Brazil Healing Journeys Testimonials From Participants

Thank you, Josie, for being the perfect guide for John of God's Casa. Thank you for the first-rate care that you gave us throughout our trip. I am so glad that I chose to travel with a guide of your experience, not just regarding the Casa, but also with all areas of healing. You made the trip easy and smooth so I could focus on my inner work and receive the maximum.  read more...

Now four months later, I am still appreciating the healing I received and how childhood traumas have been wiped clean from my field.  The trip has been a profound blessing for me. Having seen John of God in both the US and in Brazil I have to say that going to Brazil was a deeper level for me.

Your travel instructions and advice were so thorough it made an easy trip getting there, even the parts when I was on my own. Also, your suggestions for how to prepare for my trip so that I would get the maximum from it really helped me focus my energies for healing and enrichment.  I enjoyed the accommodations and the cozy atmosphere of the pousada and its proximity to the Casa, and was happy with the food.  I also appreciated how you helped us quickly and easily navigate the lines at the Casa, acted as our translator, and how you were always generous about giving us extra care with our requests so everything was taken care of. 

I especially want to acknowledge who you are and how profoundly you show up.  I am deeply touched by the depth of your wisdom and caring and how it emanates from everything you do.  Anyone would be blessed to travel with you to Brazil or work with you in any capacity.

Suzanne Lawlor
Corporate Trainer, Mentor and Life Coach

I traveled to Brazil with Josie to see John of God. I was driven by the need to find relief from a life long illness, Chron's disease, that the medical community said was incurable. I was helped by John of God and went into remission. This was a unbelievable experience, and having Josie as my guide made the trip so much easier.  read more...

Josie is so versed in the procedures at the Casa and has not only been accepted by John of God as a guide, but has also been called on by John of God to assist him in many ways. Her guidance  and help was invaluable.  Every small facet of the journey is taken care of by Josie, from your lodgings, meals, transportation, and acting as your interpreter.  She was especially important in our visits to the Casa and audiences with John of God. 

She really cares about the people she guides and I personally saw her go out of her way to give extra care and comfort to people who had or developed special problems while there.  Nothing was too much for her to do to support her charges.  If you're thinking about taking this journey I wouldn't do it without her. 

At a later time, I decided to take a trip with Josie to visit the Fulnio tribe on their land in northeast Brazil, and that was perhaps the second most life changing experience I have ever had.  A remarkable opportunity to meet these wonderful people. 

Teddy Barker

My husband and I were lucky to participate in Josie’s group in March 2005. I cannot think of a better guide during a spiritual trip like those she accompanies to the Casa of Dom Inacio in Brazil. She takes very close care of every group as a dynamic unit and of every particular member individually. She has access to John of God, the healer, and is familiar with every practice and every possibility of this center. She translates, accompanies and helps her groups. Besides using the energies of this healing place, she has her own spiritual gifts and psychological skills. She is also a talented writer/author. It was my privilege to translate her work “The Book of Miracles” into French.

Marta and Erling Blixt
Polish-Swedish couple living in France

Dear Josie,
There are no words in my vocabulary
that can adequately describe my experience at the Casa. I am humbled daily at the magnificence in my life that has transpired since my return to the states. My spiritual healing and growth process continues to blossom as a lotus.  read more...

I find that I am more peaceful and when I encounter challenges, I easily move through them. I experience them, move through and gain the wisdom, and continue onto the next adventure.

My intention in visiting the Casa and John of God was to assist me with spiritual and emotional healing of reoccurring patterns that have continued to show up in my life despite years of seeking out different spiritual practices to clear them. After spending 2 weeks at the Casa, my healing began and continues to evolve as I write. Serendipity has truly played a part in my life and with my experience at the Casa. Considering the current economic status of the world, I have more peace, joy, and serenity with myself. For this I am grateful and attribute this to the healing that I received when I was at the Casa.

In healing, love, and light,

Dr. Dolores Fazzino, RN, DNP, APN-BC
Encinitas, CA

If you are thinking of traveling to see John Of God in Brazil, I enthusiastically encourage you. There you will receive deep spiritual and healing support on many levels in an atmosphere of unconditional compassion and peace.  read more...

It is best to have a guide while you are there and a valuable bonus to have a guide who speaks fluent Portuguese.  For me, that was Josie RavenWing.

Josie was one of the very first to bring others to the Casa.  She took care of every detail and sent copious informational emails weeks before my departure for Brazil.  We corresponded so that Josie knew my situation prior to my arrival. 

It was such a blessing for me to have had her care and nurturing wisdom.  Josie spread her strength and knowledge like an island on which I rested.  My experience was enriched and eased because of her.  She is an amazingly gifted healer, shaman and international teacher, plus a renowned author and poet.  

More importantly, Josie is humbly, wholly dedicated in service to all life.  I remain grateful to John of God/Joao de Deus and to the Casa for my continued healing and for this magnificent light warrior, primal mother, mentor friend, Josie.

