#BTOR: 2020 HEALING RETREAT (BENIN, WEST AFRICA)

Cotonou, Benin

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Chef Wilize Maleombho
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Jan 4 - 13, 2020
Group size: 5 - 10
#BTOR: 2020 HEALING RETREAT (BENIN, WEST AFRICA)
Cotonou, Benin

Chef Wilize Maleombho
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$2500
Deposit: $390
Jan 4 - 13, 2020
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

AWURA'S ANNUAL BACK TO OUR ROOTS HEALING RETREATS ARE INTIMATE JOURNEYS INTO THE WISDOM OF OUR ANCESTRAL AFRICAN CULTURES.

What would it feel like to walk on the same ground as your ancestors? to be surrounded by people who look like you? think like you? understand you? To be immerse in real culture and native traditions? We get it, and get you, because we are you! 


Our  Jan 2020  #BTOR  healing retreat  in beautiful Benin (West Africa) is a retreat that was created for people of the african diaspora who are interested in learning more about their roots. You will be traveling with a group of like minded individuals who just like you want to learn more about  their west African culture and  history. Moreover, we will dwell deeper into the ancestral traditional healing and spiritual practices of Benin. 


                                        What To Expect 

You will feel  EMPOWERED to know the truth of our history, you will feel more GROUNDED and more at  PEACE by RECONNECTING WITH THE SPIRIT OF YOUR ANCESTOR.


During the retreat:
1. We will explore the beauty and sacredness of Benin, West Africa.
2. We will explore and undo the myths surrounding our ancestral African spiritual practices
3. We will release the pain that our ancestors endured during slavery and colonization through various healing rituals.
4. We will learn to create balance and peace in our own lives, through the wisdom of our ancestors.ancestors.


Register today! Retreat catered for sisters of the African Diaspora. Deadline for deposit for regular package is November 1st  2019, and deadline for full payment ticket purchase is December 1st 2019. For detailed itinerary click here .

 PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE FOR ALL PACKAGES

 visual by Noella 


                            ****BY PURCHASING A PACKAGE YOU AGREE TO OUR POLICY  BELOW***

                                                                           OUR  POLICY 

Due to the intimate size of this group trip, preparation, and vendor contract, there will be NO REFUNDS issued by neither Awura nor Wilizé Maléombho LLC for the Back to our roots 2020 Benin retreat. By purchasing a package, you have acknowledged and agreed to our NO REFUND POLICY. However,  you may purchase a trip cancellation coverage through a travel insurance agency which ables you to forgo the unnecessary worries around what happens if an emergency occurs and you can’t make your trip. A few good travel insurance agency options are Travelex insurance services, Travelguard.com and Allianz Global assistance.  


***By purchasing this package you have acknowledged and agreed to our  NO REFUND POLICY and our liability agreement***

What’s included

  • Packages
    Different packages offer different services please read each package carefuly
  • Travel Insurance
    Travel or health insurance, (not included )
  • Travel documents fee
    Passport, visa, and vaccinations, (not included)
  • Baggage fees
    baggage fees are not included, (not included)
  • Meals
    outside of those mentioned on the itinerary (not included )
  • Gratuity
    For drivers, guides, waiters (not included)
  • Excursion
    Excursion outside those that are listed in the itinerary (not included)
  • Personal items
    items of personal nature (not included)

Available Packages

Early-Birds: The Love Package
Available until Aug 31, 2019only 1 left

Our most popular package to date! Now available at a discounted price! ( for a limited time)  it includes everything that you have available in the Live package except for flight tickets & the 2 complementary massages. 


Package Detail-FOR WOMEN OF COLOR 

 

1. Airport transfers (from airport to  residence)

2. 9 nights Living accommodation, comfortable 5 star residence (Cotonou & Ouidah) 

3. Coach travel around Benin

4. Access passes to The Voodoo Festival 

5. Access passes to touristic tours 

6. Daily morning meditation 

7. Healing workshops & circles 

8. Culinary workshops 

9. Nutritious meals (vegan and vegetarian option available)

10. Goodie bags- gifts from all of our sponsors 


Special feature 

***MOST POPULAR PACKAGE ***


$2500
Deposit: $390
The Love Package***-For Women of Color
Available until Nov 01, 2019only 3 left

Our most popular package to date, it includes everything that you have available in the Live package except for flight tickets & the 2 complementary massages. 


Package Detail-FOR WOMEN OF COLOR 

1. Airport transfers (from airport to residence)

2. 9 nights Living accommodation, comfortable 5 star residence (Cotonou & Ouidah) 

3. Coach travel around Benin

4. Access passes to The Voodoo Festival 

5. Access passes to touristic tours 

6. Daily morning meditation 

7. Healing workshops & circles 

8. Culinary workshops 

9. Nutritious meals (vegan and vegetarian option available)

10. Goodie bags- gifts from all of our sponsors 

Special feature 

***MOST POPULAR PACKAGE ***

$2800
Deposit: $390
The Live Package ***INCLUDES FLIGHTS
Available until Nov 01, 2019only 1 left

Don't want to worry about flight tickets? don't worry we got you! In our live package everything will be taken care of for you, from plane tickets purchases  to  2 complementary massages by specialist, Laurence Sessou + team. 


