Healing Retreats

It’s time to get unstuck. 

 

Why come on retreat?

We’ve traveled the world exploring different models for healing. It’s clear that the group model is unrivaled and that psilocybin is a powerful catalyst of transformation.

We don’t believe in the fast-and-furious approach. Our retreats create the spaciousness needed for new perspective, connection, and growth to take root – and continue to bloom long after the week ends.

In short: our outcomes are better and longer-lasting.

Save the Date!

February 16-20, 2024 ~ Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Please join our contact list to be the first to hear when registration opens.

Schedule
Exact schedule subject to change, as we adapt to the unique needs of each group.
Sun.

Late afternoon arrival

Settle in

Dinner

Opening ceremony, agreements, container creation

Mon.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Intentions & intros

Lesson: How to trip

Light snack

Journey #1 

Dinner

Wind down activity

Tue.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Morning Session: Group integrate

Light snack

Journey #2 

Dinner

Wind down activity

Wed.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Morning Session: Group integrate

Lunch

Massages, down time

Journey #3, Group Ceremony with Nahuatl traditions

Late Dinner

Thurs.

(Sleep in)

Breakfast

Art therapy to integrate

Lunch

Massages, down time

Temazcal Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Dinner

Fri.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Closing ceremony

Lunch

Departure

 

 

Post retreat:

Integration call on Zoom

Meet the Team
Exact staff subject to change.

Each is an expert in their field, and brings a love of the medicine and reverence for your Inner Healer to every session.

Simon.

Simon is a licensed therapist (LPC) who has traveled the world as a psilocybin facilitator. He brings warmth and trust in the process to every retreat, drawing on his vast knowledge of archetypes, initiation, and Jungian psychology. He is a lead educator in the USA’s first licensed, accredited psilocybin facilitator training program, Inner Trek. Look for his new book, which will be available in stores mid 2024.

Mario.

Born and raised in Mexico, Mario is a writer and therapist specializing in dreams and visions. He has a master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and complementary training in Transpersonal Psychology. He has collaborated in different educational and research projects on Psychonautics and Expanded States of Consciousness, such as Mindsurf, Via Synapsis, Nido, and Nierika.

Rachel.

Rachel is a social worker, psychedelic facilitator, and community tender. Certified in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Integration, Rachel is the Client Steward for a licenced psilocybin service center in Portland, Oregon. Rachel finds purpose in supporting others with the medicine that has gifted her own profound healing

Sachi.

Born and raised in Morelos, Mexico, Sachi is RTH’s operations magic maker and a facilitator. Fluent in English and Spanish, Sachi helps create and protect our container of transformation.

Facilitators.

A rotating team of vetted sitters, psychologists, & facilitators-in-training. Each has their own superpowers.

The team includes a mix of genders, to balance out the feel of each event.

Akaehekazihua.

Our beloved temazcalera and master of ceremony is also a sunndancer, mother, and Medicine Woman. (She also goes by Cristina.)  

Dr. Erica.

RTH’s executive director and resident backseat driver, Dr. Erica sees patients in her medical practice, teaches psychedelic facilitation internationally, and is known for her sassy sense of humor and good snacks.

The Medicine

Three dosing sessions will be offered over the course of the week. Most guests take the medicine three times, but there is no pressure to do so.

The first two dosing sessions happen during the day, with each guest having their own space in the yard or in their room.

The third dosing session is at night, in the context of a group ceremony imbued with Mexica traditions.

We utilize all dose ranges – from microdoses to heroic ones. Lemon tek, boosters, and other techniques will also be used as needed.

We do not enforce any upper limit on dosage, making this retreat a good choice for those who have never “broken through” before, or who are on medications that may blunt the effects.

The Temazcal

The traditional Mexican sweat lodge is called the Temazcal. The ceremony held within the womb-like space of the temazcal connects us not only to nature, but also to the ancient Mexica traditions of the land.

Through breathing the aromatic steam of medicinal herbs, singing, and sweating, we experience purification and spiritual renewal. The heat from the volcanic stones in the temazcal promotes physical and spiritual well-being.

The temazcal also gives us the gifts of community and shared rituals, fostering a sense of unity and connection.

Accommodations
  • Private or shared room with ensuite bathroom
  • Daily housekeeping and groundskeeping
  • Tasty meals cooked from scratch (GF, veg options available) & filtered drinking water
  • On-site swimming pool
  • Secure, gated retreat center with night time security guard
  • Family-owned facility; female-led business that paid its employees through the pandemic

Travel support includes:

  • Customized guide for traveling to/within Mexico & packing list

  • Support documents for your family/friends to understand how to best support you through the journey
  • Shuttle service to/from the retreat site

  • Group communications channel for planning day trips with your fellow myconauts

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I’ve never done any psychedelic substance before. Can I still come?

Yes, absolutely! We welcome both first-timers and experienced cosmonauts.

I take antidepressant medication. Do I have to taper off my meds to attend?

Not necessarily! We welcome people who are on psychiatric medication, though we do ask that you consult a healthcare provider prior to attending this retreat to double-check the safety.

You may also schedule an appointment with an RTH provider prior to proceeding.

Can my spouse, sweetheart, sibling, family member, or friend come with me?

If you choose to attend this retreat loved ones, we will respect that choice and welcome you all. We may assign you separate bedrooms, however.

We request that any interpersonal challenges or breakthroughs be shared with the circle so as to avoid “bubbles” or “cliques” from forming.

Non-participants are welcome to drop you off and pick you up from the retreat, but only registered retreat participants may stay on the premises during the retreat.

Exceptions are made for individuals with disabilities who require medical assistance.

How many people will be on the retreat? How many staff?

We limit the group size to ensure potency and individualized care: our maximum capacity is 15 guests per retreat.

We aim to have at least 1 staff member per 2 guests during dosing sessions.

I’ve never been to Mexico before. Is it safe?

Foreigners sometimes fear Mexico. While danger is always a risk, and while certain parts of the country should be avoided, the places that tourists venture within Mexico City and the retreat location are typically safe.

As with any place, it’s a good idea to travel in groups if possible, explore during the daytime, and stay mindful of pickpockets.

The scary news about violent crime in Mexico is almost always in border towns. We will be in Central Mexico – far, far away from the border.

Is the weather going to be too hot?

Mexico is a large country that spans several different climates. Whereas the beach towns of Mexico become swelteringly hot and uncomfortably humid in the summer months, our inland location is more versatile.

The hottest times of the year (late March to late May) are also the driest, so humidity is low. We stay comfortable in the late afternoon by enjoying the well ventilated indoor spaces, with ceiling fans and cool tile floors. We also have AC in the main classroom, if need be.

During the winter months, the days are pleasant and the nights can get chilly. Bring a sweater!

Why come to Mexico versus Oregon or Colorado?

Doing this work abroad allows us to customize the experience to each participant’s needs, with less red tape and lower overheads. It also allows us to weave in the traditions of the local culture.

Is this work legal in Mexico?

Psilocybin mushrooms have a rich history of use in Mexico among indigenous people.

Article 195 bis of the Federal Penal Code respects the use of mushrooms for traditional spiritual practices or ceremonies, and members our staff include indigenous Mexicans.

Similar retreats of lesser quality cost much more than this one. What’s the catch?

The cost-effective structure of RTH’s retreats is made possible by a few factors.

Our overheads are lower by avoiding bureaucratic red tape. Furthermore, this is not a luxury retreat. The facilities are clean but rustic, and the food is fresh, though simple.

The retreat is also in part subsidized by tax-deductible donations. Members of the staff may also include facilitators-in-training, reflecting our commitment to training and empowering as many healers as possible.

Who should NOT attend this retreat?

There are some folks who we are not set up to support at this time. They include:

  • Individuals who are particularly dysregulated, frightened and/or in need of more gradual, one-on-one support;
  • Individuals who need a lot of special exceptions or a highly controlled environment;
  • Individuals who are unable to stop using substances like alcohol, cannabis, opiates, etc. for at least one week before the retreat begins and for the whole duration of the retreat;
  • Those who need a very particular, strict diet (eg: dedicated gluten free kitchen, low FODMAPs, low histamine diets);
  • Those who recently discontinued a psychiatric medication abruptly and have not fully stabilized;
  • Those with entitled, socially preachy, or otherwise “high maintenance” personalities who are unwilling to examine these defense mechanisms;
  • Those with medical contraindications to taking psychedelics
Can I get a discount? Do you offer payment plans?

We are not able to offer any discounts, sliding scale positions, or payment plans.

Depending on how many donations we receive, however, we may have some scholarship opportunities available. Please inquire.

Do I need to be a client of RTH to attend?

For our Healing Retreats, people who have had at least one 60-minute appointment with an RTH provider will be given registration priority.

If you’d like to become a client, please schedule your first tele-appointment today.

How do I pay for the consumables?

To stay in compliance with all rules and regulations, the retreat fee paid to Right to Heal does not include the medicine itself. 

The medicine is transported, handled, and administered by a local curandero  or marakame, whom you will pay directly. (We’ll provide more details upon registration, but don’t wory – it’s very affordable.)

What are "Container Agreements?"

Something that sets Right to Heal apart from other retreats is our emphasis on container.  

“Container” refers to the safe and supportive space in which guests can express and explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

It’s an essential element to the healing process. For this reason, all participants are required to respect our Container Agreements, which include:

  • Confidentiality. I will hold in confidence the identities of the other participants and the personal nature of their healing work. I will ask for permission before posting photos of others to social media.
  • Touch. All touch offered and given this week will be non-sexual in nature. (Exception: already established partners attending the Event together may engage in consensual touch.) I will respect the boundaries of others and ask first before delivering hugs, shoulder rubs, etc.
  • Premises. I agree to stay on the premises for the entire duration of the event, unless explicitly given permission by an Event Leader. I also agree to stay within the defined ceremony space during medicine-assisted Activities.
  • Platonic Healing. I agree not to run romantic energy with anybody else at the Event, for the duration of the entire Event. (Exception: already established partners attending the Event together.)
  • Self Care. I will ask for what I need and speak up when I feel unsafe. I will not participate in Activities that I deem to be harmful for my wellbeing.
  • Safety. I understand that the safety word is “Safety.” When I hear this word, I will immediately stop whatever I am doing, focus, and follow instructions. This is for my own safety, as well as for the safety of others. Likewise, if I deem that something dangerous is occurring during the Activities, I understand that I can likewise call “safety.”
  • Personal Growth. I remember that I am here for the purposes of healing and personal growth, and that such processes often entail confronting parts of myself and others that may be uncomfortable. I agree that the Event staff may remind me of this throughout the week, and understand that they may help me see when I am deflecting, projecting, or acting out of alignment.
  • Group Healing. I understand that the healing that happens in groups is different than one-on-one or solo work. I agree to respect the process of other individuals, as it may be quite different than my own. I agree not to touch or speak to other participants during the Group Medicine Ceremony.
  • Judgement. I will be mindful of my own judgements and projections as they arise, and when they do, I will choose kindness.
  • Attitude of Learning. I understand that there is no such thing as perfection, and that the Event staff and other participants may say or do things I dislike. I understand that this is all part of the learning – both mine and theirs.
All inclusive:

Retreat fee includes:

  • Group shuttle to/from the airport
  • Daily activities: yoga, mindful movement, music, meditation

  • 2 or 3 supported psilocybin journeys
  • Temazcal ceremony (traditional Mexican sweat lodge)
  • Group integration and sharing, drawing from several modalities

  • Private room with en suite bathroom
  • All meals & snacks
  • One massage
  • One group integration call
  • Note that the medicine itself is transported, handled, and administered by a local curandero or Marakame; remuneration happens separately.

 

Online Group Integration

Reflecting upon our experiences helps them more fully transform our lives.

In an understanding, supportive, and confidential container, we provide the space that is all too often missing in the default culture.

One integration call is included with the retreat fee. This call is private; only those on your particular retreat will be invited.

Afterwards, anyone who has attended any RTH retreat, ceremony, or private session is welcome to join our regular drop-in group on Zoom.

Save the Date!

February 16-20, 2024 ~ Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Please join our contact list to be the first to hear when registration opens.

Clients love us:

"I had some of the most profound experiences of my life during my stay at RTH. Getting more intimate with my shame and parts of myself I’ve held disdain for in the past was not easy, but incredibly healing. It is something that I could have not done without the incredible support, experience and compassion of the facilitators there or the other participants."

Tim

"We were supported by an extremely competent and qualified team that made for a safe and healing experience beyond words. I definitely will be returning! I am forever grateful to these incredible facilitators and staff. "

Marilyn O’Brien

"As both a mental health therapist and as someone with complex trauma, the two Right to Heal retreats I've been on have been some of the most joyful, meaningful, and healing experiences of my life. I've learned things about myself through the journeys and group containers built that have profoundly changed the way I see myself and the way I operate in the world."

Jessi

"Being believed-in is a very special kind of life-affirming medicine itself & Right to Heal has mastered it 🔥 I trust Dr. Erica & her team more than almost any other practitioners in the world (& I’m a practitioner myself!). The sense of safety & trust created is unparalleled & has repeatedly proven itself to be reliable & real. "

Eve

"Such a beautiful experience. I couldn't believe how full every day was with learning and bonding and growing. I'm so thankful I got to witness and be a part of everything that happened during those magical few days. Erica did an extraordinary job connecting to each person, keeping the tone serious, calm and fun all at the same time while managing to all of the details of the retreat. I'm so glad I went, it was wonderful and life changing."

Ryan S.

"The most amazing, transformational week of my life. I am grateful for the flexibility, knowledge and mindfulness brought into such a sacred container. It was a truly beautiful week of being witnessed, held, trusted and heard."

Dr. Kelly Prill, Functional Neurologist

"If given the opportunity to work with Erica and her team on a healing journey, please do not hesitate. Any sacrifices you make to give yourself the time and space to heal will be worth it. This is life-changing work and YOU are worth it. The safe and supportive environment provided by Dr. Zelfand and her team allowed for the healing of wounds and trauma I had been carrying for over 30 years and I have already seen positive change and results integrated into my daily life. "

Kara, Naturopathic Doctor

"I can't express in words the immensely transformative power of exploring, learning, and healing that can take place within such a loving, supportive community as this one. Erica skillfully led the co-creation of a safe, nurturing container, weaving a net of trust, vulnerability, and connection, inviting and empowering each of us to contribute beyond our perceived limits, encouraging and challenging us lovingly to show up wholly and to be witnessed deeply. A magical alchemy took place within our group."

Val, Facilitator, Mentor

"One of the many things that makes RTH unique is the way participants are deeply respected and trusted with our own healing while being given numerous tools, support, and avenues to approach that process. Also for me, there’s a substantial feeling of safety knowing that there is medical expertise, as well as a tremendous amount of experience and integrity in the leadership. It adds to the multidimensional feeling of being held in a truly safe & loving container."

Practicum Retreat Participant

"I have never had a retreat where I was given full permission to express my true self. I was able to do the biggest healing work I have ever done due to feeling safe and held by Erica & the sacred container she created. "

Christine Marie, Plant Medicine Guide, Shamanic Healer

"I had never done a psychedelic in my life before this retreat and I was nervous. But from the moment I arrived I felt very cared for. My experience with the mushrooms was more than I could have even imagined. I felt a change that has carried through to my life after the retreat."

Yoly, Hospice and Palliative Care Physician

"Wow, thank you! I never expected to have such a deep healing. Your expertise of psilocybin, along with your ability to create safety and comfort created the perfect trifecta for me to allow the medicine to do its thing."

Hilary Andrews, Naturopathic Physician

"My experience at RTH was so much more than I could’ve imagined. Erica put together a great team, and we were held with care, understanding, and love. The balance of structure and flow within the retreat allowed a beautiful and safe container to be created by all of us, with room for all of us. I felt accepted and loved, and experienced and witnessed immense healing. I left with gratitude, hope, and so many lessons."

Anthony B, Dad

The choice to heal is always the right choice - and it's also your right.

Dr. Erica Zelfand, Right to Heal Executive Director