* UPDATE: Please help Attila and Alexandra rebuild their lives, their sanctuary was recently burned to the ground from the fires in Portugal. You can help them by clicking this link here where you will learn of what happened to them the night they fled their home and returned to find it gone. *
Finding our truth and living it is no easy feat, especially when we continue to allow the confines of this world to dictate how we’re supposed to live. But it is possible, and there are many of us who walk this Earth who’ve proven that. We all have our own personal stories about the moment we awakened and the many moments following that continued to solidify our beliefs in united consciousness.
The more of us who choose to live our full potential, the more we actually inspire others to do the same and thereby uplift the collective consciousness. One example of this is the story of Attila Akat.
Attila grew up in Germany and moved to the U.S. at the age of 14. He met his wife Alexandra in Holland in 1991 and married her in 1996. In 1991 he found himself excelling in his job and was quickly moving up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming the Senior Vice President of Delhaize America, a large retailer on the East coast.
What prompted Attila’s spiritual awakening was his first taste of the plant medicine brew Ayahuasca, which he took in the Santo Daime in Amsterdam in 2008. Ayahuasca has been a catalyst for many people searching for their true meaning in life. Attila continued to journey with Ayahuasca for the next year and slowly found himself discovering what his true path in life was meant to be. It wasn’t to stand at the top of the corporate ladder with a large salary and luxury car, but to serve others. It wouldn’t be for a couple of years until Attila truly took the leap out of the corporate world, moving from fear into love and discovering his inner authentic truth:
I am committed to my soul; to feel all my feelings with pure honesty, to choose Life and Love over security and power, to leap from the safety of the bank into the middle of the fast-flowing river, to realize the amazing power of the Courageous Lion-Hearted Love of awakening. This love has the power to bloom for us to help us achieve anything we aspire. Thoughts manifest creation, and by giving all, you will receive all… more than you could possibly imagine.
Attila’s wife Alexandria was also on her own spiritual journey and together, they shed their corporate identities to establish a healing retreat in Portugal called The Sanctuary, where they hold sacred plant medicine ceremonies in their tipi and yurt — a dream they envisioned for years that they are now finally living.
The Sanctuary retreat is located the Beira Alta province, nestled between the rivers Mondego and Alva. The fully renovated farmhouse was built in the 1860s and converted into a bed and breakfast in the 1990s. From your window you can see the magnificent Serra de Estrela Mountains. The farmhouse is situated on 18 acres (seven hectares) and surrounded by bountiful olive trees, organic fig, plum, apple, and lemon trees, a large wooded area, and a beautiful creek with three waterfalls. The property has four wells that provide amazingly pure drinking water.
The Ayahuasca ceremonies are held in yurt, a Mongolian tent.
Here, you dive deep into the shallows and depths of the person you are. Theres no hiding behind a mask, or pretending to be someone you’re not. It’s you and your naked, bare being. The rawness of it all. The purity of life that you have always craved. That is what you experience here.
At The Sanctuary you will find a number of services available, including breathwork, Ayahuasca, and even Kambo, a purgative and immunity-boosting medicine derived from frog secretions.
You can choose between two retreats.
The ‘Sanctuary Retreat‘ is a three-night retreat that includes two Ayahuasca ceremonies. This retreat allows you to deepen your time with yourself and your soul’s journey and will prepare you with meditation and breathwork to ground and cleanse the body. Alexandra and Attila prepare delicious vegetarian meals according to the dieta that will nourish the physical body. They only take a small group of about seven to eight people, which ensures guests receive a lot of individual attention and nurturing throughout the retreat.
The second retreat is the ‘Immersion Retreat,’ which lasts for seven nights and includes three Ayahuasca ceremonies. This eight-day inner journey is a deep dive to find your inner truth and the next steps toward achieving peace, harmony, self forgiveness, and self love. It will help you to understand that you are a co-creator. In this retreat you will be immersed in silence to further facilitate healing and reconnection to yourself. They also have sharing circles throughout the eight days.
The ceremonies are also held in their amazing newly built yurt.
Here is a message from Rebecca Akat, Alexandra and Attila’s daughter, about what to expect when entering the yurt:
Enter the yurt. Enter yourself. Enter another dimension. Enter the door to the answers you have been looking for. Drink the elixir of honesty. A journey has begun so brutal but so beautiful, you will forget you ever wanted a 6 digit salary or a luxurious car. You will forget that time ever had such an effect on you and that the person you despise is actually a reflection of yourself. Your fears will transform into your strengths. Your sadness will surrender. Reflection will happen. Understanding will take place. Compassion and love will become your essence. You will encounter your soul whispering your purpose into your ears, and your heart jumping of joy for the reclaimed truth. You will meet the shadow parts of yourself only to realise it is what you need to become the light. Ayahuasca will bring you healing. It will bring you back to your purest being. Your roots. Your home.
Step out of the yurt. Look at the stars. Feel at home. This is where you are from. Look at your hands. Feel the stardust flowing through them. Understand we are all the same. We are one. Normality is not part of your world anymore. You have flown far away from it. The journey is over. But your next step has just begun. You walk firm. You walk grounded. You walk free. You are you. It is time to create that path with those flowers you have longed for so long. Forget about the concrete and asphalt. Forget about the factory we have been dragged through to fit the system. You are out. You are now dancing with the feeling of wholeness, under galaxies of possibilities and love that consumes every part of you. It is time to go dive into the world, head first. The water might be cold, but you knew that all along. Dive anyways.
Attila and Alexandra welcome anyone who desires to learn more about their purpose here on Earth. They would love to help guide you in discovering your true potential.
If you’d like to learn more about their next retreat, please visit www.thesanctuary1860.com.
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