Have you ever wanted to travel to Bahia?
Have you been to Bahia and can't wait to get back?
Are you intrigued by the locations in our film, Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil?
Several years ago, producer/director Donna Roberts created a program called Connect to Care in the Heart of Brazil in partnership with Brazilian friends in the Recôncavo region of Bahia, known as the "mecca" of Candomblé, and home to the Sisterhood of the Good Death/Boa Morte and the beloved late matriarch Mãe Filhinha of Yemanjá, to whom our film is dedicated.
By demand, as the film Yemanjá is being launched worldwide, the journey is being revived.
These small group journeys last for 7-10 days and feature cultural "exchange" with Candomblé leaders, sambistas and other artists, and service work with a women and girls collective, while also a focusing on wellness and life purpose, with an invitation to ponder: what is our role in the larger web of life?
The trip is divided between the Recôncavo region and the coastal city of Salvador. In the Recôncavo countryside, we stay at the Casa do Morro (House on the Hill) estate and its Spa D'Alma (soul spa) space with optional massage or yoga, overlooking the Paraguaçu River (photo below), and the coastal city of Salvador. This amazing cultural center was Brazil's first capital and is home to Casa Branca, the first official Candomblé terreiro, and spiritual home to two of the film's "stars" Ekedy Sinha and Denize Ribeiro, while esteemed leaders Mãe Stella de Oxóssi and Makota Valdina Pinto are also Salvador-based.
Trips have typically coincided with religio-cultural festivals, such as the Festa da Boa Morte in August or Festa de Yemanjá in February.
Vamos lá! Let's go!
For more information:please contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-810-0241
Sisterhood of the the Good Death/Boa Morte, whose celebrations take place every August 13-15.
Photograph taken by a young member of the Calafate Women's Collective, during a service project.
Varanda at Casa do Morro, our home during our stay in the Recôncavo Baiano. The large estate was the site of former trade school, now a place for visitors to enjoy delicious Bahian cuisine, wellness, creative retreats, and special events.