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Complaint Review: Ayahuasca Ceremonies in Portugal - SANCTUARY 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat

  • Submitted: Sat, June 17, 2017
  • Updated: Sun, June 25, 2017
  • Reported By: Anonymous — Alabama USA
  • Ayahuasca Ceremonies in Portugal - SANCTUARY 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat

    Oliveira do Hospital,
    Portugal

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Filed under questionable activities and complained about are Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Centre PORTUGAL, Earth Connection PORTUGAL, Johannes Maasland, and other associates Daniela Markert, Alexandra and Attila Akat.

This is reported in the public interest for those looking to consume Ayahuasca tea ( a shamanic psychedelic medicine) in Portugal. There is a major scandal on the ground in Portugal because some amateurs without any shamanic training certificates or any other accreditation, have set up two retreat centres, one called Earth Connection Portugal and one called Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Portugal.

The matter is detailed here:-

ayahuascaceremoniesinportugal.wordpress.com/

 

If you do not find experienced shamans, it is dangerous to drink Ayahuasca, because amateurs cannot handle the energy navigate the medicine space or attend to deeper difficulties in a ceremony. [continued below]....

..... When amateurs set up such retreats for profit and with the intention of being number one in Portugal for Ayahuasca, the intention is not pure and trouble happens.

one must only partake in Ayahuasca with accredited or properly trained shamans who have been initiated in the Amazon Rainforest.

The scandal involves several things that people should know about.

1. A police raid for cannabis in the family. See proof here.

hsanctuary1860ayahuascaretreatportugalscandal.wordpress.com/

and in the pictures showing the police tweets and showing that the retreat centre busted was in Travanca, matching the police tweets, there is also police arrest snapshots from the Portuguse police (GNR) website.

This happened at Earth Connection Portugal which has now PERMANENTLY CLOSED.

This is because of the police raid in which 14 kilos of cannabis and LSD was seized, with the suspect awaiting trial.

jn.pt/justica/interior/detido-com-14-quilos-de-cannabis-aguarda-julgamento-em-liberdade-5493210.html

2. Earth Connection Portugal basically passed on their Ayahuasa business (after the raid) to their family members Alexandra and Attila Akat who have NO shamanic training whatsover, yet offer shamanic Ayahuasca retreats.

3. The shaman of Earth Connection Portugal made death threats toward a Spiritual Master falsely accusing him of being a police informant and is now facing trial in Portugal alongside the cannabis - police report reference number (37.17.0 GLCSA)

4. Because of the scandal, retreats may be cancelled at short notice and deposits lost, as there are police investigations currently ongoing and Court cases scheduled later this year.

5. Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Centre is expected to close, as the amateur shaman arrested for cannabis makes their Ayahuasca, and once there is no Ayahuasca, there are no retreats. Be careful.

6. The retreat centres mentioned have no ethical codes or guidelines on their website.

The whole matter is a major PR disaster. Google Ayahuasca Portugal Scandal.

See also screenshots of the police raids and the cannabis found, as well as other evidence including extracts of police reports asking for restraining orders and the like.

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Here is the Proof I received death threats. I was the poster of this report but do not have the log in.

In the screenshot of a threat made on another complaints site, it says

he will be killed and the police can only help when it's to late so, the police never can help?!?

See the screenshot to prove the statement true.

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A police report was sent on 18.8.2017 to the GNR Police in Portugal.

The police station said 'prisao preventiva' was inevitable for Johannes.

 

Many of the problems in the Portugal Santo Daime Church (including arrests and busts for cannabis cultivation) can be attributed to the Santo Daime Church in Portugal having a lax attitude toward mixing cannabis and Santo Daime, even though that went against the teachings and wishes of the founding father of the Daime Church.

elaborated upon here:-

https://santodaimescandal.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/santo-daime-church-in-portugal-use-cannabis-against-wishes-of-founding-father-mestre-irineu/

and

https://santodaimescandal.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/my-opinion-of-the-santo-daime-church/

 

It also explains why those Centres in Portugal who do not allow people to use cannabis in ceremony, are suffering no detriment, so cannabis in the Portugal works has degraded the Daime family there.

It seems the cannabis culture in Portugal is part of the problem, and because it erodes ethics and morality, it also explains why I have been abused and threatened with death, for presenting the lesson, for those involved smoked, and grew, much cannabis, encouraged by the Church because cannabis was given out and openly smoked at the works, and people were told it was ok if they brought enough to share.

Enough to share at a ceremony of 50-100 people (at a modest half a joint each, that would be 25-50 joints), that would certainly require people to break the law, because also they would not want to share all that they had, and there are many works in a single cannabis growing season.

https://santodaimescandal.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/santo-daime-church-members-face-prison-after-being-caught-with-big-sacks-of-cannabis/

 

 

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In September 2016 I warned them (Daniela Market and Johannes Maasland who are or at least were partners with the Sanctuary 1860) as their Mentor to tone down their cannabis operations but they did not listen. They agreed to legal disclaimers with regard to illegal activities and personal responsibility.

They brought my Voyager book which talks about how to use medicines responsibly (and legally) in the context of spiritual practice as well as messages about love and healing from other spiritual planes, and teachings about Ascension.

There is a time and place for the use of shamanic medicines, and even cannabis (where legal) and thus some of my book taught them how to integrate medicine wisdom into their lives.

But they did not take my teachings seriously and they believed they would ascend (go to heaven alive, like Jesus) in December 2016, despite having major personal problems and a lack of respect for their mentor and they also admitted they had toxic relationship and self-love issues.

The very first page of the book (that they paid a lot of money for because of its rarity and size) carried a legal disclaimer which says:-

Important Legal Disclaimers

Free Spirit does not advocate illegal activities. If something mentioned within is illegal in your country or
entails risk of any kind  by doing the same, the reader assumes full responsibility for their actions.

Readers agree that they are fully responsible for their lives, actions and decisions whether inspired by
this book or otherwise. 

I foresaw big trouble in their lives as their mentor, because I felt their egos were getting high on the attention of being the number one in Portugal. They were growing much cannabis. At first, they only grew a small amount, and as their mentor, it is not for me to judge or get involved.

But he said always to me he is afraid to get caught, and his land has no fences and many people can see in, and visit as well for the retreats.

Then he grow many cannabis plants, like 100 in a big plot, and then I know this is crazy and trouble is coming.

I said to them many times in 2016, to tone it down and just keep it personal (growing the cannabis for personal use). But they clearly wanted to be the number one in Portugal for cannabis, so I withdrew from their lives, as a raid was inevitable.

Daniela behaved in such a way that I was invoked to give more lessons, so I gave them prophetic warnings of trouble and told them the steps to take and made recommendations, including toning down the cannabis, but she insulted her Mentor and thought she knew better. So I let them find their own way.

I also reminded them of the legal disclaimers about abuse or threats to me (the terms they agreed to are screenshotted) because abuse to the Mentor makes karma.

There seems to be an issue where they or the Santo Daime Church (who provides the Ayahuasca tea) think they are not responsible, but the disclaimers are clear, and in any case, when you break the law, the problem is with yourself.

I never taught them to break the law as their Mentor, and the record should show, I warned them to choose a different path and instead they turned on me, and Johannes labelled me mentally ill, evil and made threats (police report GCLSA 37 /17.0)

I was summoned to see the police again because I had to make a complaint about Johannes, because he kept trolling me online and saying I was mentally ill and should feel the fear, and that comes under harassment of trial witnesses.

As a result, the police said to me instead of having to report to the police three times a week, instead, he may be subjected to house arrest or pre-trial detention pending trial.

They also said they were monitoring the Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Centre on an ongoing basis because they now know that Ayahuasca retreat centres in Portugal are places where cannabis may be grown or perhaps sold/distributed on the premises.

 

So anyone attending their retreats may be subjected to in person or vehicle searches.

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I had some experiences of drinking the Ayahuasca with Daniela Markert and Alexandra and Attila Akat, before they started the Sanctuary 1860 and I was always experiencing heavy disturbances. The first time I drank with Daniela and Johannes, was at a rented house before they started Earth Connection Portugal.

In that experience, the medicine tasted acrid and bitter and within 20 minutes felt very ill and vomited many times, and then overheated, and had to rest outside, and then I could not drink again.

 

In another ceremony, I found that the hosts (Daniela and Johannes, with the Akats present also) were trying to get me to live with them so that they could have a free mentor in their house.

The Ayahuasca work was very hard and I vomited maybe 12 times, and straight after everyone is asking me questions, and it feels so unpleasant and something felt very wrong.

 

For months afterwards I got very sick, had nightmares and had numerous near death experiences, and it was because they did not know what they were doing, and an expert mentions what can happen if people are not trained in running Ayahuasca Ceremonies.

https://ruvedic.org/the-dangers-associated-with-the-misuse-of-ayahuasca-by-dr-pio-vucetich/

I reflected back to them their intentions in a letter to tidy up the matter and to show them where they went wrong (with some information redacted) so they can learn from the matter and take responsibility.

Dear Daniela,


It may also be useful for me to reflect back to you the questionable intentions of that 'fateful' Shambala Circle where I was invited to drink the Ayahuasca tea, with your family (which included Johannes, the Akats as well as Andi and Olly).


