Plant medicine RETREAT
Featuring Trauma & Emotional Health Expert, Author, and Meditation Teacher Ralph De La Rosa
March 1-8th, 2019
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
These three words describe the goal of Sol Medicine retreats. We use sacred pant medicines to heal past traumas, unveil creativity and inspire gratitude. Sound bowl vibrations, magical meditations, free-flowing dance and a judgement-free community surround our work. Take a safe, secure adventure into the most mystical area of the universe: your inner self!
Though many of us have tried "magic mushrooms" as young adults in a recreational or party-type setting, the healing effects of fungi are finally being discovered, studied and shown to the public. These ancient fungi have a lot more to offer than just a simple good time.
Those looking to heal chronic depression, anxiety, social awkwardness, PTSD or even simply a lack of purpose in their lives are sure to benefit from a safe session with psilocybe mushrooms. When done at the correct dosage and under the care and supervision of experienced, caring facilitators, these little magic fungi can help us get to the root of our issues and find the strength to heal ourselves.
Possibly even more important than the mushrooms themselves is the preparation, integration and sense of community that will be provided at Sol Medicine. You'll have the opportunity to learn from those around you and receive counsel from our dedicated leaders. Be sure to bask in the glory of unspoiled nature and remember what its like to live a life of happiness and gratitude.
Learn about Ozen Center with our video tour above and photo gallery below.
Scroll through the gallery to see Ozen Center, the accommodations, our teachers and the beautiful jungle where we will take our journey.
What's Included in your Retreat
8 days/7 nights in a safe, private retreat center near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Group counseling & guidance sessions with trauma specialist Ralph De La Rosa
7-day Online Preparation Course that will help you set intentions and prepare.
Mushroom Plant Medicine ceremonies lead by trained, caring and musically gifted Shaman as well as loving facilitators.
Daily guided meditations and instruction to continue your healing.
Blissful Yoga, Ecstatic Dance and Integration meetings.
Fresh, local home-cooked vegetarian meals and healthy snacks.
Closing Sound Bath and Cacao Ceremony to seal in our work.
Kind and authentic community; maximum of 20 guests
Dedicated time for journaling, swimming, rest, fireside hangouts, & nature connection
What’s not Included
Optional Guided trips to local Cenotes and Mexican Ruins.
Optional 4th Small Group Ceremony on the 8th day.
Optional snacks, food or souvenirs outside of the center.
Extra days/night at the center.
Private 1-bedroom Jungle Casita
featuring private bathroom, shower and rustic touches
Transportation, accommodations, 3 ceremonies, meditation, workshops, meals, and snacks all included
$3200-PP Single Occupancy Casita
$2800 PP-Double Occupancy/2-person shared Casita
Each Casita has a Queen bed, private bathroom and shower. The rustic, natural rooms have big windows facing the jungle.
Leaders & Facilitators
Ralph De La Rosa
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.” -Rilke
Ralph De La Rosa, LCSW is the author of The Monkey Is the Messenger: Meditation & What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You. His work has been featured in CNN, GQ, SELF, Women’s Health, and many other publications and podcasts. He's was named amongst Sonima's "Next Generation of Meditation Teachers.
From Confusion to Clarity: How to Heal Every Part of You
The disruptive negative emotions and repetitive patterns in our lives are not our enemies. They are messengers, sounding the alarm from deep within us that something longs to be healed at our core. Every extreme emotion we experience is directly linked to a core hurt that lives insides of us. Our habit may be to distract ourselves from or numb out these troublesome parts, but sooner or later we must reckon with them or else things will only get worse. Too many of us live in the dark about how to do just that in a way that effective, holistic, and non-judgmental.
Research findings of the last two decades have revealed how our unresolved frustrations and traumas — both large and small, “live” in our bodies and are the source of all repetitive patterns, compulsive self-medicating and distracting, involuntary emotional eruptions, intrusive thoughts, and repeat difficulties in intimate relationships. This means the very root of all that holds us back is right here with us, and we ourselves can go directly to the source to find insight, resolve, resilience, and self-compassion when we are empowered with the proper tools and skills to do so.
