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A Magical Encounter: Integrating Clean Planet Day into Our Colombian Retreat

As we welcomed the new year with open hearts and minds, I had the privilege of leading a truly unique and transformative retreat off the coast of Colombia named "Encuentro Mágico." This quarter, our journey was not just about inner exploration and connection but also about deepening our relationship with the natural world. The serendipitous alignment of Clean Planet Day with our retreat presented a golden opportunity to blend our activities with environmental stewardship, making this experience unforgettable for our tribe.

On a bright Saturday morning, we embarked on an adventure that was to leave a lasting imprint on our hearts and the land that hosted us. The day began with an invigorating hike through the lush, tropical jungles that grace Colombia's coast. The air was alive with the symphony of nature, and as we ascended through the dense foliage, a sense of unity with the earth enveloped us. This hike was no ordinary trek; it was a journey of purpose. With each step, we committed ourselves to cleanse the forest of its unwelcome visitors - trash left behind by less mindful travelers. This act of cleaning as we hiked was not just about beautification but a profound exercise in appreciation for nature in its purest form, undisturbed by human pollutants.

The fulfillment of our hike was as rewarding as it was breathtaking. We were greeted by the gentle flow of a river, marking the beginning of yet another chapter of our adventure. But this was to be a journey with a twist – having just consumed a microdose of psilocybin; we were about to embark on a tubing experience down the river, a lazy yet enchanting river ride that promised introspection and connection on a different level. As we floated for approximately three hours towards the ocean, the gentle currents carrying us, the experience was enhanced by our heightened senses, allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the beauty of our surroundings.

Despite the tranquil beauty of the river, our commitment to the environment remained strong. Along the way, we encountered and removed the rare pieces of trash that soiled this natural pathway, ensuring that our passage left the river cleaner than we found it. This act, though small in the grand scheme, was a testament to our respect and care for the planet.

Our journey concluded as we reached the ocean, the vast expanse before us a powerful reminder of the earth's beauty and fragility. Closing out our CleanPlanet Day on the beach, we reflected on the impact of our actions and the deeper connection we had fostered with the environment. This day was a vivid reminder that every small action counts and that together, we can make a significant difference in preserving the planet for future generations.

"Encuentro Mágico" was more than just a retreat; it was a profound journey of self-discovery, connection, and environmental stewardship. As we continue our journey through 2024, let this experience inspire us to integrate mindfulness and action for the planet into our daily lives.

Together, we can create a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable world.


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