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Kiyumi Retreats

Designed for executive leaders facing an increasingly complex world, the Connected Leadership Program explores the potential of psychedelics to unlock greater creativity and resourcefulness for navigating complexity. The program is embedded within the context of a scientific research study led by faculty from the University of Maryland and approved by an independent Institutional Review Board.

Two cohorts (14 participants each) starting in July & October, 2024.

Partial scholarships now available for the July 2024 cohort, thanks to generous donors. Interested? Please apply first to the Connected Leadership Program with the link above, then apply for the scholarship here.

If you have questions, please contact us at info@leaders.study.

Or, watch our recent webinar on the science of psychedelics for creativity, leadership and decision-making along with program information.

To learn more or apply for the Connected Leadership Program:

Scientific Background

The Connected Leadership Program was developed in conjunction with the Connected Leadership Study, a rigorous research project examining whether and how perspective shifts associated with consciousness-expanding experiences affect decision-making in organizations. Participants in the Connected Leadership Program have the opportunity to take part in this pioneering research.

A growing body of clinical research at leading academic institutions including Johns Hopkins, NYU, Stanford, Yale, and UCSF demonstrates psychedelics’ ability to alleviate mental health conditions such as depression (Carhart-Harris et al. 2016), anxiety (Griffiths et al. 2016), and PTSD (Mitchell et al. 2023). The Connected Leadership Study builds on related research exploring cognitive processes linked to flexible and innovative thinking in non-clinical populations (Harman et al., 1966; Gandy et al. 2022).

Breakthrough discoveries in multiple fields have been attributed to substantive insights gleaned from psychedelic experiences, including:

  • Kary Mullis, who credited psychedelics for his pivotal discovery leading to the development of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), revolutionizing molecular biology (Doyle 2002);
  • Ralph Abraham, who reported significant insights in the emergent mathematical field of chaos theory following psychedelic use (Abraham 2008);
  • Carlo Rovelli, whose revelations surrounding quantum gravity theory were influenced by psychedelic experiences (Higgins 2018); and
  • Steve Jobs, who attributed his shaping of Apple’s business strategy and focus on quality to psychedelic experiences (Dormehl 2012).

Psychedelic experiences may contribute to such insights by increasing connectivity within the brain (Carhart-Harris et al. 2016Calder & Hasler 2023). Enhanced neural connectivity may be accompanied by a greater ability to recognize connections among problems or areas that were previously perceived as separate, supporting holistic (or “synthetic”) thinking in which diverse elements or concepts are combined to generate new ideas and cohesive solutions (Gandy et al. 2022).

In addition, psychedelics have been shown to foster a sense of connection to self, others, and the wider world (Watts et al. 2017). The Connected Leadership Program invites participants to explore new leadership possibilities and practices cultivated by this awareness, in service both to their organization’s stakeholders, and to a future in which humans live in balance with each other and the planet.

Research Study Opportunity

Exclusive Opportunity for Connected Leadership Program Registrants

Faculty from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, are conducting a novel research project – the Connected Leadership Study – in conjunction with the Connected Leadership Program.

Program registrants are encouraged to enroll in this study, which examines whether and how perspective shifts from psychedelic experiences affect decision-making in organizations.

Connected Leadership Study Principal Investigators

Rachelle Sampson, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

Rachelle Sampson is a social scientist, educator, and consultant with training in the neuroscience of change,  business economics, law and transformational coaching. She is Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Senior Research Fellow at the Wharton…

Bennet A. Zelner, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

Bennet Zelner researches, teaches, and advises on regenerative economics, psychedelics, and leadership. Current projects include ongoing work on the Pollination Approach–a regenerative economic approach to delivering mental health treatment–and the Connected Leadership Project.

To learn more or apply for the Connected Leadership Program:

Why Connected Leadership?

“There’s another level of connectivity – world consciousness, planet consciousness, whatever you call it – where you think less about self and ego and more about what’s needed. Psychedelic experience just opens the door for you. Once you’ve savored that, and you’ve put a decision through that filter, you know which way to go.  So it gives you an inner knowing that you can’t do with logic alone.”  
                  – Connected Leadership Program Participant (CEO-Founder)

We are at an inflection point.

We face a pivotal moment in which global shifts are reshaping the ecological, economic, political, and social systems that support our individual and collective wellbeing. Our most intractable problems call for new thinking. Our institutions require repair. Our environment demands fundamental shifts in our behavior.

Where to stand?

The Connected Leadership Program is born of the premise that executives and entrepreneurs working with psychedelics can lead a new way.

Business leaders are world builders, risk takers, and innovators. They are not afraid to think big or small. They are comfortable with increasing complexity and the elegance of simplicity. They possess the ability to turn concepts into visions, strategies, and plans. They are capable of mobilizing others to act.

The Connected Leadership Program holds a unique promise, one shaped by the transformative potential of psychedelics, the depth of the participants’ lived experience, and the collective complexity of the challenges they face.

Where to stand in a tumultuous world? Out front, at the edge of what is unfolding.

Why you?

Are you an entrepreneur or executive who has experienced success in your field and is curious about what might be next for you and the communities you lead and care about?

Are you interested in contributing to a research project that may benefit others and the renewed interest of psychedelics on human consciousness?

Are you open to sharing your insights and questions with other executives and entrepreneurs for greater collective learning and growth?

Program Overview

Online

To support long-term, transformational change, the Connected Leadership Program asks participants to engage in two live virtual group sessions and six individual executive coaching sessions (by telephone or Zoom).

Group sessions are organized in cohorts of up to 14 executives:

Individual executive coaching sessions:

See Program Dates & Investment below for more information on key dates.

In-person

The retreats, which are integrated in the middle of the program, take place in July and November in the Netherlands. This format provides ample time for preparation and integration.

July cohort retreat dates: 21 – 26 July 2024

October cohort retreat dates: 9 – 14 November 2024

Psilocybin truffles, legal in the Netherlands, are used during the retreat. Kiyumi’s retreat team of experienced practitioners support your preparation, journey, and integration process.

Program Dates & Investment

Key program dates and investment for the July 2024 and October 2024 cohorts are set out via the links below. Please note the following schedule details:

To learn more or apply for the Connected Leadership Program:

Connected Leadership Coaching Team

Kerry Radcliffe

Program Lead & Executive Coach

Kerry Radcliffe is an Executive Coach with 30 years of experience in business strategy, organizational behavior, and leadership development. She combines an understanding of complexity theory and organizational systems with emergent findings in human development and leadership growth. 

Luther Kitahata

Executive Coach

Luther Kitahata is an Executive Leadership Coach known for his expertise in innovation, C-Suite roles leading global organizations, and as an entrepreneur building companies from the ground up. Luther draws on his deep understanding of the patterns that drive human behavior as well as his…

Kiyumi Retreat Facilitator Team

Amit Elan

Visionary Director | Facilitator

Amit Elan is leading the vision of Kiyumí. He is co-director of Altered – a conference exploring psychedelic research and consciousness in Berlin. Over the last 6 years Amit worked as a facilitator with different legal psilocybin assisted retreat organisations including the Psychedelic Society UK…

Lisa Wessing

MA Clinical Psychologist | Facilitator

Lisa Wessing has a Master in Clinical Psychology and was trained in psychology, anthropology, and biology in her BSc. Lisa has been fortunate enough to work in one of the most renowned psychedelic centers in Mexico, assisting in psychedelic therapy and providing…

Dr. Julia Javkin

PhD | Psychiatrist | Screening Director

Dr. Julia Javkin graduated as a physician from the U.N.R in Argentina. She graduated as an Acupuncturist at that same University. She specialized as a psychiatrist in London. Julia is the chief medical supervisor at the Beckley foundation clinic for psychedelic assisted therapy. She has…

To learn more or apply for the Connected Leadership Program:


FAQs

If you have questions about the Connected Leadership Program, please email us at info@leaders.study.

If you have questions about Kiyumi’s other programs, please read Kiyumi’s general FAQs, and for any other questions, you can always reach out to Kiyumi via contact@kiyumi.org.

Both venues are set in the Dutch countryside to foster a connection to nature and peacefulness. The program fees include the standard accommodations, which are shared rooms with 2 people sharing a room. There are also private rooms available for an extra cost of 300 euros. 

Private room availability for July cohort: 3 private rooms

Private room availability for October cohort: 3 private rooms

During your registration, please mention whether you would like a private room and our administration coordinator will guide you through the following steps.

A deposit of $1,900 is required within five (5) days of your application being accepted to secure your place within the program. This deposit includes a $1,000 non-refundable application fee.

Your final balance is due by the following dates, depending on the cohort you are participating in:

  • July cohort: 4 July 2024
  • October cohort: 26 September 2024

Cancellation
Should you wish to cancel please notify us as soon as possible. You will receive a refund of your deposit (minus the non-refundable application fee) if you cancel thirty (30) days prior to the start of the program. Deposits will not be refundable for cancellations made after this time period.

  • July cohort: 11 June 2024
  • October cohort: 10 September 2024

Program fees will not be refunded if you wish to cancel within seven (7) days of the beginning of the program. The deadlines are as follows:

  • July cohort: 4 July 2024
  • October cohort: 3 October 2024

Travel Insurance Recommendation: Kiyumi strongly encourages participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance at the time of participant registration that covers trip cancellations due to personal circumstances such as illness or emergencies.

More Questions?

For any questions about the Connected Leadership Program, please contact our program lead at info@leaders.study.

