Our purpose is to reconnect people to themselves, to each other and to nature. We facilitate people’s healing, trauma release, exploration of the unknown, non-ordinary states of consciousness or shift in perspectives. We promote the exploration of inner creativity and personal development.
We want to raise consciousness to create a better human experience, to create community and contribute to the debate on the safe use of psychedelics through contained wellness retreats.
To provide a platform to facilitate people’s self-exploration: a safe and legal container for this process, in a supportive, non-judgemental and transparent way.
To promote inner transformation, personal breakthroughs, self-growth, creativity and inner healing.
To re-connect people to themselves, to each other and to nature.
To be world leaders and pioneers in the field of psychedelic therapy.
To contribute to the evolution of global consciousness.
Inwardbound Co-Founder Rob (MSc/ BA Hons) is the co-founder of Inwardbound. He has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy (Level 9) from Dublin City University, is an accredited psychotherapist, and is a professional member of MIND- the European Foundation for Psychedelic Science. He is also a qualified transpersonal therapist, and has completed an 8 year training as a Transpersonal therapist at the Irish Centre for Shamanic and Transpersonal Studies (Dunderry Park), in the tradition of Dr. Stan Grof. He believes that only way to create change in the world is through inner psychological work, and his work had…
Inwardbound Co-Founder/ Scientific Lead Facilitator. Dr Darragh Stewart (Phd) is the co-founder of Inwardbound. In his early-twenties, Darragh reached a turning point in his life. Due to the death of his grandmother, the ending of a long-term relationship, and the immense pressure of his University studies, he had a mental breakdown. He suffered from bouts of depression, anxiety, and a general dissatisfaction with how he was living his life. These problems sent him on a quest to find inner healing, truth, and a new way of being in the world. During the rest of his twenties, he had a life-changing…
Director of Customer Care. Caroline is the customer care lead on our retreats, making sure that our clients are comfortable, nourished and looked after. Caroline has a passion for nature and reconnecting people to nature and to themselves through different healing modalities. She is qualified yoga instructor, art teacher and holistic therapist, with a particular focus on working with medicinal essential oils. She has been facilitating wellbeing retreats for the past 6 years, with particular emphasis on the healing power of mandalas as a mindfulness tool. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious and the joy she brings is a real…
Sophie Adler- Psychologist
Sophie-Charlotte Alice Adler, MSc, is a psychologist, hypnotherapist, researcher and author. She has specialised in working with altered states of consciousness since 2017 and has been supervising ketamine infusions at Instituto Dr. Scheib in Mallorca since 2018. In Autumn 2020 she built up a private practice for Dr. Scheib in Berlin where Ketamine Therapy is offered. Ketamine (off-label use) is currently the only legally available and approved psychedelic substance. With the support of Dr Mario Scheib and Prof Revenstorf, Sophie Adler developed an innovative therapy method, the “Ketamine Hypnosis Package” (KHP). Since 2018, she has accompanied over 400 ketamine infusions…
Ever since a young age Renée became aware of the energy that exists in and around us. Dealing with depression and family trauma since puberty inspired her even more to go within and explore her innerworld. In 2015 she had a life changing experience during her first Ayahuasca Ceremony. From that moment she established a deep connection with plant medicine and she has been attending and co-facilitating many different sacred medicine ceremonies since then.
Assisting others in their journey inwards is something she loves to do most. By being fully present with her open heart and grounded personality, she creates a safe and loving environment. With focus and compassion she holds a solid container where you can truly surrender into all parts of yourself and discover what it is that wants to come to the surface.
By using her voice as a tool for guidance and support she is able to vocalize that which was unseen and unheard before. Alchemizing stuck energy and emotions so that flow and release may come into existence. Renée walks the path of self healing with devotion and dedication, feeling truly honored and grateful to walk the path of healing with others as well.
Michael Ledden- Psychotherapist
Michael is a fully accredited psychotherapist (IACP, IAHIP, ICP Accredited, Msc. Clinical Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy) with an interest in CBT, Mindfulness, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Existential and Transpersonal Therapy. Following extensive personal therapy conducted throughout training as a therapist, Michael discovered and cultivated an interest in plant medicines, transpersonal psychology and shamanic healing. He views them all as ground-breaking areas for the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing and advancement for all ready to answer the call. Professionally, Michael works as a psychotherapist with short term and long term clients, runs his own service Anxiety Ireland, and is involved…
Helena Angelini- Psychologist
Helena Angelini is a therapist with 19 years of professional experience. She is a psychologist who graduated at Universidade Fumec in Minas Gerais/Brasil, specializing in the Jungian Psychological approach. She has keenly continued education with various courses in Complementary Therapies, Mythology and has travelled all over the world looking to obtain broader and vaster perspective of human behaviour. As a psychologist, Helena has always strived to understand in depth the particular universe of each culture and each human being. This passion granted her the ability to treat people of different ages, cultures and interests. She has clinical experience in Brasil…
Nicky’s interest in nutrition was awakened when she travelled around the world and explored a huge variety of cuisines. On arriving back in Ireland, she made the decision to study Nutritional Therapy. Nicky was fascinated by what she learned about the connection between what we consume and our health. Having passed her Nutritional Therapy course with distinction she decided that she wanted to bring together her love for cooking and her knowledge of nutrition. When she came across Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts School, she felt a deep calling from within, and decided to quit her job in…
Henry Whitfield – Psychotherapist
Henry Whitfield is an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) Peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer, an Accredited Advanced TIR (PTSD therapy) Trainer, a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (MSc – CBT) and Visiting Research Fellow at Regent’s University – School of Psychotherapy and Psychology. 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 mental health professionals for ACT and Trauma work in the NHS. He is also a passionate integral…
Atira Tan- Somatic Trauma Therapist and Psychedelic Therapy Training
A TEDx speaker, activist, somatic trauma specialist, #1 Best Selling Author, and yoga teacher & group facilitator, Atira Tan, is a powerful agent of transformation and change. She has touched the lives of thousands of women, men, and children around the world, supporting them through her 15 years of experience in various somatic and creative trauma recovery approaches. Passionate about creating safer spaces for everybody, and bringing healing and awareness in the “shadowy” areas of life, Atira has worked as a trauma-informed integration specialist in ayahuasca retreat centers such as the Temple of the Way of Light In Peru and…
Dr Donca Vianu MD- Consultant Psychiatrist
Donca Vianu is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with more than 40 years work experience spread over different countries and cultures, of which 30 years in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands she worked at governmental institutions for mental health and in her own practice. As a psychotherapist, she is trained in various methodologies, with an emphasis on the hypnotherapy treatment of complex PTSD and intergenerational transmission of trauma, cognitive behavioural therapy, gender and relationship problems and transcultural aspects of mental problems. She works with expanded states of consciousness employing Focusing (Eugene Gendlin) Hypnotherapy (Milton Erickson) and Active Imagination (Carl G. Jung,…
Inigoos McKay is a medicine pipe carrier of the Sturgeon clan of the Anishinaabe First Nation people of Canada. He has many years experience as a sundancer, and has sundanced with the Blackfoot, Shuswap and Staliumx first nations of Canada. On special occasions, he brings the sweat lodge medicine of his people to our retreats.
