5 Lessons From Guiding 500 Leaders on Ayahuasca Retreats

Brandon Evans
13 min readMay 27, 2022

What we learned from the unbelievable transformations of powerful leaders

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. — Howard Thurman

Four years ago, we started 1heart to elevate the lives and consciousness of powerful leaders. If our leaders are living fulfilling lives in alignment and integrity, imagine the ripple effect in our world.

Thirteen Journeys later, we have taken over five-hundred amazing souls on a 1heart Journey. Each 1heart Journey brings together over forty high-performing entrepreneurs, executives, creators, and change-makers for an all-inclusive human accelerator designed to elevate your mind, body, and spirit. The Journey includes a one-week immersive retreat in Costa Rica, plus seven weeks of virtual preparation and integration. Each Journey integrates sacred ancient and modern modalities for intense personal growth, deeper life fulfillment, and re-alignment to our highest self. The results have far exceeded anything we could have imagined when we began. And our Journeys have attracted leaders from over twenty countries, and all swaths of industries and communities. All have found us without advertising. Eighty percent of applicants are referrals from 1heart Alumni. The hundreds of reviews and testimonials we’ve received are often hard to believe, even for us. Especially as we consider the types of discerning leaders that we host.

As I look back on the five-hundred people who have joined our Journeys, I wanted to feel into what we have learned. What could support other leaders who are not yet called to join us in Costa Rica or whose time has not yet come? Below are some of my favorite learnings. These are cherry-picked from hundreds if not thousands of powerful lessons we’ve observed on these Journeys.

1. Leaders Often Suffer Greatest From Lack of Self Love

On our second Journey, one of the most successful and impressive leaders we have ever hosted posed this question for the group after we completed one of our sessions, “Can you raise your hand if you know what it feels like to love…



Brandon Evans

Recovering Type A | Aspiring Type Be | Chief Elevation Officer + Co-Founder @ 1heart.com | Coach & Guide to Heart-Led Entrepreneurs | brandonevans.be