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.
The misunderstanding and irresponsible use of psilocybin mushrooms has led to the harsh legal and social restrictions. There are not any innate dangers or risks with 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 a therapeutic adjunct, or even as a tool for creative/intellectual exploration.
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.
We will ask that you join us for a preparation and integration workshop, both before and after your psilocybin mushrooms experience. You will not be asked to perform any rituals or ‘new age’ practices. While we do occasionally offer additional mindfulness meditation activities, such as sophrology and breathwork, you are not required to participate. We are pleased to share practices and techniques that assist to integrate the experience but participation is up to you.
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 therapy session(s) accented with candles, soft background music, or perhaps the smell of burning sage and incense in the room. You will not find MycoMeditations team members rattling or blowing smoke above your head.
A therapy session 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 therapy 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 covered, open-air pavilion or in a beautiful, lush private property yard. Occasionally, we may hold sessions on a private beach as well. Our therapy facilitators are there to provide you with reassurance and a caring ear, if needed.
We believe strongly that psilocybin mushrooms do all the work, encouraging 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 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 (1-3) 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, patients receive three doses of psilocybin mushrooms. For a ten-night retreat, patients receive four doses of psilocybin. We ask that participants respect our dosage recommendations. Doses are established based on personality type, experience. 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.
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 patients come to experience psilocybin mushrooms is 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 hundreds of doses that we have administered over the years, nearly every individual who has joined us on 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 has proven to be highly effective and sustainable.