Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
come into being
Our psychedelic-assisted psilocybin retreats are seeded in deep ecology to ignite healing, belonging, awe and connection.
This is a process of emerging, surrendering and re-membering… where your true essence is enlivened and nourished.
Whether there is a yearning inside you for more than what has been ‘prescribed’, a curiosity edging you closer to the mystery, patterns and layers mulching your authenticity, or whether you simply long to sit in circle with real reciprocal community, then you have arrived. Welcome.
“This was a powerful and transformative journey which took me to the unknown shoreside of my inner self. It felt like embodying a new flesh, taming new sensations, embracing new forms on a constant discovery or rediscovery of scents and visions, as if the world was unveiling itself for the first time before my eyes. A metamorphosis full of promises, tears, laughs, smiles and an utter rage for life that will remain etched in my heart and flesh for eternity.”
— Elisa Henny
"This experience has been life changing for me in so many ways, I have a new found acceptance, peace and connection to nature and myself that I didn't think was possible. This continues to evolve after returning home. Roni, Andrew, Lilia, and Hanna have the most beautiful voices, it was such a treat to hear ancient medicine music from the soul, oh how I miss it. Perhaps a Rooted Healing recording session could be on the cards?! Rooted Healing are a truly special, humble, passionate collective of experts who create magic. They really do make you feel safe, held and completely at ease. This is reflected in the family community that was quickly created, the honesty, vulnerability and insights and breakthroughs we all had. If you are considering doing any kind of retreat, I can't recommend Roni and her team highly enough. Thank you for all your hard work, love, expertise and passion and for being such wonderful beings. I feel truly blessed to have had this experience with you."
— Laura Hodge
“The time I spent with my new Rooted Healing family was a profoundly nourishing gift that moved in so many delicate and magical ways. The enchanted land that held us combined with the love, care, warmth and creativity of the team, made for the safest space in which to bond and soften down among the wonderful crew that were gathered there. I found that balances were struck with great intuition; each day contained so much that was soft and loving and provided a gentle invitation to meet our edges. With the trust and tenderness that evolved between us it was possible to laugh, cry, play, express, create and share without shame or judgement. Somehow each day felt rich with activity yet beautifully spacious. My connection to the world around me has been invigorated. A profound thank you.”
— Sarah McCunn
Our nature-led psilocybin retreats offer emergent insight into who you are in this moment and how you can shape your reality by weaving yourself into deeper intimacy with life.
Transformational ceremonies are woven within a grounded programme of somatic and transpersonal psychology, deep ecology, regenerative life-ways and homegrown nutrient dense nourishment amongst rare ancient coastal forest on 130 hectares of community tended wilderness and permaculture life in Portugal (we previously ran our retreats in the Netherlands and prior, in Mexico).
We are a multidisciplinary team of healing arts professionals with both traditional animistic (shamanic) understanding of ceremonial and ritualistic work, along with psychological expertise. Our approach ensures that you are equipped with tools and practices for your ongoing integrative healing. We understand that psychedelics are one of many facets required for life-lasting healing and growth.
We carry the medicine of live ceremonial songs and sounds as a key ingredient to holding transformational ceremonies. You can expect beautiful, organic immersive soundscapes as you delve into the depths of consciousness.
The wisdom of nature and place guides our programmes and core philosophy. We see psilocybin as a catalyst for personal, social and ecological change, which is why we marry this work with regenerative living, where you can taste the beauty of life in balance.
We take great care in the intake process, as well as providing a thorough preparation and integration programme before and after the immersion. We also cultivate long-lasting community and peer to peer support.
We appreciate the leap of faith into an experience like this takes and are here to support you with your decision making process, with awareness and integrity around the acknowledgement that this approach is not for everyone.Description of Services:
“This week was one of the most transformational times of my life. I feel lighter, more expressive and more receptive to love. My mental and emotional states are simply changed. Everyone who organized or partnered with the retreat is the real deal. I knew none of these people beforehand, but feel like I left with a new family.”
— Jeff Pratt
Abundant in its nature, psilocybin exists all over the world making it an embedded thread within our collective ancestral heritage. Research reveals it to be one of the safest and most promising non-addictive psychedelics (entheogen), proving to support long-term neurogenesis, which is the formation of new neuronal cells in the brain.
With evidence suggesting its ritualistic use as early as 9,000 years ago, it has been shown to aid in healing multiple physical, emotional, mental and spiritually rooted health conditions. Science is also recognising its capacity to increase creativity, deepen nature connectedness and even reshape our relationship with death.
We see psilocybin as a catalyst for personal, collective and ecological change, showing us how to interrelate with compassion, creativity, intuition and curiosity.
Dive deeper in our resource hut.
We, as human beings upon this earth, have sat in ceremony since time immemorial. It is our birthright to cultivate time together to connect with our shared humanity and our relational dance within the web of existence. Ceremony offers us a healing containment to delve into the depths of our heart’s questions, sorrows, joys and dreams.
