Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
come into being
Our psychedelic-assisted psilocybin retreats are rooted in human-soul ecology with the deepest intention to ignite self-healing, nature-awe and interconnectivity.
This is a process of emerging, surrendering and re-membering… where your true essence is enlivened and nourished.
Whether there is a yearning inside you for more than what has been ‘prescribed’, a curiosity edging you closer to the mystery, patterns and layers mulching your authenticity, or whether you simply long to sit in circle with real reciprocal community, then you have arrived. Welcome.
“This was a powerful and transformative journey which took me to the unknown shoreside of my inner self. It felt like embodying a new flesh, taming new sensations, embracing new forms on a constant discovery or rediscovery of scents and visions, as if the world was unveiling itself for the first time before my eyes. A metamorphosis full of promises, tears, laughs, smiles and an utter rage for life that will remain etched in my heart and flesh for eternity.”
“The time I spent with my new Rooted Healing family was a profoundly nourishing gift that moved in so many delicate and magical ways. The enchanted land that held us combined with the love, care, warmth and creativity of the team, made for the safest space in which to bond and soften down among the wonderful crew that were gathered there. I found that balances were struck with great intuition; each day contained so much that was soft and loving and provided a gentle invitation to meet our edges. With the trust and tenderness that evolved between us it was possible to laugh, cry, play, express, create and share without shame or judgement. Somehow each day felt rich with activity yet beautifully spacious. My connection to the world around me has been invigorated. A profound thank you.”
Our safe and legal Psychedelic-Assisted Psilocybin Retreats offer emergent insight into who you are in this moment and how you can shape your reality by weaving yourself into a deeper intimacy with life.
Transformational ceremonies are woven within a grounded programme of somatic and transpersonal psychology, eco-philosophy, embodied earth wisdom and soul-food nourishment amongst the expansive liminal lands of the Netherlands.
We are a multidisciplinary team of holistic well-being professionals with a deep animistic (shamanic) understanding of ceremonial and ritualistic work, equipped with tools and practices for your integrative healing process. We understand that Psychedelics are one of many facets required for life-lasting healing and growth.
“It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires” — Clarissa Pinkola Estés
We believe in the power of initiation and studentship and acknowledge the need to become intimate with what we don’t know - leaning into a sense of otherness and becoming entangled with the mycelial-esque magic of consciousness exploration.
We also appreciate the leap of faith into an experience like this takes and are here to support you with your decision process, with deep awareness and integrity around the acknowledgement that this approach is not for everyone.Description of Services:
Ancient wisdom in relationship with the 7 sacred directions, the 5 elements and the aspects of our transpersonal experience will guide our time together, forming a program of deep exploration, enquiry and reflection. Delicious soul-food will be served throughout. Here is a programme guide:
- Prep materials from April 3rd
- Prep Call: 18th 6pm GMT
Day 1 - Arrival: April 25th 3-4 PM CEST
- Opening Circle
Day 2 - East, Air, Seed
- Meditation + Movement
- Inner Child Workshop
- Wild Breath Journey
Day 3 - South, Fire, Emerge
- Meditation + Movement
- Sauna + Lake
- Psilocybin Ceremony
Day 4 - West, Water, Flow
- Integrative Somatic Workshop
- Sharing circle
- Yin Yoga
Day 5 - North, Earth, Root
- Embodied Earth Flow
- Sauna + Lake
- Psilocybin Ceremony
Day 6 - Sky, Ether, Weave
- Meditation + Movement
- Sweatlodge Ceremony
Day 7 - Earthbody, Soul, Integrate
- Closing circle
- Integration group calls: 14th + 28th May 4 PM and 4th June 6 PM (GMT)
- Ongoing support and resource sharing
Psilocybin is Earth Medicine
Psilocybin exists all over the world, making this medicine an embedded thread within our collective ancestral lineages. It is known to be one of the safest Psychedelics (Entheogens) and has been scientifically proven to support long-term neurogenesis, which is the formation of new neuronal cells in the brain. Controlled studies have revealed that Psilocybin can treat an array of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, existential dread, PTSD and addiction.
Where modern medicine is designed to manage symptoms, Psilocybin digs deep into the root causes and provides an expansion of consciousness that helps you remould where you place your attention. It is a process of unlearning unhealthy conditioning and patterning, whilst awakening neural pathways associated with interconnectivity, broader perspective and child-like wonder.
Our guest speaker, Dr Sam Gandy, has also recently found in his scientific research that Psilocybin cultivates and deepens nature-connectedness more so than other psychedelic medicines (including Ayahuasca and LSD). We see Psilocybin as Earth Medicine - showing us how to interrelate with compassion and curiosity. You can dive deeper in our resource hut.
A Sweatlodge ceremony (or Temazcal) is a traditional native Mexican American purification ceremony. If you look closely, you can find different approaches to this ceremony from our collective global ancestry, with stone sweatlodge remains across Britain and Europe. They are elemental ceremonies for the purification of the mind, body and spirit and are known to cure or relieve symptoms of many ailments.
Inside the depths of darkness and heat, we are asked to surrender and trust. Hot rocks (abuelitas) are fed into the lodge and water is poured onto them. We are invited into the darkness of Earth’s womb for rebirth, transformation, prayer and purification.
“This week was one of the most transformational times of my life. I feel lighter, more expressive and more receptive to love. My mental and emotional states are simply changed. Everyone who organized or partnered with the retreat is the real deal. I knew none of these people beforehand, but feel like I left with a new family.”
— Jeff PrattPractitioners:
This path of remembrance I am humbly walking has helped restore my ability to nourish the aspects of myself + community which deserve our upmost care and love.
