The psychedelic conversation is growing worldwide—we’re here to help lead the way through an illuminating interview series with pioneers in psychedelics. 

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Introducing Beckley Talks 

Beckley Retreats is unique in backing up the psychedelic experience with modern science, as well as nurturing spiritual practices. Thought leaders, therapists, healers, and scientists have come together to create a network of support for the growing promise of psychedelics and wellbeing practices. 

Our live community events highlight the transformative work from across the Beckley family of organization and give space for questions, stories, ideas, inspiration, as well as information on the latest scientific breakthroughs. Join us.

Episode 1: Psychedelic Renaissance
August 9th, 2022

The first official Beckley Talks virtual event brought together Beckley Retreats co-founders, Neil Markey and Amanda Feilding and was moderated by Sylvia Benito. 

As founder of the Beckley Foundation, Amanda, who is called ‘The Countess of Psychedelics’ by Wired Magazine and the ‘Queen of Consciousness’ by The Telegraph, shared in an inspiring conversation about the psychedelic renaissance and her current work through the Beckley Foundation. 

Episode 2: The Power Of Community
September 29th, 2022

Episode 2 brought one of Beckley Retreats' lead facilitators, Lucyne Pearson, and co-founding board member, Rock Feilding-Mellen along with Beckley Retreat's co-founder Neil Markey. 

The topic of their conversation centered around the power of COMMUNITY. One of the benefits of going on retreat is the mirror we find in each other, and the deep connections we forge and that then show us more about ourselves. This is why people have come together in groups since the beginning of time: groups foster growth and creativity. 

Episode 3: Mindfulness, happiness And Psychedelics
November 2nd, 2022

Ashish Kotari is a mentor of mine. He’s a consultant, coach, personal development expert and author, and I’m proud to call him a friend. Ashish just published a book called Hardwired for Happiness, which is a pragmatic guide to help people from all walks of life experience happiness, health, connection and fulfillment. 

For Beckley Talks, we’ll explore the heart of Ashish’s remarkable book: nine secular practices that exist in every wisdom tradition and are backed by psychology and neuroscience, practices that help rewire the brain for happiness. We’ll also discuss how mindfulness practices prepare a person for a psychedelic journey.

Episode 4: The Meeting Point of Wellness And Community 
December 14th, 2022

Beckley board member, Sylvia Benito, sat down for a great conversation with Lou Sagar, the CEO and Founder of The Alchemist’s Kitchen, a company devoted to creating access to high-quality plants and educating people how to incorporate ancient wisdom into modern life.

Sylvia and Lou talked about how herbalists work to address both preventative and daily health concerns, how psychedelics can impact a person’s core beliefs, and how natural remedies help to create resilience in both body and mind. Their conversation was this year’s last installment in our psychedelic renaissance series, Beckley Talks.