Microdosing refers to the taking or administering of very small amounts of a substance in order to benefit from its physiological action while minimizing any undesirable side effects. A single psilocybin microdose is usually between .1 to .5 grams (less than half of a gram) of dried mushrooms.
Microdosing, compared to macrodosing, can be described as a ‘glow”, there are no hallucinations or distortion of your senses with microdosing, you will feel something that is comfortable, uplifting, but otherwise barely perceptible. You will not be “tripping” or feel intoxicated with this minimum effective dose.
Macro (or large) doses of 1+ grams of dried mushrooms may cause a psychedelic experience, disorientation, profound introspection and intense emotional experiences. We do not offer macrodosing at our retreat at this time.
Psilocybin is a substance that occurs naturally in certain species of mushroom. It functions in the human body to activate serotonin receptors, which can potentially balance and regulate a wide range of chemical and psychological processes. Recent studies have shown promising results for the therapeutic potential of psilocybin for conditions such as PTSD, OCD, smoking and alcohol addiction, chronic pain, and treatment resistant depression. Here are a few links to enlightening studies about Psilocybin, and information about any contraindications:
ABOUT THE TEAM
I (Alex Schenker) am the Wellness Director at this retreat. My role is to lead movement classes, provide Shiatsu and Sotai treatments, create personalized self-care exercises, and lead physical activities such as hikes. After a few of these retreats, I have noticed a significant difference in the way the body responds to treatment while the recipient is microdosing psilocybin and am deeply interested in observing this further.
Dr. Darryl Hudson is a widely published scientist with a PhD in molecular biology and genetics specializing in plant medicine. He is a pioneer in the cannabis industry, and the focus of his research is studying how plants interact with humans to treat issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, and disease. Darryl is using the retreat to collect data for his research.
Robin Banister is a passionate therapist specializing in Existential-Integrative psychotherapy, and her approach involves understanding and integrating the connection between mind-body-soul. Psychedelic substances have a long history of use in conjunction with psychotherapy, and the benefits are well-documented. Participants will have consultations with Robin before, during, and after the retreat to follow up.
Irie Selkirk is the Director of Rise Wellness. She has over a decade of experience as an educator, public speaker, patient advocate, and caregiver in the realm of natural plant medicine.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Applicants will fill out a form, and Robin, our psychotherapist will schedule a call before the retreat to discuss your goals and maybe help set some intentions for the experience. Prior to the retreat, there is prep material to help get you into the right mindset.
Our driver will pick you up at the airport as you arrive. Once you arrive at the retreat centre we will settle in, have a light meal, and introduce the agenda for the week. In the morning you will have your first dose, the second and third before lunch and dinner. Over the next few days there are be movement classes, meditations, and activities like crafts and hikes that everyone is encouraged to participate in. Darryl will provide a few info sessions to better educate everyone on the potential benefits of what we are doing, and each person will be able to schedule 1 on 1 consultations with Robin for support and affirmation, as well as manual therapy and personal mobility training sessions with me. The program is robust and full of insightful material, but you will have lots of free time to enjoy our private beach, explore the area, or just relax and reflect.
There is no other experience like this in the world, and the combination of professionals in our team makes what we are doing even more meaningful and deeply beneficial.