If you’re a spiritually curious, lifelong learner who’s ready to explore the power of your voice as a tool for personal and communal healing, this retreat promises a journey of discovery where you’ll gain the skills to create and share deeply resonant healing music that empowers you and those around you.

Eliana Gilad is like an ancient priestess, bestowing enchantment and alchemy through rhythm and sound. She takes you to a very deep place and then lifts you to a beautiful high.

Marianne Williamson, NY Times Best-Selling Author, Presidential Candidate

Exploring through Tavira’s whispering alleyways, each cobblestone seems to sing to you, sharing its centuries-old secrets. Your heart beats in rhythm with the hidden melodies of this place, as if the very air is coaxing your soul’s song to dance freely once more.

There you are, flopping down on a sun-drenched bench, giggling at the thought that, sometimes, doing absolutely zilch is the grandest adventure of them all.

Mesmerized by the riot of colors – those cheeky bougainvilleas are showing off again, splashing their pinks against walls that whisper tales of mediterranean mystique. You’re not just refilling your well; you’re diving into a whole new world where your spirit is physically expressed.

 

Letting go feels like the most natural thing here. It’s time to strip away the shoulds, coulds, and the what-ifs. As you soak in the vibe, the sea’s lullaby mingles with the echoes of sage women, urging you to release old bonds, to express the freedom of your deepest truth.

Suddenly, clarity sparkles brighter than the sun on the sea. You’re not just relaxed; you’re released, vibrant and confident. Grounded in your newfound power, you’re jazzed, ready to leap into life’s next big adventure. 

Here, in the flow of the river Gilao, under the watchful eye of a culture rich in wisdom, you rediscover your rhythm, your voice, your unquenchable zest for life. It’s not just a retreat; it’s a homecoming to the most jubilant, unguarded version of you.

photo by tiana

    Are you ready to create deeply healing music and evoke change?

 

Create Healing Music That Mesmerizes

Can you imagine showing up in the world as an instrument of change who is tuned into the cosmic note and uses their voice as a medium for connecting with universal energies.

On the ancient land of Tavira, the first inhabited land in Western, Iberia (50 BC), you’ll learn how to be intensely present through healing voice practices so you can express your truth in the moment (whether spoken or sung) and remain relaxed and focused amidst turbulent change.

Deepen Connection with Your Empowered Voice

How incredible would it feel to be attuned to the limitless potential of your inner knowing and be able to express it in ways you have never experienced before?

Throughout our journey,  the feminine energy of the Eastern Algarve will embrace you, helping you to break through self-imposed limitations so you can hear and hold harmonious tones as you effortlessly express your empowered voice using your body as an instrument.

Master the Art of Presence

How incredible would it be to feel into the moment and relax into being who you naturally are, without having to DO a thing.  

At this retreat, through the Mediterranean magic of Tavira with its naturally slow and peaceful pace, you will gain a deeper perspective of harmonious living and your unique role in it, leading to a profound sense of peace, clarity and confidence.

Create Harmony through Chaos 

How nourishing and nurturing would it feel to be soothed through the uncertainty and unprecedented changes we are facing today.

Through practice of therapeutic singing tools taught in the ancient mystery schools, you’ll learn to remain relaxed and focused amidst turbulent changes will reconnect you to your inner clarity and replenish your power.

Let’s Make Some MAGIC!

              They say transformation begins at the edge of your comfort zone…

 

 

…so imagine immersing yourself in six transformative days and five inspiring nights  alongside life-long learners, intuitive women from diverse corners of the Earth who honor and amplify your inner voice!

Together, we form a tapestry of vibrant voices, each a crucial thread in a more colorful cloth, demonstrating that unity and authenticity hold more power than we could ever experience alone.

In a world craving genuine connection and deep healing, the time is ripe for us to step into our power, to nurture our souls, and to express our truths with confidence and grace.

Our collective voice is a beacon of hope and transformation.

Imagine how fantastic it feels to be in community where you’re understood and can confidently express your true voice without fear of judgment or rejection?

Every voice, every heart, every soul contributes to the symphony.

Empowering your authentic voice, stepping into your innate power, connected deeply with your spirituality is the most effective path to navigate life’s transitions. You flourish amidst change, and make the impactful, soulful contribution you are destined to make.

“Experiencing the unity of our collaboration was so healing for me!”

    “I am completely appreciative of the work I’ve experienced alone and together…physically embodying, mentally surrendering and spiritually expansive…

    Given the venue and the valuable experience of the work, the cost of the retreat was reasonable. The length was perfect. 

    The unity and collaboration was so healing for me.”

    Brenda Mailer, Nova Scotia

     

    YOUR VENUE – (Portuguese: O LOCAL)

    Tavira, Portugal – Eastern Algarve

    Situated on both sides of the slow-moving Gilão River, the town invites you to meander along its cobblestone streets, inhale the sweet aromas coming from the bakeries on both sides of the Roman bridge. It’s a “thing” to just stop to take it all in!

