Could a hallucinogenic trip change your life for the better? – The Times

Escorting me to my floaty white dormitory at the Truffles Therapy retreat, my barefoot millennial host, Chi Shabkar, is calling me “brother”, saying “beautiful” a lot and spelling out some important ground rules: “No smoking, no alcohol, no drugs and no sex with participants or facilitators, just to keep everyone safe.”

Coffee, says Chi, is verboden, too, and I shoot mournful glances at the fallow Nespresso machine in the corner. But given that I’ve journeyed to the heart of the manicured Dutch countryside with the express purpose of getting out of my tree, there’s a notable exception to that “no drugs” edict.

Come Saturday morning, while the burghers of leafy Apeldoorn are tucking into their pancakes, 12 of us novice space cadets from around the…