Some theorists go as far as to say that the evolutionary strategy of the psilocybin mushroom may be to cure us of our illusion of separation so that we may awaken to our part in things and thus become better stewards of the earth.
This summer after a long period of quarantine, I got to fully actualize these pillars of my work; nature connection, and earth medicine tradition and share this experience with others.
First, in Costa Rica I got to join my friends Chi and Leti of Tripsitters as a facilitator for their June Healing Retreat. The setting for this ceremony to unfold was utterly magical. The palapa of Hacienda del Sol was located in the lush jungle of the Nosara Peninsula. While in ceremony, beautiful blue morpho butterflies flitted, howler monkeys gathered in the trees with their babies clinging to their backs, bats peeped as they dozed in the rafters and the hundreds of species of amazing tropical plants swayed in the gentle wind as our participants opened their hearts and minds to the deepest of healing.
Afterwards I spent a week of quiet reflective time in the jungle just down the road at the beautiful Alya Retreat Center, a very unique retreat area built with great creativity and respect for the land, giving utmost priority to sustainability, and renewable resources. Here I got to experience the deepest peace. I tucked away my electronic devices and played my drums as my circadian rhythm began to synchronize with the jungle.
For many of us in the modern world, we share a longing for reconnection with the land. This is especially important as we work with entheogenic medicine and consciousness. It is my core belief that when working with earth medicines we need the guidance and protection of the earth herself.
This experience is so well held and rooted in magical tradition. As a guide I tend to turn towards my teachers at Maliollin as my ultimate standard of guideship. While I work with the traditions of my own ancestral lands and continue to turn inward for my own authentic relationship to guiding, I hold the Mailiolin teachings as a framework of true integrity in working with sacred mushrooms.