Private Psychedelic Sessions

Would you like to have a psychedelic experience with an experienced facilitator?

I offer a standardised six-week program that includes a privately facilitated psychedelic experience at the end of week four.

Program Includes:

  • Intro and assessment call
  • 4 x weekly preparation meetings, in the four weeks leading up to the session (1hr each, by video call)
  • Compassionate and flexible support and space holding on the day of your psychedelic session
  • 2 x integration follow-up meetings, in the two weeks afterward (1 hr each, by video call)
  • Integration guide and copy of notes taken from the session sent to you afterward
  • 2 month check-in (1 hr video call)

Preparation Meetings

The preparation meetings are for us to explore your intentions, and  begin physical, emotional, spiritual, and logistical preparations. We will calibrate your dose and personalise the session in terms of setting, music, and the role I will have in the session as a tripsitter or guide, according to your needs and preferences. Depending on your intention and previous experience, I may give you some other preparation recommendations to do in your own time, such as biographical work, journaling or mindfulness exercises. Through these sessions, we co-create your experience.

Integration Meetings

The integration follow up is to offer you support and accountability in your integration of your experience. We will discuss the experience, identify key themes, and lay out a map for you to move forward with your insights to create real change. I will offer support and suggestions.

My Approach

My approach for the session is based on the standard method used in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy sessions.

  • Please note that I am not a therapist. I work with this method because I have found it to be the most reliable and effective method for working with psychedelics for healing and growth. This program is for healthy people and is not a treatment for mental health conditions or a replacement for therapy.

The core components of a psychedelic therapy style session are:

  • Medium to high dose
  • Comfortable and controlled indoor setting
  • Preselected playlist of music that lasts the duration of the drug effect
  • Headphones and eye mask worn by the journeyer to help direct attention to the inner experience
  • Interpersonal support from a facilitator who is present

I generally take a non-directive approach to support during the session. I am there to make sure you are safe and hold the space. If you are experiencing anxiety or worry, I am there to reassure you that you are safe and redirect you to your breath and feelings in your body. I am also there if you need a hand to hold or a hug. All touch is done with consent and the level and type of touch used will be discussed in our preparation meetings. I respect and honour your preferences and boundaries at all times.

Depending on the style of our session, I can also take notes for you, remind you of your intention, or help to direct your experience with any prepared materials. This may include, for example, personal photos, plants or a mirror. I am happy to give my recommendations based on your previous experience and intention, and this will all be discussed in our preparation meetings.

Where?

The session will be held at your place of residence or accommodation. In some cases I may be able to offer a space at extra cost. Otherwise, I can give some advice on suitable places (Airbnb).

I will come over on the day of the session. We will begin by checking in and going over final preparations. Then we will begin. I am there to support you throughout your experience and will stay with you until you have landed safely and are able to wind down the rest of the evening by yourself. In some cases, you may wish to organise for someone you know to come over at the end of the day.

Investment

$1,297

For the standardised six week programme that includes a privately facilitated psychedelic experience at the end of week four.

I ask for a 50% downpayment as non-refundable deposit at the beginning of the program and the remainder of your balance to be paid by the beginning of week four.

Other options are available, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

This does not include:

  • travel
  • accomodation
  • food
  • psychedelic truffles (I can accompany you to purchase them but cannot legally provide them to you)

*Program and pricing are flexible. Please email me at john@mapsofthemind.com to find out more.

Book an intro call

Currently there is no availability until the end of the 2022. If you’d like to receive news of new dates, join the newsletter.

About Me

I am a psychedelic facilitator and educator with experience in the fields of mindfulness and personal growth. I teach The Conscious Psychedelic Explorer program and am the lead creator at Maps of the Mind. I am the founder of New Moon Retreats, one of the first legal psychedelic retreats in the world, and have previously worked as a facilitator at psilocybin retreats in Jamaica and the Netherlands. I have experience with a wide range of substances and worked with over a hundred people on their psychedelic journeys. I have a passion for supporting others on their journey of discovery. I look forward to supporting you on your journey too.

“What a focused, kind and genuine person to have there. It’s a potentially vulnerable and meaningful time when you’re experiencing psilocybin. John was engaged, thoughtful and interested in being a positive presence for me. At one point, I had a sense of doom about being male and he deftly reassured me that I was okay and safe and shed some perspective light on the existential crisis. I’d like to thank him very much for his involvement in this psychedelic healing work.”

As soon as I arrived I felt held by John and the team. I also felt totally safe and trusting of their expertise, experience and guidance. They quickly forged a gentle bond in our group and allowed space for us all to build our own individual journeys. The ceremony and the hard work New Moon put in to the retreat means that this process meets you where you are at. I left feeling huge shifts at a conscious and a cellular level in my body. I’m just so grateful for the kindness the team exhibited; the patience and time. It’s taught me so much and augmented my personal growth in a way I never knew would be possible. I’m not sure what I expected before I went, but I don’t think I expected to feel so fondly and cherish the memories I’ve built with New Moon.

