The safety of each and every one of our guests is something we take very seriously at MycoMeditations. We ask that you help us assure your safety by providing accurate information on your application. Please fully disclose your medical and psychiatric conditions, as well as all medications you are taking. This confidential information is used to help counsel guests prior to their retreat, as well as to assist with determining how much psilocybin is appropriate.
During your retreat week, we ask that you stay hydrated, use sunscreen and insect repellant as needed, try to get as much sleep as possible and respect your physical limitations. It is important to avoid the use of substances that could impair your health or interfere with your experience with the mushroom. Discuss any concerns with your retreat leader.
Psilocybin sessions focused on self-healing is a new field, so our facilitators have a variety of backgrounds and training. All are selected for their experience with psychedelic facilitation, for their care of those taking mushrooms, and for their belief in the healing that occurs. While the majority of our facilitators do not consume any mushrooms during the sessions, some of our more experienced facilitators do consume psilocybin mushrooms along with the guests. They select a dose (much smaller than the guests) that they have identified as their “sweet spot”, as they are able to empathize and assist with guests who are in the mushroom space more effectively.
We confer with clinical psychologists and therapists before and after retreats, and there is always at least one licensed therapist facilitating for each retreat. If you are currently in therapy, your therapist should be informed about your decision to work with psilocybin mushrooms. If your therapist is unfamiliar with the research showing psilocybin’s benefits, you may want to refer them to the About Psilocybin page. Many therapists who were initially skeptical of psilocybin have come to embrace its benefit to their patients.
Before the Retreat
All applications to MycoMeditations are reviewed by a licensed therapist. Applicants are screened for psychiatric diagnoses, medications, medical conditions and other factors to ensure that all guests will be safe in consuming psilocybin. Extra scrutiny is given to applicants with a history of PTSD, suicidal ideation, or self-harm. We want to make sure our guests have adequate coping strategies, social support, and mental health treatment, if necessary, when they return home. If the therapist has any questions regarding a guest’s appropriateness for the retreat, she and the guest schedule a call. Any prospective guest may speak with our therapist prior to the retreat to discuss concerns.
During the Retreat
The facilitator team consists of the lead facilitator, licensed therapist, registered nurse, and other facilitators who will be present for you during the entire retreat week, on both dose and non-dose days. On dose days, the team is present during the pre-dose integration, providing education regarding psilocybin, dosing, and answering any questions. Facilitators remain present throughout the entire dosing session and there is a ratio of one facilitator to every 2-3 guests. If you require 1:1 assistance during your session, you will have it. We dose during daylight hours and guests are always in view of one or more facilitators, who will keep you supported, comfortable and well-hydrated. On non-dose days facilitators are present for integration sessions, meals and during down time as well. We love to get to know each new group of guests! Many team members possess skills that they share with the guests during the retreat week. This may include morning yoga or guided meditations before you dose. It is our privilege and pleasure to create a safe and supportive setting for our guests, in order that you may fully benefit from your mushroom experience.
Following the Retreat
Integration is an essential aspect of healing with the mushroom. Integrating the cognitive insights, emotional breakthroughs, and mystical experiences you have had during your psilocybin session will allow you to bring these changes into your everyday life in a meaningful and enduring way. The lead facilitator and therapist conduct an integration session the day following each dose and are always available to help you make sense of your experience. If a guest requests it, the therapist will work with him/her to create an individualized integration plan. Once you return home we provide a free integration call and we are always available to you should you hit a rough patch.