8 Days » Yoga Retreat with a Shamanic Journey, Brazil

8 days / 7 nights

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UNPLUG • RELAX • RECONNECT • HEAL - Brazil's Rainforest Edition

Namastê! Welcome to The Elephant Retreat, a Yoga and Shamanic Journey, an experience where you will allow yourself to immerse within and heal.
Time is the most precious thing you own. Spend one week giving back to you, recharging; unplug from your routine, relax, reconnect and heal. Take care of your body, mind and soul, and unify them. This is the best gift you can give yourself.
Unplug in the middle of the Atlantic Rain Forest, this experience takes place in a sanctuary of 10.000 m2 space, where time is secondary. Relax with our therapeutic baths and massages. Reconnect with our daily yoga practices and remove all the tightness in the muscles, throughout our pranayama sessions release the tightness in your diaphragm, with the meditation sessions feel the connection of the body to the mind, and take care of your body with our vegetarian diet. Heal with the Shamanic sweat lodge a ceremony that will challenge your body and mind, sweating out the toxins and purifying, the crystal therapy all the chakras will be aligned and unblock, and with the reiki therapy feel a peaceful state of being, by releasing all the stress and tension. Allow your mind and body to experience a process of balance and healing.

The quest that everyone has about themselves.
The search for answers.
The ‘Who am I?’
The ‘What is my purpose here?’
These questions lead us on a spiritual path.
17 years in the corporate and business world failed to answer these questions for Felipe. So, he resigned from that life and joined a volunteer program which lead him to a small-town south of Lisbon, Portugal.
On a similar spiritual quest Vania had left behind her International nursing career and returned to her native Portugal in the same small-town south of Lisbon. Here she was managing a small guest house and was focused on enriching the lives of others through her yoga.
This is how they met. This is how their story begun. This is how The Elephant was created.
Both Felipe and Vania realized that they were looking for the same ideals. The same Things. Their personal quests were similar. Together they envisioned a concept.
The Elephant became the symbol of this concept. His strength and wisdom. His tenderness and companionship. The unity and loyalty he encompasses. In many cultures the Elephant is seen as a symbol of prosperity and positive energy.

The Elephant. The symbol for the beginning of a life project. From Felipe and Vania to the world. To those who are also looking for answers.
Felipe and Vania’s wish upon creating The Elephant is to inspire others to change physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. They want to share their passions, their beliefs and their knowledge with those who wish to receive it.

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Yoga Styles

  • Hatha Yoga

  • Ashtanga Yoga

  • Vinyasa Yoga

  • Yin Yoga

  • Power Yoga

  • Yoga Flow

Natural & Holistic Therapies

  • Massage

  • Ayurvedic Massage

  • Temazcal

  • Sound Therapies

  • Reiki

  • Breathing

  • Shamanism

  • Meditation


6 / 8 days with instruction
English Instruction language
English, Portuguese Spoken language(s)

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Minimum age allowed is 18
  • The maximum participants in the group is 10
  • Seasonality


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    Day 1

    Arrival. Bonfire Welcome Ceremony.

    Day 2

    07:45 Pranayama practice experience
    08:00 Hatha Yoga Practice: Alignments
    09:30 Breakfast
    10:30 Introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa
    12:30 Lunch
    13:30 Free time
    15:15 Sharing circle
    16:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa Pratice
    18:00 Yoga Nidra (relaxation and meditation)
    19:00 Reiki therapy, Therapeutic baths, and ayurvedic massage*
    20:00 Dinner

    Day 3

    07:00 Sun Salutation
    08:00 Hatha Yoga Practice
    09:30 Breakfast
    10:30 Rain Forest Walk & Lunch Picnic
    14:00 Free time
    16:00 Hatha and Yin Yoga Practice
    18:00 Yoga Nidra (relaxation and meditation)
    19:00 Reiki therapy, Therapeutic baths, and ayurvedic massage*
    20:00 Dinner
    21:00 Bonfire and music

    Day 4

    07:30 Power Yoga Practice at Caceia's Waterfall with Breakfast
    11:30 Free time
    12:30 Lunch
    13:30 Mantra Session
    14:45 Free time
    15:30 Hatha and Yin Yoga class
    17:30 Reiki therapy, Therapeutic baths, and ayurvedic massage*
    19:30 Dinner
    21:00 Moon Yoga Session Chandra Namaskara

    Day 5

    07:30 Meditation Practice
    08:00 Hatha Yoga Practice
    09:30 Breakfast
    10:30 Workshop Vegetarian food
    12:30 Lunch
    13:30 Horse Ride in the Forest
    18:00 Reiki therapy, Therapeutic baths, and ayurvedic massage*
    20:00 Dinner

    Day 6

    07:30 Kriyas: Organic Cleasing
    08:00 Vinyasa Yoga Practice
    09:30 Breakfast
    11:00 Dance flow yoga
    12:00 Lunch
    14:00 Temazcal Shamanic Sweat Lodge Journey
    22:00 Dinner

    Day 7

    07:30 Hatha Yoga Practice
    09:30 Breakfast
    10:30 Satsang session: OM SHANTI
    12:30 Lunch
    13:30 Crystal Therapy
    21:00 Dinner
    22:00 Closing ceremony

    Day 8

    09:00 Breakfast
    10:00 check out

    *Each guest is entitled to one of each therapy we offer in the retreat (massage, therapeutic bath and reiki)

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    Located in the middle of the Atlantic Rainforest in Serra da Cantareira 40 min away from Sao Paulo, Solar da Fenix is surrounded by springs and waterfalls and rivers. The countryside house has 10.000m2 of preserved native area, a true natural sanctuary. The architecture is an open style with lots of light and decoration is with an Asian touch. There is lake with a meditation island.

