Open: Men's Retreat

Upcoming Men’s retreat

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It is time for men to do the work of understanding ourselves and each other, to rediscover the spirit of brotherhood, to ask what we can offer a world that needs balance and direction now, more than ever.

We live at a time when the place of men in the world is shifting.  Many have begun to reject the old patriarchal expression of a masculinity that is dominating and violent, cut off from emotions and ultimately not in service to life. Yet a new conception of what a healthy, mature masculine expression could look like is still in the process of being formed.

It is time for men to do the work of understanding and initiating ourselves and each other. To reconnect with emotions buried under decades of shame. To celebrate our human needs for love, intimacy and expression. To rediscover the feeling of safety and support that brotherhood can bring, when too often we are pitted against each other as competitors. To reclaim our sensing bodies as part of nature, and to see nature reflected in ourselves. To return to the core of our beings and retrieve a way of living that we can be proud of. To ask what we can offer a world that needs balance and direction now, more than ever.

 

This retreat offers a chance for a psychedelic exploration into your mind and heart, catalysed by the safety and camaraderie among men sharing an adventure.

The experience of brotherhood – of feeling held and supported by the other men in our life – is unknown to most of us. The retreat could also be an exploration of your own experience of being a man and relating to other men, catalysed by the openness, intensity and insight that psychedelics can bring.

Who is it for?

Our OPEN retreats offer an accessible entrypoint into psychedelic and other forms of inner exploration and personal growth. Open retreats introduce you to the foundational pillars of our approach: relationship with self, relationship with others, relationship with nature, relationship with the Mystery. They are open to all, regardless of prior experience of psychedelic substances.

This Men’s retreat will be an inclusive space for all people who identify as men. If you feel interested in participating but have questions, particularly if you are transgender or genderqueer, you are warmly invited to get in touch with us at retreats@alalaho.org.

Disclaimer

  • Our retreats are for people in good mental and physical health. We do not offer therapeutic or medical treatment.
  • Even though the vast majority of our participants have very meaningful and beneficial experiences, there is no guaranteed outcome from participating on a retreat.
  • The majority of research indicating the positive effects of psilocybin was done in a clinical setting, which is very different to that of a retreat environment. More research is needed to explore the benefits offered by the psilocybin experience.

What’s included?

PREPARATION SUPPORT

Giving due energy to preparation before the psychedelic journey not only reduces the possibility of anxiety and tension blocking the flow of the experience, it also enhances the probability of an enriched, deeper experience. We offer one-on-one sessions with the facilitators, and individual and group activities to help you feel well prepared and supported, as well as safe and bonded with the group before stepping into the unknown.

 

INTEGRATION SUPPORT

In many ways, the journey only really begins when the psychedelic effect subsides. In the days after the ceremony, we incorporate solo and group integration activities, and individual one-on-one sessions with the facilitators to give you the opportunity to explore the deeper nuances of your journey. We also offer 9 months of ongoing support – through group video calls as well as suggested exercises – to help you weave the insights from the retreat back into your everyday life.

“The attention to integration was amazing, extremely impactful, and probably the main reason I’d recommend these retreats.” Li, 32 years old

GROUP EXERCISES & GROUP SUPPORT

On the retreat we can safely explore relating to one another in a held and loving space. Tremendous healing comes from being witnessed and accepted as who we are.  In traditional contexts, psychedelics have often been used in group settings, the benefits of which were recently explored in a research study. The group is also a major resource in the integration process. In a society that hasn’t yet incorporated the use of psychedelics and other peak experiences into its fabric, the community of fellow retreat participants plays a central role as allies and companions on this extraordinary journey.

“I learned so much simply from being in the company of fellow participants, facilitators and volunteers. It was so wonderful to feel part of such a supportive community.” Duncan, 35 years old

MEDITATION & CONTEMPLATIVE EXERCISES

By settling into the here-and-now of our present, embodied experience, the agitation of the mind subsides and gives way to a profound sense of presence and peace, from which love and compassion naturally arise. We begin to access deeper layers of ourselves, and sharpen our capacity for insight into the nature of reality. By learning to attend to, work with, and direct the flow of our awareness, we are more equipped to navigate not just the psychedelic experience, but the journey of life itself.

Embodiment practices

We incorporate different activities to start reinhabiting our bodies. We begin the journey of learning to better hear, understand and respond to the messages our body is constantly sending and receiving. Being more embodied also allows us to more fully enjoy the pleasures of being a living, breathing, seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, sensing human being. Movement and embodiment exercises can also help us get out of our usual controlling thinking mind, and access more freedom, creativity and flow.

NATURE CONNECTION

We invite you on a break from the disconnecting effects of technology and city life and into an engagement with the natural world, which can make us feel more resourced, grounded, alive and remind us of our belonging to and interconnectedness with all of life. Observing nature, we learn about the way of life, and we learn about ourselves. Being immersed in it, we reconnect with our own life force and regain access to the creativity and resilience that flows through all life.