     

    Tavira’s history comes alive with its traditional, hand-crafted stone framed portals into low buidings covered with exquisite Portuguese tiles known as azulejos.

    Wouldn’t it feel freeing to step away from our frustrating pace of technological change and culture and experience life without a schedule?

    On weekends markets spontaneously pop up with a unique mix of local artisan crafts, both old and new goods, perfect for those one-of-a-kind finds. The hand painted tiles are delicious eye candy.

     


    You’ll find peace and quiet
    – to reflect, think, and be at ease with yourself and others.

    In Portuguese culture, people and relationships are considered more important than time, so punctuality is not as emphasized.

    You’ll feel free to act upon a whim, sing a song, or just sit and enjoy doing nothing but watch the world go by. 

     

    We’ll sojourn at the Maria Nova Boutique Hotel perched on a hilltop just above the center of Tavira.

    That means, from the rooftop bar, your eye will delight in a 360 degree panoramic view of the city, the river and nearby Tavira Island…making you feel on top of the world.

    It also means that while our modern rooms will make you feel a world away from the noise of town, when you walk out the door, you’ll love that within a short 5-minute walk down the windy narrow cobblestone lane, you find yourself in one of the main squares where we will enjoy our welcome dinner and celebration.

    We’ll end with a communal farewell feast to celebrate the magic of our journey, crowned with the empowered jewel of your inspired, open heart.

    Tavira was chosen by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage Site resulting from the presence in its territory of civilizations of Mediterranean antiquity, such as Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs.

    You’ll taste these influences in the fresh heavenly, hand-made tapas, savory Portuguese delicacies, grilled fish, caught the same morning, fresh baked bread and delectable desserts might just make you never want to leave.

     

     

    You’ll find peace and quiet – to reflect, think, and be at ease with yourself and others.

    Women have played a large leadership role in the culture which emphasizes values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity. You’ll feel it in the hotel and permeated throughout the town.

    The mayor, Ana Paula Martins is a young woman committed to feminine leadership and constructive change for the post COVID world.

    Take Me to Tavira!

    Healing Voices Also Need Healing

    Flavors to be Healthy & Happy…

    Hello “Mediterranean Diet! 

    Freshed squeezed juice from the oranges of Algarve, known worldwide for its natural sweetness, fresh figs, almonds, pomegranates, the essence of fresh persimmon and olive oil. These names evoke ancient scents of mysterious beauties, princesses in ancient palaces and sensuous  maidens.

    Women knew how to arouse passions with the natural substances found around them. You’ll be tasting a variety of these titillating scents. Your entire being will rejoice with sumptuous healthy gourmet delights. Portuguese cuisine is a naturally fresh, Mediterranean based diet.

    In fact, Tavira was chosen by Portugal to represent the Mediterranean Diet in UNESCO.

    You will be roused each morning through an adventure in flavor.

    Like the people themselves, the Portuguese breakfast buffet is inviting, delicious with assertively tangy flavors on the one hand, English country breakfast on the other, both comprise the freshest ingredients.

    Fresh squeezed fruit juices, “pastel de nata” custard tarts (a local specialty), a spread of cheeses, eggs, yoghurt, and piping hot bread seasoned with locally picked herbs, baked pastries and much more await your palate.

    Long tables laden with delicacies will rejuvenate your health without adding to your waistline. Jugs filled with cool fresh lemon water will quench your thirst.

     

     

    THE PROGRAM

    You’ll clearly awaken to these three aspects of Therapeutic Singing

    CONNECTION, COURAGE & CONFIDENCE

     

    WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC SINGING?

    Therapeutic singing is a way to embody YOUR own unique voice?

    The origins of therapeutic singing are timeless, rooted in the unity of ALL that encourage trust in yourself and the limitless potential of your voice...

    Therapeutic singing is wordless…. It embodies sound properties and powers that bypass the cognitive mind.

    Imagine the goosebumps in your tummy as  harmonious healing tones flow from your mouth…and you love the sound of your voice!

    You don’t care what anyone else thinks because you’re experiencing the healing, directly from within!!!

    OMG it’s empowering!

    Most amazing is when you realize that acting upon that inner voice that nudged you to come to Tavira (even when it was scary to spend time and money on yourself ahead of “more important” commitments, when it made no “logical” sense), is what actually allowed your powerful, confidence voice to emerge.

    You’re in for alot of big happy surprises!

    HERE’S HOW THE THREE PHASES ARE DELIVERED

     

             CONNECTION TO YOUR HEALING VOICE

    Imagine yourself beginning a journey where you tune into the ancient vibrations of the Mediterranean, allowing the rich cultural heritage of Tavira to guide you into a deeper connection with your inner voice.

    Your heart’s yearning for authenticity guides you to harmonize your voice with the silent whispers of history and nature.

    You’ll experience the profound connection that comes from aligning your voice with the silent source of ancient healing music practices that have soothed souls for centuries.

    By the end of the this phase, the promise of transformation will be ringing in your ears, aligning your heartbeat with the rhythmic tides of the river Gilao, and creating a sounding board for the journey ahead.

     

     

    COURAGE TO TRUST YOUR HEALING VOICE

    Envision yourself courageously stepping beyond the familiar, using your voice as a bridge between your deepest                                                        truths and the world around you.

    This phase is about overcoming the fear of expressing your authentic voice, encouraging you to trust the unique                                                          melodies that arise when you’re truly listening. The courage to change begins when we allow our voices to be in service                                                          to the cosmic vibration – from where they originate. At the core of your being, you know it’s time to connect to the Source                                                        of your true power, time for quantum-leap change.

    Calling on vocal cleansing practices that have been passed down for generations, we’ll release the ways we’ve                                                        chosen (often unconsciously) to limit ourselves (especially amidst growth and change).

     

    Can you imagine yourself effortlessly expressing yourself in service as an extension of your ancient feminine lineage?

    On our visit to the Moorish museum, you’ll discover the physical remnants of a mystic musical practice rooted in a 1000 year old tradition and learn improvisational ways that encourage trust in yourself.

    You’ll create your own vocal incantation to soothe yourself as you take your next steps forward on your path.

    Collaborative therapeutic singing will help you to break through self-imposed limitations and build trust with others. 

    If your heart needs to express the ancient song of its soul, but you have no idea how, this phase will be a game changer!

    Imagine the lightness you’ll feel as you’re freed from the need to “perform” and can just humanly express yourself instead.

     

     

    They say that music soothes the soul.

    Get ready to be betwixt through breathing music tradition of Fado, with its unique expression of Saudade – the soul’s longing amidst loss and uncertainty. 

    Though this music genre officially originated in Portugal around the 1820s, it is thought to have much earlier origins, many say from Moorish influence.

    You’ll enjoy an evening dedicated to Fado, known for its profound cathartic quality, in a magical setting.

     

     

                                                    CONFIDENTLY EXPRESS YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE

     

    Picture the freedom and harmony that emerge when you confidently share your voice with the world.  This embodied                        music is not just a healing art form but a state of being, reflecting the tranquility and beauty of the Mediterranean spirit.

    What would it be like to live in abundance, joyfully sharing your gifts with the world, leaping from bed in the morning  in radiant health, singing your unique song?

    Contemplate these questions as you rest following our closing banquet with hand made, locally sourced organically                            grown products and reconnect to the source of your healing voice – a full well of wisdom.

    You’ll enjoy the support of your new life-long friendships being strengthened through our evening sharing circle.                                    After our last breakfast, we’ll embark on a culmination ceremony – where you’ll rejoice in your newfound expression.

    And these transformations aren’t simply “out of this world,” you’ll take your new consciousness, fresh perspectives and ability to shift your thoughts and emotions back home and see major results in your home life, relationships, career, business, health and finances.

    You’ll have opportunity to review the life changing events of the past six days and contemplate the next steps on your journey in your life. If you have chosen to join our 3-Day Extension in Andalucia, Spain, get ready for your transformation to go deeper.

    Rest, relax and pack, shop in the local market, until you depart on our shuttle back to Faro airport and your evening flight departures.

     

     

    Read to what others have to say…

    This experience was BEYOND excellent!

    “I had great deepening within my being… embodying and taking away new knowledge, that’s not theoretical, but actual and active in each day’s unleashing of my voice. 

    On all levels, physically, mentally and spiritually, I blew my own lid off…I’ll never to be contained again!

    I loved the flow of sacred alchemy and transformation that occured during the retreat process and its delivery. I appreciate where this is leading me to.

    No glitches. Everything was provided professionally and efficiently.

    This retreat far exceeded any expectations I had. 

    Chrystalla Pritchard, Toronto

     

    3-DAY EXTENSION

     

    RESONANT PATHS:

    ANDALUCIAN NIGHTS &

    SEPHARDIC LIGHTS

     

    Seville & Ayamonte, Spain

    October 19-21, 2024

    Discover the crossroads of culture through Flamenco vibrance and the Golden Age of Jewish Spain. Immerse yourself deeper into the soulful journey with our exclusive three-day Andalucian Extension designed to enrich your Vibrant Voices experience.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 1: Authentic Flamenco & Tapas in Ayamonte

    We’ll cross the Guadiana River from Portugal into Spain, to  the serene beauty of our home, Parador Ayamonte, where the spirit of the retreat continues to resonate within you, preparing you for an unforgettable adventure that will deepen your soul transformation.

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Ayamonte, where every step is a dance with history and every bite a taste of centuries-old traditions.

    An authentic evening of traditional tapas and flamenco await you at La Puerta Ancha. An enchanting Andalucian patio will transport you to another era – where you’ll be closer to flamenco artists than  you could ever imagine! Get ready to be carried away by the passion and rhythm in a way you’ve never experienced before.

     

     

     

    Day 2:  Journey to Seville & the Golden Age of Jewish Spain

    Following a delicious breakfast buffet, with its wide selection of fresh and local ingredients, we’ll depart for Seville, a city where the past and present meld beautifully.

    Known for its architectural marvels and vibrant street life, Seville holds the key to understanding the cultural confluence that defines Andalucia.

     

     

    Historic Jewish Quarter: In Seville, we’ll explore landmarks that echo the voices of the past, including the Barrio Santa Cruz, the famous Jewish quarter, and sites significant to the development of Flamenco and other musical traditions.

    Our focus will be on experiencing these places as learners seeking to embody the layers of historical tradition that has and can further contribute to our creative healing expression.

    Sounds of Sepharad Workshop:

    In the historic Murillo Gardens which borders the Barrio Santa Cruz you’ll participate in an exclusive workshop that will introduce you to the ancient Jewish musical traditions of Spain.

    This hands-on experience will connect the dots between the retreat’s focus on voice and the historical melodies that have woven through Andalucian culture, and beyond.

    No need for musical experience or aptitude. Just a keen desire to fully embrace the healing power of your voice.

    Day 3: Integration & Farewell

    As the Andalucian sun rises over the Guadiana,  you deeply feel the transformation you’ve undergone in Portugal and Spain.

    You’ve not only heard the promise of exploring the power of your voice for healing—you’ve lived it. From the vibrant Flamenco nights to reflective moments, you’ve connected with ancient melodies that speak of healing and unity.

    In this reflective pause, imagine acknowledging your journey’s fruits, a realization that fills you with gratitude and certainty.

    This isn’t just a fleeting insight; it’s a profound embodiment that will guide your path forward.

     

     

     

    We’ll gather one last time,  for our culmination circle to share insights and reflections from our Spain and Portugal journey. This is a time to integrate the experiences and learnings into our ongoing journey of voice and self-expression.

    As you stand on the threshold of departure, you’re armed with more than memories; you carry a new-found confidence in your voice’s ability to inspire change and foster connection.

    You leave ready to share your healing voice with the world, embodying the deep connection and transformation you’ve experienced.

    This journey has been a reawakening, a reminder of your voice’s potential as a bridge between hearts, a journey well embarked upon, fulfilling the promise of discovery, healing, and empowerment.

      LET’S LOOK AT SOME OF THE LONG LASTING BENEFITS…Results Increase with Time! 

          • Replenish your well – body, mind & soul in these times of uncertainty
          • Evaluate and reflect upon your decisions
          • Heal the wounds that have hurt your heart
          • Replace your self-doubt with clarity of purpose
          • Overcome the anxiety of letting your soul sing
          • Stop saying what they want to hear when it’s not YOUR truth
          • Above all, ready to express and live your truth

      THIRSTY FOR MAGIC & RENEWAL & NEED TO…

      How liberating would it be to discover your authentic voice, claiming your space in personal and professional spheres with confidence and ease?

      Through our collaborative explorations and reflective practices that free your voice and release the ego, you will uncover the power of your unique expression, transforming how you connect with others and articulate your truth.

      Can you imagine the tranquility of mastering deep breathing techniques, navigating life’s pressures with a serene heart and a clear mind?

      In the embrace of Southern Portugal and Spain, through practices rooted in ancient wisdom, you will find yourself moving through the world with a newfound calmness and centeredness, ready to face any challenge with grace.

      How enriching would it feel to attune your ears to the subtle melodies of existence, enhancing your bond with the universe and your own intuition? As we journey together, you’ll learn to listen deeply—not just to the sounds around you, but to the inner rhythms that guide your path, enriching your relationship with yourself and the world.

      And imagine the warmth of forming deep connections, becoming part of a safe community dedicated to authentic expression.

      Through shared experiences, heartfelt exchanges, and plain old having fun (like dancing in the street :-), you’ll weave lasting bonds, creating a network of support that extends far beyond the retreat itself.

      These are not just possibilities—they are promises. Join us on this journey, and let these experiences unfold into a vibrant tapestry of growth, discovery, and joy that will resonate within you long after our time together has ended.

       

      • Know your inner truth and speak it with confidence and ease so that others want MORE of what you have to offer.
      • Live in the present, go with the flow and stop pushing the river that depletes your reserves, so you show up in the moment and respond for your highest good.
      • Stop caring what other people think about your voice and authentically express yourself.
      • Stay calm and centered, no matter what is going on around you.
      • Have clarity about what to do next in your life and career and how to take action forward.
      • Embody therapeutic singing practices that increase your ability to create and lead your own healing music meditations – even or especially if you are a seasoned facilitator!

      How empowered would you feel, being equipped with tools to dismantle mental barriers and unleash your inner voice?

      In the nurturing environment of our retreat, you’ll learn strategies for overcoming doubts and fears, paving the way for clear decision-making and boundless creativity.

