Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
We are a diverse team of mental health professionals deeply invested in exploring the potential advantages of psilocybin for psychological healing and discovering a deeper sense of meaning. Our facilitator team includes psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, counsellors and various other complementary healthcare professionals. Although during your psychedelic experience, we will not be acting as your therapist (only as your facilitator) we bring a wealth of professional and personal education and knowledge to help you feel supported during your experience.
A number of our team have a particular interest in breakthrough experiences. A breakthrough psychedelic experience is one where an individual touches a sense of the Numinous and transcendental aspects of oneself and encounters personal unity with the deepest substratum of reality. Research has shown that when someone has a breakthrough mystical experience, it has a much deeper positive effect on healing mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety, as it often rewires very rigid neural pathways in the brain.
These sacred qualities of experience unfold uniquely for each person, making the journey truly tailored to your own beliefs and understanding of life. While we can't promise these encounters for everyone, we put our hearts into preparing each participant in various ways to enhance the chances of a profoundly enriching journey. Using the MEQ30 (Mystical Experience Questionnaire), a scientifically refined tool for studying mystical experiences developed by neuroscientist, Roland Griffiths, our research has revealed that 94% of our participants have reported profound mystical experiences over the years.Description of Services:
Numinous Ways holds a 6-day Retreat Format:
6 Days in our beautiful wellness centres in either Portugal or the Netherlands countryside
Transfer from the venue to the airport
3 delicious vegetarian meals a day
2 psilocybin ceremonies
1 breathwork intensive session
6 meditation workshops or embodied movement workshops
2 Integration workshops
Bonus: Portugal Wellness centre includes:
Spa, Jacuzi, Sauna and heated poolPractitioners:
Dr. Christoph Zwolan
Clinical Director of Numunious Ways and Counselling Psychologist.
Dr. Darren O'Reilly - Lead Facilitator at Numinous Ways and Counselling Psychologist
Jessica Sweet - Lead Facilitator, Psychotherapist and Pre retreat Coach
Danielle Tanner - Lead Facilitator, Psychotherapist and Pre retreat CoachTeam/Medical Staff:
Dr. Christoph Zwolan and Dr. Darren O'Reilley
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Dr. Christoph ZwolanGroup Size: 16-20Price Range: £2950
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
At Numinous Ways, we believe that a well-prepared, sensitively supported, and appropriately integrated psychedelic journey has the potential to be a hugely beneficial, sometimes even life-changing experience. That's why we make sure to establish a meaningful connection with each participant even before the retreat begins, assisting you in your mental and psychological preparation. Throughout the retreat, we also maintain regular check-ins, offering various pathways for integration and readiness. These include practices like meditation, creative expression, embodied movement, and breathwork. Furthermore, our tailored support continues after the retreat, ensuring that you seamlessly integrate your experience into your daily life, carrying its transformative power with you.
Outside of this, Numinous Ways also offers 'add-on' psychedelic integration therapy - which is more intensive and follows the format of traditional talk therapy with one of our psychotherapists should you need it after your retreat.Intake Process:
At Numinous Ways, your well-being is our utmost priority, and our intake process is designed with your safety and comfort in mind. After your initial application, we conduct a thorough mental health screening in the form of a one-on-one Zoom call with one of our clinical therapists. Think of this session as a conversation that may resemble a therapy session. During this discussion, we aim to better understand your current mental state and any previous mental health challenges you may have faced. This process ensures that all our facilitators are well-informed about each participant, allowing us to provide tailored support and care.
While our retreats are generally open to individuals with stable mental health, we understand that some participants may experience conditions such as depression or anxiety. If you fall into this category, rest assured that we are here to offer you additional support. You can collaborate with your facilitator or one of our therapists to determine the best approach for your needs.
However, it's important to note that for safety and ethical reasons, there are certain mental health challenges that we cannot accommodate on our retreats. These include severe conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Our commitment to your well-being guides these decisions, ensuring that our retreat environment remains conducive to healing and growthSupplemental Modalities: We also offer, Meditation workshops, Breathwork Intensive, journalling and artwork session, Embodied movement practice (ecstatic dance) and various other integration practices - such as working with dreams and imaginationPsychedelic Substances Offered: PsilocybinHow does this Center source medicine?:
We take pride in sourcing our medicine responsibly. It comes from ethical farmers, as well as trusted providers from renowned smart shops in the Netherlands.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes