The Power of Communitas

Communitas [ kuh-myoo-ni-tahs ]: noun Anthropology.

1. the sense of sharing and intimacy that develops among persons who experience liminality as a group.

Well-versed in the anthropology of rituals, we’ve done a lot of thinking and practicing on how to rapidly induce a sense of communitas – to help our guests best psychologically and spiritually metabolize the medicines. We’ve developed a secular ritual based on our Cardea Method of space holding, that we believe quickly creates a sense of interconnectedness that supports your healing journey. Here’s how it works…


1. Open the Portal: With the guidance of a licensed therapist, we’ll gather around a blank canvas and together create pressure-free flowing art. Afterward, we invite guests to share reflections and intentions as they relate to the experience. This playful use of our imagination and improvisation creates a state of openness, curiosity, and connection to help prepare you for the ketamine journey.

2. Gather in the Grotto: Our hour-long ceremonies take place in a specially curated room created for psychedelic therapies, where each guest has a designated space to lay down and get comfortable with plenty of pillows and blankets. Once everyone self-administers their ketamine nasal spray, the group will receive live vibrational sounds from our experienced sound facilitators, to deepen the experience. Eye masks will be provided and are strongly encouraged to be worn throughout the sound journey.

3. Process after the Journey: Honoring this communitas, we invite everyone to gather in our recovery lounge over fruit and tea as they begin to explore their shared, yet inward experience. We also allow quiet space for solitude for those who’d like to remain in their processes. Cardea provides an additional integration opportunity the following week in an hour-long virtual session facilitated by a licensed therapist.


The first step is to set up a free virtual 30-minute consult with our clinical director where we’ll share more information about our process and services and answer any questions you may have. If you decide to move forward, we’ll conduct a medical evaluation with our doctor and nasal spray ketamine prescription will be delivered to your home in time for your scheduled group journey.


Group ketamine at Cardea is much more affordable than it is elsewhere in New York City. Most of our groups are open so you can pick and choose when to attend according to your schedule, but if you want to create a private group with you and your friends or family, we are happy to schedule that as well. We offer single session and multi-session packages.

Upcoming Group Dates

Friday, February 9th, 12:00-3:30pm (acupuncture available)
Sunday, February 11th, 12:00-3:30pm
Friday, February 16th, 12:00-3:30pm
Friday, March 1st, 12:00-3:30pm (acupuncture available)
Sunday, March 10th, 12:00-3:30pm
Thursday, March 14th, 6:00-9:30pm (acupuncture available)
Friday, March 29th, 12:00-3:30pm (acupuncture available)

The Benefits of a Group Experience

We believe that by receiving ketamine care in a group setting, you may engage with the medicine in a more fruitful way than if you experience it alone. We think that a group experience offers you a social buffer that lets you perceive the challenges in your life as manageable – not as threats – and offers you greater room for contemplation. Read more about the benefits of Group Medicine.

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