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Our Purpose

Our purpose is to reconnect people to themselves, to each other and to nature. We facilitate people's healing, trauma release, exploration of the unknown, non-ordinary states of consciousness or shift in perspectives. We promote the exploration of inner creativity and personal development.

We want to raise consciousness to create a better human experience, to create community and contribute to the debate on the safe use of psychedelics through contained wellness retreats.

Our Vision

  1. To provide a platform to facilitate people’s self-exploration: a safe and legal container for this process, in a supportive, non-judgemental and transparent way.
  2. To promote inner transformation, personal breakthroughs, self-growth, creativity and inner healing.
  3. To re-connect people to themselves, to each other and to nature.
  4. To be world leaders and pioneers in the field of psychedelic therapy.
  5. To contribute to the evolution of global consciousness.

Imbas Forosnai- Visionary Inspiration

In ancient Ireland, there existed a ritual called Imbas Forosnai that the filiídh, or poet seers, would practise to achieve visionary inspiration. Imbas Forosnai was a ritual  involving psychedelic mushrooms used to invoke altered states of consciousness, and achieve visionary inspiration, or manifestation that enlightens.

At Inwardbound, we see ourselves as remembering our own ancestral, Irish, indigenous tradition of psilocybin use for visionary inspiration and healing. In Ireland, after a long colonial legacy of disempowerment, we are reclaiming part of our indigenous, gaelic culture, our ancestral memory, and tradition for ourselves.

Our Team

Rob Ó Cobhthaigh

Inwardbound Co-Founder Rob  (MSc/ BA Hons) is the co-founder of Inwardbound. He has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy (Level 9) from Dublin City University, is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MIACP), and is a professional member of MIND- the European Foundation for Psychedelic Science. He is also a qualified Shamanic Counsellor in Celtic Shamanism, and has completed an 8 year training as a Transpersonal Therapist at the Irish Centre for Shamanic and Transpersonal Studies,  in the tradition of Dr. Stan Grof. He believes that only way to create change in…

Dr. Darragh Stewart

Inwardbound Co-Founder/ Scientific Lead Facilitator. Dr Darragh Stewart (Phd) is the co-founder of Inwardbound. In his early-twenties, Darragh reached a turning point in his life. Due to the death of his grandmother, the ending of a long-term relationship, and the immense pressure of his University studies, he had a mental breakdown. He suffered from bouts of depression, anxiety, and a general dissatisfaction with how he was living his life. These problems sent him on a quest to find inner healing, truth, and a new way of being in the world. During the rest of his twenties, he had a life-changing…

Caroline McMullen

Director of Customer Care. Caroline is the customer care lead on our retreats, making sure that our clients are comfortable, nourished and looked after. Caroline has a passion for nature and reconnecting people to nature and to themselves through different healing modalities. She is qualified yoga instructor, art teacher and holistic therapist, with a particular focus on working with medicinal essential oils. She has been facilitating wellbeing retreats for the past 6 years, with particular emphasis on the healing power of mandalas as a mindfulness tool. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious and the joy she brings is a real…

Nicky Halliday

Nicky’s interest in nutrition was awakened when she travelled around the world and explored a huge variety of cuisines. On arriving back in Ireland, she made the decision to study Nutritional Therapy. Nicky was fascinated by what she learned about the connection between what we consume and our health. Having passed her Nutritional Therapy course with distinction she decided that she wanted to bring together her love for cooking and her knowledge of nutrition. When she came across Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts School, she felt a deep calling from within, and decided to quit her job in…

Michael Ledden- Screening and Psychotherapy

Michael is a fully accredited psychotherapist (IACP, IAHIP, ICP Accredited, Msc. Clinical Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy) with an interest in CBT, Mindfulness, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Existential and Transpersonal Therapy. Following extensive personal therapy conducted throughout training as a therapist, Michael discovered and cultivated an interest in plant medicines, transpersonal psychology and shamanic healing. He views them all as ground-breaking areas for the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing and advancement for all ready to answer the call. Professionally, Michael works as a psychotherapist with short term and long term clients, runs his own service Anxiety Ireland, and is involved…

Sophie Adler- Psychedelic Therapy training

Sophie-Charlotte Alice Adler, MSc, is a psychologist, hypnotherapist, researcher and author. She has specialised in working with altered states of consciousness since 2017 and has been supervising ketamine infusions at Instituto Dr. Scheib in Mallorca since 2018. In Autumn 2020 she built up a private practice for Dr. Scheib  in Berlin where Ketamine Therapy is offered. Ketamine (off-label use) is currently the only legally available and approved psychedelic substance. With the support of Dr Mario Scheib and Prof Revenstorf, Sophie Adler developed an innovative therapy method, the “Ketamine Hypnosis Package” (KHP). Since 2018, she has accompanied over 400 ketamine infusions…

Atira Tan- Psychedelic Therapy Training

A TEDx speaker, activist, somatic trauma specialist, #1 Best Selling Author, and yoga teacher & group facilitator, Atira Tan,  is a powerful agent of transformation and change. She has touched the lives of thousands of women, men, and children around the world, supporting them through her 15 years of experience in various somatic and creative trauma recovery approaches.  Passionate about creating safer spaces for everybody, and bringing healing and awareness in the “shadowy” areas of life, Atira has worked as a trauma-informed integration specialist in ayahuasca retreat centers such as the Temple of the Way of Light In Peru and…

Declan Hammond- Psychedelic Therapy Training

Declan Hammond will be joining us to deliver the harm reduction module on the Inwardbound Introduction to Psychedelic Therapy Training. Declan has decades of experience working in harm reduction in the psychedelic space. He is an ancestral wisdom keeper of the land of Ireland,  a transpersonal therapist and shamanic practitioner.  His life and work has been a passionate search for the most effective healing tools for himself and his patients. This journey has taken him all over the globe studying Eastern and Western approaches to healing and  and traditional shamanic practices. Declan has developed a unique synthesis of these ancient…

Martin Duffy- Psychedelic Therapy training

Martin is one of the teachers on the Inwardbound ‘Introduction to Psychedelic Therapy” training. Martin is an accredited jungian psychotherapist, who trained as a transpersonal therapist in Dr Stan Grof’s holiotropic states of consciousness.  He is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on celtic shamanism. Martin also spent 30 years working in the Irish psychiatric services, including some pioneering collaborations with legendary Irish psychiatrist and psychedelic pioneer Dr Ivor Browne (pictured with Martin below), who was a contemporary and colleague of Dr Stan Grof. Martin is the director of the OakTree Charitable Trust, a nonprofit organization that…

Dr Donca Vianu MD- Consultant Psychiatrist

Donca Vianu is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with more than 40 years work experience spread over different countries and cultures, of which 30 years in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands she worked at governmental institutions for mental health and in her own practice. As a psychotherapist, she is trained in various methodologies, with an emphasis on the hypnotherapy treatment of complex PTSD and intergenerational transmission of trauma, cognitive behavioural therapy, gender and relationship problems and transcultural aspects of mental problems. She works with expanded states of consciousness employing Focusing (Eugene Gendlin) Hypnotherapy (Milton Erickson) and Active Imagination (Carl G. Jung,…

Iniigoos McKay

Inigoos McKay is a medicine pipe carrier of the Sturgeon clan of the Anishinaabe First Nation people of Canada. He has many years experience as a sundancer, and has sundanced with the Blackfoot, Shuswap and Staliumx first nations of Canada.  On special occasions, he brings the sweat lodge medicine of his people to our retreats.

Jen Doran

Jen Doran facilitates on our Women’s Retreats in Ireland. The Nature Wave is the umbrella name under which all of her loves fall into one – yoga, movement, connection, nurturing our earth and one another . ‘The nature wave’ encompasses our own inner nature and the outer nature around us and all of the waves we move through within life whether they be our own inner cycles, emotions, experiences, health, self awareness, breath, and the outer waves all around us in the form of the seasonal changes, the ebb and flow of the tides, the waves of colour, rain &…

Dr Graham Campbell - Psychedelic Therapy Training

Graham has been interested in the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs since the late 1990s. This naturally evolved from his early interest in the interpretation of dreams, hypnosis and psychoanalysis. He qualified as a doctor in 2003 from the University of Birmingham and trained in psychiatry from 2006. In 2012, he was awarded an MSc in Neuroscience with distinction from Kings College London and focussed on the role of inflammation in the aetiology of depression. He worked as an NHS inpatient consultant psychiatrist from 2012 at Mill View Hospital in Hove and trained with Imperial College London in February 2018 to…

