The Betterment of the Well: Finding power in releasing control and discovering purpose with Heather Smolin

Several years ago, colleagues of Heather Smolin, Beckley Retreats alumna and a tenured HR professional, suggested she look into her then-company’s offerings for therapy. She was grateful and curious about the experience, as the employee benefit was an easy way to explore what therapy might look like. “You’ll find I’m just such a curious person,” […]

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Is microdosing just placebo? Insights from the Beckley Foundation’s research programme

The following article, written by Jon Sharp, comes from The Beckley Foundation. To see the original text, click here. It’s increasingly clear that we’re in the midst of a Psychedelic Renaissance. The past decade has seen a gamut of incredible new research into psychedelic compounds, much of which has been initiated by Amanda Feidling and […]

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The Women Who Make Beckley Retreats Possible

In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to highlight the invaluable contributions that women have made on the Beckley Retreats team. Without them, our programs would not be here today, and our mission to spark broader, positive change through unlocking new ways of seeing with psychedelics would not be possible.  The Beckley Retreats story […]

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When Leadership Meets Magic: Reflections on our conversation with Jim MacPhee

When Jim MacPhee, former COO of Walt Disney World, retired in April 2021 after 43 years as a corporate executive, he quickly realized how little time he’d had for reflection and discovery along the way. When his wife recommended that he watch Michael Pollan’s psychedelic documentary, “How to Change Your Mind,” Jim was intrigued—and from […]

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What Is a Mushroom Ceremony?

A mushroom ceremony involves the intentional consumption of a psychedelic fungus. Intentions around the psilocybin ceremony range from addressing emotional wounds and working on personal growth, to experiencing mystical connection and spiritual experience. Psychedelic mushrooms (also commonly called “magic mushrooms”) and their ceremonies are not a recent invention; they have a long and fascinating history. […]

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Can Psilocybin Treat Depression? FAQs

For many people worldwide, depression is an intolerable burden. Antidepressants help some to cope, but the symptoms of many others return and morph over time. In recent years, multiple clinical research studies have produced evidence suggesting that psilocybin is a promising compound for treating the root cause of depression, rather than just suppressing symptoms. In […]

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Is Psilocybin Legal?

Disclaimer: The content provided in this blog is provided for your information and is not intended or offered as medical or legal advice. If you have medical or legal questions, please consult a licensed medical or legal professional. With a growing body of clinical research highlighting its benefits, the legal landscape of psilocybin is beginning […]

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