Why use a guide?
Although it is not impossible to travel solo, it is highly recommended that you go with a guide the first time you visit the Casa. This type of trip is radically different than making a pleasure trip to a foreign country. The paradigm of the Casa is completely different from anywhere you’ve visited. A guide is someone who is appointed and given special permission to mentor you through the Casa experience. They will take care of the logistics and help you with decisions at every point of the journey. This trip is about your healing. When you hire a guide, you can put all of your focus on your inner process without worrying about navigating through this completely new environment and culture. Just as though you were going to a conventional hospital to have surgery, it is unlikely you would go it alone. It’s much less stressful to have a faithful companion taking care of even the simplist of things, especially when travelling beyond the veil!. This will give you an opportunity to completely let go and let God. There are numerous Casa Protocols that can be a lot to take in on your first visit. The possibility of missing some of the details given by the Entities is much greater when trying to understand it on your own. Your guide will be there to easily manage all the various details and guide you through the process step by step. Although some folks in Abadiania speak moderate English, it is not the primary language spoken. Having a guide, especially one who speaks Portuguese, can be an invaluable asset. There are hundreds and sometimes thousands of people visiting the Casa grounds. It is a much smoother experience to have a guide help you navigate through the crowds. Finally, depending on the offerings of the guide, some will also help you process your experience. For most, a visit to the Casa is invariably a very deep internal process where many things can come up for healing. Having a skilled and open-hearted guide to help you synthesize your experience can help speed up your healing process, and provides a better overall experience.
If I can only stay for one week, is that possible?
For optimum outcomes it is recommended to stay for a minimum of 2 weeks (2 full weekends). We understand that not everyone has this availability. With that in mind we have offered a one week stay option (Sunday to Sunday).
If I want to stay longer than two weeks, is that possible?
If you are interested in extending your stay in Abadiania and would like to stay at the hotel we have arranged, we can do our best to secure you extra days stay. Having people from all over the world visiting the Casa, and Abadiania being a very small town, the hotels in Abadiania get booked well in advance. As early as possible, please let us know of your request so we can help you make extended stay arrangements.
Can I do the trip if I am sick?
The township of Abadiania has no hospital or medical facility to speak of. There are medical Doctors who practice part time, and there is a first aid station. There is no immediate access to medical treatment should someone need it. We strongly recommend you assess your health status honestly, and consult your home physician, prior to making the decision to make a trip to a foreign country and the Casa. As a group travel company, we are not equipped to manage someone if they are ill or unable to take care for their own basic needs. Should you fall into that category and are still determined to make the journey, we will only receive those who have an accompanying caregiver with medical experience who can tend to their needs 24/7. This accompanying person is subject to full per person rates and will share accommodations with the person receiving care. All that being said, these unique scenarios will be accepted only after extensive interviewing by the group leaders.
Is Abadiania a safe place?
While in Abadiania, please keep in mind that you are in a developing country and the Casa is open to everyone, including people who may be prone to taking things that are not theirs. Be mindful of where you place your belongings. Abadiania is a rural town, but the constant influx of foreign travelers has, unfortunately, attracted the attention of some undesirable elements. At night, it is not recommended you wander alone, walk in groups, and stick to the main roads. Remember not to carry valuables or large amount of cash when you are walking around town as well.
Are there medical facilities in Abadiania?
The township of Abadiania has no hospital or medical facility to speak of. There are medical Doctors who practice here part-time and there is a first aid station. Pharmacies are available to purchase standard over the counter medications as well as to fill some prescriptions. If you are taking prescription medications you should continue taking them while you are visiting the CAsa. As your prescription may not be available here you should bring enough for the length of your stay.
What is the electricity standard in Abadiania?
The electrical standard in Abadiania is 220 volts. It is recommended that you purchase hairdryers or curling irons that are 220 volts to reduce the risk of shorting-out any North American Standard appliances.
Where do I exchange currency from dollars to Brazilian reals?
Brazilia International Airport will exchange your currency into Reals. Most larger hotel settings will exchange smaller amounts of money for you. In Abadiania, there are a few locations that will make money exchanges. Certain hotel locations have ATM machines that easily dispense Reals with authorized North American Bank Cards.
Do I need to wear white clothing every day?
The Entities request that all participants wear white clothing to the sessions at the Casa on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Furthermore, sleeveless shirts, shorts, cutoffs, and very revealing clothes are discouraged. You are free to wear other colours in the Casa Grounds if you are not going into the current rooms. For your trip, it is wise to pack more than one set of white clothes. Laundry facilities in Abadiania are not the most efficient, so you can expect a three-day turnaround if you have your clothes washed. A good rule of thumb is bring three white tops and two bottoms. Casual, comfortable clothing of any color is appropriate around town and in your pousada. Plan for warm weather and complement with a sweatshirt and light rain jacket.
Should I extend my travel plans while visiting the Casa?
Remember you are here for healing. It is not recommended you plan on touring other parts of Brazil in-between weeks at the Casa. The Entities have repeatedly said you are endangering your healing if you leave Abadiania in the middle of your visit. If you want to do some touring, please plan to do it before you come to the Casa. Also, do not plan strenuous journeys (including carrying overweight luggage) immediately after your visit to the Casa. You will be recovering from your experience at the Casa for up to 40 days.