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MycoMeditations

Psilocybin Mushroom Retreat in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica
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    12 Reviews on “MycoMeditations”

    • Phil R. 5 months ago

      I did the “Classic” retreat, 3 mushroom sessions over six days at the end of 2018 . The facility was very nice but the experience was much less than I expected. At eight grams I had a minimal experience. I thought it was just me until with this issue until the head facilitator complained to me about the other participants complaining about the lack of effect of their sessions. This would have been funny if I wasn’t there trying to get help with lifetime anxiety. The Facilitators were warm, intelligent, caring people who all meant well.

      Jamaica was nice. Recommend taking a two week vacation there.

    • Robert G. 5 months ago

      I recommend MycoMeditations very highly and without reservations.

      I am not a person who is given to post evaluations on websites, but the experience I had there was so powerfully healing that I am making an exception. Dogged by PTSD and bouts of depression throughout my adult life (and perhaps before) and resistant to medications, I had long ago resigned myself to this was how my life would be, but, on the advice of my current psychotherapist, I decided to give this retreat a try.

      The retreat was expertly structured, with three days of dosing, each followed by a day of integration and relaxation. My dosing experiences were very intense, but I always felt safe and supported by the facilitators, who impressed me with their alertness, empathy and wisdom. Because of them, I was able to have the experiences that I needed to have.

      I was not nervous about taking psilocybin, but I was very anxious about meeting my co-retreatants, and worried about what the integration sessions would be like. It took me much of the retreat to relax into the group dynamic, but the handling of both the sessions and informal activities proved highly beneficial to me, and by the last integration session, I felt remarkably ‘at home’ there.

      Almost immediately after the retreat, I felt deep anxieties that have plagued me on a daily basis for decades fall away, and they have not returned. I had no expectations that I would ever cast off my deeply depressive impulses, and I am still amazed at the progress I have made from this retreat.

      Beautifully situated, expertly run, I strongly recommend the retreat, especially for persons who have done psychotherapeutic work but still feel more or less stymied, as I did. After the retreat, my psychotherapist said he sensed that a ‘log jam’ of many decades had broken up, and I think that’s the best description of my experience and its results.

    • Richard S. 5 months ago

      What an incredible, life-transforming, life-affirming experience at MycoMeditations in Jamaica! Virtually all the reviews I’ve read say something similar and the cliché is true. Every intention and goal I had coming in was met, sometimes in ways I didn’t and couldn’t predict. The psyche wants to heal itself—to become whole– and with the help of the mushrooms, that’s what it does. I had both a mystical experience and a purging of elements in me that no longer served me.

      The facilitators were uniformly supportive, loving, and insightful. The guests quickly formed a bond of mutual support and nonjudgmental friendship. I wish everyone who wanted to see a change in their life could have access to this experience. Taking psilocybin within a supportive setting and with psychotherapists and trained facilitators present helping one integrate one’s experience over a week’s time and afterwards is so much different than taking it as a party drug.

      The setting in Jamaica was perfect for the experience (the comfort retreat) with a sandy beach sloping gently into a protected bay, perfect for swimming or floating. Ocean breezes kept the humidity from being overly oppressive. The rooms are not hotel quality, but are clean, well-maintained, and met all of my needs, including WiFi, AC, a ceiling fan, and a shower. The Jamaican staff members I met were friendly and willing to share their knowledge of local customs. The food was a satisfying blend of Jamaican dishes that were new to me and fare familiar to Americans like scrambled eggs and fried chicken.

      For those wanting healing and personal and spiritual growth, I can’t recommend this place enough.

