The Aspen Project
Psychedelic Wellness Retreats:
A collective journey into understanding our highest potential using the following modalities:
Ketamine-assisted therapy with IFS (KAT)
Therapeutic Use of Music
The Aspen Project is our retreat style therapeutic offering that helps us to connect with each other the same way Aspens do. Aspens have the ability to reproduce vegetatively, which means that new trees can grow from a single root system. As the tree grows, it sends out underground runners called “rhizomes,” which can produce new shoots and roots. Very simular to our nervous system. Over time, trees can form, covering a large area which are all connect to each other. In fact it is thought that the largest single organism in the world is a Aspen grove and it is one root.
Many cultures and religions have spiritual beliefs and practices that involve trees. Trees are often seen as symbols of life, growth, strength, and wisdom, and they are revered for their beauty and significance in the natural world. We invite you to explore this offering in the same way a tree grows. Slow with deep intentions to connect more fully with yourself, others and nature.
Ketamine-assisted therapy (KAT) retreats that incorporate Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy can be a powerful way for individuals to experience deep personal growth and healing. These retreats typically involve a combination of individual and group therapy sessions, as well as experiential activities such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork.
During a KAT retreat with IFS, participants may be guided through a series of ketamine-assisted therapy sessions that incorporate IFS techniques. These sessions are typically led by experienced therapists who have been trained in KAT and IFS. The ketamine can help participants access deep parts of themselves, while the IFS techniques can help them explore and integrate these parts in a healthier way.
In addition to the KAT sessions, participants may also engage in group therapy sessions where they can connect with others who are going through similar experiences. These group sessions can provide a supportive and safe environment for individuals to share their thoughts and feelings, and can help to build a sense of community and connection.
Experiential activities such as yoga and meditation can also be helpful in supporting the therapeutic process. These activities can help participants learn to regulate their emotions, reduce stress and anxiety, and connect with their bodies in a deeper way.
Overall, KAT retreats with IFS can be a powerful tool for individuals who are seeking deeper personal growth and healing. It is important to note, however, that KAT is still a relatively new and experimental treatment, and more research is needed to fully understand its effectiveness and potential risks. Individuals should thoroughly research and carefully consider any retreat they are interested in attending, and should work with an experienced therapist who is trained in KAT and IFS.
Psilocybin Retreats: Starting Fall 2023, are programs that involve the use of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in certain types of mushrooms, as a therapeutic tool in a structured and supportive environment. These retreats are facilitated by trained professionals such as therapists or shamanic practitioners, who guide participants through the experience and help them integrate the insights gained during the session into their daily lives.
Psilocybin retreats are typically designed to be a multi-day experience, with participants consuming psilocybin in a carefully controlled setting, often in the form of a tea or capsule.
The retreats may also include activities such as meditation, yoga, nature walks, and group therapy sessions, all aimed at enhancing the therapeutic benefits of the psilocybin experience.
The goal of psilocybin retreats is to provide individuals with a safe and supportive environment to explore their inner worlds and gain new insights and perspectives on their lives.
Many people report profound and transformative experiences, such as increased feelings of connectedness, enhanced creativity, and greater clarity of purpose.
However, it is important to note that psilocybin retreats should only be undertaken under the guidance of trained professionals and with careful consideration of the potential risks and benefits.
Psilocybin is a psychoactive substance found in certain species of mushrooms. While it is illegal in many parts of the world, including the United States, there has been growing interest in the potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin in recent years.
There are some organizations and retreat centers in Oregon that offer psilocybin-assisted therapy in a safe and legal context. These organizations generally operate within the framework of Oregon’s Measure 109, which was passed in November 2020 and legalizes the use of psilocybin in therapeutic settings.
However, it’s important to note that these retreats are only available to individuals who meet certain criteria and are seeking treatment for specific mental health conditions.
If you are interested in exploring psilocybin-assisted therapy in Oregon, we would recommend doing some research to find reputable organizations that operate legally and safely.
It’s also important to speak with a healthcare professional before pursuing any kind of psychedelic therapy to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your individual needs.
Breathwork is a holistic wellness practice that involves controlling and regulating the breath to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. There are various types of breathwork, including deep breathing, pranayama, and breath meditation. Here are some benefits of incorporating breathwork into your wellness routine:
Reduces stress and anxiety: Controlled breathing techniques have been shown to lower levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress, and reduce symptoms of anxiety.
