Below are a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any further enquiries that are not listed below send us an email.
Post retreat, we will provide you with a list of suggested readings, videos, podcasts and regular practices to help you maintain and deepen the insights from your journey. Two weeks after the retreat we hold a group video call, which is a very powerful way for participants to reconnect with the experience and each other, to share how the initial integration process has gone. The retreat participants are also connected via a private online platform (as well as Whatsapp) where they can stay in touch with each other (and many do still even a year later!).
We also hold many events for the psychedelic community in the UK (and support international participants to seek out potential psychedelic groups in their respective countries) as being connected to a community who understands these journeys can be very beneficial in the integration process (and for life in general!). Finally, for those who desire a more in-depth exploration of any topics that came up during the journey, we also offer 1-to-1 integration sessions with the facilitators, which can be purchased on the event page.
- Contact Imperial College London, Compass Pathways or Kings College who are all running clinical trials with psilocybin.
- There are incredibly powerful group therapeutic processes (not like conventional therapy!). We are big fans of The Path Of Love, for example.
- Explore using other methods to altered states of consciousness such as Holotropic Breathwork
- Get in touch with your local Psychedelic Society and connect with the community.
Health and safety
It is possible to feel unsettled in the stomach or nauseous after ingesting the truffles, particularly in the first hour of the experience. This phase is sometimes called psychedelic turbulence, as it is similar to the lift off on a plane. As the plane is taking off, it can be a bit shaky, but this generally fades once you have reached a certain altitude. Similar with the psychedelic experience, the onset can be a bit wobbly, and be accompanied by nausea, but this generally fades once you have fully entered the ‘trip’. It has a lot to do with nerves as your normal egoic state transitions into the psychedelic state of mind.
Having transitioned into the “psychedelic state”, doesn’t mean it will be “smooth sailing or flying” from then on, but the physical discomfort will generally have faded. You might still encounter challenging experiences, but our facilitators will have prepared you for this and are well trained to support you through such an experience so that it may even turn out to be one of learning and growth.
Unlike with ayahuasca for example, where purging can be a common aspect of the journey, this generally is not the case with truffles. Nonetheless, very occasionally participants will feel so nauseous that they have to vomit. There is nothing bad about that and our facilitators are trained to support you.
If you are taking SSRI medication you are not a suitable candidate for our retreats. SSRIs work on the same receptors in the brain that psilocybin works on, therefore these receptors are blocked by SSRIs, and the psilocybin will not have as powerful an effect. You would need a much higher dose of psilocybin than usual, and we feel it is not good practice to start a guessing game when it comes to dosage. If you are in coming off SSRI medication in consultation with your doctor, feel free to contact us and apply for a retreat after 6 months of being medication free.
We cannot accept those who suffer from a history of psychotic or bipolar conditions, or those whose family members suffer with those conditions.
If you struggle with undiagnosed depression or struggle with low mood day to day and want to explore using psilocybin, feel free to apply. We will most likely organise a video call with you and chat through the options.
Please note that it is absolutely in in the interest of your own safety and wellbeing to answer all questions on our application form honestly and to the best of your knowledge.
The psychedelic substance
As an adaptation to the risk of the mycelium drying out and dying before there is a chance to make mushrooms, some species of fungus create tough knots of mycelium underneath the ground, which are called sclerotia (or truffles!), that can survive harsh conditions. So, psilocybin containing truffles are simply psilocybin containing mushrooms that have created tough knots under ground.
Unlike psilocybin mushrooms, psilocybin truffles are not legally regulated in The Netherlands. We do not have an interest in working against the law, so this is why we do our retreats in the Netherlands, and with truffles instead of mushrooms. The active psychedelic component in both “magic” mushrooms and truffles is psilocybin, so in terms of the effect experienced they are very similar.
Travel and accomodation
You can also make your own way to the retreat centre by bus or train and/or taxi. Some participants even cycle! You will be sent the full address of the venue once you’ve purchased your ticket.