About Atman Retreat

Psychedelics are known to produce profound, meaningful, transformative experiences when used in a safe and intentional manner. However, many people don’t have access to psychedelics, or to a safe setting within which to use them. Others simply don’t want to break the law. Until we adopt more compassionate, evidence-based drug policy, there are few ways for people to experience these extraordinary states of consciousness safely and legally. Atman Retreat exists to fill this gap.

Mission

Our core mission is to help people explore the full potential of the psychedelic experience, in all its healing, transformative, and transcendent qualities. Retreats are held in Jamaica, where psilocybin mushrooms are legal. Participants stay at a spacious villa, with comfortable rooms and a scenic private beachfront. Our team of experienced facilitators is passionate about creating space for inner transformation, insight, and breakthroughs.

Whether you’re completely new to psychedelics, or a seasoned psychonaut interested in a different kind of journey, Atman Retreat is a complete 4-day experience that allows you to explore psychedelics safely, legally, and in a setting designed to maximize their benefits.

When you feel ready, you can apply here. Read more about our team below, and we hope to see you soon on a retreat!

Our Team

Sasha Bellucci, MA

Facilitator

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It is my belief you have the wisdom within to heal yourself. I utilize voice and body work, various therapeutic modalities, spirituality, mindfulness, reiki, art, music, and movement to facilitate embodiment and self-reflection. By bringing awareness and expression to our authenticity, we find empowerment and liberation from fear. I am deeply committed to the collective awakening and the principles of sustainability, collaboration, community, and unconditional love.

During my time in grad school I went through my own psychedelic therapy. This experience changed my life and gave me relief from complex PTSD and depression. After I received my Master’s in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, I trained in the therapeutic administration of psychedelic medicines. As a healer, I feel it is my ethical responsibility to offer the highest quality of care available and see this work as the future of psychotherapy. I have had the honor of guiding more than 400 life transforming journeys. It is my honor to support your path of self actualization.

Personally, I am inspired by nature, gardening, mixed media art,  and travel. I am passionate about sustainability and permaculture. Ashtanga Yoga and meditation have been a big part of my life. In a few years I envision myself leading medicine retreats at an off grid permaculture community. Healing within as we heal our planet together.

Learn more about Sasha on her website

Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD

Facilitator

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I completed my dissertation on psychedelics at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). It is being published by North Atlantic Books as The Psilocybin Connection: Psychedelics, the Transformation of Consciousness, and Evolution of the Planet—An Integral Approach and will be distributed by Penguin Random House. The release date is April 5th 2022. Aside from academic work, I have undergone several major trainings, including graduating from the Hakomi Somatic-Psychotherapy program and training within the Mazatec mushroom tradition.

I assisted the Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Certificate Training at CIIS for two years and mentored at the newly emerging School of Consciousness Medicine. I run a free monthly integration group called “Developing a Relationship with Sacred Mushrooms” with the San Francisco Psychedelic Society. I also taught a class on psychedelic psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University, and worked with the Cosmic Mass for a year, a project to reimagine ritual in a postmodern culture.

Having attended Burning Man for almost a decade, I have led two camps, and volunteered at the Zendo Psychedelic Harm Reduction Center. Psychedelics, specifically psilocybin mushrooms, set the course for my academic career, first graduating from the University of Arizona with a major in Philosophy and minors in both Physics and Psychology, and then earning a master’s in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University.

Learn more about Jahan on his website

Kate Becker, MSW, RYT

Facilitator

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Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy and yoga all appeal to me because these therapies help people reach deeper levels within themselves and find their ability to heal. There is a letting go and self-processing that provides a foundation for seeing from new vantage points, and an expanded consciousness of a one’s story, life, and experience of being.

The body and mind provide protection from harm long after the threat is gone, leaving us in limited cycles of thoughts and feelings. Mind expanding therapies allow the body to process the past, experience safety and peace in the present, and manage adversity in the future. Being witness and providing the support to people as they venture through is truly an honor and privilege.

I learned Transcendental Meditation when I was just 10 years old and I didn’t realize at the time how it would change the trajectory of my life. Meditation has provided me momentary calm in the face of tragedy, and at other times in my life a complete sense of serenity. And still there are days I can’t calm my mind. That’s when I rely on yoga postures, mantras, connecting with my pets and the environment to find balance.

Early in my professional career, I worked in New York City in advertising and marketing research. I loved the work, but I could feel that something was missing and that was my need work with people. A little soul searching brought me back to the career I’d wanted to pursue when I was in college, so I went graduate school received my MSW at UCONN. After graduate school, I enthusiastically attended numerous post-graduate courses including EMDR Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a yearlong training in dissociation, many addiction trainings, as well as becoming a registered yoga teacher.

The promising research on psychedelics along with personal experiences years ago inspired me to become trained in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy. I volunteered with MAPS and attended their week-long training in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, and also participated in a Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy training.

I have over ten years of experience working in several different settings including outpatient mental health, substance abuse treatment and hospice, as well as extensive training and experience in Motivational Interviewing and Trauma, P.T.S.D. and Addiction treatment.

Learn more about Kate Becker on her website

Shawna Alvis

Facilitator

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I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I completed an honours double major in psychology and sociology at York University and completed a post-graduate program for spiritual psychotherapy at Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. I have also completed MDMA-assisted psychotherapy training with MAPS, and psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy training with TheraPsil, a Canadian nonprofit. I’m grateful to be one of TheraPsil’s first provisional associates, which means I'm approved to provide legal psilocybin-assisted therapy to certain clients in Canada.

From a young age, I always knew that my career would ultimately involve assisting and supporting others. As I grew and experienced the highs and most definite lows of life, I gained clarity in that vision. I experienced tragic losses early in my life. I watched those I cared for feel helpless, confused, and alone in their pain. My upbringing was touched by addictions, suicide, psychosis, rage, depression, anxiety, and so much more. Though those experiences were difficult, I wouldn't be who I am today without them. Through my own therapeutic and psychedelic journeys, I was able to uncover my resilience. The value of understanding emotional consciousness, spirituality, psychedelics, and mental health became clear to me.

I am a passionate transpersonal psychotherapist who is wholeheartedly committed to the conscious and spiritual development of the self. I believe that the potential to heal and grow is in every single one of us. I am gentle, patient, and understanding in my work. I am here to support you as we uncover parts and experiences that you are called to explore and heal. I honor the therapeutic space we share, the vulnerability that you bring, and do so without judgement. Your vulnerability is sacred. It is my hope that you and I will cultivate a strong therapeutic relationship, and that, together, we work towards your goals and inner healing.

Learn more about Shawna on her website

Mark Haberstroh

Facilitator

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I have been an avid student and practitioner of different mushroom modalities for over 6 years. I began my studies 6 years ago in Alabama. After attending my first psilocybin mushroom retreat as a participant, I found my first mentor.

I apprenticed under this teacher for 2 years before beginning to work with people on my own in a therapeutic setting. During this time I also co-founded Alabama's first gourmet and medicinal mushroom farm.

Since then, I moved on to deepen my studies and gather further experience. I have worked with psilocybin mushroom retreat centers in Mexico, Jamaica and the Netherlands. I am also a contributor to Psychedelics Today's Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Therapists course.

Currently I'm living in the San Francisco Bay area. I'm assisting with microdose hikes in Oakland, leading mushroom preparation circles, collaborating with the psychedelic communities, and continuing my education of working with entheogens.

Holding space for individual and group mushroom experiences has been the most fulfilling work of my life. It is my passion and privilege to be with people in this way, and I look forward to supporting you on your journey.

Carla Kieffer

Facilitator

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As a certified psychedelic integration practitioner, I have witnessed and supported the changes that psychedelic assisted healing and transformation can bring.  It is my honor to support people in discovering that the power of healing and transformation lies within them; and that they, themselves, are the medicine.

I offer harm reduction influenced (MAPS/Zendo trained) transformational services and resources, creating a non-judgmental, safe, and compassionate space to prepare for and process the deep healing work that I believe psychedelics can offer. I create a container to support those who are curious about, planning on, or have previously explored non-ordinary states of consciousness. It is a safe space to explore options, clarify intentions, learn tools for self-care and navigation, and process the experience.