Born of Jamaican and Iranian descent, I have been raised by parents and elders who have helped guide me towards rediscovering the ancient forms in which communities gather, heal, and grow together.
For well over a decade I have been studying, learning from, and working directly with various plant teachers and their respective ceremonies. Apprenticing for many years with initiated elders of several traditions has left me with an immense passion and responsibility to carry these teachings with the upmost reverence and integrity.
Veronica Stanwell (Roni)
As a multidisciplinary artist + facilitator, I weave soma-psyche-song into a life-long yoking, whilst honouring an embodied path of ancestral earth wisdom. A born and returned animist, my explorations into expanded states of consciousness within indigenous traditions of the Americas, and my own deep enquiry into Mother Europe’s native ways, guides my fascination with the fabric of life.
Studentship in my MSc in Consciousness + Transpersonal Psychology with the Alef Trust, alongside running Rooted Healing and hosting the accompanying podcast, are driven by my longing for a collective shift towards nature-awe and interconnectedness.
With over a decade of training, initiation and cross disciplinary experience, I understand the boundless possibility of awakening to the language of the soma (body), psyche (soul) and song as radical forms of self-healing.
Inge van Nimwegen
Wisdom is already within you and everyone deserves a free and authentic life. I believe that. Free from conditioning, free in body and mind and free in relationships. It is my passion to create a sanctuary to discover your wisdom and truth. I guide you in opening, in releasing that which holds you back and in creating an intimate relationship with yourself and your loved ones. I hold the Sweatlodge Ceremony with firewoman, Marlees Mos, where we take place in the "womb" of the earth, transforming and celebrating life and ourselves.
I went on an eternal journey of discovery from yoga to shamanism, dance to tantra, tao to systemic work, phonophoresis and massage… all leading me to authenticity. Nothing fulfils me more than remembering who we really are, together.
Marlees is an initiated and devoted firekeeper for the Sweatlodge Ceremony and she will be keeping the fire for our Ceremony, as well as offering support throughout our time together.
Dr Sam Gandy
Sam worked on the cutting edge of psychedelic research, as Scientific Assistant to the Director of the Beckley Foundation, and as a collaborator with the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London. With a lifelong love of nature and wildlife, Sam gained his PhD in ecological science from the University of Aberdeen and is currently a wildlife regeneration innovation leader with Ecosulis. Sam will be offering support and a talk in our integration programme.
Lilja is a Psychologist from Iceland who specialises in group psychedelic integration, healing trauma (and the emotional and physical symptoms in women), harm reduction, and treating addiction and chronic pain and illness. She calls for all involved in facilitation and participation to practice reciprocity with the cultures, medicines and lands that these healing practices derive from. Lilja will be supporting our Preparation and Integration Programmes.Team/Medical Staff:
We will be supported by the wonderful staff at Land van Yamaha, alongside a wonderful catering duo focussing on deep nourishment with local and organic produce.
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Veronica StanwellGroup Size: 8-15 ParticipantsPrice Range: 1,400 - 2,000 GBP
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
Be held within expansive, nurturing and tranquil lands, eco-spaces and beautiful accommodation in the Netherlands, about 2.5 hours outside of Amsterdam or 40 minutes from Groningen in the Northeast. There is ample space to explore, rest, gather and connect, with a beautiful wood-heated sauna close to a serene lake (perfect for cold plunge therapy), a underfloor heated yoga studio overlooking the expansive lands, an intimate ceremonial eco-roundhouse and an abundance of nature connection.
“As soon as you enter the Land van Yemaya estate, an oasis of tranquillity falls over you. There is Silence. Room. And you feel that this is a place where you are free. Where you can return to your natural state of Being, to who you really are. You feel that you don't have to hide a single piece of yourself. All of you is welcome here.”
How does Psilocybin work?
Psilocybin is a serotonin 2A or 5-HT2A receptor partial agonist (Barrett et al. 2020), meaning it can sync with our serotonin receptors, bridging the consciousness of the fungal kingdom with the human. It lowers activity in the Default Mode Network, which is the part of the brain associated with identity, thoughts of the past + future, self criticism and reflection/introspection.
Psilocybin provides our mind with the opportunity to open and build new neural pathways, in a similar way to how mycelium spreads and interconnects across species. Research is revealing that Psilocybin-assisted therapy has prolonged healing effects on conditions (ie; what we have been conditioned into) such as addiction, anxiety, depressive moods and other unwell patterns.
Who is this for?
Earth Medicine is for people with stable mental and physical health. We do not offer therapeutic or medical treatment. Because most accommodation options are shared and our ceremonies are held together in an intimate group, we vet the application process to make the safest process possible with all participants in mind.
Explore other FAQs at rootedhealing.org/earthmedicineIntake Process:
Step 1: Apply
Submit your information to help us advise on whether Psychedelics (Entheogens) are the right option for you.
Step 2: Connection call
We will get in touch to discuss whether a psychedelic-assisted psilocybin retreat is your best path.
Step 3: Book your retreat
Secure your place on our intimate immersion with your deposit (you can also pay in full or in instalments).
Step 4: Preparation
Our preparatory programme involves resource sharing and an online group call with your facilitators.
Step 5: Retreat immersion
A full week’s programme to support your transformational healing journey, held by an experienced team, rooted in nature.
Step 6: Integration
Ongoing support, resource sharing and 3 group calls/workshops along with several ways to stay involved with our work.Psychedelic Substances Offered: Psilocybin TrufflesHow does this Center source medicine?:
Participants purchase the truffles for 90 EUR paid directly to the smart shop (not to us). The reason for this extra cost is that in order to sell truffles you have to be a registered ‘smart shop’, so for licensing reasons, we cannot give you the truffles directly and you have to purchase them yourself.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes