Cultivating Joy | An AEDP and IHRP Informed Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Professionals

MENLA Retreat and Dewa Spa

A retreat for professionals looking to explore healing the heart of addictions using Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP).

This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly experienced therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at MENLA Retreat and Spa.

~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~

This four-day retreat is designed for licensed professionals. The program design focuses on supporting the personal challenges of clinicians, particularly those dealing with burnout, experiencing Zoom fatigue, depression, anxiety, and having limited time for self-care practices.

Addictions, and cravings and compulsions in general, impact us all - as healers, as clients and as humans trying to escape pain. Mindfulness, Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy (AEDP) help us slow down together, reach beneath the impulse, and go back to times where the avoidance of emotion had to happen so we could survive. Then, we can find or rediscover new ways into self-care, connection and flourishing. Ketamine can beautifully facilitate this process, reducing defenses and anxiety so we can feel into the stillness and love, so we might find new ways out of addictive behaviors.  

Esteemed teachers and leaders Mark Green, MD, Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, and Jayne Gumpel LCSW will be lead faculty at this retreat and bring AEDP, Mindfulness and IHRP into focus as practice modalities working with ketamine and psychedelics in general. Pre and post retreat zoom classes will complement the learning and build on practice skills and theory drawing from Diana Fosha’s extraordinary work (AEDP).

Dr. Green is a certified therapist and supervisor in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy), and an expert in substance use disorders and  KAP.  

Dr. Tatarsky’s important seminal work is Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. IHRP, is a treatment for the broad spectrum of problematic substance use and other addictive and high-risk behaviors.

Seema Desai MD and Irina Linetskaya MD are returning core faculty and facilitators and medical providers for this retreat. David Gumpel M.A. is the retreat manager and mindfulness teacher.

Cultivating JOY  is emerging as a model for group work. The highly valued and evidence based work from AEDP, IHRP and Mindfulness are integrated into this retreat model.

This retreat is experiential with a focus on personal development and learning. The professional components will be offered pre and post via zoom classes.  

At our retreats we use guided practices to bring individuals home to their inner intelligence. Regardless of what is unfolding  moment to moment, we each have the innate capacity and inner wisdom to choose to be present and to practice compassion and kindness with ourselves and with each other.

We take great care in the enrollment process. Safety is our top priority while making sure every individual that will attend has the capacity to be in a group setting and to experience Ketamine in a safe and constructive manner. This retreat is not a residential treatment setting and is not meant for people suffering from an acute mental health crises, and it is not for those with chronic and persistent psychiatric conditions.

Included in the tuition.

Group Zoom Preparation Meeting

(MBSR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week class. Mindfulness education through experiential and didactic learning. (Optional)

Professional Development Zoom Sessions through our optional cultivating joy community zoom rooms (Supplemental)

Post Retreat Integration and learning. We will meet three times as a cohort on zoom for continued integration and application of material. An on-going, no fee,  peer group will be supported and encouraged.

Steps to join:

Step 1: Fill out the initial application to attend this retreat. After we receive that, the next step will be to conduct a screening call over Zoom with our Co-Founder and Lead Facilitator, Jayne Gumpel, LCSW (the confirmation email will include instructions on how to book this). 

Step 2: If the phone or Zoom screening results in a sense that there is a good fit (mutually decided, of course) you will be asked to make a deposit of 50% of the retreat fee (please note, this does not include the cost of housing).

Step 3: After paying the deposit to confirm your enrollment, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for all your next steps, including scheduling a medical screening appointment, booking housing at Menla Retreat Center, and choosing your Pre-Retreat Preparation Group Video Call with other retreat participants. You’ll also receive a login to our Customer Portal, where you’ll find all this information and more in one place, to help you prepare for the retreat. 

Retreat Schedule

Retreat Schedule


  • 12:30 PM Optional Lunch
  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM Medical Check in and Registration
  • 3:00 PM Formal Program starts
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Evening Program


  • 7:15 AM Meditation and Yoga (optional)
  • 8:00  Check-in & Opening program *no breakfast
  • 9:30 AM Meeting the medicine
  • 10:00 AM Ketamine Session
  • 12:30 PM Lunch.
  • BREAK (book a massage or spa treatment!).
  • 3:30 - 5:30 PM Afternoon program
  • 6:00 PM Dinner.
  • 7:00 PM Evening Workshop
  • 9:00 PM Bonfire (weather permitting)


  • 7:15 AM Meditation and Yoga (optional).
  • 8:30 AM Morning Program - *no breakfast.
  • 10:00 AM Ketamine Session  
  • 12:30 PM Lunch.
  • BREAK (book a massage or spa treatment!).
  • 3:30 - 5:30 PM Afternoon program
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Evening workshop
  • 9:00 PM Night activity


  • 7:15 AM Meditation and Yoga (optional).
  • 8:00 AM Check out of rooms
  • 9:00 AM - Ketamine Session (optional)
  • 11:00 AM Group Process
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Small group integration circles
  • 3:00 End of program (optional stay Sunday night)

Monday (optional)

  • 11:00 AM checkout
  • Menla Spa Day
*Please note schedule is subject to change


Relationship Resources Cost: $2850 per person. A 50% deposit is due upon being invited to enroll. The remaining 50% is due after this.

PLEASE NOTE: This cost does not include the cost of housing or the medical screening, which are paid separately (see details below)

Housing Cost: The above fee does NOT include housing at Menla Retreat Center. Individual or shared (on request) accommodations are available. Prices range from $250 to $380 a night including delicious vegetarian meals. After being accepted, the cost of housing will be paid directly to Menla with instructions provided. 

Medical Intake Cost: This fee will be paid directly to our medical provider and costs $400.

Organizer/faculty contact details

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

914.924.1509 (cell)

Relationship Resources LLC

15 Pine Grove St, Woodstock, New York 12498 (O)

Menla Retreat Center Contact Information

Front Desk at Menla:

Or call 845-688-6897 (Extension 101)

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Jayne Gumpel, LCSW
David Gumpel, MA
Seema Desai, MD
Irina Linetskaya, MD
Andrew Tatarsky PhD
Mark Green, MD