Updated: Dec 11, 2020
Looking for life-changing travel? Well, keep an open mind and listen to our guest Jonathan de Potter, founder of Behold Retreats, who says high-end guided plant medicine journeys can safely accelerate personal growth and help you live life to its full potential. Using such plants as Ayahuasca and Psilocybin (magic mushrooms), Jonathan says it's an ancient practice, now finding a place in the modern wellness and transformational travel era.
He says plant medicine retreats to explore your inner world can deliver a "trip" that goes beyond experiential travel to a deeper, more emotional and spiritual level.
Speaking to us from Thailand, Jonathan points out that various cultures have used psychedelic drugs in religious and spiritual ceremonies for centuries.
Now, he says, neuroscience can explain the benefits of using these entheogens (non-addictive psychoactive substances), including the potential to help alleviate anxiety and depression.
He describes his own first experience of Ayahuasca in Peru and how it motivated him to start Behold Retreats.
He also covers:
how to choose a plant medicine experience that's right for you
who stands to benefit the most
a typical guest experience
and the important steps that need to be taken before and after a plant medicine retreat to make the most of your experience.
Behold Retreats are in beautiful locations around the world including Costa Rica, The Netherlands and Peru with more destinations in the works.
In this episode, we reference the 2018 number one New York times bestselling book by respected journalist Michael Pollan called How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.
You can get more information about the science behind plant medicine therapy from Behold Retreats here.
Transformational travel is forecast to be one of the strongest travel trends, with travellers consciously seeking out experiences that help them to learn, grow and engage with the world in a way that leads to real change in their every-day lives. We hope you enjoy this episode; let us know if you have done or are considering a plant medicine journey.