Spotlight Series: Talking Experiential Cannabis Retreats with Sari Gabbay

Cannabis Retreats founder hints at what is to come.

If gourmet cannabis-infused meals, flower pairings, cannabis-influenced yoga, meditational experiences, sativa-infused fitness experiences that elevate endorphins; along with engaging panel discussions, acupuncture, massage and reiki sessions; and connecting with nature, appeals to you–––you'll want to check out Cannabliss Retreats.

The Her(b) Life spoke with Sari Gabbay, Cannabliss Retreats founder (and KINDLAND contributor) to learn more about her upcoming 5-day Cannabis Experiential Retreat in Ojai, California, which begins on June 22.   

Her(b) Life: For 14 years you ran a creative agency - U2R1Media - and then you decided to branch out into cannabis and more specifically, the wellness industry. Tell us about that transition. How did you arrive at that decision to make such a big change?

Sari Gabbay: It hasn’t really been a transition, rather than stepping into what I’ve always been a part of. What happened was that the agency expanded into the cannabis business, and from a professional standpoint, I am still creating brands and marketing strategies in this space. I felt a deeper calling that I needed to listen to and that was to help people wake up and use plant medicines as a tool to assist that evolutionary experience. My own existential journey started way before my career, and it was always an integral part of my life, the most important part actually.

So I don’t see this as a transition, it’s more like two simultaneous careers where I get to use both my passion for health and wellness, and creativity and design in an industry that I truly believe in, and love so much!

Her(b) Life: Would you say that cannabis was a big part of your life before you decided to jump into the scene professionally?

Gabbay: Yes, however, I have only begun to understand the power of this plant and how to use it in a sacred way, in a medicinal way. And when I say medicinal, I mean medicine on all levels. Cannabis is a tool to help people heal and grow, it can be abused and misused… I’m hoping to provide an environment where people can really learn about the benefits of the plant, and experience marijuana in a fun and safe environment.

Her(b) Life: Let's talk about Cannabliss Retreats. You have another one coming up soon. What can people expect from this event?

Gabbay: They can expect a mind-expanding experience with various plant medicines that will activate a multi-sensory experience. We will have cannabis food pairings, sound baths, drum circles, vaping stations, amazing gourmet food, yoga, fitness, meditation, hiking, sacred ceremonies, art installation engagement, psychedelic black light yoga with nootropics, two amazing panels on science and intimacy, our official Plant Your Seed workshop and so much more!

NOTE: There is still time, you can still reserve a spot and either enjoy the complete experience or choose a one to three-day package... Click here to learn more

Her(b) Life: What goes into planning a 5-day cannabis retreat? How big is your team and how far out do you plan retreats?

Gabbay: A lot of relationship creating, understanding your audience and what they are looking to experience, patience, time and creativity. My team is small, primarily myself, and then I have facilitators who are helping on their individual experiences. I started planning this one in January!

Once you can actualize the benefit of that incident, by doing some techniques, you can release attachment and finally let go and feel free.

Her(b) Life: Tell us about the plant your seed workshop.

Gabbay: Cannabis and other plant medicines are meant to be used as a heart opener, which allows you to sit in a space outside your ego, and evaluate your life from a non-attachment perspective. We typically create stories that define our existence, and more often than not these stories are detrimental to our well-being, or can cause anxiety and stress.

We attach to outcomes that we believe are true, and then when they don’t materialize, we feel depressed, instead of seeing the benefits of what the opposite of our desired experience could be.

The entire retreat is about planting your seed… You will be given questions and exercises that will be rewiring your brain the entire time. We will do an intensive workshop that will allow you to look at your challenges in a different way, pinpoint the beginning of that challenge in your past, and see how every repeated challenge since then has just been your brain firing off reactions to the original trauma.

Once you can actualize the benefit of that incident, by doing some techniques, you can release attachment, and finally let go, and feel free.

It’s powerful stuff. It works if you do the work.

This is an excerpt from an interview that first appeared on The Her(b) Life, and has been slightly edited. Read the full interview here.