FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

GROUP RETREAT FAQ

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE GROUP RETREAT

On retreat, we travel together to magical and mystical shamanic realms and sacred site vortexes where anything is possible and miracles regularly occur.  We will be immersed in a field of unconditional love and limitlessness in which all can healed and true peace results. You will be changed forever!  Participants often experience awakenings, oneness, downloads, catharsis, epiphanies, miraculous healings, divinity, higher self, mystical realms, life purpose, self-love, self-realization as God, improved relationships, wealth, finding their life partner and ease of life. This is not an ordinary retreat, it’s a shamanic mystical retreat and you will never be the same again.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE FOR GROUP RETREAT

The format of the retreat is to follow spirit, your higher self, in every moment. As such, there is no agenda or daily schedule.  This retreat operates in the void, the total unknown of all possibilities.  This creates the opportunity for whatever is most alive to arise organically from who and what is present in every moment of now.  It’s the true shamanic way, no plan, no agenda, just following spirit, following the next opening. It could be a teaching, a ceremony, a meditation, a transmission, a trip to a sacred site, free time or anything.  There are no limits.  Having said that, we do know from looking at past retreats that there are some typical patterns.  The first is that on most days we will be in nature, in sacred site(s), much of the day.  Breakfast is sometimes a scheduled time each day but always takes place in the morning before 9am.   There is often shamanic transmission, downloads and teachings on and off throughout the day.  Venturing out and gathering at sacred sites as a group, as well as time at the sites in individual ceremony.  Lunch is often out in nature in beautiful settings or sacred sites.  Sometimes more than one power place or vortex is visited in a day and other times we drop in deep at just one site. Most everyday we go to at least one vortex.  Dinner together with more teachings and transmissions as well as hearing from fellow participants. 

 

There will also be plenty of leisure time to integrate the powerful teachings and experiences at the sacred sites. The retreat space is an oasis of peace and tranquility and is often located in amazingly scenic areas and very close to, or even on, power spots.

TEACHING STYLE ON GROUP RETREAT

Many participants report there are two teachers on these retreats, Greg “Magick” Bernstein and the land itself. This is an experiential retreat; lots of the transformation and awakening happens while in the sacred sites, out on the land.  For others its while Magick is doing his shamanic transmission through story telling and eye gazing.  However, many also report breakthroughs in the most mundane of moments since Magick is constantly emanating a field of unconditional love and truth throughout the retreat. The teachings are founded in many forms of both western and eastern shamanism, mysticism and wisdom. We call these transmissions/teachings Universal Shamanism.  It pulls from the core tenants of many indigenous shamanic teachings and mystical aspects of some of the worlds religions, including mystery schools and the twisted hair teachings from Turtle Island.  Universal Shamanism is definitely not what most westerners traditionally call shamanism; its much more than that.

FACILITY ON GROUP RETREAT

Home base for this retreat, where we will all stay together is a beautiful and comfortable home(s) or retreat center with natural and exotic scenery located on or near sacred land in Hawaii or Mount Shasta. We always choose extraordinary sites with special features which are so magificent themselves that people sometimes don’t want to leave.   It’s surroundings are often filled with beautiful and powerful sites, such as a beach, waterfall, tropical rainforest, lake or fresh spring fed pond. It’s just the right combination of being truly a relaxing and peaceful place as well as magical and powerful.

MEALS ON GROUP RETREAT 

The food provided on the retreat is on the healthy side, varied and delicious. We typically have a catered full and gourmet style meal for dinner. Breakfast varies and lunches are provided and often experienced out at the sacred sites. There are plenty of snacks at home and on the road and each participant is welcome to an open kitchen for snacks at any time, 24/7.  Most food is organic; we take food allergies into consideration and do our best to accommodate to your dietary needs.

 

TRANSPORTATION ON GROUP RETREAT 

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the retreat and to the sacred sites each day. Many participants choose to share vehicles with other participants which makes the experience more fun and intimate. If you are flying to Maui, fly into Kahului airport. If you are flying into Mount Shasta, you can fly into Redding, CA, Medford, OR, or Sacramento, CA. For custom retreats in different locations check in with us.

WHAT TO BRING ON GROUP RETREAT

To make your trip as comfortable as possible, we have provided a complete list for your journey with us.