This series will give you the inner technology to do so. Utilizing the wisdom of Internal Family Systems, Tibetan Yoga, neuroscience, and modern mindfulness meditation, you will learn evidence-based methods for self-process that result in clarity, growth, self-realization, and the deepening of radical self love. The best part: you can engage in these practices on your own, without a therapist, and experience deep, abiding change.
Ralph is a therapist in private practice in NYC. (Please note: Ralph will not be conducting psychotherapy on this retreat.) He specializes in helping people resolve their childhood traumas, anxiety, depression, and intimacy issues. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services.
Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2008. He was a student of Amma's for 16 years and began studying Buddhism in 2005. He is a mentor to meditation teacher trainees at MNDFL; and a regular teacher at venues such as Spirit Rock, Omega Institute, and Kripalu.
Ralph himself is a depression, PTSD, and addiction survivor. His work is inspired by the tremendous transformation he has experienced through meditation, yoga, and therapy. You can listen to (or read) his story on the Embodied Philosophy podcast episode, "Inside One Teacher’s Journey From Darkness to Light”
Meditation Leader, Plant Medicine Healer
Amanda's goal as a facilitator is to protect the practice of North and South American Spiritual traditions, ceremonies, and sacred practices. As an advocate of the safe, responsible use of psychedelics, she strongly supports the continued scientific research into their healing potential and medicinal use.
Amanda recently she spent 3 years learning about plant medicine and healing with various shaman in Ecuador. During her stay, she was able to study modern mindfulness meditation & native healing modalities while leading a group of volunteers at the retreat center. She also facilitates plant medicine ceremonies journeys with MycoMeditations in Jamaica. Her work here includes trip guidance, energetic movement & healing, guided meditations, lay counseling, and integration.
Amanda splits her time between her home in Seattle, WA and Mexico. She works with various groups and retreat centers around the world.
Shamanic Musician & Healer
Shamanic Musician, Oracle & Healer; Ceremony Leader Kate is a certified Sound Healer, 200Ryt Vinyasa teacher, Reiki attuned and shamanic initiate of Peruvian Shipibo tribe plant healing. She shares her practice, plant spirit medicine meditations, sound healing events and self care healing retreats in Seattle, Washington and around the world.
"I am Kate Ryan; Songbird, Oracle & Shamanic Musician. My Maternal Grandmothers maiden name was Jakku. Throughout my life I have been called to heal with a relationship to the great divine feminine. I believe when we heal ourselves, we heal our family & ancestors. I carry the lineage of strong women forward to build a legacy of love. A graduate with a BFA in Theater, my 20 years of performance work focused on Ritual, trance practice & social engagement.I am currently sharing my practice through classes, workshops & self~care healing retreats based in Seattle Washington."
Curandera Healer, Chinese Medicine Specalist, Ceremony Leader
Jessica Grotfeldt is a shamanic healer, Chinese Medicine Specialist and highly experienced traveler in Mexico. She feels connected and called to this beautiful medicine and has held private and small-group ceremonies all over the US. She has lived for over 5 years in Mexico and desires to preserve the Mexican healing traditions in her work.
Jessica has been practicing herbalism, acupuncture, healing massage, sound therapy and shamanic journeying in New York City for the past 8 years. Her private practice, Curandera Acupuncture, seeks to combine her passion for traditional indigenous Mexican healing and her studies with Eastern medicine.
At The Buena Vida, we admire those willing to go through the process of self-healing with psychedelics. We’re sure that' you’ve already had quite a serious journey that leads you to this decision. We want to make you feel safe, secure, and well supported during your retreat.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions and concerns that we hear. However, there are always more! Contact us with any concern and we will be sure to respond personally and in private.
Plant Medicine in Mexico
We understand there is a lot of good and bad information about traveling in Mexico. Please remember, this is a very large country and, like almost any other, has some safe and some not-so-safe areas. As of April, 2006 all street drugs are legal to be carried in small quantities by individuals in Mexico. Specifically, sacramental or traditional use and cultivation of fresh mushrooms is legal. This is in line with the interpretation of the UNODC Bulletin allowing the sacramental use of psychotropic preparations. We work with a local, indigenous shaman who is familiar with the local laws, law enforcement and medicine community ensuring that we are always acting in accordance with the highest standard of the law.
