Guided meditations offer an opportunity to tap plant's powers for mind-body wellness.
At a private retreat space set on 25 acres of Oregon's spectacular wine country and just 90 minutes outside of Portland, a small group of meditators and seekers will gather to explore the nexus between cannabis and spirituality. The first retreat is scheduled to take place October 28 through October 30, 2016.
Guided by Zen Buddhist Trevor Fenwick, and supported by Oregon entrepreneur and founder of Smuggle Portland Renee Spears, participants in the first-of-its-kind Sacred Marijuana and Meditation Retreat will explore various traditions of how cannabis can contribute to their mindfulness.
"Our retreats draw on ancient and contemporary meditation and mindfulness practices from around the world, from Japanese Soto Zen meditation to focused guided meditations to the Bhang Lassi ritual of Hindu Holi festivals and dance celebration inspired by Native American Two Spirit queer shamanism," explained Fenwick. "Our goal is to present a variety of tools and let retreat participants discover what works for their own spiritual journeys."
The venue, in the quiet nature of Oregon wine country, will be complemented by first-class vegan cuisine prepared by Portland chefs. With a lake, forest trails, a giant fireplace and other amenities, participants will have many options to find their quiet place and reflect. In addition to the scenic environs and palate-pleasing meals, Smuggle Portland will provide cannabis strains specifically selected for their pro-meditative effects.
"I believe in the power of cannabis to help people live a healthier life, physically, mentally and spiritually," said Spears, CEO of Smuggle Portland and the successful local business, Rose City Mortgage. "With the stigma around cannabis starting to subside in post-prohibition states like Oregon, it is exciting to bring people into conversations that until now have taken place only in the shadows."