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STAY PROUD 2SLGBTQIA++ Ascend Retreat and Preparation/Integration Program.

Embark on your 30-day ASCEND program for self-betterment featuring one week of guided preparation, a cannabis-assisted psychedelic journey over three or four nights at Dimensions Algonquin Highlands in Ontario, Canada, and two weeks of guided integration.

While on Retreat be surrounded by others who are equally dedicated to becoming the best version of themselves through the mindful exploration of cannabis as a psychedelic plant.

Join Dimensions Algonquin Highlands’ Clinical Director Donald Currie, RP, and his team of leading therapists, and hospitality experts providing a new paradigm for well-being. Your all-inclusive Retreat journey will be in the company of your 2SLGBTQIA++ community.

The ASCEND program and Retreat is held in a uniquely western container: it is supported by rigorous health and safety protocols and is among several well-being programs developed by Dimensions’ team of experts. The Retreat’s five-star environment is a groundbreaking opportunity to leave the everyday behind. Pause, reflect, and connect to an enhanced sense of purpose.

Where

Dimensions Algonquin Highlands
1218 Canopy Lane, Algonquin Highlands, ON, Canada

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Your Hosts

Donald Currie, RP

Clinical Director, Dimensions Algonquin Highlands

A registered psychotherapist and integrative mental health provider with over 20 years of experience running a private practice. Donald was a key member of the clinical team at Helix Healthcare Group, a treatment facility for mental health and addiction.

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Miriam Echeverria

Executive Chef, Dimensions Algonquin Highlands

“Our connection to the earth and ourselves is strengthened when we eat with mindfulness and reflect on the experience,” says Chef Echeverria. Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, Miriam moved to Canada in 2008 and swiftly made her entrance into the Toronto culinary scene. Miriam was named “one of the reasons to love Toronto” by Toronto Life magazine and one of the 16 best female chefs in the city.

As founder of Cheffing 4 Good, a non-profit organization in support of women in need, she hosts charitable, plant-based dinners in collaboration with other women in the industry.

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What's Included

The three or four night ASCEND Retreat is the experiential portion of the 30-day ASCEND program. It follows one week of guided preparation and runs from Wednesday or Thursday to departures on Sunday.

Your accommodation in a private cabin includes programmed activities, one cannabis psychedelic plant ceremony (optional), and meals prepared daily to suit all dietary needs by Dimensions Algonquin Highlands’ Executive Chef Miriam Echeverria.

These all-inclusive accommodations, amenities, and activities are all conducted by Dimensions’ therapists, clinicians, and hospitality experts. (Dimensions is a dog-friendly premises)

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What to expect

The three phase ASCEND program includes:

Featuring guided preparation over one week including:

  • Virtual group meetings
  • Dietary advice
  • Videos
  • Worksheets
  • Meditations

The three or four nights of accommodations, amenities, and activities also include:

  • Daily morning group movement and meditation
  • Daily Nature Forest Bathing
  • One psychedelic Plant Medicine Ceremony (cannabis)
  • Three wellness activities over 4 nights or two wellness activities over 3 nights (movement practices, yoga, Qi Gong, meditation, acupuncture, breathwork, sound bath)
  • Three bodywork sessions over 4 nights or two bodywork sessions over 3 nights (reiki, reflexology, shiatzu, acupressure, massage, Thai massage)
  • Seasonal outdoor and lakeside water activities (canoe, kayaking)
  • Evening gatherings

Guided integration over two weeks incuding:

  • Virtual group discussion
  • Videos
  • Meditations

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Book your stay

This introductory all-inclusive Retreat runs Wednesday or Thursday through to a departure on Sunday.

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