• Heal Your Mind & Body at Dewa Spa

  • Study with World-Class Teachers

  • Practice in One of Our Unique Venues

  • Expand Your Awareness with Meditation

  • Go Hiking in the Catskill Mountains

  • Enjoy Delicious Nourishing Farm-to-Table Cuisine

  • Menla is a Project of Tibet House US,

    the Dalai Lama’s Cultural Center in NYC

  • Deluxe Queen – $1,140.00
  • Private Queen – $1,026.00
  • Private Queen (Shared Bath) – $996.00
  • Deluxe Double Full - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $834.00
  • Deluxe Double Twin - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $771.00
  • Standard Single – $732.00
  • Standard Double (Shared Room) – $702.00
  • Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $627.00

Address: 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States

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Cultivating Joy: a Ketamine-assisted Therapy Retreat for Individuals

With Jayne Gumpel, LCSW, James Lawer, Jeffrey Guss, MD, David Gumpel M.A, Dee Dee Goldpaugh, LCSW, Matthias von Reusner, MD and Donna Sorgen, LMHC,LPC

June 8 - 11, 2023

Welcome to Cultivate Joy ~ A Ketamine Assisted and Mindfulness Retreat for Inspired Individuals looking to Cultivate Joy in everyday life.

This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly experienced therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at MENLA Retreat and Spa.

~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~

Participation in this retreat begins with an application to attend

This retreat is for individuals. If you are committed to the practice of sharing the fullness of your being, locating your best self, your enthusiasm & vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence~ this may be a weekend experience for you. Join this retreat if you have a deep desire to share yourself in this way, with yourself,with the other members of this retreat, with your family and friends, and with the world.

We invite you to break old patterns and habits and cultivate space for joy and well being, even in the midst of all the ongoing stresses and distractions of everyday life. Ketamine assisted sessions may be helpful in the doors of the mind and heart to what lies within you, however lost or disengaged you may feel. Ketamine is a powerful medicine that assists in seeing things in a new, clearer way, often in non-defensive and insightful ways. Mindfulness and meditation practices, taught and practiced throughout this retreat, are skills we need for improved self regulation of emotions and thoughts, and can support the ability to meet each moment with equanimity and grace.

The structure of the retreat is designed for individuals who are ready to step into realms of deep connection and personal development within a group setting. Participants who have skillful means to navigate non-ordinary states of consciousness and the capacity for depth work in a group setting are invited to apply for this retreat. No experience with psychedelic medicines, or ketamine, is necessary for admission; we ask all applicants, though, to begin with a screening call to determine if this retreat is a good fit for you.

James Lawer, an expert in guided journeys and core faculty with the Cultivating Joy project will be teaching a process for group visioning based on non-medicine induced trance state induction,, a group process towards connection and community through shared experience. Personal growth, life planning and creativity are central to the focus of this retreat; we hope that you will leave with an empowered narrative and action plans that will facilitate your move towards a more attuned and creative future.

Viktor Frankl says when we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves. This retreat pays attention to that and offers a deep and effective program for individuals with self awareness and the discipline to participate with vulnerability and curiosity.

Combining ketamine with mindfulness and meditative practices is a jump start to a more conscious and purposeful life. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world renowned author and speaker, and my meditation and mindfulness teacher, likes to say “there is more right with you than wrong with you”. Retreat guided practices bring you home to yourself. Regardless of what is unfolding moment to moment, we each have the innate capacity and inner wisdom to choose to be present and to practice compassion and kindness with ourselves and with each other.

NEXT STEPS: We take great care in the enrollment process. Safety is our number 1 priority and making sure every individual that attends has the capacity to be in a group setting and to experience ketamine. This retreat is not a residential treatment setting and is not meant for people suffering from acute illness.

‍Steps to join:

Step 1. Screening: Every participant will have a screening call to determine if this is the right retreat for you. You will be asked to fill out the registration forms.

Step 1.5 If the screening call shows there is a good fit, there will be a full intake session with one of the group leaders to get to know you better and provide education about the retreat.

Step 2. Following that, you will be assigned to a medical doctor on staff for a one hour medical interview. This is essential and may involve speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing psychopharmacologist. Following this, you will be approved the prescription for the ketamine lozenges, which you will bring to the retreat.

Step 3. You will be assigned to a therapist who will facilitate a zoom preparatory session with you. The medical interview and the therapist session/s are included in the tuition. The therapist interview will last about an hour. This session is an important part of the process and introduces you to the retreat in detail. In addition your prep therapist will be sitting with you during the dosings. It is possible that this session will result in a decision that the retreat is not a good fit. In addition to the ketamine assisted exploration sessions, there wil be Rhythmic Trance Induction sessions (James Lawer), nature walks, bonfire ceremonies and optional yoga/movement sessions.

Step 4. When all of the above are completed, you’ll be invited to reserve your room and accommodations (private or semi-private room and delicious vegetarian meals) at MENLA.org.

Step 5. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that addresses our request that you hold the names/identities of other participants as confidential. There will also be an Informed Consent document which we ask you to read carefully and sign. Additionally we will be requiring you to sign a standard release form.

Step 6. Arrive! Check in by 4 PM Thursday June 8th!

This retreat  utilizes a powerful healing medicine, ketamine, in supervised, guided sessions.

How to Apply

Complete application and schedule your screening call to determine if this is the right retreat for you.

Cost: $1650 per person (plus choice of housing), 50% deposit upon enrollment

50% balance due by May 1, 2023

This includes:

*Screening call 20 minutes
*Preparatory zoom pre retreat on zoom for every person
*Post retreat zoom in group format

*retreat materials

This fee does NOT include housing and meals.

-Housing to be paid by participants directly to MENLA

Medical Intake: If it’s a good fit you will be assigned to a medical doctor on staff for a medical interview.