Increases energy and mental clarity: By increasing oxygen flow to the brain, breathwork can enhance mental focus, productivity, and alertness.
Boosts immune function: Breathwork can improve circulation and oxygenation of the blood, which can boost immune function and support overall health.
Improves sleep quality: Deep breathing exercises can help calm the nervous system and promote relaxation, leading to better sleep quality and improved restorative functions.
Supports emotional well-being: Breathwork can help release emotional blockages and promote feelings of calm, balance, and inner peace.
If you are new to breathwork, it is recommended to start with simple deep breathing exercises and gradually build up to more advanced techniques. A certified breathwork practitioner can guide you through various techniques and help you tailor a practice that meets your specific needs and goals.
Yoga Therapy is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that uses the practices of yoga to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It involves a combination of yoga poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and relaxation techniques to help individuals manage a variety of health conditions.
Yoga therapy is usually practiced under the guidance of a trained and experienced yoga therapist who has a deep understanding of anatomy, physiology, and psychology. The therapist works with the individual to develop a personalized yoga practice that is tailored to their specific needs and goals.
Yoga therapy can be used to manage a wide range of health conditions, including stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, digestive disorders, and respiratory problems. It can also be used as a complementary therapy to support the treatment of certain medical conditions, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Overall, yoga therapy offers a holistic approach to health and wellness that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of well-being. It can be a powerful tool for promoting overall health and vitality, and improving quality of life.
The therapeutic use of music in psychedelic therapy is not new. Indigenous cultures have used music in conjunction with psychedelic substances for centuries. The use of music in psychedelic therapy is believed to enhance the effects of the substance, provide a sense of safety, and facilitate communication with the therapist.
The type of music used in psychedelic therapy varies depending on the individual’s preference and the goals of the therapy. However, generally, the music used in psychedelic therapy is selected for its ability to evoke emotional responses and facilitate a deepening of the psychedelic experience. Music that is calming, soothing, and relaxing can help the individual feel safe and comfortable during the experience. In contrast, music with a fast beat and rhythmic structure can help stimulate the mind and encourage a more intense and transformative experience.
Research has shown that the use of music in psychedelic therapy can have significant benefits. Music can help reduce anxiety and fear during the experience, facilitate emotional release, and increase feelings of connectedness and unity. Additionally, music can help the individual integrate their experiences and insights gained during the psychedelic therapy session into their everyday life.
Holistic food refers to an approach to eating that considers the whole person, including their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It involves selecting foods that nourish the body, mind, and soul, and that support overall health and well-being.
The core principles of holistic food include choosing whole, nutrient-dense foods that are minimally processed and free of harmful additives. This means focusing on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and plant-based sources of protein. Holistic food also emphasizes the importance of eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of different foods and nutrients.
In addition to the foods themselves, holistic food also considers the way in which food is prepared and consumed. This includes the use of cooking techniques that preserve the nutritional value of the food, such as steaming or sautéing, rather than deep-frying or boiling. Holistic food also encourages mindful eating, which involves paying attention to the flavors, textures, and sensations of food while eating, as well as being present and aware of one’s own thoughts and emotions while eating.
Holistic food is often associated with alternative and complementary medicine practices, such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. These practices view food as medicine and believe that the right foods can help prevent and treat a variety of health conditions. Overall, holistic food is a way of eating that prioritizes overall health and well-being, rather than just physical nourishment.
Ecotherapy, also known as wilderness therapy or green therapy, is a form of therapy that uses nature and the outdoors as a healing tool. It is a type of holistic therapy that acknowledges the connection between humans and the natural world and emphasizes the importance of spending time in nature for physical and mental well-being.
Nature therapy can take many forms, such as guided hikes, camping trips, gardening, outdoor yoga or meditation, or simply spending time in a natural setting. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, such as talk therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Research has shown that spending time in nature can have a positive impact on mental health, including reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving mood, reducing stress levels, and increasing feelings of well-being. It can also have physical benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and improving sleep quality.
One of the key principles of nature therapy is the idea of “forest bathing,” which involves spending time in a natural setting and using all of the senses to fully experience the environment. This can help individuals to feel more connected to the natural world and can promote a sense of calm and relaxation.
Overall, nature therapy is a unique and effective form of therapy that can help individuals to connect with nature, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall well-being.
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