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A Greal Spiritual Retreat Directory for your Winter Get-away

Many of us in the northern hemisphere think about escaping to warmer climes and healing environments at this time of year. Then there are others who over-indulged during the holidays and want to lose weight or otherwise clean up their acts. Here is a directory for you. It’s a good one, but unfortunately all the entries are only in the US. I hope they will branch out in future years to other countries. All places have been tested and approved be the staff of Spirituality and Health. Here is what they have to say as an introduction.

Welcome to Spirituality & Health’s 2013 Retreat Guide, featuring 40 retreat centers to nourish body, mind, and spirit. Each of these spaces invites you to give yourself permission to take care of your deepest needs—to stop doing and start being. To stop cooking and caring for others, and let someone else cook and care for you. To walk in silence so you can begin again to hear the song of your own heart. To jump in an ocean. Snowshoe through a meadow. Meditate, practice yoga, drink tea, hike in the woods, heal trauma, soak in a hot mineral bath. Open your heart, quiet your mind.

Remember you? What is it that you need? This year, honor and care for yourself in the same way you cherish others. The journey to rejuvenation starts here.

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Combining Plant Medicine with Western Medicine

Jessie Salisbury, a correspondent for the New York news blog, Cabinet Press, describes his type of healing combining spiritual healing with plant spirit medicine healing. He maintains that he never diagnoses or prescribes cures but instead he promotes balance and inner harmony which will then lead to cures. Here is what he has to say.

Combining Plant Medicine with Western Medicine

Cowan, he said, was an acupuncturist within the Classical Five Element school of practice. “He started using what he knew of the five elements, but instead of using needles, he called on the plant spirits. In this way, he
reintroduced Plant Spirit Medicine to the western world.”

Griffin noted the calming effect of plants while walking in a garden, or in the woods.

“We can have a loving relationship with plants,” he said. “There is peace in a garden. We are in the world with (plants) and they have a lot of wisdom to share.”

About 10 years ago, Cowan and his students began looking for a place to build a center where this practice could be taught. That is now the Blue Deer Center in upstate New York. Cowan’s students are given a rigorous course of training and are then introduced as Lay Spiritual Healers with The Temple of Sacred Fire Healing, which is an officially chartered church.”

The practice was never intended to replace conventional medicine, he said.

“We don’t diagnose or treat diseases. It is to promote balance and inner harmony. It takes into account the whole person, including body, mind and spirit. Most indigenous peoples have a connection with the spirits of nature. In a sense, this is a tradition of traditions, taught in a traditional way.”

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It’s a very traditional way of healing brought back to life by people like Jessie. However, the traditions have come from the native and indigenous people of the world. It is time to learn as much as we can from these elders before they all pass over and leave us to figure out the plant connections all over again.  If you wish to know more about his approach go to: