Why choose MycoMeditations?
For us, working with psilocybin mushrooms 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 the directed and intentional use of psilocybin mushrooms – not a specific meditation or yogic practice.
Guests will join us for preparation and integration circles, both before and after your psilocybin mushroom sessions. You will not be asked to perform any shamanic or ‘new age’ practices. We are pleased to share practices and techniques that assist to integrate the experience however participation is up to you.
The Power of the Group
Our retreats will host 12-16 people at a time, all of which are on the same mission: to become happier people.
The group dynamic allows for powerful insights, shared experiences, and a communal bond. This allows for fresh perspectives and understandings of personal trauma, behavior patterns and more.
Within our group framework, there is plenty of time for one-on-one discussions with MycoMeditations facilitators and engagement with other guests.
We encourage participation in the group setting. Healing is a process. This group framework plays a significant role in an individual’s progress. In fact, current research is showing that the level of relief that a psychedelic experience offers is intimately associated with a communal experience.
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 in this manner. You may find your retreat sessions accented with candles, soft background music, or perhaps the smell of burning sage and incense. You will not find MycoMeditations team members rattling, drumming or blowing smoke above your head.
A psilocybin experience can get difficult. Some of our deepest fears and anxieties may arise during a session with psilocybin mushrooms – and this is often where the healing begins. We do not subscribe to the notion of “bad trips”. There are, occasionally, challenging experiences, but more often than not, they prove to be the most rewarding of sessions, as well as provide the most relief.
In reality, a single psilocybin session can be filled with moments of absolute bliss and intense fear. We will be there for you and with you before, during, and after your experience.
Our sessions are held in a beautiful, lush private property yard. Comforting indoor arrangements are used in the case of rain. Our facilitators are there to provide you with reassurance and a caring ear, as needed.
We believe strongly that the psilocybin mushrooms and you the participant, do all the work. We encourage participants to relax and let the experience unfold rather than talking one’s way through it. The conversations and dialogue immediately after the peak experience play a significant role in the integration process.
Dosing and Preparation Method
Finding the right dosage 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 psilocybin mushrooms into 0.5-gram increments – to deliver a consistent potency and measurable dosage.
Our MycoMeditations team will work with you to help understand your limits and desires when it comes to your correct dosage. We always start with conservative doses (2-5) grams and move up through the week. Interactions with SSRIs, baseline anxiety and guardedness, possibly body size, and many other factors can play a role 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 mushrooms. We ask that participants respect our dosage recommendations. Doses are established based on personality type, experiences, and one-on-one consultations with Eric or another MycoMeditations team member.
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.
Measuring Progress, Effectiveness, and 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 our clients come to experience psilocybin mushrooms is maybe not why you think.
Anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, OCD, and many of our modern ailments have origins deep within our personal psychology. You are encouraged to trust that whatever the mushrooms bring to the surface is what needs attention.
In the thousands of doses that we have administered to hundreds of participants over the years, nearly every individual who has joined us for a healing retreat has experienced significant relief. Remember, psilocybin is a powerful tool for healing and relief, however, it is not a cure. The deeper the wounds, the more layers you will need to peel off to discover relief.
While research is showing the power of a single dose, many people find that for lifelong healing, working annually with psilocybin mushrooms have proven to be highly effective and sustainable.
The healing experience does not begin when you consume the psilocybin mushrooms, and it is not over when the active psilocybin effect has passed. MycoMeditations staff members are not glorified “trip sitters”. We will be with you from the time you fill out your application through to, and after your return home. If needed, we can provide post-retreat coaching, integration support, and consultations. MycoMeditations operates a loose network of integration specialists and we are happy to make introductions for you.
Our experienced MycoMeditations team is here to assist and support you, as you work to understand and incorporate the insights gained through engaging with psilocybin mushrooms.