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At this small rustic eco-retreat in Bahia, Brazil, Retreat Bela Natureza Brazil welcomes individuals as well as groups seeking balance and inner peace. They offer packages which focus on the loving and playful contact with their family of 13 dogs that lives at the retreat. There, you can relax and get energized, and enjoy one introductory yoga class. In the loving company of the resident dogs, you will find a nurturing atmosphere for body and soul. It is a perfect retreat for animal lovers who want to know more about the relationship between humans and dogs, and for families with children that want to learn more or work on their contact and interaction with dogs. Let the Brazilian sun warm your body and the adorable dogs warm your heart!
You will be provided with six nights accommodation in Retreat Bela Natureza. They offer charming eco-lodges designed in the style of the indigenous “Oca” constructions, built using the traditional adobe technique and with thatched roofs; a suite with a private veranda; and a dormitory “redário” (group room for beds or hammocks), all in the midst of nature. All offer optimum comfort, with private bathrooms and modern facilities. For bigger groups, they can also offer the possibility of camping beneath leafy trees.
The retreat site is large and provides guests with many opportunities to roam around, be at one with nature, collect fruits from ancient trees, meditate, use the swimming pool, practice yoga or light sports, and even experiment with creative activities. You will have the chance to closely observe the behavior of Retreat Bela Natureza's adorable family of dogs and enjoy playful moments with them.
You are also invited to relax, unwind and let go, entering into contact with the nature around you and your own self and feeling the profound unity between humans and nature. You will dedicate time to activities that help develop these senses: mindfulness and meditation around the four basic elements, earth, water, fire, and air - always in the presence of the resident dogs.
In this package, you will also take part in free creative experimentation and the infinite rewards that come from letting your hands work on what your soul is asking for: to be the artist that you are, without restriction. So, if you feel like experimenting with creative and manual abilities, and also want to relax and benefit from the loving company of our dogs, then you’ve found the ideal place.
Get the opportunity to spend a few days in your stunning natural surroundings, relaxing, practicing yoga or enjoying creative activities, while the dogs watch you, full of interest, and speak to you with the “language of the heart”. Retreat Bela Natureza are animal-lovers and would like to contribute as much as possible to spread an understanding for respectful and loving interactions with the animal world. Through heartfelt and direct contact with their resident family of healing dogs, you can learn a lot from them.
Meditation with dogs and the company of Retreat Bela Natureza's friendly and loving dogs, whom you can observe in their natural environment, pet and play with will open up your heart and your smile!
Twice a week, Evelyn leads a "good morning meditation" at which the dogs are present. After the meditation, you have the opportunity to interact with them for an hour and delight in the affection given and received. These are precious and unforgettable moments!
Retreat Bela Natureza's family of 15 dogs, which have been trained for this purpose during years, is central to the group meditation sessions. Such a large of group of dogs, all completely at ease with one another, is fundamental for the group meditation sessions. Having 15 of them means that there may be enough doggies to accompany each person during the meditation sessions; however, this cannot be guaranteed because dogs are also sensitive to people's auras and may choose when to interact with specific humans at specific moments.
When one joins the vibration of the crystal bowls, one is attempting to deeply reach the meridians that exist in their physical body, those that have to do with the internal organs and the energetic ones. In addition, the sound produced by the crystal bowls deeply influences the brain’s hemispheres.
Thus, the union between the vibration caused by the sound of the crystal bowls and movement creates a favorable state for meditation, which in turn assists with awareness and the absorption of the experiences that arise during the process.
Guests will have the possibility of creating one or more of the following:
Arembepe is a small village, located about a 40-minute walk from the retreat, a 10-minute car drive, and there is also the option to rent a bike in the nearby bike store. It is a small beach town that boasts beautiful restaurants, smaller food stands, hidden bars, supermarkets, pharmacies, cash machine, tourist shops, a local church, and a stunning beach front.
There is the option to sit and swim on the main beach, which is surrounded by beautiful reefs. The waves crash against these reefs, which protect the swimmers and create tranquil natural pools. Or, there is the option to walk further to the left or right of the beach for more waves and fewer people.
This much larger beach is about 45 minutes by bus from the highway outside of the condominium, or about 35 minutes by car. There are plenty of shops that sell beachwear, water sports equipment, and gifts. There is also a large array of restaurants from small food stands to more lavish restaurants. This area is known for its beautiful beaches, travel resorts, and luxury homes. The community fishermen still live there which makes an interesting mix between tourism and authentic living. Take a walk down the beach for a less crowded vibe and smaller food stalls.
Dr. Evelyn Hartoch is the coordinator of Retreat Bela Natureza. She is a landscape architect with Ph.D. in Environmental Structures from FAUUSP, University of São Paulo and in Socio-Environmental Sciences from Kassel University, Germany; BA in Communications and Arts from ECAUSP, University of São Paulo; consultant and holistic therapist in colors (chromotherapy) and complementary therapeutic sounds.
Retreat Bela Natureza Brazil is a pioneer and unique rustic nature retreat with resident healing dogs, located close to the charming beach village Arembepe, at the highway Ba-099, "Estrada do Côco" that runs down the north coast of Bahia, about a half-an-hour-drive away from the international airport of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
Located in a secure condominium neighboring the Environmental Preservation Area of the Capivara River, Retreat Bela Natureza offers modern infrastructure within a peaceful and welcoming natural environment. Retreat Bela Natureza is hidden away in nature, easy to reach when you know the way.
Vegetarian food also suitable for vegans, made from organic vegetables, regional goodies, many fruits, juices, coconut water, coffee and tea. Breakfast included, other meals upon request. A coffee and tea break is available at extra cost.
Guests who like fish or meat, from time to time, can visit some excellent restaurants in Arembepe or other seaside villages in the surrounding area.
There is not a lot of nightlife around the venue, so it is very enjoyable to spend a quiet night there, looking at the stars, practicing yoga, or whatever you please.
There are however a lot to see and do around the Retreat Bela Natureza. With beautiful beaches, restaurants across all price points, cultural performances, authentic festivities, and great transportation to Salvador, you cannot be bored. Please ask Retreat Bela Natureza about the option of having a guided tour.
Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport
Transfer not provided
There are many buses that run north or south the coastal area with beautiful beaches. Keep Retreat Bela Natureza updated on your flight's arrival time or give them a call if you arrive in Arembepe by bus, and they will assist you
There is the option of taking a taxi or moto taxi.
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