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A journey to the heart of the world

MARCH 1 - 11, 2019
Yawanawá Indigenous Land - Acre - Brazilian Amazon

Join us on a sacred journey in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. A deep immersion in the ancestral territory of the Yawanawa people.

><><>< The Yawanawá ><><><

There are about 1.000 Yawanawá living in the Brazilian state of Acre, in villages along the banks of the Gregório river, where they have made their homes since time immemorial.

The Yawanawá people's first contact with the non-indigenous world happened around the fourteenth century. It was an intense period of much conflict with the rubber barons and missionaries who invaded their lands and tried to forbid Yawanawá language, culture and spirituality. In the 1980s, chief Biraci Nixiwaka Brasil led his people in the fight for the recognition of their native territories, and the Yawanawá became the first indigenous people to obtain the official rights to their lands in the state of Acre.

The Yawanawá have since then reclaimed their sacred medicines, rituals, song and dance, festivals, games, traditional body painting and adornment, artwork and food, in a profound journey of cultural revival.

In this journey we will have the opportunity to experience the Yawanawá way of life, their culture and spirituality. We will be guided through our journey by Putanny Yawanawá, the wife of chief Nixiwaka Biraci Brasil.

><><>< Putanny Yawanawá ><><><

Yawanawá spirituality is a sacred territory where never a woman had dared to step, for since ancestral times, it had belonged exclusively to men. In 2005, Putanny and her sister Hushahu, were the first women to make the sacred oath of the Yawanawá people. They have since been recognized as the first women to undergo Yawanawá spiritual training.

After a year of strict diet, they earned their communities' respect as spiritual leaders, opening the way into this sacred path for other Yawanawá women. A break in tradition that united the male and female universes - and brought the magic of feminine spirituality to strengthen the Yawanawá culture.

Since 2016, Putanny has been receiving visitors for immersive experiences in the village, for those who wish to get to know Yawanawá culture and spirituality in a more intimate way. Participants in these journeys also contribute to the maintenance and development of the Ceremonial Center in Aldeia Sagrada, the Sacred Village of the Yawanawá people.

><><>< Activities ><><><

Body Painting • Medicinal Herbal Bath • Medicinal Clay Bath • Traditional Storytelling • Traditional Food  • Hike to the Samaúma, the largest tree in the Amazon • Smudging Circles with Sipá, sacred resin of the Yawanawá • Rapé Circles • Kampum (frog) Session • Uni (Ayahuasca) Ceremonies • DanzaMedicina with Morena Cardoso

><><>< Itinerary ><><><

March 1st
Night • Arrival in Cruzeiro do Sul. Transfer to the Hotel

Attention: all flights to Cruzeiro do Sul are operated by GOL Linhas Aéreas (www.voegol.com.br) and arrive in Cruzeiro between 11PM and 01AM. Please make sure when booking your tickets that you arrive in Cruzeiro do Sul on the night of March 1st to the 2nd.

March 2nd

Free day in Cruzeiro do Sul

Because we will arrive in the late night in Cruzeiro do Sul, it’s good to take a day to rest before embarking on the long journey to the village early the next day.

March 3rd
06 AM • Transportation from the Hotel in Cruzeiro do Sul to São Vicente, on the banks of the Gregório river (about 3h journey - depends on the road conditions)
09 AM • Arrival in São Vicente. Departure on boat to Nova Esperança village (about 8h journey - depends on weather and river level)
05 PM • Estimated arrival in Nova Esperança village

March 3rd to 9th

Yawanawa Journey

March  9th
07 AM • Departure on boat from Nova Esperança village to São Vicente 
03 PM • Transportation from São Vicente to Cruzeiro do Sul 
06 PM • Arrival in Cruzeiro do Sul Hotel

March  10th
11PM • Transportation from the Hotel to Cruzeiro do Sul airport

March 11th

12AM • (Midnight) Boarding in Cruzeiro do Sul airport

Attention when booking your flights, you should arrange to leave Cruzeiro do Sul on the night of the 10th to the 11th, arriving in Brasília on the morning of the 11th.

 ><><>< Cost ><><><

R$ 6.000,00 Brazilian reais per person.

><><>< What is included ><><><

• Participation in all the activities, ceremonies, medicines, etc.
• Contribution to the Yawanawá village and Aldeia Sagrada
• 4 nights Hotel in Cruzeiro do Sul (double or triple room - breakfast included)
• Transportation in Cruzeiro do Sul: from the Airport to the Hotel (roundtrip)
• Transportation from Cruzeiro do Sul to São Vicente (round trip)
• Boats from São Vicente to Nova Esperança village (roundtrip)
• All meals during our stay in the village (traditional Yawanawá cuisine)
• 6 nights simple accommodation in the Yawanawá village
• Bilingual guide (english/portuguese) & Yawanawá guides and assistants

• DanzaMedicina workshops

><><> Not included ><><><

• International and domestic flights to Brazil and Acre
• Lunch and dinner in Cruzeiro do Sul and during boat trips
• Camping equipment, personal gear  

Pictures by: Camilla Coutinho, Amir Eron, Alice Fortes e Marcos Lopes.