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Frequently Asked Questions - Atman Retreat

Basics

Psilocybin is the naturally occurring active ingredient in many species of psychedelic (“magic”) mushroom. Once ingested, it converts to psilocin in the body and induces an altered state of consciousness: a psychedelic experience. Learn more about psilocybin here.

Psychedelics are a class of psychoactive compound that induce altered states of consciousness. The term psychedelic comes from “psyche” and the Greek word dēlos, which means “to manifest”, together meaning “mind manifesting”.

Examples of “classical” psychedelics are psilocybin, mescaline, LSD and DMT. Other substances sometimes considered psychedelics (depending who you ask) are cannabis, MDMA, ketamine, and ibogaine.

Our upcoming retreat dates are:

  • September 23-26, 2019
  • September 27-30, 2019
  • November 13-16, 2019
  • November 17-20, 2019

Applying to Atman Retreat

Start by filling out our online application form. Once processed, you’ll be contacted to schedule a video call with one of our facilitators, to help us better understand your intentions, preferences, and expectations for a retreat experience. If you’re accepted into a retreat groupyou’ll pay for your spot, book flights to Jamaica, and we’ll send you a comprehensive package of information to prepare ahead of time.

It may take only a week, if you’re available to speak with us soon after you submit your written application. If your schedule is less flexible and/or we’re very busy, it could take up to 3-4 weeks.

Absolutely! Start by filling out the application form (one for each person) and we’ll take it from there.

Maybe. There are a limited number of private rooms, and this depends on the preferences of other participants who may have signed up before you. Please indicate your room preference(s) on the application form and we’ll do our best to accommodate. You can also contact us if you have any questions.

Yes. Low-income tickets are priced at $395 USD and allotted to those with limited financial means. Please only apply for a low-income ticket if this applies to you, and if a low-income ticket is your only realistic option for attending the retreat. To apply for a low-income ticket, simply indicate your preference when asked on the application form. You’ll then be asked to answer a few additional questions about your financial situation.

Individuals with personal or family histories of bipolar, schizophrenia, or other personality disorders may be at risk if using psilocybin. A strong psychedelic experience can exacerbate or trigger the onset of these conditions. These risks are addressed in detail in our application process.

Retreat Experience

Our retreats are four days / three nights.

  • Psilocybin session in a group setting
  • Accommodation for the duration of the retreat
  • Vegetarian (or vegan) food prepared fresh daily on-site
  • Guided preparation and integration activities
  • 1-on-1 check-ins with facilitators
  • Meditation, yoga and breathwork practice
  • Access to private beachfront and swimming pool
  • Transport to and from Montego Bay Airport (MBJ)
  • Follow up integration call post-retreat
  • Preparation and integration written materials

Atman Retreat starts at $1,795 USD for one participant. This is paid only once you are approved to attend – after filling out the application form and having an intake call with one of our facilitators. We also have low-income tickets available, which are priced at $395 USD.

No. You’ll need to book your own flights to and from Montego Bay (Sangster International Airport – MBJ).

We work with local growers in Jamaica to source the mushrooms. The mushrooms are carefully grown, dried, finely ground and capped into 0.33g capsules for precise dosing. Capsules also protect the psilocybin from degrading in sunlight, and help minimize nausea.

There is one psilocybin session, on the second day of the retreat. Participants first take an initial dose, the size of which is determined based on preferences, intentions, prior experiences (or lack thereof), and bodyweight. After approximately 1.5 hours, a facilitator offers an optional booster dose, which is approximately 50% of the initial dose.

Generally between 3-5g of dried mushrooms, which is the equivalent of around 18-31mg of psilocybin. Our application process is designed to help us and you determine a dose best suited to your preferences, intentions, and experience.

We do not claim or attempt to treat any medical or mental health condition. While it’s common for people to have therapeutic experiences with psilocybin, attending Atman Retreat is not a substitute for medical services, psychotherapy, or any other form of treatment. 

Further, research protocols indicate that psychedelic therapy is most effective with multiple preparatory and integration sessions, and sometimes multiple psychedelic sessions. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to recreate this level of care with a retreat model at this time.

Psilocybin is generally safe and well-tolerated.1 It’s not physically addictive, and overdosing is almost impossible (it would require eating at least several pounds of mushrooms). Researchers in the UK deemed psilocybin mushrooms to be safer than alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and over a dozen other substances.2

The “set” (an individual’s mindset) and “setting” (physical setting) of a psychedelic experience greatly influence the process and outcome.2 If set and setting are properly prepared, the experience is much more likely to go well. If you’re accepted into a retreat group, we’ll send you a comprehensive prep package ahead of time, so you can learn about what to expect. You’ll also be briefed on the effects of psilocybin on retreat. Our experienced, knowledgeable facilitators will be there to support you every step of the way. Your session will take place in a comfortable indoor setting, designed to hold space for psychedelic experiences.

We take every measure to ensure each participant’s retreat experience is safe, comfortable, and positive in both the short and long term. However, psychedelic experiences are not for everyone. Our application process is designed to help both us and you determine if a psychedelic experience is a good fit for you.

Please note: Individuals with personal or family histories of bipolar, schizophrenia, or other personality disorders may be at risk if using psilocybin. A strong psychedelic experience can exacerbate or trigger the onset of these conditions. These risks are addressed in detail in our application process.

Safety

Psilocybin is generally safe and well-tolerated.1 It’s not physically addictive, and overdosing is almost impossible (it would require eating at least several pounds of mushrooms). Researchers in the UK deemed psilocybin mushrooms to be safer than alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and over a dozen other substances.2

However, Individuals with personal or family histories of bipolar, schizophrenia, or other personality disorders may be at risk if using psilocybin. A strong psychedelic experience can exacerbate or trigger the onset of these conditions. These risks are addressed in detail in our application process.

Our retreats are held in Montego Bay, located on the Northwest coast of Jamaica. Montego Bay is a safe, popular tourist destination with many hotels and resorts. When you attend Atman Retreat, you’ll be picked up by a driver at Montego Bay/Sangster International Airport (MBJ) and driven directly to our venue. The venue is a private, gated villa (most homes in Jamaica are gated) with staff on-site at all times. When it’s time to depart, you’re driven back to the airport. There can be safety concerns in Jamaica, but they’re concentrated in Kingston, the capital city located on the Southeast coast.

References

1. Nichols (2016). Psychedelics. Pharmacological Reviews. 68 (2). 264-355.

2. Nutt et al. (2010). Drug Harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis. The Lancet. 376 (9752). 1558-65.

3. Carhart-Harris et al. (2018). Psychedelics and the essential importance of context. J Psychopharmacology. 32 (7). 725-731.

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