Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
Free (donation-based), legal, individual psychedelic sessions with magic mushrooms (Psilocybe cubensis) to those in need. An introduction to microdosing workshop is included as part of the integration and preparation. We can host 2 sessions per day, 3 days a week.
Based on the standard protocol for clinical practice developed by Johns Hopkins University, Imperial College London, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and others, our sessions are conducted individually, in comfortable, cosy indoor environments, with one or more monitors present at all times to offer non-intrusive, non-directive care and support. Accommodation is provided on-site to allow the rest necessary for processing the experience after the session. To ensure the experience of everyone is as beneficial as possible, we do not host group retreats but invite individuals to embark on a long-term, multi-stage journey with us, in which the session itself is merely one phase.
The reservation fee pays for the costs of accommodation, the professional masseuse, the session materials, and our own transportation to and from the session. We offer all our time in the spirit of the gift economy, and support ourselves entirely by donation. Our allied psychologists charge standard fees for the optional preparation and integration sessions.
For more information, please consult our profile page and our website www.mycosomaticmagic.comDescription of Services:
- Introductory discovery call
- Full medical and psychological prescreening to ensure safety of applicants
- Educational content to assist with preparation
- Private 1:1 psychedelic session
- Full-body sound vibrational massage
- Snacks during session
- On-site accommodation
- Educational content to assist with integration
- Access to voluntary participation in scientific research
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Siddiq KhanGroup Size: 1Price Range: €150
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
Once applications are accepted and dates arranged, the preparation phase includes the presentation of introductory educational content, baseline psychometric measurements that will be used to help evaluate the impact of the session, and the option to schedule one or more sessions with our allied psychologists, who specialise in the preparation and integration for psychedelic experiences. While these sessions are not mandatory, we do strongly encourage candidates to take the opportunity, particularly those who are approaching psychedelics from a state of significant mental distress, such as depression, anxiety, OCD or addiction. People in such states are precisely those who are most likely to encounter the most challenges during a session, and expertly guided preparation from an experienced clinician can significantly improve both the immediate experience of the session as well as the long-term outcomes. We consider it an ethical responsibility to refer candidates to appropriately qualified specialists when presented with necessities beyond the scope of our expertise.
The session begins with a preparatory discussion, during which we set and record intentions, work through doubts and fears, advise how to respond to challenging experiences, and quieten the mind with a "mindful eating" meditation. The mushrooms are served in a tea ceremony including an infusion of herbal extracts shown in several clinical trials to reduce anxiety significantly in patients awaiting surgery. This is particularly apt as a high dose psychedelic session is comparable to performing a deep surgical operation on your own mind.
Some days after the session, we provide the opportunity to record outcome measurements and send a personal aftercare email with suggestions on how to continue the journey. We collaborate with several research organisations whose studies we refer individuals who participate in our sessions to join, such as Quantified Citizen and Psychedelic Survey, collaborative platforms enriching today's psychedelic renaissance through stronger knowledge sharing, giving people around the world the ability to help psychedelic science by sharing their own meaningful experiences anonymously. On such platforms we invite our participants to join studies such as the Understanding Experiences with Psychedelics study led by the University of Michigan, whose newly established Psychedelic Centre is already publishing some fascinating research. Since we include an introduction to microdosing and meditation in the post-session integration aftercare, we also invite our participants to join the Microdose study led by Zachary Walsh of the University of British Columbia, as well as the Meditation and Microdosing study, designed by Marco Schlosser at University College London and co-run by Amanda Feilding at the Beckley Foundation, Carla Pallavicini and Enzo Tagliazucchi at the University of Buenos Aires, and Otto Simonsson at the Karolinska Institute.Intake Process:
To ensure the experience of everyone is as beneficial as possible, we do not host group retreats but invite individuals to embark on a long-term, multi-stage journey with us, in which the session itself is merely one phase. During the intake phase, we conduct a thorough medical and psychological pre-screening process to ensure the safety of the experience for all candidates, as well as an introductory interview, to get to know each other and to discuss intentions and upcoming steps.Supplemental Modalities: Sound ecology, sound meditation, vibrational massage, mindful eating meditation, microdosingPsychedelic Substances Offered: PsilocybinHow does this Center source medicine?:
We grow our ownPractice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes