YAWANAWA JUNGLE RETREAT
(trauma informed & sustainable)
18 - 28 March 2022
Are you ready to remember who you truly are?
To journey home to yourself...
And deep into the Amazon!
An adventure of a lifetime.
We are very excited to invite you on this magical journey into the depth of the Amazon as well as onto a journey into your own inner world and into your heart.
Many times our lives out here get so busy, the noises and distractions in our head so loud, that we end up completely disconnected from our heart and soul.
We feel very honored to share this journey with you, where you can reconnect with yourself, nature, the jungle, and the beautiful Yawanawa people.
Here you can free your mind, tap into infinite possibilities, and listen deeply to your heart’s desires.
This is a very special opportunity where we’ll be living, learn from, heal, laugh, and celebrate life with the people of the Yawanawa tribe.
Here we can find our balance, study their rich and joyful culture as well as their way of working with the sacred medicines from the forest: Uni (Ayahuasca), Kambo, And Rapé.
Combining these ancient healing modalities with a modern day holistic healing approach is what makes this journey so special:
A 10 day journey, deep into the Brazilian Rainforest to participate in traditional ceremonies, a Kambo dieta, rapé initiations, receive plant baths, get body painted, songs and ancient story telling, make our own Uni, and connect deeply as community in a safe and strong container, where we can share our deepest fears, worries, heal, laugh and cry together as we remember who we truly are as human beings having a spiritual experience on this planet.
A time in which we can deeply align to our soul’s mission, connect with the spirit of the forest, letting go of old believes and limitations that are keeping us small, stepping into a whole new level of our lives.
All together this is an experience of a life time and I feel deeply humbled and honoured to share this with every single one of you and the Yawanawa people.
Who are the YAWANAWA?
The Yawanawa live in Brazil, in the state of Acre, deep in the Amazon.
Yawanawa means “The people of the wild boar”.
They have lived on their land for centuries and their way of life is developed from their ancestors. Community and the connection to nature is what they need in order to be happy.
A connection we are so urgently seeking today.
The rainforest is also their pharmacy. The spiritual leaders know of the powers of the medicinal herbs and plants from the forest. The forest is a very magical place and there’s a lot for us to learn.
The Yawanawa have a lot of respect for the land and take over the responsibility to look after it.
They’re very joyful and open people. For them the balance is what’s important in life, to find your equilibrium.
It’s the community that makes the Yawanawa culture so special. The way of living as one big family, very much connected to their spiritual self. Loving and supporting each other as well as constant communication about things that need to be handled is where we as a western society can find big healing if we wish.
The Medicines of the Jungle
For the Yawanawa Rapé is the major medicine. It's the strongest medicine they work with. It's
very grounding and has the strongest healing power. It brings ones energies back together into the present moment. Being with the Yawanawa one can really study this medicine and if you really want to deepen your relationship with this medicine you can ask to receive a Rume “initiation”. The initiation is a very strong and powerful process in which we'll receive the strong force of the rapé by applying the medicine various times, in its strongest form. This process is optional for those who feel the calling.
Uni is the drink they have been using since the first death. Ayahuasca can take us on a at times challenging and revelatory journey through to our heart and soul, enabling us to unblock long held trauma, fear, hostility, anger, hatred and pain.
The medicine works at the level of the physical body by directly cleansing and eliminating
toxins and it can heal various diseases.
It is common when going through these cleansing and healing processes for us to vomit, defecate, cry, yawn and laugh. Everyone will respond differently to Uni
depending on what their body is needing to release.
It also works at the level of the mind and emotions, allowing the negative aspects of one’s
personality to be released. It helps us to self inquire, reflect, learn, and understand. Uni can help us to determine which wounds we are needing to heal and give us the strength
and courage to let go of all that is stifling our growth and human potential.
The sacred medicine Uni also works at the level of the spirit.
It is common for us to experience visions and to receive direct guidance from non-physical spiritual teachers after drinking Uni. Uni can create a clear passage between our
waking reality and a nonphysical plane, allowing us to access wisdom from deep within and
outside of ourselves. This wisdom can then be used to transform our everyday reality into one where we are more courageous, authentic, loving, powerful, intuitive and creative.
In the village the Uni traditionally is brewed fresh before and we have the opportunity to
accompany the process of preparation.
Kapum is a holistic body detoxification process which brings clarity to all levels of our being. It strengthens the immune system and rids the body from heavy metals, fungal and viral dis-eases, parasites, bacteria and other toxins.
It soothes headache, lifts mental fog, removes negative moods and thought patterns, and increases motivation, focus and concentration. It gives us energy and positivity and aids in depression and chronic pain.
