Report: #1372990

Complaint Review: Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Centre Portugal

  • Submitted: Sat, May 13, 2017
  • Updated: Sat, May 13, 2017
  • Reported By: Anonymous — California USA
  • Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Centre Portugal
    Nogueira do Cravo
    Internet
    Portugal

Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Centre Portugal Ayahuasca Ceremonies in Portugal, Johannes Maasland, Alexandra Akat, Attila Akat Police raids for illegal drugs in the family, ethics scandal, unsuited for hosting Ayahuasca ceremonies, risk of customers losing deposits/money Oliveira Do Hospital Internet

*Consumer Comment: I received an apology from Adrian Freedman of the Santo Daime Church in this matter

*Consumer Comment: NO APOLOGIES RECEIVED from Earth Connection Portugal or Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat EUROPE / PORTUGAL but member of the Ayahuasca Church does offer apology and to learn lessons from the matter

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The Sanctuary 1860 Ayahuasca Retreat Centre in Portugal offers Ayahuasca ceremonies and should be avoided by those looking to drink Ayahuasca on retreat in Portugal.

This is because there have been police raids in the family, where family members of the Akat's have been police raided and arrested with 14 kilos of cannabis as well as an LSD find:-

That fact has been established here and there is evidence to substantiate as true the allegations made:-

ripoffreport.com/reports/earth-connection-portugal/internet/earth-connection-portugal-johannes-maasland-daniela-markert-breathwork-and-ayahuasca-ret-1368711

There are a collection of images attached to this report that show beyond doubt that Sanctuary 1860 are connected with Earth Connection Portugal by way of admitted association and are documented family members of Johannes Maasland who is the brother in law of Alexandra Akat:-

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There are images of the police tweets here:-

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The website also details how a spiritual teacher was wrongly accused of being a police informant about the cannabis, by one of the business partners of Sanctuary 1860.

Johannes Maasland (of Earth Connection Portugal who are the partners of Sanctuary 1860) is currently in judicial process about the cannabis seized, documented on these news websites:-

cmjornal.pt/cm-ao-minuto/detalhe/homem-detido-com-14-quilos-de-cannabis-aguarda-julgamento-em-liberdade

noticiasdecoimbra.pt/gnr-apreende-14-kilos-cannabis/

The ethics scandal is that none of the facilitators at Sanctuary 1860 Retreat Centre Portugal are trained or skilled shamans. They were introduced to the Ayahuasca by Johannes Maasland (a bad example for he did not respect the law) and have not been properly initiated by an Ayahuasca shaman, and have just decided to do it themselves as amateurs, with no respect for local laws or toward those they work with.

When one partners up with people in police trouble, it sends out the wrong message, and is not a recipe for business success, especially when people are wrongly accused of being police informants.

 

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#1 Consumer Comment

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.
 
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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

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