Special Events

Summit Recreational Retreat and Conscious Cannabis Culture presents two workshops with Dr. phil. Sebastián Marincolo:

Cannabis, Consciousness, and Personal Growth

October 1-2, 2016

Cannabis, Creativity, and Living Outside the Box

October 8-9, 2016

Come join dynamic, internationally respected cannabis researcher and author, Dr. phil. Sebastián Marincolo, as he shares his insights into the creative, cognitive, and many wellness-enhancing effects of cannabis. Dr. Marincolo has published articles and books on neuro-philosophy, altered states, and the positive potential of the cannabis high. His unique lens — of scientific acumen and personal observations — will expand your understanding of the full spectrum of what cannabis can offer through teaching sessions, guided cannabis journeys and stimulating discussions. Attend one, or both, of these illuminating and potentially life-changing workshops.

Each workshop: $299
Early Bird discount: Register by September 16 and save $50 off each workshop: $249/ea

Cannabis, Consciousness, and Personal GrowthSebas-pistil
October 1-2, 2016

“A marijuana high can enhance core human mental abilities. It can help you to focus, to remember, to see new patterns, to imagine, to be creative, to introspect, to empathically understand others, and to come
to deep insights. If you don’t find this amazing, you have lost your sense of awe and wonder. Which, by the way, is something a high can bring back, too.“ 
~Dr. Sebastian Marincolo

Cannabis users don’t often access the full potential of this plant’s positive effects. High quality cannabis strains can offer cognitive, creative, and spiritual benefits ranging from increased memory and empathy to faster pattern recognition and enhanced creativity.

In this workshop, come learn how cannabis can help you imagine — and take action on — new possibilities; understand, and avoid, sabotaging behaviors; and discover insights into your purpose; who you can be at your finest, and how to use cannabis as a tool to further your personal growth.

Dr. Sebastián Marincolo is your host for this entertaining and highly-interactive workshop! He’ll share his experience and insights, facilitate discussions and take you on cannabis-activated journeys. You’ll increase your understanding through first-hand experience of how to boost personal development with cannabis.

So whether your relationship with cannabis is new or seasoned, come register today for an amazing journey with this internationally respected expert. It’ll expand your mind, enhance your creativity, and unlock new parts of yourself.

Here’s Some of What You’ll Learn…

  • The science behind cannabis as an enhancement tool
  • 10 cognitive benefits of cannabis
  • Choosing specific strains to maximize enhanced effects
  • Applying lessons learned from deeper cannabis experiences
  • Breaking free from debilitating states such as fear, doubt, and insecurity
  • and much more…

Who Can Participate?
If you can answer yes to any or all of the following questions, then this was designed with you in mind:

  • Do you enjoy cannabis?
  • Are you new to or checking cannabis out again after all these years?
  • Are you curious to know more about its psychological benefits?
  • Do you have an interest in personal growth?
  • Would you like an expert guide facilitating your cannabis journeys?
  • Are you interested in connecting more deeply with yourself and others?
  • Would you like to learn how to enhance your personal growth with cannabis?

Professionals Will Benefit, Too…

  • Medical professionals along with their patients and relatives
  • Life coaches, counselors, and psychotherapists
  • Researchers and neuroscientists
  • Specialized cannabis growers/breeders


Recommended Cannabis Experience Level:  All levels welcome from novices to more experienced cannaficionados. Click Register to sign up for this workshop.

Cannabis, Creativity, and Living Outside the BoxSebas-leaf trichs
October 8-9, 2016In this workshop, come explore the dynamic relationship between creativity and cannabis. We’ll focus on using cannabis to specifically stimulate peak creative experiences.

When you need to continually think outside the box — and design creative solutions or approaches — cannabis can offer unique support. From writers and graphic designers to programmers and folks who simply enjoy being creative, come discover new ways that cannabis can supercharge your creative process.

Throughout history, highly-creative industry leaders have used cannabis to enhance their work. Some were musicians, like Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, and Bob Marley. Paul McCartney once said that marijuana caused a U-turn in the way the Beatles approached music and life… which profoundly changed what they brought into the world. Others leaders have been writers like Charles Baudelaire, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac; or painters like Diego Rivera and Amedo Modigliani. Even scientists and innovators —  like cosmologist and astronomer, Carl Sagan — used cannabis to think more creatively inside their linear industries.

