Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
North Star Council was born of a calling to help provide safe and skillfully held containers for people to experience the transformative power of entheogenic plants and other substances. Our goal is to co-create physically, energetically, and spiritually clean spaces for people to explore the healing potential that is available when provided with an opportunity to commune with the Inner Self in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
Due to prohibition, we see many individuals hearing this call and even heeding it, only to find themselves disappointed after a psychedelic experience or even worse, re-traumatized simply due to a lack of information, guidance and support. There is a reason traditional cultures passed down authentic ceremonies and knowledge on healing in expanded states of consciousness for generations and had designated keepers of this knowledge. If you find yourself in a culture lacking keepers of this knowledge, it is not your fault, AND we don’t believe that should stop you from receiving the benefit of entheogens, this is our birth-right, even if you have no idea what you’re doing!
That’s where we come in.
This, by no means is a replacements for the traditional spiritual lineages utilizing plant medicines as sacraments all over the world. Our hope is to offer you support in creating your most ideal ceremony while meeting you right where you're at. We find great joy in bringing our knowledge and experience to you, right in the comfort of your own home.
We believe that everyone deserves access to skilled, knowledgeable, and highly experienced supporters on their journey of healing and self-growth regardless of religion, identity, culture, age, income level, or life circumstance. It is an enormous honor to offer support in these powerful times of collective awakening and we are filled with gratitude knowing that we are playing our small part in the spiritual quickening of humanity.Description of Services:
All space holding sessions start with an hour-long consultation. During this time, we will have a chance to go over general intentions, previous experiences and answer any questions you may have while we begin to build your client profile to get a better idea of where you’re at on your life path. We will also take you through our screening process to make sure that it is totally safe for you to do this type of work at this time (checking for contraindications, reviewing medical history etc.)
During our preparation sessions we will offer support in...
Choosing the right medicine
There are so many psychoactive substances out there being studied in trials with promising results. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are just stepping into the world of psychedelics. Choosing the right substance for not only your intention, but for who you are and what your life has been like is crucial in setting yourself up for success. We happily provide our clients with all of the information they need to make a well-informed decision for themselves.
Identifying and refining intentions
Often something calls us to a psychedelic experience, only to shift and evolve as we dive deeper into the why, and as we slowly open ourselves up to other possibilities or ways of being in the world. We will gladly offer gentle yet powerful inquiries to help deepen your process so you can get clear about what your prayer, intention, or hope is.
Creating an optimal format or ceremony
Sometimes what we do matters less than how we do it. We draw on experiences and teachings from traditional plant medicine lineages, as well as the modern insights gained from the clinical therapeutic trials taking place to help you envision an experience that is powerful and relevant to where you are on your path.
Space holding, also know as, "trip sitting" is an art, a science, and a prayer. It is an enormous honor to bear witness to the radical transformations that occur when peak experiences are undergone and held with love, safety, and respect. With North Star Council, you can have the freedom and confidence to dive deeply into your experience while trusting that your body is carefully looked after by experienced and compassionate guides. We stay up to date on the protocols and techniques being developed and utilized in these times of exciting research, while also maintaining the ability to incorporate the teachings we have acquired from traditional ceremonies. Whether you want to take a modern approach, a more traditional approach with prayer and ceremonial facilitation (or some mixture of the two) we are enthusiastic to collaborate with our clients to create a space that is comfortable, powerful, and in alignment with your personal and spiritual beliefs.
**Northstar Council does not encourage the use of illegal substances, nor do we provide any controlled substances to be ingested at any time. Niko is not a therapist, counselor, or mental health professional. Northstar Council is an organization offering trip sitting, coaching, and integration services for harm reduction purposes**
During the integration sessions we gladly support our clients in...
Working with psychedelics helps us to open in deeply profound ways which can be liberating, expansive, and healing, but also jarring and intense at times, especially when returning back to "normal life". Grounding is the simple process of tuning into our innate connection with the earth, our sense of self, and the presence of now. Grounding after a peak experience is of utmost importance so that we can utilize the teachings received in a practical way. Even if you realize we are all God and that death is an illusion, you still may need to go to work and or care for your children. Grounding can help us return to these earthly obligations in the most graceful way possible, while still holding dearly and honoring the insights and revelations gifted to us through our work.
One of the many benefits of having a sitter or guide present is that someone will be there to witness your process, take notes if needed, and reflect back to you certain parts of the experience that sometimes tend to dissolve like a dream or simply get lost in the sauce. So much can come up in a psychedelic experience and unpacking is the first step in understanding our experience.
Finding meaning in your experience
Some of the visionary states that we can enter while sitting with plant medicine is often so abstract and otherworldly that it can sometimes be a challenge to extract meaning from the symphony of colors, sensations, and emotions that are a psychedelic experience. Everything is relevant in medicine work. When we can find meaning in our experience we begin to find even deeper meaning in our everyday life.
Adopting practical tools for incorporating the insights, realizations, into your daily life
Life is the true ceremony. We can help you find the sacred in your daily experience and begin to carve out pathways that lead to the highest visions experienced in the depths of your heart.
Connecting with resources for ongoing study and processing
This is a process. We have seen AMAZING results with the use of these medicines and that is why we are so committed to helping people utilize them in the best way possible for them. A psychedelic experience is only the beginning, so we prioritize giving you tools and resources to continue this process long after we part ways. We are honored to support people in doing their work and fully believe that this is part of a much larger, collective mission of healing and re-membering. We have dedicated our lives to this mission and take pride in joining hands with the brothers and sisters we've served every single day by knowing that we are here, consciously and actively engaging our healing process together. We want to give you the tools to do that. This is bigger than a business model, this is the future of humanity, and we will do whatever we can to support you in realizing your purpose here.
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Niko WhitefeatherGroup Size: 1-10 peoplePrice Range: $150-$1,300
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
North Star Council is an organization operating out of the Pacific Northwest of the United States. We offer psychedelic support and 100% legal ceremony facilitation in the form of trip sitting. North Star Council provides preparation/integration services, micro dosing guidance, educational resources, and psycho-spiritual coaching. We serve individuals, couples, and small groups in person and online.Intake Process:
Each participant receives a consultation as well as 1-3 preparation sessions in which we will take you through our screening process to ensure it is safe for you to do this type of work at this time, go over intentions, navigation tools, and begin to co creat your ideal session.Psychedelic Substances Offered: Kambo is all we can legally provide. All other medicines must be sourced on your own.How does this Center source medicine?:
Participants are responsible for sourcing their own medicine, this is how we can operate legally.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes