Celebration of Iemanja
January 29 - February 5, 2023
Discover Afro-Brazilian Spirituality
Salvador da Bahia is home to the region's largest celebration of Iemanja (Yemaya) each February. Thousands of her followers make a pilgrimage to the city, and pay their respects through processions and ceremonies at the ocean.
This immersive cultural experience will ground you in the foundations of Candomblé, a religion derived from Yoruba spiritual practices carried from West African by the enslaved people brought to Brazil against their will.
Over six days you will have the chance to touch creations dedicated to honoring ancestors, you will feel their presence and providence over your being as you taste foods created especially for the enhancement of the spiritual experience of humans. And you will be at the foot of several beautiful beaches that can soothe your soul.
This uniquely curated experience is for travelers that enjoy customized attention, and whom value opportunities to explore on their own, while intentionally supporting Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurs and the local economy.
Iemanja will be at the center of the activities happening in the city, but you will have the chance to explore the fullness of Blackness in Bahia, the city also known as Black Rome.
Below is a sample itinerary, which is subject to change.
Uncover how Salvador's Black citizens gave birth to a cultural so in tuned with its Africaness. And take some time for yourself to reconnect with nature, people, and your spirit.
Hop on a 15 minute call with me to chat through the details.
A Balanced Itinerary withYou in Mind
Over the course of 6 days, undergo an authentic cultural immersion in Brazil's Blackest city. Each day will strike a balance between experiential learning, site seeing, and down time that you can curate on your own.
Day 1 - Meet Black Rome
Descend into beautiful Bahia and be whisked off to a your beachfront hotel suite in one of the city's tourist hubs.
Catch an incredible sunset, then spend a relaxing evening at an exclusive reception welcoming you to this uniquely historical place known as
Day 2 - Get To Know Candomblé
Take a crash course on Brazil's widely practiced Candomblé religion. A spiritual leader will walk you through the pantheon of deities, their unique qualities, and how practitioners seek their paths in life through this millenia old tradition. Get a spiritual reading and learn which Orisha owns your head.
Afterwards, devour handmade foods crafted for the gods themselves. Then wind down and watch a colorful beachfront sunset like you've never seen before.
Day 3 - Get a Historical Grounding
Visit a local quilombo, or refuge, where those escaping slavery build secret communities and maintained strong traditions that connected them to their African roots.
End the evening over gourmet dinner overlooking the tranquil Bay of All Saints.
Day 4 - Music & Dance
Wake up with yoga at the beach front, then spend the day learning about the Afro-Brazilian musical traditions and dances. Local artists and instructors will offer a brief explanation on instruments like the berimbau which provides the rhythms for capoeira, a martial art form that originated in Africa.
Take some time to reflect at the hotel before attending a live cultural spectacle at a local venue.
Day 5 - Honor Iemanja
Join the one of the city's many processions toward the water to present offerings to Iemanja on her day of celebration. Observe practitioners as they shout out in appreciation for the guidance she has provided in their lives.
Make a personalized offering and petition for her protection in your life.
Day 6 - Wind Down
Plan the morning at your leisure. Take in sun and an açaí on the beach, or shop for souvenirs at Mercado Modelo.
Later on, join the rest of the group for a farewell reception complete with a unique parting gift that will keep Salvador Bahia on your mind until your next visit!
What Clients Say About My Trips
Being able to not just talk-- but interact, eat, and socialize with [locals] was an invaluable experience that I wouldn't have been able to get from any other travel experience.
- Sonji, medical school admissions director
When you register for Black Rome, you are making an active choice to invest in your growth as a global citizen, while also supporting Black and women-owned small businesses.
Here's what's included:
Six nights stay in one of Salvador's top beachfront hotels (single and double options available)
Breakfast each day, and select gourmet meals
Admission fees for all scheduled tours
Transportation to all scheduled events and excursions
'Spiritual Connections' bag filled with local treats and gifts
Luxurious parting gift
Pre-departure COVID testing (pending home destination requirements)
Access to pre-departure travel planning resources
Single occupancy room with sea view