“Cannabis helps produce the serenity, insight, sensitivity & fellowship
so desperately needed in this world.” — Carl Sagan

A cannabis high can hyper-focus attention; intensify imagination; accelerate pattern-recognition; deepen introspection; and expand empathic understanding. Cannabis is an amazing tool that delivers profound insights, novel solutions, and uplifting, energizing experiences, AND there are specific ways to use it to achieve such results. It’s even possible to fine-tune the timing and type of creative support you receive from cannabis; however, cannabis of low quality — combined with a lack of knowledge of how to fine tune your experience — can actually interfere with and diminish your creative output.
Dr. Sebastián Marincolo is your host for this entertaining and highly-interactive workshop! He’ll facilitate cannabis-activated journeys that will show you, first-hand, how cannabis can supercharge your creative output and problem-solving skills while steering your creativity enhancement in EXACTLY the directions you desire.Here’s Some of What You’ll Learn…

  • The science behind cannabis as an enhancement tool for creativity
  • The specific types of cannabis to avoid in being more creative… and why
  • Choosing specific strains, dosages, settings, and consumption methods to stimulate and maximize the enhancement of creative tasks and activities
  • Discerning the different creative phases and which cannabis strains are best for each one (for example, what’s good for generating article topics might disturb the actual writing process)
  • and much more…

Who Can Participate?
If you can answer yes to any or all of the following questions, then this was designed with you in mind:

  • Are you drawn to cannabis for enriching inspiration, insights, and mind-expansion?
  • Is it time to bring your creative output and personal growth to the next level?
  • Would you like an expert guide facilitating your cannabis journeys?
  • Would you like to learn how to facilitate cannabis journeys for yourself?

This Workshop Is Also for Creative Folks From All Industries…

  • Creative professionals of all kinds including musicians, painters, writers, video artists, graphic designers, copy text writers, advertising professionals, art directors, creative directors, brand experts, etc.
  • Counselors, life coaches, psychotherapists, and medical professionals who are considering working with any kind of creative therapeutic techniques, such as art therapy, dance therapy, guided visualizations, hypnosis, EFT (emotional freedom technique), etc.  
  • Researchers in the field of creativity and the nature of the psychoactive properties of cannabis, including physiologists and neuroscientists
  • Specialized cannabis growers/breeders who want to create specific strains and products to enhance creativity


Recommended Cannabis Experience Level: Experienced cannabis users / cannaficionados. However, even novice users can benefit from attending this workshop. For creative professional and others interested in enhancing their creativity. Click Register to sign up for this workshop.

Here’s What Each Workshop Looks Like…
For 2 days on two weekends, Dr. Marincolo will lead group and individual sessions as well as guided exercises, cannabis-activated journeys, and stimulating discussions. He’ll share exciting insights from his research that you can apply to your own cannabis journeys, innovative journeying tips and techniques as well as give individualized advice based on your growth goals. You’ll also receive informational handouts; and a suggested reading list. And, you’ll receive bonus coupon codes for purchasing Dr. Marincolo’s books in your Welcome packet.On Saturday evening, October 1 and 8, there is an optional gathering at The Retreat for participants to relax and enjoy further conversations in a casual setting with your fellow participants and Dr. Marincolo.

The workshops will be held at Summit Recreational Retreat. We’re only 30 minutes from downtown Denver and Denver International Airport. For your convenience, we recommend Uber or Lyft for your transportation needs.

Might we mention that although every time of year is beautiful in Colorado, Autumn is especially so with golden aspens blanketing the Rockies, crisp mornings, amazing sunsets, and generally mild sunny days. If both workshops beckon to you, consider making this a vacation. Come for the week. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the mountains, find your way through a corn maze, visit Denver’s incredible museums, or take in the grandeur of Garden of the Gods. There’s any one of a number of fun and inspiring activities, along with a fabulous choice of restaurants and a fantastic high life to keep you smiling, inside and out.

Workshop times (both weekends): Oct 1-2; Oct 8-9

Saturday: noon – 5pm   Dinner break – participants’ choice of local restaurant
Saturday: 7pm – 10pm  Optional casual hang out time with Dr. Marincolo and your fellow participants at
Summit Rec Retreat
Sunday: noon – 5pm

Organic refreshments and healthy drinks will be provided during the event. Bring additional food you may need to fulfill your specific dietary requirements.

Please Note: This is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis) event — please bring your own vaporizer if you have one. There will also be a Volcano vaporizer on site for your convenience. Plan to visit a dispensary, prior to the workshop to purchase a minimum of 2-3 grams each of 2 *different* strains of sativa flowers, or a sativa-dominant hybrid. For the purposes of this workshop, please avoid purchasing an indica strain or cannabis edible or concentrate, such as wax or shatter. Feel free to purchase these products if you wish to use them outside of the workshop.

Once you register, your Welcome packet will include venue address, recommendations for nearby hotels, high-quality dispensaries in the Denver area and local strain recommendations to purchase.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen at karen@summitrecreationalretreat.com, or call The Retreat at 303.841.7050.