 

Excellent Flashlight (preferably head lamp)

Several Batteries for Flashlight

Bug repellent

Personal Journal

Hat-Sun

Hat-Cold

Rain Gear (optional)

Sturdy Comfortable Shoes (already broken in)

Light Back Pack (small day pack)

Beach Shoes/Sandals

Towel

Sunscreen

Sunglasses (optional)

Bathing Suit

Light, easy-wearing clothes: t-shirts, tank tops, shorts

Sweater/sweat shirt & Long Pants for cooler conditions

One set of Warm Clothes in layers (be prepared for cold conditions)

Whatever inner guidance tells you to bring (important!)

Intentions for the Retreat (if this is important for you)

GROUP SIZE ON GROUP RETREAT

The groups are always small and intimate. Smaller groups sizes create the ability to be more in flow and follow spirit in every moment.  It also creates more intimacy between the facilitator and individuals as well as with each other.  The group quickly becomes a loving family and most people stayed bonded and connected with other group members the rest of their lives. Depending on the facility, groups are no more than 12-15 participants and can be smaller. There are always limited spaces available and retreats area almost always filled.

MORE GROUP RETREAT FAQ

Where will this retreat take place?

 

We typically stay in one to three private homes or a retreat center. We will spend some time at the retreat center/homes in leisure and integration time as well as for teachings, meals and sleeping.  On most days, the bulk of our day will be in nature in specific sacred site vortexes.  These sites can be a variety of topography and climates including but not limited to lakes, rivers, streams, meadows, mountains, hiking trails, caves, lava tubes, waterfalls, oceans, volcanos, deserts, lava, or other locations. You will have ample time to connect with and meditate with the land in your own unique ways. 

When will we meet?  

You will meet at the main facility where the retreat is taking place.  You will receive an email with the location and time of your meeting about a week before the start of the retreat. If you would like more info about the retreat center further in advance just let us know.

 

When will the retreat end?    

The retreat typically ends mid-day on the last day of the retreat. Of course, we are always in flow, so this is subject to change by retreat leader.

 

What will we do on the retreat?   

On most days, the bulk of our day will be in nature in specific sacred site vortexes.  On these days, the group will go out into nature so that participants can commune individually directly with nature. Magick will also be providing daily spiritual teachings, healing and transmissions based on awakening, unconditional love, truth, authentic self-expression, inner guidance, clarity, non-dual reality, and other teachings from the east and west.  He has no plan in advance for what to do in any given moment or what to teach on any given retreat. He will be guided by spirit according to what is present for the group in the moment. Accordingly, the possibilities for what will be taught are broad and vast.  We will also spend some time at the retreat center/home in leisure and integration time as well as for teachings, meals and sleeping.

 

How is weather important?

All kinds of weather are possible. The retreat will happen and continue in whatever the weather conditions may be, including but not limited to rain, snow, fog, smoke or sunshine, hot or cold conditions.  So please be prepared so you can be comfortable in any conditions.

 

Can I arrive early or stay later than the retreat?

Yes, you can arrive early or stay later on your own, but the retreat does not start until the designated time and date and is over on the designated time and date.  Please do not arrive at the retreat facility early or plan to stay later then the retreat start and end times.

 

What is included in this retreat? 

Double occupancy accommodations with a roommate, all food, snacks, water, all activities, teachings, healing and time in nature are included.  Airfare and transportation are not included. 

 

What is not included in this retreat? 

Transportation, alcohol, and professional services such as massage are not included. Also, anything else not listed as “what is included” in the retreat.

 

What are the accommodations like? Where do we stay?

Home base during your retreat will always be a beautiful, as well as very comfortable estate, house or retreat facility with extraordinary features of some kind or another. Where we hold the retreat varies from retreat to retreat. Typically, we have chosen a spot where you can enjoy something special on the property such as a waterfall, forest, tropical rainforest, lake, mountain, valley, stream or fresh spring fed pond.  We select places of power to hold the retreats.

 

Will I have a roommate/can I not have a roommate?

Yes, you will have a roommate. You can request a private room and if one is available, you may be assigned one, but this is rare and there are no guarantees. When determining roommates, Magick asks spirit for the room assignments and as such most people find their roommates an important part of the retreat. They often learn the most from them and/or this person becomes one of their best friends.

 

Do you cater to people with food sensitives and allergies?

If we know in advance of your needs, our food service and catering considers gluten free, vegetarians and vegans. Please let us know at least 30 days in advance or if you have enrolled in the retreat inside of 30 days then let us know upon reading this document. If you have food allergies also please let us know. Often if you have lots of food sensitivities or allergies you may need to supplement our catering and food supply with your own. Ultimately, you are responsible to care for yourself to be sure you get the food you need. Please let us know how we can help.

 

Is there a refrigerator I can use?

