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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lost Resort is a reality series featuring 9 people and a handful of trained facilitators working through emotional issues at an exotic spiritual wellness retreat in the jungles of Costa Rico. It contains a lot of mature themes, including discussions about traumatic experiences like losing a baby and being sexually abused. Most of these themes are presented within the context of healing. There’s some arguing, stereotyping, and innuendo. One facilitator is a sacred orgasmic dancer, and teaches healing through sexual empowerment. Some of the rituals contain references to sexual acts, while others deal with rage and other emotional issues. Romance blooms between some participants. Cursing includes words like "hell" and "s--t"; any use of "f--k" is bleeped.
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What's the story?
LOST RESORT is a reality series about a group of people seeking emotional recovery at an exotic wellness retreat. Nine individuals struggling with problems like abandonment issues, extreme anger, and emotional detachment travel to a wellness retreat located in the jungles of Costa Rica in search of a healing experience. There they are guided by spiritual leader and Shamanic psychotherapist Chrissie Fire Mane through a series of exercises and ceremonies designed to help them in the healing process. Also working with them are group facilitators like Reiki Master and Ecstatic dancer Atasiea, Oneika, a mindfulness instructor, sacred orgasmic dancer Acqua Xena Heart, and Benjamin, a holistic health coach. Not everyone finds it easy to keep an open mind and embrace the unfamiliar process, but those who do hope to empower themselves to become more fulfilled human beings.
Is it any good?
Part entertainment and part social experiment, this series offers a voyeuristic look at how a group of dysfunctional people navigate a unique spiritual healing experience. For some participants, the 3-step emotional recovery process in which they are asked to participate offers a way of working through some very difficult trauma. But others do not appear as invested in the overall exercise, or aren’t clear about what they're supposed to be looking for throughout the experience.
The earthier qualities of some of the facilitators are subtly highlighted in ways that pander to stereotypes about holistic health practices and those who practice it. And of course, there’s just enough arguing, catty behavior, and innuendo to remind viewers that it’s a reality show. Thanks to the drama, some folks will find some of what's featured here hokey and amusing. But Lost Resort may also inspire people to open their minds and and look for different and healthy ways to deal with their emotional problems.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about spiritual healing. What is it exactly? Where does it come from? Why do people often discount the practice, when in fact they’ve existed for thousands of years? Are the rituals practiced on Lost Resort real spiritual healing exercises, or are they just created for the cameras?
What are some of the stereotypes that exist about people who practice spiritual wellness? Is this TV series challenging them or reinforcing them?
How do you manage your own mental health? Does this show inspire you to explore other techniques to achieve spiritual wellness?
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