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Premium transformational psilocybin programmes

run by medical doctors alongside traditional healers

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About us

Katharsis Journeys is a holistic team running premium psilocybin retreats in the Netherlands. Our approach is deeply rooted in the amalgamation of science and spirituality.

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Mission

Our group takes active part in novel developments in psychedelic research and incorporates them into our daily work. Besides that, we strongly believe in the healing power of nature, and its positive effect on humans

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Vision

At Katharsis, you will see doctors and traditional healers working shoulder to shoulder representing a living example of our mission, which is to bring values of communal healing to the western models of mental health and well-being.

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Who we are for?

The ultimate mission of Katharsis is to contribute to weaving more resilience and compassion into the fabric of society by embracing holistic approaches to wellbeing and time-tested values of communal healing.

In pursuing this, we are committed to supporting truth-seeking souls in their journeys toward self-discovery and healing. Our programmes are created for those who have decided to undergo a legal psychedelic experience and are looking for top-quality professional support in this space.

Read more about psilocybin and what current research tells about its risks and benefits.

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Why Katharsis Journeys

One of the most significant contributors to human health and wellbeing is connection. Feeling alone. Feeling like we don’t belong. Feeling like nobody cares. Those are some of the deepest fears we carry.

Our experience shows that the western approach to health and wellness has some severe limitations, most notably is the tendency to approach humans as if they were machines and treat symptoms as if they are causes.

Safety

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We are, as human, part of a bigger ecosystem, we believe the healing comes from connecting to other humans and to ourselves. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that facilitates deep inner explorations and true, lasting wellbeing.

Facilitator
to Participant ratio

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Our deepest wish is to bring to the world a different model of wellbeing, one that is based on intimate connection to oneself and others, one that fosters community and true self-development, one that fosters resilience and inner strength.

 Extensive preparation
and integration

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After careful screening followed by a psychological preparation for the psychedelic experience. At the retreat we implement various psychological and spiritual practices to create a safe container for your experience and to align your mind, body and soul. 

Researched benefits

Reduced Axienty

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Griffiths et al. (2016) showed capacity of psilocybin to produce  sustained decreases in anxiety in patients suffering from life-threatening conditions.

Spiritual growth

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The Johns Hopkins study in healthy individuals, 67% of the volunteers rated the experience with psilocybin to be either the single most meaningful experience of their life or among the top five most meaningful experiences. 

Reduced craving

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In a study by Johnson et al. (2017) investigating psilocybin-assistant smoking cessation, 67% of participants were confirmed as smoking abstinent at 12-month follow-up. At long-term follow-up, 60% were confirmed as smoking abstinent. 

Our Team​

Katharsis was founded by a team of medical doctors with expertise in psychedelic science with a goal to provide research-grade support and safety for people embarking on legal psychedelic journeys with psilocybin.

We are striving toward establishing a friendly dialogue between academic science and spirituality,  paying respect to traditional methods of working with entheogens. This is why we have chosen to include representatives from both of these worlds in our team

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Alexander Lebedev, MD PhD

CO-FOUNDER
Chief Executive Officer

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Luigi Espasiano, MD

CO-FOUNDER
Chief Business Officer

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Emily Biesmans, MD

CO-FOUNDER
Chief Experience Officer

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Amir Chalaby, MD

CO-FOUNDER
Chief Operation & Medical Officer

Services available

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Duo Retreat

Crew Composition  

• Lead space holder / traditional healer

• Professional musicians (1-2)

• Two medical doctors on site

 

Program Duration

• Preparation 

• Four-day retreat in the Netherlands

• Post-retreat integration 

 

Flexible dates arranged according to your availability

(suggested programme duration is three weeks)

Small Group

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Small Group (3-6 ppl)
 

Crew Composition  

• Lead space holder / traditional healer

• Professional musicians (2-3)

• Two medical doctors on site

 

Program Duration

•Three to four weeks program

• Preparation 

• Four-day retreat in the Netherlands

• Post-retreat integration 

 

* Dates are determined by the group availability

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Medium Group(7-16 ppl)
 

Crew Composition  

• Lead space holder / traditional healer

• Professional musicians (4)

• Three medical doctors on site

 

Program Duration

• Four weeks program

• Preparation 

• Four-day retreat in the Netherlands

• Post-retreat integration 

 

* Dates are announced in advance

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Your Journey

We made it our mission is to bring to the world a different model of wellbeing, one that is based on intimate connection to oneself and others, one that fosters community and true self-development, one that fosters resilience and inner strength.

 Our premium retreat programmes are designed with those intentions and values in our hearts.

1 • Application

Fill in the application form and answer a short questionnaire.

This will be reviewed by one of our doctors and is our first line of screening.

2 • Call with physician

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Step two consist of a consultation with one of our doctors. This is a three part call where we will evaluate your physical and psychological safety to work with the truffles and also get to know more about your intentions and requirments to decide if our retreats are suitable for you.

3 • Preparation

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Following our initial conversation,  the “preparation” phase commences. We believe that the work shall start early. As part of our retreat package we offer three 60 minutes consultation with in-depth guidance on how to prepare your body and mind for the journey ahead.

4 • Retreat

Retreat at our venue in the Netherlands with Truffle Ceremonies with optional circle oh Rapeh (amazonian snuff), yoga, breath work and Qi Gong.

5 • Integration

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To support you during this process we will be there all the way and guide you with three 60 minutes integration sessions. This is included in our retreat package. Should you wish for more of our guidance, there is an option to book in additional integration sessions.

6 • Further follow up

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We are ready to assist you should you require even further follow-up. Our team of physicians can also help out with further referrals should this be of benefit to you

REVIEWS

"What a beautiful and valuable experience. The way in which the Katharsis team genuinely combines modern scientific knowledge with the age-old traditions of the use of plant medicines is particularly strong. The broad and personal approach is also reflected in the team of doctors, musicians, assistants and the shaman. In addition to professionals, very pure people who, with their experience and skills, know how to create a safe environment in which every person is given the space to grow. The structure of ceremonies, conversations and activities was perfect. I'm very impressed."

Steven van Ooy

"Thank you for helping me to understand better and to accept myself for being me. The love and kindness that you offer with your approach to psychiatric "care" vs "treatment" is paramount to connect with the patients who truly need it the most."

Jonathan

"The experience of Katharsis Journeys is something that brought me years worth of therapy in terms of healing and growth, as well as an environment that was warm and authentic, yet professional. The teams of traditional healers and medical doctors worked in unison, showing a beautiful display of what it means to connect our past and our future. After just 5 days, I had the equivalent of a month's rest and I returned more equipped to deal with the challenges of my work. "

Diana