retreat in sweden
16th to 23rd September 2020
The work is held in small groups and individual sessions
Dates: 16th to 23rd September 2020
In the Midlands between the histories of Sweden and Norway we open a playground between worlds, taking refuge in the ancient forest of Finnskogen as we draw on the power and wisdom of the trees and their teachings, those learnt watching for thousands of years over the lives of men and women. Their roots drawing deep into the earth and energies of the place, which are imparted to us when we open a space within our hearts, and listen to the whispering that exists between souls and lifetimes. The call of a song within all of us, to re-connect with the earth.
Living close to the earth as our Ancestors did we’ll connect with the elements, camping as a community, moving our bodies and opening channels through Temezcal, through wild swimming and walks, fires pits, singing and plant medicines, as we set our intentions, grounding our own roots into the earth with tobacco, to meet with our true natures. As animals move through their lives around us, and branches hold the dark and spirit of the place, the fire will burn by our side and within us as the stars whisper us to sleep.
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 wants to learn, heal and connect with Master plants.
This work is held in small groups and individual sessions, with special attention paid 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.
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 takes place in a privet retreat in Dalslaged on the border between Sweden and Norway. Where there is an old forest.
Accommodation: We will be camping in tents at a private retreat. The retreat has a big green area suitable for camping toilets showers and kitchen.
Food: Two vegan meals will be provided by us every day, breakfast and lunch. In the evening we will be drinking Tobacco.
What to bring: You will need to bring a tent, a mattress, a sleeping bag or blankets, a flashlight, a bucket, a bit bottle of water, warm clothes for the evening.
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 $1,300. $400 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