What does it cost to attend the retreat?
Costs vary on the rooms available, the shared rooms are more economical at a rate of $4500 per person, two beds per space and we assist with pairing attendees. The private rooms are $5500 and there are two available at both Jamaican and Costa Rican locations. All meals, lodging, airport transportation, consultations and ceremony are included in the costs. Group, couples, and Veteran Discounts available upon inquiry.
What is included at the retreat?
The only thing that is not included is your airfare, the rest is all inclusive! Arrive at the airport and board one of our private vans and you are transported to and from the retreat center just 30 minutes away. Lodging and three vegetarian meals a day are included. The 6 day and 5 night stay includes the preparation of the medicine for the ceremony. There is the option to travel off site on integration days to a beautiful natural location. What makes The Blue Portal different is that options for integration and immersion can include yoga, artwork, and evening talks from author and expert Tradd Cotter on topics such as medicinal fungi, cultivation, microdosing, and other amazing topics, so for those who wish to participate it’s like getting private workshops as a bonus!
What is a Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Experience Like?
A mediated psychedelic experience is a powerful and safe tool that can be life-changing. Psilocybin is non-toxic and non-addictive, unlike some pharmaceutical treatments that are a “pill a day” or “band-aid” approach to ignoring the deep, underlying issues that cause a particular unwanted condition such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, obesity, alcoholism, nicotine addiction, and other substance abuse concerns. Our treatment locations are comfortable beds in a room with candlelight and comforting artwork and light music. Participants are recommended to wear the eye shades provided to direct their journey within and to explore your consciousness deep and far beyond your superficial levels of awareness. The eye shades provided allow for your eyes to open and close without touching the shades to give you a sense of total darkness and the ability to roam your thoughts and landscape without ever standing up, much like the experience of a virtual reality simulation, where you control the visions. Psilocybin can have an onset of about 20 minutes as your sensations of touch and sight begin to amplify. About 30-45 minutes into the experience, you will drop into the full spectrum of the session, the most powerful arena, which lasts about 3-4 hours. It is during this time that participants will unlock doors and confront the roots of their depression, unlock hidden power to inspire or create, or see the reality in a whole new light. Facilitators and guides are there at all times for any or no discussion, it is totally up to you to ask for advice or comfort if the experience is overwhelming or if you need direction at times. The last 2 hours of the session are very rewarding, as you are snug in your new skin, and your body and mind relax into the most comforting and content sleepiness, exhaustion from the intensity and process has made you tired, and so most may find dinner and rest the best option.
The first session can be like your first roller coaster ride, many describe the experience as a rebirth, and the memories are long lasting. Many participants feel a prolonged sense of permanence in the effects of psilocybin on their condition or intention. The mediator is your anchor and safety navigator, which allows you to go deep without the fear of anxiety or personal injury. All mediators have experience with the psychedelic landscape and will help you navigate the hallways if needed. Mediators may also take notes on your behavior, verbalization, and your visions for your integration the following day.
A full orientation of expectations and guidance is provided a month before your session. Preparing mentally and physically before a session begins weeks in advance, and your mediator will contact you with specific recommendations to make the most out of your healing session.
What is not permitted at the retreat?
The use of alcohol or drugs is not permitted during the retreat or on the retreat property.
Are Private Sessions Available?
Yes, but they are limited spaces available, so inquire early. We typically accept private sessions a few days before the group sessions, so arriving early an option for some wishing for a more intimate experience. Costs for individual sessions only include the intention and integration interviews, medicine cost and the facilitators, and typically are performed at a nearby hotel or location that is reserved and paid for by the participant. The cost for a private session is $2800 per person. Couples’ discounts available.