It would appear, on reflection, that something about that work was very bad indeed, and reflects on your questionable
ethical integrity as hosts and what happened violate the founding ethical and moral principles with regard to practice in
your work as amateur hosts.


At first when I reflected on it I was very curious why I vomited at least 12 times in that work and why it was so extreme,
and why I have spent the last 16 months of my life figuring out what went on in that work.


It seems to me the root cause was your questionable intentions, and the intentions of the others. You both made a big
deal about you wanting me to live there (and thus experience separation as you wanted me to leave my partner behind).
On many occasions, including in the work, both of you tried to suggest that again, and for reasons that are somewhat
dubious and an attempt to abuse, control or manipulate the energy field of a Spiritual Teacher for egoistical purposes,
namely wanting to be the number one in Portugal.


As you had spent a lot of money on refurbishment, building yurts and similar, you wanted to recoup the money, and thus
trying to get a Spiritual Teacher was clearly alluring.

The presence of a guru in your home would certainly have inflated your own egos and self-importance, albeit with severe detriment to my wellbeing.


The 12 times of vomiting in the works was clearly my energy field repelling the collective intentions, as your family and
friends were clearly in on the plan, as they all would have had a free mentor.


Not only would I have had to have paid Euro 30-50,000 (to quote Johannes) to live with you, I would also have had to
have given free mentoring to anyone that wanted it, so that people would feel good and like you in return (thus inflating
your egos).


Also, as you did not believe I should have any money (despite your family bragging about luxury cars and the like), you
would have wanted me to become totally and utterly dependent upon you, and thus basically, you wanted me under your
control, so that you could please and uplift your family and yourselves, and because you were not healed and happy in
yourselves, so needed a 'lift' so to speak.


When you invited me to the work, I was not supposed to talk about the collapse (and your sister did not want to be
frightened by any prophecies), but perhaps if I had talked about the collapse, you and your people might have developed
some wisdom, and avoided the collapse self-evident in all of your own lives now.


Instead, some of your people only wanted to hear good things (things that inflated their egos) because on some level,
they were all part of the plan to try and pull me into living at Earth Connection Portugal.

Had I have moved there, I would also be facing jail, as Johannes was hell bent on growing more and more cannabis, so
much that he was throwing big amounts away!

The trouble with your plan was that it did not respect my awareness, energy, integrity or anything else about me and my
work, and clearly backfired.


As that plan failed, when I decided to leave your lives, foreseeing inevitable trouble, instead, you put a cord in me, to try
and effect the same intentions, but metaphysically instead of in the physical, which explains why all your lives are ruined,
for that cord you have made will unravel all of your lives until there is nothing left standing and until I am free from all of
your karma.

Your intentions to be the number one in Portugal blinded you to the path of ethical integrity and the importance of
respecting awareness, and you thought that my focussing hard enough you could put a cord in a Spiritual Teacher (without his consent) in order for you to 'uplift your family'.


It is obvious now that only a proper sorry to me can undo the damage done. It might be that instead of me giving you
Euro 30,000, you might have to pay me that (or much more) in damages for defamation's and death threats, unless you
and your family take the olive branch proposal offered.

As you can see, my prophecy of catastrophe was right and is clearly a lesson for all of your egos in respect for
awareness, the medicine and the energy fields of other people in tea works.

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I also prophesized a police raid in October 2016 and then in November 2016 Earth Connection Portugal were busted.

They had no fences and had many strangers visiting, and they had a big cannabis plantation, and the locals were unhappy over the business of building their yurt, and their egos were so inflated, I saw big trouble, and told them to step back and rethink matters, and made other recommendations to avoid the disaster.

 

They did not believe their mentor and just wanted to be number one in Portugal for Ayahuasca Ceremonies, even though they did not know what they were doing, and admitted having toxic relationship issues. Daniela Markert complained that Johannes had a darkness eating away inside of him and went into dark spaces when left alone.

I told Johannes to stop hosting tea works but he did not listen. He said also growing all the cannabis took much energy, so I said why not just grow for yourself instead of for so many other people. But he did not listen and then grew 14 kilos.

I chose not to live with them and I thank my Higher Power I did not otherwise I would be in trouble for cannabis.

 

A Shambala Circle is another word for an informal Ayahuasca Ceremony, using the Ayahuasca tea.

 

A grounding in ethics and integrity is a mandatory foundation. Using the Ayahuasca to inflate one's ego, or without strong moral integrity is spiritually dangerous and can have adverse consequences.
 
Always check your intentions! 
 
