This action-packed 5-day retreat is designed for those ready to put in the work on themselves.
Waterfalls, meditation, and whitewater rafting await.
Psychedelic-assisted wellness retreats are not for the faint of heart. It is not a magic remedy. It is a tool to open the mind and attempt to heal oneself.
Silo Wellness's first-of-its-kind ketamine-assisted wellness retreat, under the care of Dr. Matthew Hicks, ND, MS, is designed to allow participants to focus on nature and the most beautiful natural product of nature: the mind and self. This action-packed five day retreat is designed for those ready to put in the work on themselves. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is not for the faint of heart. It is not a magic solution. It is a tool to open the mind and attempt to heal oneself.
We incorporate nature into every aspect of the retreat. It is easy to forget that we as humans are nature. However, human consciousness is the least understood and most highly developed and complicated result of nature.
We are deliberately acting within our naturally-derived environment to effectively change the environment around us. Our thoughts cause things to change in the physical world with something as simple as moving your own physical self from one place to another, planting a garden, or vibrating vocal cords to transfer information to others to cause them to act within that same natural environment.
Those coming to a Silo retreat have their mindsets plugged into an intent to affect their environment, surroundings, and relationships (with others and the self) at least more neutrally and at best more positively. Effectively, your intent is to no longer use your thoughts to adversely affect yourself or allow your behavior to adversely affect others. For instance, you may want to have more control of your thoughts or less adverse psychological reactions to stress and stimuli. Whatever your goals, you will work under the care of Dr. Matthew Hicks, ND, MS to get ready for change.
You are a complicated biological and spiritual system that is finding its place in the universe. How is it that a series of automatic chemical reactions manifesting through biological processes made you? Well, you may very well be contemplating those interesting questions and others while in a ketamine-induced altered state of consciousness.
The purpose of this wellness retreat is for an experienced Oregon physician to bring you to a dissociated state of mind to allow you to disconnect from your usual thinking habits and pre-programed thought cycles. Your goal is to shift your consciousness and expand your personal awareness in ways you have never experienced to help free yourself from traditional worries of the past and future and truly analyze and reflect on the real and actual you as you exist in this most beautiful neverending moment.
Similar to naturally-produced psychedelic compounds, such as DMT and mushroom-derived psilocybin, you may experience novel ways to view your "self" in relation to the world and in connection with others. The setting of nature (rather than a traditional clinical setting) is designed to inspire your thoughts and help you reach feelings of spiritual and mystical connections to something greater. Your complicated consciousness and feeling of self that dwells on the regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow needs to focus on the now and hopefully this setting can help you along that journey.
Over five days you will experience socially-distanced (following state-approved guidelines in effect at the time) small group interactions on site and at some of Oregon's most naturally beautiful waterfalls and other locations. One day you will engage in a Class 2-3 McKenzie River rafting trip with guided meditation stops along the way led by experienced raft guide outfitter partners. Wet suits and splash gear will be provided along with recommended clothing.
There will be virtual meetings individually and within the group to prepare you in advance along with a disciplined preparation eating and activity schedule the week in advance.
At the January retreat you will be challenged at Oregon's best and most beautiful. This is Oregon rain country. The reason it's green and the rivers flow and the waterfalls fall is because of the rain. It is an obstacle and an instrument of beauty and always an instrument of change.
You will experience three ketamine-assisted therapy sessions during the five-day trip along with substantial personal and group integration time.
Silo is collaborating with Portland, Oregon, ketamine clinic operator Dr. Matthew Hicks, ND, MS. Dr. Hicks brings experience in both ketamine therapy and integrative approaches to mental health care. Silo has also engaged experienced Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) clinic operators Drs. Sunil Aggarwal, MD, PhD, FAAPMR and Leanna Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO to help develop the screening, retreat agenda, and protocols, as well as research outcomes.
If you are interested in speaking to someone about the January 2021 retreat, please contact us below or send a text message to 541-525-9190.
In the United States, ketamine is a Schedule III substance under the Controlled Substance Act, meaning it has a low to moderate potential for physical and psychological dependence. Other examples of Schedule III substances include products containing less than 90 mg of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeoregonine), anabolic steroids, and testosterone. To obtain ketamine, the prescribing physician must have an active DEA license. The use of ketamine for psychotherapy is a permitted off-label use by a prescribing physician.
Ketamine was approved by the FDA as an anesthetic agent back in 1970. Although favorable research focused on ketamine for treatment-resistant depression, the patent expired in 2002 making the clinical trial process for any additional FDA-approved indications not cost effective as a generic drug with no patent protection.
Silo’s Oregon legal advisors include the primary drafter of Oregon’s newly passed psilocybin law Dave Kopilak, attorney at law, of Emerge Law Group in Portland.