Psychedelic Experience Weekends

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends 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 weekends is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The weekends 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 weekends 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 (including food, shared accommodation, truffles and facilitation; not including travel) is £300 standard/£250 low income/£400 higher income. 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 Weekends take place almost every month, with exact dates released a few months before. You apply to the programme, rather than a specific weekend; if accepted onto the programme, you will then be able to book a place on a weekend. Confirmed dates:

  • Psychedelic Experience Weekend for Women: 27-29 Oct 2017
  • 3-5 Nov 2017
  • 8-10 Dec 2017
12 weekends completed
151 participants
10 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 Weekends programme and send you booking details of Experience Weekends as they are confirmed. Once you book onto a weekend, we add you to our Lumen discussion platform where you can get to know your fellow participants and we exchange further information about the weekend, including suggested reading, dietary requirements and travel plans. The Experience Weekend After the weekend, we continue to keep in touch via Lumen and organise a catch-up/check-in 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 Weekends programme and send you booking details of Experience Weekends as they are confirmed.
Once you book onto a weekend, we add you to our Lumen discussion platform where you can get to know your fellow participants and we exchange further information about the weekend, including suggested reading, dietary requirements and travel plans.
The Experience Weekend
After the weekend, we continue to keep in touch via Lumen and organise a catch-up/check-in dinner after a fortnight.

Tranquil and spacious venues

Lead facilitators

Hi, I’m Stef, Head 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 have just begun a yearlong training as a Holistic Counsellor with the founders of POL.

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.

Hello! My name is Ciara, one of the lead facilitators of the Psychedelic Experience Weekends. Helping people to feel comfortable, held and safe while going through transformational experiences and exploring new aspects of themselves is one of my deep passions and skills.

I am an experienced psychonaut and the conscious and considerate way I have used psychedelics have shaped my life in a beautiful way. In March 2015 I founded The Psychedelic Society of Ireland and since then have been cultivating the Irish psychedelic community through social gatherings, doing harm reduction work and facilitating psychedelic experiences.

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 a love for experimental community living, philosophy, science, mysticism, artistic expression, vegetarian food, personal development and deep connection. My favourite way to spend my time is being in nature, exploring music, travelling, practising yoga, dancing, reading and growing and cooking food.

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.

Sample timetable

Friday

8am Catch train from St Pancras (suggested, optional - you're welcome to make alternative travel arrangements)
3pm Meet in Amsterdam people who made alternative travel arrangements
5pm Arrive at the venue
7pm Dinner, cooked together
8pm Opening circle
9pm Group deepening exercises

Saturday

8.30am Yoga/meditation
9.30am Breakfast
10.30am Pre-trip circle
11.30am Take the truffles. There will be a comfortable central space with music, food and art equipment, a designated silent space, and the option of being outdoors
5pm Trip over for most people
6pm Gentle post-trip/pre-dinner activity
7pm Dinner
8pm Check-in circle
9pm Activities (optional)

Sunday

9am Yoga/meditation
10am Breakfast
11am Reflection/integration exercise
12pm Closing circle
1pm Return to Amsterdam

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 weekend?
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 weekend 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 Weekends 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 weekend?
I felt totally safe and cared for by the most loving group of facilitators.

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

Would you recommend the Experience Weekends 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 weekend?
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 weekend 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 Weekends 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 weekend?
Yes, I felt very safe throughout the weekend.

Was your weekend 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 Weekends 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 weekend?
I felt perfectly safe and comfortable, no room for improvement.

Was your weekend 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 Weekends 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 weekend?
I literally could have not felt more safe and comfortable.

Was your weekend 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 Weekends 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

Suggested reading

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