Neil Markey

Co-Founder & CEO

“Einstein said it best: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”

His Role

As co-founder and CEO of Beckley Retreats, Neil is passionate about sharing the science-backed benefits of psychedelics in conjunction with the contemplative practices that support holistic wellbeing. At BR, he’s dedicated to building a business that operates with the utmost integrity, both internally and across the many communities it will touch.

His Story

A Captain in the US Army Special Operations 2nd Ranger Battalion, Neil was deployed once to Iraq, and twice to Afghanistan. After, as an MBA/MIA masters student at Columbia University, he suffered from depression and PTSD. This led him to alternative wellbeing practices and marked the start of a profound healing journey with mindfulness and psychedelics. Prior to Beckley Retreats, Neil worked as the Chief Growth Officer for a $450M private equity portfolio company where he was responsible for all strategy and growth planning. Before that he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co, where he also co-led the internal mindfulness program.

His Why

Neil credits meditation and plant therapy with saving his life. A gifted mathematician from a young age, Neil now sees no real divide between science and spirituality. “Yes, there are miraculous things that are difficult to measure, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, we can see them in the physics." he says, "I think Einstein said it best: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.The other is as though everything is a miracle.