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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.

Exploring the Frontiers of Psychedelic Science

We have a keen interest in the scientific exploration of psychedelics, particularly concerning numinous, transpersonal experiences, and their application in psychotherapy. Periodically, we’ll highlight noteworthy research papers in these fields. To stay informed, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Research Opportunities

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.

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. 

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 in the UK

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 Perspectives of Mental Health Professionals towards the Utility of Psychoactive Drugs as Treatment for Mental Health Problems

Principal investigator:

Ameleah Griffiths

About the researcher:

I completed my Bsc in Psychology at Northumbria University and I am currently completing my Msc in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester. The present study is being conducted as part of my Master’s thesis. 

University of Manchester, UK

Research objective:

This study aims to investigate the perceptions of mental health professionals’ acceptability towards psychoactive drugs in order to assess its clinical utility.

Read more about this project and support Ameleah here.

Research Title:

A Phenomenological Exploration of Participant Experiences with Psychedelic Integration Following a Psilocybin Retreat

Principal investigator:

Antoni Gillert

About the researcher:

I completed my BSc in Psychology at Loughborough University and am currently finishing my MSc in Clinical Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. . The current qualitative study is being conducted for the purpose of my Master’s thesis. I also recently completed an internship at the MIND Foundation for Psychedelic Research and Education in Berlin, which piqued my interest for these fascinating compounds and their use in therapy.

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Research objective:

The study aims to examine the perspectives of individuals who have attended organized psilocybin retreats, exploring their own understanding of what integration entails, as well as some of the challenges and supportive factors involved in the integration process.

Read more about this project and support Antoni here.

Research Title:

Psychedelics, Nature Relatedness and Pro Environmental Behavior

Principal investigator:
David Moor

About the researcher:

Hi, my name is David. I’m in my master’s study in the field of psychology at the university of Vienna. Beside my academic affiliation I work in a fully assisted living facility for people with mental health issues. I’m currently undergoing a training to become a psychotherapist as well as a breathwork teacher.

University of Vienna, AT

Research objective:

The goal of this study is to investigate the potential transformative effects of psychedelic substances on nature relatedness and pro environmental behaviour.

Read more about this project and support David here.

Research Title:

How does the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapeutic model support clients in the integration of their psychedelic experiences? An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of client’s testimonies

Principal investigator:
Sophie Sarrassat

About the researcher:

Sophie is an integrative counsellor/psychotherapist (University of East London, PGDip/MA) & Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) practitioner (UK IFS institute, Levels 1 & 2). This qualitative research study was self-funded and part of her MA curriculum in Applied Psychology Research at the University of East London.

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) model of psychotherapy can support clients in the “integration” of their psychedelic experiences (term typically used to describe the period following a psychedelic experience). Ultimately, it is hoped that findings of this research shed light on how the IFS model of therapy can help to maximise benefits 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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