      Wouldn’t it be transformative to recognize and embrace the infinite possibilities within you? As we explore the landscapes and legacies of Andalucia, you’ll be encouraged to live boldly, opening your heart to new opportunities and adventures, guided by the limitless potential that resides within.

      Envision embarking on your journey with an open heart, welcoming each new beginning with joy and anticipation?

      With every step we take together, from ancient streets to sacred spaces, you will embrace the beauty of beginnings, seeing them as opportunities to enrich your story and deepen your journey.

      Imagine feeling deeply present in every moment, your experiences infused with meaning and connection. Our time together will be an invitation to live fully in the now, savoring the richness of life with every breath, enhancing your interactions and relationships.

      A community of Lifelong learners.

      Join a vibrant community of like-minded souls, passionate about the power of music and voice as tools for healing and connection. This retreat is an invitation to become part of a larger journey, with opportunities to engage, learn, and grow together long after our time in Portugal and Spain conclude.

      These are not just possibilities—they are promises. Join us on this journey, and let these experiences unfold into a vibrant tapestry of growth, discovery, and joy that will resonate within you for the rest of your life.

      The planet is urging our harmonious voices to be heard collectively and individually. 

      This means courageously dismantling your fear,  jealousy and judgment with support and self-compassion. After all, your voice is the one making a difference.

      If you’ve been giving, giving, giving to others, and your reserves are near empty, then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

      It’s time to step outside of your comfortable, life threatening survival routine and reconnect with healing voice of wisdom so you can return home nourished and replenished – ready to make a difference.

      So whether you needto pivot from your professional pressures, and know it’s time to reassess your life, soothe your heart with healing sound, and feel you’re on the precipice of a quantum leap forward, then take time for yourself within the support of other wise women is guaranteed to free your soul so you can fully share your voice in the world.

      Yet there’s no way you can serve from a depleted well.  Replenishment comes first!

      With our voices together, we’ll be aligning with power that can literally part the seas, creating an indescribably empowering experience that attunes you to another paradigm.

      But you’ll have to say YES to join us to experience it. If your heart says YES, we NEED to speak!

       AMAZING BONUSES!

      Click on each of the THREE TABS and REVEAL YOUR BONUSES!

      EARLY BIRD BONUS #1: $300 VALUE

       

      VALUE: $300

      Stop self-sabotage using your own voice and evidence based practices to heal the fear of being visibible. Inspire the discovery of sincere, honest self-expression; alone and/or within a group environment.

      WHY THIS BONUS?

      Over the years of leading women’s retreats around the globe, I’ve noticed a significant difference in success between women who have worked with this material prior to the retreat, and those who have not.

      I decided to make it a pre-requisite to experience this healing voice work PRIOR to coming to Portugal.

      Everyone who signs up for the Early-Bird receives the course – as a gift. This way, by the time you arrive to Portugal,

      you’ll already be attuned with your natural voice and receive even more from the therapeutic singing you’ll experience in this retreat.

      BY THE END OF THIS TRAINING, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

          • Release blocks that stop you from easily expressing yourself 
          • Get clarity to your most confusing questions & stop  beating your head against the wall
          • Use healing vibration to hear your inner voice
          • Connect to your feminine power through Ancient Vocal Meditation
          • Say goodbye to criticizing and self-sabotaging yourself
          • Connect to your feminine power through Ancient Vocal Meditation 
          • Be truly seen and heard by ending fear of visibility & expanding your expression
          • Transform self-doubt into self-acceptance and stop trying to force solutions

      We will work with this material DEEPLY in Portugal, in the VERY places where these traditions were practiced!

      EARLY BIRD BONUS #2: $800 VALUE

      4 Group Coaching Q&A Calls

      This BONUS is valued at $800.

      In addition to the amazing support in our  private student support group, you will                                                                                                                          have the opportunity to ask your questions and deepen your practice with me LIVE, in real time.

      BONUS Calls: 1x a month, starting in June. They’ll be recorded. You receive four!

       

       

      BONUS #3: $1000 VALUE

      Just because we care, you’ll also receive:

      • A Clarity Call – 20 minutes of 1:1 time with Eliana so she can get to know you personally and best support you on your journey.
      • Access to a Private Retreat Facebook Group – so we can connect pre-trip (you can ask questions and receive update-to-date trip info) and then we’ll stay connected post-trip – and of course swap photos!
      • Pre-Trip Group Call – you’ll have the chance to meet everyone in the group, share your intent and learn how to best prepare yourself!
      • Post-Trip Group Call – we’ll gather to help integrate your learnings once back at home!

       

      I'm Ready for My Voice to Be Heard!

      Why Tavira, Portugal?

      Your Portal to Personal & Communal Healing

      Thousands of years ago,  leaders would retreat to temples and avail themselves of special sound and rhythm that would bypass their intellect and help reconnect them to their inner clarity and replenish their power.

      This therapeutic singing practice taught in mystery schools, was a way that helped us remain relaxed and focused amidst turbulent change.

