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Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms, collectively known as psilocybin mushrooms, colloquially called "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms". These mushrooms have been used since ancient times for medicinal and spiritual purposes. In current times, psilocybin has been found to be effective for people with a number of mental health concerns. Psilocybin has been shown to accelerate the healing process in many people for distressing emotional symptoms, such as depression, OCD, and anxiety. Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy combines the therapeutic effects of psilocybin with the support of an experienced and trusted therapist. The psychotherapy component of psilocybin treatment allows the client to process what is gained through the psilocybin experience with the therapist, supporting integration of these insights for lasting symptom relief.

How does psilocybin-assisted therapy work?

Our past and current life experiences and the meaning we make from them can give rise to negative and overwhelming psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms. Factors such trauma, loss, discrimination, poverty, and other negative life experiences can shape our perception of ourselves and the world, including how we react and respond to life's challenges and our ability to navigate our emotions. These perceptions can become habitual patterns and cycles that contribute to suffering. Individuals who seek psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy often struggle with life-long or treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. They have tried other forms of therapy and are still in need of relief from their debilitating symptoms. Psilocybin can help clients break out of self-destructive patterns and reconnect with a sense of purpose, passion, and creativity in life.

The Journey

The Flow Life Retreats utilize a framework  presented by Dr. Rosalind Watts. When deciding on how to best execute this weekend retreat, we looked to science and research. Understanding the framework Dr. Watts presents can ease fears and assist with understanding the process we have adopted based on her research. She is not affiliated with our program. We are simply utilizing her methodology. 

From entering the front door until exiting, we offer  a full experience that will create a lasting positive impact. During the individual journey, participants will be laying in a bed or outside on a mat, with eye shades on, and headphones playing a selection of meditative and calming music/sounds. There will be periods of silence and possible chaos music depending on the desired outcomes. The journey can last 4-6 hours. We ask participants to wear cozy clothes and an open to heart to whatever the experience provides or doesn't.  Journey's are experienced individually with a facilitators aka "sitters" are nearby or with each individual for support based on need. Facilitators are there to hold space for whatever comes up during the journey. They can help the participant with breathwork and act as grounders to this time and space. The experience by the participants vary based on several factors. The next day integration process is a vital component to the journey. processing the experience, sharing in a small group, and setting steps for what is next all contribute to the overall positive impact of the experience. 

Meet Dr. Rosalind and the Model she utilizes: 

"Dr. Rosalind Watts is the clinical lead of the Imperial College London Psilocybin for Depression study. She trained as a clinical psychologist and practiced psychotherapy for 6 years before joining the Imperial Psychedelic Research Centre (run by Dr. Robin Carhart Harris and Professor David Nutt) as a therapist ‘trip sitter’. She has developed a psychedelic therapy model ‘Accept, Connect, Embody’, and a psychometric measure of ‘connectedness’- which her qualitative research identified as a potential mechanism of therapeutic change in psychedelic approaches. Rosalind co-facilitates a monthly integration group for people who are attending psychedelic ceremonies for therapeutic purposes."

Nurtured by Nature 

“There is mounting evidence, from dozens and dozens of researchers, that nature has benefits for both physical and psychological human well­being,” says Lisa Nisbet, PhD, a psychologist at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, who studies connectedness to nature. “You can boost your mood just by walking in nature, even in urban nature. And the sense of connection you have with the natural world seems to contribute to happiness even when you’re not physically immersed in nature.”

Health Benefits of Nature

""Let's say, for example, you go into a forest," Dr. Razani explains, "Within minutes, your heart rate will come down, you will breathe slower, you sweat less, and cortisol, the stress hormone, starts decreasing." The benefits, she says don't stop there: anxiety and depression go down, and people feel more empathy. "When you're out in nature, your mind is restored. After 15-20 minutes walking through trees, you will have a bigger attention span, you can solve more complicated cognitive tests and puzzles."