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Cultivating Joy: A Ketamine-Assisted Mindfulness Retreat for Couples

August 08 - August 11, 2024

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

David Gumpel M.A

Irina Linetskaya, MD

Donna Sorgen, LMHC,LPC

Daniel Zimmerman, M.D.

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~This immersive experience empowers couples to explore the nuances of their relationship, including sexuality and intimacy, understand one another's needs, and navigate challenges together. It's about cultivating an intimate bond through shared understanding and open dialogue, which we call noble communication. We believe that clear and compassionate communication forms the foundation of healthy relationships. By honing these skills, couples can enhance their partnership, leading to increased pleasure, shared joy, and a profound sense of connection.Ketamine-assisted sessions may help you open the doors of the mind, heart and body to what lies within, however lost or disengaged you may feel from these parts of yourself. Ketamine is an effective and safe medicine that can assist you to become aware in a new clearer way, often with reduced defensiveness and increased insight and self-acceptance. Mindfulness and meditation practices are taught and practiced throughout this retreat; these are skills we need for improved self-regulation of emotions and thoughts, and they can support the ability to meet each moment with equanimity and grace.The retreat is structured to help couples step into realms of deep personal and interpersonal connection in a group setting with like-minded others. We believe that clear and compassionate communication is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. Sexuality and capacity for intimacy can be explored through structured and meaningful conversations and guided practices in this safe, beautiful setting. No experience with psychedelic medicines or ketamine is necessary for admission.  All applications begin with a screening call to determine if this retreat is a good fit for you.Combining ketamine with mindfulness and meditative practices offers a deep dive into a more conscious and purposeful life. These guided practices are designed to bring you home to yourself and to bring safety, resilience and aliveness into your life experience. Regardless of what is unfolding moment to moment, we each have an innate capacity and inner wisdom to choose to be present, to practice compassion and kindness with ourselves, and to recognize the healing power of pleasure and joy in our lives.Safety is a core priority, including the exploration of what safety means for each individual. We strive to be certain that every individual attending has the readiness to be in a group setting and to experience ketamine in a safe and constructive manner. Please note: this retreat is not a brief residential treatment. It is not meant for anyone suffering from an acute mental health crisis, nor is it for those with severe and persistent psychiatric conditions.Steps to Join:Step 1. Fill out the initial registration form, and we will contact you for a phone or zoom screening call. This 15 minute screening call is designed to determine if this retreat is a good fit for you, to answer questions you might have, and so forth.Step 2.  If the phone or Zzoom screening results in a sense that there is a good fit (mutually decided, of course) you will be asked to make a deposit of 50% of the retreat fee (not room and board).Step 3.  After a successful screening you will be assigned to one of the physicians attending the retreat for a medical interview. This interview is 60 minutes. There is a $500 fee for this couples' medical interview paid directly to the medical provider. This fee includes the cost of prescribing the ketamine to you, which is done on an individual basis. This medical assessment is essential and may include our speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing psycho-pharmacologist.Step 4. After your deposit is received, a zoom preparation session will follow with one of the group facilitators. The purpose of the preparation session is for us to get to know you better and provide education to you regarding the retreat. We will assign the session after receiving your deposit.Step 5. When the steps above are completed, you will need to reserve your room accommodations (private or semi-private room) and board (delicious vegetarian and vegan meals) via Frontdesk@MENLA.org. You will be provided a code to register.Step 6. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that delineates 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. This process (Informed Consent) describes risks inherent in participation in retreats such as this one. Additionally we will be requiring you to sign a standard indemnity release form, which is required by Menla's guidelines.

Fees

Cost: $2150 per person (plus choice of housing), 50% deposit upon enrollment50% balance due by June 1, 2024Payment plans and limited scholarships available upon request.This fee does NOT include housing. Prices range from $250 to  $400 a night including delicious vegetarian meals.- After being accepted, housing is paid directly to Menla. We will provide you with the password to register for your choice of room.Organizer/faculty contact detailsJayne Gumpel, LCSWJayne's Email AddressJayne's Phone NumberRelationship Resources LLC914 924 1509 (C)15 Pine Grove St, Woodstock, New York 12498 (O)
ScheduleThursday, August 8
  • 3 - 6 pm Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7 pm Formal Program Begins
Friday, August 9
  • 7:15 am Meditation NO BREAKFAST
  • 8:15 am Morning Program and First Dosing Session: Meet the medicine
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm Break for Relaxation and Spa: Optional Meditation or Yoga Class
  • 3:30 pm Afternoon Program
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7 - 9 pm Evening Program
  • 9 pm Optional Program For Play, Bonfire, ETC.
Saturday, August 10
  • 7:15 am Meditation/Yoga NO BREAKFAST
  • 8:15 am Integration and Small Groups
  • 10 am Dosing Session
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm Break for Relaxation and Spa: Optional Meditation, Movement or Creative Writing Class
  • 3 pm Afternoon Program
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7 pm Evening Event
Sunday, August 11
  • 7 - 11 am Room Check-out
  • 7:15 am Meditation
  • 8:15 am Integration and Small Groups
  • 10 am Optional Dosing Session
  • 10 am Free Time for Relaxation & Spa if Not Dosing
  • 12 - 1 pm Lunch All Together
  • 1 pm Afternoon Program
  • 3 pm Program Closes
* All participants must commit to staying until the close of the program.*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time. 

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

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 membe...

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...

Irina Linetskaya, MD

Irina is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and LGBTQ+ health and HIV specialist whose integrative medicine practice, Contemplative Medicine, focuses at the intersection of physical illness, emotional trauma, and spirituality. Irina has supplemented her rigorous medica...

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...

Daniel Zimmerman, M.D.

Dan is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. Dan completed his residency at MGH/McLean in Boston, where he received the Hackett Award for academic research.  He subsequently completed a public psychiatry fellowship at Bellevue Hospital. As a former...

UPCOMING EVENTS

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