Stage 2 – The Deepening

16th – 22th June 2021, Awakeland, Algarve, Portugal


Stage 2 – the Deepening


On completing the Initiation stage of this journey you will have downloaded a new operating system into your consciousness. Many of the tools to bring your personal empowerment will be sitting in your pocket. Whether you use them or not is now up to you…

One way to really bring these more to life is through the Deepening process where the knowledge you have gained becomes digested into your being and emerges as your own wisdom, that can be expressed in your own words.

The deepening process takes you beyond the personal realms and into the unknowable as you undertake a shamanic death of all the conditioning that was given to you from outside and a rebirth as the deeper YOU emerges.



What is this Training?


Some of Areas Covered in this Training Are:

It is not necessary to already have an understanding of any of the areas mentioned below – you will be guided through each experience. This is simply for those who are curious about the content.

  • Revision of Stage 1 learnings
  • The importance of healthy Identity
  • Ego Masks
  • Psychological aspects and De-conditioning
  • Shamanic Death
  • Archetypal Group Rituals
  • Plant Medicine (Cacao)
  • Gifts of the Wound
  • Earth Medicine
  • The 4 Shields from Native teachings
  • Solo retreat in Nature
  • Rebirthing Ritual
  • Undifferentiated Sexuality
  • Undifferentiated Trance States


Taking off the Mask


Normally humans move through 2 stages of knowing – the first where you do not know but are not aware of it (as a child); and secondly where you still not really know, but collect knowledge in order to believe that you know (our adult life).

Occasionally one will take a quantum leap beyond the norms and enter into a 3rd stage – where you realise that you cannot really know and that the joy is in the mystery. This retreat is for those called to take a leap beyond the ‘safety nets’ of the mind and let the bliss of existence pour into you.


Your Instructors

During this course you will be held by 3 of the Awaken as Love faculty (and a full team of assistants) – they each come from different backgrounds but all are inspired to facilitate the evolution of humanity.

James Stevenson

Founder & Instructor

James’s passion is to help call forth our human potential and our soul. His weave brings together more than 22 years experience in techniques, practices and information from the cutting edge of Neuroscience, Tantra, Biodanza, Shamanic & Energy Work, Integral theory and Taoist practices to create a spirituality that is rooted in the body. His evolutionary approach is to work on all lines, levels, states and parts of ourselves in bringing forth our fullest potential.

His shamanic work includes being Vision Quest rites of passage guide, holding Sweatlodge Ceremonies as well as Sacred Cacao Rituals. He is also part of the International School of Temple Arts faculty. He has been dancing Biodanza since 2003 and now works as a teacher and a didactic teacher (qualified to teach other teachers in Biodanza Schools).

Riya Sokol


Riya is an artist. Known as a singer, activist but also awakening & sex coach, tantrica, vision quest guide. Trained by Amazonian Medicines, she is very connected to earth medicines and ceremonial spaces as well as to Tantra in the integrated version- initiated by Kaula Heart of All, and influenced by the Baul Mystics but mostly her Beloved James and their relationship.

She travels around the world, using her voice for singing and speaking, sharing her gifts with groups. She is dedicated to spirituality as much as she is to her “down to earth” life, contributing to the evolution that is happening now and as part of it she wants to bring balance and harmony in all the aspects of hers and others lives.


“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein


In fact it is not the next level of consciousness but the one after that which integrates the previous ones which will facilitate real change.


Practical Information for Stage 2 – the Deepening

Dates: The Deepening training runs from the 16th – 22th June 2021

Venue: Awakeland, CCI 674 – Moinho da Rocha. 8500 – 140 Mexilhoeira Grande

Training Cost: Earlybird price of just 650 Euros, Normal price is 850 Euros

10% discount automatically added for those who book this together with the Stage 1 in the same venue beforehand.



Standard room 

Sharing as a Triple – €420 per person.   Sharing in a room with 2 others of the same gender, with your own bed.

All come with your own bed –  bedding and towels included and with access to communal Bathrooms outside room. Prices include 3 Vegetarian Meals a day.

Electric Glamping Bell tent / Tipi

Sharing as a Double – €420 per person –  Sharing in a room with 2 others of the same gender or people you choose.

All come with your own bed, fan and electricity –  bedding and towels included and with access to communal bathrooms and showers outside. Prices include 3 Vegetarian Meals a day.


The Venue

The training is held at a special retreat venue in Southern Portugal called Awakeland. The landscape there is unique and its natural equilibrium is maintained and potentiated through innovative, non-invasive permaculture and biodynamic agriculture.  We work with the principles of sustainable agriculture and support local species, aiming to live as closely to the earth as possible.

Nature is their fundamental meditation. At Awake, in harmony with nature, the root ourselves and manifest our highest being, living in a process of constant evolution, in which space grows with human and natural growth, living in a parallel, an equilibrium. And in this magical and ancestral space,



Eating together is part of the festival, tickets are fully inclusive of 3 meals a day, from when your dinner on the first night of the training until Lunch on the last day. All our meals are Vegetarian and prepared with love – if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in the additional information on the booking form.