The term "psychedelic" is derived from the Ancient Greek words psychē (ψυχή, "soul") and dēloun (δηλοῦν, "to make visible, to reveal"), translating to "mind-manifesting".
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Psychedelics have been used in many cultures for thousands of years to assist in psychological and physical healing, as well as personal and spiritual growth.
Back in the 1950s and 60s, curious psychiatrists and researchers began to understand how powerful these plant medicines and molecules could be, and the results when treating mental illness and addictions were compelling. Sadly, the so-called “war on drugs” brought this research to an abrupt end and many professionals, fearing their reputation would be tarnished, abandoned their studies. Psychedelics became stigmatised and associated with “hippies”, “tripping” and deemed as having no therapeutic benefits. For those who have experienced otherwise, it remains the biggest tragedy of the century.
More recently however, we are thankfully witnessing a global psychedelic renaissance, particularly in The West. There are now countless studies taking place by groups of dedicated researchers and practitioners, who are leading the way in changing public perceptions and working with government agencies to decriminalise the use of psychedelics. We owe a deep gratitude to these people for continuing the work of their predecessors. Click here to see some of these studies and links to relevant news articles.
As founders of Chrysalis, Adam and Jane are united in their belief that the criminalisation of psychedelics crosses a line in terms of our human rights. We believe that provided we do no harm to others, every one of us has the right to seek healing via whatever means we deem necessary. Certainly, psychedelics are no panacea, but the body of evidence, both academic and anecdotal, speaks for itself.
Setting is critical for a meaningful psychedelic experience, which is why we host our retreats in the Netherlands where the ingestion of psilocybin truffles remains legal. We hope this removes anxiety for participants regarding any potential legal repercussions. Aside from this, we refer to the latest academic research to support the format of our retreats, as well as honouring some of the more traditional practices that are still being used when working with psychedelics.
Both Adam and Jane are qualified, registered psychotherapists and are therefore skilled at “holding the space” for people in their most vulnerable moments. You can rest assured that if you book a retreat with Chrysalis, you are in a safe pair of hands. All of our retreats include a number of online sessions with a qualified therapist before and after the retreat, so you may prepare for and integrate your experience.
We feel very honoured to host our retreats and it is our hope that they will be a transformative experience for those who join us.