Let Go, Rejoice & Fly Free

The Power and Magic of Forgiveness

Bosnia-Herzegovina

If you are ready to relax and let go while transforming old hurts and pains into joy and freedom, then join Lois Wagner for a gentle and loving journey into the land of forgiveness.

Dates to be finalised

Imagine yourself after a day of discovery and reflection, sharing stories and deep conversations over traditional Bosnian coffee served in long neck copper pots called džezva.

Imagine yourself exploring beautiful towns with cobbled streets and bridges, as you experience the warmth and resilience of the Bosnian people and their delicious, aromatic, home cooked meals.

Imagine yourself taking in the striking scenery from Trebević mountain and contemplate your newfound sense of lightness and calm as you watch the sun setting on the horizon.

Imagine yourself after a sacred healing ceremony on top of the Pyramid of the Sun, being filled with a deep sense of peace and freedom after finally releasing the heavy burdens of the past.

These are just a few of the life-changing delights you’ll experience on your journey of forgiveness.

The Benefits – My Promise to You

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How would it feel to trade sadness, anger and resentment, for forgiveness and the freedom to enjoy life’s wonderful adventures?
  • How would it feel to let go of burdens of the past and open up to lighter and more hopeful possibilities?
  • How would it feel to be given the permission not to forgive but to find other ways to start the process of healing?
  • Wouldn’t it be great not to feel pressured by those who keep telling you that forgiveness is the right thing to do?

On this retreat I will show you how to access your feelings, express them safely and effectively, and open yourself to discover the reservoir of love and joy that lie just beneath your pain, launching you into a new life of love and fulfillment.

We will use practices such as breathing, meditation, journalling, gratitude, celebration, music and rituals to realise that forgiveness is a process and you can decide if and when and how you want to forgive. You will find ways to move from past sadness and hurt and find a space to live alongside new exciting possibilities

By the end of this retreat, through inner and outer adventures, and a journey of forgiveness, you will have a wonderful sense of lightness and freedom. You will have let go of the fear holding you back and can move forward to enjoy a life filled with possibility as you soar forever free.

Would that be worth coming to Bosnia-Herzegovina for?

I sure think so!

  • You’ll get the opportunity for one-on-one coaching with Lois to share your story and address your personal concerns and needs.
  • You will also be invited through a group Zoom call BEFORE the event to coach you on the specific background information to bring along in order to maximise the value of this unique opportunity.
  • There will be several workshops and team activities. Remember, the true process of forgiveness is based on inner reflection and work through which I will guide you.

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Why Bosnia-Herzegovina?

Bosnia-Herzegovina is the perfect place to witness courage, perseverance, endurance, and letting go.

Bosnia & Herzegovina (nestled between Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro) is a treasure-trove of architectural and natural beauty. From vibrant cities, dramatic mountains, pristine wilderness, historic towns, ancient pyramids, to warm and hospitable people.

Two decades after the conflict, Bosnia is recovering and becoming a destination for adventurous travellers and seekers of healing and spiritual awareness.

Besides exploring this magnificent country for 7 insightful days (and 8 nights) on this soulful journey you will learn how you can become beautifully bold and fly Free from fear and fury and embrace this opportunity to live a fulfilling and purposeful life!

You’ll come away from this life-changing, transformative Bosnian journey retreat learning how to forgive (if you choose to forgive) and find unlimited future possibilities.

The Venue

Sarajevo is the busy and vibrant capital city of Bosnia & Herzegovina and is home to a unique blend of old Ottoman culture and modern cosmopolitan lifestyle.

After a full day of activities, you can return to your comfortable room in the modern 4* President Hotel located in Baščaršija, the centre of the old town in Sarajevo. The en-suite rooms have air-conditioning, heating and TV.

Set in beautiful natural surrounds you will also spend one night at the authentically recreated and reconstructed stone Herceg Ethno Village in Medjugorje.

In this timeless setting you can escape from your thoughts, connect with your spirit, and restore your soul.

The Cuisine

You will love the Bosnian cuisine which ranks as some of the best in Eastern Europe with influences from the Ottomans, the Mediterranean and Central Europe. Meals are mostly slow-cooked in their juices with a seasoning of aromatic spices. Meals tend to be light with a generous portion of vegetables.

There are plenty of delicious choices to meet the vegetarian, vegan and gluten free requirements. Vegetables, such as eggplant, peppers and zucchini, are stuffed with either meat or rice and seasoning.

Try the Bosnian national dish, cepavi, which is minced meat from lamb or beef that meet halal requirements and formed into sausages or kebabs and served inside a flatbread with onions and sauce.

You will enjoy the delicious Turkish influenced snack – burkes, of flaky pastry with meat, cheese or spinach filling.

Appetising chicken and vegetable or bean soups, meat or cheese dumplings, and the localised Bosnian Dolma, are other dishes worthy of trying.

