Recommended Videos February 2019

rohanta February 2019, Recommended Videos

Life-Transforming Insights with Ayahuasca at Spirit Vine Four women from our ayahuasca retreat in January 2019 share the most important insights from their experiences during the week at our center in Brazil. Message for People Considering an Ayahuasca Retreat at Spirit Vine If you are exploring options for an ayahuasca retreat, some participants from our January 2019 retreat share some …

Jesus Did It, Buddha Did It, Muhammad Did It – The Healing Tradition of Fasting

rohanta February 2019

What do Jesus, Muhammad, and the Buddha all have in common? They each turned to a particular ancient wellness practice during the most transformative and trying periods of their lives. If you were raised Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Rastafarian, or Mormon, you’re probably familiar with the concept of fasting. But is it just a coincidence that Jesus, Muhammad, and the …

Four Signs Your Endocannabinoid System Is Out Of Whack

rohanta February 2019

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a human being. Maybe you’re suffering from some kind of health concern. It may not be life threatening, but it’s certainly got you worried enough to consult Dr. Google. But what if I told you us humans were designed to enjoy optimal, balanced health? That sounds like some kind of far-fetched fairytale, right? In reality, …

Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness Is Directly Linked To Light

rohanta February 2019

Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”! The photons, strangely enough, appear within the visible spectrum. They range from near-infrared through violet, or between 200 and 1,300 nanometers. Scientists have an exciting suspicion that our brain’s neurons might be able to communicate through light. They suspect that our brain might have …

Recommended Books February 2019

rohanta February 2019, Recommended Books

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart In this groundbreaking classic, investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart reveals a radical new paradigm—that the human mind and body are not separate from their environment but a packet of pulsating power constantly interacting with this vast energy sea, and that consciousness may be central in shaping our …

Ayahuasca Visions

Ayahuasca Visions: How To Interpret Them

Spirit Vine Blog

Ayahuasca is known throughout the world as a powerful visionary brew. It’s made from a combination of the ayahuasca jungle vine and the chacruna shrub. Recent studies have suggested that drinking the tea makes the visual cortex in the brain more active. And this can create intense and dramatic images. You can read about how to interpret ayahuasca visions here… …

Tiririca Beach

Tiririca Beach surfer’s guide – the only one you’ll need

Spirit Vine Blog

Consistent, powerful waves all year round – with a good chance that they’ll be both fast and tubular. It’s no wonder that Tiririca Beach is the home of the local surf scene in Itacaré. In fact, you’ll be hard pushed to find a time when there aren’t a bunch of locals waiting to take their turn on the beach breaks …

Engenhoca Beach

Engenhoca Beach surfer’s guide – the one you’ve been looking for

Spirit Vine Blog

Engenhoca Beach is, as they say, small but perfectly formed. Most visitors can’t help but say just how beautiful the area is – and the picturesque stroll from the road to the beach, passing through rainforest and along an ocean cliff path, will prepare you well for this stunning slice of tropical paradise. Praia Engenhoca is a surfer’s beach too. …

Resende Beach

Resende Beach – everything you need to know before you go

Spirit Vine Blog

Resende beach is often called the most beautiful beach in Itacaré. It has lush white sand. Palm trees. Great waves. Plus, it’s located conveniently close to Itacaré town itself… Praia do Resende is great if you love to surf. It’s also a wonderful spot if lying down in the shade of waving palm leaves, sipping a refreshing drink or getting …

Praia de Jeribucaçu

Jeribucaçu Beach – everything you need to know before you visit

Spirit Vine Blog

Jeribucaçu Beach is a little off the beaten path. But it’s also the place to go for steady surf, an adventurous walk and a stretch of sand that’s cunningly tucked away in the middle of the jungle. It’ll be ideal for you if you don’t want to share your beach time with many other people. It’s a bit of a …

Recommended Videos January 2019

rohanta January 2019, Recommended Videos

Ayahuasca Retreat Testimonial: Insights from the Ayahuasca Experience at Spirit Vine Participants from our November 2018 retreat share their insights from the ayahuasca experience and the workshops during the 9 days at our center in the Atlantic rainforest near Itacare, Brazil. Ayahuasca Retreat Testimonial: Why did you choose an Ayahuasca Retreat in Brazil? Participants from our November 2018 retreat share …

