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.

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

What substance is used?

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

Who can come on a retreat?

The retreats take place in a range of group sizes from 10-20 people. 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.

How much does the retreat cost?

Our pricing system is based on trust, we ask applicants to choose an income tier that is relevant to them and choose a price based on that. Most things are included in the cost for the retreat however we must charge participants for the truffles and travel separately for legal reasons.

Cost for retreat: Additional costs:
Lower income: £550 • £30-£50 for the psychedelic truffles
Standard income: £850 • £50-£60 travel to the venue from Amsterdam and back
Higher income: £1200 Optional: Private rooms are available for £200

What is included in the cost?

• Safe and legal facilitated psychedelic ceremony
• We use organic, local and seasonal produce as much as possible
• Yoga, bodywork, meditation and breathwork sessions

Click here to see a breakdown of the cost of a standard ticket for a 4 day retreat. If you have any further questions or would like more information about the retreats please get in touch.

Upcoming Retreats

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.

Dates Status
Women's Retreat: 15-18 November 2018 Full
23-26 November 2018 Full
6-9 December 2018 6 places
13-16 December 2018 2 places
20-23 December 2018 Full
11 - 14 January 2019 6 places
Women's 5 day Retreat 7-11 February 2019 10 places
21 - 24 February 2019 7 places
28 Feb - 3 March 2019 12 places
14 - 17 March 2019 10 places
21 - 24 March 2019 9 places
4 - 7 April 2019 10 places

Feedback from participants

Tranquil and spacious venues in the Netherlands

Programme Application Process

Step 1 →

Application

Submit an application for the Experience Retreats programme. You will need to provide details of a reference who may be questioned on the information that you provide.

Step 2 →

Review

We may be able to accept you to the programme on the basis of your written application. In some cases we may need to arrange a call or Skype to talk through some areas of your application in detail.

Step 3 →

Confirmation

All being well, you will be accepted on to the Experience Retreats programme and we will send you booking information, venue details and specific dates of Experience Retreats as they are confirmed.


Experience Retreat Process

Step 1 →

Preparation

When accepted, you will be invited to our discussion and information platform where you can book onto a specific retreat, get to know your fellow participants, arrange travel plans, access suggesting readings and dietary requirements.

Step 2 →

Experience

We will either meet participants in Amsterdam for a shared journey or you can make your own way to the venue. The Experience Retreat will take place over 4 days. Check out a sample timetable below for an idea of what to expect.

Step 3 →

Integration

After the retreat, we continue to keep in touch with participants and organise a catch-up call or dinner after a fortnight. Facilitators are available for individual follow up sessions.

Programme Application Process

Step 1 →

Application

Submit an application for the Experience Retreats programme. You will need to provide details of a reference who may be questioned on the information that you provide.

Step 2 →

Review

We may be able to accept you to the programme on the basis of your written application. In some cases we may need to arrange a call or Skype to talk through some areas of your application in detail.

Step 3 →

Confirmation

All being well, you will be accepted on to the Experience Retreats programme and we will send you booking information, venue details and specific dates of Experience Retreats as they are confirmed.


Experience Retreat Process

Step 1 →

Preparation

When accepted, you will be invited to our discussion and information platform where you can book onto a specific retreat, get to know your fellow participants, arrange travel plans, access suggesting readings and dietary requirements

Step 2 →

Experience

We will either meet participants in Amsterdam for a shared journey or you can make your own way to the venue. The Experience Retreat will take place over 4 days. Check out a sample timetable below for an idea of what to expect.

Step 3 →

Integration

After the retreat, we continue to keep in touch with participants and organise a catch-up call or dinner after a fortnight. Facilitators are available for individual follow up sessions.

Experience Retreat Sample Timetable

Day 1

4:00pm Meet in Amsterdam
6:00pm Arrive at the venue
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Opening circle
9:00pm Group deepening exercises
10:30pm Bedtime

Day 2

8:30am Morning practice (Bodywork, Yoga, Meditation)
9:30am Breakfast & Individual Check-ins with Facilitators
11:30am Ceremony opens
5:00pm Ceremony closes
6:00pm Gentle post-trip activities
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Check-in circle
9:30pm Optional activities

Day 3

9:00am Morning practice
10:30am Brunch
12:00am Group inquiry exercises
2:00pm Light lunch
3:00pm Individual Check-ins with Facilitators
4:00pm Integration exercises
7:00pm Dinner
8:30pm Evening meditation

Day 4

8:00am Morning practice
9:00am Breakfast
10:30am Integration discussion
11:30am Closing circle
12:30pm Cleaning party
1:30pm Return to Amsterdam
3:30pm Arrive in Amsterdam

Lead facilitators


Stefana Bosse



Ciara Sherlock



Biz Bliss


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28 retreats held
374 participants
11 quality facilitators