Kampum is a traditional healing method of the indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon using the secretions of Pyllomedusa Bicolor, the bicoloured tree-frog. It is an ancient healing that has been used for thousands of years, which has now caught Western attention as an enriching and deep alternative healing method.
Plant baths are one of the practices of the Yawanawa community with a deep healing effect, a way to connect and to align oneself with various healing plants. Different plants are collected and we'll first receive the vapor in a small hut and will then be fully washed and rubbed by the 'tea', receiving the vibration, information and love of the plants present.
Why trauma informed?
We all have experienced trauma in our life.
Some sooner than others.
Some more dramatic than others.
No matter how big or subtle the trauma in its experience itself is, it can have huge life impacting consequences.
Many times we are not even aware of this one experience in our life that until we heal the trauma, impacts our entire existence.
The subtle traumatic experiences can be something like being excluded in an exercise in school, and already effect our future life in a way that we continuously will have fear of exclusion.
To a more intense experience of sexual abuse or military service related trauma, just to give some examples.
Plant medicine can trigger those past experiences and ideally helps us to release and heal the stagnant energy that was stored in our body and unconscious mind from those memories.
Many times however when this comes into our awareness it takes ongoing work after the healing experience of the ceremony.
This is why we believe it's important to have someone in your support network, who is trauma informed and can help you to work through upcoming processes.
Obvious trauma can be:
loss of a loved one
military service related PTSD
physical, emotional abuse and violence
bullying in school
early separation of parents
and so much more
Hidden trauma can be:
being laughed at in school
being cheated on
not being included in conversations as a child
body appearance shame
neglected by parents
shamed by parents
Preparation questionnaire and info sheet with essential information about the jungle, what and how to prepare beforehand etc.
-> Together we'll take your life apart and put it back together in the way you truly wish for!
4 week group preparation: One private & one group call before the retreat, PLUS lots of sharings and connections within our private Whatsapp group!!!
Assisting you with flights and logistics
Airport Pick up & Drop off
Opening circle, Lunch, and final shopping in Cruzeiro do Sul (March 17)
Sharing circles in the village
Workshops & Guided Meditations in the jungle
Yoga in the jungle
Conversations (Coaching) 24hrs/day
Guidance throughout the entire time
Energy work, Breathwork, and Movement while we are there.
Transfer from and back to Cruzeiro do Sul & boats.
9 days at Yawanawa village, all food & accommodation, 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies, plant baths, Kambo dieta (3 x Kambo), story telling, learning of the songs, face paint, medicine making, and so much more.
Closing Circle March 29, 11am-1pm
6 week (and life long) Whatsapp community support to help you integrate your experience: weekly emails & videos, two group calls after the retreat PLUS lots of sharings and connections within our private Whatsapp group!!!
So this means pretty much everything is looked after besides flights, hotels before & after, jungle utilities, travel insurance, and pocket money.
What's NOT included?
Flights to and from Cruzeiro do Sul.
Hammocks, sleeping bags, jungle essentials.
Pocket money to buy snacks, art, etc.
Why choose this RETREAT?
This is a very special opportunity to experience ancient healing modalities of sacred plant medicine in their original habitat in combination with a trauma informed support before, during, and after your experience.
This is important to allow a gentle and deep journey into the depth of ourselves and face, release, and heal fears, trauma, and old wounds that at times we haven't dared to look at for many years.
We believe that in order to create the biggest and sustainable change it is very important to take enough time to prepare for this journey as well as the time to integrate and embody those experiences after. So we can apply everything into our life after.
This is what we are here for to support you with.
So you can journey as deep into your inner world as possible, in the strongest and safest container possible.
You're not alone facing your deepest wounds and potentially trauma you weren't even aware of.
We believe in holding space.
Only when we feel safe, seen, and heard, that's when we can find the deepest healing and awakening that our hearts and souls are yearning for.
It's our aim to help you process those life changing experiences and help you integrate and embody them in the highest form possible so you gain the most out of this journey.
That's also why we keep our groups small and intimate with a maximum of 20 participants.
Who is this for and what will you take home with you after the retreat?
About who you truly are, why you came here, and your soul's purpose and where you want to go next in life.
Trauma, old wounds, fears, worries, self doubts, your ancestral line, cellular memory, and your nervous system. To find peace, joy, and happiness in life.
In who you are, internally & externally. You'll find yourself with a whole new level of self worth, deeply believing in yourself, and experiencing your enough-ness to create anything you desire in life!
It takes one courageous soul to go on this journey and face your deepest and darkest parts of your inner world.
Self acknowledgment for who you are is a big part of this journey.
Your soul essence, your true origin, your divinity, and oneness with all beings.
About who you are, this world, and about what's really important in life.
Deepen the connection with yourself and others, while establishing healthy boundaries, and opening your heart for true love for yourself and the people in your life.
