It was 2002 when we took a flight to Egypt. On that flight, Stacey, a healthy 25 year old man experienced the worst headache Of his life so far! At the time we put it down to a change of cabin pressure, dehydrated and tired. So the usual Paracetamol was taken. The headache lasted maybe an hour or so.
Then on our return to the Uk, he started to experience more and more of these blinding headaches. Day after Day. Month after month. Year after Year. Visits to the GP proved to be futile. One doctor even stated that Stacey was imagining the pain!
One doctor referred Stacey for an Operation on his nose, he had a deviated septum & polyps, which the doctor thought maybe the root of the problem. After the operation, The Headaches returned.
Then a chance article in a national newspaper helped! Stacey took the article with him on yet another visit to the Gp. This time a younger doctor, that had at least heard of Cluster Headaches, took notice and referred Stacey to a Neurologist. An X-ray revealed that he had a problem with his Hypothalamus.
We soon realised that the hot sweats that had affected him for years, had something to do with this!
The Doctors started to prescribe an array of drugs, some of which made the condition worsen.
There were no over the counter painkillers that worked Whatsoever!
He would sit, alone, rocking backwards & forwards, tears pouring from his eyes. Continuously rubbing his right eye and the right side of his head. He would pace up and down, not knowing what to do with himself.
I, as his partner could do nothing to help, there was nothing I could give him to ease the pain,nothing I could say to comfort him, I felt helpless.
A Heartbreaking situation.
The Cluster Headaches came without notice. We would be out with friends, having a meal somewhere, enjoying our evening, then I would look at him and know. After years of watching him go through this, I knew the signs, ...Drooping eyelid, watery eye, a heavy look on his face as the realisation that another Headache was on its way.
We had to leave many parties, Bars & restaurants mid way, the Beast had returned. Stacey was starting to turn into a recluse,not wanting to go out. Not wanting friends & family to see him like this.
As the years went by the pain seemed to increase in intensity. We noticed a pattern. Every year, early summer, the Beast would start, as the days and weeks went on the intensity grew to a point where he would have headache, all day & all night. After this point they would begin to subside, gradually every day becoming less intense,until they went all together. To return again a few months later, and so it would start again.
Stacey had got to a point of despair, he refused to take the 9 tablets a day as prescribed by the doctors. They didn’t work, they made him feel sick, they were just poisoning his system.
One day, Stacey was browsing the intenet , looking for a solution and came across a website that changed his life! http://www.clusterheadaches.com/
Stacey was crying, but this time not in pain, but with happiness! There were other people out there with the same condition.
It was here that we discovered that Oxygen was the only painkiller that worked!
The doctors were reluctant to prescribe Oxygen tanks, after many months of regular weekly visits, they finally agreed. These lifesaving tanks then became part of our home life.
The Oxygen tanks are great for treatment at home, not exactly easy to carry around!
Although the Oxygen is a wonderful pain reliever, Stacey wanted to find a natural way to stop the headaches and so ease the pain.
After some in-depth research, Stacey found that many people had been using Psilocybin ( Magic Mushrooms ) to treat severe Migraines and Cluster Headaches. These natural Wonders can be found growing all over the world in wild areas. But of course, this is not necessarily the safest way of using them.
Again after months of research, Stacey began to cultivate his own Mushrooms.
After just the first dose of 2.5 grams, Stacey was, to his amazement free of Cluster Headaches for 3 months.
When Stacey noticed the signs of the Cluster Period starting again, he repeated the dose, and has done until present day every 3 months. He now considers himself to be Cluster Headache Free!
Although the Beast does rear its ugly head every now & then.
Over the last 2 years Stacey has also been honing different Meditation & Breathing techniques, which he now uses instead of using Oxygen.
Other advantages of using Psilocybin are:
Relief from Anxiety & Depression.
Stacey is keen to share is extensive knowledge & experience to help other sufferers.
Therefore we now run Retreats....please see below what we can offer....
Thank you for reading Staceys Story.
Cluster Headaches? get HELP at Conscious Earth Retreats
Cluster headaches, which occur in cycles or clusters, are one of the most painful types of headache. A cluster headache commonly occurs when you are relaxing for example when you are about to go to sleep, with incredible pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.
Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, can last from weeks to months, usually followed by long periods when the headaches stop.
Common signs and symptoms
A cluster headache strikes quickly, usually without warning.
Common signs and symptoms during a headache include:
People with cluster headaches, unlike those with migraine, are likely to pace or sit and rock back and forth. Unlike Migraine sufferers that need quiet & a dark room. Cluster Headache sufferers need space, time away from family & friends, for the duration of the headache.
The pain usually ends as suddenly as it began, with rapidly decreasing intensity. After attacks, most people are pain-free, but exhausted.
The exact cause of cluster headaches is unknown. It is thought that the Hypothalamus plays a crucial role if not functioning correctly.
Diet can play a role as a trigger for Cluster Headaches.
Sugary Foods & Alcohol.
Some medics disagree with this but from our experience these can play a part.
THE HYPOTHALAMUS & Cluster Headaches
The Hypothalamus is a small region of the brain, it is located at the base, near the Pituitary gland.
The Hypothalamus plays a crucial role in the brain: releasing hormones & regulating body temperature.
