The Retreats

Our psilocybin-assisted retreats offer a safe, legal and supportive environment to experience a psychedelic journey, which can help you experience greater freedom, wholeness and creative flow. The psychedelic used at the retreats is the psilocybin-containing truffle, and the retreats take place in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal.

 

Potential benefits of psychedelics

Psychedelics can shift us out of our everyday perception and help open us up to a larger, mountain-top perspective from which new insights can arise. They can help us make better sense of our past, coming to terms with hardships we’ve faced and understanding how past wounds might be influencing our current life. And they can put us in touch with a deep well of inner resources with which we can begin addressing and transforming patterns we are stuck in. For many, psychedelic journeys are also a first glimpse into ‘the Great Mystery’, and the spiritual dimension of life.

 

Psychedelics are not enough

Our approach: Open & Deepen

While psychedelics and psychobilin therapy can open us to what is important in life, and steer our course, such experiences alone cannot keep us on track. To deepen the insights gained during a psychedelic journey into a new way of life, we must address what is blocking us from experiencing our full freedom, wholeness and potential. We do so by attending to the various dimensions of our human experience: the relationship with ourselves, with others, with the natural world and the mystery of life. This is the underlying principle woven into all our work and every one of our retreats.

Our Approach

Set & Setting

We take great care to optimise the two key factors determining a psychedelic journey: set and setting. Our retreats are designed to prepare you to let go into a receptive, trusting state of mind (set), in an environment in which you can feel completely safe and supported (setting).

We include exercises and approaches from the Western clinical model, somatic and transpersonal psychology, as well as from ancient wisdom traditions across different cultures and times such as Buddhism and the shamanic lineages of the Americas.

You will:

  • Receive 1:1 guidance and support before and after the ceremony from our expert facilitators
  • Engage in preparation and integration activities before, during and after the retreat
  • Share the journey together with a group of like minded individuals
  • Be nurtured and nourished in a beautiful retreat venue, in nature, eating healthy, exquisite food

“Every single thing was perfectly thought out and flowed beautifully. The facilitators were the most beautiful, intelligent, loving, compassionate people. The vegan food was delightful, nourishing, beautiful, every bite tasted like the most special food ever. I could not have dreamed that this retreat would be wonderful from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. It will stay with me for a very long time. I will do all I can do to keep it alive in my body and soul forever. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” Jennifer, 52 years

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. Ahead of each retreat, you will receive reading material and suggested exercises to support your preparation for the retreat. One week before the retreat you will also have the opportunity to meet your lead facilitator and fellow participants via video call, allowing you to get to know each other and feel safe in the group, as well as ask any burning questions you might have.

On the retreat itself, 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 3 weeks of support following the retreat – 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

Retreat Types

OPEN RETREAT

Our Open retreats offer an accessible entrypoint into psychedelic and other forms of inner exploration and personal growth work. These 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 available to all sufficiently mentally and physically healthy individuals, regardless of prior experience of psychedelic substances. We currently offer themed Open retreats for Women, Men and Leaders. We also offer a Double Ceremony Open retreat which lasts for six days and includes two psilocybin ceremonies.

 

DEEPEN RETREAT

Our Deepen retreats are available to all those who have already participated in one of our Open retreats. The content of the retreat is more advanced, “providing participants with an opportunity for deeper inquiry and a larger step out of their comfort zone and into their potential. At the same time there is an ease of familiarity in the group from having been on a similar journey before that creates a lightness as well as mutual companionship and support to go deeper.

Each Deepen retreat is also a deep dive into one aspect of our foundational approach. On our Body & Earth retreat the exercises focus on our relationship to matter: to our bodies and to nature. On our Authentic Relating retreat we place special emphasis on exploring being honest with ourselves and others.

 

4 DAYS, 5 DAYS & 6 DAYS

Whether for our 4-day, 5-day or 6-day retreat, we always begin the first full day with a late afternoon ceremony, meaning you will have had nearly 24 hours to properly land and feel safe, settled and connected to the place and the group. It also gives you space to prepare internally, to come into deeper contact with what is blocking you in your lives, and distill your intention for the ceremony. On our 4-day retreat, you also have an entire day after the psychedelic ceremony dedicated to integration. All our retreats have at least one full integration day, honouring the precious window of time when one is still open and bathing in the ‘afterglow’ of the experience. This is a crucial time to harvest the insights and start weaving them into our way of being.

I was dubious about needing the day after, but it is 100% the right thing to have, almost as important as the ceremony itself. Guy, 42 years

On our 5 day retreats, we dedicate two full days to integration, because we believe that integration is really one of the most important keys and we want to support you to make the most of the window of opportunity in the ‘afterglow’ time. This format allows more space for the stillness and quiet that is actually so necessary for integration but that is often lacking in the hectic pace of modern life. It also gives you more time to further unpack and deepen any insights gained from the ceremony, through facilitator support and the various integration exercises on offer, the design of which is informed by the very best of personal and spiritual growth modalities.

I can’t imagine a more beautiful and supported entry into the world of psychedelics than this magical retreat. The days before the ceremony really helped me unwind and open fully into the experience. By the second day I already felt like I’d been on the most amazing retreat and the ceremony hadn’t even happened yet. Lauren, 35 years

The 6 day double-ceremony retreat offers the opportunity to dive deeper into the psychedelic space through participation in two ceremonies. Participants arrive, and participate in the first ceremony the following day. The day after is followed by integration activities, deepening into the psychic material that has come to light, and preparing for the second ceremony. On the 4th day, the group goes into another psychedelic journey, followed by another entire day dedicated to integration.

Prices

4 Day Retreat — 2,150€ / 5 Day Retreat — 2,450€ / 6 Day Retreat — 2,950€ /

Sample Schedule for a 5 Day Retreat

Day 1: Arrival – Landing
2.00 pm Meet in Amsterdam + travel by coach together
6.00 pm Arrive at the venue
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Opening Circle
9.30 pm Group connection activity
Day 2: Ceremony – Opening
9 am Morning Practice
10 am Breakfast
11 am Preparation activity
12 am One-to-one’s with facilitators
1 pm Preparation activity
1.30 pm Light lunch
3.30 pm Opening Ritual
4 pm Ceremony begins
9 pm Closing Ritual
9.30 pm Dinner
Day 3: Integration 1 – Unpacking
9 am Morning Practice
10 am Breakfast
11.30 am Sharing Circle
1.30 pm Lunch
3 pm Integration activity
4 pm One-to-one’s with facilitators
6.30 pm Dinner
8 pm Evening integration
Day 4: Integration 2 – Deepening
9 am Morning Practice
10 am Breakfast
11.30 am Integration activity
1.30 pm Lunch
3 pm Integration activities
7.30 pm Celebration Feast
9 pm Celebration
Day 5: Leaving – Emerging
8 am Morning practice
9 am Breakfast
10 am Integration Talk
11 am Closing Circle
12.30 pm Departure

The Alalaho Journey

Apply

Submit an application to the Alalaho retreat programme. This information is essential in helping us support your safety and well-being.

Exploration Call

Schedule a complimentary call with us to explore whether a psychedelic journey is the right decision for you at this point in your life.

Book your retreat

Choose your preferred retreat type and date.

Begin the preparation process

You will receive material and suggested exercises to support your preparation for the retreat. One week before the retreat there will be a video call for you to meet your lead facilitator and fellow participants

Attend the retreat

Let go of your usual duties and obligations and be held and supported as you set sail onto new shores, discovering yourself and the world in a whole new way!

Embark on integration journey

You will be supported for 3 weeks through a weekly group video call with your fellow participants and a senior facilitator as well as suggested exercises – to help you weave the insights from the retreat back into your everyday life.

Apply

Submit an application to the Alalaho retreat programme. This information is essential in helping us support your safety and well-being.

Exploration Call

Schedule a complimentary call with us to explore whether a psychedelic journey is the right decision for you at this point in your life.

Book your retreat

Choose your preferred retreat type and date.

Begin the preparation process

You will receive material and suggested exercises to support your preparation for the retreat. One week before the retreat there will be a video call for you to meet your lead facilitator and fellow participants

Attend the retreat

Let go of your usual duties and obligations and be held and supported as you set sail onto new shores, discovering yourself and the world in a whole new way!

Embark on integration journey

You will be supported for 3 weeks through a weekly group video call with your fellow participants and a senior facilitator as well as suggested exercises – to help you weave the insights from the retreat back into your everyday life.

Our Retreats

Open

Core

The foundation of our approach, open to all

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Open

Women

Exploring and celebrating being a woman

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Open

Men

Exploring and celebrating being a man

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Deepen

Authentic Relating

Finding the freedom to be ourselves

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Open

Double-Ceremony

Diving deeper into the mystery of consciousness

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Open

Leaders

Connecting to true power and vision

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Deepen

Body and Earth

Connecting with the nature we are, inside and out

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Open

Meditators

Exploring the synergy between Buddhism and psychedelics

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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.