It was a warm summer night in June 2016 when we first stepped onto our property on a small island outside of Vancouver. We sat on the porch overlooking the ocean and celebrated our new home. It was that evening that the notion of hosting psychedelic journeys first came up in conversation. We both had a long personal history with psychedelics, but hosting transformational experiences was never part of the plan when we chose this property or location. Somehow the land spoke through us and it immediately resonated.
From that day on, the work began to reconfigure the buildings and landscape on our property to prepare. Over a couple of years, we completed all the design work, sourcing of materials, and construction with our own hands. After running a number of trial retreats with friends, we hosted our first paid retreat in 2019. Our early experiences showed us how important this work is. Within months, we sold or wound down our other ventures and doubled down on Enfold.
Since then, we’ve been practicing an emergent strategy*, staying close to our intention and serving our highest purpose, while allowing the experience we gained along the way to shape our next steps. It’s been working. Instead of spending the past three+ years building pitch decks and raising money based on future concepts, we’ve hosted dozens of group retreats and ceremonies. We’ve built a world-class protocol focused around 5-MeO-DMT, breathwork, mindfulness meditation, and somatic therapy. We continue to learn from each experience and refine our processes, content, and approach.
* Emergent strategy implies that an organization is learning what works in practice. An emergent strategy develops when an organization takes a series of actions that with time turn into a consistent pattern of behaviour.
At the heart of the Enfold experience is the presence, integrity, and depth of its facilitators. Steve and Austin’s shared passion is helping people realize the richness of life through deepened awareness, presence, and gratitude.
Their chemistry and working dynamic offer a shining example of an undefended, loving relationship. The pair provide healthy paternal and maternal archetypal energy that makes people feel loved and comforted in their presence. Steve is the communicator, shepherd, and coach. Austin is the energy healer, mother, and doula.
Steve is a successful social impact entrepreneur, investor, philosopher, coach, and musician. He has a background in technology, brand and marketing, strategic consulting, mindfulness, and personal development.
Steve sits on the board of Grateful Living and Therapsil. He is an Advisor to Numinus, Nikean Foundation, and Holos Global and a mentor through numerous organizations such as YELL Canada and The Forum.
Austin has spent two decades creating moments of love and connection through beautifully designed products and experiences. She is a designer, chef, death doula, and tea master. She is a former functional health coach supporting people navigating cancer and spent a decade as a dominatrix and sex therapist. With a love for minimalism, ceremony and nurturing others, Austin brings a sense of grace and deep presence to everything she does.
Steve and Austin have been life partners since 2011. They have a daughter (23) and two big dogs.
Along the path, the question of growth has come up a number of times. The conversation consistently comes back to how growth can be in service to our mission. We’ve seen firsthand that psychedelics have the greatest potential for healing when they are combined with deep personal connection and trust. The most important consideration for us is how we maintain the level of care that we bring to every person we serve.
We’ve meditated on whether growth is necessary and asked the medicine for guidance, and the message has been clear:
“There is more to do.”
To us this message means four things:
What needs to be done:
We have three primary objectives with our work.
The first is to offer top-tier psychedelic experiences that offer the best service, safety, and quality of care available anywhere in the world. Ultimately, our aim is to create an environment for a safe container that helps people feel welcome and safe enough to truly surrender into this process and heal deeply. We want to create beautiful experiences that inspire awe and create lasting transformation. We hope that the level of intentionality and mindfulness we bring to these experiences can be an example to our guests for how they approach their own lives after they leave.
The second objective is to contribute to the thinking, approach, and ethics of psychedelic medicines as they become mainstream, with a particular focus on 5-MEO-DMT. We hope to help up-level the industry as it evolves and chart the course for the most effective and transformative treatments. For instance, we believe that psychedelics are best accessed in combination with natural surroundings, community, and supportive programming that help people achieve lasting change in their life. We want to become a shining example of excellence for practitioners, participants, and regulators worldwide.
Part of how we will achieve this is by providing services to the culture-movers in our society. The influencers in various areas of society that move the needle of public perception. An example is Mike Tyson, who has made such a huge impact in very a short time by sharing his experiences.
Our third objective is to make these experiences widely accessible. This may sound contradictory to the first objective. However, we have seen that when people with financial means have these experiences, they want to share them and pay it forward. We’ve started a scholarship program that offers our services at a tiny fraction of the regular cost. We hope this will extend to entire groups of people having access to this work. We also aim to create training and open-source aspects of our protocols in order to ensure that more people can access safe and effective experiences.
We offer our retreats on a sliding scale to offer some flexibility and access while keeping our average price point fairly high. This allows us to offer the level of quality and experience we envision. We’re currently averaging ~ $1250-$1500 per-night / per-person for group retreats. As we continue to expand and improve our offerings we expect that average to increase.
To increase demand we will be targeting specific high-net-worth networks and activating a PR strategy to build brand equity and awareness. The scholarship program will help create access for those that can’t afford our services.
We are also set to be featured in a new feature documentary that will dramatically increase exposure and demand.
Our primary retreat offerings will be:
The primary purpose of this platform will be to support people through the various phases of their psychedelic experiences. We’ll provide guided pathways for psychedelic education, preparation, after-care, and integration. We’ll also be focused on creating virtual and real-world spaces for people to connect through chatrooms, integration circles, and other experiences. Our community platform will be offered on a monthly and annual basis, and will include free and paid tiers of access. The platform will host a wide range of content, courses, meditations, breathwork sessions, workouts, yoga classes, workshops, and community circles.
We have already developed much of the mindfulness content through our program Nature of Work, launched in 2019, and have over 100 movement classes, breathwork sessions, and meditations ready to go. We’re also well underway in developing a 28-day preparation and integration program to enfold the retreat experience.
We will begin by making this platform open to guests of Enfold retreats and then establish a strategy to expand access to anyone seeking out support and community for their psychedelic journeys. Beyond our retreat community, we see three key audiences that will be looking for support and community around their psychedelic journeys:
We have done most of the legwork for our first observational research study, with our private IRB under review. We plan to launch this in Q3 of 2022. Along with quantitative and qualitative data collection from guests, we will collect extensive data around dosing, session process and outcomes, and other aspects with regards to our service offerings. This will be the most comprehensive collection of observational data related to 5-MeO-DMT in the world.
We believe there will be value in this data and our expertise as the clinical research around 5-MeO-DMT reaches human-level trials and as companies begin considering how to bring this molecule to market.
The unique backgrounds, experience, and approach we bring to this work are what differentiates us.
Drawing from a diverse set of well-established scientific, therapeutic, philosophical, and spiritual disciplines to deliver measurable and results-focused offerings.
Ultimately we see our work as helping people reach spiritual attunement. We’re rooted in universal wisdom with a particular focus on Buddhist philosophy, avoiding rigid dogma and polarizing ideologies. Our intention is to create a sacred and clear container that embraces and enhances our guest’s own spiritual orientation. There are many words for god.
Technology and platform expertise give us an edge in every aspect of our operation. From client communications, community engagement, data collection and research, to process automation.
We seek to create offerings that are consistent and scalable. This is possible through an ongoing commitment to documentation, process, and optimization.
Ceremony is the doorway through which we connect with the divine healer inside us and experience transformation. We create modern, elegant experiences that don’t appropriate cultural references and symbolism. Think high-end spa meets spiritual ceremony.
We seek to free people from suffering and to create a more harmonious world. We draw from a wide variety of history’s greatest teachers such as Buddha, Seneca, Martin Luther King, Ken Wilber and countless others to build frameworks for deepening one’s understanding of self and the world.
Mindfulness helps us stay grounded in the present moment, where we access our full capacity to make change in our lives. Our body is the gateway to the collective wisdom of all life on earth.
Lasting spiritual awakening is possible when we build resilience through daily habits, ritual, and routines. We support on sleep, breath, meditation, technology hygiene, work habits, nutrition, and more.
Working to solve the “Meaning Crisis” and help people connect with themselves, their purpose, community, and the planet.