It’s Time to Replace Slaughterhouses With Greenhouses

rohanta January 2019

One of the most popular justifications for eating animals that we encounter from the “ethical meat” crowd is that “livestock can be grazed in areas where crops can’t be grown,” a.k.a. “marginal lands.” Bear in mind that many of the folks asserting this argument live in regions where crops can and do grow in abundance, making this in many cases …

Recommended Books January 2019

rohanta January 2019, Recommended Books

The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness beyond the Brain by Ervin Laszlo & Anthony Peake Scientific evidence for the continual presence of consciousness with or without connection to a living organism • Examines findings on the survival of consciousness beyond life, including near-death experiences, after-death communication, and reincarnation • Explains how this correlates precisely with cutting-edge physics …

Plant Hallucinogen Holds Hope for Diabetes Treatment

rohanta January 2019

A potent molecular cocktail containing a compound from ayahuasca spurs rapid growth of insulin-producing cells. For centuries, some indigenous groups in South America have relied on a brew made from the parts of a local vine and a shrub. The effects of this drink, called ayahuasca, would begin with severe vomiting and diarrhea, but the real reason for drinking the tea was …

What is the Difference between religion and spirituality?

What is the Difference between religion and spirituality?

Spirit Vine Blog

Are ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’ synonymous? In truth, no they’re not. Despite a common desire to conflate one with the other, religion and spirituality are quite distinct from each other. But how? What is the difference between religion and spirituality? Religion vs spirituality – common ground The best place to start when considering the difference between religion and spirituality is the …

Tijuipe Waterfall

Tijuípe Waterfall – One of Brazil’s Hidden Treasures

Spirit Vine Blog

Beautiful. People seem to review even natural wonders like waterfalls these days. And if there’s one word which features more than any other in reviews of Tijuípe Waterfall in Brazil, it’s beautiful. Seriously. Check the pictures! Set amidst the breathtaking Atlantic Rainforest, probably the most visually stunning part of the Brazilian Rainforest, Tijuípe falls isn’t that high at four meters …

Praia Havaizinho

Visiting Praia Havaizinho Beach near Itacaré – What to Know Before You Go

Spirit Vine Blog

Havaizinho means “Little Hawaii” – and if you’ve ever stepped foot on the warm, white-gold sands of Praia Havaizinho, strolled beneath the beautiful palm trees and relaxed in or near the wonderful blue water lapping at the shore, you’ll know why the locals named this beach as they did. Havaizinho Beach is a good choice for you if you’re visiting …

What is past life regression

What is past life regression and how does it work?

Spirit Vine Blog

Was that feeling just a little déjà vu? Or was it something more? Today we will share some information about one of our most successful workshops – Past life regression. What is past life regression? Many people that come for our retreats don’t believe in past lives, reincarnation, karma, or soul. Taking this into consideration, our method in our past …

What is soul searching

What is soul searching?

Spirit Vine Blog

What is soul searching? Soul searching means taking a long, hard look at your “self”. It’s a phrase which seems to have entered the common lexicon in a casual sense – “oh, I’m going away over the weekend to do a bit of soul searching”. Although it’s rarely meant as anything other than a half-joke or in relation to getting …

The Ayahuasca Experience at Spirit Vine Retreats in Brazil

Spirit Vine December 2018, Recommended Videos, Testimonial

In this series of short videos, Silvia talks with two participants about their experience at the retreat. They discuss various aspects of the ayahuasca experience and workshops for spiritual development and content integration. Choosing Spirit Vine over an Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru We discuss why the participants chose to travel to Brazil and attend a retreat at Spirit Vine instead …

Recommended Videos December 2018

Spirit Vine December 2018, Recommended Videos

The Ayahuasca Experience at Spirit Vine Retreats in Brazil In this series of short videos, Silvia talks with two participants about their experience at the retreat. They discuss various aspects of the ayahuasca experience and workshops for spiritual development and content integration… Watch the other videos in this series. Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How to Spot the Differences What is …

What’s the Harm in Taking an Antidepressant?

Spirit Vine December 2018

We know that all drugs have side effects. That’s just part of the deal right? But is it really possible that an antidepressant can cause a sane person to act like a cold-blooded criminal? I imagined my audience would be wondering as much as I arrived to an unseasonably chilly day at King’s College in London. I was there to …

Why Clearing Your Ancestral Karma Is Essential For Your Growth

Spirit Vine December 2018

How do some people have specific interests that their great-grandparents and relatives who came before them used to have? This happens without any knowledge of these people. The answer to this mystery is being studied by scientists who postulate that each person picks up on memories of their ancestral line stored in their DNA. This may be the reason for …

Recommended Books December 2018

Spirit Vine December 2018, November 2018, Recommended Books

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices-but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why …

Overcoming childhood trauma

How to overcome a childhood trauma

Spirit Vine Blog

There is no one fixed and certain answer when it comes to how to overcome childhood trauma. Trauma itself is entirely subjective. What is true for one person might not be true for another… How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime Even recognizing the fact that a person has experienced a traumatic event can be difficult. Due to the …

Yoga

What do you know about Yoga? History, origins, development.

Spirit Vine Blog

Yoga seems to be everywhere at the moment. From famous celebrities doing it to the yoga studios which seem to be popping up on the corner of every street. But where does yoga come from? Who discovered yoga? Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the history of Yoga: Where did yoga originate? Yoga originated in India. The …

How To Realize Inner Peace

How To Find Inner Peace and Embrace Your Inner Strength

Spirit Vine Blog

The biggest secret of how to realize inner peace can be summed up in one word: Acceptance. First and foremost, acceptance of yourself. But also acceptance of things which you cannot change. As well as accepting that there are certain things you can change. And the fact that it’s down to you to do so. Your own journey to acceptance …

Ayahuasca Retreat with Soul Retrieval

What is an Ayahuasca retreat with soul retrieval? What should I expect afterwards?

Spirit Vine Blog

Soul retrieval is a spiritual practice which is traditionally used to heal people who have experienced traumatic events. In many ways, it’s a concept which is understood (in slightly more clinical terms relating to sufferers of past abuse and trauma) by many modern psychological practitioners. Here’s everything you need to know about the soul in this context. About soul loss, …

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Brazil For Ayahuasca

Spirit Vine Blog

Brazil is one of the main tourist destinations in South America. It has long white sandy beaches and the untouched wilderness of the Amazon and Atlantic rainforest for you to explore. But the cultural and historical importance of the nation also attracts large numbers of visitors every year. One of those cultural attractions is undoubtedly the chance to experience ayahuasca, …

Recommended Videos October 2018

Spirit Vine October 2018, Recommended Videos

What It’s Like To Live With Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), It’s estimated that 2% of people experience dissociative disorders, with women being more likely than men to be diagnosed. Because of the way Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is portrayed in the media, most people don’t understand what the disorder actually entails, …

How To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally

Spirit Vine October 2018

Frontline, Advantage, Bravecto, NexGard, Simparica  … … we’ve all heard the names (and maybe you’ve used one of these products in the past). Your veterinarian may recommend these pesticides to keep fleas and ticks off your dog. But if you’re concerned about the risks that come with these drugs, it’s time to think outside the box. And, if you’re not concerned, …

The Connection Between Vivekananda, Tesla, And The Akashic Field

Spirit Vine October 2018

Both Vivekananda and Tesla were hoping for a mutual confirmation of Vedanta and physics. It is generally accepted that Swami Vivekananda changed the world by bringing the movement for self-knowledge to America. He influenced some of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, starting a process which, one hundred years later, led Lisa Miller, a prominent American journalist, to announce “that …

Recommended Books October 2018

Spirit Vine October 2018, Recommended Books

Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist by Ramani Durvasula PhD Narcissism is a modern epidemic, and it’s spreading rapidly. But how do you know if you are in a relationship with one—and, what can you do about it? We live in a world of romance and rescue, where many believe love will conquer …

