Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
Numinous Ways retreat focuses on fostering a deep connection with the transpersonal, the NUMINOUS. Our approach is not centred on psychedelics; instead, we use them as tools to facilitate and sustain this sacred connection, bridging the transcendent with the ordinary.
Your Numinous Way
We will help you to discover and develop your own numinous way, your unique way to mysteries of existence, awe and wonder. Our approach is anchored in four fundamental pillars designed to lead you to a more fulfilling and meaningful life:
AWE is a reminder of the nature of existence itself, and a gateway to a deeper, more interconnected, and more meaningful experience of life.
HEALTH is a fundamental aspect of human well-being, encompassing not only our physical state, but also our mental, emotional, and spiritual states.
MEANINGFUL LIFE - fulfilment, meaning, and purpose. It’s about discovering our passions, pursuing our interests, and finding our unique path in the world.
EMBRACING MORTALITY – death is a profound transition, marking the end of life as we know it and ushering us into the unknown. A profound mystery, the ultimate frontier of human understanding.
Who we are?
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.
Other tools we use
In addition to the powerful psychedelic ceremonies, our retreat in the Netherlands offers a variety of meditation and bodywork workshops to help relax and prepare you for ceremony days. We also offer a facilitated breathwork session which offers a powerful experience for emotional release by utilising conscious cyclical breathing techniques to access deeper levels of awareness and promote healing on physical, emotional, and energetic levels. These transformative modalities work in seamless combination to facilitate deep healing, expanded awareness, and profound insights.
What to expect on the retreat?
Throughout the retreat, you will be immersed in a supportive and nurturing environment, surrounded by the beauty of nature and a community of fellow seekers. Our experienced facilitators will guide you through each step of the journey, ensuring your safety, and comfort.
You will be grouped into small pods of four, each led by a dedicated facilitator who will be your guide and support throughout your retreat. Between the psychedelic ceremonies, breathwork, and other meditation and bodywork sessions, you will have regular pod meetings with your facilitator. During these meetings, you will have the opportunity to check-in, share your thoughts, intentions, and any concerns that may arise.
Before embarking on your journey, you will also have a one-to-one discussion with your facilitator to explore your intentions and what you hope to gain from the experience. They will hold your intentions in mind throughout the retreat, reminding you of your purpose and offering gentle guidance if and when needed. With their unwavering support at hand, you will be encouraged to face and embrace whatever emerges during your psychedelic experience, fostering a sense of deep surrender. Your facilitator will serve as a compassionate ally, empowering you to trust the process, let go of control, and fully immerse yourself in the transformative potential of your journey. They will be there every step of the way, providing guidance, reassurance, and holding space for you.
As the retreat unfolds, you will have ample opportunities for integration and reflection, allowing the insights gained during the ceremonies to permeate your being and shape your path of personal transformation. Through group discussions, guided meditations, and integration circles, you will have the space to process your experiences, receive support, and harness the potential for lasting change.
The Numinous in Psychedelic 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 84% of our participants have reported profound mystical experiences over the years.
Many of us at Numinous Ways are training to work with psychedelic medicines in our professional practice when these become licensed as therapies in the UK. Until such time, we are committed to supporting people to experience psilocybin in other safe and legal settings.Description of Services:
Numinous Ways holds a 6-day Retreat Format:
- 6 day retreat
- double psychedelic experience
- breath-work session
- full screening check with a psychotherapist
- meditation sessions
- two days of integration on retreat with a psychotherapist/psychologist
- private consultations with a psychotherapist pre- and post-retreat
- group preparation and integration
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
Bonus: Portugal Wellness centre includes:
Spa, Jacuzi, Sauna and heated poolPractitioners:
Dr. Christoph Zwolan - Clinical Director of Numinous Ways and Counselling Psychologist
Danielle Tanner - Lead Facilitator, Psychotherapist and Pre retreat Coach
Sam Bloomfield - Arts Psychotherapist and Retreat FacilitatorTeam/Medical Staff:
Dr. Christoph Zwolan and Danielle Tanner
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Dr. Christoph ZwolanGroup Size: 16Price Range: £2650 for Portugal luxury retreat and £2350 for Netherlands
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