recently had the pleasure of attending a retreat in a organic farm in the jungles of Costa Rica called tribal Alliance. The event brought together more than 80 of the most conscientious people I have encountered in an experience of five days – an experience full of workshops a sweat lodge, ceremonies Kambo and the ecological beauty one can imagine .
True to its name, the meeting felt like tribal life how it imagines. It was a visceral reminder of what life can be like living in a close-knit community of people who share their values.
Here are my 6 most memorable experiences of withdrawal.
1. The ceremony (naked) River
made me more comfortable with public nudity at Burning Man, but really brought TA that comfort to the next level.
The entire collection on both sides of the river that runs through the bottom of our camp, armed with snuff to free the river as an offering lined up. A woman broke the ice and took off his clothes and sat on the river. Soon half the group had taken off her clothes sitting pensively in the water running. I joined and I felt very liberated.
Another woman discovered he could lie flat on the water and float between the two rows of people, barely touching the bottom of river stone. We followed after his one-on-one in the ritual is not spoken.
It was one of the most ethereal experience I have had to close my eyes and let the water guide my body downstream in front of strangers and new friends.
2. Ho’oponopono (Ho-Oh-ponoh-ponoh)
Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice centered around forgiveness (of self and others) . We were fortunate to have an experienced professional Ho’oponopono at the meeting was held a workshop filled with more than 60 people.
started with a heart murmur, visualizing each breath entering and leaving the heart. This focuses on the chest area and prepares for the practice of healing that is heavy Ho’oponopono.
Then visualize being in the room with all our family tree, extending for 12 generations in the past. We started looking deep into the eyes of our parents and muttering the phrase classic Ho’oponopono …
“I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”
Then visualize our parents say this to each other. Then their parents. We repeat this entire family tree.
Then came the part that really hit home for me.
We were told to imagine having a conversation with our 5 years old themselves. To remember what was going on in our lives and in our mind at that age, and tell our younger than I love them. We did this for each age sequentially to 18.
It is moving unspeakably to remember their ways of thinking and difficulties at every stage of life, and be able to say to himself in every age that everything will be all right. He forgets that has not always been an older person, and went through a lot to get here.
3. Bathe in the river
Hot showers pale in comparison to the bathroom in the rushing waters of a jungle river. It felt so natural and so invigorating to jump into the water every morning, followed by meditation perched atop a rock near the water.
Who needs a CD of meditation when you have the real nature sounds?
4. Discussions World Cafe
Because there was a wide variety of skills, knowledge and experience in such meeting was an ideal place to hold a discussion circle covering problems most pressing today. We did this through a method called World Cafe, which allows each person to participate in several small discussions that pique his / her interest, and for each successive group to build out of the discussion of the previous group.
5. Circle of men
Men and women were separated into two groups for conversation circles centered on gender. In the circle of men, we discussed the challenges of being a man in this modern world, and the ways that we can heal our relationship with the sacred feminine.
After healing was complete, we were asked to imagine the warrior hundreds of lives we have lived throughout the centuries, while the whole circle burst into a song of tribal warfare. Then each man called the name of a powerful warrior in history (Gandhi, Buddha, Moses, etc.), invoking a sense of nostalgia and energy. This culminated with everyone letting out for the most animal part of howls, screams and roars.
6. As a tribe
80+ strangers five days transformed into a cohesive tribe. I’ve written about magic live communally before, but do it in such a large group was even more powerful. You may have experienced this first hand in summer camps, boarding or maybe at Burning Man. It’s a feeling heating unit, where it is always someone to talk to, no matter what your inquiry. Where there is always amazing events / meals / happening because there are so many beautiful people, for work to create for the tribe as a whole experiences. It feels like home.
Some environment intention before a sweat lodge ceremony.
Yes, this experience was pretty out there ?
In all honesty, it was very hard for me to leave altogether. Social barriers are being broken down at a furious pace and struggled to keep pace.
I think of myself as a pretty farsighted, open-minded and yet had no doubt to be truly intimate with others and to lay bare my all -. And I do not mean just taking my clothes
was strange to realize I’m not as strong as thought free.
Such it is life for you. You think we have achieved something or a final lesson learned, and then life hits you in the head and says:
Hey sunshine! You still have to learn, more room to grow, rather than the experience!
And that’s fantastic ?
Author Bio: Jordan Lejuwaan Hello, I’m the creator of highexistence. I love to inspire others to follow your bliss, which in turn meets mine. I live to travel, night conversations and moments of intense clarity or poisoning. It also runs a company that sells shirts and crazy clothes delirium.