Ceremony Leader – Barin Mane
Barin Mane is definitely not your average facilitator! His devotion to helping people heal and acquiring a life of higher possibility is just as remarkable as the journey that got him there…
Barin was born in the east of Holland, which is known for its down-to-earth country wisdom. He has always been the linking pin between people and what people need. His playful curiosity and vigorous energy led him to start a business, in which he invested all of his time and energy. Sadly, when the global financial crisis hit in 2008, the business he loved so dearly was affected as well.
While his business came crashing down, it felt like his personal life came down with it and he saw everything he had worked for in his whole life slowly slipping through his fingers… Feeling completely devastated and dissatisfied with how life treated him, this period led him into a negative spiral, and ultimately into depression.
His search for healing led him astray on many paths, until he finally came to ayahuasca. What happened completely blew his (conscious) mind: after just one ceremony, Barin Mane was no longer plagued by his anxiety, overly negative thinking and his depression. He even shed off his fear of death. It was in this amazingly profound and deep first ceremony, that he felt spiritually awakened and came to understand that the business life he lived before was completely hollow.
Barin Mane was instantly triggered and became determined to know everything possible about this sacred medicine! He spent many hours passionately researching all there was written about ayahuasca and her miraculous transformational power and quickly became knowledgeable. Of course, he didn’t just do desk research, he attended all kinds of different ayahuasca ceremonies, expanding his knowledge and experience to work with the medicine.
Barin Mane noticed by then that there were basically three types of ceremonies; shamanic, religious (Santo Daime) and New Age type of ceremonies. He found beauty in each type of setting and noticed the mother will always work her ways (regardless of setting)… But at the same time, he felt like a big group was being left out of the healing experience of ayahuasca. These were people that didn’t feel attracted to these more ritualistic settings, but who wanted to experience ayahuasca in a down-to-earth type of setting, not dominated by rules nor ritual. Simply a loving place and a safe space, where anyone in need could come home to, to be truly accepted as they are.
Before long, Barin Mane created his own setting: first just for friends, but quickly for friends of friends, and so on. Along the lines of his experience, the audience grew steadily as well. Together with a team of more than 45 people, working with therapists, psychologists, and even doctors, his centre has successfully guided thousands of participants from all over the globe. On top of that, Barin Mane has proudly witnessed over 20 new ayahuasca centers being established by people who started at his retreat centre, either as a participant or a guide, spreading a wave of love, healing and higher consciousness across Europe.
It was in the beginning of 2018 that Barin Mane felt that his task at his old retreat centre was fulfilled. His strong intuition led him to a new path: to connect people not just with the plant, but with the authentic shamanic ceremony that thus far can only be found in the Amazon. For many people a traditional Amazonian ceremony isn’t accessible, not only because of high cost and long travel times, but also because of the language gap and untrustworthiness of shamans. Last but not least, uncomfortable accommodation conditions scare off many Westerners, as they don’t feel comfortable to take on a sacred journey in the midst of the jungle, accompanied by snakes and big insects…
This is where Barin Mane started the Acsauhaya organization: a place where he can bring the Amazonian healers and their ancient wisdom to modern day Europe, seamlessly merging the best of both worlds. Something you could consider a reflection the journey Barin Mane made himself: combining his down-to-earth, practical approach with a big heart, true compassion and profound spiritual depth.
During ceremonies, Barin Mane is known for his strong presence, calmness and confidence. He intuitively knows just when to hold space to let the medicine do her work and when to offer some extra guidance or care. He seems to have never lost his playful curiosity and energy, but he is combining it with sincere (com)passion for all, and he is for many people a true friend and healer on the spiritual path.