Founder/Head Facilitator, Mushroom Expert, M.Ed
Eric made his first annual pilgrimage to Jamaica in 2003 and worked with his first MycoMeditations group there in 2013.
As the first Indiana State Certified Wild Mushroom Expert, a gourmet mushroom cultivator and founder of the non-profit organization PLEDG, (Psychedelic Liberation Education Discipline and Guidance) Eric has committed his life to learning and teaching the benefits of medicinal fungi.
Twenty years of work cultivating, consuming, and administering psilocybin has taught Eric many invaluable lessons. With a sincere and lighthearted approach, he maintains a safe and structured setting for the psilocybin voyager.
This journey has not been an easy one. In 2013 Eric was arrested for hosting psilocybin sessions on his farm. While creating significant challenges, it was the motivation needed to take his work public.
Witnessing the healing effects of psilocybin so many times fueled Eric’s drive to ensure safe, legal access to psilocybin. In 2016, while serving a two year probation sentence Eric invested all of his efforts into building MycoMeditations and PLEDG. The work has continued to grow ever since and the healing has touched hundreds of individuals.
CEO & Head Facilitator
With experience as an advisor to start-ups, most recently in the health care space, Justin brings a blend of business acumen, leadership skills and a nose for futuristic health models to the MycoMeditations team.
Throughout his career Justin has worked as a business leader across a range of industries, helping innovative companies identify opportunities, communicate their vision and deliver profitable products. But he has also been on a personal quest to explore alternative healing therapies to combat his own anxiety and depression.
Over the past 20 years Justin has delved into both transpersonal and Jungian depth psychology, explored psychedelic modes of healing and developed meditation and breath work techniques, which he taught in Germany.
After doing a private retreat with MycoMeditations in 2017, and finding a synergy of vision with Eric, he saw the opportunity to combine his unique business skills with his interest in alternative healing methods. Justin joined the MycoMeditations team soon afterwards, becoming partner and CEO in 2019.
As a retreat facilitator, Justin draws inspiration from the profound healing he is privileged to witness and believes that psychedelics offer an exciting path forward for mental health.
Director of Operations
A competitive figure skater for fifteen years, Courtney graduated from The University of Louisville with a BA in Public Health Education with a minor in Wellness Coaching.
As Operations Manager, Courtney brings with her years of experience managing teams and projects within the wellness community.
As a certified wellness coach, Courtney applies her coaching skills with retreat preparations and post-retreat integrations helping clients establish and maintain long term wellness plans.
An experienced psilocybin facilitator, Courtney often joins us onsite for retreats. As Eric’s wife of five years, they have partnered in the facilitation of many psilocybin experiences together forming a unique bond that is very supportive in our psilocybin sessions.
Business Director & Facilitator
Throughout his time in University, Mike began to suffer from depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Conventional treatments provided him very little relief. It was during this time that he discovered psilocybin mushrooms and began exploring his psyche.
Psychedelics immediately became an enormous interest of his with the realization that these compounds were completely misunderstood by society and were in fact powerful tools of the mind.
Mike discovered MycoMeditations through a Google search and over the course of a week in Jamaica with Eric, undertaking three of the biggest psilocybin experiences of his life, everything changed for him. This transformative week allowed him to leave with a completely different perspective on life. The experience completely reframed his understanding of his personal issues, the human mind, and reality.
Following this, Mike immediately dropped any future career plans in order to join MycoMeditations full-time. He often works at the retreat as a facilitator. He also coordinates the marketing of MycoMeditations and helps in management from back home in Edmonton, Canada.
Denise is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma, with a focus on adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She received her MSW from Rutgers University in 2012 and is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner.
Before joining the MycoMeditations staff in 2019, Denise worked at a county mental health agency in New Jersey, where she conducted individual therapy and facilitated women’s trauma groups. Prior to receiving her MSW, Denise obtained certification in advanced clinical hypnosis, with a specialty certification in medical hypnosis. She also owned and operated Wellspring Clinical Hypnosis.
A frequent speaker at local and civic group meetings, Denise also taught an adult education course, “Hypnosis: The Power of the Mind,” and wrote and recorded a CD, “Transformations: Hypnotic Exercises for Well Being.” Denise also holds an MFA in poetry and has taught poetry in schools, nursing homes and a women’s prison.
Emilia is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in psychedelic integration and trauma-focused therapy. She uses mindfulness meditation and body-based approaches, to help clients access their healing potential. She has completed training in clinical hypnotherapy, ketamine assisted psychotherapy and various forms of meditation.
Emilia’s own experiences with psychedelics have fueled her commitment to supporting individuals who are exploring them for healing and personal growth. The transformation observed, both personally and in others, has been a big motivation for Emilia to do this work.
As an integration specialist, Emilia supports guests in processing any emotions and insights from the psilocybin sessions, to help facilitate lasting changes.
When not in Jamaica, Emilia manages a counseling practice focused on psychedelic education and support. She also enjoys travel and dance, as ways of nurturing her own personal growth.
Christina is a transpersonal psychotherapist in Petaluma, California, where she works with people coping with trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and finding meaning and purpose in their lives. She also offers psychedelic integration work.
In 2018, she completed the Certificate in Psychedelic Therapy and Research program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, California, and she is certified in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. She is also a writer, solo performance artist, and frequent public speaker at psychedelic conferences and trainings.
Christina has 40+ years of personal experiences with psychedelic and plant medicines, and recognizes them as benevolent allies in the healing and evolution of the individual and the greater community. Her work is deeply informed by her participation as a subject in an FDA MDMA Phase 2 Clinical Trial. Her participation in this study deeply restored her well-being and crystalized her commitment to bring the transformative powers of psychedelic medicines to the world.
Athena received her B.S. in Communication from the University of Louisville. Her degree and internships during her college tenure included community outreach, developing team building programs, leadership skills, and maintaining intensive schedules.
New to the wellness community, Athena has developed her skills at a variety of customer service jobs around the country, bringing a unique view and understanding to her position.
In her role as office manager, she is the first point of contact for guests and helps coordinate and organize each retreat.
Shanika, a Treasure Beach local, is a trained social worker and a former employee of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Jamaica. Shanika worked closely with the most vulnerable Jamaican populations, where she provided assessments, counseling and helped families cope with the challenges of living in a developing country.
Shanika also served as the Administrative Assistant at the Treasure Beach Destination Management Organization (DMO) a non-profit organization aiming to support the Treasure Beach community through the development of a sustainable and unique brand of ‘Community Tourism”. Through her training and passion for communal and personal wellness, Shanika is a cornerstone in our local outreach efforts in Treasure Beach and all of Jamaica.
Dan is one of our more experienced facilitators. After starting out as a forager of culinary mushrooms in Ohio, he followed his intuition and began exploring psilocybin for his own healing, having struggled in the past with anxiety, addiction and existential angst. When Dan visited MycoMeditations as a guest in May 2018 it soon became apparent to the team that he possessed an exceptional ability to navigate the mushroom space. A relationship was soon established and Dan has been committed to assisting people on their psilocybin journeys ever since. Witnessing hundreds of people benefit from their retreats has reinforced his belief that psilocybin is a key tool for the planet’s wellbeing.
Dan is a gentle, grounding presence on retreats. He also brings his yoga experience to bear, helping individuals and groups keen to practice yoga in-between their psilocybin sessions and drawing from this knowledge during the facilitation process itself.
He is seldom without his little dog Lolo, who spreads the same healing energy as her owner, comforting many people on their journeys with her intuitive and calming presence. The Dan and Lolo duo bring much laughter and light to the retreat experience.