I provide psychedelic preparation and integration support, facilitate journeys in countries where the work is allowed, support clients during and after ketamine infusions, consult with groups that promote psychedelic advocacy and education, consult with retreat centers, and work with a company providing a software platform for psychedelic practitioners like myself.

I am honored to work with many populations, including veterans and first responders with PTSD and TBI; entrepreneurs; creatives; and clients seeking personal growth and spiritual exploration, as well as those that choose traditional modalities to create change in their lives. I have many tools in my healing toolbox, including mindfulness and meditation practices, and I’m able to customize the coaching experience to the individual needs and goals of each client, whether they choose to work with entheogens or not.

Some of the values that inform my coaching style are balance, harmony, authenticity, alignment, joyfulness and the importance of knowing and owning one’s life purpose in order to live a full, meaningful life.

I believe in leveraging the powers of entheogens to support individuals stepping into their power in order to live an integral, purpose driven, and joyful life; thereby aligning with their highest vision of who they really are. I love supporting those that choose this path; as when people are healing themselves, I believe they are healing the world.

Learn more about Carla on her website

Lorraine Percy

Facilitator

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51 years ago at the age of 17, I had my first glimpse into the vastness of human consciousness through a psychedelic experience. This experience led me on a lifelong journey of exploring human consciousness and human potential through various spiritual practices and working with sacred medicines.

As a retired Registered Massage Therapist I work with non-ordinary states of consciousness through a somatic approach. My personal experience has shown me that deep healing and insights happen from a place beyond the mind. Every impression we receive throughout our lives is stored in the body as an energetic imprint. Much of it is long forgotten cognitively, but all of it is remembered on a deeper sensory level.

In 2006, after decades of meditation training and spiritual explorations, I returned to medicine work better-informed to work from a more mature, intentional place. My work is a synthesis of many of the trainings I have completed including, a 150-hour trauma focused, psychedelic therapy training, 18-month Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation training with Spirit Rock meditation centre, 7-day professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, 200-hour yoga teacher training with Nosara Institute, and Yin Yoga teacher training with Paul Greeley. I’ve also trained and volunteered at both the Victoria & Toronto Hospices. My body centred approach incorporates many modalities and energy techniques I’ve studied and practiced as a Registered Massage Therapist.

As interest in psychedelics and psychedelic therapy is growing exponentially, it is a critical time to create Codes of Ethics and Best Practices for therapists and guides working with these powerful medicines. I’m currently spearheading an Ethics Committee with the Canadian Psychedelic Association (CPA) and they will soon post my guide on how to choose a psychedelic therapist on their website.

We’re at a critical and fragile time for all life forms on this planet. I feel that a profound awakening to our interconnectedness and natural environment can alleviate some of the suffering and environmental destruction we face. Entheogens, used for a higher purpose, in a careful, safe, and intentional way, can be an important tool for healing, both personally and globally.

Paulo Rebello, MA

Facilitator

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Using mindfulness and a caring presence, I will accompany you on the road to personal growth, supporting you in understanding how you can become appreciative of your behaviors: they helped you come this far! We will explore how you can see your life through different, enriching perspectives to include multiple ways of being in relationship and acting in the world in a more satisfying way for you. It's about empowering you with the ability to choose what you want to live. It is about giving you choices.

As a strong believer in human consciousness as a self-healing system I clearly see that we engage in relationships aiming to give ourselves another chance to heal from past wounds. We are in search of opportunities to learn how to reclaim our voices, our wants, our needs, our lives.

As an integrative practitioner I will invite you to perceive how you are influenced by your own personal experience, by your body and physiology, by your family of origin's culture and norms, and by the institutions that govern your life in society. How unconscious expectations may hurt you. I look forwarding to supporting you on your journey!

Christina (Chrissy) Sandwen, MSW

Facilitator

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Hi! I'm Chrissy. I'm a master's-level social worker and a certified Transformation and Psychedelic Integration Coach.

I feel incredibly grateful to get to support you on your healing journey. I draw on potent methods from conscious relating, positive psychology, Eastern philosophy, and self-development to help you to find more joy, peace, inner empowerment and vibrance that really lasts.

I bring to Atman over a decade of work in the mental health field and my own experiences using psilocybin to heal from depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. I have also completed trainings with Being True To You, Psychedelics Today, and Fluence.

I believe psilocybin is such an incredible tool because it connects us more deeply to ourselves, each other, and the earth. At Atman, we're lucky enough to share this experience, supporting one another in this remembering and reconnection. In a world that at times feels so incredibly disconnected, there is nothing more powerful for me than being able to support this work.

Learn more about Chrissy on her website, and follow her work at the East Bay Healing Collective

Julie Light, MA

Facilitator

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I am a counselor, shamanic guide, musician, and energy healer.  I have been working as a guide since 2016 - working with individuals, couples, and groups.

My knowledge base is grounded both in scientific paradigms (neuroscience and psychology) as well as spiritual paradigms (shamanism, intuitive and energetic work, chakras, etc.).  I incorporate energy healing, sound healing, Hakomi principles and practices, and intuitive guidance into my healing practice.

With my grounding, loving guidance, I have helped clients be free of the cycle of depression, reduce anxiety, find life purpose, connect with their ancestors and past lives, gain clarity on their relationships, heal from childhood trauma, foster self love, and much more.

In my mid-twenties, I spent years working with a traditional therapist and had gotten to a point of feeling frustrated and stuck around my path toward healing. I started working with shamanic healers in expanded states of consciousness and finally was able to break through places where I had felt so stagnant. Through this work, I was finally able to make significant shifts in myself and my life. I understood the power of this work and found my calling. It is an honor to be of service in this way.

Training and Education:

• Shamanic Guiding with Expanded States based in the Mazatec Tradition

• Core Shamanism: Divination, Soul Retrieval, Extraction, Death, Dying, and Beyond

• 2-year Comprehensive Hakomi Therapy Training

• M.A. in East-West Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies

• B.A. in Cognitive Science from U.C. Berkeley

• Clairvoyant Training from Intuitive Way

• Energy Work Training from Intuitive Way

• Level 1 Reiki Master

Learn more about Julie on her website

Jazmin Hupp

Facilitator

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Jazmin Hupp is a multi-faceted community builder. She was named a “genius entrepreneur” by Fortune Magazine and Forbes considers her one of the “top businesswomen”. In 2014, Jazmin co-founded Women Grow for female cannabis leaders in Denver. In just 3 years, she led Women Grow to connect 75,000 entrepreneurs with monthly events in 60 cities.

After burning out from the explosive growth, Jazmin took 3 years “in”. She used weekly psychedelic trips as a gateway to self-contemplation and neuro-plasticity. This intentional rest led her to quit medications, learn to cook, and practice yoga. With the help of psychedelics, Jazmin rebalanced the needs of her body, mind, and spirit to create a sustainable lifestyle.

Jazmin recently published her first book: The Inside Guide to MDMA, Marijuana, and Magic Mushrooms. In it, she shares her personal protocols for using these molecules for self-healing and self-actualization. Jazmin is currently writing her next book, How to Lose 50 Pounds by Quitting Capitalism.

Jazmin is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and chef, who specializes in silent meditation retreats. Over the last three years, she has co-created over 100 days of silent meditation events.

Setareh Vatan, MA

Facilitator

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I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor that utilizes depth psychology as a foundation in my therapeutic work with individuals suffering from various dependencies, including problematic substance use, and co-occurring mental health conditions. I have received numerous comprehensive trainings in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapeutic modalities, including the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy training and Polaris Insight Center’s Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy training.

I acquired my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Through the process of going through graduate school, I discovered that human suffering is perhaps less pathological and more of a process manifesting from the unconscious. Carl Jung proclaimed that, “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” I believe that psychedelics are an effective way to access and work with the unconscious, and that such encounters could mend the pain at the root of human suffering and promote a sense of wholeness that contribute to lasting changes in an individual’s life.

I am an advocate for the soul and work in the service of the psyche to bring unconscious material to the conscious to facilitate transformation and growth. I am a lover of animals and nature, and a connoisseur of adventures.

Sanshin Russell

Retreat Manager

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Greetings! I am a retreat manager, mindfulness coach, interfaith minister, and community organizer. I look forward to supporting you in your journey.

As a retreat manager with over a decade of experience in the hospitality field, I’ve helped run more than 70 weeks of group retreats in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Jamaica, Oregon, and Vermont.

It is an honor for me to welcome guests into a safe, comfortable place of respect, trust, and acceptance - and to uphold a firm foundation of physical, interpersonal, and emotional safety.

As a mindfulness coach, I have taught meditation to over 10,000 people, leading sessions in a wide variety of in-person settings and leading international groups in virtual reality with EvolVR / Tripp.

I am an expert in the system, which has been used in research at Harvard Medical Center, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Arizona, Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Vermont.

Some of my influences/teachers include: Performance expert George Mumford (mindfulness teacher for Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant), Bhante Sujatha, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wim Hof, Zen Peacemakers, integrative Christianity, Shadhiliyya Sufism, Authentic Relating, Non-Violent Communication, The American Yoga Foundation, Wilderness survival training, intensive monastic training, the protocols and best practice guidelines from the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and Oxford Mindfulness Center.

I received the dharma name ‘Sanshin (三真)’ via lay-ordination in the Shingon School of Buddhism and am an ordained interfaith Minister via the Universal Life Church.

I enjoy playing jazz/funk piano/keyboard and basketball in my free time. I enjoy feeling grass under my feet and sunshine on my skin, as well as improv, sauna, cold plunges, and outdoor excursions.

I also volunteer my time towards political depolarization, community well-being, civic engagement, criminal justice reform, and non-partisan democracy reform efforts.

Aaron Nesmith-Beck

Founder

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Over the past dozen years through personal experience, anecdotal evidence, and a growing body of scientific research, it’s become clear to me that psychedelics are uniquely powerful tools for creating profound, positive change in people’s lives.

Psychedelics have long played an important role in my own life. I had my first psilocybin experience at 16, and it deeply shifted my sense of self worth as a young person. Further psychedelic experiences through my later teens and early twenties helped me solve personal problems, improve relationships, and provided me with insights into the world and the nature of my own mind I otherwise never would have had.

Towards the end of my undergraduate degree at McGill University, I discovered psychedelic research, in particular the MAPS MDMA trials and psilocybin studies at Johns Hopkins. The prospect of a level-headed, evidence-based return of psychedelics to our culture was incredibly exciting. What good luck, I thought, to be alive right at the time of the “psychedelic renaissance”.

After university I spent three years travelling, living abroad, and working remotely. During this time I’d write about personal development, spirituality, and psychedelics on my blog, Freedom and Fulfilment, which has now reached almost a million people worldwide. My interest in psychedelics grew over this time, along with the belief that increasing access to high quality psychedelic experiences could be deeply impactful in a positive way.

In mid-2018, I started putting together the pieces of what would become Atman Retreat. I’m fortunate enough to have had support from some very smart, competent people, and to have found an exceptional group of facilitators along the way. We’re honored to offer the opportunity for people to explore the full potential of psychedelics in a safe, legal way.

Today I’m based in Toronto, Canada. I’m also a regular meditator, and have been practicing for over 9 years. Other interests include applied ethics, personality psychology, transpersonal psychology, yoga, and nonduality.

Thanks for visiting, and we hope to see you soon on a retreat!

Pranab Sachi

Marketing & Operations Support

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Pranab is committed to reducing suffering and improving quality of life wherever he can.

He is a growth & operations generalist, and has led growth for founders across healthcare and B2B SaaS. Personally, he's an avid meditator and loves learning about different healing modalities. Connecting with psychedelics and dharma has changed his life, and he hopes to compassionately bring that to others.

Pranab holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from UT Austin.

Justin Anderson, MD

Doctor on call

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Justin is the covering physician (doctor on call) for Atman Retreat, available throughout our psilocybin sessions. He practices general medicine as a medical officer at St. James Public Health Services and Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Justin received his MB,BS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) from The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

Alex Fuentes, MD

Medical Advisor

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Alex advises on safety practices and provides input on the participant intake process for Atman Retreat. His main professional interests are addiction medicine and longterm patient relationships, and he is excited about developments in both clinical and non-clinical applications of psychedelics. Alex received his MD from the NYU School of Medicine, and holds a BSc from McGill University.