Cost: $400

Organizer/faculty contact info

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

Jayne’s Email Address

Jayne’s Phone Number

Relationship Resources LLC


914 924 1509 (C)

15 Pine Grove St, Woodstock, New York 12498 (O)


Thursday, June 8

  • 3 pm Room check-in Begins – Optional early arrival to schedule spa treatment
  • 4 – 6 pm Check-in starts
  • 6 – 7  pm Dinner
  • 7 – 8:30 pm Evening Program

Friday, June 9

  • 7:15 am Meditation and Yoga (optional)
  • 8 am Check-in & Opening Program *no breakfast
  • 9:30 am Meeting the Medicine
  • 10:00 am Ketamine Session
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch.
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm BREAK (book a massage or spa treatment!).
  • 3:30 – 5:30 pm Afternoon Program
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner.
  • 7 pm Evening Workshop
  • 9 pm Bonfire (weather permitting)

Saturday, June 10

  • 7:15 am Meditation and Yoga (optional).
  • 8:30 am Morning Program – *no breakfast.
  • 10 am Ketamine Session
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch.
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm BREAK (book a massage or spa treatment!).
  • 3:30 – 5:30 pm Afternoon Program
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7 pm Evening Workshop
  • 9 pm Night Activity

Sunday, June 11

  • 7 – 11 am Check-out of Rooms for Sunday Departure Guests
  • 7:15 am Meditation and Yoga (optional).
  • 8:30 am Morning Program
  • 9:30 am  Ketamine Session (optional)
  • 11 am Group Process
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1 pm Closing Group Process
  • 3 pm End of Program
  • 6 pm Dinner *optional and participants can choose to stay Sunday night to enjoy Monday spa day – This night is not included in listed rates to book please reach out to frontdesk@menla.org or 845 688 6897 ext 101. Dinner is only available to guests staying over Sunday April 30th. 

Monday, May 1st (Optional) – This night is not included in listed rates to book please reach out to frontdesk@menla.org or 845 688 6897 ext 101.

  • 7 – 11 am Checkout of Rooms
  • Menla Spa Day

*Please note schedule is subject to change


Jayne Gumpel, LCSW
Jayne Gumpel, LCSW (she/her/hers) is a psychotherapist, trainer, and teacher with 30 years of experience working with couples, individuals, and groups in New York City and Woodstock, NY. Jayne is a professional clinical trainer in Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy, is a member of the Woodstock Therapy Center’s Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) team, and has completed MDMA-assisted psychotherapy training through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Jayne describes meditation as a core life practice, is a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and she includes mindfulness practice as a foundation of her work with clients. She is additionally trained in Imago Relationship Therapy…
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James Lawer
James Lawer has graduate degrees in theatre and divinity. He studied with and was initiated into tribal traditions in North, Central and South America as well as the indigenous (Druid) traditions of Great Britain. He was an ordained Christian minister serving congregations until he left to do hospice chaplaincy. Currently he devotes himself to teaching participatory spiritualities rooted in place (earth centered spirituality), to helping people integrate along four realms of healing (self, community, nature, ancestors), and to facilitating ecstatic states and alternate realities. James is a Certified Instructor with the Cuyamungue Institute, its New York City Representative and a…
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Jeffrey Guss, MD
Lead Trainer, Fluence Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine Jeffrey Guss, MD is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher and teacher with specializations in psychoanalytic therapy and psychedelic therapy. He was Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Psychedelic Therapy Training for the NYU School of Medicine’s study on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of cancer related existential distress, published in Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2016. He currently a Lead Trainer with Fluence, with a focus on the integration of psychedelic therapy with psychoanalysis. He is a study therapist in the NYU study on Psilocybin-Assisted treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, and published…
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David Gumpel M.A
David Gumpel is an Integral Master Coach and a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMASS medical school. David is the co-founder of Access Mindfulness and a study coordinator for the MAPS sponsored MDMA-Assisted Therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder study in NYC. As a coach, David teaches mindfulness to clients in private practice and to groups in corporate settings. At Fluence, David provides Mentoring and teaches MBSR courses for Certificate Program Participants. Find him online at ebcpathways.com.
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Dee Dee Goldpaugh, LCSW
Dee Dee Goldpaugh, LCSW (they/them/theirs) is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice specializing in sex and relationship therapy, trauma, spirituality, and Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy. They are also a member of the Woodstock Therapy Center Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Team. Dee Dee has written and presented widely on the topic of psychedelics and sexuality, queer identity, trauma, spiritual practice, and pleasure. They have presented at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, The Alt Sex Conference Speaker’s Series, The Center for Optimal Living, and have forthcoming publications on psychedelics and sexuality in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy and the Queering Psychedelics…
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Matthias von Reusner, MD
Matthias von Reusner, MD (he/him/his) is a board-certified Family Physician with an active practice in the Hudson Valley. Matthias received training in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy at the prestigious Ketamine Training Institute and is a team member of the KAP team at the Woodstock Therapy Center. He is a fellow at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and also practices Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Matthias became inspired to do psychedelic psychotherapy work after experiencing indigenous medicine ceremonies in Peru with the Shipibo people. Since then he has deepened his knowledge of shamanic practices with training at The Four Winds Academy. Matthias feels passionately about couples…
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Donna Sorgen, LMHC,LPC
Donna Sorgen, LMHC, LPC (she/her/hers) is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and groups. She is the Director of the Woodstock Therapy Center and the Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Program at WTC. She is also the Director of a new Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Certificate program. Donna has spent her career working with diverse clients in multiple settings. Donna’s current private practice includes KAP, Psychotherapy, and  Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy. In addition to KAP training Donna has completed training in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Donna has a background in…
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