Soltara with Daniel Cleland and Melissa Stangl — The Bledsoe Show #131


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Daniel Cleland - founding partner and CEO of Soltara Healing Center. @danielccleland is a passionate social entrepreneur, traveler, and explorer from the small rural community of Walkerton, Ontario, Canada. Since packing his life into a backpack in 2006, Daniel has sought to experience the less traveled trails of Latin America and raw, unconventional experiences until he ultimately found his passion in social entrepreneurship - business that makes a positive impact in the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

In 2011, while completing a Master’s of Intercultural and International Communication, Daniel founded a small tour company operating in Latin America which proudly became one of the highest rated plant medicine centers until he sold it in 2017. His personal and professional experiences with the medicine awakened his passion for unlocking human potential to create positive changes in the world which led him to Costa Rica, where he would ultimately find his home and build Soltara Healing Center to be what it is today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Creating a safe and authentic Shipibo healing center, based in a beautiful beachfront paradise was a dream that became reality and through his full-time dedication to the project, he was able to complete Soltara within one year after finding the beachside property. He believes that the most motivating and important aspects of life are helping people, solving challenging problems, and having truly amazing relationships with close friends. Like Melissa, Dan’s reach in the plant medicine world has stretched far.

Daniel has produced two documentaries called Drinking The Jungle ( and The Plant Teacher ( He is also the author of Pulse of the Jungle: Ayahuasca, Adventures and Social Enterprise in the Amazon (www.pulse of the

Melissa Stangl holds a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. After several years conducting brain and lung cancer research and gaining managerial experience across a wide range of businesses, her interests turned toward the healing power of plant medicines and psychedelics, and their influence on the mind-body connection. She has since managed operations and coordinated various social projects as Director of Business Development for a top-rated ayahuasca retreat center in the Peruvian Amazon. She is currently the Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Soltara Healing Center, a Shipibo-led plant medicine healing center in Costa Rica, with a strong focus on integration support, indigenous tradition, and creating a community that empowers each member to be their own healer. She has also had the opportunity to deepen her work with plant medicines through several master plant dietas. In an effort to dive more fully into the plant medicine movement and recent renaissance of psychedelic science, she is also currently writing a book called Roots of Consciousness, which has won the MAPS-sponsored psychedelic literature contest through Publishizer.

In this episode, Melissa and Daniel dive into developing intuition with your body. How to tap into your intuition around nutrition and movement. Daniel and Melissa talk about what the Soltera Healing Center is and why they started this center.

Minute Breakdown:

0 - 18 Daniel’s experience with depression, self destruction and his fall off a rock. After 5 weeks in the hospital he decided to change his life and what was happening in his life from his mental state and internal circumstances. What he did to change his life and those internal circumstances.

18 –29 Melissa’s experience after college and changing her path away from corporate america which she hated. The lost traditions of medicine and how Melissa and Daniel came to honor and respect the processes and the mystic and ancient healings out there.

29 - 42 Plant medicine for healthing and spiritual growth and used for finding your passion. Are millennials entitled or are they scrambling to find what really works. How Dan and Melissa are working within a system of capitalism but operate it with a global awareness for a search for meaning. Making a positive impact.

42 – 50: Burning holes in arms as a healing. Using science but also looking at things as a whole at the same time. Including mind, body and spiritual health into healding. Solving emotional issues to help eating badly or having to change your looks. How emotional and psychological healing makes working out easier.

50 + Root cause of addictions. Society way of portraying diets. If you feel good then you will look good not the other way around. Tuning into your body to fix these internal issues. The amount of time it takes to get off sugar, processed food. The toxicity of alcohol and effects on your body. Outcomes being based on the decisions you make. Unconditional love. Difficulties and trusting the process in healing.


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