And of course, there is the yummy famous baklava dessert of filo pastry with layers of nuts, syrup and honey and the Tufahija which is an apple boiled in sugar and stuffed with walnuts is served with its syrup and whipped cream in a large glass.

All this can be washed down with the bitter taste of thick Bosnian coffee.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
Today is reserved for your arrival to Sarajevo. Our driver will come to pick you up from the airport and drive you to your Hotel in Sarajevo.

We’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner followed by an orientation workshop.

We will be given the opportunity to connect with our fellow voyagers and be introduced to the peace and forgiveness expressed in the Hawaiian Ho’oponopono prayer of healing.

Day 2: – Sarajevo
We will begin each day with meditation, Ho’oponopono prayers, and a mindfulness exercise.

We will visit the Sarajevo Roses and the Sarajevo Tunnel – both symbols of despair, struggle, hope and freedom.

We will explore the city of Sarajevo with a focus on war-related sites. This tour will bring to life the stories of the townspeople that lived through the four years of siege.

We will learn about the extraordinary survival and cooking creativity of Sarajevo citizens and taste food prepared using real wartime recipes.

We will visit Sarajevo Roses and places that played a crucial role for residents of Sarajevo during the siege and learn about the ways these buildings were used to facilitate and normalise everyday life of citizens through various cultural, social and sporting events.

You will visit the Besieged Sarajevo Collection in the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and look into the everyday life of the citizens during the siege and witness their human ingenuity, creativity, improvisation, and functionality.

Back at the hotel, we’ll get a chance to reflect on your own emotional journey thus far, and most important, I will facilitate a process for you to begin to envision some new and liberating possibilities for your lives.

Day 3: Srebrenica
Today we will take a trip to the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, cemetery, and the memorial wall where we can remember and pay our respects to the 8327 victims of a war that took place in our own lifetime.

By witnessing and paying tribute to the strength and resilience of the people, we will participate in a ritual of emotional release that will help us incorporate what we have seen today and find our own courage which will support us in overcoming our own challenges and difficulties on our forgiveness path.

Day 4: Mostar - Blagaj – Medjugorje
As we walk across the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mostar bridge, (Stari Most) which crosses the river Neretva and is a symbol of reconciliation, we will reflect on connecting our past experiences with the new free you. We will share a quiet moment of prayer and ceremoniously let go of what is holding us from living an abundant life.

We will tour to Medjugorje, a beautiful little town located in the lush green mountains, famous for the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1981.

We will start finding peace as we participate in a forgiveness circle at the “Our Lady of Medjugorje” (also called Queen of Peace and Mother of the Redeemer) statue.

We will spend the night in Medjugorje in the tranquil surroundings of the Herceg Ethno Village.

Day 5: Počitelj - Jablanica - Sarajevo
Today’s activities and meditation will include gratitude and self-love.

We will find refuge in Počitelj, the Small UNESCO protected town located on a hill above most beautiful mountain river Neretva.

Enjoy the vibe of century-old tradition and culture and take the opportunity to purchase local products sold by many locals with their stand all over narrow cobblestoned streets.

We will find inner salvation during a healing circle at The Battle for Wounded on Neretva River.

We will stop for lunch in Jablanica, visit the Museum of the Battle for the Wounded, and then enjoy spectacular views and relax over a traditional local meal.

Together we will create practices, rituals, and techniques that we will be able to incorporate into our daily lives back home to ensure lasting peace and forgiveness.

Day 6: Sarajevo
Today is an energising healing day away from the emotional intensity of our journey.

We will bring the healing power of art into our lives by creating a personal souvenir.

In one of the oldest streets in the heart of Sarajevo’s Baščaršija, using the 500-year-old local technique demonstrated by one of the best local coppersmith artisans, we will create our own Džezva (pot).

We will then enjoy a cleansing ritual of body and soul at Isa Bey’s Hammam near to Old Town. Here we can relax and unwind in a hot Jacuzzi or sauna. We can have a Turkish massage or foam and peeling massage as we gain serenity and harmony.

In the evening we will enjoy an amazing dinner with traditional live music and have the opportunity to learn traditional Bosnian Dance.

Day 7: Sarajevo Gourmet Food & City Tour with Best Point of View Tour
Today is a fun cultural day where we start rebuilding and gaining peace.

We will explore Sarajevo and its best cultural and historical attractions, while tasting delicious traditional Bosnian food in places away from the tourist rush. We will develop a recipe for forgiveness and some ideas on how to move forward.

We will enjoy fascinating views traveling to the magnificent Trebevic mountain by recently renovated cable car, which until the war was the symbol of Sarajevo. On the 7-minute cable car trip we can fly free from fear, symbolically releasing the sadness and experiencing the freedom of flight, leaving negative feelings way down below.

