We refer to ourselves as space holders / facilitators and do not take on the title of shaman or healer. Our mission with The Lighthouse is to create a safe space and provide you with the right tools and support, so you can heal and empower yourself.
We aim to hold a safe space on all levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.
Hi, this is Isher. I'm particularly interested in working with people who have a history of depression, addiction or people who are just looking take hold of their lives again. Anyone who's interested in exploring their inner urge and to expand their consciousness without the fear of being judged will always have my full attention and lo
Hi, this is Isher. I'm particularly interested in working with people who have a history of depression, addiction or people who are just looking take hold of their lives again. Anyone who's interested in exploring their inner urge and to expand their consciousness without the fear of being judged will always have my full attention and loving respect.
After living 30 years of my life living with recurring depression, a feeling of not belonging and a general sense of not knowing who I am or why I'm here, I decided it was time to do some serious work on myself and. I started meditating and it certainly helped with being able to witness myself and my behavioral patterns and moods. But why was I having these patterns and moods? What was underneath them? I came across a man called Dr Gabor Mate (An expert in trauma, addiction, stress and childhood development) around 10 years ago. This lead me to the use of plant medicines. First with Ayahuasca which showed me the root cause of my behavior patterns as well as helping me shed my mental and spiritual pollution that I felt society had installed in me. Then with San Pedro/Huachuma which I feel made me complete again and gave me my clear focus, mental strength and a purpose in life.
I decided to focus mainly on working with San Pedro as I have so much respect for the gentle and patient nature of the medicine. I don't claim to be a shaman like in the South America traditional sense. I totally respect the shamanic ways and have worked and journeyed with Shamans, but I feel this tradition is a sacred one that is so often exploited. Shamanic ceremonies should in my opinion only be conducted by genuine shamans of which they are few a far between in my experience. I also feel that experiencing your journey with loving support and with as little distractions or interference as possible gives the participants the deepest and most transformational experience.
I'm described as being a gentle giant and a big open heart. I offer plenty experience working with medicines as well as safety and protection. I'm originally from the UK but now living in Portugal where we have the perfect location to truly work with this medicine at it's best.
I strongly believe in everyone's individual reality, and that everything is just how it's supposed to be. I feel that we should try our best to embrace our fears and emotions, not run away or drown in to them and we should always show gratitude to the human experience. Life and awareness truly is a blessing.
Blessing on your travels,
Hi, my name is Marijke. I guess you could say I started my healing journey back in 2005 when after experiencing a burn out cause by then career, many bouts of depression and a heavy relationship with cannabis, I decided there must be something else, this can't be it! I enrolled on a 2 year course at a school of living art in The Neth
Hi, my name is Marijke. I guess you could say I started my healing journey back in 2005 when after experiencing a burn out cause by then career, many bouts of depression and a heavy relationship with cannabis, I decided there must be something else, this can't be it! I enrolled on a 2 year course at a school of living art in The Netherlands. It was here that really started to take a deep look inside myself.
Later, I heard someone talk about a life changing experience with a plant medicine called Ayahuasca. I was intrigued and felt a strong calling to try for myself. I combined the sessions with psycho therapy initially and I'm glad I did so as I could really open up to my therapist as well as help me keep my feet on the floor.
I eventually became a facilitator at the same centre in which I took my first Ayahuasca session and then became a ceremony leader for 5 years. I also met Isher here and we struck up a strong friendship. I later worked as a facilitator at another centre in The Netherlands, this working with different shamans from Peru. Now I'm working with Huachuma at The Lighthouse. All in all I've guided hundreds of participants through their plant medicine journeys.
On a personal level, plant medicines have helped me see different perspectives, have a healthier acceptance of myself and therefore others. I'm kinder to myself and my shadow side. I realise that the world didn't change but the way I look at it now makes it easier to live in. I feel like I've received healing on many different levels.
I like to keep it real, I'm down to earth and have a strong protecting energy. I love to see people regain their inner power and strength.
I know that it's a big decision to embark on a medicine journeys and that you should research strong as to whether or not this is right for you but I also know that if you do feel strongly about doing it and that you're well prepared and physically healthy enough, you could receive some real benefit from them.
Rui will occasionally support and hold space during retreats. Rui is a beautiful gentle soul and is a nurse as well as a doctor of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, cupping and herbal medicine).
Chuma is the 2nd gentle giant (next to Isher) at The Lighthouse. Chuma is a master teacher in joy and authenticity. He will be in, and around the house, so please be aware if you're allergic or afraid of dogs.
We often get the question if we are looking for assistance at our retreats.
At the moment we are not in need of any assistance, as we host small retreats and do not run a big, full time retreat center.