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October 25, 2018

#81 | Rising Together: Healing Through Ayahuasca and Connecting to Your Soul-Mate with Amber Sears

About This Episode

Amber Sears is an international pilates and yoga teacher, professional contemporary dancer, holistic nutritionist, and business coach from Santa Cruz, CA. Over the last 10 years, she’s taught at some of the world’s most revered clubs, retreat centers, and festivals, including Equinox San Francisco, YogaWorks, The Bali Spirit Festival, and The Envision Festival. She is an adventurous entrepreneur deeply passionate about positivity shifting the world through full throttle conscious living.

“I put in the work, I did the 16 hour days– for me, success is being able to have deep connections with the people in my life, to have the time for them, and to have a good quality of life.”

Join us for an educating talk on the power of Ayahuasca (alternative plant medicine) and the lessons that Amber has learned by surrendering to the Grandmother Spirit, to her source energy, and to the love she has found with her soul-mate and husband, J.P. Sears.

“Femininity is leading from the heart, being compassionate, and standing in your power as a woman, leader, and healer.”

While Amber has a wonderful work-life balance now, her early 20s were filled with 16-hour work days, an ongoing battle with bulimia, and a spiritual and physical imbalance that was causing her to self-destruct. Amber was invited to teach at the Envision Festival in Costa Rica and saw that there was something missing in her life that she could find on the island.

“Costa Rica cracked open my heart and made me realize what I had been missing, all of the things that I had pushed away and convinced myself I didn’t need.”

In this episode, Amber shares her experiences of moving to Costa Rica and finding her love. She also shares her expertise and recommends a few ayahuasca retreats for any of our Girlskill listeners who are brave enough to try, as well as her experiences with other plant-based medicines and explains the connection between physical ailments and imbalances in our spiritual selves.

“I have fallen into that softness of being courageously vulnerable. There are so many gifts that women have that we have been told aren’t gifts.”


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Recommended Retreats

  • Temple of the Way of Light – The Temple of the Way of Light is a traditional plant-medicine shamanic healing center located in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest that offers intensive ayahuasca retreats with female and male Shipibo healers. We are dedicated to providing our guests with the opportunity to benefit from the ancient healing wisdom of the Shipibo people.
  • Nihue Rao – We offer healing ayahuasca retreats with master plants, traditional Shipibo diets, and ayahuasca ceremonies. We are specialists in shamanic treatment under the guidance of master healer and ayahuasquero Ricardo Amaringo. We are an integrative healing center also providing training in Amazonian shamanism and opportunities for visionary art.
  • Rythmia Life Advancement Center – Rythmia is a medically-licensed everything-included resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. When Gerard Powell, the Founder of Rythmia, started his journey toward optimal health and total well-being he was a successful businessman. His thorough search for the purest forms of medicine and most effective ways of healing led him to create Rythmia, a life-transforming, luxury health and wellness center.
  • Posada Natura – Their heartfelt mission at Posada Natura is to facilitate the process of global awakening by planting the seeds of love, truth, respect, and peaceful cooperation. Through their sacred ceremonies, retreats, and workshops, they honor and carry forth the wisdom and practices of both ancient and modern traditions, and they open their doors to and all who are on the path of self-discovery.

People/Blogs to Follow

  • Brene Brown – Brene is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Endowed Chair. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. Her new book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., is scheduled for publication in October 2018.
  • Danielle LaPorte – Danielle LaPorte is a bestselling Canadian author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and blogger. Born in Windsor, Ontario, LaPorte is the author of three non-fiction books with an emphasis on conscious goal-setting and entrepreneurship.
  • Oprah Winfrey – Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago.
  • Lewis Howes – Lewis David Howes is an American author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player. He hosts The School of Greatness, a talk show distributed as a podcast. He is on the advisory board of the non-profit Pencils of Promise.
  • Aubrey Marcus – Aubrey Marcus is an experimentalist, unconventional fitness junkie, and human optimizer. He is the CEO of Onnit, an optimal human performance company that he has built into one of the fastest growing companies in America.
  • Joe Rogan – Joseph James Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and businessman. Rogan began a career in stand-up in August 1988 in the Boston area, developing a blue comedy act. He moved to New York City two years later.

Recommended Books

  • Listening to Ayahuasca by Rachel Harris – Used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest, the mystical brew ayahuasca is now becoming increasingly popular in the West. Psychologist Rachel Harris here shares her own healing experiences and draws on her original research (the largest study of ayahuasca use in North America) into the powerful medicine’s effects on depression, addiction, PTSD, and anxiety. In this wide-ranging and personal exploration, Harris details ayahuasca’s risks and benefits, helping readers clarify their intentions and giving psychotherapists a template for transformative care and healing.
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of Eckhart Tolle’s extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us.
  • Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung – Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung’s own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life.
  • Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss – Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.
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