24

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12

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06

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Psychedelic Integration: Experiential Training Retreat for Clinicians

July 07 - July 12, 2020

Elizabeth Nielson, PhD

Ingmar Gorman, PhD

Joe Flanders, PhD

Leah Gooch, 500RYT

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

Dear participants please note that this event may be postponed due to the potential shift in the Covid-19 situation. We will be making a final decision to move forward by June 7th. The alternative set of dates for this program will be November 17th - 22nd. We hope you can join us!This 5-day experiential retreat is designed for therapists who practice psychedelic integration or psychedelic-assisted therapy, or are training to do so. Experiential training is a component of training in which therapists experience the transformative process of the given modality themselves, and apply their insights to their own lives and to their professional work with others. Experiential training is a key training experience for therapists who wish to engage with clients who have used psychedelics or facilitate psychedelic experiences. At this retreat, contemplative practices will be used to practice accessing and integrating non-ordinary states of consciousness in the same way one would approach psychedelic experiences.At Menla, we will be in the natural surroundings of the Catskill Mountains, a comfortable and safe haven to convene and practice engaging with and integrating non-ordinary states of consciousness into the larger fabric of our lives as we would assist our clients in doing. Together we will cultivate and practice working with non-drug contemplative practices using similar methods to those we use with psychedelic medicines. Writing, music, and creative expression are on the agenda in order to explore and extend our personal understanding of integration of non-ordinary states.The retreat space facilitates our focus on self-care, healthy meals, and learning together. We will learn and practice the skills and process of Noble Communication and effective inquiry skills. Each day will offer morning yoga and meditation and time to enjoy the natural surroundings. There will be a day of silence for cultivating reflection and insight. The merging of Eastern contemplative practices with Western psychotherapeutic modalities will be considered during evening talks and discussions. Participants will be invited to look deeply at how a variety of contemplative practices relate to psychedelic integration work, and can be used in conjunction psychedelics or on their own to benefit the integration process. Note: This program does not teach psychedelic-assisted therapy, does not include the administration of any psychedelic compound, and does not suggest or support the self-administration of any psychedelic compound during the retreat. This program does not offer continuing education credit, but is part of the certificate program in psychedelic integration psychotherapy offered by Fluence.
ScheduleTuesday, July 7th
  • 3 - 6pm Arrival & Check in
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9pm Program Opening Session
    • Welcome
    • Introductions of our team
    • Who is in the room?
    • Agenda and housekeeping
    • Expectations (precepts) for the week
    • Brief meditation and good night
Wednesday, July 8th
  • 7 - 8am Morning Yoga
  • 7:15 - 8am Meditation and Inquiry
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 12pm Morning Session
    • Take your seat
    • Mediation - why am I here (intention)
    • Brief writing about that
    • Seeds of Noble listening
    • Inquiry - introducing what is inquiry and why we do it (not a solutions oriented practice, continuation of meditation)
    • Morning close (thank yourself) and off to lunch.
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
  • 2 - 3:30pm Optional Activities
    • (See list below)
  • 4 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session: Mindfulness of body and breath
    • Walking meditation
    • Mountain Meditation
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:15 - 8:30pm Evening Program Part One: Values Card Sort in Partners
  • 8:30 - 9pm Eventing Program Part Two: Introduction to the group mural
Thursday, July 9th
  • 7 - 8am Yoga
  • 7 - 8 Mural
  • 7:15 - 8am Meditation and Inquiry
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 12pm Morning Session
    • Take your seat
    • Noble Communication: reflecting, validating, empathy
    • Practice in triads - Explain the roles - developing role of observer
    • Morning close (thank yourself) and off to lunch.
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
  • 2 - 3:30pm Optional Activities
    • See list below
  • 4 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
    • State to trait: What is mindfulness and how do we relate it to psychedelic integration?
    • Practice noble listening with any ASC experience.
    • Group discussion How does noble listening facilitate ASC integration?
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:15 - 8:30pm Evening Program Part One
    • Ingmar talk about psychedelic integration, Buddhism, psychoanalysis, etc
  • 8:30 - 9pm Evening Program Part Two
    • Instruction for tomorrow, Raisin exercise, Silent day (including mindful eating)
Friday, July 10th  (Silent until evening meal)
  • 7 - 8am Yoga
  • 7 - 8am Mural
  • 7:15 - 8am Meditation and Inquiry
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 12pm Morning Session
    • Take your seat
    • Body Scan
    • Walking Meditation
    • Self-compassion meditation
    • Walking meditation
    • Morning close (thank yourself) and Reminder about mindful eating
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch (Silent)
  • 2 - 3:30pm Optional Activities
    • See list below
  • 4 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session
    • Open awareness (introducing mindfulness of sound, emotions, thoughts)
    • Triads for breaking silence and practice listening using Listening Hands
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:15 - 8pm Evening Program Part One
    • Small group inquiry - Reflecting on today’s experience
  • 8:15 - 9:15pm Evening Program Part Two
    • Sound Meditation
Saturday, July 11th
  • 7 - 8am Yoga
  • 7 - 8am Mural
  • 7:15 - 8am Meditation and Inquiry
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 12pm Morning Session
    • Take your seat
    • Guided visualization revisiting values and how those are working out for you.
    • Contribute to a group mural in a way that reflects that
    • Morning close (thank yourself) and off to lunch.
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
  • 2 - 3:30pm Optional Activities
    • See list below
  • 4 - 5:30pm Afternoon Session: Mindfulness of body and breath
    • Walking meditation
    • Mountain Meditation
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:15 - 9:00pm Evening Celebration with Music and group sharing.
Sunday, July 12th
  • 7 - 11am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7 - 8am Yoga
  • 7 - 8am Mural
  • 7:15 - 8am Meditation and Inquiry
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30am - 12pm Morning Session
    • Take your seat
    • Moving on from here - integrating this into the larger scope of your life
    • Noble Listening Demo
    • Noble listening practice with talking about your experience of the retreat
    • Closing Circle: Soup with yarn
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch and Departures
Optional Afternoon Activities:
    • Sitting meditation with inquiry
    • Walking meditation
    • Guided hike
    • Outdoor time on one’s own
    • Spa (Massage/Sauna)
    • Restorative Yoga
    • Individual Meetings
    • Prepare for your group sharing
    • Mural Time (From Thursday forward)
*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.   

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Elizabeth Nielson, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Nielson is a co-founder of Fluence and a psychologist with a focus on developing psychedelic medicines as empirically supported treatments for PTSD, substance use problems, and mood disorders. Dr. Nielson is a therapist on FDA approved clinical trials of psilocybin-...

Ingmar Gorman, PhD

Dr. Ingmar Gorman is a co-founder of Fluence and a psychologist who specializes in assisting populations who have a relationship with psychedelics. He is the site co-principal investigator and therapist on a Phase 3 clinical trial studying MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-tra...

Joe Flanders, PhD

Dr. Joe Flanders is a Psychologist and the founder and managing partner of Mindspace Wellbeing in Montreal, where he works as a therapist, certified mindfulness teacher and trainer, and consultant to organizations. He is also an Assistant Professor (Professional) in the Psycholog...

Leah Gooch, 500RYT

Leah Gooch teaches yoga, meditation, writing, and art in order to help individuals approach a deeper awareness of their existence. After teaching art in New York City for eight years she facilitated the creation of a mural inside of Crossroads Detention Center in Brooklyn, comple...

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

Jayne is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of clinical experience and training. Non-ordinary states of consciousness often offer clients extraordinary learning opportunities for deep and sustainable change, and Jayne offers support and integration guidance for those...

UPCOMING EVENTS

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