Ramesh Bjonnes

Ramesh Bjonnes is the Director of the Prama Wellness Center where lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified yoga detox theraphist from the AM Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).

Eddie LeShure

Eddie LeShure is a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200), Meditation Teacher, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), Breathwork Facilitator, and person in long-term recovery. His professional background includes 7 years of training, supervision and direct client contact in addiction counseling.

Eddie’s personal journey took him deep into the throes of active addiction and incarceration on a drug arrest. His two years behind bars were mostly spent in the notorious Attica Prison where he survived a rebellion in 1971 that killed 43 inmates and employees. His personal healing and recovery and how he works with others have always been guided by deep understanding and compassion.

Eddie has facilitated groups for many years in numerous treatment and recovery facilities for substance misuse and disorder eating, guided workshops and retreats, plus regularly presents at conferences addressing addiction recovery. He began doing yoga in 1971 in prison and started meditating in the early ’80s, having spent the equivalent of two years in retreat settings.

Margaret Kirschner

Margaret Kirschner is a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapist C-IAYT (Certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), ACISTE Certified Mental Health Professional (ACMHP),  Breathwork Facilitator, Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), and Birth Doula. Margaret’s professional background includes 7 years of training, supervision, and direct client contact in addiction counseling.

With 22 years of experience as a yoga teacher, Margaret has worked as a trauma-sensitive therapist in group settings with thousands of individuals in various treatment facilities for substance misuse and disordered eating.

Margaret safely supports individuals in learning to listen to and trust their bodies with an attitude of curiosity and compassion. Her soothing voice and attention to detail provide participants with a safe and empowering experience of mindful contemplation, nurturing movements and breathing patterns that promote nervous system resiliency.

Overcoming Addictions Naturally | March 15-19


This retreat, which is based on our popular 5 Day Juice Cleanse, combines five treatment modalities—mindfulness, yoga, juice cleansing, nutrition, and counseling—in a powerful and path-breaking program for overcoming addiction naturally.

An important part of overcoming addiction successfully is to replace destructive habits with new and more positive habits. By combining mindfulness meditation, yoga, nutrient-rich foods, and the latest discoveries in addiction therapy, this program will teach hands-on techniques on how to reduce stress and kick bad habits naturally.

Eddie LeShure and Margaret Kirshner from Mindful Emergence will facilitate the addiction recovery part of this retreat. They teach that an important key to recovery from addiction is to learn “to be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable” and to learn tools that prevent past traumas from dominating our lives.

Topics covered during this retreat:

Nutrition and Diet

The new science of functional medicine advocates three main ways to achieve good health: cleansing the body of toxins, good nutrition, and lowering stress. At the retreat, you will experience a three-day juice cleanse to help the body detox. You will also learn about the best and latest in plant-based nutrition. Finally, you will be introduced to mindfulness meditation to help reduce stress, since stress can also negatively affect digestion and good health.

Most importantly, you will be introduced to the importance of good nutrition in ending cravings and addictions. It is much easier to stay alcohol, drug, and sugar-free when you eat a good diet and exercise regularly. It is also much easier to end food addiction with the right nutrition and herbs to reduce cravings for carbs and sugar.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has been used to relieve stress for hundreds of years – and scientific studies have shown that practicing mindfulness meditation in addiction recovery actually helps prevent relapse. There is no way to avoid stress, but a recovering addict can learn how to lower his or her sensitivity to stress. By practicing mindfulness meditation, you can teach your brain to consciously accept stressors and deal with them in a calm and positive way instead of letting them make you react in a compulsive manner.

If we are going to free ourselves from addictive behavior, we must learn how to embrace our full range of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. Mindfulness meditation helps us skillfully work with being uncomfortable, develops “distress tolerance”, and is a powerful tool for relapse prevention. Rather than escaping what is painful, mindfulness meditation encourages us to sit quietly with ourselves and pay close attention to our thoughts and feelings without taking action to judge or change them. It is not about apathy or suppression of feelings, but rather the freedom to experience the full range of experiences and strategically choose how to respond appropriately.


Yoga Exercises for Stress Reduction and Good Digestion

Yoga exercises are very relaxing and calming and can thus also help reduce stress. Particular combinations of yoga exercises can effect the endocrine glandular system and the lymphatic system in positive ways and thus both reduce stress and help eliminate toxins from the body. The practice of the two yoga poses shoulder stand and fish, for example, can reduce thyroid problems, such as hyperactivity, low metabolism, and depression. The combined practice of mindfulness and yoga can therefore be very helpful for recovering addicts in dealing with stress.

Yoga for Feeling Better in Your Body

Mindful yoga movements have a calming effect on your body and brain and can help you manage stress with less reactivity. Particular combinations of yoga forms can affect the endocrine glandular system and the lymphatic system in positive ways and thus both reduce stress and help eliminate toxins. Practicing two yoga poses in particular, shoulder stand and fish, can reduce thyroid problems, which can show up as hyperactivity, low metabolism, and depression. The combined practices of mindfulness, yoga, and conscious breathing are very helpful in establishing a strong recovery from addiction due to the simultaneous balancing effects.


In sum, these are the topics clients will learn from this retreat:

  • Introduction to basic nutrition and basic super-nutrition
  • The importance of good digestion to maintain a strong immune system
  • The importance of certain foods to reduce depression and tiredness
  • Simple trauma-sensitive mindfulness and yoga practices to more effectively manage stress and avoid return to use.
  • How juice cleansing can help detox and heal the body naturally.
  • The keys to reach optimum health and weight by combining the rights foods and herbs to reduce cravings.
  • How good digestion leads to reduced cravings and good health.
  • The best diet and herbs to overcome cravings and to reduce weight.


All Registration fees include program activities as well as accommodations.

Scholarships: We offer a limited number of sliding scale scholarships for some of our retreats. Contact info@prama.org for more information.

PI accommodations refers to rooms located at the Prama Institute where most of the retreats are taking place. PWC accommodations refers to rooms with a private bathroom that are located at the Prama Wellness Center, about 5 minutes away from the Prama Institute.

Please choose an option below and other additional services if available.

Retreat Extras


The Prama institute and Wellness Center reserves the right to cancel a Prama Institute(PI) or a Prama Wellness Center(PWC) program at any time.  If PI/PWC cancels a program, you will be given a minimum of 1 weeks notice and receive a full refund.  Cancellations may also be transferred to other programs organized by PI/PWC.

Refunds are available (less a $100 processing fee) up to fourteen days before the start date of the program.  If a cancellation occurs between fourteen and three days (72 hours) before the start date of the program, your fee can be transferred to any other PI/PWC organized program (less a $100 cancellation fee) within one year.  No credits or refunds are available for cancellations three days or less before the start date of a program, or for no-shows, or for leaving an event early.  People cancelling 14 days or less before the start of a program can also transfer their space and fee to an unregistered participant.  Please allow seven days for processing of fees.


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