Cultivating the Joy of Sexuality & Intimacy: a Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Couples | April 2023

MENLA Retreat and Dewa Spa

This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly-experienced couples therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at MENLA Retreat and Spa. Sylvia Rosenfeld LCSW, a lead facilitator at this retreat, is an Imago trained, AASECT certified Sex Therapist, with more than 40 years of experience working with couples and individuals who want to enhance their sexual and emotional connection.

Retreat participation by application only, please complete the application for both individuals to set up your initial complimentary introduction. After completing the application, additional details will be sent by email.

This retreat  utilizes a powerful healing medicine, ketamine, in supervised, guided sessions to help couples reduce defensiveness, open their heart space to each other, and tap into the transformative power of pleasure and connectedness.

5 reasons to attend:

  • You are in a committed relationship and feel stuck
  • You experience the desire to recover sexual pleasure and intimacy
  • You and your partner want guidance and inspiration with your relationship vision
  • You both would benefit from a relaxed, safe and beautiful place with acres of trails and a world class spa
  • You want to reach a higher level of connection and commitment.

Why ketamine assisted couples’ therapy?

The purpose of using sublingual ketamine lozenges is to facilitate an environment to go deeper in the relational work. Our experience has been that ketamine can provide a more optimal psycho-spiritual-mental space to work within for individuals and couples. Low dose ketamine combined with state of the art couples psychotherapy has the potential to facilitate more rapid movement for couples who have felt ‘stuck’ in their work together. Some experts have described Ketamine as a ‘lubricant’ for process work as defenses and anxiety can be reduced; resulting in a stronger relationship.

About the retreat

The stunning setting for our retreat is, the Dali Lama’s home away from home in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. We have deluxe rooms with private baths and cozy, comfortable bedding. The food is vegetarian and made with love. We are a professional staff of medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and licensed mental health practitioners. Collectively we have many years of experience with KAP (ketamine assisted psychotherapy) and we hold the space for you with integrity and great care.

This retreat uses ketamine as a portal to enter into the depths of our being to allow for a safe and loving exploration of the sexuality and intimacy needs and experiences in your relationship and with your partner. Sexual energy is the basic energy of the being; when it is impeded we are unable to reach our full potential. When sexual energy flows, life flows, affecting not only our sexuality but our all over health and happiness.

There will be three optional dosings during the weekend. Couples who choose to abstain from ketamine will find the structure, processes and content of the retreat helpful and effective, safe, beautiful and JOYFUL. Ketamine is not the healing by itself. With guidance and care participants can experience their innate intelligence and joyful capacities we all have as humans. This is where the healing happens. The medicine points to the trail that leads you back to where you lost deep connection, romance and sexual pleasure.

Mindfulness, Noble Communication and Noble Listening are the  core practices taught and practiced throughout this retreat. We all have the possibility of becoming more present, more embodied and more honest with ourselves. We begin to realize that it is in fact, us who are creating the discord in our relationships and our life in general. This retreat is an invitation to become the author of your intimacy and sexuality narrative and  experiences in your committed relationship.

Let the beauty begin~ 914 924 1509 call or text for more information~ Jayne Gumpel

Retreat Schedule

“To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.” Rilke 

Thursday, April 27, 2023 

  • Optional early arrival to schedule spa treatment
  • 4:00 PM Check-in starts
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Evening Program

Friday, April 28, 2023 

  • 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 Intimacy and Sexuality Workshop.
  • 9:00 PM Bonfire (weather permitting)

Saturday, April 29, 2023

  • 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

Sunday, April 30th, 2023

  • 7:15 AM Meditation and Yoga (optional).
  • 8:30 AM Morning Program no breakfast for those dosing
  • 9:30 AM - Ketamine Session (optional)
  • 11:00 AM Group Process
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 - Closing Group Process
  • 3:00 PM end of program
  • 6 pm dinner *optional and participants can choose to stay Sunday night to enjoy Monday spa day

Monday, May 1,(Optional)

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


$1650 per person

%50 deposit upon enrollment

Final balance due by March 1, 2023 (payments non-refundable after 3/1/2023)

This includes: 

*pre retreat preparatory meeting: a 1:1 call with one of the facilitators 

*pre retreat orientation: a 45 minute group zoom  

*retreat materials

*Post retreat follow up group zoom: a 60 minute group zoom

This fee does NOT include housing and medical interview.

- Medical Intake fee $500 per couple to provider

- Housing to be paid by participants directly to MENLA: Register here

Organizer/faculty contact info 

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)


Register with the Front Desk at Menla:


Or call 845-688-6897 (Extension 101)

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Jayne Gumpel
Sylvia Rosenfeld
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