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Ketamine in Community: A Guided Group Journey

A three-week program featuring ketamine, supportive community, and an intentional, inclusive group process where experienced therapists guide deep and meaningful explorations of your inner world.

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Ketamine in Community: A Guided Group Journey
Ketamine in Community: A Guided Group Journey

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Aug 17, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Virtual / In-Person (RSVP for Address)

About the event

Ketamine is a unique dissociative medicine that quiets sensory input and can launch people into expansive, transpersonal spaces. Many people have used it–but we’re willing to bet not many have used it this way!

In conjunction with skilled therapists and intentional processes, ketamine opens a door into insight, inspiration and healing, as well as a deepening of our relationship with ourselves and others.

BPS is excited to partner with ketamine therapists Nikki Fall and Camila Pastor for a carefully crafted three-week program. Together we will enter a nourishing container supported by:

  • intention-setting exercises
  • mindfulness
  • IFS parts work
  • trauma- and attachment-oriented psychodynamic therapy
  • somatic experiencing
  • art and poetry
  • prompts that build trust and connection

Why a group?

Groups of supportive, curious people offer a uniquely powerful context in which to move through healing and growth processes. By being human alongside each other, we give others the gift of our presence and vulnerability, and receive it in turn.

If ketamine is an amplifier for healing, then the group itself is a second amplifier–both allowing material to arise and providing a safe, connected and regulated environment in which to work with it. We will listen, share authentically, and co-create a sense of belonging that can be carried back into our lives.

The group will consist of 7-8 people–the perfect size to build mutual trust and come away with deep new connections.

Flow:

  • 2+ weeks in advance: Individual intake session (30 min, virtual)ou
  • Tuesday, August 6: First Preparation: Rapport-Building (7:00 - 9:00 PM, in-person)
  • Tuesday, August 13: Second Preparation: Intention Setting (8:00 - 9:30 PM, virtual)
  • Saturday, August 17: Journey (3:00 -6:00 PM, in-person)
  • Sunday, August 18: Integration (7:00 - 8:30 PM, virtual)

To learn more about the process and the agreements, please see this document.

Cost + other benefits

The cost of this program is $375. This includes the cost of ketamine and the entire arch from first prep session to final integration. To our knowledge, this is the most accessible rate you will find in New York City for a program with this level of support.

On top of this, there is a one-time medical intake fee of $250, which is good for 6 months. But this fee is insurance-reimbursable!

Finally, if you would like to continue receiving support once the program is concluded, you can access a lower rate of $250 per subsequent journey. This is an added bonus. Nikki and Camila have found that people see the most positive change after 3-6 journeys.

Join us!

In the pharmaceutical paradigm, the “magic” is attributed to the chemical action of the medication. In this paradigm, you will bring the magic–by showing up with intention, vulnerability, and curiosity. We hope you can join us!

About the Facilitators

Nikki Fall (she/her) is one of the founders at Country Retreats, developing and leading individual psychedelic journeys, groups and retreats for mental health healing. She is a psychologist and clinical social worker with specialized training in psychoanalysis, EMDR trauma treatment and working with non-ordinary states of consciousness.   She is trained in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, Harm Reduction as well as Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. She is a Reiki practitioner and a psychedelic therapist for clinical trials at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Hospital. She develops and tests new psychedelic programs and has presented her work at psychedelic conferences and on podcasts. Nikki is also in private practice in NY and CT.

Camila Pastor (she/her) is a co-founder at Country Retreats, re-imagining individual psychedelic journeys, and developing groups and retreats for mental health healing. Camila is a clinical social worker with specialized training in somatic experiencing, EMDR, IFS, compassionate inquiry, psychedelic integration therapy and working with non-ordinary states of consciousness. She has completed the MAPS MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy training and is certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.  Camila is from Peru and she is also trained in facilitating Ayahuasca ceremonies and journeys abroad. She currently has a private practice and sees clients both in person and online in NYC.

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