We had the good fortune of connecting with Sari Starr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sari, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My whole business has been built on risk. Even before I was working with plant-medicines I would take massive risks in my businesses. The thing is, “taking risks” is to me illusory b/c what is risk anyways? It’s just an act of saying I’m going to do something that poses a high risk of failure. And yet the odds are always in my favor, even if it doesn’t go as I had planned, planning is more like setting an intention for me, the risk I think people perceive is more like a surrender to the unknown. Most entrepreneurs are “risk takers” so to speak because we don’t play in the status-quo, we make our own rules and live to the beat of our own drum. We deep dive into the abyss of something that hasn’t been done before, people who are rooted in the illusion of stability see it as risk, I see it as the adventures of life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Since 2002 I owned and ran a successful creative agency that had international clients. What started as a lifestyle agency, merged into Redefining Cannabis in 2014 in California with the intention of changing the stigma around cannabis by helping brands become wellness influencers in this space. In 2016 after a deep and life changing mushroom journey, I decided to pivot and change my whole life. That was the hardest 2 years of my life, but I had no choice I was guided by something bigger and it was taking over strong. So I left a 10 year marriage, my agency life and began to soul search through plant-medicines, yoga, travel, and self exploration. I realized I didn’t know myself at all and even though I thought I was “awake” I was actually living a lot of delusions about who I was.
So I moved on from the agency world after 15 years, and began to focus primarily on the Spirit of cannabis and created a brand the “Cannabis Priestess” and started Cannabliss Retreats a global cannabis retreat company, brining on my business partner Dr. Ira Price we educated people on the benefits of medical cannabis, mindful consumption and spiritual growth through the use of this specific plant-medicine. We received a lot of recognition and media coverage, but I was still feeling like I was chasing my own tail. Competing and hustling for bigger and better. My nervous system was distraught. During this time I had mentors who were teaching me the ways of plan medicine and ceremony. I was learning and working with mushrooms a lot as my teacher and began activating more intentional sacred spaces around cannabis consumption.
I moved to Hawaii during 2020 to take a reset from the hustle of entrepreneur life and expanded my intentional and ceremonial training with mushrooms and cannabis. I wrote a book “Let the Medicine Be Your Guide: From Micro to Hero” A roadmap to your journey with magic mushrooms. I bought a property and began hosting private ceremonies, playing live music, learning sound healing and watching people’s lives transform right in front of me.
I realized my calling and learned how to Quantum Leap into my best life. You can have everything you want, because it’s your dream to design. The false idea around that is that we are chasing happiness, we can have everything we want and still feel sad, angry, annoyed etc. we just know how to move these emotions with more easeful grace and remain in the frequency of gratitude. Happiness isn’t something to chase, it’s just an emotion that we can choose at any moment we desire. The biggest lesson I learned was to let go, seriously let go of any belief I had, any idea of what life should look like or how success is supposed to be. Let go of an identity, of what I even believe is real. I surrender and accept all that is is an act of grace and that has lead me to the most glorious moments today.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in one of the most magical places on earth. The Big Island of Hawaii, there isn’t a spot here that isn’t magical.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Aside from my highest Self, I have had a lot of support from many mentors and teachers, my sisterhood, my community, my business partners, my romantic partners, Dr. Joe Dispenza, the 13 Moon Mystery School and of course the medicines that have helped me continuously evolve and expand my awareness of who I am and what roll I play in this dream. I truly grateful to the people who have been following my path all these years, who trust me, who believe in my vision and resonate with what I have to say. Who desire to receive what I am creating and who wish to walk this path with me as we explore our humanity together.
Website: www.saristarr.com; www.celestialsmokes.com