Package detail-FOR WOMEN OF COLOR 


1. Flights to Benin (From NYC ONLY)

2. Airport transfers (from airport to residence)

3. 9 nights accommodation, comfortable 5 star residence (Cotonou & Ouidah) 

4. Coach travel around Benin

5. Access passes to The Voodoo festival 

7.Access passes to touristic tours 

8. Daily morning meditation 

9. Healing workshops & circles 

10. Culinary workshops 

11. Nutritious meals ( vegan and vegetarian option available)  

12. 2 complimentary massages 

13. Goodie bags- gifts from all of our sponsors 


Special feature 

**Airfare included + 2 complementary massages***


(flights leaving from NYC ONLY)



$4600
Deposit: $1900
$2500
Deposit: $390

Early-Birds: The Love Package

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome

Arrive at Cotonou Benin's international airport  (Airport Cadjehoun) where you will be warmly greeted by our Awura rep that will chauffeur you to your beautiful home. On arrival, there will be a welcome drink reception, followed by a traditional Benin feast to be served while you make yourself at home; and to finish a cacao ceremony  to helps us know each other better and break the ice . You will also receive your goodie bags from our sponsors. 


Your home in Benin will be available  to you starting Jan 4th 2020. We encourage travelers coming from a different time zone to settle in a little  before the 4th at their own expenses, in order to rest and  adjust to the new  environment ( PLEASE NOTE***:  your package  apply on January 4th 2020 )  


For a more detailed itinerary (including healing circles, meditation, daily activity with times, meals included and more) please visit the site  by clicking www.wilize.com and download the travel catalogue. It also includes answers to frequently asked questions, from what to pack to important  traveling documents.

Your Organizer


CW
Chef Wilize Maleombho
2 reviews
We help amazing millennials women of color, like you, find peace. We help you find balance in your everyday life. We do this by sharing the various tools available for W.O.C in our society and community. We gather healing stories from women of color around the globe as well as host wellness workshop, healing circles and therapeutic retreats to Africa.

Reviews

My experience in Benin was mind blowing. I felt welcome and safe during my stay there. Wilizé made sure everything was taken care of for my time there. The BTOR 2019 healing retreat awakened feelings deep inside of me that I had long forgotten but, needed to remember. I can’t say enough about the long heart felt conversations that Wilizé and the other women shared. The information I learned about Benin, my ancestors and the slave trade was immense. The healing and love I shared with all of the participants will stay with me forever. Thank You Wilizé. 🖤🙏🏽 Jamice Simpson
BACK TO OUR ROOTS healing retreat was an incredible experience rich in emotion. The workshops and socio-cultural and historical tours curated by Wilizé were interactive, enlightening as well as delicious (shout out to Josette the amazing cook and to the culinary experience we had in a nutrition center). The locations chosen for this retreat were beautiful and peaceful and allowed us to really unwind and connect with ourselves. The healing circles which took place very organically were great time to bond and know each participants of the retreat a little bit more! I would definitely recommend this retreat to African women of the diaspora craving to learn more about themselves and another side of African culture which is seldom explored.

References

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My trip with Awura experiences was absolutely life changing. On the BTOR Retreat we participated in a series of workshops and adventures. Starting with learning about history from and about our ancestors in West Africa, engaging in sacred traditions to learning about black health and nutrition. Want to share and highlight the nutrition experience that has been very healing for me in particular. We spent some time with a popular herbalist - healer at her family's healing/ nutrition center in Benin . First off, this was a life long wish that came true. Left with more knowledge and insight on how I would like to continue living my life in the most reasonable homeopathic way possible in a westernized world/culture that relies entirely too much on manufactured food and pills. Prior to this trip, had been having issues with my digestion, IBS, losing weight and diabetes. After this one of many powerful and positive experiences on this amazing trip, was inspired to adjust my diet to one that consisted of less gluten and incorporated various mixtures of herbs that had healing properties for my health issues. Since January, I've lost over 20 pounds , lowered my A1C and have had no ibs or digestive issues. Overall , something minor, like having the opportunity of being able to sit down and have a clear and concise conversation with someone who looks like you, knows common issues that affect people like you and understands your body- DNA and it's functions ; as well as knows your history and details of your lineage definitively is such a undefined experience in its self. In addition to healing physical health issues, this experience has had profound healing affects on my mental health. One take away, was finding true confidence in my blackness, ancestors journey and really understanding my worth and purpose from a new perspective and narrative. Since gaining new clarity, been making more progress within my career endeavors here in the US . Things are seeming to align differently for me. Spending time in Africa with Awura experiences has further helped me be more assertive, clear and focused on getting my needs met . Would recommend Awura to any black woman - WOC searching for new culture filled experiences and looking to achieve a breakthrough in their lives.
By Bri Tney on Apr 23, 2019