retreat in egypt

3rd to 10th of October 2020

Shamanic initiation in the tradition of the amazon jungle

7 nights with grandfather tobacco guided by experienced plant medicine practitioner Merav Artzi. Merav combines in her work her traditional plant medicine training with contemporary western modalities

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Dates: 3rd to 10th of October 2020

Location: On a beautiful private beach in Taba, Qesm Nwebaa, Egypt

A flower without roots withers, a tree without them falls, but what of us? Our Ancestors root us into the history of our lives, they ground us in our pasts and open us to our futures, in accepting this, we know that one day we too will become a seed or root for those that come next. In releasing negative energies that bind us, we can then take our place in the world, healing it, by healing ourselves.

Where Moses parted the Red Sea we find ourselves to begin our work. Calling on the energies of such sacred space to find the silence within ourselves, and the ears to listen to what lays beyond it.

Disconnecting to our daily lives we connect with an ancient voice that lives within these places and speaks to what’s within us. Connecting with the spirit of tobacco to ground us into its energy and opens us to learning. With the energy of the elements surrounding, from the mountains that have risen over thousands of years, to the heat of the air, and the sand and the sea, we nurture fertile soil within ourselves to carry what is seeded when we leave.

This work is suitable for those who: want to embody the values that Tobacco promotes and to incorporate them into their initiation process with other Master plants such as San Pedro and Ayahuasca.

For individuals who need grounding or help with the integration of other types of spiritual practices

For those feeling a call to create a positive change in their lives and connect with their needs through Shamanic work

For students of plant medicine who want to learn, heal and connect with Master plants.

The work is held in small groups and individual sessions, with special attention to the personal needs and goals of each participant.

About Tobacco / Nicotiana Rustica

Tobacco is a central plant in the Shamanic healing traditions of the Americas and the Amazon jungle. It’s considered a teacher and a guide to cosmic knowledge and the spirit world, a plant that brings blessing and protection. Tobacco is called with affection ‘The grandfather of all plants’, from which all plants sprang. In the Amazon, Tobacco is considered a universal medicine by most indigenous groups and is used by the Shaman or traditional healer. According to the indigenous world view, every life form has a spirit, including plants. The plant spirits teach people how to live in peace and harmony with themselves and their environment. Master plants help us to recognize the truth of who we are, and therefore better understand our relations with the world that we live in. Indigenous medicine men use Tobacco to induce a strong physical and energetic cleanse, promote prophetic dreams and to protect and regulate the energetic body.

On how tobacco works in our bodies

On the physical level, Tobacco cleans the blood, intestines, stomach and sinuses. It cleans mucus, toxins and parasites. On the emotional level, Tobacco supports clearing held emotions, behavioral patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us. On the energetic level, Tobacco helps to open energetic blockages so that our energy may flow freely in the body.

What is a plant diet?

What is called ‘plant dieta’ in Peru, is the way that the Shaman or traditional healer creates a bond with the plant spirits, and learns from them. These plants are big trees, shrubs, and herbs with medicinal qualities that are known to the indigenous people as ‘Doctors’ and ‘Teachers’. They are also called ‘Master Plants’.

Each master plant has different healing properties and knowledge. They all have the ability to help us embody the unique qualities and values that they promote. All master plants connect us to the field of healing and cosmic knowledge. Plants teach what they have mastered in millions of years of evolution – how to live in harmony, peace and balance with ourselves and our environment.
The healing brought by the plant spirits has a central role in the work of the traditional healer. It is usually the healer that administers plant medicine, determines which plant will be beneficial to diet, and the duration of time that is needed. Most of the master plants are served with Tobacco.

Tobacco activates the other plants that are mixed in it and helps to ground their teachings and integrate them into the body. Usually, the first plant that we diet would be Tobacco. It is considered the pillar of the shamanic house for its every night during a plant diet, plant medicine is served in a ceremonial manner to each participant in their private space. During the daytime, participants rest and eat light food, consisting of fruit and vegetables. To make the best out of the experience, it is best to avoid the company and to stay
cleansing and grounding qualities. It helps us to manifest ourselves in the material world. Tobacco provides the stability and grounding needed in order to work with other plant teachers that open a window to travel in other dimensions. Before we travel, Tobacco teaches us to walk the Earth.inones own energy. It is also recommended to abstain from any sexual stimulation. These recommendations are meant to allow the participants to undergo a deep process of detoxification on all levels – physical, emotional and mental. That is to help slow and calm their mind’s activity, so as to open spiritual channels.

About me

Merav Artzi, A healer working with medicinal plants from the Amazon jungle, specializing in Tobacco.

At an early age, I left my home country of Israel in order to study Fine arts in Europe. For 15 years I have lived in Amsterdam. During those years I finished my Masters in Fine Arts and lived in a squat with a community of artists and political activists.

In 2009, while traveling in South America, I heard about Shamanism and Ayahuasca, and decided to go to the Amazon. The work with Ayahuasca was a gate to the magical world of medicinal plants. The Amazon is truly the pharmacy of planet Earth.

I have been working for eight years as a healer trained with Amazonian plants, specializing in Tobacco. Beforehand, I apprenticed with Maestro Ernesto Garcia Torres in Iquitos. As a healer, I work with patients suffering from hormonal imbalance, anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma and more. In addition to this, I give Master Plant diets and teach students who are interested in learning how to heal with Tobacco.

About the location: The retreat will take in a private beach in the Red Sea, Sinai desert Egypt.

Accommodation: We will be in private Villas on the beach.

Food: Two vegan meals will be provided by us every day, breakfast and lunch. In the evening we will be drinking Tobacco.

How to prepare for the Tobacco Diet: two weeks before the starting date of the diet you want to avoid eating proceeds foods, soft drinks, white sugar, alcohol. pork, deep fried food, coffee, and all stimulants, marijuana and all drugs including drugs on prescription if you are taking any medication please inform us. I recommend eating as alkaline as possible with as little salt as you can.

Post diet: The post diet start when you close your Tobacco diet in this period of time I recommend to take some days to recover, sleep well and eat healthily. Don’t put yourself in stressful situations. The tobacco diet is an intense experience so take into consideration that you might need to rest.

Payment: The total cost of this diet is $1300. Half should be paid in advance and the second half when you arrive. In case of cancellation, we should be informed one month in advance.

This work is suitable for those who want to embody the values that Tobacco promotes, and incorporate them into their initiation process with other master plants such as San Pedro and Ayahuasca.