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Experiential KAP Retreat for Spiritual Health Professionals

Retreat Overview

We are proud to present the Spiritual Professionals and Spiritual Health Care Practitioners Experiential Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Retreat, hosted by Rainfall Medicine in collaboration with Polaris Insight Center. This pioneering event, set in the vibrant cities of San Francisco and Oakland, CA, from January 24-28, 2025, invites spiritual health care professionals from all faiths, denominations, and traditions to embark on a groundbreaking five-day journey.

Designed specifically for those at the intersection of spiritual care and mental health, this retreat offers a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). As the demand for innovative mental health treatments increases, the integration of KAP into spiritual health practices presents a unique opportunity for professional growth and enhanced care delivery.

During this retreat, participants will engage in experiential learning sessions where they will explore both the clinical and spiritual applications of KAP. The program is meticulously crafted to foster an environment of growth, learning, and personal transformation, ensuring that attendees not only gain substantial knowledge but also experience profound personal and professional insights.

Join us as we explore the synergies between ketamine therapy and spiritual health, paving the way for new approaches in the care and support of communities. This retreat is not just an educational opportunity; it is a call to build bridges within the diverse world of health care, enhancing holistic practices and enriching the lives of those we serve.

Who Should Attend?

The Spiritual Professionals and Spiritual Health Care Practitioners Experiential Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Retreat is specifically tailored for spiritual leaders and health care practitioners who are committed to expanding their professional skills and integrating innovative therapies into their practice.This retreat is ideal for:

    • Chaplains and Clergy: Whether serving in hospitals, military settings, or community faith organizations, chaplains and clergy who are looking to deepen their understanding of psychedelic-assisted therapies will find this retreat invaluable.
    • Spiritual Counselors and Mentors: The enhanced therapeutic techniques covered in the retreat will benefit professionals who provide spiritual guidance and support, including those working in hospices, trauma recovery, or private practice.
    • Integrative Therapists: Practitioners who employ holistic approaches to healing and are interested in incorporating elements of KAP into their practice will gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge.
    • Health Care Providers at Spiritual Institutions: Those working in environments where spiritual care is integral to patient and community wellbeing will find the retreat’s focus on the intersection of spirituality and mental health particularly relevant.
    • Educators and Leaders in Spiritual Communities: Leaders who are responsible for training or guiding others in spiritual practices can expand their toolkit with innovative approaches that blend psychotherapy with spiritual care.

Participants should meet the following prerequisites to maximize their learning and contribution during the retreat:

  • Hold an MDiv degree or equivalent in a related field.
  • Have at least two years of direct service experience in a professional capacity.
  • Have completed Polaris Module 1, Introduction to KAP, or possess equivalent foundational knowledge in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

This retreat is designed to not only provide education and training but also to foster a supportive community of like-minded professionals who can share insights, challenges, and innovative solutions in the field of spiritual health care.

If you’re a spiritual health professional seeking to enhance your therapeutic practices with cutting-edge psychedelic therapies, this retreat promises to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to transform both your practice and your personal growth.

Benefits of Participation

Attending the Spiritual Professionals and Spiritual Health Care Practitioners Experiential Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Retreat offers a myriad of benefits for both personal and professional development. Participants will leave the retreat with enhanced capabilities, deeper insights, and a broader network. Here are some of the key benefits:

    • Deepened Understanding of KAP: Gain an in-depth understanding of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy through direct experiential learning. Participants will engage in sessions as both clients and therapists, experiencing firsthand the profound impact of KAP on spiritual and mental health.
    • Advanced Clinical Skills: Develop and refine clinical skills specific to psychedelic-assisted therapies. Learn about intake procedures, session preparation, safety monitoring, and the management of non-ordinary states of consciousness—all crucial for the effective integration of KAP into your practice.
    • Spiritual and Personal Growth: Engage in transformative experiences that promote personal and spiritual development. The retreat is designed to foster an environment that supports profound personal insights and spiritual maturation, enriching participants’ professional practices and personal lives.
    • Professional Networking: Connect with like-minded professionals from diverse spiritual and healthcare backgrounds. Building a network with other practitioners interested in integrating psychedelic therapies into spiritual care opens up opportunities for collaboration and community support.
    • Innovative Treatment Approaches: Learn how to incorporate KAP into your existing therapeutic practices to better support clients dealing with complex spiritual and psychological issues. This includes understanding how to use ketamine for consciousness exploration and spiritual healing.
    • Ethical and Responsible Practices:Enhance your ethical framework around the use of psychedelics in therapeutic settings. The retreat emphasizes developing informed, responsible, and compassionate approaches to psychedelic-assisted therapy.
    • Continued Professional Support: Participants will gain access to a continuing community of practice that offers ongoing support, advanced training opportunities, and the sharing of best practices in the field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

This retreat not only equips spiritual health professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary for integrating KAP into their practices but also deepens their ability to address the spiritual, existential, and emotional needs of those they serve. By participating, you are stepping into a role that bridges the gap between traditional spiritual care and innovative therapeutic approaches, contributing to the broader field of mental health and spiritual well-being.

Program Highlights

The Spiritual Professionals and Spiritual Health Care Practitioners Experiential Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Retreat offers a rich and immersive program designed to deepen understanding and skills in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy within a spiritual care context. Here are some of the key highlights of the retreat’s program:

  • Experiential Sessions:Participants will engage in hands-on experiential learning, receiving ketamine in both low and high doses. This dual approach allows participants to experience and compare the different therapeutic impacts of moderate versus psychedelic dosing.
  • Role Dynamics: Each attendee will have the opportunity to act as both a client and a therapist/sitter. This role reversal is critical for understanding the full spectrum of patient and provider experiences during KAP sessions.
  • Comprehensive Learning Modules:The curriculum covers a wide range of topics including the basics of KAP, the pharmacology of ketamine, the psychological and spiritual aspects of its use, and advanced topics in the integration of KAP into spiritual practices.
  • Integration Techniques: Learn a variety of integration techniques that help clients make sense of their experiences. Techniques include non-verbal methods such as art therapy, movement, and music, as well as traditional discussion-based methods.
    • Safety and Set-Up: Detailed instruction on setting up a safe environment for ketamine sessions, including managing non-ordinary states of consciousness and ensuring client safety throughout the process.
    • Daily Didactic Sessions: Engage in daily lectures and discussions led by experts in the field of psychedelic medicine and spiritual care. These sessions provide deeper insights into the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and psychedelic therapy.
    • Personal and Professional Development Workshops: Workshops designed to help participants explore their own spiritual and professional journeys, enhancing their roles as caregivers and spiritual leaders.
    • Group Cohesion and Community Building: Structured activities to foster community among participants, facilitating the development of a supportive network of peers who are engaged in similar paths of integrating KAP into their practices.
This program is structured to not only provide foundational knowledge and practical skills but also to offer profound personal insights and a supportive professional community. It is an opportunity for spiritual health care professionals to advance their capabilities in one of the most innovative areas of mental health and spiritual care today.

Registration Details

Enrollment in the Spiritual Professionals and Spiritual Health Care Practitioners Experiential Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Retreat is a straightforward process designed to ensure that all participants are fully prepared for this immersive experience. Here’s how you can secure your place at this transformative event:

One

Application Submission

Begin your journey by completing the online application form available by contacting training@polarisinsight.com. The form will ask for details about your professional background, educational qualifications, and your experience with spiritual care and psychotherapy.
Two

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $250 is required at the time of submission. This fee covers the cost of your medical screening and is essential for processing your application.
Three

Medical Review

Upon receipt of your application and fee, you will be invited to schedule a medical review with Dr. Steve Rosonke. This step ensures that all participants meet the health criteria necessary to safely partake in the experiential aspects of the retreat.
Four

Confirmation of Participation

Once your application is approved and your medical review completed, you will receive confirmation of your registration along with additional details about preparing for the retreat. At this point, the full retreat fee of $4,000 is due. Payment plans are available to those who need financial assistance, and we encourage you to inquire about this option if needed.

Scholarships

We understand the importance of making this retreat accessible to all who can benefit from it. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis to assist with the costs. Details and application instructions for scholarships can be found on our registration page.

We highly encourage early registration as spaces are limited, and the retreat has been highly anticipated. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your professional skills and deepen your understanding of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy within a spiritual care context. Secure your spot today and prepare to transform your practice and personal insight into the dynamic field of psychedelic therapies.

Logistics

Arranging your participation in the Spiritual Professionals and Spiritual Health Care Practitioners Experiential Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Retreat involves several logistical considerations to ensure your experience is as smooth and beneficial as possible.

Travel Arrangements

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from San Francisco/Oakland, where the retreat will take place. We recommend booking flights and ground transportation well in advance to secure the best rates and availability. Upon registration, you will receive information about the specific venues along with recommendations for travel routes and options.

Accommodations

While the retreat does not provide lodging, we have partnered with several local hotels to offer discounted rates for our attendees. A list of these hotels, along with booking codes for the discount, will be provided after registration. We encourage participants to book their stay early, as the retreat dates coincide with a busy season in the area.

Meals and Dietary Needs

The retreat includes daily meals featuring a menu that accommodates a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions. Upon registering, you will have the opportunity to specify any dietary requirements you have so that we can ensure your needs are met throughout the retreat. Coffee, tea, and snacks will also be available during session breaks to keep you energized and focused.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our participants are paramount. Alongside our COVID-19 protocols, which require proof of a negative test prior to entry, we maintain strict adherence to local health guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all attendees. We will provide detailed health and safety guidelines closer to the event date to accommodate any changes in local regulations.

We aim to make your logistical planning as effortless as possible, allowing you to focus fully on the transformative experience of the retreat. Detailed information will be included in your welcome package, ensuring you are well-prepared for this significant professional development opportunity.

Cancellations and Refunds

We understand that unexpected changes can affect your plans. To accommodate such situations, we have established a clear policy to handle cancellations and refunds with fairness and transparency.

Cancellation Policy

If you find yourself unable to attend the retreat after registration, please consider the following: Cancellations made more than 30 days before the start date of the retreat will result in a refund of the retreat fee minus a $500 cancellation fee. The application fee of $250 remains non-refundable. Cancellations made within 30 days of the retreat start date will not be eligible for a refund of the retreat fee due to the costs associated with preparing for your participation.

Refund Process

To request a refund, you must notify us in writing by emailing our administration team. Please include your full name, registration details, and the reason for cancellation. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receiving the request and will be issued to the original payment method used during registration.

Event Cancellation

In the unlikely event that the retreat must be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances such as public health concerns or other significant disruptions, all participants will be notified immediately, and full refunds will be issued. We will also offer priority registration for any rescheduled events.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these policies, designed to ensure that both planning and operational costs are covered while still providing flexibility for our participants. For any questions or further clarifications, please reach out to our support team.

Contact Us

We are here to assist you in every step of your journey to the Spiritual Professionals and Spiritual Health Care Practitioners Experiential Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Retreat. Whether you have questions about the retreat specifics, need assistance with registration, or require more detailed information about logistics and accommodations, our dedicated team is ready to help.

We value your interest in deepening your professional practice through this retreat and are committed to providing you with all the support you need to make your participation a transformative experience. Reach out today, and let us help you embark on this profound journey.

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