The spiritual benefits of yoga

The spiritual benefits of yoga. How to revitalize your mind and body

Spirit Vine Blog

The practice of yoga is well known, and yet often poorly understood. Popular images include developing the ability to twist the body into unimaginable postures or to balance on one leg without falling over. Delve a little deeper and you’ll discover that yoga is suitable for the young or the old. And that it’s not necessary to be strong, fit …

spiritual development tips

How to grow spiritually? Here are some practical tips…

Spirit Vine Blog

Spiritual development isn’t something that features in everybody’s life goals, but if it features in yours you may notice that unless you’re committed to a specific faith there’s not actually that much practical information out there on how to grow spiritually. This article is dedicated to exploring the issues around what spiritual growth is if you’re a non-religious person. How …

Stages of Spiritual Awakening

What are the Stages of Spiritual Awakening? Learn what stage you are on

Spirit Vine Blog

Describing the indefinable is difficult, something you’ll quickly recognise if you start to research the spiritual awakening process. Different authors even have different opinions about how many stages of spiritual awakening there are and even those who agree on the numbers will have slightly differing opinions on what’s involved with each stage! In truth, there can be few defined and …

7 Facts About Depression

Spirit Vine September 2018

What you think you know about depression is probably a myth. A silent tragedy in the history of modern health care is happening right now in America, but no one is talking about it. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix — a prescription. More …

Why taking ayahuasca is like having a near-death experience

Spirit Vine September 2018

A psychedelic plant taken as part of the South American plant brew ayahuasca produces effects that are strikingly similar to near-death experiences, a study has found. That means that feelings of leaving the body or inner peace associated with life-threatening experiences may simply be explained by changes in how the brain works, and aren’t evidence of paranormal phenomena, say the …

Wheat Contains Not One But 23K Potentially Harmful Proteins

Spirit Vine September 2018

Despite popular misconceptions gluten is only the tip of a very large iceberg. There are actually 23,788 distinct proteins that have been identified in wheat, any one of which could incite a negative immune reaction in the body. Most folks don’t realize that when we are talking about health problems associated with wheat, or gluten, we are not talking about a monolithic entity, a …

Recommended Videos September 2018

Spirit Vine Recommended Videos, September 2018

Discovering Our Shadow with Ayahuasca Participants from the middle east discuss how the workshops and ayahuasca ceremonies during the retreat helped them to discover unknown parts of themselves and to integrate these lessons in their everyday life… You Cannot Win Against Death Jessica Zitter M.D. talks about why it is important to speak about death far in advance of being anywhere …

Recommended Books September 2018

Spirit Vine Recommended Books, September 2018

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller The bestselling book on childhood trauma and the enduring effects of repressed anger and pain Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided millions of readers with an answer–and has helped …

7 Celebrities Who Have Tried Ayahuasca

7 Celebrities Who Have Tried Ayahuasca

Spirit Vine Blog

Whether you call it ayahuasca, iowaska or simply aya, the fame of this traditionally sacred brew native to the Upper Amazon region of South America has spread far and wide in recent years. The plant brew featured in Wanderlust (2012) and While We’re Young (2014), movies starring Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. And in real life, even top …

Reconnecting with your higher self

How to Connect with Your Higher Self

Spirit Vine Blog

In the modern-day Capitalist world, it is not uncommon to find people rushing around, at 1000 miles per hour, in order to get everything done and be the best that they can. As examples, businesses put a huge amount of pressure on their employees to work harder and make more money, the type of job you do, your socio-economic status …

Recommended Videos August 2018

Spirit Vine August 2018, Recommended Videos

Ayahuasca Retreat with Private Group Highlights of the July ayahuasca retreat with a private group from the middle east. The organizer of this group participated twice before with us and got a group along this time, thank you for sharing and we look forward to seeing you again next year 🙂 Jordan Peterson – DMT & Becoming Independent A professor …

Recommended Books August 2018

Spirit Vine August 2018, Recommended Books

How to Change Your Mind What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did …

The Cosmic Hologram: Beyond the Brain

Spirit Vine August 2018

Realizing that everything we call physical reality is the expression of the in-formational intelligence of cosmic mind completely reframes the question of human and indeed all consciousness and cognizance. The view of most neuroscientists has been that our consciousness somehow arises from the brain as a localized phenomenon. Just as a turbine generates energy, so the view goes, our brain …

Herbs for regenerating bodily tissues with nutrition

Spirit Vine August 2018

When you get sick, the regenerative processes of the body are overcome by degenerative ones. Regeneration is described as the regrowth of a damaged or missing part of the remaining tissue. Some body organs, such as the liver and skin, can regenerate. For example, when a part of the liver is lost as a result of disease or injury, the …

Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Temple

Ayahuasca Ceremony History and Origins

Spirit Vine Blog

Interest in ayahuasca has spread around the world. But tales of the history and origins of the ayahuasca ceremony often conflict. This might be expected from something which is used by numerous distinct cultural groups – often with widely divergent histories. And which has been, arguably, for several thousand years of history… What is ayahuasca? Ayahuasca is a plant-based visionary …

Ayahuasca Retreats with Yoga

17 Reasons Why Yoga Heals

Spirit Vine Blog

Yoga is the art of connecting your body and mind and freeing them both to listen to your inner voice. If you haven’t tried it before, it might just look like a bunch of people standing or sitting or contorting themselves – occasionally pulling weird faces or smiling for no apparent reason. But from high-flying CEOs to movie stars, from …

10 Reasons You Should Drink Ayahuasca

Spirit Vine Blog

Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years by South American tribes for its mental, emotional, physical and above all, spiritual benefits. As the medicine becomes more popular across the world, Westerners are also discovering that it has much to offer. Here are 10 reasons you should drink Ayahuasca. 1) To benefit physical health There are accounts of individuals with …

Fragmented Child: Disorganized Attachment and Dissociation

Spirit Vine July 2018

Dissociation is a phenomenon most people have the capacity to experience. It is a coping mechanism used to manage stressors as minor as over-stimulation or as severe as sexual abuse. As a way of coping, dissociation occurs when the brain compartmentalizes traumatic experiences to keep people from feeling too much pain, be it physical, emotional, or both. When dissociation occurs, …

Science behind improving oral health using oil pulling

Spirit Vine July 2018

Known as “gandusha” to Ayurvedic healers, oil pulling is an ideal oral detoxification procedure done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. The process – as simple as it seems to be – has been observed to dramatically improve oral health and prevent the formation of plaque between teeth. Oil pulling is now being …

Recommended Videos July 2018

Spirit Vine July 2018, Recommended Videos

July 2018 Ayahuasca Retreat Review at Spirit Vine Center in Brazil Participants from US, UK, South Africa, Italy, and Romania at our ayahuasca retreat share the most important lessons they learned during the 9 days at the Spirit Vine Center in Brazil. Shame: 3 Tips for Breaking the Cycle In this short video, Dr. Janina Fisher shares 3 interventions on …

Recommended Books July 2018

Spirit Vine July 2018, Recommended Books

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine We already rely on science to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and how long to sleep. Why not use science to help us improve our relationships? In this revolutionary book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine …

Ayahuasca ingredients, effects and facts

Spirit Vine Blog

Understanding ayahuasca ingredients and their effects can help you be safe and have an optimal experience during your retreat. The practice of ayahuasca ceremonies has now spread around the world. This means, depending on the cultural background and knowledge of the shaman who made it, the ingredients in your ayahuasca brew may be different. Or be known by different names. …

Ayahuasca Can Change Your Life for the Better. This is how.

Spirit Vine Blog

The 21st Century has seen a rise in spiritual practices, movements, and techniques such as yoga, transcendental meditation, pilates, Buddhism, you name it. Along with the growth in these movements, there has also been an increase in spiritual retreats. In this article, we are going to focus on one practice which has taken the world by storm in recent years. Said …

Recommended Videos June 2018

Spirit Vine June 2018, Recommended Videos

Ayahuasca Experiences at Spirit Vine Retreats in Brazil Participants from our May 2018 retreat share their ayahuasca experience and the lessons they learned during the 8 days they were here. They talk about reconnecting with their body, their inner child, and their own power. Why Modern Humans Need To Fast Fasting has been a hot topic around the health community …

What is Developmental Trauma Disorder / ACEs?

Spirit Vine June 2018

In 2009, professionals researching and treating Complex Trauma in children proposed a new diagnosis of Developmental Trauma Disorder be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to capture the dysfunctions experienced by children and adolescents exposed to chronic traumatic stress. Some of these children did not meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the disorder in the DSM-IV that most closely relates. Others had been diagnosed …

Hypnagogia, The State Between Sleep And Wakefulness, Is Key To Creativity

Spirit Vine June 2018, Uncategorized

We all experience the borderlands between sleep and wakefulness. Here’s how to make the most of it. We’re all familiar with the two basic states of consciousness: sleep and wakefulness. But what about what happens in between those states? In the borderlands between wakefulness and rest is a strange and fascinating state of consciousness characterized by dream-like visions and strange …

Recommended Books June 2018

Spirit Vine June 2018, Recommended Books

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James William James’ treatise on religious experiences attempts to cogently explain aspects of psychology related to mystical experiences. James was most interested in the direct experiences of people, which they and sometimes observers would afterwards claim as religious or spiritual in tone. Whether the experience was deemed a …

Learn How To Get The Most Benefit From Your Ayahuasca Experience

Spirit Vine Blog

Whether you’ve decided to take part in an ayahuasca ceremony as part of your spiritual journey or want to address a specific issue in your life, testimonials and experiences suggest that the people who gain the most benefit from an ayahuasca experience are those who take time to prepare beforehand and integrate what they’ve been shown afterwards. Before Find a …

Recommended Videos May 2018

Spirit Vine May 2018, Recommended Videos

Participating in an Ayahuasca Retreat with your partner  A couple from South Africa share their experience of attending an ayahuasca retreat together, and how the group sharing and integration sessions help them learn and grow together during the retreat. Going deeper with ayahuasca at Spirit Vine A couple from South Africa talks about going deeper with ayahuasca after participating in …

Symptoms and Differences between Bipolar Disorder I and II

Spirit Vine May 2018

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition defined by periods (better known as episodes) of extreme mood disturbances. Bipolar affects a person’s mood, thoughts, and behavior.  There are two distinct types of bipolar: bipolar I and bipolar II. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, bipolar I disorder involves episodes mania and depression. Bipolar II disorder involves a …

The Mirror Effect of an Empath

Spirit Vine May 2018

We have all experienced it, being around someone who has either taken an instant dislike to us, or a bizarre resentment suddenly appears in those we have known for some time. There may be no clear reason for this change in their behaviour. No matter whether they try to hide their feelings or not, an Empath can sense their loathing and it …

Recommended Books May 2018

Spirit Vine May 2018, Recommended Books

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow  by Yuval Noah Harari WAR IS OBSOLETE You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict FAMINE IS DISAPPEARING You are at more risk of obesity than starvation DEATH IS JUST A TECHNICAL PROBLEM Equality is out, but immortality is in WHAT DOES OUR FUTURE HOLD?   The Feeling of …

Recommended Videos April 2018

Spirit Vine April 2018, Recommended Videos

Ayahuasca Retreat Testimonial by the February 2018 Group at Spirit Vine in Bahia, Brazil How Quantum Biology Might Explain Life’s Biggest Questions A TED talk explaining the extremely strange world of quantum biology… Lifted – Pixar A short animation of an attempted alien abduction…

Recommended Books April 2018

Spirit Vine April 2018, Recommended Books

The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief  by Francis Weller Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with …

The Call

Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Awareness Program Entries

What is calling me Birds, mountains, trees Sky, Spirit, sea Who is me What am I What if I could fly I’d travel light My beating heart in flight Radiate from above Unconditional Love To lift others high Out of the “I” The storm Unconscious, forgotten light A dream I hold Asleep Awake While Ego lurks and plots to take …

Can Ayahuasca Help with Anxiety?