    • John G. 7 months ago

      I will attempt to write this so that this review is helpful in case you are at all like me. (Maybe it will be helpful if you’re not at all like me too!) By most measures, I am a pretty straight-laced person. Almost no “illegal” drug use in my history. I was in ROTC, then an officer in the military in my 20’s when most of my peers were trying marijuana. I was regularly drug tested so did not see the reason to risk it. I never tried anything like psychedelics, and indeed when I was in my 20’s I was in thrall to the “Just Say No” propaganda campaigns so I thought LSD was on a par with heroin. I did not know anything about the promising early research into the mental health benefits of psychedelics. Anyhow – I am now a reasonably successful, 49 year old, professional. I have struggled with anxiety and periodic depression for as long as I can remember. Sometimes either the anxiety or depression could be debilitating. I have been on some form of SSRI or similar (e.g. Wellbutrin) for my entire adult life. Mostly these have been ineffective. More effective has been my lifelong quest for mental self-improvement, including discovering the philosophy of Stoicism and a daily meditation/mindfulness practice.
      A couple of years ago, probably through the Tim Ferriss podcast, I began hearing about psychedelics. I heard about MDMA (I know not technically a “psychedelic” but close!) being used to successfully treat veterans for PTSD. I heard of similar studies involving psilocybin, including one for cancer patients approaching end of life. I read and re-read Michael Pollan’s book “How to Change Your Mind”. I resolved to try it. I discussed with my sister, who had been on her own healing journey, and we decided to go together to a retreat. The “set and setting” were extremely important to us. We first thought about retreats in Europe, but decided the jetlag could impact the experience. So, we focused our search in our hemisphere.
      We discovered Myco and read every review on TripAdvisor. Safety was a huge concern. Given my lack of experience with pretty much any drug (except alcohol) I wanted to make sure we were going to a reputable place. It was a relief to me when I saw that the current owner had acquired Myco several years ago (2018 or 2019?). The original founder seemed like a real pioneer in the industry and had done some great work (like founding Myco!) but seemed like he was a bit of a cowboy. You can see this reflected in some of the older reviews of Myco. My sister and I decided to go for it, and we booked the concierge retreat. I will always be grateful to God for having done so.
      The week we experienced is difficult to put into words. It was one of the most profound and life-changing experiences of my life. Going into the week, based on my reading of Pollan’s book and other materials I had read, I had certain hopes of what it would be like. At a minimum, I thought “at least we would have a vacation in Jamaica in March.” The retreat exceeded all expectations.
      There were 11 of us as guests, and 9 facilitators. The week was brilliantly choreographed. The program and weekly schedule were well thought through, and it is clear that the owners have continuously iterated and improved on the process over time. Each “dose day” was followed by a group integration day (followed by a free afternoon). The facilitators had a varied background, but all were equally incredibly professional and all were highly experienced. Safety was absolutely never in question. The integration sessions, and group dinner conversations, contained so many moments of illuminating discussion. In the course of one week these people became friends who I deeply care about. I should note that I am not one who seeks out “group” settings and going into the retreat this was a point of anxiety. However, the experience would have been greatly diminished without the group sessions. I feel I am overusing the word “brilliant” but must say it again: the group integration sessions were brilliantly orchestrated. The facilitators were outstanding and the other attendees were special people.
      It is really difficult to describe my personal experience, but as I said above, it was life changing. I see this as a major milestone in my life journey. I am hopeful others I love will also attend Myco. (Indeed two of my fellow guests were a man attending his second retreat, accompanied by his wife attending her first.) I see the work Justin and his team are doing at Myco as having the potential to change the world. Personally, I will continue to explore this healing mechanism – for myself (the “put the oxygen on yourself first before helping others” airplane analogy) and for others, including those I love the most. I have not taken any SSRI or similar medications since 30 days before the retreat, nor do I think I’ll need them. This is not a panacea. There are still difficult days, and the work will continue. I should also note that the retreat week itself, while amazing and life-changing and beautiful, was not easy. You need to be willing to put in the work to heal yourself. It is hard. The trips can be emotionally difficult. But this retreat is probably the most worthwhile thing I have ever done.
      I give my absolute highest recommendation for MycoMeditations.

    • Lori L. 9 months ago

      This week with Myco has been a life-changing event, with insights and growth that will inspire me for the rest of my life. The loving, compassionate professional staff created an environment of safety, acceptance and trust, to help create a group of people who will be important to each other forever. The group support is both palpable and real, and an essential part of the experience. We could see tangible changes in each other, a radiance we each took back to our own lives to change the world one conversation at a time. Peak life experience that everyone needs to share.

    • STEVEN B. 9 months ago

      I kept receiving gift after gift from the mushroom experience. When I thought there could not possibly be more, there was more. Afterwards, the post-mushroom integration group process carried such power also, to a degree that I had greatly underestimated going in. I cannot say enough good things about the staff. They have clearly walked the walk and it shows. I was bathed in a steady drumbeat of warmth, curiosity, attunement, and clarity of purpose. Helping me unpack so much after each dose made a world of difference.

      I wonder how the trajectory of my life might have been different had I experienced such a life altering week as a young adult. In response to this thought, I have offered each of my adult children to do this retreat at any time, on my dime. I hope they break the bank.

    • Mary H. 10 months ago

      Absolutely everything I hoped for and so much more! Somewhat anxious about how it would all go, but desperate for a reset, I booked the retreat. The facilitators, staff and host Doreen, we’re so important to how beautifully the experience wove together. The medicine opens your mind & heart to a new way of thinking & helps you release pent up grief, anger, fear and other dysfunctional roadblocks. The facilitators/therapists help you dig deep into the meanings of the experience and give you options for moving forward to develop new responses to old problems. They gave so much of themselves; it was a powerful reminder of how important acceptance, even of those parts we are not so proud of, can be in making positive changes. My feelings of brokenness and being stuck were accepted by all, but then examined for their usefulness and released to be replaced by new feelings of movement and strength.
      I wanted a friend to go on this voyage with me, but after going through it with 8 strangers, I feel certain that was the better path. I now have 8 folks out in the world with whom I shared something mystical and transformational. While we came from all walks of life and with all sorts of different issues to address, we learned from each other and left with the strength of 8 different successes that it was amazing to witness first hand. I know we will remain connected and be a new support for one another going forward and I am so grateful.
      The level of retreat I took was Choice.
      Some tips:
      If you are persnickety about your bedding, take your own sheets/pillow.
      Take some individually wrapped snacks (nuts, chips, sweets) for your room
      Bathing suit, shorts, tees/tanks & anything light and airy but no need for dress up or makeup or anything fancy.
      If you have extra room in your luggage, bring school supplies for the local children
      I struggled with fine motor skills after the medicine, so I would recommend recording yourself talking about the experience afterwards to help you remember the certainties and thoughts that you have coming out of it; in case writing about it is difficult in the aftermath.
      Be open to change and it will come
      Be open to forgiveness (self & others) and it will come
      Develop a basic plan for what habits you would change if you could so that you can use this as a springboard to new responses to life when you return to it (I’m still working on that one!)
      Overall, it is not recreational or easy, but through intensive therapeutic work and the mystical medicine of the mushroom, you will come out of it so very glad you did it-even if there were some tough realizations along the way. The experience, with its highs, lows & everything in between, weaves together to make more sense with each day. I am one week out from my retreat and the learning and change from the experience is still happening.
      I highly recommend this retreat and especially with the education, compassion, acceptance, guidance and careful therapeutic approach that Mycomeditations provides.

    • Glenn L. 1 year ago

      Just spent the most incredible week of my life in Jamaica at Myco Meditations. What they are doing to help people deal with Trauma, Anger, Anxiety, and so much more is hard to put into words.

      My life has been changed and the other 6 guests who were part of my session had incredible breakthroughs and life changing experiences as well. The Facilitators had the retreat I was on, are some of the most warmest, intelligent, caring people I have ever met. They are there to guide you, bond with you, and help you understand the experiences you go through all week. Denise, Mike, Jonas, Gwen, and Erica are some of the greatest people I have ever met,

      I did the “Classic” retreat, a 7 night, 3 mushroom session (in capsule form, so you get the right amounts each experience), which combined group integrations and many personal conversations with the facilitators.

      I walked out of there a changed person, having rid myself of the negativity and self pity that has been with me for years. I have never felt so Strong, Energetic, Happy, and at Peace with myself and am ready to face whatever comes at me at full speed.

      I witnessed a few people who attended who had way more trauma than I did, who by the end of the week were changed people. Most people really have no clue on what mushrooms are capable of and how much they can help change you based on what you came there for. You can discover and learn about yourself with mushrooms, more than any other kind of therapy. I felt that I went through 10 years of therapy in the week that I was there.

      If you are thinking of going, fill out an application NOW. If you are a skeptic, read as much as you can about the studies being done at John Hopkins University and elsewhere.

      I cannot thank Abbie, Denise, Mike, Jonas, and Gwen enough for helping to guide me on my life altering experience. For the first time in years, I am looking forward to the future.

    • Jeffrey M. 1 year ago

      Great program, well executed. Highly recommended.
      The design and execution of this retreat were excellent. The focus is on therapy and healing but the atmosphere is not clinical. Three mushroom sessions, with the ability to adjust intentions, expectations and dosage after each session, maximized the benefits. The group discussions (preparation before each session and integration the next day) were essential parts of the experience. The other activities were well organized, fun, and provided a welcome — even necessary — break from the intensity of the sessions. Abbie did a great job with the travel details and logistics.
      The MycoMeditations team was wonderful and worked together smoothly. The differences in the perspectives, personalities, and training & experience of the four facilitators and the nurse worked very well; comments & observations from each one of them resonated with me at different times, providing valuable insights from different angles. As many reviewers have observed, the interactions with fellow travelers also provide a lot of benefit. I was skeptical but now appreciate the power of the group.
      I participated in a Classic retreat at Doranja House in August of 2101. It has tasty food, comfortable rooms and good facilities for the group sessions & meals. The grounds are very nice and located in a rural neighborhood. The bay is a short walk away with trails along the shore. Doreen and her team were friendly, helpful and caring, blending in seamlessly with the MycoMeditations program.
      This company has many years of experience, has developed a program that works, and does it very well. The combination of the group, the team, the setting, the program, and the mushrooms made this week very productive and rewarding. I felt loved, supported and safe throughout. It was a very powerful week, helping me in countless ways; showing me how much better life is when I crack open my shell. And I continue to experience improvements. This retreat is a lot of hard work, but well worth it.

