Year 2 of Mystery School in Mexico begins October, 2019 - on El Ranchito de Arleta outside San Miguel de Allende.

Daniel Ryan. Photo by Andrew Segreti.

Daniel Ryan. Photo by Andrew Segreti.

Your guide for the journey... 

"Dan is an exceptional hypnotherapist. He blends a curious philosopher's mind with an open and compassionate heart. I have had the pleasure of being his teacher as well as teaching along side him and when I want to explore regression therapy, he's the man I call."

--Award winning author of Keeping the Brain in Mind, writer, and speaker, Melissa Tiers

Daniel Ryan Cht, Crt has been working with trance and guided therapies for over 25 years. Connecting the cultural threads of the living and the dead to hypnosis and past life regression, and crafting creative death-positive experiences  has inspired him since he was a teenager. In his own story, it was his father’s death that marked the opening of the second act of his life and work as it is today. (Daniel carried on his father, Jeffrey Ryan's practice after his passing in 2011.) While exploring reincarnation at a young age through groups led by his Dad, he learned that exploring past lifetimes (particularly early into the current one) can neutralize certain irrational fears of suffering and death. "It’s not necessarily a faith in “coming back” as another human." he says. "It’s a more expansive definition and understanding of ‘self’." 

Dan leading Mindfulness for Creatives at The One Club, 2015.

Dan leading Mindfulness for Creatives at The One Club, 2015.

Daniel Ryan maintains full-time private practice in New York City.  He is the Director of the Center for Integrative Hypnosis founded by Melissa Tiers. He offers hypnotherapy, regression therapy, and meditation to individuals and groups all over the world. He received his undergraduate degree (BFA) from Emerson College where his research focused on writing, literature, and sociology. Daniel studied and taught techniques of meditation at the School of Practical Philosophy in New York City from 2007 to 2014 while exploring Vedic philosophy, neuroscience, east/west mysticism, and psychology. He is board certified in hypnotherapy (Cht) regression therapy (Crt), and neuro-linguistic psychology. In 2011, he co-founded the Center for Integrative Healing in Chatham, NJ.

The Curriculum…

Wednesday, October 10 -- 


Welcome. After you've made yourself comfortable, a talk and a temazcal ceremony hosted by Arleta with a presentation of the subjects we’ll be exploring by Dan. An exploration of our guiding metaphor: a glass of water, a swimming pool, and an ocean. Angles and questions, stories and sharing amongst the group. And a rundown of the morning and day 2. Dinner in town. 


Thursday, October 11 -- 


Dan leading meditation in a Zen temple. Ontopo held in Catskill Zen Do, New York 2018.

Dan leading meditation in a Zen temple. Ontopo held in Catskill Zen Do, New York 2018.

Our focus on day 2 is Meditation. Beginning with a brief talk on the day ahead and breakfast. Observations, discussion, questions will be welcome. We'll examine meditation as stepping out of the wheel of good and bad, Jon Kabat Zinn's definitions, Alan Watts's definitions, Zazen's definitions, Eastern/Western angles, etc. The theory vs the practice, and various systems of meditation (mantra, breath, body/ mind, kundalini, modern takes, technology, meditating with apps). Since when is meditation a product to be sold? Subtracting the inessential... There will be guided practice and opportunities to guide each other.  Lunch served on the terrace and afternoon break, work, or play. Guests are welcome to explore, participate, and relax at their leisure.

Evening meditation will be offered.  Dinner in town and after dinner activity, TBD  


Friday, October 12 -- 


Dan offering a lecture on the history of medicinal trance, hypnosis, and hypnotherapy. For Atlas Obscura - Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2015.

Dan offering a lecture on the history of medicinal trance, hypnosis, and hypnotherapy. For Atlas Obscura - Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2015.

Our focus on day 3 is Hypnosis. We'll begin with a morning practice and brief talk. Breakfast, followed by examining hypnosis. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, demystifying and deconstructing the myths, the (missing) definitions of trance... Milton Erickson's approach, Freud and Jung's influences, stage hypnosis vs hypnotherapy, connections to meditation, hypnosis in advertising and culture, a brief history, practical and positive trances. There will be practicum of exercises: The Color Wheel and Metaphoric Two-Step. We'll discuss using scripts and prepared exercises. Students will work with and guide each other. Afternoon break; Feel free to work, or play. Guests are welcome to explore or relax.

In the evening, a two-hour Trance Writing workshop led by Dan. Dinner. After dinner activity, TBD.


Saturday, October 13 -- 

Past Life Regression 

Dan leading past life regression and sound meditation at the Torn Page. NYC 2015.

Dan leading past life regression and sound meditation at the Torn Page. NYC 2015.

Our focus on day 4 is Past Life Regression. We'll begin the day with a morning practice, and a brief talk. Breakfast. Followed by "What is Past Life Regression?" How do we interpret the experiences? Regression Therapy and a brief history of the field from the 70’s through Dan's father's career to his practice in NYC today. Exploring reincarnation and past life memories, the nature and current scientific understanding of memory, clinical tales, archetypal journeys, Jungian psychology, Shamanic healing, psychedelic experiences, metaphysics, the tarot, astrology, other esoterica... Afternoon break. Guests are welcome to explore or relax. Practicum; students work with and guide each other.

In the evening, a two-hour PLR workshop with Dan. Dinner. After dinner activity, TBD.

Arleta and Henrietta at the Ranchito.

Arleta and Henrietta at the Ranchito.

Sunday, October 14 -- 


A brief morning practice and talk on the integration process. Breakfast. Closing temazcal ceremony on the land conducted by Arleta followed by banquet lunch with everyone who'd like to stay and has been on the ranchito for the week.

El Ranchito de Arleta... 

is an ideal place to relax, appreciate the silence and the continuous movement of nature, and the beauty of the surrounding land. It is lent for workshops and retreats of 30 people maximum. The Adobe houses are designed based on permaculture and sustainability with organic materials, solar systems, ecological sanitation and rainwater harvesting. It overlooks the mountains with beautiful sunrises and at night the sky is a canopy of bright stars and moon.

Click on the image to visit the Ranchito on Airbnb.

Click on the image to visit the Ranchito on Airbnb.

More information...

The space is a 1 hectare ranchito with two Adobe houses and a common palapa kitchen.  It is located 30 minutes from San Miguel de Allende, the perfect balance between a colonial city with all its attractions and the beauty of the tranquil countryside. 

The Ranchito

The Ranchito

Guest access

The kitchen-patio is available for guests. Also, you can hire our services and our wonderful cook for delicious food from our organic garden. We have Temazcal (traditional Mexican sweat lodge) yoga and massage. Please confirm these services in advance.

Interaction with guests

We will be available to help you for all and everything to make your stay as comfortable and magical as possible.

Site of the retreat, The Ranchito de Arleta

Site of the retreat, The Ranchito de Arleta

Other things to note

El Ranchito is a project under development within a Permaculture community near San Miguel de Allende that integrates approximately 30 hectares of land. Inhabitants of different nationalities and cultures have built self-constructed homes with a serious commitment to our environment, the people of the surrounding community, the Earth, natural resources and all living organisms. It is important that our visitors know how to value and appreciate our efforts to sustain and promote this way of life, organic farming and respect for people and their traditions.

Click on image to read Dan’s essay on  Reality Sandwich.

Click on image to read Dan’s essay on Reality Sandwich.

Click on the image above to read about the Mystery School on  Reality Sandwich.

Click on the image above to read about the Mystery School on Reality Sandwich.


Daniel Ryan. Summer, 2018.


I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts

There’s a case to be made for past life regression as secretly the most versatile therapy - in the hands (and words) of a capable therapist of course. Inside the often marginalized and misunderstood practice is an introduction to meditation and hypnotherapy, the Freudian psychology of family, sex, and death, Jungian perspectives on nature, symbols, mythology, and art, spirituality (however we may define it), philosophy, storytelling, family constellations, chronology, a nuanced examination of time as both linear and nonlinear, and a new understanding of mortality. “Death is not the end” says the practice itself. “But another step on the path.” Often times during trainings and workshops we’ll move right past this focusing our attention on the narratives that precede and follow. What if we zoom in on this moment and let our attention rest here? Broadly speaking, in eastern philosophies death is described as transformation. The breaking of the chrysalis and the departure from the husk. The interconnectedness of beginnings and endings is one of life’s most overused conventions. It hides in plain sight.

For all of the reasons to engage with past life regression, it seems to me that among the most universal – reflecting an embedded subtext in the promise of reincarnation itself – is a questioning desire asking if it is possible to be reborn in our own lives right now? I’m deeply compassionate to this question as I may find myself asking it too at any moment. I was a boy of 13 years old growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey in the early 90s while my father was experiencing great success leading regressions with individuals as a therapist and training groups internationally. I gravitated to my Dad’s work at a young age. From a wide angle, I see now what I saw then. A human drama that is also sometimes a comedy (maybe mostly). People like us working through issues and traumas engaging psycho-spiritual meta-narratives and pulling through the resources and lessons that are most useful to us in the present moment. Of the thousands of regressions I’ve guided, experienced, and witnessed, it is not the wealth of strange and beautiful stories that have emerged from the unconscious minds of so many courageous souls that echoes loudest now. It is the child-like inarticulate nonverbal plea held somewhere in the body, yet orphaned in the self, seeking to be reintegrated and made new again.