Niamh O'Connell- Psychotherapist

Niamh offers her skills as an accredited psychotherapist to support clients after Inwardbound’s Irish based (ie non- psychedelic) retreats. Niamh has worked as a therapist for 6 years and is a fully accredited psychotherapist with IACP. She works with many  challenges that clients bring into the therapy room. Some of these include; anxiety, panic attacks,  depression, suicidal ideation, grief, loss, relationship issues, gender, sexuality, low self-esteem, child  sexual abuse, self-harm, and trauma in its many forms. Niamh has also worked in various social care  and community settings. She has worked primarily with children in state care for 10 years and…

Karol Liver

Karol Liver (MSc in Social Studies, B.A. in Arts) is a plant medicine researcher, art curator and educator, with over fifteen years of combined experience in teaching, lecturing and personal development-oriented work. His academic research investigated the sociopsychological constructs and cultural pressures influencing the movement of people throughout history. He holds a diploma in Photography and has been actively involved in artistic and curatorial activities since 2006. Karol propagates a holistic, bio-spiritual model for personal health – where spiritual exploration is accompanied by mental self-care, bodywork and emotional awareness. He is also a practitioner of Tsa Lung, a Tibetan breathing…

Renee Hendriks

A little over 6 years ago, Renée had a life changing experience during her first Ayahuasca Ceremony. From that moment she established a strong connection with plant medicine and she has been attending and co-facilitating many different sacred medicine ceremonies since then. Assisting others in their journey inwards is something she loves to do most. By being present with her open heart and grounded personality, she creates a safe and loving environment. By using her voice as a tool for guidance she is able to hold a solid container where you can truly surrender into yourself and discover what it is that wants to be seen.

Dr Kathryn Ledden, Researcher and Protocol Reviewer

Kathryn (MB, BCh, BAO, BSc Psychology) is a recently qualified doctor with a background in Psychology, Social Care and research. Kathryn has worked and volunteered for over 7 years in settings with people recovering from mental and physical health difficulties, addiction, and childhood trauma. They also facilitate interactive workshops on substance harm reduction, menstrual health and body literacy, as well as LGBTQ+ issues. Kathryn acts as a researcher at Inward Bound, reviewing screening protocols in line with recent best practice. Day-to-day, Kathryn works as a medical and surgeon intern in a busy hospital, and aspires to entwine Western medicine with holistic healing, including plant medicines.

How do we Work?

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek"- Joseph Campbell

We work in the broad tradition of Dr Stan Grof - creating a safe container for people to access the wisdom of their own inner healer. During the psychedelic journey, clients have their own comfortable, safe space to journey inwards. We use mindfold eye masks and earphones with music to allow clients journey inwards.

Western Science is approaching a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions, one that will change our concepts of reality and of human nature, bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, and reconcile the differences between Eastern spirituality and Western pragmatism."
Dr Stan Grof in ‘Beyond the Brain'

Our methodology is based on cutting edge scientific studies and psychological models from research universities such as Imperial College London and John Hopkins University. Without being prescriptive for our clients,  we are also informed by a land-based ancestral spiritual tradition based on our Irish heritage. The science of psilocybin is new, the medicine is not, and is part of our gaelic and broader shared human heritage.

While giving guidance when necessary, we allow our clients to process their experiences through the prism of their own cultural, spiritual and personal perspectives. 'The map is not the territory', and while we can offer guidance based on our multi-disciplinary training and personal lived experience, we do not inform our clients on the meaning of their experiences, although we can help them frame their experience within the context of their own psychology and personal belief systems.

Our integration process is designed to help our clients embody their vision, with one-to-one consultations and group facilitation. We find that the shared experience and human connection helps our clients to find meaning and support. We also integrate in our model the three core conditions of humanistic psychology that have been showed to create change : empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. These core conditions have been proven to be an essential component of any therapeutic relationship. While maintaining boundaries, we deal with all our clients in a warm and caring way.

At Inwardbound we believe in weaving together the threads of science and spirituality, knowing that these two ways are one.

 

Our Values

Integrity. Trust. Best Practice within a legal and scientific framework. Honesty. The principal of do-no-harm. Open, clear communication. Experience. Confidence. Consistency. Sustainability. Socially Conscious Business. Reduce Suffering. Promote Healing.

 

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