Navigating Psychedelics: Lessons on Self-Care & Integration
Your Complete Guide to Understanding and Integrating the Psychedelic Experience
Are you interested or curious about the potential benefits of psychedelic substances?
We know that there has been a lot of buzz about the therapeutic effects of these substances and that people, like you, are becoming more interested in the topic. It is an exciting time to become interested in this topic considering the potential that these substances and medicines have for personal and spiritual development.
Since the release of Michael Pollan’s book, How to Change Your Mind, many people have been reaching out to us with the question, “How do I get started? How do I get more information about psychedelics and the experience?”
We also get a lot of questions like, “I just had my first psychedelic experience and I do not know what to do now. Can you help?”
Whether you’re just getting started on your psychedelic education journey or if you have experiences with psychedelics, our Navigating Psychedelics course will help to answer some of these questions and more!
This is your complete guide for understanding and integrating the psychedelic experience.
"This was a wonderfully thorough survey of psychedelic integration and self-care. As a mental health professional, there was SO much value in this course for me that I can utilize both personally for my own growth, as well as to help others make use of their psychedelic experiences. Additionally, Joe and Kyle are a delight to listen to, and are quite knowledgeable and responsive to questions. Useful format, as well!"
- Jessica Katzman, Psy.D.
A quick overview of the course curriculum:
- Harm reduction & safety tips
- Festival safety
- Working with difficult experiences & bad trips
- What is hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HHPD)
- How to talk about your experience
- How to work with an ego death experience
- Stanislav Grof's transpersonal framework
- Managing prolonged anxiety, depersonalization and derealization effects
- How to integrate your psychedelic experience
- Natural ways to induce a psychedelic state
- Tips and advice on microdosing
- And much more!
Week 1: Introduction To Psychedelics
In this course, you will learn the etymology of the word "psychedelic" and the different classes of psychoactive substances. You will explore the effects of psychedelics, the difference between tryptamines and phenethylamines, and how psychedelic substances affect the brain.
Week 2: Preparation, Safety, and Harm Reduction
In this course, you will learn harm reduction tips and techniques for staying safe, such as testing your substances. You will also learn about creating a safe set and setting, festival safety, and much more.
Week 3: Going Out: The Psychedelic Experience
In this course, you will develop a framework and understanding of the psychedelic experience through the work and theories of Stanislav Grof. You will also learn tips and advice for navigating difficult experiences if they should arise in an experience.
Week 4: Coming Back: Grounding & Self-Care
In this course, you will learn how to ground from the psychedelic experience and learn self-care tips and practices. Understanding how to take care of yourself after an experience is an important first step in the integration process.
Week 5: Integration: Creating Wholeness & Making Meaning
In this course, you will explore what the term integration means and how to integrate your experience after you have touched back down from your journey. You will learn integration tips and practices so that you are able to move your experience forward in life and learn what it means to “move towards wholeness.”
Week 6: Psychedelic Resources - Finding the Others
In this course, you will learn more about various organizations and groups that are furthering the psychedelic field. You will get a listen of resources to help you in your search and education about psychedelics.
The master classes are the heart of this course. We worked with top experts from the psychedelic field to create these.
You will have access to 13+ master classes covering various topics from integration, harm reduction, and understanding spiritual emergence.
Here are some short clips from Master Classes:
Katherine McLean, Ph.D. - Somatics, Mindfulness, and Integration
Ashley Booth-Preparation and Integration with Ibogaine and 5 MeO DMT
By taking this class you will
- Learn to plan for success with psychedelic substances
- Build a tool kit that will allow you to better handle difficult experiences for you and your friends (skills, journaling practices, integration group best practices)
- Present you with tools that will allow you to test substances to improve safety
- Gain knowledge of the variety of drugs available and how to make more informed decisions around them
- Acquire different approaches to psychedelic use including microdosing, recreational and ceremonial uses
- Explore a framework for understanding and working with psychedelic experiences
- Walk through personal integration experiences
- And much more!
What’s included in the Tool Kit:
Psychedelic Trip Journal
Are you planning a journey anytime soon or in the near future? Make sure you do not forget your trip journal!
The Navigating Psychedelics Trip Journal is the ultimate trip book to help you prepare, track, and begin to work with your psychedelic experience.
In this 68 page book, you will find preparation tips and advice, journal prompts, a psychedelic trip checklist, a trip report section, and more.
Have you had a psychedelic experience and unsure how to work with the experience? Psychedelic experiences can be difficult, confusing, blissful, and life-changing, but knowing what to do next can be overwhelming. That is why we have put together this psychedelic integration workbook to help you through your process.
This workbook consists of different activities such as meditation prompts, journaling exercises, and goal planning.
Hi, Kyle and Joe here:
WE WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHY WE CREATED THE NAVIGATING PSYCHEDELICS COURSE
If you have been following us on our podcast, thank you for the support. If this is your first time hearing about us, be sure to check out our show Psychedelics Today. We have lots of great free material on our site, including interviews from some of the top experts in the field of psychedelics.
Honestly, this is the course that we wish we had when we were younger! When we were creating this course, we thought, "What type of course would we have wanted or needed when we were younger and first exploring this topic?"
Here it is! The Navigating Psychedelics course is the culmination of years of experience, learning, and wisdom that we wish we had. We want to share what we have learned over the years with you so you do not make the same mistakes and go into this work better educated and with a framework. We have also learned over the years the importance of integration and learning how to work with the psychedelic experience after the experience has "ended." Hint, it never really ends, it is a process that continues to unfold over time.
If you're just starting off on your psychedelic journey, we highly encourage you to check this course out. It provides a comprehensive overview of everything that you need to know!
What is the psychedelic experience?
The psychedelic experience is awe-inspiring. It transcends space, time, and self. While the experience is different for each individual, it is a meaningful and significant human rite in which one develops a relationship with the world.
Whether you pursue this experience purely as recreation or in a therapeutic or ceremonial setting, it is important to understand the risks and benefits to help reduce harm and maximize safety. Psychedelics are inherently safe, but they do pose some risks.
You can never tell when you are going to have a “bad trip,” but you can prepare yourself to deal with whatever comes up during the journey. We want to help you prepare for your experience so you have the best possible outcome.
"The integration and self-care course provided high quality and individually tailored information for anyone from the seasoned psychedelic enthusiast to the curious but uninformed newbie. The perspectives offered are useful, unbiased, empirically validated, and generalizable to a wide variety of instances. I would recommend this course to anyone who is considering altered states as a means for personal growth or who seeks to integrate past experiences for their own betterment and for the greatest benefit of society. The course helped me add a few new tools and tricks to my arsenal, and expanded my perspective on conscious self exploration."
- Leia Friedman, Co-Founder of the Boston Entheogenic Network (BEN).
"When I first saw the course, I was skeptical because there is so much information on the internet about psychedelics that can be misleading. I watched the first video and I knew right away that you guys knew what you were talking about, borrowing a lot from Grof and that sort of literature. I knew right away that it was good stuff. The course was definitely worth doing!"
- Diego Pinzon, Student
Who Is This Class For?
- Did you go to a festival and have a bad trip?
- Have you traveled to the Amazon to drink Ayahuasca and have had a life-changing experience and are struggling to make sense of the whole experience?
- If you are a veteran psychonaut, have you had a hard time landing on both feet?
- Are you interested in taking your first psychedelic trip or simply want to learn more about the topic including the risks and benefits?
This class is for you!
- Are you still experiencing residual effects and symptoms like “flashbacks” or visual/perceptual distortions?
- Are you continuing to hear the shaman’s icaros sing to you in your dreams?
- Is your daily experience feeling like a dream or less real than normal?
- Are you having more anxiety or depression than normal after a trip?
- Do you feel like you have had a spiritual experience and struggling to make meaning of it?
- Are you a care provider working with clients who have had life-changing experiences and are unsure how to guide them through the process or looking for more information?
This class is for you!
If any of the above appeals to you.
As one of our previous students mentioned, "This course is valuable for anyone who has had a psychedelic experience or thinking about having a psychedelic experience."
Why Integration & Self-Care?
Whether your psychedelic experience was recreational or intended for healing, the pursuit and curiosity of self-exploration and self-discovery can be a bumpy road with many unexpected turns. It can leave us feeling ungrounded and confused about where to look for help or support. Of course, this is not always the case, and some experiences are life-changing and provoke a tremendous sense of awe in life.
Throughout this course we will explore various harm reduction approaches to help you prepare for your psychedelic experience. We will also explore what integration means and provide a list of different self-care techniques to help you make the most of your experience. Lastly, we will provide a theoretical framework to work with difficult experiences and bad trips.
Self-care and integration are important concepts because it can amplify the benefits of psychedelics while at the same time minimizing the risks. There are many books that have been written about the speculations of the possible future uses and therapeutic benefit of psychedelics in clinical setting, but many of these books do not discuss the importance of integration.
This course is designed to teach you actionable lessons and provide you with steps that are easy to implement before, during, and after your psychedelic experience. The material collected here strives to help you better understand your experience as well as bringing the experience forward into your daily life.
A testimonial from one of our students about the integration process:
I took it in a very practical way, which is to know what sort of changes that I can bring into my daily life such as with my behavior and personality, and learn how to implement those changes with baby steps so that I can cope with the changes, and doesn’t fall through the cracks after a couple of weeks.
What this course includes:
13 exclusive interviews with experts in the field
- Katherine MacLean, PhD., Direction of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program - Mindfulness of the body and techniques for maintaining awareness of present-moment bodily sensations during the process of integration
- Larry Norris, MA, PhDc - Executive Director of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education)
- Elizabeth Gibson, MS - Insights from working with Dreamshadow Breathwork (Holotropic Breathwork)
- Lenny Gibson, Ph.D. - Working With & Integrating Your Mandala
- Ashley Booth, M.S., Founder of the Aware Project and co-founder of InnerSpace Integration - Preparation and Integration with 5-MeO-DMT & Ibogaine
- Mitchell Gomez, Excutive Director of DanceSafe - Harm Reduction & Safety
- Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., MDMA Therapy Training Program Manager, Zendo Project Integration Coordinator - The MAPS Psychedelic Integration List
- And More!
- 8 Hours of course material
- Private Facebook Community
- eBook on hosting your own psychedelic group
- At home practices you can use to help integrating yourself
- PDF trip report and integration workbook
- Lifetime access to the course material
- A list of psychedelic integration resources
- UPDATES: You will receive any updates that we make over the next year
- 14-day Money Back Guarantee
Psychedelics Today is dedicated towards exploring and discussing the important academic/scientific and other research in the field of psychedelics.
About Kyle Buller, MS:
Kyle’s interest in exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness began when he was 16-years-old, when he suffered a traumatic snowboarding accident. Waking up after having a near-death experience changed Kyle’s life. Since then, Kyle has earned his B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology, where he studied the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness by exploring shamanism, plant medicine, Holotropic Breathwork, and the roots/benefits of psychedelic psychotherapy. Kyle has co-taught two college-level courses. Kyle's senior capstone project, “Stanislav Grof’s Psychology of Extraordinary Experiences,” turned into a full three-credit course. Kyle also co-created, “The History of Psychedelics” with Lenny Gibson.
Kyle also earned his M.S. in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis in somatic psychology. Kyle’s clinical background in mental health consists of working with at-risk teenagers in crisis and with individuals experiencing an early-episode of psychosis. Kyle also facilitates Transpersonal Breathwork workshops.
About Joe Moore:
Joe studied philosophy in New Hampshire, where he earned his B.A.. After stumbling upon the work of Stanislav Grof during his undergraduate years, Joe began participating in Holotropic Breathwork workshops in Vermont in 2003. Joe helped facilitate Holotropic and Transpersonal Breathwork workshops while he spent his time in New England. He is now working in the software industry as well as building Psychedelics Today.
Joe now coordinates Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork workshops, in Breckenridge, Colorado.
PreviewWhat Are Psychedelics? (5:46)
PreviewEntheogens and other names (7:44)
StartClasses of Drugs (4:01)
StartEffects of Psychedelics (35:16)
StartRobin Carhart-Harris & The Brain
StartSlides & Resources
StartPreparation & Safety (16:07)
StartHPDD, Testing and Safety (20:38)
StartEcstasy Data and Safety Resources (6:20)
StartDose and Toxicity (18:32)
StartSet and Setting (11:38)
StartFestival Safety 101 (12:03)
StartCreating the Space for Your Journey (21:36)
Frequently Asked Questions
By enrolling in this course, you are agreeing to our disclaimer and informed consent
Disclaimer: This course in no way promotes, condones, or facilitates illegal activity. This course is strictly for educational purposes only. Please be aware that psychedelic substances still remain illegal in many countries. By enrolling into this program, you are agreeing that Psychedelics Today takes no responsibilities for your actions.
Please be aware that this course is for educational purposes only. This is not a substitute for traditional psychotherapy or medicine. This course is designed to provide education from our personal and professional experiences. If you are experiencing significant issues, please seek medical attention.
Limitations of course
The exercises in this course are oriented towards personal and spiritual development. The techniques or modalities are in no way a replacement for traditional therapy. Much of the information in this course could be applied to your on-going therapy, if you are currently utilizing mental health services.
We believe that providing education, peer-support, and harm reduction is important for this field.
By enrolling in this course, you are agreeing that you understand the purpose and limitations of this course.
Looking forward to taking this journey with you!
Want More Support?
Are you nervous about taking an online course and want extra support? No problem! We are offering a one 1-hour Skype session to the course so that you have access to our instructors for question and answers. Just enrolled in "Skype" option course below!
You will be able to follow up with Joe or Kyle to answer any additional questions that may come up for you during the course or just to chat about your own process with integration.
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