The Sacred House of Eden
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Wherever you might be on your path, if your search for healing, expansion, understanding or greater connection with humans has brought you to reading reviews for Eden, you have most certainly come to the right place. Eden is not a place where the steps on your path are told to you, but rather a place of illumination, where a portion of your life's portrait might be shown in more detail, greater context and the light of renewed inspiration... and quite often a glimpse of a much, much bigger picture altogether. Eden is much more than a safe and supportive place to experience plant medicine - it's a place that can remind you what life can be, or show you if you've never seen it, when human beings come together in the spirit of openness, acceptance and love, with the intention of healing, understanding and divinity. If you're reading these words, then at least part of you already knows why... you've come to the right place.
I cannot say enough good things about Eden! Going to Eden has been by far the best thing I have done for my mental health.Going to Eden has helped with my anxiety and depression, so much more than anything else I have tried. I feel lighter and more at peace than I have in a long time. The amazing Eden team are such wonderful souls. I am so greatful to have found such a good healing place. I will definitely be going back.
Yes it’s safe, yes it’s for you, all the people I met were all there to work on stuff, not get “high”. We felt safe and like our peers were pre screened appropriately. Not to mention the Dr and staff are great.
I am a 54 year old man that has been suffering with depression since adolescence. The experience I had with Eden was so much more than I could have hoped for. Not only do they offer a service that is needed, they do it in a caring and professional manner. You feel that the staff and owners are fully vested in helping you overcome whatever brought you to the retreat. I felt loved, cared for and most importantly listened to while experiencing this life changing therapy.
A little about my background: I'm a military veteran with 23 years of service divided between the Marine Corps, Navy, and Army, along with nearly three decades of civilian service as a firefighter-paramedic, flight paramedic, and EMS college instructor. My wife and I discovered the Sacred House of Eden online. We were so moved by reviews of those who had attended, we wanted to have this experience as well. Personally, though I had no real idea what to expect, I was hoping for some sort of clarity or answers about what to do at this stage of my life. However, what actually did happen to me was so unexpected and so profound I am still, almost two months later, amazed and in awe because what actually happened to me went beyond anything I would have believed possible. I am changed, and as a consequence of the change in me, our marriage is changed. Fundamentally and profoundly changed for the better in ways neither my wife nor I had anticipated. Before the retreat, disliking myself, being angry at myself, hating myself, and constantly berating myself was the only way I knew how to exist, having been this way as long as I can remember, and nothing I’d ever done put so much as a dent in the constant self-abuse. Since day two of the retreat, not only have I stopped hating myself, but my internal self-bashing also just stopped! It just stopped! Without any effort, it just stopped. How could such a habit—a virtual reflex—be changed so quickly, and without any effort on my part? I don’t know. Yet, as I write this almost two months later, I am still happy and going strong. My lifetime of being at war with myself is over. A wonderful result of this change in me is that our 21-year marriage has benefited tremendously as well. My previous humor, sometimes too sharp, too dark, or even demeaning, has softened greatly. Now that I love myself, I am free to love Jennifer in a way I simply could not do before. On the second night of the retreat, we were introduced to the “dyad”, an incredibly powerful way of connecting and communicating neither of us had ever seen before. Words cannot adequately describe how moving, how intense, and how liberating the dyad is, but I am confident when I say it is the most powerful method of communing with someone I’ve ever known. Since the retreat, we talk through problems more effectively than ever before, appreciate each other more, and overall feel lighter and happier than ever. How long will all this last? I don’t know, but if research from the past 40 years is any clue, the benefits of this experience will last the rest of my new life. This new way of being and living is amazing, and I do not plan on going backward. Why? I love this new experience of being my own friend. In closing, I want to thank Dr Stefanie and Doug for their vision and all the hard work needed to create this life-healing experience, as well as thank and bless Tam, Warren, and Ashley (our Angels) for their selfless, loving attentiveness and support. Also, the other members of our retreat, Jeff, Steve, Gloria, Alandra, Morgan, Connie, and Margaret, played a tremendous part in my healing. Never have I experienced such heart-felt intimacy, vulnerability, and support with people I'd literally known for 24 hours! Sincerely Tony, Yucaipa, CA
My experience at the Sacred House of Eden was a miracle as far as I can tell. After years of struggling with treatment-resistant depression, I departed the Eden group experience with a completely different energy, outlook, belief system, identity, and way of relating to others. I went from being an introvert to an extravert, from an intellectual to someone much more in tune with his body, from someone estranged from his own feelings to someone who genuinely enjoys connecting deeply with others. The journey was the most transformative mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual event of my life so far. I have never felt more alive… or more myself. I am a true believer in the sacred plants. This path may not be for everyone, but it was f***ing miracle to me.
I know they don't need to hear it, and just as often probably don't want to as do, but they deserve it ten times over - the Eden Team are fanning the flames of light and love in the hearts of each and every person they welcome into their home and lives. As we step back and look at the whole of humankind, it's kind of like looking out into space - the vast majority of people are invisible. For a few, their light is still shining long after they're gone from this perceivable universe. And then there are people like Dr. Stefanie and Doug, who shine like a sun in the sky of all who are lucky enough to meet them, and each and every one of those people go back to their lives and homes, and shine a little brighter in the sky of everyone they meet. And some of us... well, some of us walk out the doors of Eden and decide we're ready for a little supernova ourselves.