Casa is barrier-free for wheelchair access, as are most of the pousadas
in the village. Bring your own chair, as the Casa does not provide them.
Caution: some streets in the village are unpaved and may be difficult
to traverse without assistance (especially during rainy season when
the streets are muddy). Taxis are available to transport you to and
from the Casa, typically for a fare of R$4 each way. Ask your host to
arrange for one, if needed.
Casas various buildings serve visitors in important ways. As you
enter the complex you will see the dispensary windows on the right. At
the far end of the parking lot is the bookshop where you obtain the (free)
tickets to pass by the Entity. The shop sells books, videos, tickets for
the crystal bed, crystals, blessed water, T-shirts, rosaries, and other
you turn away from the bookshop and walk back towards the center of
the complex, you will pass a small cafe on the left; to the right note
a small room full of discarded crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.
(What you see is symbolic of a much larger number; the newer, usable
equipment is donated to worthy causes.) You may enter that room and
an adjacent room to view certificates and photos commemorating special
healings by John of God.
the cafe on the far left end of a promenade are the public toilets and
straight ahead is the Secretarys Office (secretaria), the administrative
center of the Casa. Here you may make written requests for healings,
arrange for photos, have questions answered and receive help with numerous
you stand facing the Secretaria window, to the left and around the corner
is a sheltered area with tables and benches, where a lunch of free soup
is served after the morning session. Across the garden area from the
dining area is a building that houses the crystal bed.
the right of the Secretaria window, you will see the large open assembly
area, where speakers address the audience and visible operations are
performed. The doors near the stage lead to the interior rooms, including
two current rooms, an operating room for invisible surgeries, and a