How Plant Medicines Change Lives

Episode 43

Gerry Powell

Gerry Powell, founder of spiritual retreat center ‘Rythmia’ joins us this week. Gerry tells us about his turbulent early life and how it prompted him to seek out a revolutionary plant medicine. We hear about the significant changes it catalysed in his life, and why it led him to set up his own high-end retreat center. Gerry aims to provide people with the same healing that he experienced, and hopes to create an ethical business model that encourages competition and diversity.

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Podcast Highlights

  • Gerry describes his first psychedelic experience as an answer to his suffering: “I understood for the first time what love was.”
  • The plant medicine instructed Gerry to set up his own retreat center, to help share the healing he had received.
  • Rythmia serves thousands of retreatants every year; 93% describe life-changing, transformative healing experiences.

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