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Vernal Equinox Retreat + Secret Ceremony

To welcome the spring we are inviting a special group of people to come together in the spirit of self-development and healing, for themselves, for each other, and for the planet. To support your journey and help you focus on what is important for you, we will invite you to connect to the surrounding elements in a meaningful way.

This retreat is classed as a unique Adaptive Ceremonial event with Shaura who provides mind + body practices from the East and Neil who introduces ceremonial practices that are drawn from the wisdom that he has learned from The Lakota Indians of the West. Forging a connection to the Earth in this way can never by forgotten.

Shaura and Neil work together with the sacred fire to guide you through the secret ceremony.We bring the East and the West together in the spirit of connection and celebration for life.

Why retreat for the Equinox?


Equinoxes are believed to be powerful times when the veils between the realms are thin so the intentions that we set can be amplified by this energy.

These are the times to think about what we want for ourselves and for the future of this planet.

The next obvious question is: Can we use our intuition and intention to work with the energy of spring and join those who are seeding a vision for a world where our people can live well and be happy be each other?

We think so.

Dates + Location


This retreat will take place between the 17-22nd of March 2019. 


It is our pleasure to welcome retreaters to the gorgeous eastern Algarve. Our guests will need to arrange return flights to Faro Airport (FAO).

The accommodation is situated in the hills of the Algarve, surrounded by natural beauty. It is a spacious, private and peaceful home, set amongst the rolling hills, with an outdoor swimming pool and terraces where you can relax and take in the fresh air and countryside views.

From the restorative fresh ocean breeze, to the scent of orange and fig trees, we think you will see why we believe the Algarvian hills have magic in them.

This time of year in the Algarve offers nearly 4 hours more sunlight than in the UK and temperatures can reach 21°C which may mean that some us may need to carry sun cream. The daytimes are certainly much warmer than in the UK but the nighttime temperature can drop to a little as 8°C. Therefore, you will need warm clothing and thick socks for early spring in the Algarve.

Please note, transfers from the airport are not included in the investment, but we are happy to help you make those arrangements – just get in touch.




Your investment to join this retreat is £550. 

This includes, five-night accommodation in a shared room, all vegetarian food, yoga and ceremonial activities, and transport to the beach and back. Anyone wishing to sleep in alone in a double room can do so for a supplementary fee of £150. 

You can book onto the retreat by either payment in full, or with a non-refundable deposit of £275. 

Returning clients will receive a £50 discount.

When booking with a deposit, the remaining balance must be paid 4 weeks before the start of the event. Please see our policy details for more information, including cancellations.


Daily schedule:

 17th of March

Arrival and welcome

13:30pm Lunch

Afternoon walk

4pm free time

5:30pm Mind + Body practice

7pm Dinner

9pm Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation practice)

10pm Bed



18th of March

7:30am Morning yoga practice

9am Group prepares breakfast together

10:30am Mind + Body practice

12:30pm Lunch

Walk in the country to connect and collect

7pm Dinner

9pm Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation practice)

10pm Bed



19th of March

7:30am Morning yoga practice

9am Group prepares breakfast together

10am Prepare food to take out

12pm Beach walk + ceremony preparation

7pm Dinner

8:30 Introduction to sacred fire

10pm Bed



 20th of March

7:30 am Sunrise morning yoga practice

9am Group prepares breakfast together

10:30am Meditation + vision building

12:30pm Lunch

Free time to walk around the countryside

6:30pm Dinner

9pm Secret Ceremony over the Equinox

12pm Bed




 21st of March

8am Morning yoga practice

9am group prepares breakfast together

11am Mind + Body Practice

12:30pm Lunch

Free Time

7pm Dinner

9pm Yoga Nidra

10pm Bed



22nd of March

7:30am Morning yoga practice

9am Group prepares breakfast together

10:30am closing ceremony

12:00 Leave



What is the Secret Ceremony?
Oh Yes. Let us explain a little more. 

Shaura and Neil have been attending Lakota Native American Ceremony in Oregon since 2004 and between them they have played various roles in the community.

Shaura works with the elements and loves building contemplative experiences that connect the seeker to their heart and soul.

Neil has been taught how to build and pray with ceremonial fire and holds a space that anchors inter-dimensional travelers to this Earthly realm.

Their Adaptive Ceremonial work draws from their experiences with the Native American Indians and from teachings that have been passed through their adoptive mother to offer a respectful ceremony that connects the seeker to the hidden realms of consciousness.

Shaura and Neil do not claim to be Shamans of any description but they are well equipped to hold a ceremonial space.

In the Vedic (Indus Valley) ceremonial world a substance was used for prayer and connection that was referred to as the Soma or Amrita. The Soma ceremony was always paired with sacred fire – the Lord Agni – intercessor between humans and the Gods.

Shaura and Neil have been making a relationship with a particular spice that appears to reach out to the four directions (significant in Shamanic cultures) and thus attunes into the environment. Our ability to feel safe in the world often depends upon our capacity to adapt to the environment; which is constantly in flux.

The secret ceremony uses an ancient spice that has a very mild psychoactive effect if taken in the right dose. We make a tea out of the spice, which is not psychoactive; and offer participants the opportunity to take the spice sublingually – which may produce a very mild effect.

Either way we connect to the spirit of the spice and ask the plant kingdom to show us what we are ready to learn.

In addition, we invite one of our animal guides into the circle and ask it to be present with us through the ceremony. We request that it shows us what we are ready to see.

We will sing a mixture of Lakota and Yogic songs – in this way we bring the West and the East together in our prayer. We also invite you to share any songs that you carry in your heart.

There are two drums that assist us in the ceremony – they tell us how to beat them as we connect to our heartbeat and to the rhythm of the Earth.

We connect to each other, to the elements, to the beings in the world and the Earth herself. We work to promote environmental flexibility and vigor to enrich the vision that we seed in the springtime.

Yoga + Vision Building?

Vision building is a practice that was taught to Shaura by William Bloom and includes: creating a vision, drawing it out, connecting to allies and archetypes, mediation and positive intention. It’s a wonderful thing to do on a New Year’s Eve.

Shaura has been trained in differing yogic, meditative and mindfulness practices. As a yoga therapist her approach is gentle and promotes a nourishing environment for all. All mind and body practices are created specifically for the group in response to how the energy feels at the time. Thus, you may practice: hatha yoga, yin yoga, kundalini yoga, yoga nidra, mindfulness or loving kindness practices in those sessions.

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