M. Riemer

I started my personal spiritual journey in my mid- 40’s after a near death experience. By the time I heard of John of God in 2002, I had been studying spiritual philosophies and alternative healing techniques for 20 years. During those years I had met, experienced and studied with various teachers and healers.  read more...

So, when I came across an article by Josie RavenWing about John of God in Shaman’s Drum Magazine, it just called me.  I knew instinctively that I needed to go to Brazil and that it should be with Josie.  I started getting more information, read her book about her experience and felt even more strongly about going.  I shared the information with a friend and talked about going together, but she decided against it.

In spite of that, and my traditional family and friends having some concerns, I was not deterred.  Josie was great to work with.  She is very grounded and dependable.  She returned phone calls and emails promptly.  She was helpful in my making plane reservations and getting a visa, etc.  In Brazil, she was extraordinary.  Josie had everything arranged from transportation from the Airport to the Casa, to our rooms ready for us at a Pousada (Hotel) where the food was great and the people friendly.  She spoke Portuguese and was able to translate for us. There were about 15 people in our group, of all ages, from all over the country and were there for different reasons.  I was in my 60’s, had back problems and was concerned about the trip being too hard for me.  Regardless of our backgrounds, we got along great, bonded quickly and all supported each other.  I met some really wonderful people on this trip and consider it a highlight of my life.

Since my trip, I noticed there are now other guides taking people over from the US, but I would highly recommend going with Josie.  She has been taking trips for almost 11 years now, works closely with John of God and the Casa and knows the locale. 

The energy at the Casa can’t be described - it needs to be experienced. Healing there can take place on many different levels – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  If you go, I don’t know what your experience will be, as everyone’s is different.  Trust you’ll get what you need and are ready for.  If you’re a little nervous about going, know that you can trust Josie to guide you and be there with and for you.  Based on my experience, if you’re drawn to go, I’d say “GO FOR IT”.  I am glad I did.

SELMA PROOT
CHERRY HILL, NJ

I am writing this to honor Josie RavenWing. I was blessed to meet Josie on my visit to Abadiania, Brazil. I brought my daughter, who has autism, to see Joao de Deus (John of God).  read more...

Josie was like an angel for us, and she really turned the trip into a truly unforgettable experience.  One of the most amazing things that Josie did was take my daughter and I to the sacred Casa waterfall where she performed special prayers in order to help us. 

Being in Abadiania and meeting Joao and the volunteers and visitors of The Casa is an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life, but meeting Josie made it much, much more incredible and really added to the magical quality of the entire experience.  I have eternal fondness and gratitude for Josie and she has truly added much to my life from coming to know her.

Sincerely,
Eileen - NY

I started my personal spiritual journey in my mid- 40’s after a near death experience. By the time I heard of John of God in 2002, I had been studying spiritual philosophies and alternative healing techniques for 20 years.  During those years I had met, experienced and studied with various teachers and healers.  So, when I came across an article by Josie RavenWing about John of God in read more...

Shaman’s Drum Magazine, it just called me.  I knew instinctively that I needed to go to Brazil and that it should be with Josie.  I started getting more information, read her book about her experience and felt even more strongly about going.  I shared the information with a friend and talked about going together, but she decided against it.

 In spite of that, and my traditional family and friends having some concerns, I was not deterred.  Josie was great to work with.  She is very grounded and dependable.  She returned phone calls and emails promptly.  She was helpful in my making plane reservations and getting a visa, etc.  In Brazil, she was extraordinary.  Josie had everything arranged from transportation from the Airport to the Casa, to our rooms ready for us at a Pousada (Hotel) where the food was great and the people friendly.  She spoke Portuguese and was able to translate for us. There were about 15 people in our group, of all ages, from all over the country and were there for different reasons.  I was in my 60’s, had back problems and was concerned about the trip being too hard for me.  Regardless of our backgrounds, we got along great, bonded quickly and all supported each other.  I met some really wonderful people on this trip and consider it a highlight of my life.

 Since my trip, I noticed there are now other guides taking people over from the US, but I would highly recommend going with Josie.  She has been taking trips for almost 11 years now, works closely with John of God and the Casa and knows the locale. 

The energy at the Casa can’t be described - it needs to be experienced. Healing there can take place on many different levels – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  If you go, I don’t know what your experience will be, as everyone’s is different.  Trust you’ll get what you need and are ready for.  If you’re a little nervous about going, know that you can trust Josie to guide you and be there with and for you.  Based on my experience, if you’re drawn to go, I’d say “GO FOR IT”.  I am glad I did.

SELMA PROOT
CHERRY HILL, NJ

"The journey to Brazil was a strange and wonderful time. The trip with Josie to see Joao began with skepticism on my part and ended (well it hasn't truly ended yet) as a life-changing experience. Without reservation, I would highly recommend this trip to anyone." read more...

His Background:

"In October of 1998 I quit my job. The conflict between my "personal life" as a mystic and a Sensitive and my work life as an international network security consultant had grown out of hand. It was clear that one of my two lives, the personal or the professional, had to go. I spent about two years traveling through Europe and the Middle-East, following that inner voice that so many of us know so well. The experiences during that trip are amazing and would fill more than one book, although many would say I was making things up."

