Rythmia Life Advancement Center is an all-inclusive luxurious resort located in Guancaste, Costa Rica.
The intention of the space is to provide the opportunity to heal, transform consciousness, and evolve mental, spiritual and emotional wellness through alternative therapies in a medically supervised, safe, and accomodating environment.
What makes Rythmia so unique, is not just the fact that it is the first medically licensed plant medicine facility of its kind, but also the fact that this space was made manifest from a miracle, and has been able to provide miracles for almost 90% of all of its guests.
The Miracle of Rythmia
“Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. They are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.” – A Course in Miracles
The story of how Rythmia came to be reads like the screenplay of a blockbuster movie.
The founder of Rythmia, Gerard A. Powell, had it all. At just 41-years-old he sold his company (the world’s largest plastic surgery company) for $94 million, and had six houses, two airplanes, 27 cars, a boat, and pretty much anything he could ever dream of. Yet, he was living in a nightmare – feeling suicidal and unhappy, abusing drugs and alcohol, addicted to sex, lost…
Through a series of synchronicities and serendipity, Gerard was guided to go down to Costa Rica and try plant medicine to help with his issues, to find an answer to what he was missing.
He describes the experience by saying:
“It was a night that changed my life, I spent the evening with God who reaffirmed the metaphysical lessons I learned.
I got to see firsthand that love was holding the universe together, that we were all connected, and witnessed other universal truths directly from source. The next morning, I was a different person. A miracle occurred in my life. I swore that day that I would do the right thing with my wealth and share the secret with as many people as I could. I realized that it wasn’t the alternative medicine alone but it was the combination of good food, metaphysical teachings, colonic cleanses, meditation, yoga, breath work and alternative medicine that brought around this miraculous change in my life.”
From that point forward Gerard put his all into creating Rythmia, and his heart/intention is palpable in the energy this miraculous space radiates.
My Own Miracle
“All healing is essentially the release from fear.” – A Course in Miracles
I first heard of ayahuasca years ago, when a classmate I went to highschool with experimented with this alternative medicine and had miraculous healing from her spinal chord injury.
***Read Teresa’s story here.***
I personally experienced the medicine for the first time in 2013, when my own synchronicities (and a break up) lead me to treat myself to my very own Entheogenic “Eat, Pray, Love” down in Costa Rica. Ayahuasca helped me realize my path and purpose, let go of my fear of death, and remember my creativity/love of expression and passion for asking deep questions. It felt like I had a fresh start, and that the universe wanted to support me to follow my dreams.
From that miracle, Evolve and Ascend was born, and my journey into being – really began.
I put my all into Evolve and Ascend, and accepted my mission from the universe. At that point I was doing well financially, because I had been trading a digital currency called Bitcoin, and put all of my money into a platform called Mt.Gox. I decided to allocate all the funds from Mt.Gox into E&A, and pretty much put all of my eggs in one basket.
Overnight, I lost everything I had.
Mt.Gox was “hacked” due to some type of “malleability” and all of my Bitcoins were gone. Every cent I had, gone.
I had no “Plan B”, and I had no idea what I was supposed to do.
Everything that could possibily go wrong, went wrong. I was broke, and then proceeded to get my heart broken by a series of unfortunate events. But I never gave up (God knows I wanted to). Despite all of my rational mind saying I was ridiculous for pursuing my dreams, that I was insane for thinking I could create something from nothing, I never gave up.
Four years later, Evolve and Ascend now reaches 10-12 million per month, and our platform is continuing to grow and soar at an unprecidented rate – but no matter how strong I had become from my journey, there were still fractured parts of my spirit that were never fully healed.
How Rythmia Changed My Life
Less than a month ago, a blessed/generous synchronicity
The all inclusive stay included colonic hydrotherapy, massage, holotropic breathwork, and plant medicine.
The facilitator of the plant medicine during my visit was Taita Juanito, a well-known and respected teacher-shaman, with a world-wide following and reputation for having a compassionate heart and great wisdom of the sacred medicines. He has been a student of Grandfather Taita Laureano for over 15 years, at 109-years-0ld Taita Laureano is the eldest Taita of Colombia, as well as the eldest of the indigenous Siona people. *The Sionas are traditionally very strong and powerful healers that have been utilizing the amazing blessings of plant medicine for centuries.*
This opportunity was not only a great gift from the universe, but also arrived at a divine time when I felt so called to experience this medicine again in a profound way, to clear the energetic debris left-over from the challenging few years prior…to repair the fractures.
I went into the experience humble, and not really sure what to expect, but ready for whatever work was necessary – first and foremost, I was there to write a story.
When I arrived in Costa Rica, Rythmia had a driver waiting for me and the other guests, immediately allowing us to feel at-ease and completely taken care of. The at-ease/taken care of energy rippled out through every encounter with the Rythmia staff during the entire course of my stay.
Being able to begin the healing process through massage, breathwork and hydrotherapy leading up to the plant medicine provided a solid foundation to truly be able to process what would be received from nature’s wisdom.
Nature is Always Speaking
“In every moment, the Universe is whispering to you. You’re constantly surrounded by signs, coincidences, and synchronicities , all aimed at propelling you in the direction of your destiny.” – Denise Linn
How seemingly unconnected people and stories can converge and come together at “just the right time” and “just the right place” is beyond coincidence. The synchronicity that allowed me a chance to write this story, in effect actually created a new book of life through the great (multifaceted) revelations Rythmia helped facilitate.
Synchronicity is described by C.G. Jung as “an ever-present reality for those who have the eyes to see”, and nature allows us to have the vision necessary to see the reasons why.
Rythmia was created because Gerard found his why, and that why opened the door for others to discover their way.
In a time where it may feel like “the way” is an uphill battle, we must look within and find the courage to transcend our fear and connect to truth. The Reality of Truth is that we are here to love, to create, to repair what is “broken”, and to dream impossible dreams, because NOTHING is impossible.
Rythmia is the space to remind you of your heart, and to allow you to safely connect to your inner voice, free your spirit and participate in changing the collective consciousness (and unconcious).
While the journey requires work, the work is worth it, because the end result is a new beginning – and the miracle you receive is who you really are.