Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "psilo retreat"?

“Psilo” is short for “psilocybin” the ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, commonly known as magic mushrooms which cause psychedelic effects. At a psilocybin or “psilo” retreat, guests consume psilocybin containing mushrooms as part of the retreat activities.

Eleusinia Retreat in particular is an all inclusive, guide supported, wellness retreat dedicated to providing individuals a safe and supportive environment to experience, learn and understand the impacts and possible benefits and limitations of using psilocybin in the management of their condition.

How is Eleusinia different from other psilocybin retreats?

To understand how Eleusinia is different, it important to first read our founder’s article on what she found lacking with other retreats and how she ventured to design a program that is different. As our website states, our mission is your longer term success and to provide you with the confidence, independence and tools you need to be able to independently manage your condition should you choose to do so, notwithstanding continued support from your doctors and family back home.

Unlike other retreats which focus on the potential spiritual and religious enlightenment some claim to experience because of the use of psilocybin; our focus tends to be on pain management and neuroplasticity. This is not to say that one does not feel like they have had a spiritual awakening, journey, revival or even enlightenment; which is always encouraged. However, because of the need for continued use of psilocybin in the management of pain conditions, our efforts and group discussions tend to focus on teaching you the techniques and approaches in the management of the psychedelic trip itself. More importantly, we want you to know that there is a community out here with those with similar conditions. We want to provide an avenue where such individuals can congregate, speak, learn and grow together.

Unlike other retreats, your journey with us does not stop when you go home. We routinely update our articles, provide links to research, including offering our guests and the public at large cultivation course videos, guidance and encouragement. We want you to be independent and self sufficient. This does not mean we want you to be or feel like you are alone.

What are the benefits of visiting Eleusinia as opposed to just taking psilocybin alone?

Our main objective is to provide you with a comfortable experience. Many individuals take psilocybin alone and have a perfectly smooth time of it. The conditions that drive individuals to seek a psilocybin experience are often isolating, and family members might not understand the choice. Those family and friends who do understand and support their loved one’s decision may not be equipped with the experience to help. In most cases, these conditions also require ongoing support. Having a positive first experience can set the tone for future experiences alone.

How is Eleusinia similar to other retreats?

This is an all inclusive wellness retreat. The comfort of our guests is important. Meals, transportation to and from the airport, coordination of any excursions (time permitting) for guests, US expectations of amenities, cleanliness are all met. We are mindful that for many this retreat is also intended to be a vacation and we strive to provide the comforts commonly expected by our guests. Nevertheless, because are often in remote areas, certain expectations should be adjusted. Cell phone and wifi access at times can be spotty, but we try to make sure that access is available  Food selection may be limited by the season and location, but we are mindful that you might have dietary needs which need to be addressed. Even though flights are not included in the cost, once you decide to come to our retreat, we can assist in the coordination of flights and schedules. We want you to feel like you are on vacation.

Is there an itinerary?

You can see the daily schedule here.

What airport do I fly in to?

The program director will assist you in arranging flights for each individual retreat. The most common airports we use are Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, but be sure to double check the location of the retreat you plan to attend. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when we find good deals on flights.

Is airport pick up available?

Yes, we will pick you up and drop you off directly at the airport.

Is ayahuasca available?

No, due to safety concerns, we do not offer access to ayahuasca ceremonies. You can read more about this here.

What are the O2 and energy drinks for?

Some of our guests suffer from an intense type of headache that is relieved by oxygen therapy and energy drinks. We make these items available for their comfort. If this doesn’t apply to you, please disregard.

What happens if I have a “bad trip”?

Psychedelic substances are often taken under less than ideal circumstances. Parties, music festivals, etc. This results in an abundant circulation of “scary” stories about bad trips. With Eleusinia, you will be in a tranquil, beautiful environment and in the company of experienced, caring individuals. We will monitor you closely and provide guidance and support if you experience any discomfort. We use VR with meditation apps if an individual needs help redirecting their experience into a more comfortable direction.

Will I experience nausea?

It is possible that ingesting psilocybin may cause some nausea in certain sensitive individuals. This is because the nausea response is also controlled by serotonin, and psilocybin also works on serotonin receptors. The effect can be mitigated with anti-nausea medication.

What should I do to prepare for this experience?

Check with your medical care provider for any interactions with your current medication.

What do I learn in the mushroom cultivation class?

This class covers everything the hobbyist would need to know to produce a variety of medicinal or gourmet mushrooms. Using a simple, mess free technique, we give you the skills you would need to efficiently cultivate mushrooms.

Does Eleusinia cater ONLY to individuals managing pain conditions?

While many guests are managing painful neurological conditions, and our retreat is designed to meet their needs, it is still a relaxing retreat in some of the most beautiful parts of the world.

The benefits of psilocybin are not limited solely to pain relief. Those needing a reset or seeking a psychedelic experience for aspects of a wellness retreat are also encouraged to attend.

What if my companion does not want to participate in the ceremony? Or what if I decide at the last minute not to participate?

That is perfectly fine. We just ask that nonparticipants stick to a different area in the facility to avoid interaction with participants while in that delicate state.

Will visiting Eleusinia cure me of my pain condition?

It is highly unlikely that one single experience with psilocybin will have a significant, long lasting effect on a chronic pain condition. While it is possible one visit may have a significant impact on certain headache conditions, most people require a regular practice of dosing, physical therapy, counseling, and meditation to achieve optimal results, especially for chronic pain conditions. Very few experts exist on this subject due to the lack of research, but we think that the most productive approach is to consider the psychedelic experience to be like a “cheat method” for intense meditating. With the exception of certain types of headaches, psychedelics appear to work on pain management through the same mechanisms that master meditators use to control their pain experience.

Why learn to manage the psychedelic experience when psilocybin is still illegal in many places?

Psilocybin is being decriminalized and outright legalized in many areas throughout the US, so change is in the air. The spores for these mushrooms are legal to buy and sell in most states. Each individual will have to weigh the pros and cons for their specific situation and make a decision that is best for them.

Is the cultivation class a waste of time and effort if I live in a city or state where cultivating psilocybin containing mushrooms is still illegal?

The fundamental principles and techniques taught in this course apply to the cultivation of various gourmet mushrooms, with slight variations with regards to species. Though not necessarily a common hobby, cultivating gourmet mushrooms is a perfectly legal and rewarding hobby and can make you the star of the local farmer’s market. Cultivating psilocybin containing mushrooms is also not legal in Mexico, so any mushroom material used in the demonstration is actually Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushrooms).

This retreat seems to be very science based. Why the shaman reference?

Mushroom consumption is tolerated in the areas where we hold the retreats strictly in a religious ceremony context.

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