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In Brazil, a week looking for a Briton who barefoot and without things went into the forest to meditate

Catherine Brewster. Photos from a personal Facebook page
Catherine Brewster. Photos from a personal Facebook page
Catherine Brewster. Photos from a personal Facebook page

On March 25, British woman Katherine Brewster (Katherine Brewster) left amobile phone, personal belongings, shoes and went to the forest in the south of Brazil. The 27-year-old girl lived for about a month in an eco-commune in the state of Rio Grande do Sul with like-minded people, and left the house for meditation in nature.

The couple, who stopped Brewster, sounded the alarm two days after she left. Local residents said that the last time they saw a girl near a hydroelectric power station near the river Uruguay. When the police searched her home, she found all her personal belongings, except for her passport and credit card, which she took with her just in case.

Policemen with dogs were looking for a girl from March 28, they were joined by volunteers and Mom Brewster. According to preliminary versions, it was lost at the mouth of one of the rivers or could fall into the lake. Salgado Filho airport employees were asked to pay attention to unusual passengers, and the police monitored all transactions on her credit card.

The head of the eco-village in Rio Grande do Sul, adjacent to the Brewster commune, said that she was not the first time going on a meditative trek into the forest. “Her neighbors are very concerned about the disappearance, because she left without things and did not say goodbye to them,” he said.

Eco-commune UniPermacultura in Brazil, next to which lived Brewster. Photo of the BBC
Eco-commune UniPermacultura in Brazil, next to which lived Brewster. Photo of the BBC

Eco-commune UniPermacultura in Brazil, next to which lived Brewster. Photo of the BBC

Brewster moved to Brazil about two years ago, but only at the beginning of the year began to live with a couple of local activists. As the head of the settlement said, she did not take an active part in their activities and had no friends. According to the British page on Facebook, she was fond of yoga, tried psychedelics and lived in India for several weeks.

Eco-communes are communities of ecologists and travelers who advocate for nature protection, do not use drugs or alcohol, and do not eat meat. They have free education and health systems and almost no private property.

The police did not stop searching for Brewster, but they said that the “harsh terrain” prevents them from moving into the depths of the forest and inspect overgrown ravines, where it could fail. Rescuers were particularly worried that the British went into the woods without shoes, when it rained hard.

Catherine Brewster and her mother after returning. Photos Caters
Catherine Brewster and her mother after returning. Photos Caters
Catherine Brewster and her mother after returning. Photos Caters

On the night of March 30, rescuers stumbled on a self-made hut Brewster, which she built from the leaves of a banana tree. It was found about 10 kilometers from the house near a waterfall, in a place where there are no roads and someone’s huts. British woman drank water from the rivers, ate roots of trees and fruits, she explained to rescuers that she had lost about two days ago.

The british woman had light cuts in her body, but she felt normal and wanted to eat. However, the rescuers had to carry the girl in her arms because of cuts on her legs, because she walked barefoot all the way.

We felt that we could find her, so we continued our search. Stumbled upon her things near the river and saw her picking up all kinds of garbage. She went into the woods to stay alone for a few days and watch the nature. We found it, it’s a happy ending.

Claireton da Silva
one of the owners of the Brazilian eco-community

Mother Brewster said that the girl did not expect such an excitement because of her loss and was surprised that she got into the Brazilian and world media. “She is alright. She went to a kind of meditation and came back, going through it all, “added Diana Brewster.

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