Birthing an Ancient Future – Netherlands


I am Dr. Regina U. Hess—a visionary, a clinician and shamanic healer, an international teacher, and a guide. With a joint Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology and embodied phenomenology, I have dedicated my life to the exploration of human consciousness and the work with expanded states of consciousness for healing of collective trauma and guiding awakening processes. Through my work as the founder/director of Birthing an Ancient Future – Multidisciplinary Psychedelic Council – Temple of the Peoples, I strive to bridge ancient wisdom with modern psychedelic science, empowering individuals to unlock their fullest potential and contribution to the world for co-creating harmony and balance for all our relations and our planet.

Birthing an Ancient Future creates spaces where people can commence on self-discovery, healing, and empowerment journeys. Drawing from my extensive knowledge as a clinical psychologist, body-centered Gestalt psychotherapist, and transpersonal therapist, I had a vision of a retreat that could effortlessly blend ancient wisdom traditions with modern psychedelic science, psychedelic-assisted transformational retreats for self-discovery and empowerment.

Our retreats stand out due to our uncompromising dedication to customization and personalization. We meticulously choreograph each journey to cater to the individual needs and preferences of every participant, be it in the pursuit of self-development, enhanced well- being, couple’s retreats, leadership skills, or team building. Our retreats are intentionally designed to provide both individual sessions and small group experiences. Every aspect of the retreat is created with a purpose and intention.

At the heart of our philosophy lies the concept of interconnectedness—the profound understanding that all beings and elements of existence are intrinsically linked. Rooted in this wisdom, we offer a holistic framework encompassing the dimensions of body, mind, spirit, culture, and Nature. We guide participants on a transformative journey of self-discovery, healing, and awakening through a blend of bodywork, dance, movement, art, music, voice, sound, and sacred medicines like cacao and psilocybin-containing truffles.

What motivates us is the vision of co-creating a new Earth—a world where compassion, understanding, and interconnectedness reign supreme. Our purpose is clear: to serve as stewards of this vision, guiding individuals toward awakening and empowerment.

We believe in the power of healing and self-discovery, in the wisdom of ancient traditions,
and in the interconnectedness of all beings and the potential for collective evolution. Our goal is to assist people in their journey towards transformation and empowerment by providing them with the necessary tools, guidance, and support. Let’s work together to co-create a new future, one that is rooted in love, compassion, and interconnectedness.


  • Personalized Journeys: Our retreats at Birthing an Ancient Future are not one-size-fits-all. Dr. Regina U Hess, with over 30 years of interdisciplinary expertise, crafts personalized journeys tailored to meet your unique requirements and preferences, ensuring a transformative experience that resonates deeply with your individual needs. Other customized settings include couples’ retreats, leadership coaching, team building, and small group retreats – each uniquely choreographed.
  • Tailored Retreat Settings: Whether you're seeking personal growth as an individual, deeper connection as a couple, or team building for a group, our retreat settings are fully customizable. From intimate sessions to larger group gatherings, we offer structured programs that cater to diverse needs, fostering a supportive environment for profound growth and connection.
  • Holistic Approach: At Birthing an Ancient Future, we embrace a holistic approach to personal development. Rooted in the concept of interconnectedness, our framework integrates body, mind, spirit, culture, and Nature. Through a blend of bodywork, dance, art, music, and sacred medicines, such as cacao and psilocybin-containing truffles/mushrooms, we facilitate a transformative journey that honors the interconnectedness of all aspects of our being.
  • Expert Guidance: Led by our visionary founder/director of Birthing an Ancient Future, Dr. Regina U. Hess, NL/PT, together with experienced guides, designs our retreats and seamlessly bridges ancient wisdom traditions with modern (psychedelic) science. With her extensive experience and guidance, coupled with the support of experienced facilitators, each retreat becomes a profound journey of transformation and empowerment for the greater good.
  • Conscious Living and Earth Stewardship: Our vision is to co-create a New Earth by fostering conscious living through the heart and caring for all relations in Earth stewardship. Drawing on ancient wisdom and modern insights, we guide participants towards developing unique 3 ways of conscious interconnected living, nurturing a deep sense of connection and care for all relations, and promoting inclusivity and diversity in our collective journey towards a harmonious existence.
  • Psychedelic-Assisted Retreats: Embracing a transgenerational framework, our retreats welcome participants to explore ancestral connections, rootedness and belonging, conscious parenthood, and nurture our future generations. Through carefully curated experiences and ceremonial retreats, we provide a safe and supportive space for profound inner exploration and healing, paving the way for transformative growth and awakening to the tree of life within and around us.


Substance sourcing

In the Netherlands, the psilocybin-containing roots of the mushroom – the so-called magic truffles are legal for personal use.

Intake / Prescreening Process

  • Short Online Questionnaire

We explore your eligibility for participation from the medical/psychological level as a comparably average healthy participant with a stable living situation within a short online questionnaire and invite you to share some of your background and intention for participation.

  • Short Online Pre-screening

Eligibility of Participation will be required to create a safe and ethically sound setting. The data are confidential and collected by the organizing team.

We will offer a short online dialogue including your previous psychedelic experiences, knowledge, and specific wisdom and interest you bring as a participant.


  • We recommend that participants incorporate moments of contemplation, meditation, mindful walking, self-compassion, and gratitude into their daily routines leading up to the retreat. It is important to regularly integrate these practices to foster inner connection and prepare for the transformative journey ahead.
  • We advocate for focusing gently on healthy nutrition, physical fitness, and overall well-being to support the mind, body, and spirit during the preparation process. We encourage participants to prioritize activities that promote emotional and mental balance, such as journaling, engaging in hobbies, or seeking support from loved ones.
  • We remind participants that their decision to participate in a Ceremonial Retreat marks the beginning of a transformative journey. We encourage them to honor this journey by dedicating extra time and care to their preparation, recognizing it as a sacred opportunity for growth and self-discovery.

Ceremonial Personalized Retreats

It is a deep exploration of the intimate, innate interconnectedness of life and the mysteries of our existence. The focus is on a heart-centered approach, where we intertwine being and knowing into the wisdom of the heart. Rising in Deep Intimacy with all our relations, we honor our ancestors and nurture future generations in a transgenerational dance of love as we become Stewards of a New Earth on the path of conscious living in harmony with the greater good.

Personalized Guided Online Integration Sessions

    • This process is a critical part of the retreat experience, designed to help participants integrate their individual experiences into a collective understanding of human life and Earth stewardship.

    • The Personalized Guided Online Integration Sessions are led by Dr. Regina U. Hess, providing profound guidance for navigation and integration into deeper layers of being and the bigger picture of experiences. Drawing on depth psychological foundations, dream interpretation, somatic bodywork and movement exercises, meditation, music, sound, and especially the use of creative expression to allow for translation of the psychedelic experiences, which are non-linear and expanded with tools that are non-linear such as music, art, poetry, dreams etc without substance induction.

    • At Birthing an Ancient Future, we strongly promote the importance of practicing non-substance methods and integrating them into daily life to support a transformational process of well-being and awakening.

  • Those sessions also have educational aspects, providing a holistic framework of understanding that supports a deeper and more comprehensive integration. We provide guidance, support, and practical tools for applying insights and lessons learned during the retreat in daily life. Participants are encouraged to cultivate practices of self-care, mindfulness, and community engagement to sustain their personal transformation beyond the


  • The clients book their accommodation in or near Leiden themselves. We recommend how
    and what to book in the screening sessions.
  • Leiden is 30 min by train from Amsterdam Airport or by taxi.


Evening/Night before the Retreat Day to ensure a good rest and grounding when arriving
from air travel.

Departure from the Netherlands:
After the One-Day Retreat, we strongly recommend staying at least one day/night longer to give time for embodied integration and bodily healing processes. In an airplane at high altitude, re-activation of the experiences and expanded states can occur, which is not recommended. The client should feel grounded, stable, and centered to travel onwards, as much so as even when traveling by train or car—to be safe for oneself and others.

One-Day Psilocybin-Assisted Retreat in the Netherlands, Leiden area: Beginning
● Arrive at the designated retreat location in the Netherlands.
● Settling in and Preparation for the Retreat.
● Outdoor Walks and Rituals to connect with the environment and Nature.
● Explanation of the session's structure.

Preparation and Setting Intention
● Warm up with body, movement, breathing, and grounding exercises.
● Recap the themes and focus of the content of explorations.
● Setting the intention for the session.
● Introduction to the use of blindfolds during the journey.

Ceremonial Psilocybin-Assisted Session
● Journey lasts about 6 hours.
● Guided therapeutic-oriented journey.
● Creative Expression and note-taking during and after the session.
● Interim Days: Integration and Reflection
● Online Integration Sessions in between psilocybin-assisted in-person sessions.
● Reflect on the experiences and insights gained during the psilocybin-assisted session.
● Explore creative expression methods to process and integrate the journey.
● Closing and contact backup by Lead Dr. Regina U. Hess.

Program of Cycles of three Psilocybin-Assisted Sessions with Online Integration and Guidance Sessions between over 6 – 9 months
● Depending on the program structure, repeat psilocybin-assisted sessions may occur over the personalized course designed with the client.
● Reflection on personal growth and intentions for continued integration post-sessions and between further sessions.
● Final integration session to consolidate insights and experiences from the retreat.
● Reflection on personal growth and intentions for continued integration post-retreat


Which costs are included in the retreat price?

  • The One-Day Retreat.

Which costs are excluded from the retreat price?

  • Airfare and transportation to the venue are not included. Meals are not included.
  • Book your accommodation.


What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Non-Refundable Deposit: A non-refundable deposit is required to book the Psychedelic Group Retreats, secure the client’s reservation, and ensure availability for the requested dates.

How do you calculate dosage of plant medicine and substances?

The dosages will be moderate. The organizing team schedules follow-up online integration sessions.

What is not included in the cost of your services?

Airfare and transportation to the venue are not included, as are personal accommodation and meals.

How do guests get to your retreat and/or place of business?

To reach our retreat venue, guests have several transportation options:

● From Amsterdam Airport to Leiden:

● Guests arriving at Amsterdam Airport can take a direct train to Leiden, where the Retreat Apartment is located. The train or taxi journey takes approximately 30 minutes, providing a convenient and efficient way to reach the retreat venue.

Extended Stay Opportunities:
● If you are interested in exploring the surrounding areas beyond the retreat period, there are ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the stunning nature reserves, coastal regions, and national parks nearby. However, please note that accommodations for extended stays are not included in the retreat package and would need to be arranged separately and independently of the retreat.


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