    Solar da Fenix, this is a private property, safe and in a peaceful location. Surrounded by green gardens, and immense area with trees and vegetation, there you can find a pool where the leisure moments can be appreciated by relaxing, reading a book or sharing a conversion with the others. In the main living room, there is an Ofurô a Japanese hot tub where the therapeutic baths will take place. There is an area where the massages and the reiki sessions will take place. Outside there is a lake with a meditation island. The meals will be served in the outside kitchen that has a barbecue and a wooden oven.

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    Included Meals

    Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner , Snacks, Drinks

    Food Types Supported

    Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Organic, Vegetarian

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    Vania Chavarria
    Originally from Portugal Vania always had a inside call for heath and healing. She started her career as a Nurse home and abroad. Yoga is present in her life for quite some time and became more intense after her journey in India for the training with her Masters. Then she left her nursing career to dedicate herself to this millenary practice. She also is a Reiki therapist. Nowadays she teaches, and organizes Yoga retreats. She is also co-founder of Yoga Where You go.

    Ana Luz
    Ana Luz originally from Porto Portugal, Yoga is her biggest passion. She had her first contact with Yoga in 2009 with Swasthya Yoga (The Rose Method). Ever since she felt she had found her tribe and her path. She has dedicated her time to her practice, where she gradually evolves her body and energy. Through the training of Yoga Instructor by Swasthya and Hatha Yoga she gave life to her life mission; share with her students this philosophy, leading them to explore themselves completely.

    Zézito Duarte
    Originally from Brazil, Zezito Duarte the “Águia Azul” (Blue Eagle or Tatsu) pioneer in all south America with healing wheel and the teaching from the Chrystal Beings since 1981, and with the teachings and practice in Sweet Medicine and Wachuma since 1986 and in 2000 started her teaching and practice with Ayuaska and Kambô. He dedicates his life work to the work with agroecology and agroforest. He performs many types of ceremonies such as Inipi (Sweat Lodge), Chrystal mandala and 7 arrows.

    Marli Duarte
    Marli Duarte, mother, born within a strong Afro-Brazilian tradition she celebrates rituals and ceremonies using the native medicines Cherokee and African. She also celebrates Shamanic systemic constellations using music as an instrument of healing. She performs an energetic massage using sounds and crystals. She administrates Pousada Fazenda Riachinho together with Zézito Duarte where she also produces special coffees.

    Additional Things to do Review Like

    During the free time the person is free to do what she wants to do. There are no restrictions.

    Spa treatments / Therapies Review Like


    Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional.

    Healing wheel and Crystal therapy

    In this session we will gather the group around a bonfire and there will be chanting and drums. During this ceremony the master will give a chakra healing treatment based on crystals to each person around the bonfire. This will allow the individual to access a state of deep consciousness and spiritual connection. The goal is to feel lighter and in harmony.


    Temazcal is a shamanic ritual with its origins in America, it’s an ancient ceremony similar to the sweat lodge ceremonies of other cultures and was practiced by many Mesoamerican cultures. The temazcal is typically a round, domed structure, constructed of cement and stone, or wood. The entrance is often low, forcing participants to crawl in and out as a gesture of reverence and mimicry of human birth. The ceremony represents a rebirth in the womb of mother earth. This is a ritual main goal is the purification of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, it has deep connections to the Hearth.

    Ayurvedic massage

    Ayurvedic massage combines the 5,000-year-old Indian principles of Ayurveda—the science of life—and pressure points. This type of massage is designed to create balance among the mind, body, and spirit, and help the body heal itself. It creates a unique experience that focuses on relaxation, stress relief and releasing emotional blockages.

    The therapeutic baths allow a deep state of relaxation using the warm water in combination with essential oils. This treatment will take place in Ofurô a Japanese hot tub.

    What is included Review Like

    All events described in this retreat are included.
    All the meals, snacks and drinks are include

    What is not included Review Like

    Airport transfer
    Air tickets

    Know before you go Review Like

    What you should bring:

    Confortable Clothes
    A Crystal
    Your Good Energy

    How to get there Review Like

    Solar da Fênix - Private Oasis - Slow Living

    Address: Estrada Bom Jesus da Santa Capela, 1350, Mairiporã - São Paulo 07600-000, Brasil

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    Cancellation Policy

    Non Refundable

    Deposit Percentage


    The rest of the payment should be made 60 days before arrival

    Features Review Like

    • Cooking Classes

    • Hiking

    • Horse Riding

    • Massage

    • Reiki

    • Temazcal

    • Eco-Friendly

    • Fireplace

    • Garden

    • Kitchen

    • Lake

    • Lounge

    • Meditation Garden

    • Multilingual Staff

    • Yoga Deck

    • Patio

    • Waterfall

    • Free Drinkable Water

    • Free Parking

    • Free Wi-Fi

    • Hair Dryer

    • Internet Access

    • Ironing / Ironing Board

    • Room Cleaning

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