Sediments & Miracles
"....that all those ten years of psychotherapy and mental health quests were useless compared to those 3 weeks at Olive."
"...at this stage i don’t know whether i know about myself or not, because i have connected everything in the universe."
The Detox is how we learn to listen to our complete and very exceptional beings, the body and the mind all rolled up into one. In fact, for us the "body" and "mind" are really one and the same, and the words themselves used simply as different ways to describe our experiences as human beings. In our view, to see the body and mind as separate but in some way connected objects, is to create a situation in which we are often forced to choose between selves, and this in turn is the root of the unhealthy and inflammatory feelings of fear and confusion. It's also the origins of our poorly constructed ideological roots. We say ditch the "Ps" cause 3.7by of evolution wasn't a mistake.
"The mind is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak."
"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile."
The solution for us is to see ourselves as complete and creative beings, and what we call the "mind" as that which reports on the activities of what we call the "body." You are not a contradiction. You do not house an antimony. You are exactly whom you are supposed to be, including any doubts, fears and stories you have about that.
So, whether you are seeking to lose weight, or gain it, or find peace and harmony in your life, or struggle with anxiety or depression, or have pain or disease in any part of yourself, we have created the perfect atmosphere for whatever you hope to achieve, or believe you hope to achieve in your search for health.
We offer solid and trustworthy support in a way that validates your life in all aspects. We see you as a complete and creative living being on a journey, and if that journey should bring you to us, we celebrate your life experience in a way that makes sense of it all, including the changes you want to make that brought you here. We start with the premise that there is no right, wrong or normal - though indeed there is pain - but an opportunity to understand and learn from our existence, and not judge it. All thoughts and emotions and expressions are welcome/d - the painful and the enjoyable ones - and all are valid. In fact, they are our best teachers.
We fully trust your life story. We allow you the space to express freely (should you wish to), and support you as you grow into the person you long to be. We do this through combining education, research, experience and -
- lots of listening, talking and learning,
- meditation, contemplation and breathing,
- research and reading,
- healthy exercise and yoga, mind and body,
- the healthiest vegan diet, body and mind,
- chemical free, 100% outdoor venue,
- the ultimate airy, safe and cozy sleep situation,
- nature, beaches, mountains, temples, cafes, forests, village life.
Check out some of our books like Butterfly Man or our latest, Raising a Black Dog, a new book by Monet Tiran about his healing from severe depression.
Integrated into program is an ongoing review of the history thought and feeling in a set of dialogues that include insights from the sciences, the humanities and the spiritual traditions. We call it our O·live 8 (O8) Mind Detox Dialogue. With them you’ll understand why you think the way you think.
O·live 8 (O8)
1. Observe properties not principles (is there a right or wrong in the universe or is there only cause and effect?)
2. You are a process, not a product (is there an inertial us in time and space?)
3. Body chemistry is boss (how much of my feeling is physical matter?)
4. Humans are just another species (what does it mean to acknowledge our kingdom animalia?)
5. Words are like maps (who are we outside of the language we use to talk about ourselves and to ourselves?
6. Become better than "God" (how obligated are we to various authority forms?)
7. Imagination is the first solution (are health and creativity correlated, and what can I do to heal?)
8. Have faith, everything's going to be "ok" (the power to believe, or not believe, is key for healing)
It is said that meditation is one of the most powerful ways to become healthy, and we agree. Meditation boosts our immune systems, raises our energy levels, alleviates or eliminates anxiety and depression, raises our sense of self esteem, helps us make decisions, lowers inflammation, brings awareness, peace and tranquility, rejuvenates, boosts creativity – and more! We therefore combine meditation with a fresh look at ourselves in light of modern research, and roll this all up into a creative lifestyle with the best vegan diet, fresh air, good yoga, healthy exercise, beauti(ful) sleep, love, and a few other essentials like friends and this's and thats's.
In Khao Tao we are in the core of the Theravada Buddhists, and enjoy a well-known temple and its meditation center. We review various historic forms of meditations and awareness and then quickly jump to our Creative Medications (Cm), a more modern and creative practice to enhance your connection with the universe and support your health. We don’t force anything, especially our minds. We allow them to roam the history of our existences and settle into a peace and acceptance with what the universe has given us, our karmentum. To learn about yourself you can experience our Creative Meditations (Cm).
Unifying the Body
They call it Yoga we call it "unifying our bodies". With the O·method for everyone, advanced or beginner, you will learn how to connect to the body and mind, of which you are neither, and how to go deep inside in order to “diagnose” yourself. Learn how rocking and self-reflexology with specific acupressure points enhances the mental healing process in a natural, instant and very healthy way. The body is the best pharmacy and it will produce all the "medication" you need if you know how to help it to do so.
A flexible and relaxed body and mind is more likely to be a happy body and mind. We teach the ancient teachings of Yoga, the Ashtanga (the 8 limbs of Yoga), which tell us how Yoga is as much a mental exercise as a physical one. This is when students finally 'get it' and love it. The body and mind and spirit become one and they feel it. No competition, no struggle, just the experience of being a living organism in flow with the universe.
Every morning we start the day with a sunrise O·yoga in the canopy of trees on our Shala. We adapt to your needs, flexibility and strength. All levels of experience are welcome and the sessions are followed by breathing exercises, or Pranayamas, and meditation or relaxation. Extra afternoon sessions are offered for those who wish.
Food is very important, not only for physical health, but also for mental health as proven over the years in much scientific research. A quick review of the health conditions in developed countries with poor diets will reveal how terrible we feel when we eat poorly and are physically sick. At O·live we make and serve an efficiently-made, delicious, nutrient-packed, all vegan diet as nature produced it (non refined) without sugar, gluten, yeast, etc.
Why only plants? Because the data is clear that plants are simply the best food for every part of you. You won't be hungry, tired or sluggish - the contrary. We teach you to read your own nature, your body and mind, to restore and maximize your health on all levels. You will be delighted by our colorful food, we promise. Read what the media and testimonials say.
Once upon a time we hosted a food critic for The Independent who specializes in French food and wine. She said that her week with us was “the best food week of my life.” In another case, the most successful restaurateur in Ireland said, and still says, our food is “the best I’ve ever had, like.”
Exercise is an essential part of being mentally and physically healthy, not only to lose weight. You have probably heard of the dopamine effect and happy hormones such as endorphins and serotonin, but it also strengthens the muscles and as such detoxes us through the lymphatic system. It helps your heart pump oxygen and nutrients around. It clears your respiratory system from toxins and even the microbiome and the gut love exercise, and the skin loves a good sweat from it. The eyes get natural light, making you sleep better and the vitamin D levels go up if it it's done outdoors which is always the case at O·live. The kidneys and the liver (our "washing machines) are helped and the bones get stronger and the liquid in the joints returns. . . we could go on forever on why O·exercise - a gentle caring practice - of anaerobic and aerobic exercise ultimately increases the likelihood of being happier and healthier, living longer and better, and leads to greater peace of mind instantly.
Healthy exercise doesn’t imply breaking any endurance records (not so healthy as many think) on the contrary. We integrate exercise in all we do so that you won't even notice that you have done it. We bike to the pueblo to get tomatoes, we hike up the mountain for a sunset meditation, we explore the temple on the hill, or you might like shopping at the evening market, run at the beach, or swim after the morning yoga. Whatever you like is what you are going to keep doing back home. Know thy self and make it simple!
"It was a gift from my daughter and I didn't know what to expect . . . This is the best thing I have ever done. I can't even remember all the silly questions that occupied my mind before . . . all my life. They are all so irrelevant now. The O8 made them go."