Offering a new Extended training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)*, Functional Analytical Psychotherapy (FAP) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), with fortnightly supervision to measure your increasing ACT-consistency.
*Delivered by three ACBS peer-reviewed ACT Trainers
Our ACT training is approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Location: Weert, The Netherlands (in 20 acres of private woodland)
Dates: 17-21st Oct 2019
£950 (accommodation and meals included, excluding cost of psilocybin truffles (approx £40 – provided by a trusted legal third party).
Experts at multiple psychedelic research centres consider Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to be an important and useful framework for modern psychedelic therapy (see Walsh & Theissen 2018,Guss 2018). These four and a half days are an opportunity to explore the psychedelic experience with some ACT perspectives in mind.
In preparation you may consider your personal challenges in terms of ‘willingness’ (how open are you to certain discomforts?), ‘experiential avoidance’ (what are the obvious or subtle ways you avoid those inner discomforts?), your motivations (what impulses behind your inner and outer behaviours are keeping you from what you truly want). Simple metaphors such as the ‘reverse compass’ may guide us on our way: where is your mind telling you not to go?
To integrate your psilocybin experience into a life better lived, we may also consider if our old thought patterns take us where we really want to go. What new behaviours do our insights invite? How might our old habits get in the way of what we really want?
As well as offering these latter perspectives, the ACT also model invites its own integration with other models and traditions, into a behaviourally aware eclecticism. Some of these modalities of integration include breathwork, art therapy, neuroplasticity and guided visualisation.
Participants are invited to contribute their data towards a multi-baseline, single case series design study, tracking mediators of change before and after a psychedelic-assisted personal growth, including a number of ACT preparation and integration sessions pre and post retreat. Please contact us for further details of this research project…
This four and a half day retreat will include:
Day 1: Arrival (in the afternoon) and preparation: approaching the psychedelic experience as an opportunity for personal growth
Day 2: Self as context meditation and bodywork - you are not your programming. Afternoon ceremony – with Psilocybin Truffles, you embark on your psychedelic journey with the support of sober mental health professionals
Day 3: Integration – What is still coming up? Being in your direct experiencing. Holotropic Breathwork. Journaling on your experience as it continues to surface.
Day 4: Second Ceremony - an opportunity to go deeper.
Day 5: Further integration - Has any of your inner or outer behaviour changed? What might you continue to do differently? What new paths do you feel invited to follow? What barriers to change might you pre-empt? Is a new view emerging of the kind of life you want to live? Late afternoon departure.
Each day will include meditative practices to help us get into our direct experiencing. Through sharing circles we will learn from each other.
Minimum facilitator ratio: one to every five participants. Each participant will receive one on one pre and post-ceremony check-ins.
Those participating in the study will receive two preparatory, and four post ceremony integration sessions at no additional cost.
Spaces are highly limited to a maximum of 15. Private rooms available for a supplementary fee of £150/night
Henry J. Whitfield
Henry Whitfield is an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) Peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer, an Accredited Advanced TIR (PTSD therapy) Trainer and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (MSc – CBT). For over seven years Henry ran and supervised brief therapy for PTSD projects for Victim Support and Mind in London gun crime hot spots, using CBT and TIR. Henry has also trained over 1500 psychological therapists since 2003, supervising clinical psychologist for ACT and Trauma work in primary and secondary care with in the NHS. He is also a passionate integral thinker, publishing journal articles and book chapters on the integration of therapeutic models including, REBT-mindfulness, ACT-TIR-CBT, Person-centred-TIR. His psychedelic plant medicine path has changed how he does psychotherapy especially with self-concept issues. His knowledge of ACT and experience of facing trauma have guided him and many others on the path of psychedelic personal growth. He has written, co-written and edited training manuals for ACT, TIR and FAP (relational psychodynamic). Now he focuses his research on the development of ACT-consistent models for psychedelic integration, with psychedelic process research for Regents University London.