Spirit Vine Blog

Ayahuasca is the name of the ancient shamanic brew prepared by combining two sacred plants – the bark of the Caapi vine and the leaves of the Chacruna plant. It has been used for thousands of years in healing rituals, and an ayahuasca experience in the right setting is profound. Today the ayahuasca plant is being researched scientifically in many …

The Forgotten Art of Squatting is a Revelation for Bodies Ruined by Sitting

Spirit Vine March 2018

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in malasana, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with the West is they don’t squat.” This is …

Vitamin B3 derivative May Improve Cognitive and Physical Functioning

Spirit Vine March 2018

Vitamin B3 derivative called nicotinamide riboside may protect against neurological damage and enhance both cognitive and physical function, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showed. The study focused on the effect of nicotinamide riboside on Alzheimer’s-related brain damage in mouse models. Nicotinamide riboside is naturally found in small amounts of milk and …

Recommended Books March 2018

Spirit Vine March 2018, Recommended Books

Scum by Isaac Singer An authentic literary great, Singer was an author whose extraordinary talents won him a worldwide audience. And with this impressive novel, he proved that he was at the height of his creative power until his recent death at age 86. Scum evokes the teeming life of 1906 Warsaw’s backstreets. Max Barabander, distraught over the recent death …

Recommended Videos March 2018

Spirit Vine March 2018, Recommended Videos

 My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor – TED Sting Talks About His Ayahuasca Experience Above is Sting’s full interview for the documentary Time for Change. Watch the documentary here: http://mangu.tv/film/time-for-change/ Carrie Ann Baade’s Art

How Long Does The Ayahuasca Experience Last?

Spirit Vine Blog

When researching what to expect after drinking a consciousness-modifying brew, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask how long the experience lasts. Sometimes a simple question doesn’t have a simple answer…. When the specific question is ‘how long does ayahuasca last?, the answer ‘somewhere between 4 hours and a lifetime’, is both totally accurate and far too vague to be useful. It’s …

Is Ayahuasca Good for Mental Health?

Spirit Vine Blog

Long used by Amazonian shamans as a ‘medicine for the soul’, the ayahuasca plant has now surfaced to global consciousness. People from all over the world are travelling to South American countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador to take part in an ayahuasca retreat with experienced facilitators to be in the jungle environment where the plant grows naturally. The use of …

What Is Ayahuasca And Where Does It Come From?

Spirit Vine Blog

This visionary brew has a chemical nature of active ingredients that makes it unique! The origins of the use of ayahuasca in the Amazon Basin was spread amongst the indigenous tribes as a traditional spiritual medicine with shamans performing healing retreats that claimed to be able to cure mental and physical illness whilst communicating with the spiritual world. So what …

What Is Jackfruit Good For?

Spirit Vine February 2018

Having a distinct musky smell and deliciously sweet taste, jackfruit is a unique tropical fruit that is typically harvested during summer and fall. It can grow to enormous sizes, measuring between 10 and 60 centimeters in length, 25 to 75 centimeters in diameter, and can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds, making it the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. …

Dysphoric Mania: Symptoms, Treatment, and More

Spirit Vine February 2018

Overview Dysphoric mania is an older term for bipolar disorder with mixed features. Some mental health professionals who treat people using psychoanalysis may still refer to the condition by this term.Bipolar disorder is a mental illness. An estimated 2.9 percent of Americans are diagnosed with this condition every year. People with bipolar disorder with mixed features experience episodes of mania, hypomania, and depression …

Recommended Books February 2018

Spirit Vine February 2018, Recommended Books

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk MD A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times Science bestseller   Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one …

How to prepare for your Ayahuasca trip to Brazil

Spirit Vine Blog

Making an ayahuasca trip is a big commitment. You’ll be travelling a considerable distance, moving into a culture that’s unfamiliar to you and opening yourself up to emotional and spiritual revelations that are beyond anything you’ve ever imagined. There’s a lot you should do, and a few things you shouldn’t, that will help you get the most benefit from the …

The Deer Hunter

Spirit Vine January 2018

I practice Hatha Yoga at our local gym. As often as possible I have a sauna when I’m finished. The other day I had an unexpected meeting with a young man while I was sitting in the intense heat. He is in his 30s, and we’ve exchanged pleasantries over the months but never actually had a conversation. The other day …

The Opposite Of Addiction is Connection

Spirit Vine January 2018

Do Stronger Human Connections Immunize Us Against Emotional Distress? Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging. Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement: The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. – Johann Harri These sentiments are …

Recommended Books January 2018

Spirit Vine January 2018, Recommended Books

A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthany A memoir of brutality, heroism and personal discovery from Europe’s dark heart, revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of the Second World War In the spring of 1945, at Rechnitz on the Austrian-Hungarian border, not far from the front lines of the advancing Red Army, Countess Margit Batthyany gave a …

Empathy is the Sacred Gateway to Consciousness

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“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ~ C.G. Jung The question I regularly confront myself with is how do I raise consciousness when the paradigm of western …

How to? The most profound teachings of Mother Ayahuasca

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Four years ago, lying in the hospital bed, I realized that we are living and dying alone. Although I was surrounded by loved ones, I saw their pain in their eyes, avoiding to look each other. Not to show their fears, to breakdown in front of me. Without a friend. They would like to come, but they are just afraid, …

Calling of the Mother

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I hear sweetness in the winds you whisper and cleansing rage within in your storms. The boundaries, between sacred waters running through your rivers and blood in the name of joy travelling my veins, vanish. Arisen bliss smelling your roses reminds me of how unity once was celebrated, and unconditional love was shared. My vessel abundantly nourished by the fruits …

Jodi from London at Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreats in Brazil

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A shamanic practitioner shares her experience during the ayahuasca retreat in Brazil. “Like many people around the world I expected ayahuasca to be like many other “drugs” and what I have discovered is that it is the opposite from a drug. Ayahuasca breaks individuals of addictive behaviors and repetitive patterns in one’s life…” “This retreat has all the elements I …

Studies Show What Happens To The Human Body When We Walk Barefoot On Earth

Spirit Vine December 2017

The picture above represents Improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing Grounding, or ‘earthing,’ as some people call it, involves placing your feet directly on the ground without shoes or socks as a barrier. The logic behind this practice relates …

Recommended Videos December 2017

Spirit Vine December 2017, Recommended Videos

Jodi from London at Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreats in Brazil A shamanic practitioner shares her experience during the ayahuasca retreat at the Spirit Vine center in Brazil. There is a River Above Us (English subtitles) Antonio Donato Nobre studies the interactions between forests and atmosphere. His research revealed that there are real steam rivers running over the Amazon rainforest and …

Recommended Books December 2017

Spirit Vine December 2017, Recommended Books

I Am Not A Spy: An American Jew Goes Deep in the Arab World & Israeli Army by Michael Bassin The true story of an idealistic young American Jew committed to promoting peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. Few American college students who study abroad receive constant accusations of being a spy. But that’s what happens to Michael Bassin, …

Aurora’s Life Dance

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We spend the days walking, experiencing, breathing, eating … some of us with moods that goes high and low; others with an inexplicable sadness that seems eternal and endless and many others on autopilot without wanting to know what goes on inside and without understanding things outside. For sure, without question, there should be some others, experiencing some kind of …

What to Expect from your First Ayahuasca Experience

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You can read a hundred or more Ayahuasca stories, and you still won’t really know what to expect from your first Ayahuasca experience. “Expect the Unexpected” is a trite, but accurate summation of all the most important aspects. Yet while every journey is unique there are some themes that are common, and it’s helpful to have some solid ground to …

The theory of positive motion in emotion aka Catharsis

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“Catharsis is about cleansing and healing at one and the same time – healing memories and attitudes, healing the spirit and the heart.” ~ Desmond Tutu Oxford dictionary defines catharsis as the process of releasing strong emotions through a particular activity or experience, such as writing or theatre, in a way that helps you to understand those emotions. Catharsis (originated in …