Photo: Brandee Alessandra. and her partner, Gerard Powell. Via: Renee Moora Ferri. Finding Healing, Love, And Purpose
About two weeks later I was introduced to a man who had just recently healed his drug and alcohol addiction with plant medicine. In his journey he was shown a vision to open a center in Costa Rica to help others heal with plant medicine. This was the second plant medicine retreat center in Costa Rica offering me to partner in one month! After sharing our like-minded visions, we knew immediately that we had to do this together. After working together for a year we realized we were meant to be together and now we are in the most amazing relationship — something neither of us could have ever imagined.
As our knowledge of the plant medicine community grew, we became aware of too many stories about corrupt shaman taking advantage of women who were under the influence of plant medicine — a time when they are particularly vulnerable and need to feel safe. As the popularity of plant medicine grows, there is also an increasing number of people claiming to be shaman who
have not been trained to work with these sacred medicines. Gerard’s first experience was in a tiny house with dirt floors, giant bugs, spiders, and animals in it. It was so filthy he couldn’t sleep on the bed. We knew we had to create a place to heal people with plant medicine that was safe, medically licensed, and in a center that was beautiful.