Light is one of the most universal and fundamental symbols.  Light is often associated with wisdom.  Light is knowledge.  The word “enlighten” means to give knowledge or understanding (especially spiritual insights) to someone.

“At some point, the body and mind together become fundamentally aware and convinced that the energy by which the body is pervaded is the same as that which illuminates the world and maintains alive all beings.” – Joseph Campbell

Most of us have heard about the concept where a person feels like they are in a tunnel and that they are moving into the light at the end of the tunnel.  When people are inspired by new creative ideas, they speak about a “light bulb” turning on for them. If they have gained a better perspective on a situation, they say that they can look at it “in a new light.”

Spiritually, light stands for truth from the good side of the spiritual realm overcoming lies from the evil side of the spiritual realm. People who are spiritually enlightened have the wisdom to choose truth over deception in their everyday lives.  But how can we be light in our everyday lives and what does that mean?

The daily rise and fall of the sun is one of the few reliable occurrences in our lives. Despite this simple cycle controlling the happenings of our planet, we do not pay much attention to sunlight’s effect on our physical and mental health. And as some neuroscientists are beginning to discover, harnessing its radiant power could provide phenomenal benefits to our well-being.  Thus by taking time to connect with the sun you fill your light body. 

But what is a light body? “The light body is the radiance of your soul that awakens once you have made peace with life’s divine plan and relaxed into the emptiness of being. Once emptiness is no longer confused with sadness, grief, guilt, insecurity, or depression, but a gateway into liberated existence, the emptiness of being awakens the light of the Universe within you. Once the light body is fully activated, each person, place, or thing can be welcomed, transmuted and returned to its original form, at the rate in which everything is breathed into your core and breathed back out as blessings for all.” Matt Khan

Inner enlightenment

We curated a visionary journey to facilitate the awakening of the light body.  “Into the Light” is a 5-day quest in the jungles of Costa Rica.  This is a gateway to true freedom from darkness into the light, an invitation to open your heart and let go fo all that is no longer serving you.

Into the Light: February 17th-22nd, 2019 (pre-Envision journey)

“It is possible to cut beyond ego-consciousness, to tune in on neurological processes which flash by at the speed of light, and to become aware of the enormous treasury of ancient racial knowledge welded into the nucleus of every cell in your body.”

With Gnosis Journey: Into the light, we challenge you to take an act of courage and brilliance, to join in the expanding movement of social and personal liberation. Immerse yourself in nature and integrate ancient wisdom that can help you find a more balanced relationship with the human and nonhuman world around you.

This trek through the jungle with the support of sacred plant medicines will push you to your physical and mental limits and challenge you to step beyond them. If you have found your truth within yourself there is nothing more in this whole existence to find… You learn how to be an infinite, limitless creator connected to pure Source.

Into the Light begins with a rebirth in the womb of the Earth at a traditional temazcal sweat lodge, followed by a highly challenging trek through the jungle with the assistance of awareness enhancing peyote (barefoot encouraged), and ending with a sacred plant medicine ceremony. The trek is high risk due to many factors, including natural elements of rain and wind, animals like deadly snakes and spiders, and treacherous slippery boulders and muddy cliffs… This is not for the faint of heart.

We will guide you on a challenging (barefoot encouraged) trek through the lush mountains and waterfalls of the jungle where you will be required to overcome any physical obstacles, to the center of the jungle where you will face your mental and spiritual dragons. Sacred plant medicines used by indigenous tribes in the Amazon have the ability to reveal multitudinous levels of awareness and secret domains of psychic activity. The only thing holding you back from achieving complete transformation and freedom is the limitation of your own mind, and this is a journey to escape from the prison of your mind.

Due to the high-risk nature of Gnosis Journeys, space is limited to 10 guests maximum for safety reasons.

What are the sacred plant medicines?

“A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of space-time dimensions, and of the ego or identity.” – Leary et el, “The Psychedelic Experience”

Plant medicines are entheogens derived from plants that offer true healing by putting into order the body, mind and spirit with the past, present and future. Entheogenic literally means “a substance or process that draws one closer to the god within.”

Peyote, a medicinal cactus offered on the Gnosis Journey trek, is used by indigenous people for heightened awareness, perception, agility, instincts, and connection to Earth.

Ayahuasca, a psychoactive brew indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, has been shown to stimulate neurogenesis, or the birth of new brain cells, as well as provide physical cleansing, spiritual and emotional healing, and a release of stored traumas and addictions.

This process is unique to one’s needs for healing and can involve re-experiencing traumas to work through them, seeing visions, traveling to other dimensions, and meeting other-worldly spirit guides. We offer an ayahuasca ceremony on the night of the Gnosis Journey trek as a way to dive deep within your consciousness and navigate a personal maze to reach your true essence, which is connected to Source and universal intelligence.

What does Gnosis Journey Include?

  • 5 nights accommodation in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle
  • Traditional Temazcal Sweat Lodge
  • 6 hour guided trek through the jungle (fasting during the trek)
  • Rapé/Romé Potó indigenous medicine for focus, clarity, and alertness
  • Ayahuasca sacred plant medicine ceremony
  • Organic, nutrient-dense plant based meals
  • Vinyasa yoga and meditation
  • Sound healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls
  • Blue clay beach day (with Vida Blue Healing Clay from Buenaventura)
  • Heart opening cacao ceremony with live music as a closing integration circle
  • Transportation to and from Gnosis Journey

Additional add-ons available on-site

  • Tribal tattoo by local shamanic tattoo artist
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Reiki sessions
  • DMT ceremony

Due to the high-risk nature of Gnosis Journey, space is limited to 10 guests maximum for safety reasons.

Surrender to the Jungle Schedule*

*Schedule subject to change without notice.

Sunday, February 17th: Arrival in Costa Rica

Suggested arrival at SJO and sleep in SJO

Monday, February 18th: Pre-Journey Rendezvous

9 am Group shuttle provided from San Jose to Dominical

12:30 pm Lunch in Dominical at Mono Congo or Phat Noodle

1:30 pm Beach time in Dominical

5 pm Bonfire and sunset at the beach

6 pm Group shuttle to Gnosis headquarters

7 pm Welcome circle

8 pm Dinner

Tuesday February 19th: Waterfall Day

8 am Yoga and sound healing (optional)

9 am Breakfast

11 am Day hike to Nauyaca waterfall

2 pm Lunch

5:30 pm Sunset Temazcal Sweat Lodge (begin fasting)

Wednesday February 20th: Trek and Ceremony

7 am Gnosis Jungle Trek (barefoot encouraged) with the support of plant medicines to heighten awareness (including rapé)

7 pm Ayahuasca Ceremony through the night until sunrise

Thursday, February 21st: Integration & Celebrations

7 am Integration circle

8 am Breakfast (first meal to break the fast)

10 am – 1pm Massage and bodywork sessions available

1 pm Lunch

4 pm Yoga (optional)

6 pm “Right of passage” celebration with dinner and live music, optional shamanic tattoo by local artist

Friday, February 22nd: Serenity

8 am: Yoga/Pilates/Core (optional)

9 am: Breakfast

10 am – 1pm: Massage and bodywork sessions available

1 pm: Lunch

2-4 pm Blue Clay Beach Day (optional magic mushrooms)

5 pm: Cacao ceremony with live music

8 pm: Dinner

Saturday, February 23rd: Bucket List Day

8 am Yoga (optional)

9 am Breakfast

10 am – 1 pm Choose your “bucket list” adventure (zip lining, rappelling, skydiving, horseback riding, white water rafting…)

1 pm Lunch

3 pm Closing circle and a special giveaway

7 pm Dinner

8:30 pm Optional DMT session

Sunday February 24th: Farewell Brunch

9 am Farewell Brunch

11 am – 1pm Departures (group shuttle provided to SJO)

Upcoming Gnosis Journey dates:

Out of the Whirlwind: September, 23rd-28th, 2018 (10 spaces available)

Root Down & Grow: November, 5th-10th, 2018 (10 spaces available)

Into the Light: February, 17th-22nd, 2019 (pre-Envision journey)

NOTE: Schedule and/or itinerary subject to change without notice.

Tish Steenkamp

Tish is a torchbearer, hand holder, and light leader for women and men re-awakening to the power of their own bodies. Originally from South Africa, she now calls Costa Rica her home. She is passionate about holistic health, wellness and sharing knowledge from her own experiences. She blends a wealth of healing modalities into empowering and transformative retreat experiences worldwide. She teaches yoga, loves cooking, writing and spending time in nature. As a leader in emerging feminine consciousness, she brings her gifts forward to help women transcend blocks, balance energy and activate a healthy mind, body spirit relationship. Read more about Tish at www.FollowYourBlissCR.com