“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.”

Frequently Asked Questions

About Maps of the Mind

An organisation aimed to create positive change through individual and collective transformation. We do this by providing resources and services in the fields of psychedelics, mindfulness and personal development.

Anyone interested in learning and growth through the conscious use of psychedelics and mindfulness practices.

We aim to support people on their path by offering resources, information and services at the cross section of personal growth and awareness practices.

Private psychedelic sessions are available on a sliding scale from €450 for a 1 day session to €2000 for a 3 day deep dive. See the experience page for more information. A minimum of 2 preparation and 1 integration meetings (by video call or in person) are included and obligatory for all private sessions. This is to ensure we are suitable and adequately prepared to work with each other and to follow up after the experience.

If you would like further support, private coaching sessions and consultations are on a sliding scale of 60-100 € per 50 minute session, with plans for those wanting support over a longer time frame.

Currently there are not any scholarships available for private sessions or coaching. If you feel you would really like to be supported but don’t have sufficient financial means then please send a message via contact and we will either try to find a way to make it possible or refer you to a lower cost option.

About Psilocybin

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic substance found in mushrooms and truffles that are commonly referred to as magic mushrooms and magic truffles. Their psilocybin content is what gives them their psychedelic effect and their ‘magic’ title. Magic truffles are technically called sclerotia and they are at another stage in the life of the mushroom.

Psilocybin has been shown to be safe, non-addictive, and non-toxic. In a 2010 UK study¹, drug-harm experts ranked 20 illegal and legal drugs on 16 measures of harm to both the user and wider society. Psilocybin mushrooms ranked lowest, lower than both alchohol and marijuana.

¹ “David Nutt, Leslie King, Lawrence Phillips, “Drug Harms in the UK: A Multicriteria Decision Analysis,”

We will calibrate your dose through open dialogue. Things to be taken into consideration are your intention, the information on your application form and factors such as body weight, and experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness are taken into account.

An assessment of your suitability for a psychedelic experience will be made depending on application form. Factors such as current medications, past or present personal and family mental health conditions, personal or family history of schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, or any other psychotic disorder, and physical conditions that may limit your mobility or compromise your health.

The Retreats

Booking a private session or retreat is a 3 step process.

  1. Apply
    The first step is to fill out the application form below as accurately as you can.
  2. Video call
    Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you to schedule a video call. The call is a chance for us to get acquainted, gain a deeper understanding of your motivations and intentions, and a chance for you to ask any questions about the session and potential preparation.
  3. Book your place
    If you qualify and we find we are a good fit, you can confirm your booking by making a payment. We’ll send you a preparation pack covering practical information and some recommended exercises to mentally prepare you for the retreat.

A private psychedelic session offers you the opportunity to explore your awareness in a safe and supported environment with a level of attention that is not possible in larger group settings. The private experience allows the session to be flexible and customised to your needs. This includes: Location, length, number and pacing of psilocybin sessions, number of participants.

Answers here…

We primarily work with the method used in psychedelic therapy; we create and maintain a comfortable indoor environment where you are encouraged to lie down and direct your attention inwards while being guided by a specially curated selection of music. An eye mask. and headphones are provided to help keep attention directed inwards and immerse more deeply in to your internal experience.

A facilitator will be present with you throughout to ensure you feel safe and allow you to open to the experience. Our level of interaction during the session will depend on your needs and what is asked or agreed in advance. This will be discussed during meetings before the start of the session. All basic physical concerns will be taken care of such as water or help to go to the bathroom.

Preparation will be personalised according to your situation. We will discuss both personal and logistical preparation during the meetings before the session and a summary of all the essential information will be sent to you by email shortly afterwards. On site we’ll cover session guidelines and techniques to use during the sessions.

Absolutely. All personal information will be kept strictly confidential.

Location and Programmes

Private sessions can take place at your own accommodation or at a privately organised accommodation. We will choose a suitable location based on your preferences and budget.

There are a number of available options ranging from a 1 day session to a 6 day private retreat. They are relatively flexible and we can find a suitable option for you depending on what you are looking for and your experience with psychedelic substances and related practices. See the private session page for more information and sample programmes.

It is possible but depends on your situation. The best way for us to assess this is if you first submit an application and then we can discuss this on our introduction call.

Application Form

Please take the time to fill out the application as honestly and accurately as you can. This information helps us to assess your suitability for the retreat on a basic safety level, and to prepare and accommodate for you and the other guests on retreat. Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you to schedule a call with one of our team.

All the information you provide on the form will be kept strictly confidential.

Apply
Your Gender
Including but not limited to; anti-depressants, SSRIs, blood pressure medications, mood stabilizers, benzodiazepines or other anti-anxiety medications, pain management, or opioid replacement therapies.
Preferred programme *
When would you like to have your session? *
I certify that all information provided on this form is true, complete and accurate. I understand that acceptance for a private session is based, in part, on the information provided on this form. I understand that the information provided must be truthful and accurate to ensure the safety of myself and other retreat participants, and that falsifying or misrepresenting this information could endanger myself or others. I understand that private psychedelic sessions are not intended as a substitute for medical or psychotherapeutic care. *