Trippy Travel: Psychedelic Wellness Retreats

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What do you think of when you hear Psychedelic travel experience? Do you think of traveling to the jungle in South America somewhere to ingest ayahuasca or peyote?

This tends to be the idea that people have.

It’s not wrong to think. Until recently this was one of the only ways to have a supervised psychedelic experience.

For those with an adventurous heart, this could sound like a thrilling experience.

However, the idea of being in the middle of the jungle on a mind-altering substance isn’t for everyone. It could be the reason to put any psychedelic curiosities on the shelf.

Luckily today if you want to try psychedelics, you don’t need to do it laying on a mat in the middle of the jungle.

Psychedelics are having a renaissance in mainstream culture. Thanks to a rise in research around the healing benefits of psychedelic compounds many psychedelic-focused wellness retreats are available.

Before we get into the retreats. Let’s take a look at how we got here and how psychedelics can be beneficial.

When did psychedelic-use start?

For thousands of years, indigenous populations have been using psychedelics as a transformative tool.

Through ceremonial rituals guided by spiritual leaders, psychedelic compounds such as Psilocybin, Peyote, or Ayahuasca have helped people find mental well-being.

The western world started to gain interest in psychedelics around 70 years ago, but they were quickly criminalized, pushing them to the fridge of society.

However, today more recent research has helped re-write the reputation of psychedelics as a medicinal tool for mental health and healing.

What are the Wellness Benefits of Taking Psychedelics?

During psychedelic journeys, we experience states of consciousness that are different from our day-to-day.

This is often characterized by feelings of heightened presence, freedom, wholeness, connectedness, and creative flow.

These experiences, especially when supported by ongoing inner work, can be extremely valuable.

In a landmark study by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 94% of participants who received psilocybin said it was one of the five most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience.

Physiologically they can facilitate a rebalancing of our nervous system and neuronal patterns.

They can bring about profound psychological healing, with research backing that psychedelic therapy can help combat PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.

The insights gained can serve as a guide and compass, helping to realign us when we have lost our center.

It can serve as a connective experience with studies confirming that after taking psychedelics, there is an increase in the feeling of connectedness to others and nature, resulting in an increase in a positive mood.

Psychedelic Wellness Retreats:

Alalaho Retreats (Netherlands)

Located in the Dutch Countryside, two hours north of Amsterdam, you’ll find a quaint cottage-style home. This is the serene venue for Alalaho’s truffle retreats. Participants can choose between 4–7 day retreats filled with one-on-one workshops with facilitators and group connection activities, as well as open dialogs for turning inward and contemplating our human experience. The goal of the retreat is to shift us out of our everyday perceptions and help open us up to a larger perspective.

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Behold Retreats

Offering psychedelic wellness retreats worldwide, you can immerse yourself in a DMT trip in Mexico or Portugal, go on a psilocybin journey in The Netherlands or try Ayahuasca in the tropical setting of Costa Rica or Ecuador. The company was ranked second for Best Wellness Program 2020 by Destination Deluxe. The retreats are open to all, but their main focus is on leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them unleash a new level of consciousness and drive innovation.

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Silo Wellness Retreats (Jamaica)

On the tropical island of Jamaica, in a beachside villa, you can emerge yourself into a 3–5 day psychedelic mushroom retreat. They offer a diverse selection of psilocybin retreats that are curated to focus on different outcomes, such as renewed purpose, unlocking your inner power, or Liberating Your Creativity.

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Synthesis Retreats (The Netherlands)

Synthesis offers safe, legal, medically supervised 3 and 5-day psychedelic retreats in The Netherlands, at three different locations. Utilizing moderate-to-high doses of psilocybin truffles, the retreats are filled with workshops, ceremonies, bodywork, 1 one 1 coaching, mediation, open dialog, and psychedelic education. They aim to catalyze creative breakthroughs, explore consciousness, find meaning, improve confidence, and search for a mystical experience.

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The Buena Vita (Mexico)

At a Tropical Oasis by the sea in Banderas Bay, Mexico, you’ll find bliss and breathtaking ocean views during your psilocybin retreat. They offer 5-day (Magical) and 7-day (Deep) group retreats as well as private retreats. Grounding the experience around intention, ceremony, and joy. The medicinal ceremonies are served in a sacramental setting, using the sacred psilocybin mushrooms to heal past traumas, unveil creativity, and inspire gratitude.

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