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Individual retreats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico from January 21st 2022.


From October 31st for two or three weeks. 

Desert retreat.

Practical intuitive Shamanic Training.


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Mexico Desert Retreat.
Practical Intuitive Shamanic Initiations
Toltec and world spiritual traditions.

Chu-Ra, Yei Malinali, Estefany Ruiz Gordinez, Ehekamitl and others
Teotihuacan and the Wirrikuta, Mexico.

October 31st-November 20th 2021 (two, three week options)

This powerful experience can be taken on its own or as part of the Practical Intuitive Shamanic Training.

The Toltec traditions come from Central America. They are stellar traditions as they are reflected in this central part of what is called Turtle Island (the American Continent). The essential principle of the traditions are that everything is interconnected. The powers of healing and of creativity come from source energies around us and inside of us with which we can be in constant communication.

There is a focus of life as dream, the dream of the night and the dream of the day, and there is a term called the 'dreaming body'. The dreaming body is the means through which we open up to all other bodies and energies in the universe. By learning how to communicate with elemental, animal, mineral, plant, earth planetary and stellar forces, we have the possibilities to use these powers in our everyday lives through decision making, creative expression, our own healing, and the healing of others.

On this course, very practical techniques and ceremonies are given which are designed to help develop your intuitive inner wisdom so that you can move, heal, express and decide with clarity. We are looking for the place of no doubt. The instinctive intuitive senses are something to learn and develop. There is a place in all of us without question, and from this place there is knowledge - practical, useful, powerful, meaningful.

We focus on individual histories, assisting each individual to find new solutions to old problems, helping the growth of their creative fire and developing their power to heal both themselves and others. You will leave this course with very clear, powerful tools.

This event is called an initiation because even for those who are already on a clear path, what you will receive will be new, and will initiate a different relation with your self and the world in which you live. Many of the practises you can take with you into your homes, your work and your relations and your healing.

All the teachers on this retreat live and work in the Toltec traditions of Central America, but also we make bridges with other living dreaming traditions in particular the Australian Aboriginals and Tibetan Buddhism.

Who is this retreat for?

The retreat is for people in all types of employment - business people, managers, professionals, employers or employees. The retreat will develop your ability to clear the mind, to make informed decisions, and to clarify the vision of your business or job. For healers, new or established, who wish to develop new techniques of self-healing and healing others. The retreat will work with complement your existing healing abilities, or for those who are starting on this path, offer a clear map on how to manage the huge and powerful universal healing energies. There is also the option for those who wish to enter into a more committed training. For artists, musicians, writers, dancers who wish to remember their deepest inspiration and rekindle their creative fire. Creativity is such an essential aspect of this path, and whether you identify as a professional artist or not, you will be exploring your powers of personal expression in forms that will help you discover more profoundly who you really are.

The Centre of the Conscious Dream.

The centre of the conscious dream is in the desert of San Luis Potosi at the end of the Wirrikuta pilgrimage route. Free from the distractions and interference of the city, it offers space and time. You can walk undisturbed in each direction and your eyes can wander uninterrupted to the horizon.

You can see a twenty minute video which gives the history of the centre and shows the area on the following link.

Itinerary. Gradually Opening the Eyes.

Day 1-3. October 31st. As a way of arriving in Mexico, the first opening of the eyes is to the Toltec culture of this land. Teotihuacan is the Toltec (pre-Aztec) ceremonial city about 30 miles from Mexico City. It is the most important pyramid site in Mexico linked to Giza in Egypt, and covers over two square miles. The dreaming of the ancient Toltecs was to understand the connection between the Earth and the other planets in our solar system, and the sun, our star. Through this knowledge they found the connection of the Earth with the whole universe. At Teotihuacan we can touch again this dream of unity. We will be staying in the traditional pre-Aztec calpulli (school) within the Ancient Teotihuacan site. We will be learning the meanings of the ancient dances and taking part in the Dance of the universe. We will be learning the theory and practise of the limpia (energy cleansing), and learning about the curative plants and stones of the traditional Mexica. We will be taking part in cave meditations underneath the sacred site before we are taught how to enter through the natural energetic doorways on the land to the pyramid site.


The Day of the Dead. This is one of the most important series of ceremonies in the Mexican calendar. We have timed our visit so that you can experience these very colourful and powerful ceremonies. You will be taken to see the altars and the sacred dances as well as a seminar on the meaning of the offerings and ceremonies that you will witness.

Day 4. Nov 3. Travel to the Centre of the Conscious Dream.

Day 5. Nov. 4 Meditation. Breath awareness is the foundation of understanding the truth of our present moment. It is the means through which we can make space in the mind, so that we are then able to make informed decisions. This meditation practice is daily, and will enable us to see our reactions before we react, giving us the time and power to choose our response to any given moment.

The Medicine Wheel. Balance of mind, body, spirit, and emotion. The Medicine Wheel is a map which teaches balance and healing. Each participant establishes their orientation to the four directions and the four elements as a strong and secure base for their ongoing dreaming and healing. A technique is given that teaches the individual their strong and weak elements and how to balance them.


Day 6. Nov. 5 Trees. In coordination with the conscious breath, working with trees is a more profound means through which we can find clarity. We open the doors of perception so that we see through the surface of the tree to the energy which sustains it. We learn how we can receive information from another energy body through our intent. Trees hold the deep wisdom of the breath.

Movement. Shamanic yoga. The listening moving body.

The body heals itself by finding its natural movement in the moment.
The body finds its true expression in the revealed secrets of each second.
The body knows how and when to move.
Our work is to listen to the language of the body in movement.


The human does not live in isolation. Shamanism teaches that the human body is connected not only to other human beings. The human body is connected to the elements, trees, the plants, rocks, the animals, the whole planet Earth, the sun, the moon, the star. When the human body finds its moving connection with where it lives and breathes, it ends its isolation and finds its freedom. Yoga is a series of movements and stretches that connect the human body with the universe.

In this yoga, the moving human body finds its own language, its own response to each moment, its own ‘truth'. The wisdom of our perfection comes from within our own body. Our work is to listen to our own wisdom. The body listens. We create a space in which the body listens to each moment and finds its authentic response from the truth in the body. This is an ongoing practise throughout the retreat.

Day 7. Nov. 6 Rocks. ‘Stone people’ hold memory. We learn how to read the memory held in stones. This will help us to read the memory held in our bones. We identify the memories held, repeated emotional and mental habits, like time traps. We then learn to release the memory from the body.

Conscious Dream. We look at this word ‘dream’. We look at the way of ‘life as dream’, and therefore the relation between the dream of the night and the dream of the day. We look at the idea of waking up in the dream of our lives so that we become the co-creators of our own dream, the writer of our own book of life. We learn different ways in which we can perceive, understand and respond to dreaming information. We look at death as the transformation between one dream state and another dream state. We also look at the term ‘dreaming body’ and look at its meaning and function in our work here.

Day 8. Nov 7. Animal guides teach us how to be in a body. They guide us into different parts of the human body, showing what is unnatural or out of balance. They give us instinctive and intuitive information which can lead to deep release and healing. They are also guides in the movement between dimensions (dreams).

The sacred fire. Tatiwari. What is a sacred fire ceremony? What does the word ‘sacred’ mean in practice? What is the difference between a Fire Ceremony and a bonfire? We share the Toltec traditions of the Fire Ceremony, their meaning, their power. We explain the careful preparation of the sacred fire, its meaning and symbolism, and all the steps in the timing and intent.

Day 9. Nov 8 Human Teachers of the Dream are the most advanced guides of our own condition. We connect with energies that would be useful to you – priestess, priest, shaman, Buddha, Jesus, Isis, Shiva, Shakti etc. Sometimes these guides have no name they are just felt. Human spirit guides can also be people that we know who have died or even people we know who are still alive. We develop and maintain this connection with our human spirit teachers.

