Psychedelic Experience Retreats

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Retreats allow you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment. The profound experiences of unity and interconnectedness reliably brought about by strong psychedelic trips can help people to live lives of greater love, compassion and joy.

The substance

The psychedelic used at the retreats is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The retreats take place monthly in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal.

The group

The group size ranges from 10-20. Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially higher dose than before. Experienced facilitators are on hand throughout, with no fewer than 1 facilitator for every 5 participants.

The retreats are aimed at people in good mental and physical health wanting to explore the nature of reality and the mind. They are not intended as a substitute for medical or psychotherapeutic care.

The cost

The cost for a 4 day retreat is £400 standard/£350 low income/£500 higher income (includes everything except travel to/from the venue). Private rooms are often available at a premium of £100/room.

A clip from a talk by Prof. Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University, describing a recent study involving psilocybin

Experience Retreats take place almost every month, with exact dates released a few months before. You apply to the programme, rather than a specific retreat; if accepted onto the programme, you will then be able to book a place on a retreat.

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20 retreats completed
271 participants
8 quality facilitators

The process

Submit an application. You will need to provide details of a referee who may be questioned on the information you provide. We may be able to accept you to the programme on the basis of your written application. For more complex cases, we'll arrange a call or Skype to talk through your application in detail. All being well, we'll accept you on to the Experience Retreats programme and send you booking details of Experience Retreats as they are confirmed. Once you book onto a retreat, we add you to our discussion platform where you can get to know your fellow participants and we exchange further information about the retreat, including suggested reading, dietary requirements and travel plans. The Experience Retreat After the retreat, we continue to keep in touch via the discussion group and organise a catch-up/check-in call or dinner after a fortnight.
Submit an application. You will need to provide details of a referee who may be questioned on the information you provide.
We may be able to accept you to the programme on the basis of your written application. For more complex cases, we'll arrange a call or Skype to talk through your application in detail.
All being well, we'll accept you on to the Experience Retreats programme and send you booking details of Experience Retreats as they are confirmed.
Once you book onto a retreat, we add you to our discussion platform where you can get to know your fellow participants and we exchange further information about the retreat, including suggested reading, dietary requirements and travel plans.
The Experience Retreat
After the retreat, we continue to keep in touch via the discussion group and organise a catch-up/check-in call or dinner after a fortnight.

Tranquil and spacious venues

Lead facilitators

Hi, I’m Stef, Director of Experience at the Psychedelic Society. I have a deep passion for introducing people to psychedelics and for creating an environment that will support mystical experience for those who have only taken them in a recreational context. Psychedelics have granted me some of the most profound experiences of my life, the ripples of which continue to have a positive and deeply meaningful impact on my life. I have experience with a wide variety of psychedelics, but have taken them with great respect and care every time, and believe in the importance of doing so.

I am a certified Forrest Yoga teacher, and have a regular meditation practice, most strongly inspired by Osho and the Diamond Approach. But my prayer is dance. I enjoy all kinds of rhythmic movement expression, but most regularly I dance tango, 5Rhythms and daily morning boogies at my house! I also play the Hang and clarinet, and love all things food and nourishment related.

My calling has always been to help others, initially leading me to obtain a bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and Masters degrees in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris and Columbia University in New York, followed by work in the environmental and human rights sector. However, as my own path has unfolded and spiritual journey deepened, I have become increasingly interested in the inner dimensions of change and healing, and specifically the overlap between psychotherapy and spirituality. After participating in the life-changing Path of Love (POL) process, I completed a training as a Holistic Counsellor, as well as additional modules in relationship counselling with the founders of POL, further refining my skillset to support others on their path towards truth and authenticity.

It is a profound honour to facilitate the Psychedelic Experience weekends and I do so bringing everything I've learned, and most importantly my full presence and love to hold the space and support those undertaking these deep, cosmic journeys.

Hi, I'm Stephen, and I'm the founder and director of the Psychedelic Society. I have extensive personal experience with a wide variety of psychedelics and have facilitated psychedelic sessions for a number of years. My psychedelic experiences have been amongst the most profound of my life, and have helped me to become a happier, calmer, kinder and more open-minded person.

I regularly dance 5Rhythms, facilitate Psychedelic Rhythms dance sessions, play squash and sit zazen. Psychedelics stimulated my interest in nondual philosophy and I am greatly inspired by the work of Alan Watts. I have attended meditation retreats at the Esalen Institute and Dhamma Dipa Vipassana meditation centre.

I am a camp lead for La Botica Exótica, a camp at European Burning Man events Nowhere and the Borderland, and have been on the organising team for several similar co-created gatherings in the UK. I am a committee member of the Breaking Convention multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness.

I live in London, enjoy a plant-based diet and do freelance digital work for a number of NGOs and political organisations. I have always been interested in the nature of reality and have Masters degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford and Complexity Sciences from the University of Bristol.

I believe that many people stand to benefit greatly from the careful use of psychedelic substances. I am deeply honoured to facilitate the Experience Weekends and bring to them my full love, energy and attention.

Hi, I’m Jen, one of the facilitators on the Experience Weekends and the co-founder of Psychedelic Meditation. For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the human mind, which I have come to see as one and the same with what we would call our heart: the seat of our spirit - wherein lies the potential for mystical insights and wisdom, awaiting to be tapped into - as well as that of our soul - the unique expression of our personal story and rich emotional life, instinctively moving towards healing and wholeness.

My encounter with psychedelics has opened up some significant doors into these realms (nowadays rarely explored in our materialistic, and principally outward-gazing society). I am so grateful for these precious opportunities, and feel deeply honoured to now be holding space for people to embark on similarly transformative journeys.

For more than a decade, I have been following a rigorous Tibetan Buddhist training under the close guidance of a recognised master. This has led me to spend over 500 days in retreat, including some prolonged periods of total silence and solitude to dive deep into the practice. I am now training as a transpersonal psychotherapist, and passionate about the synergy between psychotherapy, and meditative and psychedelic non-ordinary states of consciousness.

I also bring to my work a deep love of nature and a passion for (re)connecting to it in playful, creative, or ceremonial ways, as well as a genuine longing to live purposefully by helping and benefiting others to the very best of my ability.

Hello! My name is Ciara, I am from Dublin, but currently based in Berlin. Supporting people who are going through transformational experiences and exploring new aspects of themselves is one of my deepest passions and most developed skills.

I am an experienced psychonaut with a love and respect for an array of psychedelics. The conscious and considerate way I have used psychedelics has shaped my life path in a beautiful way, and they have acted as incredibly important healing tools for me.

I have a background in festival harm reduction, where I work with people who are having overwhelming substance related experiences in difficult environments, aiming to transform challenging experiences into ones of growth. I founded a harm reduction project called SPACE in Ireland, and have undertaken drug welfare training with ChillWelfare (UK) and training on Integrating Psychedelic Experience with Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (US).

While travelling in India I qualified as a BioDynamic bodywork therapist. My practice mainly focuses on massage therapy but I also have a big interest and extensive experience in holotropic breathwork and body movement techniques, working with the release of both physical and emotional tension and trauma.

I have an interest in community living, the body, philosophy, science, nature, mysticism, artistic expression, food, dancing, personal development, the list goes on, and I am happy to share more when we meet!

Words can’t express how blessed I feel to facilitate alongside the other amazing people on our Experience Weekends team, and to be able to sit with people through their profoundly beautiful journeys.

Hi, I'm Josh. I've been gathering and sharing edible mushrooms since I was a kid living in the fringes of London's Epping Forest. This fungal fixation took a thrilling turn when I first found magic mushrooms, liberty caps, on the wild Scottish Isle of Mull.

I've tried to avoid getting stuck on one side of false boundaries between nature and humanity, science and spirituality, body and mind, work and life. So I studied Human Sciences at uni, taught science to teenagers, then joined the ongoing 'psychedelic renaissance', working alongside leading researchers and clinicians at Drugscience.org.uk, the NHS and the Beckley Foundation.

I also trained as a holistic massage therapist and conservationist, recently wandering with peaceful, playful and critically endangered woolly monkeys though their Peruvian cloud forest as part of a master's degree in primatology.

My experiences of psychedelic states of consciousness have been life-enhancing. So I love the chance to support others trying this out for the first time, or trying to do so in a more intentional way. My passion for psychedelics (and sharing them) grew from my lifelong connection to nature, but gave it a new social, participatory and mystical dimension.

I gained experience as a volunteer for Festival Welfare Services, supporting people in altered states in a chaotic setting. That work is challenging but rewarding. It has been so much more fulfilling to co-create safe and serene Experience Weekends with participants like you and my gifted fellow facilitators. Together we cultivate an atmosphere that creates the best chance for meaningful experiences to unfold. I look forward to meeting you there.

Hi, I'm Biz. My soul mission is to amplify joy in the world. I am a freelance facilitator who has heard the call to hold space for women and is responding by collaborating with others from around the world exploring what it is to be a woman at this time. I experience a sense of clarity, purpose and meaning when amongst a circle of women. This focus has been a recurrent thread running through my work, ranging from the mundane to the adventurous (from boardrooms to boats - sailing across the Atlantic aboard an engine-less tallship being the highlight) exploring themes of sustainability, community-building and education.

Combining my thirst for adventure with a desire to make ideas happen, I have been supporting teams of young adults to set up social enterprises and community projects at Edventure:Frome, where I am now a trustee. I feel at home in psychedelic spaces that unleash my creativity, a deep reverence for life and connection to the natural world. Having been thrown in the deep end of a tumultuous year and journeyed through life's cocktail of dark and light, joy and pain, I value more than ever the power of working with groups in this way, humbled by holding space for others' healing and allowing the great mystery of these medicines to unfold. Mindful eating and soulful dancing are top on my list of life's pleasures along with running, cycling and wild swimming. I am currently based in Brighton where you'll find me running along the seafront training for a marathon and Iron (wo)man triathlon, unleashing my inner Artemis.

