Producers of CrazyWise Film interviewed one of our facilitators, Dagmar Ramos, MD
One Week Trip to
Spiritist Centers, Clinics and Hospitals
with Emma Bragdon, PhD and Brazilian Associates
Dates for 2017: November 4-11
From a participant:
“It was a fabulous week indeed. I am back to work and the more I try to describe it, the more I realize how amazing it was to be guided so intimately into another culture and to experience an integrative health system that is so grounded and rooted in respect and compassion for those challenged by mental illness. It was so inspiring to meet doctors who are Spiritist and to see how seamlessly they blend heart and science. Thank you for providing this opportunity. You are a bridge to a new way of looking at health and spirituality. The trust and relationships you have developed are what make this program remarkable.”
–Susan Ortiz, MD, Director of Maine Holistic Center, Bangor, Maine
The 2014 group was documented by the producers of “CrazyWise,” a full-featured film to be launched in 2017 to contribute to the dialogue on changes needed in mental healthcare. Interviews of participants in the Brazil group including 2 interviews with Emma Bragdon can be viewed at http://www.crazywisefilm/blog
Saturday, November 4: arrival in Goiania, Brazil, and rest in hotel after international flight. Enjoy *Welcome basket of fruits, nuts, and juices. Our 4-star hotel has exercise equipment, AC, sauna, wifi, restaurant and business center—and is across the street from a beautiful 54 acre park for walking/jogging and watching monkeys. *Dinner at hotel restaurant at 7pm to celebrate arrival. Orientation. Emma Bragdon charts the course for the week.
Sunday: Introductions. Presentation by Dr. Bragdon on “Spirituality and Health”…what we know about the positive relationship between being involved with spirituality and how it leads to greater wellbeing. *Lunch at local restaurant. Siesta. Presentation by Dr. Bragdon introducing Spiritism…includes 30 min film she co-produced, “Spiritism: Bridging Spirituality and Health”. Q & A. Dinner on your own.
Monday: Emma Bragdon/ Sergio Vencio, MD, give a talk about current research on Spiritism, Reincarnation, Mediumship and Energy Transfer/ Healing. What does research tell us? Who is doing the research? *Lunch at local restaurant. Film in afternoon: “Chico”. 6-9 pm, van transfer to Spiritist Hospital Euripedes de Barsanulfo. We will watch a meeting of advanced mediums who do energy work and also disobsession at the Casa de Euripedes, one of the largest Spiritist Psychiatric Hospital’s in Brazil. They work under supervision of Francisca, an advanced and highly respected medium. Dona Eliane Crespo will fly in from Recife, Brazil. She was a supervisor/teacher of mediums at the hospital for many years.The group has been working with each other for a long time so they are sensitively attuned to each other and dedicated to helping the patients. They help in the release of negative entities, spirits, and patterns of negative thinking which benefits both the patients and the disembodied spirits to advance in their evolution.
Morning: Emma Bragdon facilitates debrief about what we experienced last night. Q&A with more explanation of Spiritists’ healing protocols.
Mid-day: Free to rest and catch up with emails, etc. Walk/exercise/ hang out with new friends/ go to the market to buy snacks for your room.
Lunch as you wish, on your own.
2pm meet with Jeziel Ramos, MD, president of Casa Euripides, at this Spiritist Hospital. He will explain the history of the hospital and the actual program they offer for medium’s work at the hospital (diagnosis and healing and edification). He will discuss minimizing the use of psychotropic medication for psychotics, bipolar, depressives and addicts. (The hospital does not use ECT.) We will learn more about how the Brazilian government is accepting/not accepting of Spiritism and how his hospital is working with that challenge. Then, we would have a tour of the hospital with Dr. Jeziel as our guide.
4pm-ish: *Hi-tea, fruit, juices and fresh rolls at the hospital.
Afterwards, discussion of a brief Alan Kardec text as it relates to mediumship facilitated by the supervisor of mediums at the hospital. Then, we will watch the spiritual treatment of the patients and the people coming from outside the hospital (outpatient) for spiritual treatments. The group is led by Sandro, a professor of philosophy at the University in Goiania, who is also a gifted medium and diagnostician. We will view energy work with patients, hear what the practitioners have done to prepare themselves for this work, how long the preparation usually takes, what they experience, how they feel about their work as mediums/healers and medical intuitives. From 7pm to 9pm we will watch mediumistic work done by two mediumistic groups who have been working with patients at the hospital for a long time. Each group has a slightly different way of working. We depart for hotel after 9pm.
Wednesday: Dagmar Ramos, MD facilitates debrief of Tuesday night. Q/A. Lunch/ Siesta. Afternoon: Leave for Ramatis Spiritist Center at 2:15pm. Meet Sergio Vencio, MD at the Center for a presentation on “Medicine, Spirituality and Mediumship”. At 5pm we each will receive a “Soul Caregivers” experience. At 6pm the Ramatis team of advanced mediums will work with each participant individually in a mediumistic meeting. Dagmar Ramos, MD, will again participate with us–this time as a medium.
Thursday: R&R trip to Perinopolis & Vagafogo (2 hrs) for the day and early evening. Perinopolis is a delightful colonial village full of shops selling excellent handcrafts, souvenirs, and local delicacies. Vaga Fogo is a wildlife sanctuary which serves *a full, handmade brunch and offers walking trails and swimming in the pure water of their primal forest. Dinner on your own in Perinopolis. A highpoint of the trip for nature enthusiasts as well as shoppers!
Friday: Dr. Bragdon further illumines the Spiritist way of energy transmission for healing and how to do the energy transfer the Spiritists call “Energy Passes”. We will practice doing “passes” on ourselves for stress reduction and with each other to further healing. Discussion how we can integrate this kind of practice in our home countries.* Lunch with the group together at a local Brazilian restaurant. 2-4pm option: Film, “Nosso Lar” aka “Our Spiritual Home” is a full feature length film depicting the Spiritist view of life in the spiritual realm and how spirits interact with people in body. Early Dinner. 6:00pm: Transfer to Centro Irradiacao Espirita Crista. This Spiritist center practices extraordinary forms of magnetic healing starting at 7pm. They work with those with both physical and/or mental disorders. We will be able to watch the workers and later speak with Renato, the Director of the Center, who will answer our questions about the treatment, the patients they see, and the center.
Saturday: Reflect and share together our plans for the future . We will discuss ways to network and support each other in greater depth. *Lunch: Celebration/ Appreciations at Hotel Bristol Evidencia restaurant. Prepare to fly out Saturday evening for return trip home.
Cost: $2475 in a shared room/ $2975. for a single room
Groups will not be larger than 10 participants to allow discreet access to the intimate settings in the hospitals and healing centers.
- 4-star hotel for 7 nights
- All breakfasts, several other meals marked with *above (5 lunches/1 high tea/ 1 welcome celebration dinner).
- All van transfers from hotel to side trips
- Classes, discussion groups, and tours
- Assistance in preparing for the trip
- Basket of fruit on arrival
- Group donations to Hospital, Spiritist Centers and Foundation for Energy Therapies: all not for profit, charitable organizations.
Does not include:
- Your airfare from your home to Goiania
- Passport updates and Visa to Brazil
- Meals not covered
- Taxis outside of group van excursions and transfers
- Personal: bottled water, beverages, hotel-provided extra snacks
- Cost of Continuing Education Units (optional)
For travel to Brazil you will need a visa and a passport that is valid up to 6 months after you return from your trip.
To fly to Goiania: fly first into an international airport like Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Manaus, or Rio de Janeiro. Then, take a domestic flight to Goiania.
A deposit of $750 will secure a space in the trip. Balance is due 30 days before the trip begins.
- Bragdon, E “Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil”
- Dossey, L “Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing”
To Register: contact Emma Bragdon
EB@IMHU.org or 802-674-2919
Address: PO Box 325, Woodstock, Vermont, 05091