There are many reasons why
travelling with a guide may be preferable. Always choose
a guide who comes highly recommended, has lots of experience,
who has a reputation for excellence and who is endorsed
under a code of ethics, having passed the necessary guidleines
to be a reputable Casa Guide. See checklist at bottom of
page. Adrienne makes every effort to be this guide for you
and and is proud of her successful history with previous
groups. When choosing tour dates, pick from pre-scheduled
dates to make the journey. This guarantees that you will
be participating with a group whose itinerary and arrangements
are well thought out in advance and that there will be others
making the same journey with you.
Adrienne can provide you with a number of opportunities to
set your mind at rest so that you may relax and focus fully
on your healing. Firstly, she takes care of all the arrangements
and practicalities of your trip within Brazil so all you need
to do is buy your ticket and arrive in Brasilia.
Here, her provision of a 5 star hotel and a wonderful Brasilia
experience upon arrival and departure is a magical and practical
way to start and end the trip. It is important to have complete
comfort on the first evening in Brazil in order to get a good
nights sleep and prepare for the long drive (one and half
hours), to Abadiania, as people can be tired from the long
flights. This is also the opportunity for people to connect
and get to know each other and Adrienne will be making sure
that everyone is comfortable, all fears are allayed and all
If this is your first trip to the Casa, it can be very overwhelming.
Hundreds of people arrive each day and much of the day is
in Portuguese. Adrienne will take you through the whole process
and make sure that all your issues are taken care of. Travelling
alone can mean that much of the two weeks is spent becoming
familiar with Abadiania, the Casa and the procedures, time
better spent relaxing and recuperating. It is lovely to be
taken care of by someone who is fully familiar with the process,
has lived there for a long time and speaks Portuguese.
She is available from 7am - 10pm to facilitate the group,
answer questions, be a shoulder to cry on, be able to provide
any practical assistance that may be necessary and be fully
versed in the Casa, it's rules, methods and activities. Adrienne
takes her responsibility as a guide very seriously and believes
that her availability, love, support, experience and concern
for the people in her group make her an asset to the trip.
This is a most important spiritual, emotional and physical
experience for you and she is aware of all these needs and
what may arise. She is aware that care, love and attention
are vital components to helping people heal and she has a
dedicated commitment to your recovery.
Adrienne runs optional guided meditations on the non Casa
days. These techniques will help you deepen your connection
to your healing and whether you are new to meditation or have
years of experience, these meditations will help you release
that which no longer serves you.
One of the most important reasons for travelling in a group
is that your heart will extend immediately outwards to the
other people in the group and truly open. It is important
to arrive in Brasiliia on the same day, to form the group
and go through the journey with each other. More than anything,
this forgetfulness of self and genuine love and caring for
the others around you creates the most perfect opportunity
for each persons individual healing. It is so heartfelt and
tender, the ground is laid for true healing.
Adrienne also believes laughter is the best medicine and
will ensure that you enjoy yourself. There is the option of
activities in the village and the group may take a day to
a nearby eco forest or farm. This is depending on the entities
permission. Being in a group is a wonderful experience, bonds
are forged and lifelong friends are made. However none of
these activities are designed to distract you from your spiritual
time and indeed that is first and foremost on the agenda.
As the entity Jose Valdevino says, "This is not a holiday
- you came here for spiritual treatment."
Visiting John of God and sharing the healing process with
others is a blessing and makes it an experience like no other.
There is no faster way to feel connected and part of something
so unknown and unfamiliar than to take the journey with her
and all the people that will be part of your healing journey.
Adrienne travels to Brazil as a guide between four and six
times a year. This seems to be the optimum number of trips
in order to work effectlively and always be fresh and emotionally
available for each group.
Should you wish, Adrienne will film aspects of your trip and give you a
20-30 minute video set to music as a wonderful reminder of the journey.
This is done with a tiny digital camera and is entirely unobtrusive.
Setting it to music ensures the privacy of each person while
at the same time providing a poignant and joyous account.
other video excerpts from previous groups.
Should you not be able to choose Adrienne as your
guide due to timing or other factors, there are some very
important things to consider when choosing:
- How long has the guide been operating?
- Are they endorsed by Friends of the Casa?
- Do they speak Portuguese?
- How many groups have they led and what is the
- What are their working hours and do they take
- What personal work have they done to guarantee
their emotional stability and compassion?
- How long did they spend in Abadiania doing their
own work before they became a guide?
- Can they put you in touch with people who have
travelled with them to provide recommendations?
- What is the standard of the hotel in Brasilia,
(if any) and Abadiania?
- What extra ciricular activites do they offer
- meditation instruction, group meetings, Brazilian cultural
activiities, good knowlegde and utilisation of village
- Is this their primary employment and work focus?
- Do they love what they do?
Not all guides offer the same service and it is critical
that you ask these questions to avoid disappointment later.
Make the most of this most profound journey. CHOOSE WISELY.