Is More Better?
When attending a psilocybin retreat, more does not necessarily mean better. Magic mushrooms are rather cheap and plentiful, so it is easy for any retreat organizer to make a retreat appear more appealing by offering MORE. More mushroom sessions. More microdosing. It means MORE must be better, right? In the short period of time allowed by a retreat, trying to squeeze as much action as possible out of your poor little receptors might not be the best idea. In a way, more is better, but you need to spread it out over time. It’s good to take the necessary steps to integrate and adjust after each experience.
How To Make A Psilocybin Retreat Work For You
Psilocybin retreats are a financial investment, so it is natural to want to get the most out of your experience. Many visitors are also a bit anxious about getting the maximum therapeutic effect. Keep in mind that for many people with both pain or mental health conditions, the therapeutic effects only last for several weeks or months at a time. The mileage varies for each case. At Eleusinia, we focus on imparting the necessary skills to self-manage a psychedelic experience.
We teach the tricks to transform a trip that may be taking an uncomfortable turn and direct it to a more pleasant direction. With these skills, many people feel comfortable managing on their own. They find they are not reliant on these types of retreats in the future. I encourage you to find a therapist that specializes in psychedelic integration in your area to continue with your practice of self discovery. Together with the skills learned in the cultivation course, you will be set to be in the driver’s seat.
Not A Passive Experience
It is empowering to take the wheel during a psychedelic experience and explore your psyche. People often talk about a mushroom trip as if it is a chaotic, unpredictable experience. In my experience, this is only half true. You are in control, but the more you white-knuckle the steering wheel, the less smooth the ride will be. You also cannot take the ride curled up in the backseat and not expect to hit some bumps. We want you to feel comfortable in this space, and to be confident that you can manage similar experiences in the future.
The standard practice at most psilocybin retreats is to let the trip play out however chance takes it. The guide’s job is to keep an eye on you, and to make sure you do not get too distressed. Maybe you will discuss your intentions a bit before or after, but the approach is to just take the experience as it comes. You are subject to the whims of chance, a leaf on the wind. We do have some similar techniques at Eleusinia, but we also make sure that everyone learns and executes the self-redirection cues. They may not need it now, but they may need it in the future.