To say that Aaron Rodgers' last season with the Green Bay Packers was a stressful one would perhaps be putting it way too mildly indeed. This is perhaps why he spent his remaining days as a Packer at what the New York Post reported to be a "healing center."
From a really bad start to last season, a promising and hopeful middle portion, and finally to the terrible end we saw the team face, it was certainly rough.
The whole deal was perhaps made particularly tragic and in a Shakespearean poetic way, with one of the last images we saw of Rodgers, who had spent 18 years with the team, walking down a tunnel and away from the camera after yet another game gone bad.
But away from the team he would be moving, and yes after all that time and after years of speculation about his future. By now the fact that he has been signed by the New York Jets is old news, but his final days as part of Green Bay was spent in Costa Rica, of all places.
I mean we can all certainly understand his need for some of the old healing process and a little R & R, can't we?
Aubrey Marcus was at the heart of all that healing reportedly. She is the holistic philosopher that led the group of people Rodgers was in fact a part of over the week. The event was not at all kept a secret; it was posted about on social media big time, and it was all about psychedelic medicine apparently and according to the aforementioned report.
The location was the Soltara Healing Center and their mission is clearly stated on their website:
"A global online community and oceanfront retreat center in the mountainous tropical forest of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula…We work with Peruvian Shipibo master healers and offer plant medicine ceremonies along with other holistic healing modalities…Our vision is to empower you with the tools, knowledge, and space to release what doesn’t serve you, effect positive change, and live your truth."
Some would perhaps cue the Twilight Zone music right about now, but we know Rodgers' history with the holistic and spiritual. We know his stance on certain recreational substances and of course medicines.
The medicines in question used this week, however: Ayahuasca—something of which Rodgers is no stranger. It was just in 2022 that he spoke about it in detail.
"We sat three different nights with the medicine. I came in with an intention of doing a lot of healing of other relationships and bringing in certain people to have conversations with. Most of the work was around myself and figuring out what unconditional love of myself looks like of myself," Rodgers told Peter King of NBC Sports.
So it's no wonder he decided to have another go at it. Last year it was Peru, this year Costa Rica. Last year's excursion sadly didn't do the trick though, but perhaps this time, with him starting a completely brand new chapter with the Jets, maybe his healing experience was just what the doctor ordered.