The anterior & posterior region of the hypothalamus regulates body temperature through sweat & causing shivering.
Several things can cause Hypothalamic dysfunction, including:
Certain genetic disorders
Tumors in or around the Hypothalamus.
Some eating disorders
( credit: healthline.com)
We can Help!
We have first hand experience dealing with Cluster Headaches.
Stacey has been suffering for 17 years, but has now found a healthy, natural way to manage his Cluster Headaches.
Known as The Suicide Headache!
This is not surprising....
Loneliness & Isolation are common amongst Cluster Headache sufferers.
* Never knowing when a Headache is going to start.
* Anxiety heightened...
* The reaction to ’the pacing & rocking’ from others around you.
At Villa de Vida we can give you the perfect tranquil setting.
A 3 Day Retreat
*Advice with your diet
*Natural Herbs & Plants to ward off Pain for months at a time
*Oxygen at hand for Instant Pain Relief
*Cranial Osteopathy Treatments from our Professional
* DMT Breathing techniques
Healing Retreat for Cluster Headaches
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner...
all healthy Vegetarian & Vegan meals
Cleansing meals with Microgreens
( No Alcohol must be consumed on this Retreat )
Accomodation in one of our double rooms or in one of our Bell Tents at Villa de Vida
On this Retreat, you will find peace from your Cluster Headaches in a safe & caring environment
A tranquil setting to rejuvenate mind, body & spirit
Included in this Retreat:
* Natural cleansing through Microgreens
* How to grow your own Mushrooms
* Breathing Techniques
*. Meditation Techniques
* Healing ceremony using Sacred Plants
( for more in-depth information please email us )
The Healing Retreat is for 3 Days
from Friday morning to Sunday Evening
We are based in the peaceful mountains of Andalucia, in Southern Spain.
Only 40 minutes from Malaga Airport
We have the perfect setting for your healing retreat, no noise, clean fresh air, healthy food, a safe environment, an experienced Natural Food Nutritionist & an experienced sufferer of Cluster Headaches, that can empathise with your condition.
You can have the peace, personal space, privacy and care from our team of experts,
Please email us for Costs and availability
Three days and two nights at Villa de Vida
all Food & Drinks
includes Transfers from the Airport
Cranial Osteopath Treatments with
Tom Whelan BA Hons BScHonsOst.
are charged extra and need to be booked in advance. Cost for 45 minute treatment €45
Any Food grown in our Food Forest is used in our meals at Conscious Earth & Villa de Vida.
Everything we cook with is either Permaculture produce or sourced locally from Organic farms.
We also grow Microgreens, which we sell& use for our own consumption on the farm & for the courses.
All profits from our courses go to reforestation of our local area
FRIDAY morning Arrival.
Flight times vary throughout the year, please let us know your flight details once you have booked the Retreat.
On arrival at the Retreat, you will be welcomed with a Light Lunch, made from our home grown produce, over lunch and into the early afternoon we would like you to share your story with us. We would like to know what you hope to take home with you From this experience. We will chat about your diet and the food that will be served on this retreat.
Stacey will talk about the benefits of Meditation, Repression therapy and DMT breathing techniques when dealing with Cluster Headaches.
After Dinner there will be a short guided Meditation session.
Breakfast served at Villa de Vida will consist of healthy seasonal produce, breads & eggs from our Organic Chickens! Herbal Teas & organic Fruit Juices.
Stacey will talk about medicinal Plants and How to Grow your own Mushrooms.
Lunch will be healthy & hearty served at Villa de Vida
DMT Breathing Session
Early Evening meal: Mushroom Risotto!
Evening Session Guided by Stacey
Please email us for full details or any questions you may have.
Breakfast served at Villa de Vida
DMT Breathing Session
Discussion...Help, Guidance, Q&A
Healthy Full Lunch
Depending on your flight times there will be an opportunity to explore the local countryside and maybe a visit to The Lakes at Ardales.
If you would like to stay for a longer period you are welcome to do so.
Please email for costs and availability.
PLEASE NOTE: OXYGEN WILL BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE THROUGHOUT THE RETREAT COURSE OF 3 DAYS
Tom Whelan, BA Hons BScHonsOst, is an Osteopath of 25 years experience recently moved to the Alora area. A graduate of the London School of Osteopathy, he also undertook postgraduate training at the world renowned Osteopathic Centre for Children.
He approaches treatments from a biodynamic and cranial osteopathic perspective. Hence his treatments are affective, not just for muscle and joint pain, but for a whole host of issues such as asthma, IBS, migraine, anxiety etc.
His approach involves identifying areas of strain or congestion in the body (originating from injury, overuse, poor posture, surgery, childbirth, major dental work etc) which if not the cause, will be at least a major contributing factor to pain and dysfunction.
Then using gentle techniques to harness and assist the body’s own self correcting mechanisms, the strain is reduced or eliminated, thereby relieving pain and promoting normal function.
Telephone or in person consultations are free. And treatments cost €45 for 45 minutes
CONSCIOUS EARTH PERMACULTURE FARM & VILLA DE VIDA CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY ON ANY OF OUR COURSES OR RETREATS.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR HEALTH & TRAVEL INSURANCE ARE UP TO DATE ( A COPY IS REQUIRED AT BOOKING & ON ARRIVAL)
if you would like further information please email us .