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(Embodied) Sanctum is a 501(c)3 non-profit that pursues transcendent encounters with people one-on-one and in groups, as we collectively explore what it means to encounter the Divine by facilitating meditative retreats, as well as collaborating with mental health practitioners to offer paths for preparing, experiencing, and integrating mystical experiences into mental health treatment including, but not limited to, the use of legal psychedelics.

A note about Psilocybin

"Psychedelic agents such as psilocybin have been used in many cultures throughout history as tools for psychological and spiritual growth. Recently, psychedelics and substances that similarly produce a non-ordinary state of consciousness have experienced a resurgence due to scientific advancements in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, increased media attention, and changes to legal restrictions.  Many people are seeking psychedelic experiences to foster personal growth and healing, but the current legal situation around psychedelics makes this difficult to do safely and effectively.

When psychedelics are used with adequate preparation and in a supportive setting, research shows that they frequently lead to meaningful experiences that can catalyze new and healthier ways of living. However, psychedelic experiences are not always associated with long-term benefit or personal transformation.  And particularly when psychedelics are used in uncontrolled or unsafe settings and with inadequate preparation, the experience can be scary, disorienting, or overwhelming. Therefore, the use of psychedelics is best approached cautiously. This includes adequate preparation, assessing the risks and safety of use, and having some method for incorporating lessons learned into daily life.  Psychotherapy is one way to fulfill these needs. Psychotherapy can: a) help prepare people for psychedelic experiences and reduce risk of bad outcomes, and b) integrate any gained wisdom into lasting change in order to maximize benefits" (Psychedelic Integration and Safety Services - Portland Psychotherapy). As  such we have partnered with Psychedelic Therapists who can help you integrate any experiences you have so that you will get the most benefit from your experience whether your experience was done privately or on a spiritual retreat. You are also welcome to speak with our Spiritual Director to integrate your spiritual experiences as well. 

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