Yes. Our retreat facilities include an open kitchen.

 

What is the agenda/schedule?

There is no agenda or schedule. The daily schedule of the retreat is formed by spirit in the moment. The retreat facilitator is literally guided by spirit moment to moment with no plan, schedule or agenda. Everything unfolds according to what the participants need while they are at the retreat. Even though there is no plan or schedule, looking at past retreats there does emerge some patterns of schedules which naturally form throughout the day.

 

Do I have to participate in all group activities?

No. All activities are only an option.

 

What do I wear?

A list of important items to bring on the retreat will be emailed to you in the Welcome Package. We may be in a variety of weather and climates so please be prepared for all conditions, including but limited to hot and cold, wet and dry, sunny and rainy.  We are happy to make suggestions but everyone is very different as to what is comfortable for them so ultimately, it is your responsibility to determine what clothes to wear in what conditions.

 

Do I provide my own transportation to, from and on the retreat?

Yes

 

Can I stay at the retreat center before and after the retreat?

No.  However, we can suggest some local accommodations.

 

Do you have a list of suggested accommodations for before or after the retreat (or during, if a private custom retreat)?

Yes.  Please request them and we can email them to you.

 

Is there internet/wi-fi at the retreat facility?

It varies depending the retreat facility. While on retreat we recommend that you refrain from using any communications device.

 

Will there be alcohol on the retreat?

No, we recommend that you refrain from using alcohol during the retreat. If you feel you it’s important please talk to the retreat leader in advance. 

 

May I take drugs on the retreat?

Please continue to take any prescriptions or over the counter drugs your doctor has prescribed or recommended, or that you feel you need to be safe and healthy. Please do not take any illegal substances. 

 

Do I have to participate in all activities?

No, you are always at choice for any and all activities.

 

Will there be alone time for me on the retreat?

Yes, there is always sometime for individuals to have alone time on the retreat.

 

What level of physical ability is required? 

While we do not typically go on long hikes, some sites do require some hiking and physical exertion to reach and enjoy. If you cannot physically do any activity, please let the retreat leader know as there are always alternatives available.

 

Can I arrive late? 

On the first day, you can arrive any time. You cannot arrive later than the first day.

 

Can I leave the retreat early because my travel plans won’t allow be to stay till the end? 

Yes, you can leave early on the day the retreat ends. If you need to leave earlier than the last day of the retreat then please ask permission from the retreat leader prior to the start of the retreat.

 

What happens if I leave the retreat early for personal reasons?

You may choose to leave the retreat early, but if you choose to leave the retreat early for any reason, the full amount paid for the retreat is not refundable.

 

Do you use medicine substances on the retreat such as Ayahuasca? 

No, while we have nothing against teacher plants as they can be quite expansive under the right circumstances, we do not use them on our retreats.

 

CUSTOM RETREAT FAQ

Who will be leading the retreat? 

The retreat leader will be Greg “Magick” Bernstein. 

 

What will be taught on these retreats?

Magick will be providing daily spiritual teachings and transmissions based on awakening, unconditional love, truth, authentic self-expression, inner guidance, clarity, non-dual reality, and other teachings from the east and west.  He has no plan in advance for what to teach on any given retreat. He will be guided by spirit according to what is present for the participant(s). Accordingly, the possibilities for what will be taught is broad and vast. 

 

Where will this retreat take place?

Each morning we will meet at a specified meeting site such as a coffee shop or health food store.  From there, we will spend the bulk of our day in nature in specific sacred site vortexes.  These sites can be a variety of topography and climates including but not limited to lakes, rivers, streams, meadows, oceans, mountains, hiking trails, caves, lava tubes, waterfalls, volcanos, deserts, lava, or other locations. You will have ample time to connect with and meditate with the land in your own unique ways. 

 

When will we meet?  

Typically, the start time is typically 9:30am but is subject to adjustment by the retreat leader prior to the day of the start of the retreat. You will receive an email with the location and time of your meeting 48 hours prior to the start of the retreat. If this it is a multi-day retreat, the meeting time and place for subsequent days will be determined at the end of day one.

 

When will the retreat end?   

Typically, each day the retreat will end between 5 and 6pm. Of course, we are always in flow, so this is subject to change by retreat leader.

 

What will we do on the retreat?   

