Mantra & Medicine weekend ~ Spirit of the Earth
Mantra & Medicine weekend
Spirit of the Earth
On this day we gather for a weekend of connection, transformation and celebration in one of the most beautiful retreat centers of Brabant. This will be the ultimate experience, bringing together all the different tools and knowledge collected over the years. I have been feeling the need to create longer events so there is time for integration, time to let everything sink in. And what better way to do this than a weekend experience with sleepover at a beautiful location in the forest, A space for being able to silence the mind, connect to the wisdom and spirit within you, where you can breathe and be. Connect and recharge.
⍙ 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.
We will work with singing Sanskrit mantras, rainbow songs, and other music from all over the world, with the focus on medicine music this time. The theme of this weekend is: ‘Spirit of the Earth’. Indigenous songs hold boundless healing power, and can be described as songs that are infused with the consciousness of love and light. They are often produced and played in the spirit of ‘prayer’ or ‘offering,’ with strong intentions of blessing, healing and all-round wellbeing to those who may tune into them. Medicine songs have been a part of ancient cultures for as long as we know, and have been used to bring balance, healing and restoration to those who need it. These songs are often sung in plant medicine ceremonies.
Medicine songs can take you on a spiritual journey while grounding you and bringing you back into our body at the same time. Pleuni will guide this ceremony together with guitarist Robert Tolenaars. You are also invited to bring your own instruments. This experience is about finding connection to your highest self, your own power and truth.
⏀ About Cacao
Theobroma Cacao, (Latin for ‘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
Pleuni van Hulten: Organizer of this weekend, Yoga teacher, Mantra chanter, Soundhealer, Cacao addict.
Robert Tolenaars: Musician, teacher and mystic, amazing guitarist, co-facilitates the cacao ceremony with Pleuni. CHECK HIM OUT!
Bo Kingdon: Vegan cook, builder of AVANI retreat center, partner of Pleuni, defender of animals rights. CHECK HIM OUT!
Aileen Kennedy: Free spirit, spaceholder, PSYCHEDELIC BREATH facilitator, psychologist, and loving mum. CHECK HER OUT!
⎑ 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 4 beds. We are not offering the option to camp in your own tent because it will be way too cold. Only when you have a campervan you are welcome to sleep in there.
The location is very close to the “Loonse en Drunense duinen” in Helvoirt. Take a look on their website.
Time schedule (open to change)
⌾ 15.30 onwards arrival. (If you are coming with your tent or campervan, you can find a place to park, and set up camp)
⌾ 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
⌾ 8.30 Guided PSYCHEDELIC BREATH session by Aileen
⌾ 10.00 vegan brunch
⌾ 10.30 free time to enjoy the forest and connect
⌾ 12.00 closing circle
Your ticket price includes
⌾ Mantra circle with ceremonial Cacao and a microdose of fresh truffles
⌾ Camping spot
⌾ Use of showers and toilets in the main building
⌾ Delicious snacks and tea
⌾ Vegan dinner Saturday night
⌾ Vegan brunch Sunday morning
⌾ Guided breathwork session
- 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 😉