Interested in psychedelics but not sure what to path to go down? Maybe you want to do some more research and make sure it’s right for you, or perhaps you’re ready to take the plunge. Regardless of where you’re at in your journey, here are some next steps that can safely guide you there.
If you want to dive deeper into psychedelic research check out https://www.portasophia.org. They offer a simple resource tool to find scientific literature, historical archives, online forums, etc., by easily searching by compound, method of treatment, delivery, drug combinations, derivatives, methods of manufacturing and condition for treatment.
If you’re interested in taking the next steps and want to experience the medicine in a controlled, research setting, consider participating in a clinical trial. Visit https://clinicaltrials.gov where you can find a study by searching for condition, drug and location.
If you’re looking for more information on how to choose a retreat centre that aligns with you, check out Thirdwave’s guide.
If you’ve done your own research and are looking for a Retreat Centre that suits your needs, visit Retreat Guru. They list detailed information about the site, programming, offerings and guides – everything you need to know before deciding if it’s right for you.
Located on top of the mountains of the beautiful Diamanté Valley, amongst the lush jungle and endless waterfalls. Holos is a retreat centre that carefully crafts medicine experiences with best modern day practices and ancient traditions. They take a holistic approach at hospitality and a supportive role at caring for their participant’s individual needs.
What stood out to us was their unique programming of the plant medicine ceremonies and their commitment to preparation and integration before, during and after their stay. Their facilitators are highly skilled at creating and holding the space you need throughout your journey and hold integrity in their practice. The breathtaking views and surrounding nature make for the perfect container to do this work.
Enfold is an intimate, modern retreat centre located on a small island, 90 minutes from YVR. Their medicine experiences are facilitated by a husband and wife duo who work with individuals, couples and small groups to maximize the level of personalized care. Their work is oriented around a combination of modern science and ancient wisdom, and built on a foundation of Buddhist philosophy. They use somatic therapy and trauma-informed practices and blend them with breathwork, meditation, hot and cold therapy and sound healing.
In integrity with our values, we only share information on places that we have had personal experiences with and can vouch that they meet our standards of care.
We want to ensure and maintain that all providers listed are upheld to our standards of safety and efficacy, so if you have feedback or concerns about any of the Centres we’ve visited, please contact us. Nikean works with providers to ensure that issues are addressed and feedback is leveraged.
The recommendations provided above are those of Nikean, and are in no way intended to replace professional advice.
We understand that psychedelic experiences are not ‘one size fits all’ and remain open to feedback on all guidelines and recommendations. If we’ve missed something significant or believe we’ve made an error in judgment, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do our best to approach this work with humility and ethical integrity but are learning and growing too.
Interested in psychedelics and looking for community? Maybe you’re searching for local groups in your area that provide support and education on the topic? Societies are great places to meet other like-minded individuals who also have interests in the history, science, best practices and ancient traditions of psychedelics. These are great places to unite, learn from one another, share stories and openly discuss topics that tend to carry stigma in other public environments.
There’s so much to learn and understand before going on a psychedelic journey, so take your time and don’t rush things. The more you know, the safer you’ll feel and the more comfortable you’ll be to drop into the experience.
Fireside’s Psychedelic Peer Support Hotline
Zendo Project: Mental Health and Crisis Support & Psychedelic Integration
Psychedelic Association of Canada (PAC): Harm Reduction & Drug Testing Resources
Psychedelic Survivors: Support for survivors of assault, abuse or personal harm within the context of psychedelic experiences
Spirit Pharmacist: Drug Interaction and Tapering Guide
There are so many books that have influenced our psychedelic journey that we couldn’t pick just one. Take a look at our growing list:
I’m sure you’ve come across psychedelic terms that have left you scratching your head. Here’s a glossary to help you make sense of all the jargon.