Spirit of the Herbs: Belize

March 19-24, 2020

A continuing education retreat for health professionals

If you are a healthcare provider ready to embrace a deep connection to Belize rainforest medicine, to reconnect with the magic of the earth’s natural remedies and spirit medicine, join Dr. Jennifer Karon, naturopathic physician, shaman, and business coach, for a soul-nourishing deep dive into the plant medicine of Belize. Dr. Rosita Arvigo and Eva Sengfelder, CMT will join us on our journey, to fully immerse you in the medicinal magic of this sacred land.

Why attend this retreat?

Let’s face it, it’s hard to nurture your connection to natural medicine when you are working long hours, fielding phone calls, charting, training employees, dealing with insurance and super bills, and trying to balance your personal life with your profession.

You’re feeling a bit burned out, and yet you know that you have so much to offer those who come to you for help.

By the end of this retreat, you will:

Connect to the sacred medicine of Belize, walk amongst the medicinal plants and learn their power.

Master medicine making, including making tinctures, massage oils, and salves.

Connect to your own ability to work with the herbs to heal body, mind, and spirit.

Tune into your true medicine, and harness your ability to work with your patients/clients in a whole new way.

Stand out from the crowd, as you re-craft your offerings to include sacred earth medicine that isn’t available on every corner.

My heart says yes!

Why Belize?

This magical country houses thousands of years of Mayan medicinal and spiritual traditions, making it the perfect place to leave your everyday professional life behind, as you delve into the medicine of this sacred land. Connect to the plants and spirit of this land, feel the healing vibration of the herbs and medicine held in every step you take on this sacred soil.

We will be staying at Arco-Iris Permaculture Farm, in Valley of Peace, Belize. Owned and run by herbalist and massage therapist Eva Sengfelder, Arco-Iris Farm is the home of Rainforest Remedies Belize, the original Rainforest herbal remedy company founded by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.

Our time together will include deep learning and experiences with:

  • A day of natural medicine with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, at her home in the Belize Rainforest
  • Medicinal plants of Belize
  • Herb walks and plant identification
  • Rainforest bathing
  • Herbal medicine making
  • Cooking with medicinal plants
  • Healing the spirit, for yourself and patients/clients
  • And so much more!

And of course, because you are in Belize, you will also have time for relaxation and play! We will make chocolate, visit Mayan ruins, and laugh and play on the farm. This retreat will fill your soul with joy and connection, in addition to earning continuing education credits!

I’m in!!

Arco-Iris Permaculture Farm

Your home while in Belize, the farm is a stunning 70 acres, housing a rich diversity of plants – Mango, Avocado, Coconut, Citrus, Guava, Plantain, Banana, many vegetables and native medicinal plants. Much of our food is grown on property and all is sourced from Belize. All lodging and meals are included in our registration fee.

The house is hand-built from straw, clay, sand, and lumber – a peaceful and eco-friendly space for learning, relaxation, and enjoying our time together.

Arco-Iris Permaculture Farm works to adhere to all aspects of Permaculture taking its part in creating a sustainable environment where human and nature can live in harmony with each other.

Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diets are easily accommodated.

My soul’s so ready to go...

This journey is TOTALLY for you if…

  • You’re craving a deeper connection to the earth and the medicinal treasures it holds
  • You’re ready for a tropical adventure while you connect to plant medicine
  • You’re excited to step into your next evolution as a healthcare provider
  • You’re tired of earning continuing education hours by sitting in conference rooms or staring at your computer screen
  • You know you have more to offer your patients/clients, but you’re not sure how to step into that role

This journey is NOT for you if…

  • You don’t enjoy sunshine, tropical nature, and time outside
  • You aren’t ready to put your computer aside and learn with your heart
  • You aren’t willing to experience new things
  • You don’t want to overcome your own blocks as you learn how to help your patients/clients
  • Adventure just isn’t your thing

What’s Included

  • 4 full days of continuing education
  • 5 nights of accommodations at Arco-Iris Permaculture Farm
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation to and from BZE airport to the farm, and all transit in Belize for our classes and outings

What’s NOT Included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs and other purchases
  • Personal, health, and travel insurance
  • Extra days and tours that you choose to add on
  • International airfare, taxis, or other transportation not included in our group planned excursions

Your Guides

Jennifer Karon, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, shaman, and business coach. Dr. Karon found her way to Mayan Medicine as a burned-out doctor, mama, and business owner who was seeking solutions to her own health. Through her training in Belize, she has harnessed the power of working with rainforest herbal remedies and shamanic practices for her own wellness and that of her patients. Dr. Karon owns her own busy naturopathic medical practice in Portland, OR, and consults with business owners around the world who are looking to step into their power and brand their own unique variety of natural medicine.

Rosita Arvigo, Doctor of Naprapathy, ethnobotanist, spiritual healer, author of six books on traditional healing of Central America, co-founder of The Belize Ethnobotany Project with Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden , international speaker, founder of Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre in Belize, founder of the Rainforest Medicine Trail, Terra Nova Medicinal Plant Reserve, children’s Bush Medicine Summer Camp in Belize, thirteen-year apprentice to the one of the last Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti, recipient of The Earth Award, 2007, founder of THE ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY and courses in Maya Spiritual Healing.

Dr. Arvigo has lived among the Maya in San Ignacio, Belize for the past thirty-five years. For thirteen years she apprenticed to the most famous Maya shaman-healer, Don Elijio Panti, who was born in Peten, Guatemala. Not only has Rosita’s life’s work kept Maya medicine alive, but she has been instrumental in cataloging and preserving thousands of healing plants and trees of Belize through her work.

Eva Sengfelder, Massage Therapist and Herbalist, owner of Rainforest Remedies Belize, has apprenticed with Rosita Arvigo for over a decade and now grows and produces the healing herbal remedies of Belize, through Rainforest Remedies Belize herbal medicine company. She is a gifted massage therapist, spiritual healer and Arvigo teacher. Eva and her husband Toby have created Arco Iris Farm and Retreat Center, our home base for this magical retreat and workshop experience.

We reserve the right to make lodging and activity changes to protect your health and safety.

Participation in this retreat should NOT be confused with professional medical advice or counseling for trip participant’s medical conditions. Trip participants agree to be mindful of their own well-being during the retreat and seek medical treatment (including, but not limited to medical care or psychotherapy), if needed. In the event that the participant feels the need for medical advice or counseling, it is the responsibility of the participant to seek a licensed professional in their state. We do not provide medical, therapy, or psychotherapy services on retreat.

Continuing education hours applied for through OBNM.

Yes, Jennifer, I’m IN!