NEVER drink Santo Daime or Ayahuasca anywhere with untrained shamans or amateur guides. Ask to see a Shamanic Training Certification and a Code of Ethics that many reputable centres will have.
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I received an apology from Adrian Freedman of the Santo Daime Church in this matter

AUTHOR: SMFS - (USA)

I received an apology from Adrian Freedman of the Santo Daime Church in this matter (I dont have the login to post as the report author, but I am the author) who expressed sincere sorries for the disturbances caused, his apology is  here in full.

The main parts are:-

This whole sorry tale has been a wake-up call for us in the importance of ethical practice as you say, and in the light of this we will endeavour to do all we can to bring more clarity and grounding to every aspect of our practice, both in and out of the workshops. Thank you for being such a beacon of uncompromising integrity, hopefully others may learn from your example.

In the meantime, i take this experience as a lesson and a teaching and will do my best to take advantage of the opportunity to be a better person and a better group leader. 
 
I feel so sorry for the distress and disturbance you have suffered as a result of one person's stupid, irresponsible behaviour, and the way it reflects badly on all of us.
 
An ethical choice for Ayahuasca in Portugal is this centre:-
 
 
Which is run by trained shamans with ethical integrity, and are responsible in what they do.
 
.............
 
Here is my opinion about Ayahuasca / Santo Daime and how to use it responsibly.
 
Ayahuasca has a powerful effect on one’s spiritual processes and can facilitate healing, awakening, understanding and the development of spiritual wisdom when used in conjunction with spiritual practice and a strong healthy ethically grounded life. 
 
It is important to realize that Ayahuasca is no ordinary psychedelic medicine. Anyone using it recreationally or for ‘kicks’ will find that the medicine has an inbuilt mechanism to prevent the medicine being abused in this manner and one will then experience serious downfall.
 
..............
 
Disclaimers:- I do NOT advocate illegal activities.
 
Check the legal status of Ayahuasca / Santo Daime in your country!
 
A grounding in ethics and integrity is a mandatory foundation. Using the Ayahuasca to inflate one's ego, or without strong moral integrity is spiritually dangerous and can have adverse consequences.
 
Always check your intentions! 
 
NEVER drink Santo Daime or Ayahuasca anywhere with untrained shamans or amateur guides. Ask to see a Shamanic Training Certification and a Code of Ethics that many reputable centres will have.
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Apologies from Earth Connection Portugal (Daniela Markert and Johannes Maasland) as well as from Sanctuary 1860 (Alexandra and Attila Akat) have NOT been received for the behaviour complained of, including being threatened in relation to being accussed of being a police informant on the cannabis. Those apologies are outstanding.

Earth Connection Portugal is now PERMANENTLY CLOSED as  aresult of this matter.

Sanctuary 1860 have cancelled some high profile retreats including a visit from an international shaman, after concerns were raised. They too, are expected to close because of the scandal of a cannabis bust in the family, and for partnering up in business, with those in trouble with the police, a bad business decision.

 

However, I was apologized to by a long standing retreat leader involved in the Ayahuasca scene, he had this to say:-

 

This whole sorry tale has been a wake-up call for us in the importance of ethical practice as you say, and in the light of
this we will endeavour to do all we can to bring more clarity and grounding to every aspect of our practice, both in and out
of the workshops. Thank you for being such a beacon of uncompromising integrity, hopefully others may learn from your
example.


However, sadly, and with all the best intentions in the world we cannot control the thoughts, words and actions of others.


IN over 20 years of being involved in this movement we have never asked anyone to set up any kind of group on our
behalf and have never assumed responsibility for what another person might do. In the case of JM, he seems like an
extremely unstable and maverick character, totally unsuited to this kind of work. As I mentioned before, we never asked
him to do anything on behalf of us, or to be representative of us, and its most unfortunate that he should claim such a
thing. If I ever met him again I would confront him over why he is making these false claims.


In the meantime, i take this experience as a lesson and a teaching and will do my best to take advantage of the
opportunity to be a better person and a better group leader. I feel so sorry for the distress and disturbance you have
suffered as a result of one person's stupid, irresponsible behaviour, and the way it reflects badly on all of us.


By the way, I look back on our long association and i appreciate your luminous presence in all the spiritual works we
shared.


Wishing peace, good health and love for you.

A

(I withheld his name as he is already embarassed enough over the scandal) but it shows that some in the Ayahuasca movement have integrity and are willing to admit their shortcomings.

Unfortunately Earth Connection Portugal and Sanctuary 1860 have still refused to apologize.

SMFS

tinyurl.com/y6wxerks

 

 

I was the author of this report but I do not have the email address to login.

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