Weert, The Netherlands (in 20 acres of private woodland)
17-21 Oct 2019
£950 (accommodation and meals included, excluding cost of psilocybin truffles (approx £40 – provided by a trusted legal third party).
Two low-income places of £600 are available.
This retreat is aimed at mental health professionals interested in becoming psychedelic-assisted therapists, psychedelic therapists interested in an ACT-informed psychedelic experience and those wishing to better support people in integrating psychedelic experiences.
There is currently a psychedelic research renaissance involving sizeable clinical trials in both Europe and the USA. Even if preliminary, the current results suggest unprecedented success rates for depression, addictions and more. With such trials underway, psilocybin is expected be medically licenced in the next 5 years (See New Atlas FDA Breakthrough therapy, or Wired for more depth). The purpose of this retreat is to prepare and connect those interested in such developments. If you are interested in collaborating on future retreats like this, you are especially welcome.
Experts at multiple psychedelic research centres consider Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to be an important and useful framework for modern psychedelic therapy (see Walsh & Theissen 2018, Guss 2018). These four and a half days are an opportunity to explore the psychedelic experience with some ACT perspectives in mind.
In preparation you may consider your personal challenges in terms of ‘willingness’ (how open are you to certain discomforts?), ‘experiential avoidance’ (what are the obvious or subtle ways you avoid those inner discomforts?), your motivations (what impulses behind your inner and outer behaviours are keeping you from what you truly want). Simple metaphors such as the ‘reverse compass’ may guide us on our way: where is your mind telling you not to go?
To integrate your psilocybin experience into a life better lived, we may also consider if our old thought patterns take us where we really want to go. What new behaviours do our insights invite? How might our old habits get in the way of what we really want?
As well as offering these latter perspectives, the ACT model also invites its own integration with other models and traditions, into a behaviourally aware eclecticism. Some of these modalities of integration include breathwork, art therapy, neuroplasticity and guided visualisation.
Participants are invited to contribute their data towards a multi-baseline, single case series design study, tracking mediators of change before and after a psychedelic-assisted personal growth, including a number of ACT preparation and integration sessions pre and post retreat. Please contact us for further details of this research project…
This four and a half day retreat will include:
Day 1: Arrival (in the afternoon) and preparation: approaching the psychedelic experience as an opportunity for personal growth
Day 2: Self as context meditation and bodywork – you are not your programming. Afternoon ceremony – with Psilocybin Truffles, you embark on your psychedelic journey with the support of sober mental health professionals
Day 3: Integration – What is still coming up? Being in your direct experiencing. Breathwork. Journaling on your experience as it continues to surface.
Day 4: Second Ceremony – an opportunity to go deeper.
Day 5: Further integration – Has any of your inner or outer behaviour changed? What might you continue to do differently? What new paths do you feel invited to follow? Current psychedelic integration research findings. Is a new view emerging of the kind of life you want to live? Late afternoon departure.
Each day will include experiential practices to help us get into our direct experiencing. Through sharing circles we will learn from each other.
Minimum facilitator ratio: one to every five participants. Each participant will receive one on one pre and post-ceremony check-ins.
Those participating in the study will receive two preparatory, and four post ceremony integration sessions at no additional cost.
Spaces are highly limited to a maximum of 15. Private rooms available for a supplementary fee of £150/night
This retreat will also have other mental health professionals with ACT training and psychedelic therapy guide experience, ensuring each of you can receive individual attention when you need it. This retreat is not aimed at people with severe mental-health issues. All facilitators will remain sober throughout the retreat.
Join us in our stunning location with hot tubs and acres of woodland to soothe you on your journey.
About the facilitators
Henry J. Whitfield
Henry Whitfield is an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) Peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer, an Accredited Advanced TIR (PTSD therapy) Trainer and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (MSc – CBT). For over seven years Henry ran and supervised brief therapy for PTSD projects for Victim Support and Mind in London gun crime hot spots, using CBT and TIR. Henry has also trained over 1500 psychological therapists since 2003, supervising clinical psychologist for ACT and Trauma work in primary and secondary care with in the NHS. He is also a passionate integral thinker, publishing journal articles and book chapters on the integration of therapeutic models including, REBT-mindfulness, ACT-TIR-CBT, Person-centred-TIR. His psychedelic plant medicine path has changed how he does psychotherapy especially with self-concept issues. His knowledge of ACT and experience of facing trauma have guided him and many others on the path of psychedelic personal growth. He has written, co-written and edited training manuals for ACT, TIR and FAP (relational psychodynamic). Now he focuses his research on the development of ACT-consistent models for psychedelic integration, with psychedelic process research for Regents University London.
Lucyne Pearson is a Certified Integrative Psychotherapist since 2011. She specialized in addiction and trauma, recovery and worked for many years at the Priory Roehampton. She brings an array of skills and training in individual and group therapy, as well as considerable life experience, to assist her clients to look inward and awaken into a more accepting, joyful and authentic self. Lucyne is a skilled Shamanic Practitioner and has travelled throughout Central and South America, Hawaii and Europe studying sacred plants and healing modalities. She is also initiated in the Way of the Melissae; a European Shamanic Bee Lineage. She has led medicine ceremonies for over ten years including, most recently spending 2 years at Rythmia Life Advancement Centre in Cost Rica, where she led the participant ceremony, with up to 100 people, as well as their integration process.
She has a great passion for leading psychedelic work and creating an environment of safety, love, depth and transformation. She is also skilled musician and sound healer and uses the power of sound during ceremonies. Lucyne has been trained to utilise the following modalities to inform her treatment process: Transformational Breathwork, Clarity Breathwork, Family Constellations, Circling, Art Therapy, Hypnosis, Kundalini Yoga and Trauma Reduction Methods including the Rewind Technique, Emotional Freedom Techniques and Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment.