Psychedelic Experience Retreats

The Experience Retreats are the pioneering psilocybin retreat programme in Europe. We offer an accessible and grounded space in which to experience psilocybin in a ceremonial context. The retreat allows you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment with experienced facilitators. The profound experiences reliably brought about by strong psychedelic trips can give people the opportunity to live lives of greater love, authenticity and freedom.

Video – Co-director and lead facilitator, Lode Lhamo, speaking about Experience Retreats and what we offer

What substance is used?

The psychedelic used at the retreats is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The retreats take place monthly in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal.

Who can come on a retreat?

The retreats take place in a range of group sizes from 10-20 people. Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially higher dose than before. Experienced facilitators are on hand throughout, with no fewer than 1 facilitator for every 5 participants.

The retreats are aimed at people in good mental and physical health wanting to explore the nature of reality and the mind. They are not intended as a substitute for medical or psychotherapeutic care.

How much does the retreat cost?

Our pricing system is based on trust, we ask applicants to choose an income tier that is relevant to them and choose a price based on that. Food and accommodation are included in the cost for the retreat; travel to/from the venue and the truffles are not included (we lead participants to a shop in Amsterdam where they may purchase an appropriate amount of truffles).

Note: We have had to increase our prices as a result of the impact of Brexit and the euro-pound exchange rate, rising administrative costs related to professionalising as an organisation, improving our retreats and to reflect the real cost of putting on these events. Accessibility remains a core value of ours and as such we have launched a scholarship fund to raise money for places for those that cannot afford to attend but who would benefit from such an opportunity. Higher income tickets also enable us to offer lower income tickets and contribute towards the scholarship fund, our campaigns and the work we do as a Society. Our prices remain among the most competitive in this mushrooming industry. Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you on a retreat.

Cost for a 4 / 5 / 6 day retreat: Additional costs:
Lower income:
£650 / 800 / 1000
• £15 application fee
Standard income:
£950 / 1250 / 1500
• £50 for the psychedelic truffles
Higher income:
£1400 / 1750 / 2000
• £70 travel to the venue from Amsterdam and back
• Optional: Private rooms are available for £100 (default shared accommodation is in rooms of 3-4)

What is included in the cost?


• Safe and legally facilitated psychedelic ceremony by experienced and dedicated guides, at least one of whom is a certified Emergency First Responder
• Delicious, creative vegan food made from organic, local and seasonal produce
• Luxury accommodation in a beautiful setting
• Daily yoga, bodywork, meditation or breathwork sessions
• Individual 1:1 sessions before and after the ceremony with one of our skilled guides
• Facilitated preparation and integration activities before and after the ceremony

Click here to see a breakdown of the cost of a standard ticket for a 4 day retreat. If you have any further questions or would like more information about the retreats please get in touch.

Upcoming Retreats

Experience Retreats take place almost every month, with exact dates released a few months before. You apply to the programme, rather than a specific retreat; if accepted onto the programme, you will then be able to book a place on a retreat.

Dates Status
November 14-17 (4-day) Full
November 21-24 (4-day) Full
December 18-22 (5-day) Full
Jan 29 - Feb 2 (5-day) 7 places
Feb 6-9 (4-day) 1 place
Feb 13 - 16 (Returners 4-day) 10 places
Feb 20-23 (4-day) 6 places
Feb 27 - Mar 2 (5-day) 8 places
Mar 5 - 9 (5-day women-only) 12 places
Apr 8-13 (6-day double ceremony retreat) 13 places
Apr 15 - 19 (5-day) 12 places

4, 5 & 6 Day Retreats

On 4 day retreats, the arrival evening is focused on preparation and group connection. The first full day (ie day two) is geared around the ceremony and taking the truffles, and the second full day (ie day three) is intended to support the integration of your experience through a range of 1-2-1, group and solo activities, taking place indoors and outside, engaging mind, body and soul.

On 5 day retreats, you have a full extra day before the ceremony, which is intended to support you to prepare for the psychedelic experience with a range of activities designed for you to arrive, connect with the group and feel more prepared for the experience. The following days are the same as described for the 4 day retreat (ie ceremony day and integration day).

On 6 day retreats, there will be two psilocybin ceremonies, one with a lower, more gentle dose, and a second one with an opportunity to take more and go deeper. There will be a day of rest and integration work after each ceremony.

Women’s Retreat

The women’s retreat is intended as a space for women to explore psychedelics with the quality of feeling a part of the sisterhood. The combination of being in an all female group, the intention of being in a sacred space, together with power of psychedelics can be an incredibly healing, empowering and nurturing experience. If you would like to know more, select the women’s retreat option and/or email biz@psychedelicsociety.org.uk

Returner’s Retreat

This retreat is for people who’ve experienced our retreats before and want to come back to deepen their exploration of the psychedelic space. In response to requests for such a retreat, we’re trialling it for the first time this autumn. The format will be slightly different for returners, with new activities woven into the schedule, and the promise of a rich experience through working with a group that have already made it through the threshold!

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Programme Application Process

Step 1 →

Application

Submit an application for the Experience Retreats programme. You will need to provide details of a reference who may be questioned on the information that you provide.

Step 2 →

Review

We may be able to accept you to the programme on the basis of your written application. In some cases we may need to arrange a call or Skype to talk through some areas of your application in detail.

Step 3 →

Confirmation

All being well, you will be accepted on to the Experience Retreats programme and we will send you booking information, venue details and specific dates of Experience Retreats as they are confirmed.


Experience Retreat Process

Step 1 →

Preparation

When accepted, you will be invited to our discussion and information platform where you can book onto a specific retreat, get to know your fellow participants, arrange travel plans, access suggesting readings and dietary requirements.

Step 2 →

Experience

We will either meet participants in Amsterdam for a shared journey or you can make your own way to the venue. The Experience Retreat will take place over 4 days. Check out a sample timetable below for an idea of what to expect.

Step 3 →

Integration

After the retreat, we continue to keep in touch with participants and organise a catch-up call or dinner after a fortnight. Facilitators are available for individual follow up sessions.

Programme Application Process

Step 1 →

Application

Submit an application for the Experience Retreats programme. You will need to provide details of a reference who may be questioned on the information that you provide.

Step 2 →

Review

We may be able to accept you to the programme on the basis of your written application. In some cases we may need to arrange a call or Skype to talk through some areas of your application in detail.

Step 3 →

Confirmation

All being well, you will be accepted on to the Experience Retreats programme and we will send you booking information, venue details and specific dates of Experience Retreats as they are confirmed.


Experience Retreat Process

Step 1 →

Preparation

When accepted, you will be invited to our discussion and information platform where you can book onto a specific retreat, get to know your fellow participants, arrange travel plans, access suggesting readings and dietary requirements

Step 2 →

Experience

We will either meet participants in Amsterdam for a shared journey or you can make your own way to the venue. The Experience Retreat will take place over 4 days. Check out a sample timetable below for an idea of what to expect.

Step 3 →

Integration

After the retreat, we continue to keep in touch with participants and organise a catch-up call or dinner after a fortnight. Facilitators are available for individual follow up sessions.

Experience Retreat Sample Timetable

Day 1

4:00pm Meet in Amsterdam
6:00pm Arrive at the venue
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Opening circle
9:00pm Group deepening exercises
10:30pm Bedtime

Day 2

8:30am Morning practice (Bodywork, Yoga, Meditation)
9:30am Breakfast & Individual Check-ins with Facilitators
11:30am Ceremony opens
5:00pm Ceremony closes
6:00pm Gentle post-trip activities
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Check-in circle
9:30pm Optional activities

Day 3

9:00am Morning practice
10:30am Brunch
12:00am Group inquiry exercises
2:00pm Light lunch
3:00pm Individual Check-ins with Facilitators
4:00pm Integration exercises
7:00pm Dinner
8:30pm Evening meditation

Day 4

8:00am Morning practice
9:00am Breakfast
10:30am Integration discussion
11:30am Closing circle
12:30pm Cleaning party
1:30pm Return to Amsterdam
3:30pm Arrive in Amsterdam

Lead facilitators


Biz Bliss



Ciara Sherlock



Stefana Bosse



Lode Lhamo


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55 retreats held
698 participants
12 quality facilitators