Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
Alalaho offers a holistic, psycho-spiritual approach to human flourishing which integrates the safe and lawful use of psychedelics with other transformational practices.
Our 4-day and 5-day psilocybin-assisted retreats in the Netherlands and in Spain are carefully designed to prepare you to let go into a receptive, trusting state of mind (set), in an environment in which you feel completely safe and supported (setting). Both preparation and integration are foundational to our approach.
Our team of highly skilled facilitators pioneered the first programme of its kind in Europe in 2016. We have been refining our retreat programme ever since, to provide the most optimal and enriching experience for our participants.
We include exercises and approaches from the Western clinical model, somatic and transpersonal psychology, as well as from ancient wisdom traditions across different cultures and times such as Buddhism and the shamanic lineages of the Americas.
Description of Services:
- Receive 1:1 guidance and support before and after the ceremony from our expert facilitators
- Engage in preparation and integration activities before, during and after the retreat
- Share the journey together with a group of like minded individuals
- Be nurtured and nourished in a beautiful retreat venue, in nature, eating healthy, exquisite food
CORE & RETURNERS
Our Core Retreats offer an accessible entrypoint into psychedelic and other forms of inner exploration and personal growth work. These retreats introduce you to the foundational pillars of our approach: relationship with self, relationship with others, relationship with nature, relationship with the Mystery.
They are available to all sufficiently mentally and physically healthy individuals, regardless of prior experience of psychedelic substances.
Our Returners Retreats allow returning participants to delve further into their personal growth and healing journey by expanding upon their Core Retreat experience. In these retreats, we offer advanced preparatory and integration exercises, with a greater focus on contemplative practices and therapeutic inquiry.
Giving due energy to preparation before the psychedelic journey not only reduces the possibility of anxiety and tension blocking the flow of the experience, it also enhances the probability of an enriched, deeper experience.
- Ahead of each retreat, you will receive reading material and suggested exercises to support your preparation for the retreat.
- One week before the retreat you will also have the opportunity to meet your lead facilitator and fellow participants via video call, allowing you to get to know each other and feel safe in the group, as well as ask any burning questions you might have.
- On the retreat itself, we offer one-on-one sessions with the facilitators, and individual and group activities to help you feel well prepared and supported, as well as safe and bonded with the group before stepping into the unknown.
In many ways, the journey only really begins when the psychedelic effect subsides.
- In the days after the ceremony, we incorporate solo and group integration activities, and individual one-on-one sessions with the facilitators to give you the opportunity to explore the deeper nuances of your journey.
- We also offer 3 weeks of integration support following the retreat – through group video calls as well as suggested exercises – to help you weave the insights from the retreat back into your everyday life.
GROUP EXERCISES & GROUP SUPPORT
On the retreat we can safely explore relating to one another in a held and loving space. Tremendous healing comes from being witnessed and accepted as who we are. The group is also a major resource in the integration process. In a society that hasn’t yet incorporated the use of psychedelics and other peak experiences into its fabric, the community of fellow retreat participants plays a central role as allies and companions on this extraordinary journey.
OUR APPROACH: OPENING & DEEPENING
Peak states, such as those experienced on psychedelics, can open us to what is important in life, and steer our course, but they alone aren’t enough to transform insights into lasting change. Our conditioning quickly lures us back into entrenched behaviours. To deepen the insights gained during a peak state into a new way of life, we must address what is blocking us from experiencing our full freedom, wholeness and potential.
To help you do so, we incorporate a variety of transformational practices aimed to equip you with the essential tools needed to navigate your ongoing journey:
- Meditation and contemplative exercises
- Movement and embodiment practices
- Nature connection
- Creative expression
- Ritual and ceremony
“The attention to integration was amazing, extremely impactful, and probably the main reason I’d recommend these retreats.”
Li, 32 years old
"I was dubious about needing the day after, but it is 100% the right thing to have, almost as important as the ceremony itself."
Guy, 42 years
“Every single thing was perfectly thought out and flowed beautifully. The facilitators were the most beautiful, intelligent, loving, compassionate people. The vegan food was delightful, nourishing, beautiful, every bite tasted like the most special food ever. I could not have dreamed that this retreat would be wonderful from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. It will stay with me for a very long time. I will do all I can do to keep it alive in my body and soul forever. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
Jennifer, 52 years
"I can’t imagine a more beautiful and supported entry into the world of psychedelics than this magical retreat. The days before the ceremony really helped me unwind and open fully into the experience. By the second day I already felt like I’d been on the most amazing retreat and the ceremony hadn’t even happened yet."
Lauren, 35 yearsPractitioners:
Jennifer began her in-depth inquiry into the nature of reality and the inner workings of the human mind(heart) after a life-changing backpacking journey to Asia in her late teens where she discovered both Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred use of psychedelic medicines. Over the last 15 years, she has spent close to one thousand days in meditation retreat – studying and training under the close guidance of her Tibetan Buddhist teacher. She has also trained as an integrative transpersonal psychotherapist. In 2017, she began facilitating psilocybin-assisted retreats and co-directing the Psychedelic Society's Experience Retreats programme, eventually leading to the founding of Alalaho. For her, this precious work is all about supporting the unfolding of the infinite vitality, wisdom and potential that lies at the core of our being – just like the blossoming of a lotus.Team/Medical Staff:
Dr Lauren Macdonald
Find out more about our team on our website:
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Jennifer TesslerGroup Size: 16Price Range: 2,850€ - 3,350€
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
The Alalaho Journey
RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Pay your deposit to reserve your spot, and schedule an onboarding call with us to ensure that a psychedelic journey is the right decision for you at this point in your life.
SUBMIT A HEALTH FORM
Complete and return a health form ahead of your onboarding call. This information is essential in helping us support your safety and well-being.
FINALISE YOUR BOOKING
Once approved, pay the remaining balance to confirm your reservation. If for health reasons we cannot accept your booking, your deposit will be fully refunded minus a 20€ admin fee.
BEGIN THE PREPARATION PROCESS
You will receive material and suggested exercises to support your preparation for the retreat. One week before the retreat there will be a video call for you to meet your lead facilitator and fellow participants.
ATTEND THE RETREAT
Let go of your usual duties and obligations and be held and supported as you set sail onto new shores, discovering yourself and the world in a whole new way!
EMBARK ON YOUR INTEGRATION JOURNEY
You will be supported for 3 weeks through a weekly group video call with your fellow participants and a senior facilitator as well as suggested exercises – to help you weave the insights from the retreat back into your everyday life.Supplemental Modalities: Meditation and contemplative practices, embodiment practices, nature connection, creative expression, ritual and ceremony, solo and group activities, one-on-ones, exquisite healthy foodPsychedelic Substances Offered: Psilocybin TrufflesHow does this Center source medicine?:
We have a long-term partnership with one of Holland's alternative smartshops.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: No