Astrology, The Eclipse And The Bigger Picture

iris 08/22/17
Astrology, The Eclipse And The Bigger Picture

We, like everyone else, were enamored with this week’s Solar Eclipse, which cascaded across the Monday morning sky. And, as we watched it, we began to take a step back and understand it on a much larger scale. This is a rare opportunity that takes us away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and…

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Clearing Your Mind of the Dark Thoughts of Depression

iris 08/17/17
Facing Depression: Clearing Your Mind Of Dark Thoughts

We have spoken before about the importance of mental health and how addiction can take people’s minds to dark thoughts and depression. Depression happens to be one of the worst components of a dependency and, often times, people are under a false assumption that “using” can somehow rid their brain of these dark thoughts. Never…

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As Featured in Keys to Recovery Magazine: A Spoonful of Compassion

iris 08/14/17
As Featured in Keys to Recovery Newspaper: A Spoonful of Compassion

When emerging on the other side of a traumatic event, a life-altering decision, or prolonged stress, people often cite the empathy they received from others as a central factor in effective coping and recovery. But what exactly is empathy? When it comes to recovery from a difficult injury, illness, or addiction, how big of a…

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Using The ‘Four Agreements’ During Your Recovery Journey

iris 07/18/17
The Four Agreements During Recovery

If you happen to look at the “Day In The Life at Iris” section of our site, you’ll notice that we begin every morning with spiritual reflections and a recital of The Four Agreements. What might those be, you ask? We like to think of The Four Agreements as important affirmations that can lift those recovering out…

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Iris: Good Trips Only

iris 06/10/17
Lake Balboa Park

After a morning meditation, after an inspired meal created by our chef, after individual, group, family, art, movement or yoga therapy… it’s probably time to go on a field trip. Last week Iris residents walked in Lake Balboa Park, participated in equestrian therapy in Malibu and toured the world famous Getty Villa. Part of the…

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Iris Hits the Road to the Japanese Garden

iris 03/24/17
Japanese Gardens - Iris Healing

One of the unique attributes of Iris Healing Retreat is that we believe in doing the hard work of recovery in uplifting and enriching settings on a regular basis. So it was that last week Iris residents made a field trip to the beautiful Japanese Garden, adjacent to Lake Balboa. The garden’s purpose is to…

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