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Official Guides to the Casa - featuring Heather Cumming

Increasingly, people from all parts of the world travel to Abadiânia to experience the healing energy at the Casa de Dom Inácio. Whether you travel independently or as part of a facilitated group is entirely a personal decision - in either case you are guaranteed a profound life changing experience.

Those who opt to travel with a group undoubtedly benefit to some degree or another from the group leader's experience and knowledge of the Casa 'journey'. Over the coming months we will be featuring articles from Official Guides to the Casa.

The tour leaders listed on this website in the Travel with a Guide section are guides who are dedicated to serving the Casa and their groups with the highest respect for the rules and protocols of the Casa. A code of ethics was created to establish a set of standards for all tour leaders to follow. The intent of these standards is to provide guidelines for all tour leaders to follow and to ensure the maximum protection for Joao and the Casa in regards to legal liability. The tour leaders currently listed on this website are highly experienced and recognized guides who have provided considerable service to Joao, the Casa and the Entities.

This month we introduce you to Heather Cumming

Heather Cumming

My name is Heather Cumming and I consider it a privilege to offer my services as a tour guide and translator for medium João Texeira de Faria - John of God - at the Casa de Dom Inácio.

I was born in the interior of Brazil, not very far from Abadiãnia, and raised on a large cattle ranch. The early years of my life were spent working alongside wranglers and shamans who shared their love and reverence for the earth. These men and women were my teachers and family, and I fondly recall my childhood days riding with them from sunrise to sunset. Daily life was filled with opportunities on how to live in harmony with nature: dowsing for underground water, healing with herbs, engaging in ceremonies that honored the spirits of the land.

My high school education took me to Scotland where I attended boarding school. Upon graduation, I returned home to the farm in Brazil, where I worked and lived until moving to Rio de Janeiro when I secured a position with British Caledonian Airways. I traveled extensively throughout South America, Europe and Africa and felt quite at home in cultures that were grounded in a more Western philosophy. The flexible airline schedule afforded me the luxury to continue to spend a great deal of time in the interior of Brazil on the ranch, enjoying a simple and shamanic way of life.

After 30 years I moved to the United States, raised a family and began a healing practice in Westport CT, but continued to feel drawn to a way of life that reflected a more harmonious, holistic wellness. I enrolled in the three year intensive program offered by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and continued my studies with healers and shamans in the United States, Bolivia and Brazil. (See my bio at

I first heard about João de Deus in the summer of 2000, while leading a shamanic excursion to the Cuia tribe in the Amazon. My journey to the Casa brought me home to my beloved Brazil. As I sat in the current rooms, humbled in the presence of this extraordinary man and the loving and compassionate Entities, I knew I had come full circle. I was made a daughter of the Casa on that first visit and was told to bring others for spiritual healing. Once again I found myself working side by side with my Brazilian kinsmen offering my services as a medium and a translator. Joao Teixeira de Faria, this astounding medium, incorporating the transcendent Entities of Light, has not only transformed my life but has brought about profound healings for myself and my family. Mere words do not adequately express my deep gratitude and love for all I have received since my son and I first came to the Casa. There is a Brazilian saying “God was inspired when he made Brazil”. I believe God was truly inspired bringing us Medium João!

Over the past six years, I have witnessed people healed on all levels –emotional, spiritual, and physical, including various types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS. While these healings are gifts freely given to us from the loving and compassionate Entities, it is equally important that we do our own share of the work. I am thoroughly dedicated to following the Casa guidelines and would like to stress the importance of adhering to the daily Casa protocol, as this ensures our highest healing and transformation.

It was my honor and privilege to be the translator for João de Deus and the Entities on their trip to Washington D.C. in 2003; and in November 2005 I will have another opportunity be of service as I travel with him and his support group to Germany. It is with deep gratitude and a desire to be of service that I bring people to Abadiãnia. I know and love the culture and history of this land and people and part of my mission is to help you connect with this sacred energy at the deepest possible level without any distractions from the mundane world. For more information on my upcoming trips to John of God please visit my website at or

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Tel: 203 255 212