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 Plant Medicine Retreats



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About us

Since 2007 we offer a variety of retreats in Portugal, mainly fasting and ZEN Meditation retreats. Since summer 2021 we offer healing plant ceremonies. The purpose of Ayualgarve is to help you heal and reconnect to who you really are. In small groups or even private ceremonies you will get all the care and guidance you need... So entrust yourself to the healing energy of this old plant medicine and journey with us to discover your SELF. Marcel is a zenteacher who has been meditating for 30 years and has a fasting practice of 40 years. Laura is a Lifealignment Practitioner and certified Integral Yoga Teacher. Together we are leading the retreats in close collaboration with Anna van Hamersfeld who initiated and entrusted us to this wonderful work with her great love for the ceremonies and her deep wisdom that she gained through her own path. Forever greatful to this wonderful being! If you have any questions or doubts don't hesitate to contact us! To know more about our space go to

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Upcoming Events

  • Spring Fasting Course 24th of March - 2nd of April
    Mar 24, 7:00 PM – Apr 02, 11:00 AM
    Boliqueime, 8100 Boliqueime, Portugal
    Fasting, meditating, walks at the wonderful Algarve beaches... join us for this rejuvenating retreat...
  • Zen Retreat
    Sat, May 20
    May 20, 7:00 PM – May 27, 10:00 AM
    Boliqueime, 8100 Boliqueime, Portugal
    A traditional Zenretreat, though some periods can be skipped, so that it is also manageable for people who don´t have so much meditation practice...
  • Summer Fasting Course 18th - 27th of August
    Fri, Aug 18
    Casa das Aguas Calmas
    Aug 18, 7:00 PM – Aug 27, 10:00 AM
    Casa das Aguas Calmas, 8100 Boliqueime, Portugal
    Fasting, meditating, Yoga, swimming in the Ocean... a wonderful oportunity to reset your Body & Mind!
  • Meditation and Plant Ceremonies 7-14 October 2023
    Oct 07, 7:00 PM – Oct 14, 11:00 AM
    Boliqueime, 8100 Boliqueime, Portugal
    Spend a week with us diving into Zenmeditation in connection with 1-2 Plant Ceremonies

       About the plant ceremony

We started Ayualgarve based on our deep exploration of the true SELF. Our retreats are located in the most stunning and peaceful settings, so that you can enjoy a profound  and healing experience that will open the gate to live fully in deep connection and appreciation of all life forms. Each ceremony is a unique healing experience and needs a serious preparation. One of the most important elements is a deep trust in yourself, the plant medicine and the process that it will start. It is all about healing and can therefore also bring you in contact with aspects of yourself that you might not be aware of or that you might know but that still need to be adressed. In general the plants we use carry a very compassionate, motherly energy. Still there might also be painful phases or experiences - however always with the intention to bring healing and not more suffering. We will therefore inform you thoroughly about what is necessary some time before the actual retreat: READ THE INTAKE INSTRUCTIONS! Some of the elements are for example to not drink coffee or alcohol at least 72 hours before the journey. If you take medication or any recreational drugs you must inform us under all circumstances! You also have to confirm a certain stability  health. You are fully responsible to provide us with any kind of information that might disturb the journey. The better the preparation and attitude of openness and trust, the more rewarding your journey will be. You might even  feel a bit shaky by the time the journey comes close: It is simply an indication that your body-mind is realizing how serious and existential the experience is. Don't worry: the Spirit of the plant is calling you on a path of healing, joy and peace!


Danke für's Absenden!

"Beyond right and wrong

there is a field

where we will meet .."                                                  Rumi

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