Finding Community at Rythmia Life Advancement Center

Who is your tribe? Think about this for a few minutes. Close your eyes and, without overthinking it, who is the first person standing beside you? Now add 4 more people. Chances are, not all of these people are from the same friend group. You probably met them in a few different places. And you’re so happy that, for each person, you were at that place, at that same exact moment they were... More..

Preparing for my first experience with Ayahuasca: Rythmia Life Advancement Center

As I sit here on the plane looking deep into the clouds, watching the sky melt from blue into yellow, golden, then into soft tones of orange, I think, “Holy shit, is this really happening?” I’d always wanted to travel to Costa Rica. Beach. Sun. Surf. I mean, what more could you want? I had a lot of friends who’d traveled the country. But my trip wasn’t going to be like theirs... More..

Incorporating Mayan Fire Ceremony into healing retreats: Lake Villa Guatemala

The beauty and mystery of Lake Atitlan attract many travelers to its volcanic shores. Indigenous pueblos still dot the hillsides in some of the more remote areas, while larger towns like Santa Cruz and San Marcos have become hubs of travel. Even still, the Mayan culture maintains a stronghold in this part of Guatemala which is why many travelers come to the lake to seek healing and respite. We spoke with Tracey Steiner, the founder and resident healer at Lake Villa Guatemala... More..

Becoming an Authentic Yoga Teacher: Doron Yoga & Zen Center

With yoga teacher training becoming so widely available, it seems like every other person you meet has finished their 200 hour certification. What’s more, you might have noticed: that accomplishment doesn’t necessarily make them an incredible teacher. In the same way, having a great cookbook doesn’t necessarily make someone a five-star chef. So how can you differentiate between someone who has completed their yoga teacher training and a true, authentic teacher?... More..

Finding the Richness of Mayan Culture on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

In Western Guatemala, small pueblos hug the green slopes of volcanic mountainsides. They each look out over the gorgeous crater lake, the very source of what keeps the villages alive: Lago Atitlan. The landscape keeps these places remote as many of them accessible only by boat. This geographical aspect has meant the preservation of something very precious in today’s quickly advancing world... More..

5 common myths about ayahuasca

Ayahuasca and shamanic practices have been all over our news feed lately. With big-name celebrities like Michael Pollan, Sting, and Russell Brand touting the life-changing possibilities of medicine work, more people are doing their research and - surprise surprise - there are a LOT of opinions out there. Many of them? Myths, misconceptions, and misinformation... More..

The journey of shamanic permaculture

It brings such joy to witness the permaculture movement becoming more and more popular with new projects emerging all over the globe. Many, including myself, found this science through the desire to return to a natural and holistic lifestyle, integrating self-sustaining organic food production and natural building. This, of course, makes sense as Permaculture is, in essence, a design science supporting us to live and interact with nature and our communities in harmonious and lasting ways... More..

A meeting with San Pedro

Sitting in the dark of the forest, eyes focused intently on the fire blazing in the middle of the circle, you hear the familiar-but-ethereal sound of the healer’s rattle. Pungent smoke fills your nostrils as tobacco is offered with other herbs - cedar, sage, Agua de Florida - and the ceremony has begun. Once you drink the bitter tea, where this journey will take you is now in the hands of the healer and the sacred Huachuma plant spirit... More..

The life-changing dieta: plant medicine at Rainforest Healing Center

What is a Master Plant Dieta, anyway? As with yoga, meditation, or other forms of spiritual practice, the conversation around working with plant medicine has somewhat oversimplified what truly goes into the work. To fully honor the Shamanic lineage, one doesn’t just fly to the jungle, drink Ayahuasca, and then go home. We spoke with Omer Gomez, Founder of the Rainforest Healing Center... More..

Two reasons to fall in love with yin yoga

Yin Yoga is still somewhat of a mystery to many yogis. The ancient practice embodies the wisdom from Eastern Medicine with classic Hatha yoga poses. Under the guidance of notable teachers such as Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, it’s a teacher training I wish I would have done sooner. I’m always promoting Yin Yoga at my studio, but when I describe Yin Yoga and all the wonderful benefits, I hear a lot of people saying, “What’s Yin? I don’t think I’ve practiced that before. Would I be able to do that?”. My answer the majority of the time is an overwhelming YES... More..

How do monasteries fit into modern Western culture? Zen Community of Oregon

In the bustle of modern Western life, it can seem difficult to imagine how living in a monastery, spending one’s days deep in contemplation and study, would even be possible. What role do monasteries play in the modern world? Are they still thriving, still needed? We spoke with Jogen Salzberg, Sensei, of Zen Community of Oregon to learn more about life in the monastic setting and how he sees monasteries serving the needs of our world... More..

Tibetan Buddhism 101: A primer with the Nyingma Institute

The practice of Buddhism has become widely understood through popular media and literature as an oversimplified spiritual path of asceticism and non-doing. Though these could be elements of Buddhism, they aren’t the whole picture. We spoke with Pauline Yu, who has been studying and living at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, CA since 2007, to deconstruct some of the elements of Buddhism that are most commonly misunderstood... More..

 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise and kind. But this wisdom, although always present, can be covered up. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom.