- Byron Bay, New South Wales Australia
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Gerard has acquired the much needed experience to successfully support and facilitate the powerful and transformative retreats provided by Earth Spirit Yoga.
Gerard spent 20 years in the sales and marketing profession specialising in electronics and ran his own very successful company. He developed many skills in business management, development and presentation that provide the necessary elements to enable a business to meet the needs of its customers.
With a Yoga Practice spanning more than 40 years and 17 years of integrating Medicine Ways knowledge, Gerard brings vital wisdom and understanding to empower those seeking the profound healing, life changes and awareness available during Earth Spirit Yoga retreats.
Gerard began his yoga practice with the renowned yogi Baba Muktananda and today spends significant time each year under the guidance of Baba's successor Swami Nityananda of Shanti Mandir.
During the last 2 decades Gerard has supported and assisted Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Sioux Nation with his global peace initiatives through the Wolakota Foundation and in recent times has developed a sustainable building program on the Northern Plains Reservations.
It was 15 years ago with the Shaur Nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle that Gerard first experienced the power and insights of the magical teacher plant Ayahuasca. Inspired and guided, Gerard continued a deep relationship with the wisdom of this medicine and has been an apprentice maestro in Peru now for 8 years.
Gerard has been working closely with members of the Andean medicine people of the Q'eros community for 8 years and completed more formal studies in their ways.
Gerard firmly believes that real understanding of any tradition lies in the first hand experience gained by being with the keepers of the tradition and that formalised courses and workshops minimise true insight into the wisdom and prefers only to mention the experiential aspects of his training and involvement with traditional ways.