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Earth Connection Portugal Ayahuasca Retreats and Breathwork / Death threats against spiritual master / arrested with 14 kilos of cannabis / criminal activities / unsuited to lead holistic retreats

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Johannes Maasland, of Earth Connection Portugal, was arrested on 11th November 2016 by the Portugal GNR with 14 kilos of cannabis (see screenshot)

On January 23rd 2017, a Spiritual Master was also threatened with being killed, crippled and put in a wheelchair or caused to be put in hospital by the same individual Johannes Maasland - the man pictured.

in front of witnesses (whilst on police bail), and whilst drunk (3 days before an Ayahuasca retreat when he was supposed to be observing dieta which includes abstinence from alcohol), because he wrongly thought that the Spiritual Master reported him to the police for his cannabis.

It is the opinion of the Spiritual Master in question that if people decide to do things that may be illegal and get them into trouble, that is their business, and is not his place to interfere or judge, unless of course, people threaten to kill him or cause serious bodily harm.

Those that take such risks (doing illegal things), are clearly solely responsible for any misfortunes that may arise later if they are caught and anyone making threats to kill invariably invokes police trouble of their own making. The police are currently investigating the matter.

Threatening to kill someone not responsible is not so wise, especially when done in front of witnesses and when drunk.

Making violent threats to kill a Spiritual Master is a serious offence against the Higher Power, with severe karmic consequences, one of them is to disqualify himself permanently as being suited for any kind of retreat leadership role.

Anyone making threats against life would be separated enough from the Higher Power to not be an effective gateway to inner awareness, as claimed on his website.

As Spiritual Masters are generally experts in matters of awareness, threatening to kill one is seriously injurious to one's own self-awareness.

In the opinion of the Spiritual Master, he is not ethically or energetically suited for hosting any retreat, and anyone attending any of his retreats may be at risk of serious harm or may pick up lower astral entities (presumably the prime cause of such aggressive and violently minded behaviour).

Johannes now faces anything up to 8 years in prison and is being investigated for making death threats whilst on police bail.

For those reasons people should avoid this retreat center as they clearly condone violence, and they are certainly unsuited to run retreats of any kind.

Extreme caution is advised.

An
Mar 20, 2017
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  • An
      Apr 27, 2017

    In November 2016, the Portuguese police (the GNR) raided the home of Daniela and Johannes (family members of the Akats) which is where they did their Ayahuasca retreats under the name Earth Connection Portugal.

    They found 14 kilos of cannabis, LSD tabs and equipment for making cannabis oil. After this arrest, for which Johannes was brought before a Court in Oliveira do Hospital

    Those that take such risks, are clearly solely responsible for any misfortunes that may arise later if they are caught and anyone making threats to kill invariably invokes police trouble of their own making. The police are currently investigating the matter.

    Threatening to kill someone not responsible is not so wise, especially when done in front of witnesses and when drunk (and on police bail).

    Making violent threats to kill a Spiritual Master is a serious offence against the Higher Power, with severe karmic consequences, one of them is to disqualify himself permanently as being suited for any kind of retreat leadership role.

    Anyone making threats against life would be separated enough from the Higher Power to not be an effective gateway to inner awareness, as claimed on his website.

    In the opinion of the Spiritual Master, he is not ethically or energetically suited for hosting any retreat, and anyone attending any of his retreats may be at risk of serious harm or may pick up lower astral entities (presumably the prime cause of such aggressive and violently minded behaviour).

    He or Earth Connection Portugal made no effort to apologize or make any amends for the behaviour and thus is considered an ongoing serious safety risk to others in any retreat.

    There is also a lesson in the form of a salutary reminder in that wanting to be the number one in Portugal for Ayahuasca is not the be all and end all, especially if it comes at the expense of self-healing and personal integrity. Ayahuasca tends to want to be respected as it has power, and utilizing it for more personal ego-based aims is apt to end in disaster.

    14 kilos is a LOT of cannabis. In this particular matter, I foresaw the raid and encouraged them (Earth Connection Portugal) to tone down their operations, but instead I was insulted and disbelieved by Daniela Markert because she thought they knew better, and because they did not respect awareness.

    A 4-12 year spell in prison (for drug trafficking – LSD and cannabis oil was also seized, with death threats counting as aggravation) is the likely consequence and there will be plenty of time for them to think over what has happened and whether they did in fact know better,
    whilst the family absorb the dishonorable karma of their mistakes (a heavy legal damages bill and a potentially long and drawn out lawsuit in the face of scandal).

    For the safety of potential participants in any retreat at Earth Connection Portugal, this warning is posted and people are advised to be cautious about doing retreats with this individual and to find alternative places to do retreats to avoid the potential for metaphysical trouble or disturbances.

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  • In
      Sep 06, 2018

    In June 2018 a Criminal Tribunal (Criminal Court) injuncted the owners of Earth Connection Portugal and The Sanctuary 1860 prohibiting them from making threats of violence, posting malicious abuse and defamatory statements against the witness to the proceedings.

    He was threatened with violence and murder, and subjected to malicious defamation, as a way of blaming him for the police raid that found many kilos of cannabis at the house of Earth Connection Portugal.

    They all mistakenly thought he was a police informant on the cannabis and then some proceeded to make threats to murder, others engaging in malicious defamation and witness harassment.

    The police got involved and filed complaints with the Prosecution and the Tribunal for witness harassment conducted by members of the Santo Daime Church headed by Adrian Freedman.

    The Tribunal made an Injunction against those responsible with permanent effect on the four named people below, process number of the Criminal Tribunal is 1544.18.3T9 GMR Tribunal Oliveira do Hospital, Portugal.

    The people that the Criminal Injunction refers to are Johannes Maasland, Alexandra Akat, Attila Akat and also Daniela Markert, sometimes known as Dani Mar or Daniela Mar.

    All four are brothers and sisters of The Santo Daime Church.

    The injuncted parties were involved in running Ayahuasca retreats in Portugal and advertising them online, their work was started with the assistance of Adrian Freedman of The Santo Daime Church

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