How To Prepare
The Casa de Dom Inacio operates as a healing center from Wednesday to Friday each week. Western visitors are recommended to stay for 2-3 weeks and to remain in the vicinity of the Casa for the duration. As these pilgrimages have a specific objective/intention in mind, i.e. to attend the healing center, participants are advised to undertake the journey on that basis without adding side-tours or other distractions. If you wish to visit any part of Brazil as part of your trip, we suggest you do so before the this healing journey. With Vera’s native land being Brazilian, she would be happy to offer recommendations to other special sites worth visiting in Brazil.
Passports & Brazilian Tourist Visas
All those entering Brazil must have a valid passport that has at least 6 months left before expiry. Please research if a Brazilian Tourist Visa is required to enter Brazil from your country of origin. Not all countries apply.
PLEASE NOTE: Processing of a Brazilian Tourist Visa can take up to 3 weeks for delivery and may require the consulate having possession of your original passport in order to so. Please keep this in mind when considering taking this journey.
Visas for U.S. Citizens
ALL AMERICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS REQUIRE A VISA TO ENTER BRAZIL.
Please visit www.travel.state.gov to read up to date information. Also visit the Brazillian embassy website www.brasilemb.org for more information.
Visas for Canadian Citizens
ALL CANADIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS REQUIRE A VISA TO ENTER BRAZIL.
Please visit http://ottawa.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/tourist_visa.xml or http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy18770/ for more information. Also recommended from CAA (Canadian Automobile Association) please visit http://www.visaservicescanada.ca/landing/brazil.php?gclid=CI3Djf_Jz8YCFQGGaQodAW0MWQ
For other non EU and EU citizens please visit www.braziltravelnews.com/visas.html
Brazilian Tourist Visa Process
1 - Determine if a Visa is required: If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you need to obtain a visa to travel to Brazil. If you are a citizen of another country and aren't sure if a visa is required, check with the closest Brazilian Consulate.
2 - Check for the closest Brazilian Consulate: Some Consulates will not accept applications by mail. If the closest Consulate is too far away, consider using a Visa service/agency, we recommend that you use "VISA EXPRESS."
3 - Gather documentation: There are several pieces of documentation you will need to apply for a Brazilian Visa. These include:
- Passport - Make sure it does not expire within 6 months and you have at least 2 blank Visa pages.
- Application form - You can download this form from the Consulate’s webpage or from the Visa agency, if you use one.
- Photo - You must submit 2 passport issued photographs with your application.
- Copy of your driver's license - This may be required to prove your state of residency if in the U.S. If you don't have a driver's license, bring or provide a copy of a utility bill.
- Copy of travel itinerary - you must provide a copy of your itinerary that includes your arrival and departure flights.
- Money Order - Consular fees must be paid with a U.S. Postal Service Money Order. Check with the Consulate for the current fee. If you are using a Visa service, the service may allow you to pay with a credit card.
- Tourist Visa fees vary according to the nationality of the passport holder.
- No cash, personal or company checks are accepted - only U.S. Postal Service Money Order made out to the Consulate General of Brazil. The Visa service will charge you a fee on top of that.
- Invitation - If you are staying with a friend or family member in Brazil, or participating in a conference/seminar, you need an invitation from the individual or the organization. Check with the consulate or Visa service for requirements. It must have a Brazilian notarization. (PLEASE NOTE: this will not apply to those who are just traveling to the Casa de Dom Inacio and not anywhere else in Brazil. Those traveling before or after throughout Brazil may require this document)
- Immunization Certificate - A Yellow Fever Immunization certificate may not be required depending on where you have traveled in the past and what country you are originating from. Vaccination may not be required; however, you may make a personal decision to get vaccinated. We encourage you to speak with your family physician and then leaving it to your personal discretion.
4 - Submit application - If you are applying in person to the consulate you may need to set-up an appointment. If you are using a Visa service, submit the application and documentation to them. You will probably want to send it overnight to the Visa service since you have to send your passport.
5 - Be prepared for additional requirements- If you plan on staying longer than a month, the consulate may have additional requirements such as an explanation as to why you plan on being there so long, and copies of bank statements to prove you have the funds to support yourself while traveling.