Finding Josie:

"Around October of 2000, having left Saint Katherine's monastery in Egypt and a possible lifetime as a monk there, I'd spent the last few months re-integrating into society. I was staying for a couple of weeks with my sister and her family in Pembroke Pines, FL. An internet search to find some ?answers to some larger questions led me to Josie. On an intuitive leading, I booked the next trip to Brazil with her."

Brazil:

"After so much time traveling alone, I found myself a tiny bit suspicious of the idea of seeking the spiritual in a group. Oh was I wrong! A week spent with these people led to some deep connections that will probably last the rest of this life. Various members had special Gifts they shared with me, and I shared my own with others. Never a believer in re-incarnation (I was raised a skeptic and then trained as a scientist and engineer), I was shaken again. There was a woman there from Portugal whom I *knew* like I'd never known anyone, from the first. It was clear to both of us that we'd spent many lifetimes together -- the memories of those even began to surface. That experience alone changed me in a way no other ever has, and that's before the week at the Casa even began!"

The Casa:

"Joao, in trance, spent a moment with everyone who came thru the line, at least until he got to me. I didn't even get a look -- "Can't help this one. Come back later." Oy. Came back later and was scheduled for an "operation" by the entities on Friday of that week. I was flying out on Monday am. A week in the "current rooms" didn't do much for me, although the Crystal/chakra room was an intriguing feeling. Needless to say, by Friday I was not expecting much. They led me and one other from our group into a small cement block room and had us sit on wooden benches and close our eyes. Nothing happened. Three minutes or so later they led us out. I was trying not to be disappointed -- not everyone finds what they are seeking every time.

We went and sat in the sun and I had to sit down, I was so weak! The healing soup and then back to our rooms to hide out. Through the rest of that day I physically felt small hands working inside my body. Muscles and joints I'd had problems with for years were being shifted and shaped. Sometimes it was slight. Sometimes it would hit suddenly and hurt intensely until "they" finished what they were doing. Along with the physical, there were spiritual/energy changes happening that were overwhelming. I spent most of that day lying on my back in a dark room or sitting in the sun; and for the next three days I was almost too weak to move! 

These changes continued for the next two months, on a lessened scale. A woman in our group who was a seer had told me several things that week. Just before leaving on Monday she looked at me in that sharp and slightly ?off-side look she used and said that there was another change I didn't know about. That Id carried something genetically which could have killed me young and which I'd have passed onto my children. She said the entities had changed me on the genetic level as well."

Back Home in Florida:

"The one thing I'd asked for that week was a healing on my wrists which had been a source of serious pain for many years. It felt to me as if I was afraid to reach out in a few areas and that it had manifested, spiritually/physically, as if my hands were cut off at the wrists. When I got back to Florida, a friend, a medical student, and another who 'sees' clearly, looked at me and asked, 'what happened!?!'  'I don't know. What do you see?'  She replied, 'your hands look like they have been re-attached at the wrists! It's strange. Like they were previously cut off and they'd been surgically re-attached.' "

Now:

"The journey is not over. The world is in a 'Shift'. Everything we know and feel is changing in ways far deeper than most realize. Lots of crazy theories are out there which purport to explain what the Sensitives among us feel -- but the jury is still out on what exactly is happening. It's clear, though, that something huge is moving/shifting/changing and that we will, none of us, ever be the same for it. Every day, every moment, I continue to wake to what is. The time spent with Josie and our group at the Casa in Brazil, for me, has been and continues to be an extremely beautiful and important part of that path."

Peace,                                                                                                                            Nicholas

Dear Josie:
What a blissful time we had in Abadiania.  I am already having results.
Remember the sore that I’d had on my leg for three months (probably skin cancer) that healed over within days of arriving in Abadiania; and the arthritic swelling in my hands that disappeared by the end of our stay?  Now a skin cancer on my arm that I’ve had for years has almost disappeared!  read more...

And I’m sleeping better than I have for many years.  Before our trip to Brazil, I used to only be able to sleep for two to three hours at a time due to digestive problems.  Now I can sleep for five to six hours at a time and I then wake up in the morning renewed.

You are a fantastic tour leader.  I still cannot believe our visit to what seemed like another world.  We all wish we were still there and are certainly planning on returning.  The miracles we saw, the peace, the kindness of the Brazilian people are indescribable.

And the river of mist in the mornings, the walks in the hills, the tree where we found all the crystals, the sacred waterfall, the free bowl of healing soup at the Casa each day…  Was this for real?!  Or did we go through a secret door into another dimension?

Liz Flynn, Owner of art gallery, Jamaica

"Going to Brazil with Josie was a life-changing experience. Her knowledge of the language and culture of this vast land were invaluable, and her spiritual approach framed our journey in a unique way."

Maril Crabtree, author, healing practitioner and workshop facilitator
Kansas City and Naples, Florida areas

If you would like to read more stories of healing from people who have been to the Casa, as well as find additional information about the Casa, you can visit
http://www.friendsofthecasa.org/

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