After participating in a mindful forest bathing ritual in the mountain pine forest, we will enjoy watching a breath-taking sunset view and participate in a ceremony visualising an abundant future.

We will finish our day while having a real taste of Bosnian culture by dining with a local family in their home. Not only will we get to enjoy a home-cooked meal and local delicacies, but we’ll also experience some local culture through sharing a meal with people in their family home.

Day 8: Visoko
Our final day is one of renewal and celebration.

On our last day, we will take a spiritual tour in the Visoko Valley of Pyramids where we will have a full day of exploration, meditation and energetic healing.

We will see the prehistoric Underground Labyrinth “Ravne” which spreads beneath the entire Valley of Pyramids.

The valley contains the pyramids of Sun and Moon (220m and 190m) the two largest and oldest pyramids in the world as well as two very powerful structures: Tumulus and Temple of Mother Earth.

At the top of the pyramid of the Sun, we will ritually let go of the past and find freedom and peace.

We will gather for a celebratory and farewell dinner.

Day 9: Sarajevo departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

What’s Included

  • Transportation to/from Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ)
    Please arrive on day one before 4pm so you can pick you up and get you settled in before dinner. We recommend you depart on the October 6th after breakfast.
  • All transfers during the tour with comfortable vehicles
  • Sarajevo Gourmet City Tour, Best Points of View Tour, Local handicrafts tour and artisan workshop
  • Tours in Srebrenica, Mostar, Medjugorje and Visoko with professional local guides
  • Entrance tickets for Tunnel of Hope, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, War Childhood Museum, Cable Car to Trebević, Museum of the Battle for the Wounded at Neretva, Isa Bey’s Hammam (hammam, pool, jacuzzi and sauna), Tunnel Ravne Visoko
  • Shared accommodation (with breakfast included) 7 nights at 4* Hotel President in Sarajevo and 1 night at Herceg Ethno Village 3* Hotel in Međugorje, in double/twin rooms, (single room available with supplement)
  • Welcome dinner and Farewell dinner
  • One home-hosted dinner with a local family
  • One dinner with traditional music and dance
  • 6 lunches in local restaurants
  • Forgiveness teachings. Group sessions, unique meditations and energy connections to various locations
  • Tools and techniques for letting go, rejoicing and flying free
  • Option for one-on-one coaching time with Lois to discuss your story

What’s NOT Included

  • Your round-trip airfare from home
  • Visas if any
  • Personal expenses
  • Four dinners
  • Gratuities – any services or items not included in the “What’s included” list
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included, and participants are advised to obtain their own policy
  • Any attractions, activities, services or items not specifically listed in the “What’s included” list
  • Other non-included items would include transportation during personal time, souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, spa services, laundry, bell-boys, and tips for your housekeeping staff (recommend $2 USD per service)
  • Massages of choice and additional expenses at Isa Bey’s Hammam
  • Optional: Single room upgrade is available for an additional price

Extend Your Trip

If you want to come earlier or stay later for some exploring – contact Ales Struna (pronounced Alesh) our travel planner extraordinaire. He can help you design something fabulous as well as make sure that you actually end up in Sarajevo at the right time and in the right place! He can also assist you with flights or with your travel insurance if you are in the US.

ales@journeysofthespirit.com or 1.866 866 5566

Your Retreat Leader

Lois Wagner

My Story – how I got from Fear to Forgiveness to Freedom.

Over 20 years ago – working late one night in my small printing business – I was brutally attacked, raped and left for dead. I survived. Not only did I become a statistic – every 40 seconds a woman in South Africa is raped. I also became the victim of betrayal by my business partner.

I no longer wanted to work in that place of blood splattered ugly memories. My business partner, instead of buying me out as agreed, liquidated the business and I lost everything. My lover wanted nothing to do with me after that – I lost him too.

My response to all of this was – to be strong – to change the law, the constitution – to change the world. People lauded me for being so brave and so strong in my public fight to save the world.

In so doing I denied the reality of my pain and my fear and suffered severe psychosomatic back problems and the inability to do the things I loved most – hiking and scuba diving. In saving the world I forgot to save myself and lived as a victim for all those years. And so finally after years of living in fear and in pain – I forgave…

The rapist. My business partner. My lover. Those friends who kept complimenting me on my bravery and strength when I was not strong and brave. And finally, the hardest part – I forgave myself.

Today, as a Personal, Life and Transformational Coach, I motivate and guides people to take ownership of their own growth and development and to identify and resolve their own problems making informed decisions. This makes a difference in their lives and enables them to achieve their personal best and find personal fulfillment and happiness.
I help people forgive transgressors and to take back their own lives.

Wouldn’t you like to be one of these people? Wouldn’t you like to forgive and fly free? If so, please join me on this transformative journey. I would love to have you. I can also guarantee that your life will never be the same!

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