The Gift of Sanctuary; Teaching at The Art of Living Retreat Center & The Rowe Center on Lyme Disease Recovery.

May 10 dawned; a fresh chill spring day in New Hampshire, as I traversed the back roads and bustling commuter highways to catch my flight from Boston’s Logan airport to Charlotte, NC. My bags were packed for 2 weeks on the road, as a I would be co-teaching two cutting edge Lyme and autoimmune workshops, one in North Carolina, the second in Florida. My enthusiasm ran high, looking forward to helping those in need and collaborating with wonderful physician teachers.

May is national Lyme disease awareness month, but my teaching work can honestly run full year around the clock, (if I allowed it) as the plight of this pandemic infectious illness is picking up speed, with the now dire rates of annual infection (well over 300,000 in USA and 800,000 recorded in Germany anually). Millions of people sadly are misdiagnosed with autoimmune illnesses or vague conditions, with a 40 year old out dated first line ELISA test being relied upon by the CDC and the average physician. My work, as you sense, is endless. We need more accurate testing immediately and critical care training should be mandatory for all health care physicians ASAP! But, this blog is about my experience as a teacher and individual person in process of life’s constant journey towards enlightenment.

Landing in rapidly growing Charlotte, a 2 hour car ride took me to my final destination- The Art of Living Retreat Center, a Hindu community of yogis, nestled high in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.  Initially built on feng shui earth alignment by the great master Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , as one of his 5 prime Transcendental Meditation Centers of the world 40 some years ago. When Mararishi passed away, some time later, this breathtaking ashram was purchased by the internationally revered Art of Living – an evolved body-mind-spirit network of prominent thought pioneers with centers in 170 countries of the world! I was deeply honored when Bob McCandish, program director at the Boone, NC facility called me last fall to come teach to the South on Lyme disease.

Fast forward now to May 10, 2017, as I step out of the mini-van to a sweeping view of the indigo hued valley and the late Marareshi’s enormous Hindu temple sitting behind me, its golden turrets and broad marble steps facing East, as appropriate, to greet the rising sun. A conglomerate of townhouses, dorms, teaching and yoga rooms, a very lovely Aruveydic Health center, a labryinth and a drop dead gorgeous dining hall, are all positioned to ancient Hindu feng shui alignment on the 3000 acres. The temple can hold 3700 for meditations and is 100% full when the now presiding revered Guru master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is in residence. Immediately, I sensed I was on holy ground.

My welcoming and settling into a comfortable room with a view, was flawless as Venkat and Heather treated me with such grace. My co-teacher, whom I had personally asked to share this venue and her vast wisdoms and experience with these conditions, Dr. Jodie Dashore and I convened for dinner, both of us delighted to be together, while the settling evening light back lit the valley with a luminous quality we honestly carried within our own selves and workshop for the 5 days to come.

Both Jodie and I took in some time together of the spectral deck and looked at one another, a knowing shared smile, that Yes, the Universe had orchestrated us both to be here together, bringing healing and hope to a world in physical and spiritual crisis. Deeply synergystic, Jodie and I took a welcome photo, anointing our shared project of an educational healing series to unfurl in the years ahead. Without a second thought, we both felt the enormous, yet simoultaneous serene energy of this center and the surrounding natural elements. An hour later we learned Mararishi had purposely selected this location, as a giant vein of quartz crystal rock lies under the topsoil. All sacred sites of the world, are built on such veins and other ley lines.

The 4 days to come would register within us and our treasured group of participants as deeply personal, healing and truly life altering. Dr. Dashore, is an internationally awarded neurologist and Lyme literate practitioner, with a profound gift for the autism spectrum. She is a genius, a deeply loving being and a soul sister of truest proportions. Together our tandem of holistic sensiblilities and thousands of client hours made for a beautifully harmonious week of teaching. I can honestly say, that witnessing the personal transformation and spontaneous healings so many of our participants were experiencing touched me, as well as made me aware of how truly in need our nation is for true Spiritual Healers.

Jodie and I are both trained as Spiritual Healers, and come from a strong lineage of personal work ourselves on this level, as we are both survivors of advanced neurological Lyme disease, whom had to dig deep and reach wide to embrace the type of healing modalities that this treacherous, multi-systemic illness asks for.

The Art of Living Retreat Center was the perfect environment to allow us to create an intimate and safe setting with our participants so that they could do the inner work needed, in order to unlock their trapped personal healing powers and utilize them for recovery. Tapping into the mind-body-spirit pathway is a process I am honored to teach others, for this parcel of innate intelligence is what helped me make that home run hit for full recovery, in my 10 year Lyme disease journey.

Dr. Dashore and I were also delighted to welcome Dane Boggs and his wife Aimee, for a fabulous evening of Rife technology information and demonstration. What gifts they both are, and Dane’s personal story of 100% recovery from chronic Lyme with rife is inspiring. 

We also welcomed motivational speaker and Clinical Nutritionist, Dane Johnson, with his key insights into the importance of nutritional work with all autoimmune diseases. His personal recovery from decimating cron’s disease is another eye-opening revelation into the misunderstandings traditional medicine bears on this illness and how heavy pharmaceuticals and chemotherapy actually damage more than help. 

Our weather varied from wide, beaming sunshine atop the mountain ridge, to deep grey misty clouds laying at our feet below in the valley, as a storm blew in from the west. The deeper we dove from lectures and the fun of Bollywood dancing in the sunlight, to digging out of our past wounds and betrayals in metaphysics and family constellation therapy, we found the weather echoed our process here at AOL. And, synchronicity would ring even louder as Jodie and I were formerly introduced to the lovely yogi community at evening kirtan, with revered Krishna JiAOL- J&K presiding. I felt our auras glowing 🙂

The cleansings, the joy, the new energy radiating in our attendees faces and hearts, were potent examples of just what 5 days with 2 veteran practitioners and enlightened healers can induce. Spiritually blessed organic vegetarian menus prepared by the famed executive chef Roberto Mendoza and his team, and the therapeutic aruveydic spa on premise added more nourishment to our time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

I am truly honored to share my experience and skills with dear Dr. Jodie Dashore and all of you whom come to work with us in our workshops. My path as a healer was ignited as a small child, and has expanded and been empowered with each year and each personal challenge and evolution. To touch the lives of all of you with my words and healing presence means so much to me- it is my life purpose. Thank you for caring and sharing your time and essence with me and us.

Please join Dr. Dashore and myself at our next tandem event, October 13- 15, 2017 at the Rowe Center, Rowe, MA. Tucked up in the Berkshire mountains (another highland retreat setting), we aim to awaken your ability to heal and restore, as well as educate you on the mechanics of Lyme disease that traditional doctors do not understand at all. 

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Thank you friends far and wide, for your support and understanding that Jodie and I are collaborating in order to bring you a deeper and purer approach to recovery from Lyme disease, autoimmune illnesses, autism spectrum and emotional disharmony. 

We send you our love and light,

Katina Makris and Dr. Jodie Dashore

Scholarship Aid for Lyme and Autoimmune Diseases Workshop – Integrative Medicine at its finest with renowned Dr.Jodie Dashore and Katina Makris

The beautiful Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, NC welcomes award winning Lyme disease and autoimmune illness author and homeopath, Katina Makris, and internationally honored neurologist and autism, Lyme and autoimmune expert physician, Dr. Jodie Dashore, for a 5 day healing and teaching weekend, May 10-14, 2017.

aol-medical-flier-pdf-1This is a very special opportunity to learn how to diagnose, treat and recover from these often deeply limiting health concerns of our modern age. Your body and mind are far more resilient than you may fathom. As we branch beyond the traditional medical model of a pill or procedure to quell symptoms, we will explore all the restorative modalities and underlying issues that set a person up to develop these conditions. Both teachers share thousands of clinical hours in helping restore quality of life and remission for many, as well as their own personal full recovery stories.

Exciting news arises in that SCHOLARSHIP aid for the retreat has become available from 3 brilliant sponsors ! Our thank yous to DNA Connections Labs, Pure Air Doctor and Microbiology Labs for helping support attendance for those with financial need.

This means you can apply for assistance for partial and a few full scholarships to come experience Integrative Medicine at its finest, in the beautifully serene and healing Art of Living Center. Please contact Dr. Dashore’s office for applications at: DashoreIntegrativeRx.com – fill out the contact information there and note “scholarship for Art of Living” in the subject line.

We also welcome health care professionals as attendees, as the South needs massive education on how to recognize the exploding Lyme disease crisis in terms of it’s stealth symptom picture, the poor diagnostics of a 40 year old outdated test most physicians assume is valid (70% false negative results) and how to actually treat and heal these conditions, that long term tick borne infections create. Millions of tick borne infectious illnesses have been misdiagnosed as many autoimmune diseases, learning disabilities and autism spectrum, PANS, dementia and hormonal imbalances for decades.

See our schedule for the weekend here:

AOLRC Teaching Schedule 5:10-14:17

This is a very special opportunity to learn mind-body-spirit pathway inner healing too, in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Please join us!! Your lives will be changed for the better!

Special guest speakers too:

Dane Boggs, rife technology

Dane Johnson, Clinical Nutritionist

Many well wishes

Katina and Jodie

Carolina On My Mind

Four whirlwind days in one of my favorite states- North Carolina! I’m partial to this land of windswept beaches, blue tinged mountains, and stretching midlands. Most likely this ties in to my years living here, while at Duke University. But, the soft springtime air and gracious hospitality of North Carolineans cannot be dismissed. There is an easy comfort to this pretty region, and some mighty fine food to be savored!

Durham has blossomed. From the old smoky tobacco town I knew in the 1970’s, with its narrow downtown streets scented by a sweet aroma in the gentle mornings, the former, decaying infrastructure has been revamped to a vital commercial district. The college students must love it- great restaurants and clubs, darling shops and tree-lined, freshened streets everywhere.

The relic wooden slat Durham Bulls AA baseball stadium I used to watch minor league games at with my college boyfriend was funky; squeaking bench seats and old-timers spitting chew liberally. It was a colorful slice of small town pro-ball. We liked it. Now, Durham Bulls boast a gleaming, snazzy stadium, rivaling a major-league park in its glamour and comfort. What a skyward leap!

Duke, as you can imagine, has grown astronomically. Tons of new science buildings, hospital expansion, air-conditioned dormitories sprouted amid the old woodlands. I understand the need for progress as a cutting-edge campus and my heart shrank a tad, wistful for the former tie-dyed, frisbee days on the quad. The iPod force of sleek students trailing to classes is less congenial. My alma mater, however, still glowed benevolently in the fine Carolina springtime. Cherry blooms and daffodils dancing were bits of color to my New Englander’s snow-trained eye. What a delicious taste of beauty!

Though treasuring some reunion time with old friends, I came to North Carolina to work, and what long hours I expended! This state is severely infested with ticks, the primary Lyme disease carrier. Over a dozen people told me they pull at least 20 ticks off their bodies each summer, and a dozen a day from pets! Mild winters, lots of low-growing vegetation, and being in an obvious migratory bird fly-way brews a prime Lyme disease habitat. The very sorry situation is the North Carolina doctors and residents are extremely uneducated about this surging epidemic illness.

The North Carolina Lyme Disease Foundation brought me in to help amend the denial, offer solace to the stricken and promote Lyme dialogue. Special thanks go to John Dorney, President, Jan House, Treasurer, and the busy efforts of Frances Kuhlbars and Emily Amber for your excellent support and PR assistance. Dr. Jason Chow of Chapel Hill, and Mary Marchbanks at Carolina Hyperbarics, your generous alliance made dual locations possible for my venues.

As I am all too familiar with, now 40 “Lyme Talks” later, the stricken and caregivers limped in. The weakness, palsies, ashen color are palpable touchstones to my former Lyme-addled life, too. Yet, I gave two inspired, informative presentations, one in Raleigh, the other in Chapel Hill, while fielding massive Q&A’s. So much help is needed, with less than a handful of Lyme-literate doctors in the state. But the work has begun! As the first person to come in from out-of-state to offer support, I am honored to be a lamplight of hope and urge you on to keep Lyme disease awareness work in motion. Inroads can be made.

Dr. Jason Chow is asking all NC residents with Lyme disease to write up a clear, one page story of their Lyme illness and email it to lymeletters@ gmail. com, by April 15th. He aims to present 1,000 Lyme cases to the state Health Department, establishing that Lyme disease does exist throughout North Carolina and it needs recognition! Please participate if you are a resident. This very same measure needs to be modeled in all US states, helping us define the epidemic.

My speaking engagements were long and rather energetically demanding on me, but very worth it, as I know how crucial hope and resource is for those struggling. Having walked the “Lyme Road” for ten arduous years, I intimately fathom the importance a hand-hold of comfort provides.

Thank you one and all for coming out to meet me. I hope “Out of the Woods” finds a special place in your heart. And, lovely North Carolina, you still charm a Yankee girl like me with your blissful springtime grace!

 

-Katina

Carolina Here I Come! Lyme Disease Author Brings Hope and Help

The North Carolina Lyme Disease Foundation has invited me to come to their Lyme-ravaged state, bringing pertinent guidance on this swiftly spreading infectious illness epidemic. This is a very exciting opportunity for all!

Unfortunately Lyme and its co-infections have slipped under the radar in all of the South. Most doctors are completely unaware that Lyme is active and spreading, misdiagnosing thousands of cases as the flu, lupus, MS, CFS, ALS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, peri-menopause, depression, anxiety, food allergies, and more. They are following outdated CDC and Infectious Disease Society information from the 1980s that labels Lyme Disease as a mere short-term, two week condition.

Clinical evidence has established that this corkscrew bacteria migrates from the bloodstream, to joints and soft tissue, and eventually to the brain and nervous system, creating assorted chronic symptoms and triggering auto-immune style illnesses.

Currently, there are a mere handful of healthcare practitioners recognizing and treating chronic Lyme in North Carolina. Much education needs to be done.

My two talks, in Raleigh and Chapel Hill in April, are open to the public and sponsored by the North Carolina Lyme Foundation. I will present critical information and guidance on signs and symptoms, diagnostic labs, prevention, and treatment. April 7 in Raleigh, April 8 in Chapel Hill. See details below.

Please tell all of your contacts and friends to come and spread the word! This is the first time anyone has come to North Carolina bringing any sort of help or hope. I am honored to be the first “missionary” in, and of course aim to shift the tides of misunderstanding and Lyme denial in the South. Let us envision this trip as the tipping point!

Please follow the link below for dates, times and locations of these events.

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A special thanks to Frances Kuhlbars, Emily Amber, John Dorney, Jan House and Jason Chow for helping these events happen.

Katina