Brazil Trip: A New Paradigm of Mental Healthcare


A week long LIVE seminar in Brazil exposes a model of integrative care that attends to body, mind and spirit with a special emphasis on spiritual healing that has been successfully used since the 1890s.


Brazil’s Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals and Community Centers, Nov 2-9, 2019

For the application, several short videos, and 3 pages of description, including the itinerary and description of full fees go to:

Discover a new paradigm in mental health care in Brazil that addresses the spiritual aspects of illness and treatment in an ecumenical way, alongside attending to the biological and emotional aspects of disturbances. Many have gotten a glimmer of this outstanding paradigm through John of God’s work; few have stepped into the breadth of opportunities for both personal transformation and change in our health care systems that the 50 Spiritist hospitals and 13,000 Spiritist centers reveal.

This trip is only open to healthcare providers and students who are becoming healthcare providers…and those pioneering initiatives in mental healthcare.

We travel in a small group, no larger than ten.  Emma Bragdon, PhD is our guide, introducing each part of the journey.  We have on-site tours, hear presentations, get updates on research, watch diagnosis and treatment via mediums and medical intuitives, and (if you wish) experience all of the Spiritist treatments individually. These include readings by medical intuitives as well as mediums practicing “disobsession”–a kind of exorcism. These are given by Brazilian psychiatrists and other MDs who are also mediums and work at the Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals; as well as highly-trained intuitives who have been working effectively with patients for many years.

You will watch teams of 8-10 mediums working together in “syntonie” (Portuguese for an amazing harmony that translates  into “oneness” or “exquisite harmony”).  Their work benefits patients who have seemed incapable of making positive change…this may include schizophrenics who are no longer bothered by symptoms of pathology.

The Spiritist hospitals are unique to Brazil, held in high regard, and offer an 80-year tested form of integrative health care involving body, mind and spirit.  Staff are attentive to diet and often use homeopathic remedies and herbs along with other kinds of micro-nutrients in a wholesome diet to assist patients trying to regain balance.

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion.  Medical doctors can attain CME.  Psychologists, social workers, and psychotherapists may received continuing education credit, too.

These trips include all hotel stay and most meals as well as  one day of R&R at a colonial village with access to hiking, swimming and waterfalls.  We are served a delicious brunch at the farmhouse of a primal forest that includes 40 homemade items made from local ingredients.  The town boasts lovely restaurants by the river and excellent shopping for Brazil’s best handcrafts.

Full price for the trip varies according to what type of rooming situation you prefer.  It is between $2475 and $2975 depending on your rooming preferences.  You can pay for the deposit of $750 on this site to reserve our space.  Balance is due 30 days before the trip begins.  For the application, several short videos, and 3 pages of description, including the itinerary and description of full fees go to

When we receive notice of your interest we will send you guidelines to prepare for the trip regarding visa, airfare, etc.

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6 reviews for Brazil Trip: A New Paradigm of Mental Healthcare

  1. admin

    “I arrived in Brazil a physician full of questions armed with experiences in integrative medicine, but was a novice with the spiritual aspect of healing. My two weeks with Emma Bragdon, PhD immersed in Spiritism… have changed my spiritual paradigm, and shown me the path from physician to healer. The personal shift is undeniable – the outward expression of this shifting unfathomable.” —Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD, and author of “Spiritual Pregnancy”, Austin, Texas

  2. admin

    “It was a fabulous week indeed. I am back to work and the more I try to describe it, the more I realize how amazing it was to be guided so intimately into another culture and to experience an integrative health system that is so grounded and rooted in respect and compassion for those challenged by mental illness. It was so inspiring to meet doctors who are Spiritist and to see how seamlessly they blend heart and science. Thank you for providing this opportunity. You are a bridge to a new way of looking at health and spirituality. The trust and relationships you have developed are what make this program remarkable.” —Susan Ortiz, MD, Director of Maine Holistic Center, Bangor, Maine

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    “Dr. Bragdon skillfully prepares you for an experience that without her guidance, would be mediocre at best. As your personal guide, her tour guarantees a wonderful experience with mediumship as practiced in Brazil.” —John L. Turner, MD, Neurosurgeon, Author: Medicine, Miracles and Manifestations, Hawaii

  4. admin

    “I highly recommend Emma Bragdon. She has solid professional credentials and many years of impressive work as a scholar. Emma has a great personality and she creates many rich opportunities which would be completely unavailable to those with less knowledgeable, experienced, and insightful guides.”—Karen Ziegler, MSN, MDiv, DMin, Nurse Practitioner; Faculty, Duke U. School of Medicine

  5. Emma Bragdon

    “After spending most of my adult life in Psych Hospitals as a psychiatric nurse… to see a staff of Mediums, and Drs. working as mediums in clinics and hospitals our trip to Brazil remains a top experience for me.”–Jessie Haugabook, RN

  6. Emma Bragdon

    “This trip is transformative! – Pam Shervanick, psychiatrist

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