Sample timetable

Thursday

4pm Meet in Amsterdam for shared taxi transfer to the venue
6pm Arrive at the venue
7pm Dinner
8pm Opening circle
9pm Group deepening exercises

Friday

8.30am Bodywork / Yoga / Breathwork
9.30am Breakfast & opportunity for individual check-ins with the facilitators
11.30am Truffle ceremony
5pm Trip over for most people
6pm Gentle post-trip/pre-dinner activity
7pm Dinner
8pm Check-in circle
9.30pm Activities (optional)

Saturday

9am Bodywork / Yoga / Breathwork
10.30am Brunch
12pm Group inquiry exercises
2pm Light lunch
3-7pm Integration exercises
7pm Dinner
8.30pm Evening meditation

Sunday

8am Yoga/meditation
9am Breakfast
10.30am Integration discussion
11.30am Closing circle
12.30pm Cleaning party
1.30pm Return to Amsterdam, arrival by by 3.30pm

We respectfully ask participants to not bring alcohol or other psychoactive substances so that the focus remains on the psychedelic experience.

Feedback from participants

Did you feel safe and cared for throughout the retreat?
I felt very cared for during the weekend. The facilitators had such a calm and gentle air to them; I felt they held the space in a very considered and nurturing way. One of the aspects that has really stuck with me from the weekend is the warmth and authenticity that was created amongst the group.

Was your retreat profound/meaningful?
It was a deeply meaningful weekend for me. Previously I'd had glimmers of what psychedelics could offer but this experience was very different. I felt that was very much influenced by the intention and thoughtful setting of the weekend which is not something I could have created on my own. The weekend has fundamentally changed the nature of my relationship with psychedelics and the sacred. My experience facilitated a lot of healing and given me plenty to reflect upon since I've returned home. I think I will still be learning more from the weekend for many months to come.

Would you recommend the Experience Retreats to friends?
Yes - I have been recommending it to nearly anyone who will listen! Clearly though, it is the sort of experience would massively improved by being in a receptive headspace. I think it's probably one of those things where, in terms of preparation, you get out what you put in.

Emily

Did you feel safe and cared for throughout the retreat?
I felt completely safe and cared for.

Was your retreat profound/meaningful?
Yes, the experience was very profound and meaningful and it's been resonating in the most positive way afterwards.

Would you recommend the Experience Retreats to friends?
Absolutely! This is therapy at its best! Whether you want to share your stories and problems with other like minded people and look for possible answers or explore deeper regions of your own mind and soul this can definitely help you on your journey through life... Highly recommended!

Vic

Did you feel safe and cared for throughout the retreat?
I felt totally safe and cared for by the most loving group of facilitators.

Was your retreat profound/meaningful?
It was the most intense and ultimately the most profoundly beautiful experience of my life.

Would you recommend the Experience Retreats to friends?
Absolutely! Because I think they should also have the opportunity to experience such a magical, mystical happening. Not only that, I am sure it would help our relationships grow even stronger. Since returning, I feel a deep sense of calm and patience and a desire to listen more to others and enjoy the moment for what it is. That can only be good for friendships!

Andy

Did you feel safe and cared for throughout the retreat?
I felt safe and protected throughout the weekend especially during the trip. This was important to me, being my first truffle experience and was the main reason I chose to go on the experience, knowing I was in safe hands. I cannot think of anything more that could be done to enhance the feeling of being cared for. I felt the love!

Was your retreat profound/meaningful?
I found the weekend to be significantly profound and meaningful, participating in something I never thought I would experience and sharing it with some beautiful people. It was profound enough, believe me!!

Would you recommend the Experience Retreats to friends?
I would definitely recommend the EW to certain people, but realise a psychedelic experience is not for everyone, but I believe that those who would benefit from it will find their way to it eventually.

Wayne

Did you feel safe and cared for throughout the retreat?
Yes, I felt very safe throughout the weekend.

Was your retreat profound/meaningful?
This weekend was one of the most profound, deeply moving and healing experiences of my life. It surpassed all my expectations.

Would you recommend the Experience Retreats to friends?
I would highly recommend the Experience Weekend to my family and friends and have already done so. You have created a safe, loving and creative space in which to allow us participants to fully focus on the breathtaking psychedelic journey. It was also fantastic to be able to delve into your wealth of knowledge and experience.

Somang

Did you feel safe and cared for throughout the retreat?
I felt perfectly safe and comfortable, no room for improvement.

Was your retreat profound/meaningful?
The weekend blew my expectations out of the water, I gained profound insight from not only the psychedelics but from the people I shared the experience with. The entire weekend consisted of nothing but love and such power will for sure have impacted me as a person for the greater good.

Would you recommend the Experience Retreats to friends?
I am going to recommend the experience weekend to everybody that I feel could benefit from some spiritual/self growth.

Josh

Did you feel safe and cared for throughout the retreat?
I literally could have not felt more safe and comfortable.

Was your retreat profound/meaningful?
Having a safe space to fully surrender to my trip allowed me to have a deep experience that felt different to anything I have felt before. The fellow people who came with the same intention and the facilitators who really have been much more than that and I would describe as companions on my journey made this possible combined with a beautiful choice of location.

Would you recommend the Experience Retreats to friends?
I have been looking for a weekend like this in a long time and I will highly recommend it to anyone I know. This is very important work you are doing.

Juliane

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