14-day retreat immersions at Posada Natura Retreat Center in Londres, Costa Rica

Community support model

Optional post-program sober living integration 

Peer support group sessions 

Individualized counseling sessions 

Integrating entheogenic plant sacrament ceremonies, spiritual care, and contemplative practice

A 3-month program with over 50 hours of educational preparatory and integration work:

A unique spiritual care immersion and integration program dedicated to addressing a broad range of addictions

We offer long-term programs that integrate entheogenic plant medicine ceremonies, a social model for recovery with peer support, nature immersion, and instruction in contemplative practice. This is an offering in collaboration between Recovery Nexus, a non-profit recovery organization, and Circle of Sacred Nature Church.

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Preparation: Month 1.0

Assessment

ASI-MV and comprehensive screening

Instruction in contemplative practice

Drawing from various traditions and evidence-based approaches

Process-oriented recovery

Through online coursework and a learning portal

Group + Individual sessions

Led by our team of facilitators 

 

Ceremony Preparation, Education, & Guidance

Supportive care and structure before the immersion

Immersion: Month 1.5

14-day immersion retreat

At Posada Natura in Costa Rica

3 plant sacrament ceremonies

Led by our team of experienced facilitators 

  • Yoga + meditation

  • Nature immersion 

  • Sacred silence

  • Organic vegetarian food

  • Beautiful riverside accommodations

Integration + Instruction: Month 2.0

Immersion Integration

Individual and peer-led group integration

 

Instruction in contemplative practice

Drawing from various traditions and evidence-based approaches

Process-oriented recovery

Through online coursework and a learning portal

Group + Individual sessions

Led by our team of facilitators 

Integration + Instruction: Month 3.0

Elements of long-term recovery

Integration, process development, and planning for long-term sobriety 

Process-oriented recovery

Through online coursework and a learning portal

Group + Individual sessions

Led by our team of facilitators

 

Community Resources

Options for continued support, resources, and community

Our Understanding of Addiction

Addiction is a complex condition of body, mind, human relations, and spirit. In the pursuit of reward—and in the relief of pain, unresolved emotional experiences, and trauma—the elements of nature, nurture, and choice become tragically misaligned. Suffering, sadness, and often death, are the results.

We believe modern addiction exists on a spectrum that includes substances, screens, and compulsive behaviors. The profound consequences of process addictions—like eating disorders, pornography, sex, gambling, and shopping—are often overlooked or minimized.   

 

We believe recovery is about clearing away the debris that prevents individuals from living holistically and joyfully. By unearthing fears, harmful conduct, trauma, attachments, obsessions, and the like, one’s highest Self can be revealed.    

 

Deep self-examination along with the expansive transpersonal experiences accessed through contemplative disciplines—and responsible engagement with entheogenic plant medicine ceremonies—can bring a meaningful and satisfying change into one’s life. To put it another way, we dig as deep inside ourselves as possible to reconnect with our true Selves.

Who is this for?

This program is for anyone with 30 days of sobriety (shorter lengths are accepted on a case-by-case basis).

 

You may be new on the road to recovery, or you might be someone with years of sobriety looking to deepen their connection to Self. Wherever you are on that arc—and whether your addiction is a substance or screen—we welcome you. 

We offer a flexible, tiered approach with long-term stays available for those who need immediate integration support and structure at Recovery Nexus. 

All candidates go through an intensive application and screening process. We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships for this program. Preference will be given to BIPOC individuals and veterans, though all who are interested are warmly encouraged to apply.

Assessment 

Optimally effective care for a person suffering from substance use or process disorders requires a clear evaluation of the severity of a person’s condition. By establishing an initial baseline of need, we are able to craft a personalized program of recovery that most suits that individual and is most likely to lead to a positive and enduring outcome. 

 

For this purpose, we will be utilizing a holistic approach including the ASI-MV, a scientifically validated assessment tool. It is a multimedia version of the Addiction Severity Index and can be self-administered. We will also administer a spiritual care and life review assessment.

Curriculum 

Alex Olshonsky

Todd Youngs

Celina De Leon

Taita Juan Bautista Agreda Chindoy

Erika Salazar

Joy Quevedo

Meet the Natura Care Program Faciliators

We have a highly experienced team of facilitators with extensive training and many years of experience in our respective lineages and disciplines.

Collaboratively Tailored Framework of Recovery 

Every human being has its unique biology, psychology, and social circumstances. We honor that uniqueness and we work collaboratively with individuals to select the most appropriately tailored path for them. In addition to participating in our program, we recommend engagement with long-term complementary recovery support.   

 

There are numerous processes of complementary care that we suggest a seeker choose from as a means of supporting their recovery and spiritual growth. These options include the 12 Steps, Refuge Recovery, Recovery Dharma, the Red Road to Well-briety, Recovery 2.0, and more. Each of these approaches combines the use of both reflection and action. When they are engaged at depth, they can yield impressive results. If one prefers another template of similar scope and substance, that can be adapted into their personal recovery plan. 
 

While we encourage all NCP participants to engage with a complementary recovery program of their choice, we also understand that some individuals might not resonate with these options. We recognize that NCP’s nature-based + modern curriculum might appeal to those who have never been able to find a home in other recovery communities, in which case, we welcome you with open arms.

Our Approach

Our mission is to offer transformational healing opportunities by providing long-term spiritual care programs rooted in indigenous wisdom, evidence-based research, nature immersion, and peer support.

 

Our program features the wisdom of various perspectives, traditions, and approaches toward supporting recovery.

 

We understand that in working with individuals we also work with family systems and this is woven into our integrative approach. Addressing the root causes of addiction and bringing attention to the spiritual crisis that often underlies addictive tendencies is our goal. Our ethic is rooted in spiritual care and a sincere belief in supporting our participants to flourish, not just recover. 

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Nathan Sackett, MD

Toni Brayer, MD

Bonnie Page, MD

Prentice Steffen, MD, FAAEM

Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW

Meet Our Advisors

In partnership with

Our programs are created in partnership with leaders in the field.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Reciprocity

A core part of the NCP mission is geared toward making our program accessible for diverse participants and also prioritizing scholarships to underrepresented communities. We are grateful to have received a generous donation to support our scholarship program. Please reach out if you’re interested and in need of this. Individuals that identify as BIPOC and veterans are especially encouraged to apply for scholarships.

 

We also recognize that healing goes beyond just the individual experience. To us, this means engaging in reciprocity to support the indigenous lineage where Circle Sacred Nature’s ceremonial practice is based. It also means working out of Posada Natura, a center dedicated to rainforest restoration and biodiversity conservation with its sister non-profit Eco Era. By participating in our program you are supporting an organization that is dedicated to social and environmental benefit as it relates to cultural and biological diversity.

Dates

Cohort 1: Launches on July 1st, 2022 with an online curriculum and welcome event.

Two-week immersive retreat at Posada Natura from August 1st - 13th, 2022.
Cohort 1 Graduates on September 30th, 2022.

Cohort 2: Launches on January 10th, 2023 with an online curriculum and welcome event.

Two-week immersive retreat at Posada Natura from February 10th - February 24th, 2023. 

Cohort 2 Graduates on March 31st, 2023. 

*We accept participants on a rolling admissions basis. If you are interested, please apply ASAP as space is limited. 

Instruction in Contemplative Practice

The cultivation of “mindfulness,” or emotional balance, has been observed to deeply enhance one’s quality of life and the durability of one’s newfound recovery. Mindfulness is an enormously constructive tool for all who are recovering from addictive disorders. Centeredness, self-awareness, emotional balancing, and self-resourcing practices are strong defenses against relapse. 

 

Both the Eastern and Western worlds provide a wealth of meditative and contemplative practices that can be utilized powerfully for this objective. A major component of our curriculum is teaching evidence-based contemplative practices, taught by renowned experts.

Rich Opportunities for Aftercare and Integration

In many respects, the ceremonies are the easy part—it is our daily lives that bring the power of these transformative experiences to life. Integration is a foundational pillar of NCP. We will be collaborating with each participant to determine a tailored aftercare and integration program following the two-week residential retreat immersion. All participants will have access to our 6-week online integration program.

 

Depending on an individual’s needs, we will also recommend different tiers of complementary care. For those with more acute requirements, we are offering in-person stays at Recovery Nexus’s recovery residence in Washington state. We also will provide long-term nature immersion residencies at Poasada Nature for those who would like to continue the back half of the program surrounded by nature’s healing embrace.

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