6 - Wait - The processing time is at least 5 working days and may be longer (up to 1 month). You may be able to rush the process if it is an emergency. Talk to the Visa service or consulate if you need it rushed.
- Start early - Allow enough time to get your Visa before your trip to avoid paying extra fees to expedite it, or having to change your plans.
- Use a Visa service - There are many companies that provide this service. They know what they are doing and will make the process much easier. It can also save you money if you don't live near a consulate.
The Brazilian currency is the Real (plural Reais). Exchange rates fluctuate daily; check with your local financial institution, travel agent, or internet site for current rates. Bring more than enough cash - preferably exchange a couple hundred dollars into Reais as soon as you arrive in Brazil, and lock it in your luggage in your room. Keep some U.S. currency in small denominations. Cash gives you the best rate of exchange. Traveler’s checks are not recommended, as few places will accept them, not even some regional banks.
Guides Teri and Vera can arrange to have currency exchanged while in Abadiania.
As far as we know, there is only one ATM machine in Abadiania and it may or may not always work. If you plan on using an ATM card, please research if your particular card can be used in other countries. The ATM machine will dispense only Reais. You must have your PIN number to use a Visa card for cash advance.
When exchanging into Reais, try to get plenty of smaller bills (R$1’s and R$5’s), as few places in the village can give change for larger ones. In some instances, U.S. dollars in small denominations can be used for purchases or tips. Some shops will accept U.S. dollars for purchases, but at a less favorable exchange rate. Anyone other than banks accepting foreign currency is illegal, although common, and rates may be unfavorable - or better!
It is better to have too much Brazilian money than too little; you can usually find someone grateful to take extra Reais off your hands in exchange for your currency or U.S. dollars. Save some Reais or U.S. dollars for airport taxes and tips.
Packing - What to Bring
- Travel insurance - IS COMPULSORY. You will be required to present a travel insurance document before traveling with us to the Casa. Please make any necessary inquiries and provide up-to-date travel insurance documentation.
- Passport - needs to be valid for 6 months after return.
- Visa - if required, plus two extra passport-sized photographs.
- 2 copies of your Visa & the front page of your passport - in case you lose your passport en route.
- Money - U.S. cash is easiest. Credit cards are usable in the cities, but not generally in Abadiania. There will only be two places where your ATM card for cash withdrawal for Reias (Brazilian currency) will work: the airport and the one ATM in Abadiania.
- NO JET LAG tablets, available from most chemists or airports.
- Some snacks for stopovers at airports, if desired.
- White, loose fitting clothing for 3 days per week while attending the Casa. Other days wear what you like. Light colored clothes are best as the work continues 24/7. Make sure to also bring white pajamas for after a spiritual intervention (spiritual operation).
- Sneakers or sandals of any color.
- A warm sweater for April to August.
- Sarong - useful in hot weather.
- Fold-up umbrella October to March, or a $2 shop, plastic poncho.
- Swimming gear.
- A small towel or chamois is useful for traveling.
- Hair dryer - 220 volt.
- Adapter to connect Brazilian plugs to your country’s plug-in style.
- Alarm clock
- Water bottle - it is important you take in plenty of water throughout the day.
- Old clothing - for upcycling, if you would like to donate to the local people.
- Camera - photography is NOT ALLOWED in the Main Hall of the Casa when in session.
- Treats for the friendly local street dogs.
- Travel yoga mat - optional.
- Hat or shawl to cover your head in the intense sunlight.
- Crystals - if you have a favorite crystal you would like to work with or have blessed. NOTE: there are plenty of places to purchase beautiful crystals, should you not want to carry yours or don’t presently have one.
- Mosquito protection- recommended (we have suggestions of natural bug repellent, if interested).
What to Expect in Abadiania
- Abadiania is a small town of about 15,000 people. To receive maximum benefit from your stay it is recommended that you stay in the area between your guest house/pousada and the Casa.
- In Abadiania we stay at a guest house/pousada approximately a 10 minute walk or short taxi ride from the Casa. Our accommodations are simple, clean and are considered to be the best in town. The pousada is used almost exclusively by people attending the Casa.
- Food is provided three times a day buffet style and always includes a vegetarian option. Desserts and certain drinks are extra.
- A laundry service is available on a per piece basis however the laundry service in Abadiania can sometimes take up to 3 days to return.
- An orientation tour of the Casa will be given Monday afternoon.
- The guides or a support person will be on hand during all Casa sessions to support and accompany participants through their processes and to give direction on how to maximize the benefits of their stay. This includes strongly encouraging participants to stay within the confines of Abadiania.
- The Casa De Dom Inacio operates as a healing center Wednesdays to Fridays, morning and afternoon. However, the guides encourage participants to spend as much time as possible at the Casa on the intervening days.
- Translators are provided where necessary.
- Taxis are available at minimal cost for those who don't wish to walk.
- Fruit, fruit juices and health shakes are available locally.
- If you require simple sundrys like shampoo, toothpaste etc. there are a couple of shops in the village.
- Email and internet access is available locally at internet cafés, and wifi is available at the guest house. However, participants are discouraged from making outside contact, particularly during their first week.
- International calling booths and wireless internet access are available at a local café.
- The temperature is usually mid to upper 70s to 80s all year round. Temperatures can drop to chilly levels in the mornings from mid June to August, so bring a warm sweater for this time of year. Bring a collapsible umbrella for the rainy season - October to March. See weather.yahoo.com/forecast/BRXX0803.html for the current forecast.
- The streets of Abadiania are made up of dusty, red soil. That being said, it is not recommended you wear expensive footwear or clothing that could get ruined.
- White clothing is recommended during Casa Days - Wednesday to Friday. Non-Casa Days any option of clothing is acceptable. As guides we find ourselves mainly wearing white during our 2 week stay. Its just easier to pack that way, and there is something pure about this attire that we prefer during this cleansing experience. Should you require white clothing, there are plenty of shops in Abadiania selling white cotton clothing, along with the ever popular Havaiana flip flops!
Your Healing Process
- If you have previously had surgery that has not been revised, you will have a revision on your first session at the Casa. Otherwise, you will go through one of the lines (first time, second time). You can present 3 questions/requests to the Entity at this time.
- You may be prescribed spiritual intervention, herbs, crystal bed, or asked to sit in one of the current rooms.
- If the John of God prescribes herbs for you, they typically last about 60 days.
- Stay focused on your healing. Spend as much time as possible at the Casa, even on days when John of God is not there.
- On your last day at the Casa, you will go before the Entity at the end of the healing session and ask if you need to return or if you are complete. This is also known is the ‘bye-bye line’.
- If you are told that you should return and it is difficult for you to do so, you need to continue taking the herbs. Send your photographs with someone who can bring more herbs back for you.
- Buy water from the Casa bookstore and continue drinking it. This water has been blessed by the Entities. You are advised to take 2 small bottles of water home with you for further use.
- The process that you are undergoing does not stop when you leave Abadiania. It is only the beginning.
- When you get home some of you may experience changes in energy levels (either up or down) for some time, cold-like symptoms, different emotional states, or even an increase in symptoms or new symptoms.
- Often incipient conditions have been brought to the surface. All of the above are merely the working-through of such conditions and can last several months.
- Appreciate and enjoy the experience that has been bestowed upon you! Now that you are home, we encourage you to manage your energy and keep your frequency high. Continue to do things that are nurturing and self-loving. Stay away from those self-sabotaging behaviors and habits!
- Should you feel inspired to have continued coaching by either of our guides, both Teri and Vera will be offering a discounted rate on their coaching packages to those who joined the healing pilgrimage with them.
- If you happen to live in the hometown of either Vera or Teri, they both have Crystal Light Therapy Beds! Both guides are offering discounted rates for those who joined the healing pilgrimage to the Casa. This is a great way to continue working with the Entities!
- Stay in touch with like-minded people. You will be added to our private Facebook Group where you can stay connected with those you traveled with and meet new folks who have made the healing journey to the Casa.