Retreat Formats

How should I choose the number of days for my retreat?

Originally we offered 3 day retreats, and now we wonder how that was even possible. Participants would arrive in the evening, take part in the ceremony the following day and then leave the day after that. It felt like a whirlwind, with lots of potential untapped.

The 4-day retreat

As a result, we evolved into offering 4 day retreats. This way, a whole day is dedicated to integrating the psychedelic journey, honouring the precious window of time when one is still impacted by the ‘afterglow’ of the experience, and it can be richest to harvest the insights and start grounding them into our way of being. As one of our retreat participants said, “I was dubious about needing the day after, but it is 100% the right thing to have, almost as important as the ceremony itself.” (Guy, 42).

Sample of a 4-day retreat

Day 1: Landing
3.00pm
Meet in Amsterdam + travel by coach together
6.00pm
Arrive at the venue
7.00pm
Dinner
8.30pm
Opening Circle
9.30pm
Group connection activity
Day 2: Ceremony
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
One-to-one’s with facilitators
11.30am
Opening Ritual
1.00pm
Ceremony begins
6.00pm
Ceremony closing
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 3: Integration
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Sharing Circle
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
4.00pm
Integration activities
8.00pm
Celebratory Feast
9.30pm
Celebration
Day 4: Leaving
9.00pm
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
Integration Talk
12.30pm
Closing Circle
1.30pm
Departure

The 5-day retreat

This worked beautifully, but there was yet more scope for improvement, what about the preparation? With 5-day retreats there is a whole day to arrive, and feel safe, settled and connected to the place and the group. It also allows more space to prepare internally, to come into deeper contact with what is blocking us in our lives, and distil our intention for the ceremony. The preparation day is then followed by the ceremony and integration day as with the 4-day retreat.

Sample of a 5-day retreat

Day 1: Landing
3.00pm
Meet in Amsterdam + travel by coach together
6.00pm
Arrive at the venue
7.00pm
Dinner
8.30pm
Opening Circle
9.30pm
Group connection activity
Day 2: Preparation
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
Preparation activities
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
Practicals
4.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
6.00pm
Preparation activities
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 3: Ceremony
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Opening Ritual
1.00pm
Ceremony begins
6.00pm
Ceremony closing
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 4: Integration
9.00pm
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Sharing Circle
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
4.00pm
Integration activities
8.00pm
Celebratory Feast
9.30pm
Celebration
Day 5: Leaving
9.00pm
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
Integration Talk
12.30pm
Closing Circle
13.30pm
Departure

The 6-day double-ceremony retreat

The 6 day retreat offers the opportunity to dive deeper into the psychedelic space through participation in two ceremonies. Participants arrive, and participate in the first ceremony the following day. The day after is followed by integration activities, deepening into the psychic material that has come to light, and preparing for the second ceremony. On the 4th day, the group goes into another psychedelic journey, followed by another entire day dedicated to integration.

A significant time away from our day-to-day reality, the 6-day-double-ceremony retreat allows not only for a deeper exploration of our consciousness, it also leaves more time for preparation and integration work, attending to the various dimensions of our multi-faceted human experience: connection with self, connection with others, connection with the natural world, and connection with the mystery.

Sample of a 6-day retreat

Day 1: Landing
3.00pm
Meet in Amsterdam + travel by coach together
6.00pm
Arrive at the venue
7.00pm
Dinner
8.30pm
Opening Circle
9.30pm
Group connection activity
Day 2: Ceremony 1
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
One-to-one’s with facilitators
11.30am
Opening Ritual
1.00pm
Ceremony begins
6.00pm
Ceremony closing
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 3: Integration 1
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Sharing Circle
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
4.00pm
Integration activities
8.00pm
Dinner
9.30pm
Gentle evening activities
Day 4: Ceremony 2
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
One-to-one’s with facilitators
11.30am
Opening Ritual
1.00pm
Ceremony begins
6.00pm
Ceremony closing
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 5: Integration 2
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Sharing Circle
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
4.00pm
Integration activities
8.00pm
Dinner
9.30pm
Gentle evening activities
Day 6: Leaving
9.00pm
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
Integration Talk
12.30pm
Closing Circle
13.30pm
Departure

The 7-day double-ceremony retreat

The 7 day retreat, as with the 5 day retreat, allows for a full day of arriving before embarking on the first ceremony whilst simultaneously offering a 2-ceremony experience as with the 6 day retreat. Having an entire week to pause from the hecticness of life, with two psychedelic experiences as well as deep, complementary inner work addressing the various dimensions of our human experience, offers a real opportunity for a reset, and to translate new discovered ways of being into a way of life.

Sample of a 7-day retreat

Day 1: Landing
3.00pm
Meet in Amsterdam + travel by coach together
6.00pm
Arrive at the venue
7.00pm
Dinner
8.30pm
Opening Circle
9.30pm
Group connection activity
Day 2: Preparation
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
Preparation activities
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
Practicals
4.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
6.00pm
Preparation activities
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 3: Ceremony 1
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
One-to-one’s with facilitators
11.30am
Opening Ritual
1.00pm
Ceremony begins
6.00pm
Ceremony closing
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 4: Integration 1
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Sharing Circle
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
4.00pm
Integration activities
8.00pm
Dinner
9.30pm
Gentle evening activities
Day 5: Ceremony 2
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
One-to-one’s with facilitators
11.30am
Opening Ritual
1.00pm
Ceremony begins
6.00pm
Ceremony closing
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 6: Integration 2
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Sharing Circle
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
One-to-one’s with facilitators
4.00pm
Integration activities
8.00pm
Dinner
9.30pm
Gentle evening activities
Day 7: Leaving
9.00pm
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
Integration Talk
12.30pm
Closing Circle
13.30pm
Departure
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