Practicum Retreats for Facilitators

Learn, grow, & heal – from both sides of the mushroom.

 

Go deeper in your work.

The practicum retreat is designed for both aspiring and practicing psilocybin facilitators.

Specificially, participants will:

  • Heal personally with the medicine of psilocybin and supportive therapies, in a safe container.
  • Practice skills and deepen expertise in facilitating others in non-ordinary states of consciousness.
  • Forge alliances with fellow colleagues in the field, encouraging“cross pollination” and unity in the industry

SOLD OUT

Please join our mailing list to hear about our fall practicum offerings!

Sample Schedule

Exact schedule subject to change.

All students in attendance will also lead one or more group activities (eg: stretching, chanting, meditation, etc.)

Every student in attendance will get the chance to take the medicine, as well as to facilitate another’s work.

Sun.

Late afternoon arrival

Settle in

Dinner

Opening ceremony

Mon.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Intentions & intros

Review: How to trip

Review: How to trip-sit

Facilitator Lunch

Journey #1 (half students facilitate)

Dinner

Wind down activity

Tue.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Group integrate

Facilitator feedback

Facilitator Lunch

Journey #2 (other half students facilitate)

Dinner

Wind down activity

Wed.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Group integrate

Facilitator feedback

Facilitator Lunch

Massages, down time

Journey #3, Group Ceremony with Nahuatl traditions

Late Dinner

Thurs.

(Sleep in)

Breakfast

Art therapy integrate

Lunch

Massages, down time

Temazcal Ceremony

Dinner

Fri.

Joyful motion

Breakfast

Closing ceremony

Lunch

Departure

 

 

Later:

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.

Ken.

Ken has over 20 years of experience in leading transformational retreats and trainings through ManKind Project International. He’s also a jazz musician, engineer, and collector of cat t-shirts. He lives in Mexico City with his husband, Emilio.

Dr. Ali.

With over 20 years of clinical experience as a naturopathic physician, and over a decade as a teacher, Dr. Ali briges the gaps between mind and body; spirit and nature. She is a mother, a trail-runner, and a psychonaut.

Elyse.

Elyse is a trauma-informed somatic and transpersonal psychotherapist. She is certified in psychedelic preparation, navigation, and integration. Elyse sings on the drum at Moon Dances, and loves hiking in the woods with her husky, Lobo.

Akaehekazihua.

Our beloved temazcalera and master of ceremony is also a sunndancer, mother, and Medicine Woman. (Feel free to call her “Cristina.”)  

Facilitators.

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

Dr. Erica.

Our resident backseat driver and the founder of RTH, Dr. Erica maintains a medical practice, teaches psychedelic facilitation internationally, and is known for being sassy and always wanting a snack.

Sachi.

Born and raised in Morelos, Mexico, Sachi is RTH’s operations chaos tamer. Fluent in English and Spanish, she helps create and protect our container of transformation.

The Medicine

Three dosing sessions will be offered over the course of the week. Most students take the medicine twice and facilitate once.

Typically half of the students dose on Monday, while the other half of the students provide facilitation support. On Tuesday, the roles reverse (and we switch up the dyads).

On Wednesday, most students typically take the medicine during the group ceremony, but some opt to support instead. There’s no pressure to decide now; once we are all together the right choice will arise.

We welcome all dose ranges – from microdoses to heroic ones. Instruction in lemon tek, boosters, and other techniques will be provided and demonstrated.

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.

Temazcal Ceremony

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

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

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

Accommodations
  • Private room with ensuite bathroom
  • Daily housekeeping and groundskeeping
  • Meals cooked on-site 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

  • Shuttle service to/from the retreat site will be offered. One shuttle to/from the airport; another to/from the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City.

  • Group Slack 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.

If you haven’t taken the medicine before and you have not completed any formal training in facilitation, however, we recommend you join us for a regular Healing Retreat before training with us on a Practicum Retreat.

Do I need to be enrolled in a formal training program to attend the practicum retreat?

For our practicum retreats, registration prioirty is given to those who are concurrently enrolled in or who have graduated from a licensed psilocybin facilitator training program.

Secondary priority is given to those who are already practicing.

All others have tertiary priority.

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.

One option is to schedule an appointment with an RTH doctor 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 16 guests per retreat. We aim to have at least 1 staff member per 2 guests during dosing sessions.

(On practicums, we staff according to the number of people dosing each day; not the total number of participants.)

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.

How's the weather?

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 gives us more flexibility.

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.

Do I have to lead an activity? [Practicum retreat only]

Yes. Leading a group activity is a requirement to complete this training. If you struggle with social anxiety to such a degree that you cannot speak in front of your colleagues, then the regular Healing Retreat would be a better place to begin.

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 work/trade participants.

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 Practicum Retreats, all are welcome to apply. Those who have completed an accredited psilocybin facilitator training program will be given priority in registering.

For our regular 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 medicine?

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.)

Tuition

The cost of the healing retreat is $3,333 USD, and includes:

  • Group shuttle to/from Mexico City or the airport
  • All instruction, professional facilitation, & skills enhancement
  • Daily activities: yoga, mindful movement, music, meditation

  • 1-2 opportunities to take psilocybin + 1-2 opportunities to facilitate
  • 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 exclusive to your cohort, plus other integration calls open to all RTH clients
  • 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.)

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.

SOLD OUT

Please join our mailing list to hear about our fall practicum offerings!

Clients love us:

"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.

"RTH Retreat offered the most amazing, transformational week of my life. I am grateful for the flexibility, knowledge and mindfulness brought into such a sacred container. Erica trusted me in my healing, and that was refreshing and allowed my ability to deep dive and step into my life and purpose more fully. Ineffable is the word that continues to come to mind, but it was a truly beautiful week of being witnessed, held, trusted and heard. Growth in community and sacred container is powerful along with this incredible plant medicine that has evolved with us to guide healing. "

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

"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

"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

"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, CEO of Right to Heal