Declan Hammond- Psychedelic Therapy Training
Declan Hammond will be joining us to deliver the harm reduction module on the Inwardbound Introduction to Psychedelic Therapy Training. Declan has decades of experience working in harm reduction in the psychedelic space. He is an ancestral wisdom keeper of the land of Ireland, a transpersonal therapist and shamanic practitioner. His life and work has been a passionate search for the most effective healing tools for himself and his patients. This journey has taken him all over the globe studying Eastern and Western approaches to healing and and traditional shamanic practices. Declan has developed a unique synthesis of these ancient…
Tiziana Sarah Schindler
After a strong awakening experience 4 years ago, Tiziana finds herself deepening the spiritual path learning from different teachers and traditions all around the globe. From the mayan people in Guatemala to the more defined teachings around the Womb space , especially for woman. Attending and facilitating ceremonies with and without plant medicine helped her in her own healing process and in the support of many others. With an open heart she embodies the energies of love, care, vulnerability and strength in a safe environment, guiding through the upcoming processes with calmness and dedication. Bringing light into the sometimes uncomfortable…
Niamh O’Connell- Psychotherapist
Niamh offers her skills as an accredited psychotherapist to support clients. Niamh has worked as a therapist for 6 years and is a fully accredited psychotherapist with IACP. She works with many challenges that clients bring into the therapy room. Some of these include; anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal ideation, grief, loss, relationship issues, gender, sexuality, low self-esteem, child sexual abuse, self-harm, and trauma in its many forms. Niamh has also worked in various social care and community settings. She has worked primarily with children in state care for 10 years and their families in residential settings, devising specific therapeutic…
Dr Kathryn Ledden, Researcher and Protocol Reviewer
Kathryn (MB, BCh, BAO, BSc Psychology) is a recently qualified doctor with a background in Psychology, Social Care and research. Kathryn has worked and volunteered for over 7 years in settings with people recovering from mental and physical health difficulties, addiction, and childhood trauma. They also facilitate interactive workshops on substance harm reduction, menstrual health and body literacy, as well as LGBTQ+ issues. Kathryn acts as a researcher at Inward Bound, reviewing screening protocols in line with recent best practice. Day-to-day, Kathryn works as a medical and surgeon intern in a busy hospital, and aspires to entwine Western medicine with holistic healing, including plant medicines.
Coaching Psychology is described as: “A process of enhancing wellbeing and performance in personal life and work domains underpinned by models of coaching grounded in established adult and child theories and approaches” (Source: ISCP).
As a coaching psychologist her focus is on enhancing life experiences across life domains, through the systematic application of behavioural science. With the aspiration moving beyond ‘zero point’ to flourishing.
Her ethos is to equip her clients with knowledge, practical tools and strategies, so each individual is left with their own unique tool kit, to thrive.
She has a comprehensive and wide range of accredited professional qualifications.
Her approach is holistic combining evidence-based approaches integrating spiritual-based principles. Drawing on knowledge from a background of counselling, coaching, organisational psychology, and shamanic studies.
Lauretta holds a First-Class BSc Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychology, an MSc in Organisational Psychology and multiple coaching qualifications, havening trained in several modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, ACT, Positive Psychological Coaching, Solution Focused approach, Neuropsychological coaching, Expanded Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychedelic-assisted Therapy: Trauma-focused ACT training, to name a few. In addition to being a bereavement counsellor and trauma-informed coach.
Furthermore, she is an accredited psychometric and personality practitioner. Sound Bath Practitioner and currently undergoing training as a Shamanic Ceremonialist. Finally, she aims to complete her Doctor in Professional Studies in May 2023, developing the concept of the ‘Grey Space’ – exploring where boundaries intersect between therapy and coaching.
Elise Calkoen, Nutrition
Elise brings the medicine of her incredible food to our retreats. Her cooking style is international: sustainable products with a tasteful trip abroad. The techniques of Europe with the deepening of the flavours and purity of Asia and South America. Vegetables, no waste, sustainable and healthy cooking are very important to her. Always looking for quality, new taste explosions and original combinations.
Connecting people and building a bridge between art and food is important to her, with her creative background. She knows better than anyone that everything has an influence on the perfect dining experience. She listens what our clients want most, arrange everything and take care of everything, everything is possible, for a smile on our clients faces.
Imbas Forosnai- Visionary Inspiration
In ancient Ireland, there existed a ritual called Imbas Forosnai that the filiídh, or poet seers, would practise to achieve visionary inspiration. Imbas Forosnai was a ritual involving psychedelic mushrooms used to invoke altered states of consciousness, and achieve visionary inspiration, or manifestation that enlightens.
At Inwardbound, we see ourselves as remembering our own ancestral, Irish, indigenous tradition of psilocybin use for visionary inspiration and healing. In Ireland, after a long colonial legacy of disempowerment, we are reclaiming part of our indigenous, gaelic culture, our ancestral memory, and tradition for ourselves.
Integrity. Trust. Best Practice within a legal and scientific framework. Honesty. The principal of do-no-harm. Open, clear communication. Experience. Confidence. Consistency. Sustainability. Socially Conscious Business. Reduce Suffering. Promote Healing.