Ceremony brings us back into a state of belonging, which balms the losses of the modern era. It is an alchemy of intention, song, prayer and elemental relationship, through which our personal and collective voices of longing and creativity are extended to the unseen dimensions of life, beyond our conscious minds and into the realms of nature and spirit. This act is indigenous to the psyche, invoking a form of ‘direct knowing’, which is often ineffable but experienced through the fabric of our being.
Our time together has been carefully curated over many years of weaving this offering into the world. Each day’s rhythms are rooted within spacious moments to nourish and digest the deep work that brings us together. Delicious home-grown nutritious meals will be served throughout. Click here and scroll down to find our full retreat programme.Practitioners:
We are a multidisciplinary team honouring and merging ancient healing practices with people and place-based receptive needs. Learn more about our core team below, who are supported by further team members such as volunteers, local/visiting facilitators and musicians, and of course, our incredible garden growers and cooks as well as our permaculture community.
Founder + Lead facilitator
As a multidisciplinary healing + creative arts practitioner, Veronica weaves her love for soma, psyche, land and song into a life-long emergence of service and creativity. From wild Welsh lands, her deep enquiry into expanded states of consciousness within indigenous traditions of the Americas and Mother Europe’s native ways, guides her fascination with the fabric of life. With over a decade of diverse facilitation experience and an MSc in Consciousness + Transpersonal Psychology with the Alef Trust, Veronica carries this work with a grounded compassion and resilience. Founder + director of Rooted Healing and hosting the accompanying podcast, Veronica’s longing for an intimate relationship with life is apparent and contagious. She serves to remind you that we belong and that the mystery of life is worth falling in love with, again and again.
Lead facilitator + 1 on 1s
Lilja is an experienced Psychologist from Iceland who specialises in group psychedelic integration, healing trauma, psychedelic harm reduction, and treating addiction and chronic pain and illness. She has created a safe platform full of courses to help people get in touch with their playfulness and creativity, increasing people’s self-understanding and connection with themselves and the world around them. Lilja offers needed perspective on both the healing potential of psychedelics in psychotherapy and the risks involved. Lilja has also been immersed in native traditions in Ecuador to gain deeper insight into group psychedelic-assisted healing, learning with medicine keepers and masters and offering 1 on 1 support when needed. Lilja will be available throughout our time together, supporting ceremonies and leading sessions such as parts work and integration.
A multi-musician and facilitator of trust, breath and connection practices, Migjen weaves his enquiry of entheogenic understanding into grounded group support. With a mixed German-Albanian heritage and fascination with cross-cultural wisdom exchange, he approaches this ancestral work with care, curiosity and humility. With experience supporting ceremonies during his 14 months in Latin America, Migjen will be offering his presence, percussion, songs and support in ceremony, also guiding practices for our rest and integration, along with ensuring the smooth running of our time together. Alongside this work, Migjen also teaches and is committed to contributing to inclusive cross-cultural education.
Aisha von Nahmmacher
Intake + Organisational Support
Aisha is a documentary producer, yoga teacher and plant/fungi medicine advocate. Having been gifted the middle name of Amanita, Aisha has grown up with an ineffable curiosity in the healing powers of plants and fungi. This has led to her inquiry into ancient and indigenous practices around the world, immersing in cross-cultural healing disciplines in India, Thailand and Ecuador. Born and raised in London, Aisha always felt a yearning for the wild and love to gather folk together for magical moments of reconnection.
Guest Facilitators (we invite 1 guest facilitator per retreat)
Andrew is a ceremonialist and multidisciplinary artist from Long Island, New York. For well over a decade Andrew has been passionately studying, learning from, and working directly with master plant teachers, ancient ceremonial traditions, and the practice of holistic body-mind healing through herbalism and spiritual teachings. Born of Jamaican and Iranian descent, Andrew humbly walks a path of service in order to honour and give thanks to his ancestors and elders for helping guide him towards rediscovering these ancient and universal forms in which all communities gather, heal, and grow together. Apprenticing for many years with initiated teachers and elders of several traditions has provided Andrew with an immense respect and understanding of the responsibility of what it is to carry these sacred teachings with the upmost reverence and integrity. Always working from a place of love, safety, humour, and gentleness, Andrew leads a life of prayer with the intention of leaving a positive and lasting impact on all those he serves and supports.
Dr Sam Gandy
Nature Connection + Ecology
Sam has a lifelong love of nature and wildlife, and a PhD in ecological science from the University of Aberdeen. Sam worked on the cutting edge of psychedelic research, as Scientific Assistant to the Director of the Beckley Foundation, and as a collaborator with the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London.
Sam is a wildlife regeneration innovation leader with Ecosulis and continues to execute his ground-breaking research in nature connection, with exciting findings in the affects of Psilocybin with our level of nature connectedness. Sam is involved with our online preparation and integration programmes and may be present in person to guide some nature connection practices.
From studying Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge to living with indigenous tribes in Brazil, Bethan has been exploring the otherworldly nature of voice on and off stage since her childhood in Wales.
