Meet the Team
Hey, I'm Adam.
My relationship with psychedelics began in South America several years ago, where I attended a 5-day Ayahuasca retreat in Peru in the hope of healing following a series of traumatic life events. These events, coupled with a number of adverse childhood experiences, left their mark in the form of a deep depression and chronic anxiety.
My experience was transformative and I immediately felt called to help others by holding space for them on their own journeys. I left my career in recruitment and HR and retrained as a psychotherapist, which is what I spend most of my time doing now here in the UK. I feel it is an absolute honour to sit with people in their most vulnerable moments. So many of us have never felt truly seen or understood, and so whether or not psychedelics are involved, I strive to create safe spaces where people can express themselves fully without fear of judgement or abandonment.
My encounter with Ayahuasca left me deeply curious about the nature of the mind and how trauma leaves its mark on all of us. We live in a traumatised and addicted world, and it seems impossible to get through life without acquiring wounds. For many of us, these are deep wounds that have their roots in our earliest childhood experiences.
Each person is unique and I believe it is for that reason why there are so many different types of therapy. What I have come to embrace about psychedelic-assisted healing, is that it appears to invoke a natural capacity we all possess to heal ourselves. After my experience with Mother Ayahuasca, I felt I knew exactly what I needed to do to resolve my depression. I followed that intuition and surely enough, the depression ended. This is a familiar story to many who discovered psychedelics along their path.
Put simply, setting up Chrysalis Retreats felt like the right thing to do. I believe if someone wants to experience psychedelic-assisted healing, they should be able to do so in a safe setting without fear of legal recourse. Aside from my skills as a psychotherapist, my strengths include running businesses, public speaking and organising events. I knew I would need a strong ally to make Chrysalis come to life, which is why I reached out to Jane for her wealth of experience working therapeutically with these incredible medicines.
I am deeply committed to helping people take control of their own healing and personal growth, and it is my hope that Chrysalis Retreats can provide the setting and support for those seeking to do exactly that.
Hi, I'm Jane.
I first became aware of the potential of psychedelics to heal trauma around 12-years ago, through media reports and documentaries I came across online. At that time, I was working as a psychotherapist for a substance misuse and addiction treatment service on Merseyside. Many of the people I helped had experienced extreme trauma in their childhoods and were finding escape and comfort from their pain by using a combination of street drugs and alcohol.
As my curiosity and interest in psychedelics grew stronger, I eventually decided that I wanted to experience their healing potential first-hand. I subsequently visited the Netherlands on a clandestine Psilohuasca Retreat, which I had found after much research. Apart from becoming a Mother, that weekend retreat turned out to be the most transformational experience of my adult life - both personally and professionally. It launched me onto what I now regard as a more purposeful life-path.
Alongside the deep healing I have personally received in the years since, I have also witnessed first-hand, and read the testimonies of hundreds, if not thousands, of others who have experienced transformational healing by working with these amazing molecules. I believe they are gifts of nature and human ingenuity.
Over the course of recent years, my desire to deepen my own healing and to help others to heal themselves has resulted in my active involvement in the Psychedelic Renaissance. This movement continues to gain traction as the world becomes more aware of the potential healing psychedlics can offer to treat the many ills that plague our society - both individually and collectively.
My own contribution to the Psychedelic Renaissance has been in the form of volunteering at festivals with PsyCare UK, who offer psychedelic support to festival-goers and attending Breaking Convention - the biennial conference on psychedelic Science that is held at the University of Greenwich. I also run a monthly Psychedelic Integration Circle in my home city of Chester.
More recently, I founded the online platform Psychedelic-Integration. This is developing as a way to disseminate information and educate people around psychedelic risk-reduction and as a hub where people can find local Psychedelic Societies and Psychedelic Integration Providers. These providers, made up of professional psychotherapists and counsellors, offer their services to help people prepare for, and integrate meaningful psychedelic experiences.
I continue to practice as a psychotherapist here in the UK, and take my professional development in this regard seriously. There is no doubt that traditional talking therapies have their place. I have seen people heal and grow just by experiencing the unconditional presence of Another, which is why I remain committed to this work.
Being invited to be a co-founder of Chrysalis Retreats, a safe space where we can provide a higher level of support in a legal setting, is a gift I had only dreamt of receiving. I consider it a privilege to be involved in this enterprise and look forward to witnessing and assisting in the transformational healing potential of Psilocybin for people who entrust themselves into our care on Chrysalis Retreats.