Please note that this FAQ is for general information purposes only and has been curated with various questions which have been asked over the years. It does not replace personalised guidance and professional advice. For specific questions or concerns, we recommend reaching out to our team directly.
Psychedelic experiences refer to altered states of consciousness induced by the use of psychedelics, such as psilocybin or ayahuasca. They can evoke profound insights, expanded awareness, and personal transformation.
At Numinous Ways, safety is our top priority. Our facilitators are highly trained and are also registered practising mental health professionals following strict protocols to ensure a safe and supportive environment during psychedelic experiences. Although we do not act as your therapist during your experience, we bring a wealth of knowledge from our professional and personal experiences to ensure your safety and well-being is paramount. However, it’s important to note that there are potential risks and individual responses can vary. You will have a chance to discuss these and any other concerns with a psychotherapist in your personal one to one screening call prior to your retreat.
Our retreats are designed for individuals who are mentally and physically well, and who have a genuine interest in exploring psychedelic experiences for personal growth and self-discovery. Our therapists conduct thorough screenings to ensure suitability and safety.
Each retreat is unique, but common elements include group discussions, guided meditations, integration circles, meditation, body work and breathwork and of course, facilitated psychedelic experiences. Our experienced team will guide you through the process and provide support throughout the retreat.
Prior to the retreat, we provide comprehensive preparation guidelines, including recommendations for physical and mental well-being, dietary considerations, and suggestions for setting intentions. Proper preparation can enhance the overall experience.
We always advise to pack comfortable clothing, and to bring any items which hold meaning for you.
Integration is a vital part of the psychedelic journey. It involves integrating insights and experiences from the retreat into everyday life. We provide support and resources for post-retreat integration to help individuals make meaning of their experiences and apply them in a practical and sustainable way. Please see our services page for more details on what we offer. Aside from this we also hold free monthly integration zoom circles open to anyone who would like to integrate a psychedelic experience.
Psychedelic experiences have shown therapeutic potential in various studies. While our facilitators have therapeutic backgrounds, it’s important to note that during retreats, we act as facilitators rather than therapists. Our focus is on creating a safe and supportive environment for personal exploration and growth. However, our team of therapists will be on hand before and after the retreat to help you prepare and integrate your experiences.
Psychedelic experiences may not be suitable for individuals with certain mental health conditions, such as borderline personality disorder, bipolar, or any past experiences of psychosis. Our thorough screening process is conducted by a health professional and will ensure that you are mentally and physically well, and that the retreat is appropriate for your needs.
Psychedelics, such as psilocybin, LSD, and Ayahuasca, are generally considered to have a low potential for addiction. Unlike substances like opioids or stimulants and depressants such as alcohol, psychedelics do not typically create a physical dependence and are considered non toxic to the body. Additionally, they often produce a built-in tolerance, which means that repeated use within a short period of time may diminish the effects. However, it’s crucial to approach psychedelics with respect, moderation, and responsible use. Following recommended guidelines, engaging in informed decision-making, and seeking professional guidance can help ensure safe and beneficial experiences. If you have concerns about addiction or substance use, it is recommended to discuss this with your health professional during screening.
Psychedelic experiences have been described as having spiritual or transcendent qualities. They can provide a deep sense of connection, awe, and expanded consciousness. However, the interpretation of these experiences is subjective and personal to each individual. This is why we encourage proper and extended integration practices post retreat.
You can visit our website and navigate to the Retreats section to find information about upcoming retreats and the application process. We encourage you to read through the details and guidelines carefully before submitting your application.
All of our participants will have a one to one screening call prior to being admitted on to a retreat programme with us. After the retreat, there will also be a one to one integration call and during the retreat there are regular check-ins. However we also provide more indepth coaching and integration packages to help you deeply absorb and assimilate your experience, enhancing the potential for long lasting change. To find out more please visit our services page.