Bethan’s exploration has included training as a classical singer, performing and living within the experimental scene in Berlin and learning with both shamans, masters, and the wordless ancient teachings of the natural world. Her most inspiring retreat was a month in solitude with only her voice overlooking the sacred Island Ynys Enlli.
She works as a vocal composer and performer and has performed across the globe, taking people to the depths of their own ancient landscapes through her truly unique and profound vocal journeys. Beyond performance, Bethan’s vocals have been described as deeply shamanic, moving and activating. We are delighted to invite Bethan and her incredible voice to our ceremonies.Team/Medical Staff:
We will be supported by the community on the land, with thorough orientation towards safety procedures.
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Veronica StanwellGroup Size: 12-14 ParticipantsPrice Range: 1,700 - 2,200 GBP
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
Go to rootedhealing.org/earth-medicine for a thorough overview of your experience with us.
Transformational psilocybin ceremonies are woven within a grounded programme of somatic and transpersonal psychology, deep ecology, regenerative life-ways and homegrown nutrient dense nourishment amongst rare ancient coastal forest on 130 hectares of community tended wilderness.
"The Rooted Healing team craft their experiences with a level of care, cohesion and wisdom well beyond their years. Like a bottle of precious artisan wine, this will get even better with age and attract awards and accolades . My prediction is that in this coming decade of earth medicine (psychedelic-assisted) interventions and nature connection immersions, they will set a new benchmark. The question which will define one's experience will simply be: "Were you facilitated by Rooted Healing or not?" - Matt Zylstra (leading nature-connection researcher + guide)
We welcome you to a regenerative project that re-connects humans to nature...
Tending a regenerative eco off-grid farm and co-living space based in the coastal natural park in South Western Portugal, this is a unique and special opportunity to truly marry the healing of inner and outer landscapes. This predominantly educational project creates hope for future generations, to show what practical possibilities are out there in terms of reversing soil erosion and implementing land restoration, eco construction, passion based learning, local food security and bioregional life-ways.
With nutritious nourishment straight from our permaculture market garden...
We grow organic vegetables and fruit in our terrace gardens and food forest. We also keep sheep for an animal and land management practice that mimics nature to benefit both grazers and biodiversity, improving water and mineral cycles. Our plates will be a celebration of true regenerative life-ways, including an abundance of home-grown and home-produced plants, meat (mutton), butter and cheese. We will celebrate our final feast with local fresh fish from the market (V and GF options too).
Nearby, following a river immersed in the etherial bell chorus of goats, there is a canyon…
A 15 minute drive takes us to a special, hidden and treasured place. There is a potent charm to this canyon, an ancient memory that awakens through a baptism-esque bath in the healing waters followed by a warm embrace of ancestral rock. We will spend much of the day here, nestled in the canyon’s embrace, picnicking together in the shade of the trees.
Our maximum capacity is 14 participants. You can book additional days either side of the retreat in your chosen accommodation for an extra reasonable fee (we recomend this for additional time to adjust and integrate).
The airport shuttle is included and takes 2 hours door to door. Arrival to the retreat is at 4pm. The departing shuttle is at 12pm on the final day.
"I feel so full of wonder, gratitude and inspiration after the incredible body-soul nourishment I received with Earth Medicine. The week so perfectly curated, the craftsmanship that went into the whole journey ensured the group was a safe container for pure magic to unfold. I loved how the retreat weaved playfulness with sacredness. The effects have been both subtle and profound. The connection I have been fostering to nature and the present moment have both become much more vivid, still deepening to an even more fulfilling place than I ever imagined was possible. I feel that both my sweet inner child and wise ancient self are now known and integrating within me. The week offered medicine in so many ways - from the food, the land, the family we created as a group, the sense of belonging, the moving ceremonies, the reverence for nature, the deep rest, the heart-songs, all climaxing with the magical medicine itself. I’ve received healing on every possible level of my psyche and I feel the ripples to such far-reaching places. There are so many moments from the week that have crystallised in my memory to cherish always. Thank you so much to the beautiful souls that held the container of this magic for us. It was true alchemy." - Brighitta Moser-ClarkIntake Process:
Your journey with us:
Submit your information (via rootedhealing.org/apply - please ensure you are familiar with all of the details including costs before applying) to help us advise on whether Psychedelics are the right option for you in this moment.
Connect with a member of our team over video call to ask questions, learn more about our approach + ensure this is a good fit.
Secure your place on our intimate immersion with your deposit. The rest is due 1 month prior unless a payment plan is arranged.
Our preparatory programme involves resource sharing, practices and an online group call with your facilitators.
A full week’s programme to support your transformational healing journey, held by an experienced team, rooted in nature.
We provide a 2.5 month integration programme with 3 live group calls, resources, practices + community support.Supplemental Modalities: Breathwork, somatic sessions (yoga, nervous system reset, myofascial release yin yoga, body-mind centering), self-enquiry (parts work, journalling, meditation), sharing circles, creative integration sessions and nature connection practices.Psychedelic Substances Offered: PsilocybinHow does this Center source medicine?:
We work with a local ceremonial grower.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes