Cultivating Joy: a Ketamine-assisted Mindfulness Retreat for Professionals | June 2024

MENLA Retreat and Dewa Spa

Welcome to Cultivate Joy ~ A Ketamine Assisted Mindfulness Retreat for Inspired professionals.

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.

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW, Saundra Jain, M.A., PsyD, LPC, Seema Desai, MD, Rohini Kanniganti MD,MSPH, HMDC, Julia King Olivier, MD

Let The Beauty Begin ~ Jayne, Saundra, Seema, Rohini and Julia along with an illustrious staff and guest presenters are facilitating a 5 day retreat which includes a program for licensed professionals for learning and development. This promises to be a transformative, loving, safe and dynamic experience in community with awesome humans and nature.

Clinicians interested in a comprehensive and deep dive into mindfulness and wellness working in small groups and residential retreats are encouraged to apply. This program includes an abundance of resources and aligns with our mission to ease suffering by creating space for joy in community with others. Working with psychedelics demands a high level of skill, humility and self awareness. MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction), creative writing, guided meditations and visualizations, Noble Communication, poetry, movement, wellness-enhancing practices, and storytelling are core components of this program. Rohini is excited to share ayurvedic practices; Saundra shares her WILD 5 program…..all of us will fill your plate with love, wisdom and practice knowledge. See for details about the retreat itself (bios for the lead facilitators will be posted on the website) . All clinicians in this program will receive an e-manual with timelines, resources, and other important material you may find useful to integrate into your practice.

Pre Retreat:  Preparation.

(MBSR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week class. Mindfulness education through experiential and didactic learning. 9/27 from 1-3 PM EST for 8 weeks; 4/3/2024 from 1-3 PM EST for 8 weeks. Optional.

Zoom sessions: Building community. The nuts and bolts and ‘how to’ of group work. From Set to Setting. Must attend.

WILD 5 - A Proven Path to Wellness a 30-day evidenced-based wellness program developed by Saundra Jain and Rakesh Jain that integrates exercise, mindfulness, sleep, social connectedness, nutrition, and positive psychology practices. Self paced.

Twenty hours on site pre retreat 6/18-20.

Retreat: This experience includes participating (as a participant) in the Cultivating Joy~A Ketamine Assisted Mindfulness and Wellness Retreat for Inspired Individuals  from Thursday evening, June 20th to Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2024. We will be a robust group of 40 participants including the professional cohort. This is a group within a group learning experience and opportunity for both personal growth and professional skill building.

Post Retreat: 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.

Retreat Schedule

Cost: $3700 per person (plus choice of housing), 50% deposit upon enrollment

50% balance due when registering

This fee does NOT include housing. Individual or shared (on request) accommodations availible.

Prices range from $250 to  $380 a night including delicious vegetarian meals.

-After being accepted, housing to be paid directly to Menla with password provided.

Medical Intake: Fee to be paid to medical provider $400 (this includes the Rx)

Organizer/faculty contact details 

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

Jayne's Email Address

Jayne's Phone Number

Relationship Resources LLC

914 924 1509 (C)

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

Menla's contact information

Register with the Front Desk at Menla:


Or call 845-688-6897 (Extension 101)

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Jayne Gumpel, LCSW
Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC
Rohini Kanniganti, MD, MSPH, HMDC
Julia King Olivier, MD