We pull up on a gravel road and are immediately greeted with warm smiles and a tray of freshly prepared fruit smoothies that quickly quench our thirst. The staff at Finca Luna Nueva, a beautiful retreat center just east of Arenal Volcano, introduce themselves and tell us about the sustainable rainforest eco-lodge hotel that seamlessly blends biodynamic farming with the natural jungle habitat in Costa Rica. As if on cue, we notice a sloth and her baby hanging from the branches of a nearby tree. We are excited to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of such a vibrant landscape for the next five days.Read More
It was February, in the depths of a Northeastern winter. I landed in Costa Rica and could already feel the weight of winter shed its layers. I had registered to attend Into the Essence: De-Stress & Reset Yoga Retreat at Mystica Lodge & Retreat Center with Lori Myles-Carullo. I was excited about the prospect of spending a week in the sun and getting a much-needed reset. My flight was the last to arrive, so when I walked out of the airport to meet the driver I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by smiles from the group, many of whom hailed from frigid Canada.Read More
Bliss Without Bother and Medicinal Herbal Healer Rachelle Robinett are offering a 10-day Sacred Plant Medicine Retreat in Peru this February. The retreat includes four sacred ceremonies with a local, direct-lineage shaman, guided tours of sacred sites, and a nourishing environment to reflect and experience the power of sacred medicine.
In this podcast, Bliss Without Bother Founder Maria Christodoulou and Rachelle Robinett announce the retreat, discuss sacred plant medicine, and offer guidance on if this retreat is right for you. Listen in and consider joining them for a life-changing experience this February.Read More
Of the many responses you might have to chronic pain or stress, self-compassion does not usually top the list.
Self-compassion is often seen, at best, as a salve for when we struggle with something – a vague way to be “nice” to ourselves. We are often drawn to solutions or strategies about solutions, and our pain and anxiety can shift us into an increasingly turbulent state of mind I call the "Treadmill of Self-Improvement". On the treadmill, peace is just a shoulder roll away. We grasp at stretches or strengthening exercises, or whatever strategy we think might deliver us out of our situation.Read More