Imagine a thought experiment that included passing through moments of “death” over and over again as men and women of all races, young and old, during war and peace, in ancient history and more recent decades, sincerely engaging with the narratives through the senses, activating the neurology and physiology of the positive states of release and relief throughout. After so long, one might naturally begin to rethink “death” more literally as a portal or threshold we pass through. This does not devalue grief or sadness when it happens, nor does it subtract the need to honor our lives. As a therapy, the same reasons regression is sometimes criticized are the part of what make it necessary. (Our mental health ecosystem can be a rather harsh labyrinth. I professionally regard all modalities as tools available to us. Some tools will be right for some jobs. There is no universal prescription, no one-size-fits-all, no panacea.)

The spirituality inherent within the exercise is often associated with unhelpful new age tropes, but for the man or woman with existential questions in need of an adaptive therapeutic intervention, past life regression has you covered.



"The Mexican ... is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. True, there is as much fear in his attitude as in that of others, but at least death is not hidden away: he looks at it face to face, with impatience, disdain or irony." -Octavio Paz, Labyrinth of Solitude

I’ve not been to Mexico yet. I’m a “gringo” by every definition I’m aware of. Everything I know about the country and the culture I’ve learned from a distance so far. The direct thematic links of the living and dead coexisting were pointed out to me. On repeated occasions, friends, students, and collaborators have told me stories of being there, describing the braid of past, present, and future in the air, the music, and the earth. Like the voodoo deep in the bones of New Orleans that can only truly be known when you’re there, I anticipate something indescribable.

In October I’ll be there for Mystery School in Mexico. A few short weeks before the country celebrates the Day of the Dead, leading and teaching the path from meditation through hypnosis to past life regression. There are a few useful metaphors to illuminate the steps. For instance, meditation as a glass of water. Simple, refreshing, and refreshingly simple. Contained, for 2 minutes or 20, or more. No past or future, just the wordless experience of right now. Like the glass is filled with water, the mind is filled with activity which with time (and practice) comes to rest and becomes still.

Then hypnosis as a swimming pool. A larger container. We can see the boundaries, and be part of the activity. We can explore the past or imagine the future - we can comfortably play in the shallow water or explore the deep end. We can swim fast or wade peacefully. It can be work or pleasure. Hypnosis would be the second and larger of three concentric circles.

And finally past life regression as an ocean. A source of life that is most often beautiful, and can also be unpredictable and treacherous. The waves, the rhythms of the water and the interplay of currents happen on levels we’re not entirely aware or in control of. (Like some psychedelic journeys or experiences of ecstatic states) it’s deep, majestic, reflective, and mysterious. We can lose the horizon and explore endlessly. Past life regression would be the third and largest of the concentric circles with these three modalities.

At events I lead regularly with The Alchemists Kitchen, The WOOM Center, Assemblage NYC, and other institutions throughout the city, I’ll often say “if the only thing that occurred during an experience of past life regression were that it leads us to rethink our unconscious fears of dying, that would be a hell of a lot.” Psychology and philosophy often frame life as a continuous process of loss. Grief, like the wallpaper in death’s antechamber, will happen consciously or unconsciously through life as we say goodbye to former versions of ourselves. And physical death may be the only true goodbye. Past life regression, guided competently, offers a compassionate framework to work with the reflections and projections of this natural process that we are actualizing in our behavior.



“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” -Voltaire

I defer to the people I work with as the experts on yourselves. I would not tell you what is or is not a memory of a past lifetime. I guide safely from one side of the process to the other, and help with the interpretation of the images, symbols, and narratives. Taking what is useful and leaving the rest, we want to extract the most directly purposeful lesson or feeling. Only you could know what that is.

There is finally the story behind my curtain; the death of my father almost 8 years ago when I inherited his work and my life as it is today began. It’s a larger tale than can be contained here, and I can only speak for myself. It feels incongruous in moderate terms, and possibly disgraceful in the extreme that there were tremendous gifts in my father’s passing. Those gifts are a testimony to him and his ability to leave a wake of healing and magic in death as he did in life. My missing him every day is proportionate to my gratitude. Thinking of the suffering late in his life, I feel my engine drain. Then remembering the months afterwards, the tributes and celebrations of his life, we both feel complete again.

I have questions about his death I’ve never felt able to ask because he was the only one who would know exactly what I meant, and only he would have the answers anyway. The questions have eroded over the years from their original words to muffled tones and finally vibrations in my body and voice. They hide in plain sight beginning and ending simultaneously. They express themselves through me, like orphans seeking to be reunited with their parents and made whole again.

The reunion happens this October 10 – 14th at THE MYSTERY SCHOOL IN MEXICO on El Ranchito de Arleta outside San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.