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..

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..

The best kind of retreat comes with puppies: Bela Natureza, Brazil

So let’s imagine the beautiful,  lush landscape of Bahia, Brazil. Hear the birds? Feel the humid warmth? Now, add some arts -- mosaics, painting, dreamcatchers. Weave in the sounds of singing bowls and surround yourself with meditation cushions. Then? Add in 13 resident healing dogs... More..

10 fundamentals of hosting an amazing retreat: Ed Zaydelman

Planning and producing retreats and events has been a major passion of mine. The positive impact they can have in someone’s life can be quite profound. Hosting retreats has lead me to a life of travel and adventure, impact, and purpose as well as profound personal growth and transformation. Which is why I hope to give you a few useful lessons below that I’ve learned along the way… More..

Confronting the mental health stigma in spiritual community

mental illness has remained a silent source of suffering and shame for many who turn to their mat. Some are secretly hoping that with the right balance of medication, therapy, and practice, they too can experience the “yoga zen” that seems so far out of reach. ‘How can I be a yogi/Buddhist/meditator/etc. if I feel this way? They’ll think I’m a fraud.’... More..

Ayahuasca and Mental Health: What do we really know?

Across the globe, seekers have been turning to Ayahuasca with a melange of intentions: personal growth, emotional trauma healing, spiritual transcendence, or perhaps a wild encounter with the divine. But many are learning that Madre Aya has the potential to offer healing for some of what plagues our modern society: addiction, physical maladies, and even mental illness. But what do we really know about the power and potential of this sacred plant... More..

The Franciscan Tradition: Chiara Center & San Damiano

If you have contemplated going on retreat at a monastery or abbey, you’ve likely heard of the Franciscan lineage. The name Francis of Assisi is fairly well-known, but what exactly do the friars, brothers, sisters, and priests of this tradition teach? Many Franciscan centers across the globe offer retreats, teachings, and workshops to outsiders that are described as inclusive and welcoming of all faiths. But how can that be if the Franciscans have a focused faith?... More..

 

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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.