September 26, 2023

By Man Fincham

As a part of our college’s inexperienced dedication, we’ve launched a brand new ‘Prepare over Aircraft’ journey fund which helps journey to conferences by practice as a substitute of airplane. PhD scholar, Man Fincham, has been one of many first to attempt it out, and shares his ideas on the expertise for a latest journey to the Netherlands.

Photo of Guy Fincham on a train and showing tickets to camera

I travelled to Amsterdam/Haarlem within the Netherlands for ICPR 2022 (Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research), and primarily for a workshop the day earlier than on breathwork as that is my analysis focus (Breathwork as Psychedelic Therapy).

I had a profound experience that I may by no means have imagined nor anticipated from breathwork (and a lot extra). I’ve undergone a private paradigm shift and have gained an more and more newfound respect for the therapeutic potential of breathwork as/for psychedelic remedy. The expertise was invaluable and has made me view psychedelic breathwork below a brand new lens, which can profit my future analysis and work.

Furthermore, I related with researchers and clinicians, a few of whom have been very curious about The Breathwork Survey I’m engaged on with the Psychedelic Analysis Group at Imperial School London. It was a lot of fun and had some beautiful down regulation time the day after it had all completed.

I needed to make use of the Prepare over Aircraft fund as practice is my favorite type of transport by far and is happily extra eco-friendly than flying (saving as much as 90% of the carbon emissions). I’ve by no means been on Eurostar earlier than so was glad to search out out they journey to Amsterdam. For the first journey I changed at Brussels, and the return leg was direct. Another great thing is that trains between Brighton and London St Pancras Worldwide are direct.

Though the journeys took round two working days (one there, one again), I notably loved the consolation of travelling by practice (in contrast with flying), feeling a lot much less restricted and freer. I additionally made buddies with a lecturer at Kings School London on their technique to a convention in Utrecht. I’d encourage everybody on the Sussex Faculty of Psychology to make use of the Prepare over Aircraft fund if travelling inside the UK and/or mainland Europe.

Wanting ahead to ICPR 2024 now. Hopefully there will probably be some analysis being offered on breathwork this time! 😉

I’d wish to thank the Open Foundation and Open Up for organising the ICPR convention and (breath)workshop, respectively, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Younger Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff Association, Tokyo) as my funder and making this all doable, Charlotte Rae and Harry Lewis for organising the Prepare over Aircraft fund, together with Mitzi Tahsin and Fran Barnard for help when reserving by way of the Key Travel platform.

Thanks for studying. Set and setting.