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NUMINOUS adj. /ˈnuːmɪnəs/ A term derived from the Latin numen, meaning "arousing spiritual emotion; mysterious or awe-inspiring."

Our Research

We welcome collaboration with researchers in the field of psychedelic science.

In our commitment to advancing knowledge and understanding, we are open to sharing anonymised participant data to contribute to the growth of this vital field.

We are particularly interested in furthering psychedelic research in the psychotherapeutic and psycho-spiritual space and would be keen to discuss how we can help you in your work. 

If you are a researcher in the field of psychedelics, mental health or any other psychedelic niche in which you think we could assist, please reach out to explore potential collaborations and our willing contributions to the advancement of psychedelic science.

Research Opportunity on Psychedelic Retreat Participants

We operate legal psilocybin retreats, and our team is accessible for in-depth research throughout the entire retreat process – before, during, and after.

Instead of just relying on post-retreat, self-reported data, we offer a more comprehensive insight. 

Recognising the significance of studying retreat participants at various stages, we offer access before, during, and after their psychedelic journeys.

This may provide a holistic view, capturing the evolution of participants’ experiences and insights.

We are open to both qualitative and quantitative research methods, understanding that combining both can yield a rich tapestry of data.

We aim to foster deeper insights, ensuring that our retreats remain transformative and contribute to the broader scientific discourse.

Psychedelic Research in the UK

Facilitators Open to Collaborating on Research Related to Psychedelic Experiences

Numinous Ways consists of seasoned mental health experts, including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, and Counsellors.

Some of our team members are keen to participate in research endeavours and partner with research institutions. Reach out to us for details or to explore potential collaborations.

Research Prospects Within Psychedelic Communities

Many members of the psychedelic community, and Numinous Ways members in particular, are very open and willing to speak with researchers to contribute to the advancement of psychedelic science and knowledge.

Psychedelic Research Opportunities for Students

If you’re pursuing a Masters or PhD in neuroscience, psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, or a related discipline and are passionate about psychedelic research and facilitation, particularly in transpersonal experiences, we invite you to connect with us.

Numinous Ways is not only eager to support your academic pursuits, but we can also assist you in launching a campaign to back your research.

This will enable you to find participants and secure donations to defray your research expenses.

Research initiatives we currently endorse:

Research Title:
Exploring the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy framework for supporting the integration of clients’ psychedelic experiences: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of client’s testimonies.

Principal investigator:
Sophie Sarrassat

About the researcher:
Sophie is a counsellor/psychotherapist (PGDip in integrative counselling and psychotherapy, University of East London) & Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) practitioner (Levels 1 & 2, UK IFS institute). She is currently studying for a MA in the School of Psychology at the University of East London. This qualitative research study is part of my MA curriculum.

Read more about her here:

University of East London, UK

Research objective:
To understand, in greater depth, the extent to which the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy can support clients in the “integration” of their psychedelic experiences. Ultimately, it is hoped that findings of this research shed light on how IFS therapy can help to maximise benefit and minimise harms from psychedelic experiences.

Read more about this project and support Sophie here.

Research Title:

An exploration of UK psychedelic psychotherapeutic practitioners’ perspectives and experience of psychedelic-assisted therapies (PAT)

Principal investigator:
Yingchen Liu

About the researcher:

Having graduated MSc Psychological study in University of Glasgow, I am currently in my first year of doctoral training in counselling psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. This qualitative research is part of my doctorate curriculum.


Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

Research objective:

The proposed study intends to learn about the perspectives, understandings and experiences of UK-based psychedelic psychotherapeutic practitioners towards PAT.

Read more about this project and support Yingchen here.


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