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RITES OF PASSAGE RETREATS was first formed in 1991 by artist/writer/self awareness facilitator Barbara Lange to share the major transitions in our lives. Small groups of men and women come together at sacred sites on islands, in the mountains and around the world to celebrate life changes and to explore the world. Our journeys take us to places like Bali, Brazil, France, Italy, Greece, Great Britain and Nepal. We stay in beautiful villas, country houses and monasteries exploring spiritual places and fascinating cultures. These retreats offer the opportunity to know ourselves, travel the world and to develop life-long friendships.


2008 (dates to be announced) We are returning to visit the famed Brazilian healer, Joao de Deus, at his spiritual center in Abadiania, Brazil. Visiting Casa de Dom Ignacio is a remarkable experience. The atmosphere there is full of gentle, loving energy. Joao de Deus has been offering his gifts of healing for over 40 years and charges nothing for this service. He sees thousands of people who travel from many countries for healing and guidance in their lives. You are invited to join us as we make this pilgrimage to the rural village of Abadiania, located in the beautiful countryside of Goias. The area is know for its crystal deposits and the energy there is very high and clear. The Casa, filled with gentle, compassionate people, is open each day with Joao offering his healings on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We will stay in Abadiania for 12 days, allowing us to sit in the current rooms with other visitors and mediums and healers and to see John of God several times each week. No matter how many people are there to see him in the Casa, he will see every person. The price includes round trip airfare from Miami, one night in a Brasilia hotel with time for rest after the international flight or sightseeing and shopping. Also included is all land transportation in Brazil, 12 nights in a simple but comfortable pousada (inn) in Abadiania, three healthy meals a day, visits to the Casa for healing treatments during each week, and to the magnificent healing waterfall nearby and daily meditation and discussion time with our group. We will also have the opportunity to arrange crystal healing baths at the Casa at a nominal cost. In addition to the healing sessions, herbs and blessed waters are available. At the end of each morning session, the Casa volunteers serve soup, blessed by the entities and free to everyone who attends. It is a joyous time and people share their miraculous stories. Many friendships are formed each day. This is truly one of the most inspirational and sacred retreats in our calendar. Being in the energy of this remarkable place and with the beloved Joao, is an experience of a lifetime. We invite you to join us in a healing journey for the body, mind and spirit. Also available are optional excursions to charming artists' villages and landmarks nearby. There are many beautiful waterfalls in the countryside. We can choose to visit the city of crystals and ancient churches for quiet meditation and prayer. Space is limited for this journey. A $350 non-refundable deposit will hold your place. Please send check or money order to: Barbara H. Lange RITES OF PASSAGE RETREATS 985 Toe River Road, Green Mountain, North Carolina 28740 828-682-4684

Price: $2378.00



September 1 - 15, 2007 . One week: $980 . Two Weeks: $1836 Join BARBARA LANGE & FRIENDS as we spend an enchanted September in the south of France with a small group of fellow travelers. Our home will be a beautiful villa in the region of Languedoc with gardens, a private swimming pool, vineyards, outdoor terraces for al fresco dining, and our own transportation to travel the countryside. The villa is lovely and is surrounded by hills, vineyards, pine and olive trees and picturesque stone walls. It is situated near the village of Fonties d?Aude and is close to the medievel city of Carcassonne (the closest airport), the beautiful Canal du Midi and many historic Cathar castles. We will visit colorful market days in nearby villages, explore ancient caves and sacred grottos and bathe in healing thermal baths. Day trips may be planned to ancient medieval towns and sacred sites like Limoux, Beziers, Castelnaudary, Ax-les-Thermes, Lezignan-Corbieres and Narbonne. Other trips may include Minerve, Rennes le Chateau, Rocamador, the Meditarranean and to Barcelona, Spain, only two hours away. This lovely villa has spacious accommodations, a large living room and dining area and is furnished in charming provencal style. There are three terraces with panoramic views of the verdant countryside. There will be plenty of time to read, write, paint, swim in nearby lakes and rivers, sample delicious country cuisine, brush up on your French and walk ancient roads. Mornings may begin with a meditation, perhaps a trip to the nearest bakery for buttery croissants and talks over coffee or tea about the day?s plans. Afternoons we follow country roads to sacred spots, walking down cobblestone streets, visiting magnificent chateaus and castles, and in the evenings we eat in or dine out at very delicious, very french restaurants. We will meet the local villagers, sit in the stillness of beautiful old churches, and shop or sit at a local cafe. All activities are optional, so if you want to relax and spend the day at the villa, be our guest. Come for one week or two and experience this beautiful country from your own home base. The weekly price is based on eight people in the villa and includes accommodations (dbl. occ.)*, group use of the minivan or car, optional art and writing sessions and excursions each week plus the extensive research on sites in the area which are provided to the group. We will have a house fund for gasoline and for meals we cook at home. Maximum number of house guests per week is eight. Airfare is not included but ask us about low round trip fares to Paris and Carcassonne. The $350 non-refundable deposit holds your reservation now and the full fee is due July 1, 2007. Credit cards accepted with PayPal. *Limited number of single rooms available with single supplement.

Price: $980.00

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