23oct(oct 23)00:0027(oct 27)23:59BEYOND EXPERIENCE Residential: the MIND Integration Program | Amsterdam 2019 (in English)BE Residential | Amsterdam | Language: English | Facilitators: Dr. Regina Hess, David Heuer
WHAT IS BEYOND EXPERIENCE? Beyond Experience is a self-awareness course. In this course we teach a comprehensive set of methods that helps to deal with changing states of consciousness. A successful
WHAT IS BEYOND EXPERIENCE?
Beyond Experience is a self-awareness course. In this course we teach a comprehensive set of methods that helps to deal with changing states of consciousness. A successful handling of such states can be called “integration”. Integration is a process of learning from extraordinary experiences. These experiences can have a positive, easy to accept character (e.g. the experience of being connected to the surrounding nature) or represent a challenge through their strangeness and emotional intensity (e.g. in trauma). However, we also understand integration as a value-based attitude with which we approach these experiences – be they spontaneous, triggered by psychedelic substances or non-pharmacological methods such as breathwork.
WHAT AWAITS YOU?
In BEYOND EXPERIENCE the participants will be instructed to work on their own values that can positively change the personal handling of “psychedelic experiences”. This can involve achieving “wholeness”, i.e. bringing different parts of the self into a well-functioning relationship with each other.
The workshop takes place every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
WHAT IS THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND?
BEYOND EXPERIENCE is based on the theories and methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This serves as a scientifically founded frame of reference in dealing with psychedelic experiences. The term “psychedelic” can be translated as “manifesting the mind”. Such experience can show us something about ourselves and our way of being in the world.
After our integration team conducted five pilot groups in 2018 and 2019, we now offer the integration program BEYOND EXPERIENCE in its final format. We have carefully created a multi-day group process through experimentation and feedback, which serves to enable a deeper understanding of one’s own psychedelic processes and to prepare for possible future experiences with expanded states of consciousness.
We do not only work with knowledge transfer, but actively practice the change between different states of consciousness (especially the change between ego-states) and their interpretations. The aim is to provide each participant with an individual set of methods that will make it easier to follow a personal path of development and increase one’s own well-being.
The methods in the course range from variations of automatic writing, intensive music trances, working with self-aspects, hypnotherapeutic trance journeys to mindfulness meditation practices.
There are theoretical sessions on substance-related topics, set and setting, trip sitting and basic concepts for understanding “integration”. This is all part of a strong and beneficial self-awareness process in the group.
Each participant fills in a medical form so that possible contraindications regarding the intensive context of self-awareness can be checked in advance. This includes psychological conditions such as psychotic episodes or severe PTSD or physical complications such as epilepsy or heart disease. If you have any questions about your suitability for participation, we will contact you to suggest suitable activities or therapists if necessary.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the MIND Integration Program BEYOND EXPERIENCE.
No psychoactive substances are used in this course. “Integration” is not a code word, but a process, a state and an attitude that contributes to a meaningful handling of altered states of consciousness.
Early Bird prices available until 28th of August.
The registration fee includes participation in one of the MIND Integration Process groups on the specified days, print material, most of the artistic material used in the workshop, as well as drinks (juice and water) and snacks during the workshop. Meals and coffee are not included. Participation cannot be distribute their presence to different BEYOND EXPERIENCE groups.
Participation fee: between 500€ and 750€ – for 5 days. We look forward to your participation. You can purchase reduced Early Bird tickets if you book in time.
23 (Wednesday) 00:00 - 27 (Sunday) 23:59
Speakers for this event
David A. Heuer, M.A. Cand., is a gestalt worker, workshop facilitator, author and yoga teacher. He is a member of the MIND Therapy Committee and is currently writing his master’s thesis in intercultural philosophy and arts focusing on the notion of psychedelic experience and its potential transformational aspects.
Regina U. Hess, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, transpersonal psychotherapist, and researcher. She is faculty at international educational institutes and has authored various articles and books. She is a member of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy. Regina is co-founder and lead of the MIND Amsterdam Office, NL, and head of the ‘Transpersonal Practice and Research Section’ of the MIND Foundation