Hikedelic Therapy is the synergistic combination of hiking and the psychedelic experience and is a ideal introduction for those wishing to start using the mushrooms in a therapeutic way.
We have been using this technique to informally boost the psychological immune system of dozens of people, who claim the experience left them feeling clear and calm for weeks after.
There are three main elements to hikedelic therapy:
- Immersion in nature
- Body movement
- Mushroom ritual
Immersion in Nature
Here in Ireland we have access to the countryside and it’s usually quiet enough that you can get away from crowds. When trying out this technique, it’s usually better to start somewhere familiar. Most of us live within distance of nature trails, woodlands and national parks.
If you are lucky enough to live near some native woodland, go there! The magic of those forests are enchanting with the mushroom medicine.
The weather can be changeable here, so dress appropriately. You may feel slightly colder on mushrooms, and getting wet can ruin a good day.
It is a good idea to hike for an hour before ingesting the mushroom. Body movement leads to gentle body tiredness which calms the mind and eases anxiety about using the medicine.
Aim to hike for most of the day, say 10-20km, with plenty of breaks to explore the forest and enjoy those divine moments.
During the day, it can feel rewarding to stretch or do Qi Gong or Yoga.
We recommend each hiker takes around 0.5g of dried liberty cap mushrooms (about 15). If you are using tropical cubensis mushrooms, you should use around 1g. This is a comparatively small dose, as we will be moving and out in the relative wilds and don’t want to get disorientated. The next time you hike you can slightly increase the dose until you find your sweet spot. It’s best to take the entire amount of mushrooms in a single sitting.
Always check your set and setting when you are consuming psychedelics – ensure you are in the right frame of mind and are comfortable with your surroundings.
Your intention is important. Write down or tell the mushroom what you want to learn or experience during the trip. Carry a small stone or other power item during your trip to remind you of your intention.
Be respectful and treat the mushroom as something sacred or as a new friend.
Leave plenty of time for integration. Don’t rush to re-enter the “real world” and try to keep that state of mind with you as you return to your daily life.
Here are some other things to try on your hikedelic adventure:
- Smudge with sage, palo santo or incense to cleanse the spirit.
- If you are in a group, try 10 or 20 minutes of noble silence while sitting in the forest.
- Bring singing bowls and other instruments for some sound therapy in the woods.
- A dip in a stream of waterfall can be great for the senses.
- Bring art supplies and paper for creativity.
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