      There is legend of the Well of Prophetess Miriam, which “gave forth water whenever a woman sang to it with the her heart-song”.

      The well provided soothing calm and clarity to the ragged people on their prolongued perilous journey through the wilderness to an unknown “promised land”.

      Today, this healing voice tradition is being revived to help us thrive through uncertainty and emerge triumphant amdist the unprecedented changes we are facing.

      Remnants of this tradition are found in southern Portugal, and Western Iberia, setting the stage for our retreat. 

      Moorish Vase Tavira
      Golden Haggadah, fol. 14v, ca. 1320-1330, illuminated manuscript London, British Library, courtesy The Medieval Haggadah by Marc Michael Epstein, Yale University Press, 2011

       

       

      In 8th century BC, Tavira became one of the first settlements in the Iberian West.

      It is a “healing power center” where soothing energy is accessible and directly experienced.

      Now is the time to reconnect to your roots and attune to your inner wisdom which knows what’s best for you.

      The healing voice is asking to be heard and expressed individually and through our collective wisdom today.

      Whether you are already comfortable expressing your healing voice and thirsty to gather around the well with other juicy women, or you’re new to this aspect of your expression, what you’ll discover in Tavira, Portugal will empower and inspire you.

       

       

       

       

      Why Create Healing Music?
      Unleashing Your Voice as Instrument of Change

      The origins of therapeutic singing are timeless, rooted in the unity of ALL that encourage trust in yourself and the limitless potential of your voice...

      Therapeutic singing is wordless…embodying sonic properties  that bypass the cognitive mind. Its healing power comes from surrendering our egoic “doer” identity, and aligning to the SOURCE of the sound.

      In service to the harmonic cosmos, as humble human instruments, we release our resistence, and allow the sound to flow.

      Gotta be a singer or musically adept?

      NO! Your vibrant voice already exists right inside of you!                      Here’s what you DO need:

        1. Willingness to f*&% it up. You can’t actually, because there’s no right or wrong way to do this.
        2. Humility…to accept your value and contribute it, even when “stuff” comes up (you’ll learn how to let it go and transform into creativity).
        3.  Self-compassion. Vulnerability is a STRENGTH, NOT a WEAKNESS.

       

      OMG it’s empowering!

      Imagine the goosebumps in your tummy as  harmonious healing tones flow from your mouth…and you love the sound of your voice!

      You don’t care what anyone else thinks because you’re experiencing the healing, directly from within!!!

      Most amazing is when you realize that acting upon that inner voice that nudged you to come to Tavira (even when it was scary to spend time and money on yourself ahead of “more important” commitments, when it made no “logical” sense), is what actually allowed your powerful, confidence voice to emerge.

      You’re in for alot of big happy surprises!

      PS. If you were born into a Judeo-Christian background and curious about your forgotten roots in Sefarad (the Golden age of Jewish Spain and Portugal in midevil times), you’ll LOVE this!

      We’ll be exploring it’s healing and powers that will magically melt blocks and open you to feel safe and in flow.

      It's TOTALLY me!

      What is included…

      Six solid days of ancient healing voice training, therapeutic singing and ceremonies + lots of succulent sharing and deep conversation all week!

      • Boutique accommodations double occupancy – five nights (The number of people in rooms are subject to final group size)
      • Five delectable buffet breakfasts
      • Three delightful lunch and/or dinners (depending on the day)
      • Opening banquet
      • Mediterranean Diet Experience
      • Traditional Fado Music Concert
      • Our Sefarad Healing Voice initiation
      • Our “Release& Unleash” ceremony
      • A farewell Feast our last night
      • Entrance fees to the Moorish museum
      • Airport Roundtrip Transportation: Oct. 14th & 19th (designated times only!)

      What’s Not Included

      • Your international round-trip flights (we’ve got some great ideas to help you find a great deal!)
      • Free lunch or dinner (one never goes hungry in Portugal and Spain, reasonably priced healthy food is available in abundance!)
      • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, incidentals, personal phone calls or other activities not already mentioned
      • Souvenirs and shopping (leave some space in your carpet bag or purchase an extra one) ☺.
      • Tips for porters, housekeeping, accommodation and restaurant staff – whatever moves you…
      • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance (which we require!)

      Resonant Paths – Andalucian Nights & Sephardic Lights – Spain Extension:   Oct. 19-21, 2024

      Three days of discovery – crossroads of cultures through Flamenco Vibrance and the Mystical Golden Age of Jewish Spain in Seville!

      Boutique accommodations double occupancy – two nights (The number of people in rooms are subject to final group size)

      Two delectable Spanish buffet breakfasts

      Flamenco & Tapas Evening

      Tour of Seville: includes RT Transportation

      Santa Cruz Experience: Evocative Ancient Jewish Quarter

      Our Sefarad Healing Voice initiation

      A farewell Feast our last night

      Airport Transportation: Oct. 21st (Ayamonte to Faro Airport – designated times only!)

