Mantra & Medicine weekend ~ Call of the North

𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚 & 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐒𝐜𝐒𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐀𝐞𝐧𝐝
πΆπ‘Žπ‘™π‘™ π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘β„ŽAs the temperatures drop and mornings become crisp and cool, we gather for a weekend of connection, healing and transformation in one of the most beautiful retreat centres of Brabant. A space to silence the mind, connect to the wisdom and spirit within, a beautiful place in nature where you can breathe and be. In this experience we take you on a journey into the freezing darkness of the Nordic winter night.Winter is a time of silence and deep rest. Nature sleeps. Cold and stormy winds sweep over the land and push nature even deeper inward. Often, it’s a time where we feel cold and isolated. Whether we recognise it or not, during the winter seasons of our life, the deepest revelations and the best lessons arise. Winter brings a sense of serenity that can be felt deep in the soul. It’s a time to turn inward, invoke consciousness and be aware of what is happening within.

⍙ Cacao & Microdosing ceremony
Cacao ceremonies originate all the way back to Mayan and Aztec traditions in central and south America. Cacao opens the heart and allows for a deeper, authentic love based connection with yourself, others, the earth and all of life. On this night we combine three beautiful tools for transformation: Cacao, Mantras and microdosing Magic Truffles. The microdose that will be offered to you in this event contains between 1 and 2 grams of fresh truffles. You will be free to choose in the moment the amount that calls you most, because it’s important you feel comfortable.
With this Nordic winter theme we want to bring the wisdom and healing of ancients myths and various Norse spiritual traditions. Nordic music is raw, powerful and has an uncompromising quality to it. By chanting these songs and invoking these energies, we can allow ourselves to go into the parts we often ignore or even repress.
Learning to accept the light Γ‘nd the darkness within yourself, others and life, is a huge gift. By bringing consciousness to the depths of our soul, we are able to clear our energetic body and use our life force to reclaim and rebirth our true and beautiful self.

‘The new dawn is reborn from the darkest night.’

Pleuni Apollonia will guide this ceremony together with Robert Tolenaars. They are both musicians that have crossed paths years ago. Together they perform devotional music from all over the world in singing circles, cacao ceremonies and concerts. With a combination of vocals, guitar, shruti box and the medicine drum they offer a unique depth to any journey. They use the power of sound and music as a way to inspire and heal, while guiding you through the light as well as the dark.

⏀ About Cacao
Theobroma Cacao, (Latin for β€˜Food of the Gods’), has been used for centuries in spiritual practices and rituals. Cacao contains many beneficial minerals. It is really high in magnesium and chromium. It also contains a high amount of calcium, zinc, iron and sulfer. Another amazing fact: it makes us happy. Cacao contains neurotransmitters already present in the brain such as:
~ Norepinephrine (joy)
~ Serotonin (wellbeing)
~ Dopamine (motivation, pleasure)
~ Anandamide (bliss, painkiller)
The ceremonial cacao that I use in my ceremonies comes from Nicaragua and is ethically sourced. To protect all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are naturally in cacao, it is NOT heat-treated and processed like cocoa or chocolate, and nutritional benefits aren’t reduced.

⏃ About Microdosing
A microdose is about 1/15 of a full trip dosis, and therefore has a subtle effect. It doesn’t come close to the psychedelic effects of a ‘normal’ dosis. The aim here is to help you fully experience everything that is alive in you, so you are able to process. Rather than mind-altering, the effects of Microdosing are best described as mind enhancing. There have been numerous studies utilising psychedelics like psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms and truffles) and they have shown that it has positive effects on depression and anxiety. Although everybody responds different to psychedelics, some of the things people describe are: “positive energy”, “increased levels of creativity”, “focus and flow”, “deeper connection with yourself and others”, “open heart” “heightened senses”, “(suppressed) emotions coming to the surface”, “new ideas and insights”.

⏁ About mantra chanting
A mantra is a sound or a vibration that becomes very powerful when you repeat it. Singing the ancient words with subtle intentions help you to reach a deep state of meditation. By simply repeating the mantras, you can disconnect from your thoughts. The mantra becomes more abstract so it can lead you into a place of pure consciousness. Each mantra with its different sound has another effect on the human psyche. The sound vibrations penetrate every cell of the body. When we sing these mantras together in a group, often a profound sense of unity and connection arises. The harmonious sounds created by everyone, are felt deeply within and help you raise your vibration.

⏄ The team
Robert Tolenaars: Musician, teacher and mystic, amazing guitarist, co-facilitates the cacao ceremony with Pleuni. CHECK HIM OUT!Β 
Pleuni van Hulten: Organizer of this weekend, Yoga teacher, Mantra chanter, Soundhealer, Cacao addict.
Bo Kingdon:
Vegan cook, Builder of AVANI retreat center, Pleuni’s partner, Breathworker. CHECK HIM OUT!
Aileen Kennedy: Free spirit, Spaceholder, PSYCHEDELIC BREATH facilitator, Psychologist, and Loving mum. CHECK HER OUT!

βŽ‘ About the location
AVANI means: ‘The good earth’, and stands for grounding within yourself, ground with each other. Being in contact with yourself and the earth. This retreat and training center is surrounded by trees, and a newly planted food forest. The beautiful architecture, the natural light and all the indoor decorations make you feel at home right away. At the ground floor you will find 100m2 of space in which we hold our circles and ceremonies, as well as a huge modern kitchen and 2 main bathrooms. Upstairs there are 2 dormrooms, each with 6 wooden beds with linnen bedding. And 2 private rooms with ensuite bathroom. There are also 2 brand new yurts with a fireplace located on their land in which there will be space for 6 beds. We are not offering the option to camp in your own tent this time, only if you have a campervan.
The location is very close to the “Loonse en Drunense duinen” in Helvoirt. Take a look on their website.

Time schedule (open to change)

Saturday 28
⌾  15.30 onwards arrival. (If you are coming with your campervan, you can find a place to park)
⌾  16.00 opening circle
⌾  17.00 free time to enjoy the forest and connect (there will be tea and snacks)
⌾  18.00 start ceremony
⌾  22.30 end ceremony and late night dinner

Sunday 29
⌾  9.00 Guided PSYCHEDELIC BREATH session by Aileen
⌾  11.00 vegan brunch
⌾  11.30 free time to enjoy the forest and connect
⌾  12.00 closing circle
⌾  13.00 leaving time

Your ticket price includes
⌾ Mantra circle with ceremonial Cacao and a microdose of magic truffles
⌾ Use of showers and toilets in the main building
⌾ Delicious snacks and tea
⌾ Vegan dinner Saturday night
⌾ Vegan brunch Sunday morning
⌾ Guided breathwork session

Sleeping and other extra’s:
AVANI retreat has some beautiful dorm-rooms, private rooms and yurts available. Camping in a tent isn’t an option this time, Campervans are welcome though, and if you are sleeping in your own van…this is included in the ticketprice and you don’t have to book a sleeping spot.

  • Private room with bathroom for 2 €75
  • Bed + Bedding in a 6 bed dorm-room €30pp
  • Bed without bedding in the 6 bed yurt €25pp

Book your spot HERE

NOTE: Refunds for cancelation will depend on ticket resale availability. There usually is a waiting list, but please bear in mind that the closer to the event, the less chance we have to resell your ticket. 48h before the start of this event we are not available anymore to help you sell your ticket, due to preparations. You are however more than welcome to resell your own ticket. Please inform us though πŸ˜‰Β 

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Jan 28 - 29 2023


15:30 - 13:00



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AVANI retreat
't Hoog 3, Helvoirt