Healing Retreats for Fulfillment in Life

At Daishizen Retreat Center, we offer various ways to reconnect with our essence. We cannot identify ourselves solely as a body, mind, or spirit. We are integrated beings that encompass these three dimensions. If any of them are imbalanced, the others will be affected by this imbalance.

At Daishizen, we suggest taking a pause, looking within, addressing imbalances, and achieving the necessary harmony for you to live a full and joyful life.

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Balancing Old and New Knowledge

The discomforts of our lives manifest through symptoms. These symptoms are our body’s way of indicating that something is not right. While modern medicine has brought numerous advancements in the field of health, it mainly focuses on observing symptoms, providing a diagnosis, and offering treatment.

Often, these treatments aim to reduce symptoms without addressing the root cause of the discomfort (when we have a headache, we take a medication that relieves the pain but doesn’t solve the underlying problem). In this aspect, our ancestors had a more holistic view of health, and often, the wisdom and intuition of ancient cultures offered more natural and less invasive solutions.

woman during one of the healing retreats

We are not against progress or modern medicine. We simply want to provide the necessary tools. By incorporating ancestral knowledge and complementing the advancements of modern medicine with therapies and care that consider the human being as an integrated entity, the sum of our emotions, thoughts, and physical body.

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In this sense, traditional Chinese medicine, Mongolian shamans, and the old healers of the Americas, with their deep knowledge of plants and nature, provide a more comprehensive approach, considering the human being in its entirety and the sum of all its dimensions.

One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world.

Buddha

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Our Holistic Approach

It’s of no use to attend numerous retreats, study countless disciplines, and meditate every day if, on the other hand, we continuously intoxicate our bodies. This biological machine is the home of our soul. As within, so without.

We must take care of the vessel we reside in—nourish ourselves, heal our emotions and thoughts, and maintain balance among all our parts. Often, our emotions, feelings, and a clouded mind lead to physical discomfort.

On the other hand, if we seek personal growth in the physical, mental, or spiritual aspects but neglect our emotions, our mind, or our body, whatever progress we make won’t yield the expected results. We move forward on one side and regress on the other. Our purpose at Daishizen Retreat Center is to provide the necessary tools and provide different healing retreats to reconnect with our essence, enhance this personal work with healthy nutrition, a calm mind, and balanced emotions.

One of the pillars of our retreat center is the Japanese concept of Kenkou. Based on these concepts, we’ve designed all our healing retreats and experiences.

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“Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion”

Morihei Ueshiba

The Healing Retreats Process at Daishizen

At Daishizen Retreat Center, we offer different healing retreats, therapies and activities that complement the work of retreat and reconnection with our being and nature. Among these therapies, we can find Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tuina massage, group and individual sweat lodge ceremonies, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), various diets/fasts, and ceremonies with medicinal plants, to name a few.

meditating woman at the sea

Traditional Chinese Medicine

It is an ancient health system originating from China that considers the connection between the body, mind, emotions, and environment in a holistic manner. It is fundamentally based on the concept of Qi (vital energy), Yin/Yang (complementary opposites), and the Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) for disease treatment.

Among the most commonly used techniques are:

 

  • Acupuncture and acupressure: Inserting needles or applying pressure on meridian points to stimulate Qi and restore energetic balance.
  • Use of herbs and medicinal plants: Formulas are created using different herbs and plants to alleviate disorders and promote healing.
  • Moxibustion: Applying heat from burning moxa (a stick-shaped herb) on points to restore energy flow.
  • Tuina: Energetic massage on specific points along the meridians to stimulate energy and blood circulation.
  • Cupping: Using small cups on the skin to create suction, improve circulation, and alleviate pain.
  • Nutrition and diet: Different diets and dietary restrictions promote balance in the body and complement other treatments.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine views health and disease through the lens of prevention and promoting individual balance, rather than just treating symptoms to suppress them. Despite its ancient origins, it remains relevant today and has been integrated worldwide as a complementary approach to conventional medical care.

Spiritual healing Retreat with Sweat Lodges and Red Road Ceremonies

The sweat lodge ceremony originates from the Native American Red Road tradition. It’s one of the most significant ceremonies in this tradition and is present in almost all other ceremonies of this path.

At Daishizen, we have a strong commitment to this path and its teachings; it’s part of our daily life and prayer. Sweat lodge ceremonies are a way to elevate our being and connect with the Great Spirit. They allow us to connect with invisible spirits and energies, rediscover our purpose, connect with the elements and nature.

sacred elements

We strongly believe in its healing power—emotionally, mentally, and physically. Physically, it offers benefits such as relaxation and stress reduction through heat, detoxification through sweating, improved circulatory system, healthy skin by opening pores and cleansing the skin, and immune system stimulation to prevent diseases.

It’s a sacred space that includes ritual and spiritual elements to promote connection with nature, our inner being, and our relationship with others.

 

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Thought Field Therapy (TFT)

TFT is a psychological treatment method that involves tapping specific points on the body to address psychological issues, emotional challenges, or physical discomfort.

Developed by psychologist Roger Callahan in the 1980s, it is based on the theory that discomfort, phobias, and traumas are caused by disruptions in the body’s energy field. Through a sequence of tapping on acupressure points, the goal is to reprogram and reset this disruption.

The individual identifies a specific issue or emotion, rates its intensity, and then follows a precise tapping sequence on acupressure points while focusing on the problem. The process is repeated until the person experiences a reduction in the intensity of the negative emotion.

TFT is used to address a wide range of issues such as anxiety, phobias, trauma, stress, and physical discomfort. It has shown positive results as an alternative therapy to conventional medicine.

Ceremonies and healing retreats with Medicinal Plants

Over the years, we’ve been able to share and connect with various knowledge and traditions. Ancestral knowledge practiced by different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. These communities possess knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation by different elders and medicine people.

The power of plants, nature, and the connection with their spirits provide a type of knowledge, healing, and connection that other therapies do not encompass. It’s important to note that these wisdom traditions are practices that these communities have upheld for centuries, and their spirituality, connection, and worldview are closely linked to these practices.

 

peyote plant at desert

We strongly believe in its healing power—emotionally, mentally, and physically. Physically, it offers benefits such as relaxation and stress reduction through heat, detoxification through sweating, improved circulatory system, healthy skin by opening pores and cleansing the skin, and immune system stimulation to prevent diseases.

It’s a sacred space that includes ritual and spiritual elements to promote connection with nature, our inner being, and our relationship with others.

 

hand holding a feather

There’s a need to reconnect with our essence and explore new ways to do so. Unfortunately, the diversification of these knowledge systems has led to the commercialization of ceremonies, many unethical practices, and addictions masked as healing.

At Daishizen, we take special care regarding this matter, respecting the power plants and their traditions. It’s essential to receive these teachings, practices, and ceremonies from qualified individuals, ideally from indigenous elders who carry these traditions.

We hold great respect for these practices and are cautious about how these traditions are approached and shared.

 

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If you want to learn more about these practices or wish to schedule a session with our therapists, we invite you to get in touch with us