We will spend the bulk of our day in nature in specific sacred site vortexes. You will have ample time to connect with and meditate with the land in your own unique ways.  Magick will also be providing spiritual teachings, healing and transmissions based on awakening, unconditional love, truth, authentic self-expression, inner guidance, clarity, non-dual reality, and other teachings from the east and west.  He has no plan in advance for what to do in any given moment or what to teach on any given retreat. He will be guided by spirit according to what is present for you in the moment. Accordingly, the possibilities for what will be taught are broad and vast.  

 

How is weather important?

All kinds of weather are possible. The retreat will happen and continue in whatever the weather conditions may be, including but not limited to rain, snow, fog, smoke or sunshine, hot or cold conditions.  So please be prepared so you can be comfortable in any conditions.

 

What to Bring?    

A list of important items to bring on the retreat will be emailed to you in the Welcome Package. Please bring all indicated items. Here are some of the items often on that list.

 

-Headlamp

 

-Sunscreen

 

-Bathing Suit

 

-Hat-Sun

 

-Hat-Cold

 

-Sweater/sweat shirt

 

-Rain Gear

 

-Comfortable closed toed Shoes (already broken in)

 

-One set of Very Warm Clothes, layers

(why?  Mount Shasta is pretty warm in summer, but even in summer it can get cold at night, or rarely during the day. If you are coming for private retreat in winter in Mount Shasta you will need very warm clothes for sure.   For Maui, if we visit the top of Haleakala be prepared for the possibility of very cold and windy conditions—the summit is over 10,000 feet)

 

-Personal Journal

 

-Ho’okupu

(Offerings for the alters at temple sites–should be something small, natural and bio-degradable such as fruit, flowers, tobacco, leis, etc…)

-Whatever inner guidance tells you to bring

 

Can I arrive early or stay later than the retreat?

Yes, you can arrive early or stay later on your own, but the retreat does not start until the designated time and date, and is over on the designated time and date.  

 

What is included in this retreat? 

Adventuring into nature with Magick and all the teachings, healing and energy work is included. You will spend the bulk of the day in nature with Magick doing deep transformational work and having intimate time communing with nature. Accommodations, food and transportation are not included.

 

What is not included in this retreat? 

Accommodations, food, transportation, alcohol, and professional services such as massage are not included. Also, anything else not listed as “what is included” in the retreat.

 

Where do we stay?

You are on your own for accommodations. 

 

What is the agenda/schedule?

There is no agenda or schedule. The daily schedule of the retreat is formed by spirit in the moment. The retreat facilitator is literally guided by spirit moment to moment with no plan, schedule or agenda. Everything unfolds according to what the participants need while they are at the retreat. Even though there is no plan or schedule, looking at past retreats there does emerge some patterns of schedules which naturally form throughout the day.

 

Do I have to participate in any particular activities or exercises?

No. All activities or exercises are optional.

 

What do I wear?

A list of important items to bring on the retreat will be emailed to you in the Welcome Package. We may be in a variety of weather and climates so please be prepared for all conditions, including but limited to hot and cold, wet and dry, sunny and rainy.  We are happy to make suggestions but everyone is very different as to what is comfortable for them so ultimately, it is your responsibility to determine what clothes to wear in what conditions.

 

Do I provide my own transportation to, from and on the retreat?

Yes

 

Do you have a list of suggested accommodations?

Yes.  Please request them and we can email them to you.

 

Will there be alcohol on the retreat?

No, we recommend that you refrain from using alcohol during the retreat. If you feel you it’s important please talk to the retreat leader in advance. 

 

May I take drugs on the retreat?

Please continue to take any prescriptions or over the counter drugs your doctor has prescribed or recommended, or that you feel you need to be safe and healthy. Please do not take any illegal substances. 

 

Will there be alone time for me on the retreat?

Yes, there is always sometime for individuals to have alone time on the retreat.

 

What level of physical ability is required? 

While we do not typically go on long hikes, some sites do require some hiking and physical exertion to reach and enjoy. If you cannot physically do any activity, please let the retreat leader know as there are always alternatives available.

 

Can I arrive late? 

Yes, however it may cut into your day. Please let the retreat leader know if feel you might be late.

 

Can I leave the retreat early because my travel plans won’t allow be to stay till the end? 

It is your retreat, customized for you, so you may leave early if you would like. However, the full amount paid for the retreat is not refundable if you choose to leave early.

 

What happens if I leave the retreat early for personal reasons?

It is your retreat, customized for you, so you may leave early if you would like. However, the full amount paid for the retreat is not refundable if you choose to leave early.

 

Do you use medicine substances on the retreat such as Ayahuasca? 

No, while we have nothing against teacher plants as they can be quite expansive under the right circumstances, we do not use them on our retreats.