BY ZACK RUSKIN
uddled underneath an open-air yurt on
a windy Saturday afternoon, the par-
ticipants of Elevate + Flow are doing all
they can to stay warm. Colorful blankets
are stretched tight across multiple laps while spirited
conversations ensue between friends who first met
only hours earlier. The daylong yoga retreat, set in the quiet
splendor of a private ranch in Geyserville, is nearing its end, but thanks to one
special ingredient, no one seems terribly eager to head for the shuttle that will
eventually bring them home.
Proudly displayed in wooden holsters throughout the space is a generous
selection of plastic pens that have helped to ensure the “elevate” portion of the
day’s activities. Each pen contains one of six tailored recipes designed to induce
different sensations — sleep, relief, calm, passion, bliss and arousal — and they
all contain varying amounts of THC. Yes, the added element that sets Elevate
+ Flow apart from the competition is a plant that humans have consumed for
nearly 3,000 years: cannabis.
As event organizer Nielma Hock surveys the gathering, she points to the moms
and lawyers, software engineers and teachers, now all sheltering underneath a
swath of canvas.
“Does this look like a group of stoners to you?”