Privacy and Security
Our retreat is on private, gated and secure land. We will not be interacting with the public or carrying the mushrooms on our person while outside the center. We are working with open-minded, loving individuals and volunteers that are dedicated to healing and health. You can feel 100% confident that our medicine is the freshest and energetically peaceful fungi that our shaman can find. We only source from Mexico.
Healing with Plant Medicine
I’ve been hearing a lot about healing mushrooms, but I’m honestly not sure what they do?
The active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” is a non-toxic element. Though you may have heard that your reaction to mushrooms is a form of poisoning, much like alcohol, this is simply not true. This chemical interacts with your serotonin system to produce the psychedelic effect. In fact, it is one of the least toxic substances you can ingest that will change your consciousness. It has been shown over and over that they promote neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells and can repair physiological damage to the brain.
Good & Bad Trips
Because mushrooms are somewhat easy to grow and find, many of us have tried them either at a young age or at a party or festival. These fungi open up our energetic field so that all circumstances around us are amplified. Most truly "bad trips" stem from a ill-planned physical setting or a non- purposeful mindset going into the journey. At The Sol Medicine Retreats we know how to properly prepare you and make sure your physical and energetic space is properly held, ensuring you the best possible container for a meaningful and safe trip. While there may still be difficult parts of the journey, when you know you're safe, you can navigate through these areas and take the lessons from the experience. Even guests who may report that part of their journey was “difficult” usually can see the purpose or reason for this situation within the first few days after the trip.
I’m dealing with depression and anxiety. This scares me, but I’ve also heard it can help?
We are lucky to be living in a time where the healing effects of psychedelics are finally allowed to be properly studied. Scientists from Imperial College London concluded that giving managed doses of mushrooms to subjects who were previously resistant to treatment by common anti-depressants led to “enduring reductions in symptom severity”.
As is commonly known, much of depression stems from living in the past and much of anxiety stems from living in the future. Mushrooms help us to become fully present. We're able to observe the world and ourselves exactly as they are at this moment. The result is usually a more care-free and open attitude toward our lives. We can stop for a moment to learn gratitude for our many blessings.
What if I suffer from severe mental issues?
There are a few serious mental issues that need to be disclosed before taking these medicines. Those with a history of schizophrenia, suicidal behavior and some other mental states are advised against psychedelics use without a specific recommendation from their medical doctor. However, physical risk is extremely low. Please be honest in your application so that we can have full knowledge to let you know if our retreats are the right medicine for your healing. We can answer these specific questions in a private email.
What is the dose we will be taking?
This is an interesting question because age/height/weight seem to have almost no effect on proper dosing. Since potency of mushrooms can vary widely from each batch, it is best to dry, mix and encapsulate them in order to make equal doses.
Our leaders are always testing and dosing our mushrooms to be sure of their strength For the first ceremony, we will be dosing about 2-3 grams per person. We will counsel with guests to see where they'd like to be after that. Luckily with these fungi, there is not much nausea other than possibly 10-20 minutes towards the beginning and even high doses are very safe with the right facilitators.
Where can I read more about scientific studies being done?
There are too many studies and scientific findings to list here. Please visit our Psychedelic Research page. All of the studies basically have the same conclusion: These plants are safe and highly effective when taken correctly and with proper safety.
I can’t make it to the January or March retreat, will there be more?
We are happy to say that many people are ready for mushroom healing! After our initial retreats with winter, we will decide if we wish to keep hosting the retreats at Ozen center in the future and will likely start up again in June of 2019. Sign up below to stay on the list!
The Buena Vida and Sol Medicine does not supply, manufacture, distribute or condone the use of any illegal substances. The goal of Sol Medicine Retreats is to facilitate access to trained, indigenous shamans who work with sacred plant medicines within an accepted, sacramental and ceremonial context. The shamans personally evaluate each guests’ needs and work strictly within the laws of their training and all local and national laws where the retreats will take place. We do not guarantee any results or outcomes, specific medicine usage, etc. Each participant is responsible for informing themselves about possible pharmaceutical drug contraindications, including but not limited to SSRI and other stabilizing medication. They assume all responsibility for due diligence required for their participation. For more information and additional resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org