THE SACRED SESSION
WOMENS HEALING JOURNEY
SUGAR BEACH, COSTA RICA
March 16-23, 2024
GUIDED BY SHIPIBO MAESTRAS YNES, LAURA & LILA
Special Guest Grandmother Mona Polacca
When women gather - we connect to ancestral ways of relating, we remember how to weave the intricacies of life and activate our feminine wisdom for the betterment of humanity. We are honored to create a space for women and those that identify as women to nourish the personal and collective evolution of our feminine wisdom.
Through the inquires of Self Mastery, Embodiment & Sovereignty, we partner with the elements of nature, the plant medicine of Ayahuasca and indigenous technologies to learn, heal and begin to peel back layers of beliefs, stories, trauma, programming and social concepts so we can remember who we are and uncover our truest expression.
We have the honor to be supported by renowned Shipibo Onaya healer Maestra Ynes and her two powerful daughters, Maestra Laura and Maestra Lila. The maestras have dedicated their lives to the study of master plants- dieting and investigating deeply into the wisdom of the plants in ceremony. They share their medicine with incredible strength and insight, they are excited to support you in this deep healing journey!
Our program will be facilitated by Jessica Begin & Karina Turtzo – feminine leadership and embodiment guides and students of Maestras Ynes, Laura & Lila with decades of experience in group facilitation and medicine work. The journey will be supported by an all woman led team including facilitator Mariana Mae, assistant facilitator Kari Grace and special guest Grandmother Mona Pollaco a Hopi/Havasuai/Tewa elder and Wisdom Keeper.
Classes and daytime sessions aim to support and inform the work in ceremony and create a deeper connection to the energetic realms of the plants, and the Shipibo culture.
This retreat aims to support you to free your authentic expression, nourish joyful creativity and learn to connect to the elements to create health, harmony and balance in your daily life.
Join us to explore the following:
3 Shipibo Plant Medicine Ceremonies
Water Blessing Ceremony with Grandmother Mona
Decoding Soma - Alignment and Reclamation of your feminine wisdom & leadership
Elemental Medicine - Wisdom teachings of the elements of creation Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether
The Way of The Altar - Connect to ancient technology to cultivate reverence and connection
Transcending limiting beliefs and accessing free and joyful expression.
Opening to playfulness and connection
Igniting your creative fire and building your reservoir of creative “juice” and inspiration
Using embodiment practices as tools to clear, repair and restore your vibratory field
Practicing reciprocity with nature and nourishing life with creative beauty
Learning about Shipibo ancestral wisdom
Discovering the intelligence of your own energy anatomy
3 Month Integration Plan + Zoom Calls
Our setting is Reunion, a non-profit plant medicine healing center dedicated to the preservation of plant medicine and ancestral wisdom. Nestled on Playa Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Beach) in the northern part of Guanacaste, Reunion is only a few steps from the sandy shore of the Pacific Ocean in the most desirable tropical beach district in all of Costa Rica.
This transformative experience is meant to awaken the best of the human spirit — so that we may offer our wise selves to our communities at home.
With nature as our guide and with deep reverence for the ancient teachings and the elders we are so privileged to learn from - together we tap into powerful wisdom and create space to become fully present.
Maestra Ynes is a mother of seven children, three of whom are now Onaya healers. She is originally from the native community of Roaboya, next to the Ucayali River, Pucallpa.
At 14 years old, Ynes fell seriously ill with an unknown disease which led her to diet medicinal plants under the guidance of her grandfather and master healer, Aurelio. After successfully healing herself, Ynes decided to apprentice with Maestro Aurelio to learn her ancestral shamanic tradition of the Shipibo indigenous people.
A year later she undertook a diet in the forest that lasted for more than two years in complete isolation from the outside world. Some years later, Ynes continued dieting with her great-grandfather, Maestro and a Meraya healer, Luciano Sinuiri. At the age of 18, she began her last diet with her mother’s uncle, Maestro and Onaya healer, Basil Gordon. These three powerful healers gifted her the base of her knowledge and experience with the sacred plant medicine and ayahuasca.
Now with over 50 years of dedicated experience and ancestral knowledge, she offers a very powerful and beautiful connection with plant spirits; devoting her life to heal others in Peru and abroad. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge that has been passed down for generations through her family lineage. With her contagious laughter and passion for healing, she distributes light and love with unfaltering compassion.
Maestra Laura is the eldest daughter of Maestra Ynes. From an early age, Maestra Laura has been deeply immersed in the world of plant medicine. Laura was given small diets by her grandparents from the age of 10 years and by the age of 16 began her apprenticeship to learn about ayahuasca.
At 20, Laura traveled throughout Peru with Ynes, sharing medicinal plants and ayahuasca ceremonies for local Peruvians. She has also worked extensively with her mother, both in Peru and abroad. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge that has been passed down for generations in her family line.
Laura works closely with her sister, Lila, and both have dedicated their time to sharing their medicine with the wider community, they have been guest speakers at several international gatherings and conferences.
Laura is known for her beautiful ikaros, (healing chants) that pour out of her with love and devotion to each of her patients.
Maestra Lila grew up with her grandparents and highly-respected Onaya healers. At the age of 13, Lila was the victim of a strong energetic attack. She then moved to live with her mother, Maestra Ynes, and dieted a mighty tree named Catawba. The diet succeeded in curing that evil harm and served as the gateway of Lila’s path as a healer.
Being the rebel that she is, Lila resisted the way of the medicine, sometimes in favor of leading a ‘normal’ life, but after the birth of her two children, the plants persisted in calling her to work with them. Since then, she has worked with her mother and other highly respected teachers throughout Peru and is also a specialist in warmi ikaros (healing chants of love, prosperity and happiness). She works with an incredible amount of love and compassion and an irresistible sense of humor!
GRANDMOTHER - MONA POLACCA -
Mona, a Hopi/Havasuai/Tewa elder has a Master of Social Work degree and has recently been chosen as a member of the World Council of Religious and Spiritual Leaders due to her international justice work. She has worked on issues of Indigenous Peoples especially related to the Right to Water, social and health issues, including the elderly native peoples. Mona serves on several United Nations committees on indigenous peoples issues and is a featured author, speaker and educator on indigenous people's human rights, aging, mental health, addiction and violence. She is also the President/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non profit program that promotes a vision of wellness by providing trans-cultural training to individuals, families and healthcare professionals.
JESSICA BEGIN - Program Director &
Jessica Begin, is an artist, dancer, singer/songwriter, movement and voice teacher, plant medicine integration coach and a student of life. She holds the firm belief that the re-awakening of humans to our authentic power lies in turning to the ancestral practices which remind us of the joy and interconnectivity of being alive. She has been working as a plant medicine facilitator for 10 years, and has worked at some of the most highly respected centers in Peru and Costa Rica. She is an apprentice of Maestra Ynes, and Chief woman Fire Keeper in the moondance tradition (Mexica, Aztec Mexican) in Costa Rica, under the guidance of Abuela Itzpapalotl. Jessica’s passion is to inspire others to the free and uninhibited expression of their deepest heart’s longing through voice and movement. As a teacher she brings to her work precision, clarity, artistry, sensitivity, care and passion.
Learn more about Jessica: www.risinglucid.com
KARINA - Program Director & Lead Facilitator
Karina is in service to earth medicine healing arts and is a bridgekeeper for indigenous wisdom teachers. She is a certified holistic health, transformation and integration guide with a focus on plant medicine. She is a certified transformational breathwork facilitator and specializes in awakening our somatic wisdom. She is the founder of the wellness platform Sovereign by Nature & non-profit The ARC based in Costa Rica, and healing container for womxn The Sacred Session. She is also the Program Director and a founding member at Reunion Healing Center.
She has studied with wisdom keepers, elders and teachers from many different lineages. Her work centers around ceremonial work, collective healing, systems change and culture shifts.
Karina holds space from a place of non-judgement, she creates a divine container where others can shed, remember, integrate and grow. She believes that through deep understanding, reverence and unconditional love for the self we fuel present awareness and sovereignty. Through conscious action we improve our lives and relationships.
Anchored in Mariana’s work is the core principle of recognizing ethnicity, ethics, expression, and empowerment in our own understanding and acceptance of Self, thus of one another. She brings her work highlighting the ability to use our ancestral wounds as tools for inter-generational trauma healing. This work highlights the importance of being in the right relationship with the natural world, reclaiming belonging in the body, expressing our voice through song, and cultivating creativity in honor of the story we are here on the Earth to rewrite and offer back to the coming generations.
Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, Kari was molded significantly by the many countries she has called home over the years. Her adventurous spirit has taken her on a deep journey that began as personal healing and now allows her to support others on their unique adventures.
Kari brings to nearly a decade’s worth of experience studying, training and exploring a life of ritual and ceremony; anchoring roots into the wisdom paths of Latin America and receiving wisdom from the plant teachers on how to live in rhythm with the natural world.
Kari brings a lightness to the healing process, recognizing that the work can be challenging but remembering that laughter and play are a big part of the medicine.
Come Home To Your Temple
The human body is the greatest technology we will ever possess- together we will dive deep to reconnect to our bodies, build resiliency and learn to navigate our internal landscape- mind, body and soul. By using framework to view our personal work through playful intelligence we are rewiring our social patterns and behaviors- we are learning to shed layers of cultural and ancestral conditioning stored deep within our bones. We are reprogramming our mind into a fierce ally. Empowerment at it's truest level- Integrity in it's purist form.
Dive deep into your inner landscape, find true presence, cultivate vitality and build resiliency. Movement, Breathwork & Voice Activation are some of the practices that will nourish us.
Together we remember the ceremonial ways of life. It is time to refine our capacity to listen, to reconnect to community and to answer the call for global consciousness.
Through ancient traditions and wisdom practices we surrender to the messages that are meant for us and we reignite clear vision so that we may walk our path with confidence and with the support of nature and community.
In gratitude- we will remember to give more than we take.
Alignment & Leadership
The Earth is calling for women to lead - to remember our original instructions of stewardship, reciprocity and care.
We are born with a divine blueprint. We are encoded with purposeful gifts we are meant to share with the world. When we uncover these gifts we align with our purpose and we become magnetic - creating a life filled with inspiration.
Leadership starts with the quality of our relationships. How are we in relationship - with ourselves, with the earth and with the collective?
Integration is the culmination and implementation of insights and learnings acquired during your journey.
We are co-creating a supportive container with an onsite integration session during your journey, tools and resources to help you integrate upon landing and the support of our community for 3 live zoom calls.
Together we co-create a Culture of Care. A place of respect, compassion and non-judgement.
REUNION, SUGAR BEACH
Single: $5,100 per person (only 5 spots left)
DOUBLE ROOM - 2 BEDS / 2 Persons Per Room: $4,500 per person
SPACE IS LIMITED - ONLY 25 PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED
-Pricing includes accommodations, food, 3 healing ceremonies and all program activities
-Includes meals specifically prepared for ceremony
-Price does not include airfare or transportation
-Transportation shuttle options will be provided when registering
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- All bookings will be made through the Reunion website by clicking the link below
-We ask for a $1,500 deposit electronically to secure your spot.
You will be invoiced for the two remaining balance payments:
Your second payment will automatically be charged 15 days after your registration date to the credit card used for your deposit. You will receive a notification confirming this payment. If you would like to use a different card to process your second payment, please notify email@example.com no less than 24 hours prior to your scheduled second payment.
-Your final payment will be $400 USD due in cash upon arrival to Reunion.
- Airport: You will fly into LIBERIA CR. There will be shuttle options shared with you upon sign up. The center is located 1 hour from the airport. Please do not book flights until you have been medically cleared to participate.
-All logistics and additional information will be sent to you by the Reunion team upon registering.
-Due to the nature of this work, payments and deposits are non-refundable unless deemed medically unsafe to attend.