       

      What You’ll Take Home:

       

      • Mastery over ancient voice techniques, harnessing the power of therapeutic singing to create your own healing music.
      • Knowing how to be intensely present so you can express your truth in the moment (whether spoken or sung).
      • Deep connection with your feminine voice that enables you to hear & hold tones, harmoniously using  your body as an instrument.
      • Rekindled energy and excitement for your personal & professional life.
      • Increased clarity and confidence to chart your next steps forward.
      • Greater ability to co-create with others in a way that empowers all.
      • Deep connections with a devoted group of life-long learners.
      • Heart-felt appreciation for Iberian culture and  how it is expressed in the amazing southern European countries of Portugal & Spain.
      • Incredible memories (and pictures!) of your adventures & new friends.

      OMG! This is AMAZING!

      This is TOTALLY FOR you if:

      • You want to use the power of your voice as a tool for personal and communal healing.
      • You yearn to create healing music that inspires you and others.
      • You’re eager to absorb the wisdom and experience of the founder of therapeutic singing.
      • You’re ready to transform your life and the lives of those who hear you.
      • You feel a calling to Tavira, to deepen your path and purpose.
      • You’re open to embracing new perspectives and different points of view.
      • You’re eager to learn from the best, so you can step into your next phase seamlessly.
      • You want to gain the confidence and tools you need to truly heal with your voice.
      • You  feel excited and nervous about this retreat.

       This journey is probably NOT for you if:

      • You resist going out of the box and get defensive when triggered.
      • You can’t handle walking on cobblestones (most streets are made of em)
      • You don’t do well walking up and down inclines. 
      • You have trouble walking or climbing up and down flights of stairs.

      • You need things to work as expected and get upset if they don’t.
      • You don’t know that YOU’RE the creator of your reality, and if something bothers you, the solution lies WITHIN, NOT in outside circumstances.
      • You make excuses when conflict or divergent beliefs confront you.
      • You’d rather be right than happy.
      • You’re influenced by others judgments and don’t trust your own.
      • You’re not willing to take a leap of faith.

      Here’s how healing voice helped me unleash my power and it can empower you too.

      When I was 8, I received a gift of Hebrew music. The mesmerizing feminine voice from a foreign land transfixed me for hours upon end as I doodled in my journal while learning by heart, all the songs sung in this ancient tongue.

      I didn’t understand the words, and I didn’t need to, because healing sounds penetrated my soul to the core.

      This caused me to major in Ancient Hebrew which helped me quiet my inner-critic by connecting me with a right-brain mode of expression that connected me with my authentic expression.   

      My father’s sudden death ignited my conscious spiritual journey and learning to listen for direction from within.

       

       

      I kept finding myself in situations where I was working on things that didn’t truly align with my values, when deep within, my heart yearned to make a difference with my voice. I struggled to find a community that would “get” me, where I felt supported and understood.

      Fear kept me from expressing my true voice… terrified I would be ignored, or be wrong or invalidated. Fear made me doubt my truth too.

      Though through deeper listening, I finally received a gift of clarity.

      Courageously I trusted my intuition & followed it to France where after broadcasting voice-overs on CBS for the Olympic Games, I sang on the inner-city trains of Paris, the most foundational “training” for developing this therapeutic singing modality.

       

       

      For the past 25 years I have devoted my life to the resurgence of the healing voice tradition of ancient near east, where I lived for 20+ years.

      Last year I moved to Tavira, Portugal which was the center of Medieval Iberia,  which saw the fusion of various musical traditions, where prior to the inquisition, Jews played a key role in the transmission of sacred musical knowledge across cultural boundaries.

      There’s a reason Portugal is back on the map…there’s a healing going on (and I’m SO glad about it)!

      And here’s the amazing thing: This retreat serves as a resurgence of that healing voice tradition today.  That’s why I’m inviting YOU to join us in Tavira!  

      My experience has taught me (and it continues to teach me), that when you trust and follow the heart-felt guidance of your inner voice (especially when it makes NO sense)… it unleashes your empowered voice….which when you express it, opens up a well of abundant good that you can bank upon. 

      Every voice makes a difference.

      Voices of Eden is a living experiment in creating Eden on earth, one authentic voice at a time.

      That includes yours!

       

       

       

      If your heart says yes…YALLA – GO AHEAD

      PRAISE FOR ELIANA

      • New York Times Bestselling author and U.S. Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson calls Eliana…an ancient priestess, bestowing enchantment and alchemy through rhythm and sound. Eliana takes you to a very deep place and then lifts you to a beautiful high.
      • Sharon Stone features Eliana in the award-winning documentary Femme.
      • Recently Eliana was nominated for Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Small Business Award for Innovation.
      • Eliana has presented at the UN, TEDx, on-stage with Bobby McFerrin and with thought leaders Neale Donald Walsch, Michael Beckwith, and many more.
      • In 2001, during the mid-east crises, Eliana initiated a ground-breaking medical research project in a 50/50% Israeli-Palestinian hospital – a project that has been featured in the worldwide press from CBS, BBC, to the Hindustan Times.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Is going to Portugal safe?
      Yes — extremely safe! Portugal even ranked as the 3rd safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index in 2020.

