Maps of the Mind is an organisation aimed to help individuals grow and improve their lives. We do this by providing information and services in the fields of psychedelics, mindfulness and personal development.

Mission

  • To educate and inform people about psychedelics, mindfulness and personal development.
  • To encourage careful and responsible use of psychedelics that maximises benefit and positive outcomes and reduces harm. To provide practical resources people can use to this end.
  • To increase access to safe and beneficial psychedelic experiences. To offer services directly related to the development of these practices such as private sessions, retreats, and coaching.
  • To change the cultural and public perception of psychedelics. To help move towards a world in which psychedelics are accepted and integrated as powerful tools for insight and growth.
  • To share mindfulness practices. To help create a world in which an education and training in awareness practices, such as how to process thoughts and feelings, how to feel, express, and deal with different emotional states, and how to manage mental health, is a fundamental part of society.

About

Hello, I’m John, welcome to Maps of the Mind.

I’m a psychedelic facilitator, writer, mindfulness guide, and activist. I created Maps of the Mind in 2016 as a blog to share my experiences, offer practical resources, and pass on ideas that I enjoyed and have been useful to me. My aim was to inspire and inform and I wrote mostly on 3 areas; psychedelics, meditation, and travel. In the years since the aim has stayed the same but the purpose has developed and the focus has been refined to psychedelics, mindfulness, and their combination as a vehicle of personal growth. Though I still deeply believe in the magic of travel, the focus of Maps of the Mind has been refined as I believe psychedelics to be the most potent catalyst for individual transformation and mindfulness practices to be the best and most fundamental support for someone wishing to explore them.

You can read more on my motivations here:

Why Psychedelics?

DISCOVERING PSYCHEDELICS

My first psychedelic experience was with LSD and MDMA in 2011. Combined with marijuana and nitrous oxide, it blew the lid off everything I thought I knew. The experience was a massive revelation and had a huge impact on me, opening me up to new understandings of perception, awareness and how they can shape reality. The trip was an awesome journey and a fantastic mystery and afterwards I felt more curious, creative, and alive than ever. With fascination and awe, I set out on a personal exploration of the psyche, from psychology to spirituality.

Since then, using psychedelics as tools for exploration, transformation and growth has been a central focus of my life. I have explored psychedelic substances first hand in a wide range of contexts; from shamanic use in the Americas to modern retreats in Europe and the Caribbean, from healing spaces to casual group settings and solo journeys in nature.

I see this class of substances as powerful tools that if used judiciously, can catalyse accelerated growth and help people reach their potential. For this reason I’m a psychedelic advocate and I support the movement for their legalisation. Due to their illegality and the way they’ve been portrayed in our society they have been stigmatised and misunderstood. I want to be an active part of changing the conversation around psychedelics, and that is something I participate in by way of public projects such as workshops, films, public speaking, podcasts and conferences.

I have been facilitating sessions privately and on group retreats since 2017 and I also work to coach people with preparation and integration of experiences. In 2019, I co-founded New Moon Psychedelic Retreats, one of the first legal psychedelic retreats in the world, offering group experiences facilitated by psilocybin, alongside mindfulness and yoga practices.

FINDING INSPIRATION

Psychedelics sparked something inside that gave me the courage to follow my dreams and the patient diligence to make them happen; to pack up and leave my home country and embark on a life of exploration and adventure. Following my first experiences, I travelled Europe by train and went on to live as an expat in China, Spain and Korea, and have hitchhiking and couch surfing adventures in countries like Japan, Taiwan, and Egypt. My travel lifestyle culminated in an 13 month sojourn across Latin America, learning Spanish, visiting 12 countries, and exploring psychedelics plants in a continent rich with psychedelic culture and history, notably; ayahuasca in the Amazon, San Pedro in the Andes, peyote in the Mexican desert, and mushrooms in the mountains of Oaxaca.

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UNCOVERING MINDFULNESS

Through the awe and mystery of my experiences, psychedelics birthed in me a great curiosity of the psyche; the mind, the soul, the spirit. They showed me how magical awareness is and how the mind can shape reality on various levels.  

I felt like I’d taken a magic wisdom and creativity pill after my first experiences but was at a loss to understand what I’d actually experienced. After some investigation I came to understand it to be a change in my consciousness. This lead me to meditation, what I discovered to be another method of changing awareness, and one that, with some patience and practice, can support and sustain the type of awareness I’d experienced. It was whilst living in China in 2012 that I first seriously began learning and practicing meditation and mindfulness. I learned with 2 teachers, read many books on the subject and began a daily practice. I noticed benefits within a month and went on my first silent retreat the following year. I began to share mindfulness with friends and acquaintances around that time and over the years mindfulness practices have remained a foundational part of my life. They have helped me to understand myself better, and to develop focus, patience, and my ability to relax. After moving to Berlin in 2018, I began to share practices with groups, guiding group sessions weekly.

You can read more about my personal journey here:

My Psychedelic Story Part 1, 2 & 3

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I hope you enjoy your stay and are able to find something that can offer you support on your journey.

John’s Blog

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