HEALTHY, EXQUISITE FOOD

“Let food be thy medicine” (Hippocrates). “We are what we eat” (folk wisdom). Food is one of life’s extraordinary expressions of love: full of abundance, richness and creativity. On our retreats we honour and celebrate that by cooking with the same spirit of love and creativity, and sourcing produce locally and organically where possible to do our part in taking care of the Earth in turn.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Creativity is our birthright. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that we are not creative and artistic, that we cannot sing or dance. At Alalaho, we believe that if we can speak, we can sing, and if we can walk, we can dance. Creative, non-linear expression has been a key part of what it means to be human across culture and time. Our retreats offer easy, accessible exercises to support each participant to let go of some self-limiting beliefs at their own pace, and to let themselves be guided by the creative life force living at their core.

RITUAL AND CEREMONY

“Ritual allows us to transcend passivity and become active agents in changing our own lives” (Caroline Casey). Rituals and ceremonies allow us to mark important moments in time, such as navigating big life transitions, processing grief, or setting intentions. We learn to gather our awareness and conscious energy and pour it into the moment, transforming a seemingly mundane act and imbuing it with power and meaning.

MEDITATION & CONTEMPLATIVE EXERCISES

By settling into the here-and-now of our present, embodied experience, the agitation of the mind subsides and gives way to a profound sense of presence and peace, from which love and compassion naturally arise. We begin to access deeper layers of ourselves, and sharpen our capacity for insight into the nature of reality. By learning to attend to, work with, and direct the flow of our awareness, we are more equipped to navigate not just the psychedelic experience, but the journey of life itself.

Embodiment practices

We incorporate different activities to start reinhabiting our bodies. We begin the journey of learning to better hear, understand and respond to the messages our body is constantly sending and receiving. Being more embodied also allows us to more fully enjoy the pleasures of being a living, breathing, seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, sensing human being. Movement and embodiment exercises can also help us get out of our usual controlling thinking mind, and access more freedom, creativity and flow.

NATURE CONNECTION

We invite you on a break from the disconnecting effects of technology and city life and into an engagement with the natural world, which can make us feel more resourced, grounded, alive and remind us of our belonging to and interconnectedness with all of life. Observing nature, we learn about the way of life, and we learn about ourselves. Being immersed in it, we reconnect with our own life force and regain access to the creativity and resilience that flows through all life.

HEALTHY, EXQUISITE FOOD

“Let food be thy medicine” (Hippocrates). “We are what we eat” (folk wisdom). Food is one of life’s extraordinary expressions of love: full of abundance, richness and creativity. On our retreats we honour and celebrate that by cooking with the same spirit of love and creativity, and sourcing produce locally and organically where possible to do our part in taking care of the Earth in turn.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Creativity is our birthright. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that we are not creative and artistic, that we cannot sing or dance. At Alalaho, we believe that if we can speak, we can sing, and if we can walk, we can dance. Creative, non-linear expression has been a key part of what it means to be human across culture and time. Our retreats offer easy, accessible exercises to support each participant to let go of some self-limiting beliefs at their own pace, and to let themselves be guided by the creative life force living at their core.

RITUAL AND CEREMONY

“Ritual allows us to transcend passivity and become active agents in changing our own lives” (Caroline Casey). Rituals and ceremonies allow us to mark important moments in time, such as navigating big life transitions, processing grief, or setting intentions. We learn to gather our awareness and conscious energy and pour it into the moment, transforming a seemingly mundane act and imbuing it with power and meaning.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” Nelson Mandela

Sample Schedule

Day 1: Landing
2.00pm Meet in Amsterdam + travel by coach together
6.00pm Arrive at the venue
7.00pm Dinner
8.30pm Opening Circle
9.30pm Group connection activity
Day 2: Preparation
9.00am Morning practice
10.00am Breakfast
11.00am Preparation activities
1.30pm Lunch
3.00pm Preparation actitivies
4.00pm One-to-one’s with facilitators
6.00pm Preparation activities
8.00pm Dinner
Day 3: Ceremony
9.00am Morning practice
10.00am Breakfast
11.30am Opening ritual
1.00pm Ceremony begins
6.00pm Closing ritual
8.00pm Dinner
Day 4: Integration
9.00am Morning practice
10.00am Breakfast
11.30am Sharing Circle
1.30pm Lunch
3.00pm One-to-one’s with facilitators
4.00pm Integration activities
8.00pm Celebratory Feast
9.30pm Celebration
Day 5: Leaving
9.00am Morning practice
10.00am Breakfast
11.00am Integration Talk
12.30pm Closing Circle
1.30pm Departure

Prices

4 Day Retreat — 2,150€ / 5 Day Retreat — 2,450€ /