      This sunny European destination has it all — great beaches, incredible history, and color around every corner. It’s definitely a safe place for travelers (as long as they follow a couple of common-sense guidelines – as in any destination).

       

      Portugal and the COVID Pandemic

      Portugal is known for taking COVID seriously. The country has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world: 87% of people are fully vaccinated as of September 2022.

      However, the country has lifted nearly all COVID restrictions. There are no special entry requirements related to COVID for Americans. And masks are only required in healthcare settings. While COVID is still a risk, global travelers say they feel at least as safe in Portugal as they do at home.

       

      So pack your bags! Just keep in mind that — like any destination — travelers should adhere to a few common-sense guidelines. Portugal is popular with travelers and pickpockets know it.

      How many people are going?

      We will be an intimate group of maximum 8-10 people. This is intentional for me to be able to spend maximum amount of intimate time with you as well as to allow for our group to really get to know one another and to work together.

      Can we be in touch before we go?
      Yes! Before our journey, we will have one preparation call and we’ll also meet for a preparatory retreat Immersion training call before we gather in person in Portugal. If you signed up for the Early Bird special, you receive an additional 4 coaching calls – which will MAJORLY deepen the power of your work.  You’ll also have contact with women through the Empower Your Feminine Voice Private Facebook Group.
      What are the food options?
      Southern Portuguese cuisine food is based upon a Mediterranean diet. It is on the whole, very healthy with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. A lot less processed food than North America (for example). If you’ve got particular dietary restrictions, please let us know and we’ll do our utmost to have your needs met.
      Can you help me share a room?
      Yes. We are happy to pair you with a roommate whom you’ll have a chance to get to know better before the trip in our FB group, along with the other women as well. Prices are based upon double twin occupancy.

      Our boutique hotel has been chosen because: 1) They are social enterprises, they support green living, and they have excellent hospitality. 2) The location is short walk to everywhere.  We’ll do our best to accommodate you. Should there be an uneven number of people, you will be charged the difference of the single rate. The sooner you register, the easier it will be to accomodate you.

      Do I need travel insurance?
      Yes. We like Travelers Insurance which have a variety of plans. You can find other options as well.
      What is the activity level?
      As long as you can walk at a moderate pace for AN hour, you’ll be fine. Every place we will be going to will be by foot. Tavira roads, in the center of town, are cobblestone.  Be sure to bring COMFORTABLE shoes.  If at any time you do not feel comfortable or able to participate in an activity, you are welcome to take it slow and opt out. Rest assured, you do not have to participate in every activity to receive the full benefit of the journey!
      Can I extend my stay?

      You can stay as long as you like! If you’re coming this far, and can stay, it’s DEFINITELY WORTH ENROLLING IN OUR 3-DAY ANDALUSIA SPAIN EXTENSION! The details are on the program page.  Ales, our travel director – can help you with reservations and travel accomodations.

      How do I pay?

      Payment of your deposit, through the site, will secure your space. through the site, will secure your space. We will send you our authorization form to fill out which is all done online. Our travel director, Ales Struna – Ales@journeysofthespirit.com – can help you plan your travel (unless you’d like to make your own flight arrangements).  He can also help you find a great deal on flights. There are some really great deals right now – so it’s worth reserving asap.

      Investment amounts for both the Portugal Retreat and the Optional Spain Extension are on the registration page. We have payment options as well. Contact: team@voicesofeden.com to set up a time to speak and come up with a plan that meets your needs.

      What to bring or not bring?

      We’ll discuss this more in detail, but here are some of the things I like to bring:

      • Good walking shoes, broken in. Not Brand New!!!
      • Attire in Portugal and Spain is informal. 
      • The weather in October in Portugal and Spain is mild and warm. It’s a great time of year!  Best advice is to pack layers! Sometimes it can be cold.
      • Internet is pretty much everywhere and free. Though I’d suggest you consider leaving your computer at home so you can have a full fledged IMMERSION into the ancient Iberian world. Cameras, selfie sticks, whatever makes you tick is fine! Backpack to carry your gear on the excursions to the ancient sites.
      • A great adventurous spirit! This is going to be a journey of a lifetime!

      The Portuguese are known for their gracious hospitality, their love of authenticity, spontaneity, creativity and their spirituality. 

      * Disclaimer: Be prepared for change of itinerary and plans – this is the nature of life in Portugal! If you need to have things followed through, exactly as planned, then this is definitely NOT an appropriate retreat journey experience for you. A big part of the magic in Portugal – is the dynamic nature of it. Plans are made as a jumping off point – we flow from there. Accommodations are planned in locations noted or comparable places.

      I am ready for Vibrant Voices!

      Still Have Questions?  Let’s Chat! Schedule HERE or send a note below.

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