The Fundamentals Program is a community experiential journey of learning what KAP is truly about both personally and didactically.
With Phil Wolfson, Julane Andries, Mark Braunstein, Heather Hart Kennedy Licia Sky, Bessel van der Kolk and more
The Bishop’s Ranch—Northern California—about 1 and ½ hours from SFO—for views: http://www.bishopsranch.org/
Limited participation for licensed health practitioners only.
CEs provided as part of Tuition.
Four BIPOC scholarships are available by application as above. Consideration for scholarships occurs with application after admission to the program.
Registration is now open, and we welcome your application and presence. The registration fee is $500 for all applicants, $400 of which is refundable depending on date of cancellation. We predict the training will fill up rapidly, so we suggest you apply soon.
$4,500 Single Rooms—14 rooms available—first come, first serve.
$4,000 Double Rooms—11 rooms available
Tuition, CEs, Room and Board
Presenting Our Second Dharma K Program—an exploration of
spirituality, meditation, yoga, and consciousness in concert with the ego
dissolution properties of the legal psychedelic medicine ketamine. Our aim is to share with each other and to experience the impact of ketamine on contemplative practice and realization, emptiness and fullness, silence and connection, community and compassion, tolerance and respect for differences, love, and empathy.
The ketamine experiences will be embedded in a program of meditation, presentations on contemplative and psychedelic practices, and community building. The event is held in the full confidentiality of personal disclosures. There are a limited number of opportunities to present at the event and we will consider proposals from those who wish to make offerings.
Dharma K will be held at the Menla Retreat Center in Phoenicia, New
York between 4 PM on April 2nd and noon on April 7 th . Participation is limited to forty participants. It is sponsored by the non-profit Ketamine Training Center of the Ketamine Research Foundation and by the Menla Retreat Center.
We are requesting that applicants have experience with both
mindfulness (in the broad sense of contemplative practices) and psychedelic medicine as a basis for participation, though not necessarily ketamine. This is designed to be a mutual exploration rather than a training program.
Clinicians are welcome and we will provide an intensive exploration of
ketamine’s effects, with attention to the different sensitivities we each have. This will inform clinical practice with ketamine but is not a substitute for learning about Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in one of our formal training programs.
Participants will have the opportunity to personally experience
ketamine at three different doses in the context of contemplative practice, as well as to sit for others experiencing a medicine session. Our plan is to administer ketamine via intramuscular injection, although other routes of administration may be considered depending on the needs of specific participants.
Organizers are Ron Siegel and Phil Wolfson in association with Gina
Arons, Will Hamilton, Gita Vaid, and Elizabeth Call. The KRF BIPOC scholarship fund will offer scholarships, and there will be limited general scholarship support by application—consideration occurring after acceptance to the program. We are trying to make this as financially feasible as possible.
There will be pre-and post-assessment measures to enable a view of
the impact of the program on each of us and our practices, and an evaluation form.
The Application fee of $500 is compulsory as with all our trainings,
$400 of which is refundable, and the Tuition Fee is $3500 for the week. On acceptance, you will be given a link to select your room and board at Menla which is a separate cost.
We are inviting a limited number of prior participants in the first
Dharma K program to return as there have been multiple expressions of
desire to do so, but we are also providing opportunities for new people to participate.
A link to Phil’s Tricycle paper on Buddhism and intoxication is posted
Other papers and training videos will be suggested as we move
towards April and we welcome your suggestions.
We want to welcome you to our unique and exciting program and to
the conscious and loving community we will form together.
The Fundamentals of the BIPOC KAP Training Initiative
Ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) training for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) providers is an essential step towards addressing disparities and promoting social justice within mental healthcare. This initiative recognizes the historical and ongoing injustices faced by BIPOC communities in accessing quality mental health services and aims to rectify these disparities.
From a social justice lens, the need for this training arises due to several interconnected factors:
1. Addressing systemic racism: BIPOC communities have long faced systemic racism that perpetuates disparities in access to mental healthcare. This training acknowledges the unique experiences, cultural nuances, and historical trauma that BIPOC individuals may bring to therapy. It seeks to empower BIPOC providers to better understand and address the specific mental health needs of their communities.
2. Culturally responsive care: Traditional mental health practices often fail to consider the cultural contexts and specific needs of BIPOC individuals, leading to inadequate or ineffective treatment. Ketamine-assisted therapy training for BIPOC providers emphasizes the importance of culturally responsive care, recognizing the diversity of experiences and tailoring treatment approaches accordingly. This approach fosters trust, safety, and understanding between the provider and the client.
3. Reducing mental health disparities: BIPOC communities continue to experience higher rates of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. By training BIPOC providers in ketamine-assisted therapy, we aim to bridge the gap in mental healthcare access and reduce disparities. This training equips providers with tools to effectively address mental health concerns within their communities, ultimately improving overall well-being and resilience.
4. Empowering BIPOC providers: Representation is crucial in mental healthcare. Training BIPOC providers in ketamine-assisted therapy not only increases access to quality care for BIPOC individuals but also empowers BIPOC professionals to play a significant role in their communities. It offers opportunities for BIPOC providers to become leaders and advocates in mental health, helping to shape policies, reduce stigma, and promote equitable access to care.
In summary, the implementation of ketamine-assisted therapy training for BIPOC providers aligns with social justice principles by addressing systemic racism, promoting culturally responsive care, reducing mental health disparities, and empowering BIPOC professionals. This initiative aims to create a more equitable mental healthcare system that recognizes and values the unique experiences and needs of BIPOC communities.
The Fundamentals of KAP Is a community experiential journey of learning what KAP is truly about both personally and didactically.
With Phil Wolfson, Licia Sky, Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Corbett, Gita Vaid, Ben McCauley, and others.
The Menla Retreat Center—in the heart of the Catskills—near Woodstock
375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia, New York
Limited participation– for licensed health practitioners only.
Four BIPOC scholarships are available by application. Registration is now open, and we welcome your application and presence. The registration fee is $500 for all applicants, $400 of which is refundable. We predict the training will fill up rapidly, so we suggest you apply soon.
$3,500 prescribing providers
$3,000 non-prescribing providers
Room and board separate at additional cost payable to Menla.
Room reservation is made directly through Menla after acceptance to the program. Link will be provided at that time.
KTC and Phil Wolfson are in collaboration to present KAP in an experiential training program with two European organizations. Enrollment is through this link. Looking forward to this expansion of the understanding of ketamine and psychedelic psychotherapy to other realms—and in support of its application in the Ukraine
KTC Covid Precautions and Guidelines as of August 2023
With the recent upsurge of Covid 19, we had our own experience of two participants, who were unknowingly harboring the virus, attending our August training. They tested Covid positive on the first and second full days of the training and had to leave. Learning from this disruptive and fearful experience, we are mandating new testing for your and our health. The program continued after four additional participants voluntarily departed in concern for their protection. Fortunately, with daily testing, no one else tested positive and the training concluded with a sense of great community and great learning. To be clear, it was tough going.
The incubation period appears to be 2-3 days from exposure, though it may be even longer—up to 5 days. The current strains seem quicker to become symptomatic.
We wish to take the necessary precautions. These are as follows:
Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
—Phil Wolfson MD
We will do a on-site pre-admission screening” and “It is essential that we keep in mind that the pandemic is ever-evolving and it is possible that our workshops may have to be cancelled. In that case, fees would be refunded save for the processing fee of $100”.
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