Of self and why your life is the way it is and most importantly how to change it!
Feeling like you can breathe again and a new sense of lightness all around you.
A whole new sense of energy, drive, divine guidance, and deeper meaning of life.
Connecting with like minded people and experience what it truly means to have a tribe around you that loves you unconditionally, exactly the way you are.
(Of course all of the above can vary from person to person as this is a very individual journey and experience.)
What others have to say...
"I don't even have words to describe the Jungle Magic experience. Journeying to the jungle with Franzi and her wildly beautiful and loving support team (Warren, Irina, Hannah, Jamie, James) is something you can not go this lifetime without experiencing. For us to be existing in such a time where we are Abel to be welcomed by the ancient tribes of the Amazon, to learn and experience their medicine first hand, learn the history, culture, and live as they live- it is rare and preserved, authentic and unique and may may not always be accessible with such intimacy. The Yawanawa are the most generous people, with hearts of magic and they will be your guides, protection, laughter and guardians in this journey. This is seriously a once in a lifetime opportunity, unless you get the chance to return (which I for sure will be!!) I will be returning for the most powerful love I've ever felt, For a deep connection to the jungle and it's creatures For deep deep healing For family like no other For the laughs, tears, food, fun, the river, the tribe, for all of it. It for those who are ready to expand. You don't need to be young or experienced or with a friend or confident or even feel ready at all. But if you hear the call, listen, it will be the most deeply transformative choice you'll make. I am grateful beyond words and miss the jungle already xxxxxxxxxx Thankyou Franzi for holding the torch"
Kalya Thomson Dudding, Founder Attunion Bodywork
Meet your Facilitator
Franziska is a Trauma Therapist, Master Mindset Coach, Start-up and Clarity Consultant.
She helps people to find their mission, purpose and fulfillment in life. She supports her clients to get clear and to overcome their fear of taking the action they deep down already know is needed to catapult their life and business. Franziska helps her clients to create their dreams & visions and live fully aligned with their needs and desires.
Two times a year this means going deep into the Amazon jungle in Brazil to take small and intimate groups of people there to work with sacred plant medicine and the indigenous people of the Yawanawa tribe.
Franziska is the CEO and founder of Floresta Association and The Institute of Indigenous Wisdom.
Since her first visit to the Amazon in 2016, she made it her mission to bring the voices of the indigenous communities within the Amazon rainforest to the World. The importance of rampant problems faced by those communities has gained spotlight recently during the Amazon fires and the global pandemic making Franziska's mission even more critical.
She founded the Floresta Association, a Not-for-Profit Organization in 2018 to protect the Amazon rainforest and empower the indigenous communities residing therein, with whom she is privileged to have developed a deep relationship with.
In 2021, in the spirit of advancing her mission, Franziska founded The Institute of Indigenous Wisdom, another Non-Profit Organization. The IIW is an online platform for indigenous voices so their wisdom could be easily shared with people from around the world and thus applied to bring a positive change in people's lives. The institute will provide talks, interviews, classes and courses to help solving some of the world's biggest ecological and environmental challenges we face today. So together we can learn, grow, and change.
Franziska's life's goal is to empower those who hold 80% of the protection of the biodiversity of the planet and to remind the rest of the world of the importance that these communities carry, and the wisdom they inhabit.
GIVING BACK IS KEY!
Which is why 10% of the contribuation is going towards the Floresta Association. A non profit organziation Franziska founded together with Matsini Yawanawa for the protection and preservation of the Amazon rainforest as well as for the indigneous people who live there.
This is more than a retreat.
It's more like a 3 months transformational program.
We'll be working together four weeks before the actual retreat to find out where you're at and where you'd like to be.
And after the retreat we're providing 6 weeks of integration support in our group setting as well as with one private call. To make sure you're landing smoothly back home and take all the gained wisdom into your every day life.
Spending an intimate and highly transformative time together, I take it very seriously to get to know everyone who I take to the Amazon with me. Let's chat!
CHECK OUT WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY:
Personally I believe that plant medicine is the most effective when combined with a well looked after integration period. Since the real work only starts after this experience and it doesn't matter how much medicine experience you have. It's the integration of the experiences that will help you to embody all the new learning and teaching so you can start to embody this new version of yourself sustainably - NO MATTER HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE.
I also know that this is not for everyone and some people who are interested in this retreat have a lot of medicine experience and may feel like they don't necessarily need support during their integration.
This is why I offer an add on extra preparation & integration coaching package for those who feel called to dive even deeper and create long lasting change in their lives.
Being certified with many different modalities as a coach and having worked internationally with over 1000 people from all around the world it's this work, guiding people back home to themselves, helping them to live a happy and fulfilled life, showing them how they can live their biggest dreams...
... is what makes me happiest the most every single day.
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