For any other inquiries, please email us at contact@kiyumi.org

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Rachelle Sampson, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator
Rachelle Sampson is a social scientist, educator, and consultant with training in the neuroscience of change, transformational coaching, law, and business economics. She is Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Senior Research Fellow at the Wharton School’s ESG Institute, Senior Policy Scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy, and the founder of Blue Prism, a coaching practice focused on aligning action with values and purpose. Rachelle serves on the board of directors of Usona Institute and sits on corporate advisory boards seeking to integrate environmental and social performance into business strategy. Rachelle’s research, consulting, and teaching focus on harnessing capital markets to encourage significant environmental and social change. Rachelle holds a PhD in business economics from the University of Michigan, and law and accounting degrees from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Prior to her academic and coaching career, Rachelle practiced as a consultant for Ernst & Young and as a corporate attorney in Australia. For more information on her formal background, research publications, and teaching, see Rachelle’s profile at the University of Maryland.
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Bennet A. Zelner, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator
Bennet Zelner researches, teaches, and advises on regenerative economics, psychedelics, and leadership. Current projects include ongoing work on the Pollination Approach–a regenerative economic approach to delivering mental health treatment–and the Connected Leadership Study. Bennet serves as Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also serves as a director or advisory board member for Usona Institute, Brooklyn Psychedelic Society, Gather Well Psychedelics, the Intercollegiate Psychedelic Network, and Global Psychedelic Society. Bennet received his PhD in Business and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a frequent keynote speaker, conference panelist, and podcast guest. Links to his talks and writings can be found on his LinkedIn page.
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Kerry Radcliffe

Program Lead & Executive Coach
Kerry Radcliffe is an Executive Coach with 30 years of experience in business strategy, organizational behavior, and leadership development. She combines an understanding of complexity theory and organizational systems with emergent findings in human development and leadership growth. For the last 20 years she has focused on high-potential global leaders and their teams. Her support evokes transformative change, inviting new forms of sense-making, redesign, and ethics. For 11 years she served as the executive coach and strategist for the global CEO of Chanel and her C-suite, splitting time between New York, Paris, and San Francisco. Before coaching, Kerry worked as a consultant with Accenture in Chicago and San Francisco. She serves on the faculty of the Integral Leadership and New Ventures West coaching schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Luther Kitahata

Executive Coach
Luther Kitahata is an Executive Leadership Coach known for his expertise in innovation, C-Suite roles leading global organizations, and as an entrepreneur building companies from the ground up. Luther draws on his deep understanding of the patterns that drive human behavior as well as his own corporate leadership experience to provide individuals and organizations with a transformative and pragmatic approach to their most complex challenges. He is described as a "Silicon Valley Obi-Wan Kenobi" in Chip Conley's bestselling book Wisdom at Work.
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Amit Elan

Visionary Director | Facilitator
Amit Elan is leading the vision of Kiyumí. He is co-director of Altered - a conference exploring psychedelic research and consciousness in Berlin. Over the last 6 years Amit worked as a facilitator with different legal psilocybin assisted retreat organisations including the Psychedelic Society UK, and led over the last decade many diverse group processes and workshops focused towards the LGBTQI+ community. He studied dance, fine Arts, Somatic Experiencing, Compassionate Inquiry© (a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté) and other bodywork methods. Amit is a trained Hatha Yoga teacher and traditional Thai massage practitioner. His great interest for the study of plant medicine, psychedelics, therapy and shamanism, along with the quest for supporting his autoimmune conditions (arthritis and Crohn's) is what brought him over a decade ago to research the plant world before learning with the Shipibo, Huni Kuin and Yawanawa indigenous medicine people in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazons.
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Lisa Wessing

MA Clinical Psychologist | Facilitator
Lisa Wessing has a Master in Clinical Psychology and was trained in psychology, anthropology, and biology in her BSc. Lisa has been fortunate enough to work in one of the most renowned psychedelic centers in Mexico, assisting in psychedelic therapy and providing support to people dealing with different issues from depression to addiction. Her background is in harm reduction and trip sitting, having aided in the creation of the only harm reduction project in Mexico. Traditional healing and ritual are some of her passions, as well as delving into the sweat lodge rituals of North America to heal, ground, and empower with song, gratitude, and service.
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Dr. Julia Javkin

PhD | Psychiatrist | Screening Director
Dr. Julia Javkin graduated as a physician from the U.N.R in Argentina. She graduated as an Acupuncturist at that same University. She specialized as a psychiatrist in London. Julia is the chief medical supervisor at the Beckley foundation clinic for psychedelic assisted therapy. She has a Gestalt approach, based on her studies with GATLA (Gestalt Association Los Angeles) and with Escenario Invisible (Argentina). Due to her artistic development in the past 15 years in dance, somatic practices, and more recently in martial arts, she combines movement therapy, acupuncture, and psychiatrist skills in her practise. She has also been involved in research during the last 6 years. Julia is based in Barcelona since 2019, working in many fields connected with mental health, mostly related to addiction. She has been working for public and private institutions through private consultations and leading movement-therapy workshops in London and Barcelona.