Day 10 and 11. Nov 9, 10. The Temazcal is without doubt one of the most ancient mystical ceremonies in the Toltec traditions. It is known as ‘the mother of all the medicines’ because it takes us to the origins of life that came out of the harmonic union of our four great ancestors – air, fire, earth and water. The Temazcal is like an interdimensional vehicle and it takes us to different levels of conscious and unconscious dream so that we can achieve the healing of our memory. We introduce the symbolic magic of the Temazcal through the practise of the union of mind, body, spirit and emotion. The course will teach the seeding of the Temazcal, The construction of the dome in which it takes place, the ceremony of the lighting of the sacred fire. We explain all the fundamental symbols and their physiological, mental and emotional meanings.

Day 12. Nov. 11 The Inner Crystal Skull. Quartz crystal has the properties of amplification and clarification. Our crystalline intelligence is our amplified and clarified consciousness. From this place we can perceive the planet earth as an energetic being in relation with other energetic beings. We are able to listen through the crystalline grid of this planet - both the physical grid that geologists have found and the energetic grid - to the conscious wisdom that it holds.

Day 13. Nov. 12. Grounding the Dream. We use part of this day to begin to ground the information we have received through creative writing, painting, music, movement, or simply reflecting in silence. For those who are on the two week retreat, we also look at how to make the bridge between what has been received in these two weeks and your daily life where you live.

Days 14 and 15. Nov 13, 14.. Burial Ceremony. (Those on the two week option depart on this day) This ancient shamanic ritual is a ceremonial death. The personal history is released, and so the sense of ‘self’ can expand to include the human connection with the earth, the planets, the stars, and the universe. There is the space to release long held memories that cause physical and psychological imbalance. The planet earth is your healer.

Day 16. Nov 15.. The Walk of Power. The walk of clear intent. The walk to Vernalejo. This is an ancient Huichol site which represents and embodies the death aspect of the pilgrimage. This is the place where the death that one carries from the history of blood family generations and culture are released. Also it is the place where trapped souls (those spirits who do not know how to die and cling to a body) can be released. Pilgrims pass through their death before climbing the sacred mountain where the sun was born – the place of the pilgrims re-birth.

Day 17. Nov. 16. Seed Consciousness. Having worked in letting go, death as transformation, we would have made space in mind, body and heart. So, what is new? How do we re-seed our hearts so that we can both give and receive love, re-program our mental computers, renew our vision, and generate a truly healing path for our bodies? On this day we look at the significance of the number the twelve, the possibilities of the unconditional in our lives, and we dare to ask the question of ourselves – what is freedom?

Day 18, 19 Nov. 17,18. Plant Spirit Medicine. We open to the spirit of plants. Many of the cactus in the desert are called the ‘gift from the stars’ since they bring such clear and conscious information about our meaning and purpose on this planet. We open to the spirit of Tatiwari, the sacred fire, learning to listen to the way in which fire communicates, translating the energies of the plant spirits into physical sensations, new thought forms and clear visions.

Day 20. Nov 19. Re-birth. The Sacred Mountain. Our final destination is the sacred mountain, which, rather than this programme, is what would call you to the desert. In this vision quest, we find out why, and also why this particular mountain has been considered to be so sacred for centuries. This great mountain teacher has information it would have called you to receive, and everything you would have passed through on the weeks leading up to this day would be so that you have the intuitive knowledge to know how to receive it.

Day 21. Nov. 20. The Bridge. How do we bring this information from these three weeks into our daily lives? How do we create the bridge between the times and spaces that have been touched and experienced to the times and spaces of your home, relations, and work? On this day we look at how to develop what has been received, and further training options. (please note a consultation is given on the theme of the bridge for participants on the two and three week programs before they depart).

Also today there is a day of service to people in the local village. Those that feel they are ready offer healing sessions to them based on the work we have learnt.

Nov 21. Return to Mexico City.

This course description is subject to some change in order and its presentation here is as a general guide. Some ceremonies and activities may be modified to suit some participants’ physical and/or dreaming capabilities. Many of the practices described here are ongoing.

Costs and details.
Crystalline Intelligence.
Desert only. November 3rd - November 14
£1872 (US$2640) Shared round house.
£1976 (US$2780) Individual dome.

