ayahuasca brew is made from two different plants, the Ayahuasca vine and the leaf of the Chacruna plant. It is an entheogen that allows us to access different realms and connects us with our higher selves, in order to release traumas and blockages and become more authentic and compassionate human beings.
Veronika is a raw food chef and Naturopath who specialises in raw and superfood nutrition and fasting and we give special attention to diet during the retreat. Healthy, high vibration vegan food will be served to optimize your experience during this weekend. All meals will be gluten and sugar-free and organic and home-grown when available.
Veronika Poola is a Naturopath, Ayahuasquero, raw food chef, raw chocolatier and community leader. She grew up in Montreal, Canada and moved to southern Spain in 2003, where she experienced a major life change and healed herself from a long-standing depression through fasting and a raw food diet. In 2005, her and her partner discovered Ayahuasca and shortly after created a medicine community and began leading ceremonies. She is passionate about inspiring others to take responsibility for their health, reconnect with nature and tap into their innate healing power. When not organizing retreats and running a community project, she dedicates her time to her family of 4 children, who she is raising in the most natural way possible.
Rawan Risheq is a singer/songwriter, co-founder of SemaZen: interactive world spiritual music project, whirling dancer, founder and instructor at Wonders of Whirling Workshops, sound healing practitioner, facilitator and festival organizer. She has been travelling the physical and spiritual worlds and relishes in bringing dreams into reality – manifesting her mission at this time on this planet as a warrior of light, opening up safe spaces and creating containers for community to co-create. She works on a variety of themes, including but not limited to, interfaith tolerance and harmony through music, healing of trauma across the genders, equity across borders penetrating through privilege and oppression, neurological reprogramming and emotional alchemy through sound and movement, and cross-cultural co-existence. She is passionate about amplifying existence and is going deeper by the day into her purpose: opening up the path for herself and all those whose lives she touches.
Tara Kley began to practice yoga as a child living in the Auroville commune in Pondiberry, India. During the 40+ years she has been practicing yoga and meditation, it has become a way of life, rather than a simple practice. She teaches Hatha yoga, Shakti yoga, Vinyasa flow and Yin Yoga as well as Pranayama and Mantras. In her many years of teaching she has developed a highly intuitive style, tuning into the needs of each individual.