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A truly incredible experience. The Inward Bound Team managed were professional, playful, hardworking and compassionate, and created such a safe and tranquil space. With this space being held, along with their help, care & wisdom, I was able to make peace with personal traumas, make some sense of my insecurities, and reconnect with my true self. Nearly a month on, I cannot describe the stillness of heart and mind I feel. So much gratitude to the inward bound team for the powerful and necessary work they’re doing

  • Hanna,  Dublin

It was the best retreat I have ever been on.

  • Sandee, California

Very highly recommended. The organisers' commitment to care, comfort and safety is complete, and authentic. The venue and food were fantastic. The experience was highly therapeutic and in fact, transformational. This is a wonderful experience and one to be embraced if you get the chance.

  • Robert, London

Thank you dearly, from the bottom of my heart. The experience we had this past week was revelatory, to say the least. I’ve had the feeling of change pulsing constantly inside of me since I’ve left. I’ve just gotten back home to see my loving girlfriend Caroline, our dog Ellie May and cat Edgar - all with fresh eyes and in a refreshed and connected way

  • Christian, Calgary

I cannot thank you enough. My heart glows and my energy flows.

Coming back, everything is different, yet the same. My mind is cleared from the heavy burden of past emotional struggle. I have no problem being strict when needed, while also being more loving, kind and patient than before,

Again, my deepest and most profound acknowledgement of the gratitude for making my journey and the integration to what it it.

  • Johan, Singapore

 

A truly wonderful experience where I felt very safe and looked after through out. The psilocybin sessions enabled me to do some deep inner work whilst the activities outside of the sessions have given me tools to deal with life’s eventualities. I am now leaving feeling very hopeful about the future and connected to a group of compassionate likeminded souls who I know are there for me whenever I need them.

  • Tamsin. London
I came in to IB feeling very hectic and distraught. It just felt like modern thought and medicine had no real answers for me. All of it helped - faith, therapy, and for a time the medications - but none of it really got at my issues. it really felt like there was something almost mechanically wrong with me, as well as spiritually/emotionally like some switches weren't firing in my brain.
I was drawn to IB because the data suggested that psilocybin enabled your brain to physically change. and the studies showed a very profound and encompassing experience when the mushrooms were applied correctly. It wasn't just a quick fix but something that went deep.I traveled solo to Amsterdam, which made me anxious. Traveling also gave me anxiety. I also had trouble with intimacy at almost all levels (friendship, family, romance). this meant that being alone, with 11 other strangers, in a foreign country, preparing to have a potentially profound personal experience, left me feeling starkly vulnerable. I even had a slight panic attack half way through the retreat. I was definitely a mess. and yet, I think all of those things made my journey that much more profound. After all, these were not unfamiliar feelings. This discomfort was specifically why I had made the journey in the first place.

My psilocybin journeys were difficult. They were painful. They made me look at things that i had never let myself look at before. I decided to go into all the scary rooms of my mind - the doors of death, panic, despair, sickness. With the training sessions given before from the facilitators, I was able to navigate these rooms and find insight. There were times when I was feverish, sweating; my body was almost alive on its own, suddenly contracting, limbs stabbing out into space, now huddled, now splayed. But through it all, I felt safe. The facilitators controlled the space superbly. I knew that I could go into the dark places because I was well protected.

I felt some kind of release from that very physical experience that I can't quite describe. I still feel it now, about 3 weeks later. It's a looseness that wasn't there before. That tiny bit of space in my brain has allowed me to reshuffle some things. There are changes in how I deal with stress. It's hard to describe, but it was like the fear of stress was worse than the stress. Before the journey, I felt my stress and strong emotions as paralyzing and something to try and expunge. Now, i try to welcome it. I try to feel the panic and ride it like a roller coaster. again, It's so hard to put into words. but the lessons were deep. And the ability to change felt more at your fingertips, rather than something far away.

I feel that I have a path forward now. It's like someone emptied out all the drawers in my mind, and now i get to reorganize things. It's an amazing and slightly bewildering feeling. You'll often think, "wait, how do i do this again?" when it comes to processing emotions and decision making. It's pretty wild, but invigorating, scary, and refreshing.

I can't say enough about this experience and the team that facilitated. Don't try this at home. Have a team of experienced and loving guides with you. Anyone can pop some shrooms at home and hallucinate a little, but it's the preparation and application that unlock the power of the fungi. This is a serious journey that can change you in fundamental and surprising ways.

I feel this journey is one that every human should make. We should all peel back the veil of our souls and look deeply within. What you will find will not only connect you more to yourself, but somehow to all of humanity, as well. It may be hard to believe, but that is what happened for me.

  • Steven, Boston

 

 

A deeply beautiful experience

  • Paul, Dublin

What the retreat gave me was invaluable, words are hard to express the depth and the profound learning that this retreat has given me
Both me and my partner went at separate times for different reasons
For me it has shone a light on my life long patterns in a relationship which has ment that not only May it of saved my marriage but it has given new life and a new exciting chapter is unfolding

Inwardbound team are highly skilled in holding a safe beautiful space where we all felt safe to explore our journeys
Each member of the team brings a different element rich in depth, be it ritual, food, presence all was seamlessly held with authentic love and care for all of us
Our group had a diverse mix of people and issues or not, we all got what we needed and felt connected through our brave steps to do it and journey with each other
Grateful and wishing much love and success to inward bound to our brave inwardbound team

  • Sandra, (Mum, Counsellor)  Brighton, UK

My Inwardbound retreat was a birthday gift to myself as I approach 50. What a gift! It was like being carried gently down a stream, rocked by a simple, exquisite and sturdy boat. From the moment we met up in Amsterdam to the drop off 4 days later, our guides held us with care, expertise and compassion. I have rarely - ever? - been in the presence of such selfless love and a genuine desire to support me to learn and grow and thrive during and beyond the retreat.

The accommodation was beyond my expectations. Beautiful renovated high-ceiling barn in the middle of the Dutch countryside, with water flowing all around. The plant-based meals, prepared by the etherial Aoife, were in themselves restorative and truly delicious. The days flowed from meditation to yoga to walks in nature, time alone and in the group, stillness and wild dancing, breathing exercises to chanting by the fire and ceremoniously burning unwanted emotional baggage, one-on-one talking and physical therapy sessions to group sharing with plenty of silence in between, culminating in the two truffle ceremonies.

For some of us, these were life-changing experiences, opening up new ways of looking at themselves and their roles in the world. For others, they provided the opportunity for deeper self-knowledge, even if at times opening old childhood wounds. But in the throws of turmoil, our 4 guardians were ever-present, pacing around the circle, dancing at times, blowing sage smoke and incense, and fresh cologne - even behind my closed eyes, I was aware of their watchful spirit. When at one time, I went through a turbulent time, seemingly out of nowhere, my hand was held, and this gentle momentary physical contact, helped me through a difficult moment to experience universal love. The carefully curated playlist which permeated through a powerful set of speakers high up in the room enhanced the journey - even if sometimes it felt as if I was tossed in a crashing wave.

Sharing circles and meal times helped us bond as group - both participants and facilitators - and by the second day, the depth and quality of sharing was an inspiration in itself. When people talk from the heart, I am reminded how similar we each are to one another, and how our highs and lows are inherently shared and profoundly human.

  • T,  Switzerland

My journey with Inward Bound was an insightful and rewarding experience. Being able to reflect and share in a positive and open environment, in the hands of very knowledgeable and experienced facilitators, helped me to gain clarity and to build self-awareness.

  • Colm, Cork

 

 

I would highly recommend Inward bound to anybody who is considering psychedelic therapy. They are very experienced, safety conscious and trustworthy company. The weekend was extremely well run and the facilitators were very friendly and professional. They were able to answer any questions you had and address any concerns. 5 stars, couldn't recommend it enough.

  • James, Dublin

My experience to date with psychedelics is the care and intention of the people holding space in a ceremony is by far the most important factor. Inward Bound provide a trusting, loving, warm and connected space, so you completely let go, trust the process and go the journey. The retreat was carefully planned out to be inclusive, engaging and to give people their personal space. HIghly recommend joining a retreat as a first timer to psychedelics or for a new experience.

  • Dee, Dublin

InwardBound create gorgeously constructed psychedelic ceremonies for the purposes of personal healing and consciousness expansion. They provide a perfect bridge for people to whom plant-based therapies might be a totally new and abstract concept, complete with clear, pertinent information and guidance. They are trustworthy, compassionate, communicative and have a multidisciplinary approach to providing very well held safe space, wherein personal healing can flourish. Would highly recommend.

  • Rory, Wicklow

I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone who is interested in trying the benefits of psychedelics. It is carried out in a professional yet very caring and personal manner. You will feel safe and supported which allows for a more enjoyable experience

  • Brenda, Ireland

The Inwardbound retreat was a great experience. We were quite a small group so I felt safe and comfortable with the team and the other participants, which made for a good experience during ceremony. The team were great at informing us about how the ceremony would go down both prior to and during the retreat and guided us smoothly though the whole experience. Thank you, guys!

  • Anna, Copenhagen

 

I had been using Mind Body Medicine to heal a chronic pain syndrome. This retreat was the perfect complimentary medicine. I was safely guided to my inner healer, unlocking repressed emotions, traumas and fears from the unconscious. I came home feeling lighter, brighter and reconnected with my capacity to be loving and loved.

  • Aoife, Dublin

Slowing down, dearmouring, becoming present. Held in a safe warm and loving space. Each of the team brings love, wisdom and understanding allowing you to be your true self. The unwinding and delayering process can unfold in a loving and non-judgemental way, with the support there when you need it. Great organic food, roaring wood fires and nature walks fill the body with warmth and goodness. To say this created space is special is an understatement, it's a truly magical transformative environment allowing you to become whole.

  • Rachel, Antrim

 

The transition from harsh city life to expansive retreat happened gently. Many times through the weekend I was being cared for yet I hardly noticed. Looking back I can see how the support the facilitators gave was skilful and nurturing but so unobtrusive. In moments that seemed uneventful, personal shifts were taking place. All the while I was being watched over in a way that was fully accepting of whatever could arise. On their own the beautiful house and its grounds, the wholesome food and warming fires are enough to give a magical experience. But the facilitators unconditional love and dedication to ones personal evolution make this a transformative experience. My heart is warmed from the loving friendships and the boosted creativity I have in my life now after this wonderful retreat.

  • Ronan, Dublin

 

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