Sessions

The Magic of the Mushroom

Psilocybin mushrooms have been called ‘magic’ for many reasons. Their impact on culture has literally spanned human history. From the earliest cave paintings, shamanic traditions to modern religion, these fungi have helped to shape who we are.

Misunderstanding and irresponsible use has led to the harsh legal and social restrictions of psilocybin mushrooms. There are not any innate dangers or risks to the use of mushrooms, In fact, psilocybin mushrooms are non-toxic and have even been found to encourage neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells.) Despite these proven facts nearly every country on Earth makes these naturally occurring mushrooms expressly illegal to cultivate, collect or consume.

At MycoMeditations we consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to expose so many new people to the wonders of psilocybin as an assistant to their therapy or even as a tool for creative/intellectual exploration.

What is a ‘Myco’ Meditation?

For us, working with the mushroom is a way of life. Much of our identity, worldview, and behaviors are informed by lessons we have learned within the mushroom experience and integrated into our everyday routines and reflections. The name MycoMeditations implies directed and intentional use of psilocybin mushrooms. Not a specific meditation or yogic practice.

We will ask that you join us for the preparation and integration conversations before and after the mushroom experience. You will not be asked to sit cross-legged or chant. While we do occasionally offer additional mindfulness meditation activities such as sophrology and breathwork when particular expert special guests join the retreats, you are not required to participate. While we are pleased to share practices and techniques that assist to integrate the experience, joining in is up to you.

Our Psilocybin Sessions

We do not refer to our sessions as ceremonies. While psilocybin has a long and respectable use in shamanic practices, we choose not to operate this way. You may find your session accented with candles or light background music, or perhaps the smell of burning sage or incense in the room. You will not find our team members rattling or blowing smoke above your head.

A mushroom session can get difficult. Some of our deepest fears and anxieties may arise during a session with psilocybin and this is often where the healing begins. We do not subscribe to the notion of ‘bad trips’. There are occasionally challenging experiences, but they more often than not prove to be the most rewarding and provide the most relief. In reality, a single psilocybin session will be filled with moments of absolute bliss and intense fear. We will be there with you before, during and after your experience.

Our sessions are held in a covered, open-air pavilion or in the beautiful, lush yard on the property. Occasionally, we may hold the session on a private beach as well. Our facilitators are there to provide you with reassurance or a caring ear if needed. We believe strongly that the mushrooms do the work and encourage participants to relax and let the experience unfold rather than talking one’s way through it. However, the conversations and dialogue immediately after the peak experience is an important part of the integration.

Dosing

Dosing of psilocybin can be challenging. Within a collection or harvest of mushrooms the potency can vary as much as 50%. To offset this variable we dry, grind, blend and encapsulate our mushrooms into 0.5 gram increments to deliver consistent potency and measurable dosing.
Our team will work with you to help understand your limits and desires when it comes to your dosing. We always start with conservative doses (1-3) grams and move up through the week. Interactions with SSRIs, baseline anxiety and guardedness, possibly body size and many other factors can have a role to play in how intense your experience is. We are here to help you find your personal ‘sweet spot’ with the mushroom.
For a seven-night retreat guests receive three doses of psilocybin. For a ten-night retreat guests receive four doses of psilocybin. We ask that participants respect our dosing recommendations. Doses are established based on personality type, experience and one on one consultations with Eric or one of our other facilitators.

*MycoMeditations reserves the right to deny psilocybin onsite to anyone who has exhibited dangerous behavior or seems too unstable for psilocybin. To help us accurately anticipate individual needs please be thorough on your application regarding mental illness, medications etc.

Outcomes

The best way to get the most out of your psilocybin experience is to go in with as few expectations as possible. More often than not the reason you came to ‘the mushroom’ is not why you think.

Anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, OCD, and many more of our modern ailments have origins deep within our personal psychology. Whatever the mushrooms bring to the surface is what needs attention.

In the hundreds of doses that we have administered over the years, nearly every individual who has joined us on retreat has experienced significant relief. Remember, psilocybin is a powerful tool for healing and release but it is not a cure. The deeper the wounds, the more layers you will need to peel off to find relief. While research is showing the power of a single dose, many people find that for lifelong healing working with psilocybin at least annually to be highly beneficial.