Advanced Certificate in Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy

Train as a Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Provider With a 5-Day Personal Immersion Experience in the Netherlands

Prerequisite: Current Participant or Alumni of the IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training

Dates: November 7-11, 2022

As you may know, Psilocybin is currently in phase 2 trials with the FDA. If all goes well, we could see access to psilocybin therapy across the United States within a handful of years. In fact, Oregon voters have already approved Ballot Measure 109 which will make it the first state to legalize psilocybin services in a non-medical model as early as January 1, 2023.

Training with psilocybin is not only advantageous for working with this medicine directly; it’s also an amazing way to sharpen your skills as a psychedelic therapist with Ketamine, and other medicines as they become legalized. 

And, what better way to train than to get first-hand experience with psilocybin in a breath-taking destination near the Netherlands capital of Amsterdam? We’ve put together this exclusive retreat to allow you to do just that.

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Who should attend this experiential retreat?

During this 5-day experiential retreat you’ll have the opportunity to rediscover yourself and break through emotional barriers…all while gaining the knowledge and insight you’ll need to offer this as a treatment option to your clients in the future. 

This program is definitely for you if:

You’re a past or current student of the IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training Program
You’re curious about Psilocybin and want to experience it first-hand
You’re interested in connecting with like-minded individuals and building community
You want to experience a deeper level of healing and strengthen your sense of purpose
You want more experience practicing as a psychedelic-assisted therapist in a legal environment and have been wanting to visit Amsterdam

This exclusive retreat has been curated for current students and alumni of the IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training Program only.

Those who attend the retreat and complete the program will receive an Advanced Certificate in Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy.

What to Expect

Since psilocybin is not yet practiced legally as a medical treatment outside of research, you will learn the safe use of psilocybin therapy within a non-medical application.

We care about your well-being and want to ensure that you have a meaningful experience. We placed a lot of attention on ensuring the retreat feels safe, secure, and is in a supportive environment.  We are here for you every step of the way – from preparation to integration.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

Preparation

To help you prepare for the retreat you will receive documents from IPI explaining the risks, contraindications, and expectations of Psilocybin. You will receive additional documents including a truffle dosing questionnaire, dietary advice, intention setting, etc. for you to review. Two weeks prior to the retreat, you will participate in a 90-minute online group preparation session. On day 1 of the retreat you will participate in an in-person preparation session.

Dosing

There will be two 6-hour dosing sessions throughout the week. You will have the opportunity to have a personal dosing session, as well as act as a co-facilitator for your colleagues’ session. The experience will be led by a psychologist, psychiatrist, and a teaching assistant. They will act as primary facilitators for the sessions so that you can relax and witness when you are acting as a co-facilitator and not receiving your dose.

Integration

Once your psychedelic journey is complete, we’ll help you to unpack your experience and learn how you can use the insight you gained from the session in your day-to-day life. To do this you will participate in an in-person integration group therapy, including art therapy, during the retreat. After the retreat comes to an end you will also participate in an online, 90-minute group integration.

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The retreat will take place at a brand new rural facility approximately an hour outside of Amsterdam in a town called Culemborg. Culemborg is an old city with a history that goes back to the thirteenth century. It offers plenty of beautiful sights, including Fort Honswijk and Fort Everdingen. In addition, there are more places of interest in Culemborg such as the Elisabeth Orphanage, the City Hall of Culemborg, and the Langxmeerpoort. These are all beautiful buildings with rich history. For more information about the town of Culemborg, click here

Location Details & Amenities:

  • Ceremonial Yurt 
  • Rural and serene setting
  • 1 hour outside of Amsterdam
  • Quiet, peaceful, close to a river and in a fruit orchard
  • The complete yurt is built on a Crystal Grid of 15 kg pure crystals such as amethyst, rose quartz and more

Transportation and Additional Lodging Information

You’ll arrive at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, known for its historical attractions and colorful, vibrant scenery. Schiphol airport is a 12-minute train ride from the city center.

A shuttle will be provided on the morning of November 7th from Amsterdam Rai Conference Centre to the retreat location in Culemborg. While there are ample hotel options near the shuttle pick-up location for the previous night, here are a few we recommend: 

You must arrive in the Netherlands 24-48 hours prior to the start of the retreat. This will ensure that you will make the shuttle, are well rested and able to get the most out of the experience. 

Also, keep in mind that almost everyone speaks English (in addition to the local language, Dutch). So if you get lost or need some direction, don’t hesitate to ask.


Meet the Netherlands Team

We’ve partnered with a group of experts in the Netherlands who will facilitate this retreat. Each of them has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the psychedelic space and will be there to help guide you every step of the way.

Jeanine Souren

Jeanine Souren is a clinical psychologist and sexologist with specialties in couples and families as well as Chief Therapist at Field Trip Health in Amsterdam. Jeanine and the treatment team have been providing legal psilocybin assisted therapy for over a year now in The Netherlands. She also runs a private practice in the Amsterdam area where she works with clients from all over the world, offering regular as well as psychedelic assisted therapies for couples and individuals. Jeanine has dedicated her career to help repair, heal and strengthen relational brokenness and sexual challenges for couples and individuals. Jeanine has been teaching the 4 Large Group Seminars about psilocybin assisted therapies and completed her IPI training in 2022.

Hans van Wechem

Hans van Wechem has almost 30 years of experience in psychiatry and started his career as a registered couples and family therapist before specializing in (group) psychotherapy of patients with early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. After a life-changing psychedelic experience, he recognised the potential of psychedelics in therapy. He now contributes to projects such as MAPS in their efforts to investigate MDMA for the treatment of PTSD and has a wide network in the psychedelic community. His main interest lies in contributing to a future in which the use of psychedelics becomes widely accepted, both as an evidence-based treatment and as a powerful catalyst for personal and spiritual growth.

Marieke van der Spek

Marieke van der Spek is one of the two retreat owners, and works as a certified (ICF) coach and a psychedelic practitioner. Marieke and her partner Erik are the owners of the fruit orchard where they created a ceremonial space for psychedelic retreats. Marieke specializes in personal leadership. In 2018 she started working with psychedelics because she believes this a valuable tool to help people explore the obstacles that limit their personal growth. Marieke completed the full Psychedelic Practitioner training at Synthesis. She creates a calm atmosphere and a safe environment that makes it easier to let go of control, lower the fences and explore the areas of growth and potential possibilities. She does this in a soft, loving, curious and inviting way. Her central concepts are trust, love, attention, growth and authenticity.

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What You’ll Get

This all-inclusive retreat includes the following:

Accommodations, Meals, & Transportation

  • -5 days, 4 nights of accommodations in a unique retreat location near Amsterdam (2 people per room)
  • -Healthy meals starting from lunch on November 7th to lunch on November 11th
  • -Shuttle transportation from Amsterdam Rai Conference Center to retreat location and back

Training & Therapy

  • -Truffles for dosing session
  • -1 online preparatory group therapy session
  • -1 in-person preparatory group therapy session
  • -One psychedelic ceremony as a participant
  • -1 in-person integration group therapy session
  • -1 online post-integration group therapy session
  • -Experiential training including emergency protocol training, and preparation, facilitation, and integration practices individually and with groups 

Itinerary

You must arrive at least Sunday prior to the retreat (retreat starts on Monday) in order to be well rested and make the shuttle before the training begins. Working with psilocybin is intense and we want you to take responsibility for your own needs in this.

Arrival – November 5th or 6th, 2022

  • Arrive in Amsterdam one to two days prior to acclimate

Day 1: Preparation – November 7th

  • 10:30am: Take shuttle from Amsterdam RAI Conference Center to retreat location
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Introductions/Agreements/Group Guidelines/Flight instructions
  • 2:30pm: Prepare co-therapist for therapeutic prep in group
  • 3:00pm: Preparation talks with co-therapist – each practice couple has 90 min (therapeutic prep) + 30 min (facilitation prep). In this session, the primary purpose is to gather information about the client’s important life events, values, beliefs, and spiritual background, as well as any other relevant information. In each pair, there will be pre-assigned roles of client and therapist. Then, roles will reverse. Staff will be alternating between couples and will be available for additional support. At the end there is time for feedback.
  • 5:30pm: Opportunity for questions in group
  • 6:30pm: Dinner
  • Evening: individual journey prep assignment + personal power object

Day 2: Dosing Session (Half of the Group Dosing, Other Half Co-Therapists) – November 8th

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Guided meditation (oyster/pearl) & sharing intentions in group
  • 10:00am: Tea ceremony: preparing and drinking truffle tea
  • 10:30am: Truffle journey
  • 12:30pm: Lunch for therapists and co-therapists (in different groups)
  • 5:00pm: Sharing circle with snacks (fruit, nuts)
  • 6:30pm: Dinner

Day 3: Dosing Session (Half of the Group Dosing, Other Half Co-Therapists) – November 9th

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Guided meditation (oyster/pearl) & sharing intentions in group
  • 10:00am: Tea ceremony: preparing and drinking truffle tea
  • 10:30am: Truffle journey
  • 12:30pm: Lunch for therapists and co-therapists (in different groups)
  • 5:00pm: Sharing circle with snacks (fruit, nuts)
  • 6:30pm: Dinner

Day 4: Integration Part I – November 10th

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Integration Art Therapy
  • 10:00am: Group sharing and integration (talking stick with dedicated time)
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Integration cont. with practice couple
  • 3:00pm: Tea break
  • 3:30pm: Mindful nature walk
  • 5:00pm: Q&A Session
  • 6:00pm: Dinner

Day 5: Final Day – Integration Part II – November 11th

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Group sharing experiences of journey
  • 9:30am: From Experience to Lasting Change
  • 11:15am: Silent (minimally guided) meditation
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Pack up
  • 2:00pm: Shuttle departs from retreat location to Amsterdam RAI Conference Center

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What Happens After the Retreat?

It has often been argued that therapists are more effective in conducting psychedelic-assisted treatments if they have personal experience with psychedelics. Personal experience could enhance understanding, particularly in working with clients to make sense of experiences very different from what most people experience normally. 

As a participant in this retreat you’ll be able to use your personal psychedelic experience as a catalyst for therapeutic efficacy. 

Those who attend the retreat and complete the program will receive an Advanced Certificate in Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy.

Plus, you’ll leave with the following skills and first-hand knowledge: 

  • The importance and delicacy of therapeutic touch
  • How to embrace vulnerability
  • How our sense of self is constructed
  • How to deal with challenging emotions
  • How psychedelic therapy differs from traditional therapies
  • How to go about increased intimacy between client and therapist
  • How to use your psilocybin experience as a resource

Tuition Details

One-Time Payment

$5,500

Please note that the following expenses are not included in the tuition: airfare, any meals and overnight accommodations outside of the retreat. 

BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ Scholarships

Our Diversity Outreach Program is on a mission to increase diversity among the psychedelic therapy community, and to support inclusion to those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+). In support of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we will be awarding scholarships at a 50% discount to qualified applicants. Candidates who demonstrate financial need will be prioritized. For more information on how to apply, please schedule a call.

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