We often work with clients who are currently in psychotherapy, then on returning home the experience can be integrated with the help of the professional who best knows the client. We also recommend having a Psychedelic Integration Therapist involved, generally once before and two or three times after, at a minimum.
We also see people who are not in treatment, who wish to experience a Journey for spiritual and/or emotional growth in a safe and guided setting. We welcome your referral of people who are not prone to decompensation, psychosis, or mania. If needed, we can recommend a Psychedelic Integration Therapist.
If you like, it can be helpful for you to have a short phone call with our Director to confer about the client's history and needs, previous experience with entheogens, and any current medication.
Our goal is to help your client feel safe in letting go of ego defenses, silencing the Default Mode Network, and going Beyond, where the most intense spiritual healing occurs. Information and advice before, as well as reassurance, check-ins, and the Guide's presence during the Journey, help ensure this.
We work in Salt Lake City, UT, for much of each month. Occasionally, if there are enough clients to justify holding space elsewhere, we have worked in other cities. However, this is almost completely shut down, now, because of the pandemic; we anticipate returning to this practice in summer of 2021. If the Beyond Institute holds Ceremony in your area, we travel there and book the space for clients to meet with us.
Our personnel have all had their own experience with entheogens, and training in indigenous practices of psilocybin Ceremony. However, we come from medico-professional fields of previous experience and licensure, and feel most comfortable and safe using a method similar to the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) protocol, combined with spiritual intentions and practices from the Divine Assembly and Native American Church.
For more information about this splendid organization - MAPS - see: https://maps.org/
The Divine Assembly is found at: https://thedivinessembly.org/
Another good resource is Michael Pollan's book: "How To Change Your Mind."
We also recommend: "Trust, Surrender, Receive" by Anne Other.
Regarding microdosing: "A Really Good Day" by Ayelot Waldman.
Finally: "The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide," and "Your Symphony of Selves;" both by James Fadiman.
We arrive at our clients' AirBnB at 9, usually after having dinner the night before at a nearby restaurant. We finish any paperwork, meet each other if a group, and clients are oriented to their individual space, the purpose and practice of eye shades and headphones, the bathroom facilities, the role of their Guide, and most importantly: the advisability of relaxing, letting go, and embracing the experience, whether anxious/angry/sad, or pure bliss. Next, generally by 9:30, we are setting intentions and engaged in breathwork.
The medicine is given in a tea, and clients retire to their individual space sometime between 10 and 10:30. The Journey itself is 3-5 hours long, and this leaves 1-3 hours for initial integration. We generally end by 5 or 6pm, with clients being asked to spend the evening reflecting and meditating.
We follow the same practice as above when working out of town, but our clients come to us, and thus need someone to drop them off and pick them up, afterward.
The costs of the Journey for clients comprise travel costs, a donation to the Institute of $1150, and lodging.
Clients in Salt Lake are booking AirBnB space for the night before through the morning after their Journey - two days. We find that this cost is generally lower than hotel accommodations, and is more convenient for clients before the experience. An added bonus: not having to travel to another location right afterward.
Occasionally, if there are enough clients to justify holding space elsewhere, we have worked in other cities. Currently this is on hold because of the pandemic. If Beyond Institute holds Ceremony in your location, we travel there and book our lodging and the work space to be used. Our costs rise, and the donation rises accordingly. Currently that amounts to between $1250 and $1450, depending on distance and number of people Journeying. This often saves our clients considerable cost, as they can travel to us for free and need no lodging. Generally we do this if three to four people a day, for two to four days, are interested and make deposit.
Each client also must certify that they will honor the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct required for membership in the Divine Assembly, then complete their paperwork to become a member. There is no charge for joining the Divine Assembly,
Absolutely no clients will be seen without completing this important step, which protects clients and Beyond Institute from legal risk.
Clients are asked to directly contact the Beyond Institute and make their own appointment for their Journey, but we welcome your initial inquiry. We have openings Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Occasionally we do have Saturdays available.
If a client is able to make an appointment matching their needs less than a week before a Journey, the deposit is due immediately. If the appointment is more than a week away, the deadline for deposit is one week prior.
Client donations for their deposit and remainder can be made using Venmo or Paypal, with balance via cash, Venmo or PayPal on arrival.
No checks, please.
*If a client is given generally available information of any medical complications being possible from ingesting sacred plant medicine, due to a physical condition they might have or a medication they may be taking, it is entirely the responsibility of the client to contact their own medical provider, who then must give any order to take action on that information. The above information is not medical care, nor is it intended to function as medical care. Clients cannot depend on this information as medical advice. The retired physician associated with Beyond Institute is acting only in the capacity of a Medicine Person, as are others in the group, and not a licensed provider of medical care.