Healing from Trauma: Journey of the Warrior Mystic

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • May 2 - 5, 2019 (4 days)
  • MENLA Deluxe Queen - $1,308.00 MENLA Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) - $984.00 MENLA Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) - $921.00 MENLA Standard Single - $1,017.00 MENLA Standard Double (Shared Room) - $927.00 MENLA Standard…

About us

PTSD is not a modern phenomenon.

Throughout time immemorial, the Warrior has returned from battle, traumatized, and thus been sent for healing to the mountains and the guru, the jungle and the shaman, the woods and the yogi, and the monastery and the priest.

There, he or she would learn the path of the Mystic, in order to integrate their experiences, face and accept their daemons, and find communion, transmutation, and transcendence with their Higher Power. This is the healing archetype of the Warrior-Mystic, and yet it is essentially unknown in today’s Western world, haunted as it is with millions of trauma survivors, both from endless war and the sufferings of modern life.

Warrior Mystic Therapy seeks to reintroduce this archetype into contemporary therapy, by fusing ancient mystic yogic practices and techniques with cutting edge healing modalities.

Led by Owen Powell, a 25-year military retiree (USMC, US Army) and combat veteran of Iraq, the Warrior Mystic retreat will incorporate an Interfaith, interdisciplinary approach to healing from trauma. Topics include:

Kundalini Yoga. Guided meditation and visualization. Sound healing. Mindfulness training. EMDR. Jungian depth psycho-analysis. Joseph Campbell and the 17 Stages of the Monomyth. Archetypal psychology. Shaman circle and journeying. Fire pit and drum circle. Group meditation hikes. Communing with Nature. Transmutative Alchemy. The study and practice of Interfaith Spirituality, Mythology and Mysticism. Individual and team-building events. Anima and Animus: your inner Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine. Chakras and the Subtle Body Energy System. The Warrior-Mystic throughout History: Celtic, Nordic, Teutonic, Shamanic, Sikh Dharma, Taoism, Tantric Hinduism, and Tibetan Tantric Buddhism.

The aim of the course is to help introduce the participant to their own sense of the Divine, the joyous Light within, which is the key common denominator in all esoteric practices, and the experience of which is deeply, even magically, healing.

Interfaith, Open to all levels of experience.


Thursday, May 2nd

  • 3 – 8pm Check-In
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9:30pm Course Orientation (Powell/Nanavasti)



    –Archetypes of the Warrior-Mystic through History

    –‘Battle Buddies’ pairing

  • 9:30pm Fire pit

Friday, May 3rd

  • 6:30 – 8am Mandatory Shambhala Yoga class (Powell)
  • 8:00 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:45am Class: Introduction to Interfaith Mysticism

    EMDR personal sessions (Bulin)

  • 12 – 1pm Lunch
  • 1 – 4pm Spa, Free Time and Student-led discussions/activities

    EMDR personal sessions (Bulin)

  • 4 – 6pm Shaman Circle and Guided Meditations
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7 – 9pm: Introduction to Introspective and Transcendental Meditation/Visualization.
  • 9 pm Drum Circle/Fire Pit

Saturday, May 4th

  • 6:30 – 8am Mandatory Shambhala Yoga Class (Powell)
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:45am The Cadeceus and the Subtle Body Energy System

    EMDR personal sessions (Bulin)

  • 12 – 4pm Day Tactical Meditation Hike with Nature Circle and Cairn Building

    Lunch: MREs

  • 1 – 4pm Spa, Free Time and Student-led discussions/activities
  • 4 – 6pm The Cadeceus and the Subtle Body Energy System
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7 – 9 pm Dusk: Qi Gong/Tai Chi
  • 9 pm Drum Circle/Fire Pit

Sunday, May 5th

  • 6:30 – 8am Shambhala Yoga (Powell)
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 12 am Comparative Enlightenment: Ascension and Gnostic Light (Powell)

    -Closing Ceremony

  • 7:30 – 11am Check-out
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch & Departure

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Healing from Trauma: Journey of the Warrior Mystic

at Menla Retreat & Spa

  • May 2, 2019 - May 5, 2019 (4 days)


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