    • Robert C. 1 year ago

      Words cannot describe such a life changing experience. Just came back this past weekend from a retreat and despite it being such hard work and feeling exhausted after each “treatment” I am excited about doing the work to continue my journey towards healing and life in general and feel I am in a much better place. I went to the retreat knowing I had much to work on and made a purpose to go in full blast without ever imagining there was so much more.

      Every single facilitator was amazing and I connected with each one of them at some level. Their work I can imagine is really tough work and challenging and can be at times draining for them. I am grateful for what they do.

      The psilocybin was the tool for me to opening my mind, but without the guidance, the patience and love I felt from the staff I probably would’ve ended in the same place.

      More places like this are urgently needed everywhere. I certainly hope and know Mycomeditations will help heal the world of much of the pain and suffering it is going through.

      After a week back home and working as a physician I feel a renewed love and passion for my work, I feel even more love and compassion for my patients and believe this will make me better and happier person.

    • Kat L. 1 year ago

      I had heard about MycoMeditations from a family member and saw what a change it had in their life.
      I’ve been feeling lost and disconnected for many years now…diagnosed with depression for years and been on multiple different types of medications which didn’t help, or only treated the symptoms. I was in talk therapy for a while, but felt that my current therapist was no longer really helping. It also felt like just treating the symptoms and not getting to the root of it.
      I’m so glad I went. It was hard work. I was able to sift down to some pretty world-rocking realizations and truths, and it took a lot out of me emotionally. That being said, I left with a feeling of lightness and hope that I have not felt in years, and it’s continued even after coming back home.
      I chose the Comfort Retreat, and the grounds were absolutely gorgeous. I felt like I was in an all-inclusive resort. The staff are incredible. I have never met more open and selfless people in my life. The facilitators are not only well-trained, but also highly intuitive, and often met my needs before I even knew I had them. I loved that several of the facilitators have a background in psychology and/or therapy. They were there for the deeply spiritual as well as the deeply logical.
      I know I have more work to do in the coming weeks, months, and years, but for the first time I’m not looking on that with dread. I’ve walked away from this experience with an amazing support network, and more importantly, the knowledge that I have the power to keep moving forward.

    • J D. 1 year ago

      I’ve done two MycoMeditations retreats, first in 2019 and again earlier this month. My 2019 week was valuable, but this second one was significantly more impressive in certain ways. If you are considering a psilocybin retreat, I recommend going with MycoMeditations if at all possible.

      As you may know, there were some shifts within the company late last year. The founder moved on, and Justin Townsend, who was already associated with Myco as CEO and Chief Facilitator, was able to step in with his thoughtful and mature brand of leadership. I appreciate how well Justin sets a tone that is steady and respectful without being somber. Abbie, Justin’s supremely well-organized wife, is working as Director of Operations. She and her staff are skilled in communicating clearly and keeping things running smoothly. Their contributions feel especially important during these days of COVID-related precautions and travel challenges.

      My fellow participants and I were there to do some serious work, and we had a wide range of experiences over the course of the week. Many trips were very powerful, as were the integration sessions. Throughout it all, I had the sense that the professionals at Myco know what they are doing and truly care about the people they are entrusted to guide or accompany. I won’t try to list more individuals here, but it’s easy to say that every team member whom I observed or with whom I had contact did a wonderful job overall, and many are genuinely gifted.

      For what it’s worth, I’ve been a mental health professional for a few decades and have been exploring psychedelics over the past three or four years. I’m pretty sensitive to setting and need to have confidence that things are safe enough (both physically and emotionally) in order to have a productive and/or enjoyable trip. I don’t respond well to trip sitters or others in positions of power if I detect much in the way of narcissism or related personality problems. I’m happy to endorse the psilocybin retreats offered by the good, talented, and responsible people of MycoMeditations.

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