“I met John at a group 10 day psilocybin mushroom retreat I attended. I was at the retreat to heal past childhood sexual abuse so it was absolutely necessary to feel safe and supported by those holding space and facilitating while I journeyed. I felt totally safe and supported by John as a facilitator. John’s energy and demeanour instantly put me at ease. He is easy to talk to and confide in. As a woman, having a male presence holding space helped me connect with these wounds since they did take place with a male. Because I felt safe with John I was able to go there. His compassion, non judgement and his passion for this work was palpable.”

“First met John November of 2017 when I was participating at a magic mushroom retreat in Jamaica. While there I went on 4 journeys. John was an excellent facilitator then and he was only just beginning. A wonderful person to integrate with and someone who present an aura of calm and safety while in the space. I would definitely recommend him to anyone I know who is seeking a sitter.”

“One could not hope for a nicer, more attentive, more chill human being than John when exploring psychedelics for the first time. John listens to you with with his whole attention and is eager to hear what you have to say. He has a good energy for this work. Recommended!”

“I went to Jamaica to a psilocybin women’s retreat in March 2018 pursuing a spiritual journey. John was our guardian during the trips as well as an emotional support. He was incredibly kind and a steady reassuring presence, radiating goodness and always willing to help. In my main trip he appeared as a guardian light, and it was him I would go to for help.”

“At my personal mushroom retreat I found John to be a very compassionate and understanding guide. We were doing high doses of mushrooms on this retreat and John was a steady presence during all our sessions. I would highly recommend John as a facilitator for psychedelic experiences. ”

“John and his team approach this work with integrity and care. It is evident his whole team are motivated above all by the potential of this work to bring healing.
My ceremony was emotionally challenging but I felt supported and infinitely cared for throughout. It was a cathartic, painful, powerful experience I would not have missed for the world.
I haven’t had a private session with John yet – my experience was in a group retreat that he ran with New Moon – but I’m delighted to hear that he is starting up private sessions, I will be back as soon as I possibly can!

“I attended a psilocybin retreat in May 2018 as a first-timer to psychedelics. Feeling safe and secure during the sessions was of outmost importance to me. John attended as a facilitator and was part of providing the particular safety needed. Also, I found John to be attuned to my experience during the sessions and he was available on request if needed. All in all, I have no hesitations in recommending John as a facilitator in a psilocybin retreat.”

“After having arrived in Jamaica for the Mycomeditations retreat, I began talking to John at a restaurant outside of the airport. We spoke about my reasons for considering psilocybin, and I remember thinking that he was a receptive and kind-hearted person. John has the seriousness and respect for the psychedelic experience that most people will never be able to acquire no matter how many times they dose. His body language and his speech are very deliberate. When I discovered that John would be my sitter—just before I ingested 6.5 grams of psilocybin on my final night at the retreat— I knew that I would be given the space and the freedom to play. His disarming presence, his silence, seemed to suggest a complete equanimity for outer expression. You can say that he helped “set the stage,” so to speak.

John sat there on that balcony watching over me as I became so many things. Like the strong wind that blew on the island that night, I took on a variety of shapes. The characters that I played became the vehicles of my transformation, and it was John’s unwillingness to interfere, his ability to intuit, and his willingness to improvise that gave me the poetic license to see him how I wished. For this, I am forever grateful.”

How It Works

– Step 1 –
Intro Call

– Step 2 –
Screening Check

– Step 3 –
Book Your Session Date

– Step 4 –
Preparatory Meetings

– Step 5 –
Session

– Step 6 –
Integration Meetings

Book a discovery call

On your discovery call we will have a chance to get to know each other, see if we are suitable to work together and discuss available options.

Currently there is no availability until the end of the 2022. If you’d like to receive news of new dates, join the newsletter.

I look forward to hear from you!

What People Are Saying About John

John is a dedicated, grounded psychedelic facilitator. Journeyers trust him because of his calm, smiling demeanour. He supported a couple of our group psilocybin retreats in the Netherlands, and we would invite him back without hesitation. Highly recommend anything he offers.”
– Chi, Mushroom Tao & Truffles Therapy

“I had been doing self-guided trips for a little while before taking the R/EVOLUTION course. I had plateaued but felt there was more work to do. Through this course I was able to develop a more disciplined practice and my trips have been much more fruitful.

– BH, R/EVOLUTION member

John has supported me on my journey with respect, kindness and an open mind. His wealth of experience and learning within the psychedelic movement is something he’s eager to share, and I would recommend him to anyone whatever their stage on the journey, whether for a first experience, or to support developing an independent practice. I have learned so much from John, which I take with me on every journey.”

– Tim, 1-1 support and New Moon Retreat participant