RETREAT FAQ – HAWAII & MOUNT SHASTA

 

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?

Private Custom Retreats: 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. 

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  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?  

Private Custom Retreats:

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.

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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?   

Private Custom Retreats:

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.

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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?   

Private Custom Retreats:

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.  

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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.

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.  

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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? 

Private Custom Retreats:

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.

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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?

Private Custom Retreats:

N/A

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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? 

Private Custom Retreats:

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

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

On the first day, you can arrive any time after the start of the. 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? 

Private Custom Retreats:

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.

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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?

Private Custom Retreats:

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.

Shamanic Awakening Group Retreats:  

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.