Teotihuacan and Desert. October 31st-November 14th two weeks.
£2075 (US$2925 Shared round house.
£2176 (US$3068) Individual dome.

The Conscious Dreamer. Desert only. November 3rd – November 21.

£2340 (US$3210) Shared round house.
£2445 (US$3350) Individual dome.

The Conscious Dreamer. October 31st – November 21st. Desert and Teotihuacan.

£2540 (US$3580) Shared round house.
£2640 (US$3720) Individual dome.


This course can be taken as part of the following ongoing trainings.
The conscious business.
Practical intuitive shamanic training.
The creative fire.
Please write for further information.


Prices includes all meals, all accommodation in Mexico (including the night before the start date) and Teotihuacan and in the desert, all entrance fees, seminars, ceremonies, and all internal travel to the desert. It does not include the cost of your flight or your ongoing transport from the desert site.

Accommodation is in a Hotel in Mexico City, shared partitioned rooms or dormitory in Teotihuacan, camping, adobe dome or round houses in the Centre of the Conscious Dream. Food is through restaurants in Mexico City, in-house Mexican food at Teotihuacan, and a varied diet (organic when possible) at the desert site where there is also a shared kitchen. Bottled water is available always, and there are showers at Teotihuacan and water to heat in the desert. Toilets are dry ecological in the desert. We cater for most dietary needs.
The retreat is given in English and Spanish. Typically, this retreat attracts people from many different countries. We advise you to book in advance. Please note that you will be asked to contribute to basic group service work for about half an hour a day in the desert.


Course facilitators.

Chu-Ra. (Daniel Stone) Chu-Ra’s life quest has been to understand his ‘dreaming’. As a child, his dreaming experience at night was more real than his experience in the day. In order to try and find the bridge, he explored psycho-therapeutic theories (in particular Carl Jung) and artistic movements (painting, music, theatre, literature). For ten years, he travelled widely receiving many shamanic and other spiritual initiations. It was through the shamanic path working with indigenous shamans, in particular, the Australian Aboriginals, Tibetan Buddhism (Bon Shamanism), and the Toltec wisdom of central America, that he found a language that could bring together the night with the day. Life as dream. He has received various initiations, in particular the crystalline intelligence (inner crystal skull), and holds dreaming circles in Mexico, North America, Europe and Australia. He founded the Mexican desert Centre of the Conscious Dream in 2000. Daniel is the author of ‘the dreamer who dreams you’ (axis-mundi press), ‘Chu-Ra – the change of time’, and 12 - Harmonic Resolutions in business, spirituality, science and the human body (both Circle). He is an established international exhibiting artist and musician (

Yei Malinalli is a Mexhica dancer, Toltec Visionary and Temazcal leader. He received the ‘Don del Agua’ (official recognition and permission of the culture) from the well respected Abuela (Grandmother) Margarita. For more than 20 years Yei has taught the Mexhica culture, the Mayan and Nahuatl languages and time systems, the traditional dances as well as the Temazcales. He is also an expert in plant homeopathy and alternative energy systems. He presently runs his own medicine centre in Celaya, central Mexico.

Estefany Ruiz Godinez is also a teacher of the Mexhica culture, Temazcal leader, and Dancer of the Moon. She is also a trained transpersonal therapist (Higgins). In the Temazcal she balances the energies with Yei and in the teachings she offers the feminine vision and perspective.

Ehecamitl is an experienced Mixteca sacred dancer and elder of the traditions of Teotihuacan. He is initiated into this ancient lineage and is experienced in all aspects of his spiritual tradition. He will be able to give the indigenous understanding of the meaning of Teotihuacan as well as guide you through the traditional ceremonies of his tradition.

Tessa Ingleby is an 'abuela' (spiritual grandmother) from Scotland, a wise woman, experienced dreamer, counsellor, and guide. She has been to the desert five times, and Bolivia also with Chu-Ra and has become a valuable link to enable people to understand their experiences.

There are other Toltec teachers at Teotihuacan and in the desert.

Further information about the work can be obtained through the books and videos for sale on the website and also through the publishers.

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