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..

Bridging Eastern and Western healing: with Tiffany Cruikshank

Why do you practice yoga? Do you come to the practice to help heal an injury, or support spinal health, or perhaps for stress relief? Maybe yoga is your spiritual practice, and the physical benefits are an afterthought. A fusion of all these things? For Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine®, the magic of yoga... 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..

Reality is Getting Psychedelic: An interview with the Ayahuasca Family

Zach and his wife Jess are the space holders at La Familia Ayahuasca, a new medicine retreat on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. They found each other after Ayahuasca completely changed their lives as individuals. It ultimately brought Jess to Camino do Amor, where Zach was holding ceremonies and retreats. You could say that when they realized how psychedelic life really is, it changed their lives... More..

Mindfulness: 5 studies that will blow your mind

The word “mindfulness” is all over the media. It's a common prescription for just about whatever ails you by those in the wellness and personal development fields. It seems like everyone is meditating in some form or another, but the number of acronyms to describe the various practices can make it all seem a bit inaccessible... More..

For the spiritually curious: retreats at Creacon Wellness

Creacon Wellness Retreat specializes in services that balance and revitalize your entire being - spirit, mind and body. When you peruse the list of services offered at Creacon, an award-winning retreat center in the rolling hills of Wexford Ireland, you’ll see a lot of the usual: massage, yoga, and acupuncture. Move over into the “mind” category, and you’ll see you can also have a sort of spa for the mind: psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and NLP are on offer with highly trained therapists... More..

What happens in an Ayahuasca ceremony?

Many modern seekers have had experience with psychedelics. Whether in a recreational party atmosphere, a more intentional exploratory manner, or another context, each experience has its own tone that lends itself to a certain kind of learning or depth. Participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony, on the other hand, is probably unlike anything you’ve experienced before... More..

How do I prepare for my first Ayahuasca journey?

You feel the call of plant medicine. Madre Ayahuasca, for one reason or another, is to enter your life soon. You set the date. You bought your plane tickets. You know you should prepare… but with so many varying opinions and prescriptions, it can be a confusing proposition. Truly? Preparation need not be as complex as some make it out to be... 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.