“Water is Life” is a healing retreat designed to heal, rejuvenate, and detox your mind, body, and soul through natural healing modalities and the power of Oshun. 

Begin your day with the the sounds of Oshun’s sacred brass bells and songs with offerings and homage to Oshun to begin the day. The rest of the day will be filled with workshops, massage therapy, spiritual herbal baths, womb healing, song class, prayer, workshop, detoxing, organic healing foods and so much more.

The Water is Life Retreat is a family friendly experience, there will be activities for children of all ages including nature hikes, games, nature conservation, and fun. 

This 3 day retreat is located in The Croton Point area 1 hour north of New York City, accessible by the Metro North Train. Many of the activities will be along the shore of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park. 

This Oshun Festival and Water is Life Healing Retreat is sponsored by 256 Healing Arts, Ile Osunfikayo, and Ile Ogundase.


Day 1 - Oshun Festival Opening Ceremony Schedule

Free & Open To The Public - The first day of the retreat includes the opening ceremony for the Oshun Festival. The day will include a processional, drumming, song and offerings to Oshun and time to fellowship with refreshments at the banks of the Hudson river.
12pm - Opening ceremony for Oshun festival begins
12:30pm - 5pm - Processional, drumming, song and offerings for Oshun
5pm - 8pm - Food & Fellowship
8pm - Retreat participants travel to retreat/accomodation location


Day 2 & Day 3 - Retreat Schedule

“Water is Life” is a healing retreat designed to heal, rejuvenate, and detox your mind, body, and soul through natural healing modalities and the power of Oshun. Workshops will be led by Chief Sekou Alaje and Iya Osun Osunsina Alaje.

Retreat Workshop Schedule

Day 2 8_30am - 9_30am - Breakfast 9_30am - 10am - Morning devotion to Oshun 10am - 11_30am - Workshop 1- The Divine Power of Oshun 11_30am - 1pm Workshop 2 -Oshun Womb Care 1pm - 2pm - Lunch 2pm - 3_30pm - Break 3_.jpg

Retreat Location & Transportation

The Oshun Festival and Water is Life Healing Retreat will occur at Croton Point Park, a historical location for the indigenous ethnic groups of the area. The original name of the area was called Navish by the Kitchawank ethnic group. The Kitchawank and other indigenous groups inhabited the area going back over 7,000 years. Archeologist confirmed that the area was a major producer of oysters and other fish of the Hudson river which was originally called the Mahicantuck by the indigenous people that inhabited its river banks.

Croton Point Park is accessible by The Metro North Train as well as by car. Located only 1 hour by train and by car from manhattan. It’s beautiful Hudson River view and spiritualy rich land makes for a powerful location for a powerful spiritual experience.



Food is an essential component to the healing process. All meals will be designed to heal your mind, body and soul. They will be cooked on the retreat premises, they will be prayed over by the resident priests, and will also be offered to Orisa and the Ancestors before the participants eat it, making each meal a communion with Oshun, our Orisha, and our Ancestors.

Osun Festival Opening Ceremony is free and open to the public. Water Is Life Healing Retreat is an all inclusive retreat (accomodations, food, workshops) and offers participants the opportunity to engage in self care through a community of healers. Cost for 3 -day retreat is $500 or day passes can be purchased at $150 (accommodations not included). $150 deposit due by July 1, 2019.