Short and crisp: Unambiguously positive.
As for the centerpiece of this function, I will refrain from commenting on my experiences themselves, and instead speak of the venue and the setting created therein by the hosts .
The hosts: Very much the ideal cast of people one would want for such a place; If I'm not mistaken, this had been their first retreat of this kind together, but I wouldn't have known from being there. Organization-wise, everything went smoothly, despite their rather varied backgrounds and them living in different countries.
Most importantly, though: They know what they're doing, they care about what they're doing and they care about those they're working with.
Starting with the extensive screening and preceding skype interview, it never even came to my mind that this retreat was "just another job" for any of them, and this sense has persisted during the retreat - and beyond. There never seemed to be much of a distance between the paying participants of the retreat and the hosts, despite the also quite diverse field of people, age- and nationality-wise, that were there. I'm still rather befuddled to have been taken genuine human interest in, in a place where there's - nominally - a "professional" customer-provider relationship in place. If there hadn't been money involved and cooking provided, there would've been no way to distinguish between this and some 70's hippie commune (or rather, an idealized version of one).
If nothing else, they were all definitely chill enough to pass for hippies :D
Suffice to say these 5 days helped me in ways I couldn't have imagined before.
About the location: The "Paradijs op Aarde" is a rebuilt barn house located in the Dutch coutryside with a nice, open garden and within walking distance of the Ijsselmeer, which makes it an ideal venue for both the truffle sessions themselves (the room where they were held in is pictured on the website) and the preparation and integration enclosing them. Food was prepared on site, and - as someone whose palate is mostly accustomed to fiendish fast food, no less - I can only say that it was fantastic. Clearly, every meal had been put a lot of thought and/or experience into, vegetables were fresh and of high quality and the sheer diversity of different ingredients reliably made every dinner into a culinary adventure.
[TL;DR]: 11/10, would live in pineapple under the sea again.
—Adrian, August 2019
"Skilled and professional"
I cannot recommend New Moon enough. The environment was perfect and all the facilitators caring, skilled and professional. The food was really wonderful too. I had some amazing experiences with the truffles and also bonding with and getting to know the group.
—Tim, August 2019
A tremendous experience, in which the various supporting activities were just as valuable as the psilocybin ceremony itself. The facilitators are clearly deeply knowledgeable about the use of mushrooms for personal growth and transformation, and this was the focus of the retreat. During just a few days at the fabulous location, with delicious healthy meals cooked by the host, an atmosphere of trust and compassion was forged with the team and the group, making us feel safe to explore the issues each of us brought to the retreat. It was so great to see how much each person got out of their time there, often in unexpected ways, or just beyond expectation. Simply mind-blowing!
—Tom, August 2019
The retreat was transformational-and this is a term I rarely use!
I recommend the book "How to change your mind" by Michael Pollan to understand the science of psychedelics and the importance of preparing and evaluating beforehand. New Moon did a wonderful job from prior to arrival to follow up after the retreat. Thankfully, New Moon chose the Netherlands where this type of retreat where it is legal, and showed discreteness for those who might be concerned.
The set, setting, intention and integration were are crucially important for this type of experience, and New Moon chose wisely. I felt safe and secure the entire time as did the other retreat guests who attended. The facilitators were all experienced while truly caring and concerned about the guests who attending. I would recommend this to any persons who are even inquisitive, and I have told others the same. After the retreat, I knew I had chosen wisely in New Moon. I look forward to attending further retreats with New Moon.
My review is done without any financial consideration or renumeration from New Moon for my testimonial.
—DM, August 2019
Thank you for creating this retreat and the possibilities it created for all the people that attended! Thanks for putting your love and knowledge in. We need more spaces like this, more spaces for transformation, healing and exploration in safe settings. You were the right kind of present, all of you. Muchas gracias :) .
—AL, August 2019
"Comfortable right away"
Amazing lovely facilitators and a really nice group. I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first experience but I felt comfortable right away. Thank you so much!
—Sarah, August 2019