About


Why Rise Wellness?



We’ve come together with over thirty combined years of wellness, plant medicine, and science experience to help guide and inspire our clients. Rise Wellness offers an all-inclusive retreat that includes workshops and classes held by certified wellness professionals and specially formulated microdoses of psilocybin. Whether you’re curious about trying psilocybin for the first time or want to build on your previous experiences, we personally advise and guide each guest to help provide a solution to those seeking a legal, safe and science-based treatment for improving mood, enhancing creativity, reducing stress, and increasing your overall mental and physical wellness. We’ve created something very special here at Rise Wellness Retreat. And we can’t wait for you to explore it—and yourself—to the fullest potential.




I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the entire experience was calm, focused, and gave me tools that I was able to bring home and use to improve my work & my relationships with my husband and my kids. – A. S. Toronto, Canada


Our Team



Irie Selkirk

Co-Founder & Director

Irie’s lifetime of positive plant medicine experiences, combined with a background in health and wellness has led to over ten years as an insightful educator, public speaker, patient advocate and caregiver. Now, she’s taking her passionate and highly-informed perspective on natural living and plant healing to uniquely guide and educate others. Irie spent the early years of her life in Jamaica and believes that thoughtful plant medicine consumption, self-care and mindfulness can infuse a sense of purpose and wonder into our modern lives by improving our days and connecting us with ourselves and those around us in a meaningful way.


Darryl Hudson

Co-Founder

Darryl holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics and is published in diverse fields including plant biology, genetics and DNA repair mechanisms. He is a cannabis industry pioneer whose work with plant medicines has helped thousands of veterans, medical patients and clinicians. His firsthand experiences and expertise has led him to focus on how plants interact with humans, improving lives through the treatment of a variety of ailments such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain and disease. Darryl believes that a better future lies in natural medicines and our interaction with them.




Robin Banister

Therapist & Facilitator

Robin is a bilingual therapist and is completing her Masters-level training in Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy. Using several modalities—including existential, expressive arts and cognitive behavioural therapy—she expertly listens and engages to truly understand your individual story. Robin’s goal to help facilitate understanding and integration between your mind, body and soul in hopes to give you the tools to not just survive, but thrive in life.



Alex Schenker

Wellness Director

Alex is a professional movement teacher, martial arts instructor and manual therapist specializing in mobility development and natural movement training. He focuses on restoring and maintaining the natural state of the body through integrative movement, with an emphasis on balance and mindfulness. Alex is a Licensed Shiatsu Therapist, MovNat Master Trainer and Bujinkan Shidoshi (internationally licensed martial arts instructor) and is passionate about helping clients develop natural habits that can be maintained throughout life.


Our Team



Irie Selkirk

Co-Founder & Director

Irie’s lifetime of positive plant medicine experiences, combined with a background in health and wellness has led to over ten years as an insightful educator, public speaker, patient advocate and caregiver. Now, she’s taking her passionate and highly-informed perspective on natural living and plant healing to uniquely guide and educate others. Irie spent the early years of her life in Jamaica and believes that thoughtful plant medicine consumption, self-care and mindfulness can infuse a sense of purpose and wonder into our modern lives by improving our days and connecting us with ourselves and those around us in a meaningful way.


Darryl Hudson

Co-Founder

Darryl holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics and is published in diverse fields including plant biology, genetics and DNA repair mechanisms. He is a cannabis industry pioneer whose work with plant medicines has helped thousands of veterans, medical patients and clinicians. His firsthand experiences and expertise has led him to focus on how plants interact with humans, improving lives through the treatment of a variety of ailments such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain and disease. Darryl believes that a better future lies in natural medicines and our interaction with them.




Robin Banister

Therapist & Facilitator

Robin is a bilingual therapist and is completing her Masters-level training in Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy. Using several modalities—including existential, expressive arts and cognitive behavioural therapy—she expertly listens and engages to truly understand your individual story. Robin’s goal to help facilitate understanding and integration between your mind, body and soul in hopes to give you the tools to not just survive, but thrive in life.



Alex Schenker

Wellness Director

Alex is a professional movement teacher, martial arts instructor and manual therapist specializing in mobility development and natural movement training. He focuses on restoring and maintaining the natural state of the body through integrative movement, with an emphasis on balance and mindfulness. Alex is a Licensed Shiatsu Therapist, MovNat Master Trainer and Bujinkan Shidoshi (internationally licensed martial arts instructor) and is passionate about helping clients develop natural habits that can be maintained throughout life.


Our Team



Irie Selkirk

Co-Founder & Director

Irie’s lifetime of positive plant medicine experiences combined with a background in health & wellness has led to over ten years as an insightful educator, public speaker, patient advocate and caregiver. This has helped to bring her passionate & informed perspective on the benefits of plant medicines to the world. Irie spent the early years of her life in Jamaica and believes that thoughtful plant medicine consumption, self-care and mindfulness can infuse a sense of purpose and wonder into our modern lives by improving our days and connecting us with ourselves and those around us in a meaningful way.


Darryl Hudson

Co-Founder

Darryl received a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics and is published in diverse fields including plant biology, genetics & DNA repair mechanisms. He is a cannabis industry pioneer whose work with plant medicines has helped thousands of Veterans, medical patients and clinicians. His firsthand experiences and expertise has led him to focus on how plants interact with humans to treat a variety of ailments such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain and disease and to improve their lives. Darryl believes that a better future lies in natural medicines and our interaction with them.




Robin Banister

Therapist & Facilitator

Robin is a bilingual therapist and is completing her masters-level training in Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy. Using several modalities, including existential, expressive arts, and cognitive behavioural therapy, she begins listening and engaging with you and your story. It is her goal to help facilitate understanding and integration between your mind, body, and soul in hopes to give you the tools to not just survive, but thrive in life.



Alex Schenker

Wellness Director

Alex Schenker is a professional movement teacher, martial arts instructor, and manual therapist specializing in mobility development, and natural movement training. His Natural Mobility approach focuses on restoring and maintaining the natural state of our bodies. A lifelong practice of martial and healing arts has lead Alex to an approach that integrates movement with an emphasis on breathing and mindfulness in practical application. Alex is a Licensed Shiatsu Therapist, MovNat Master Trainer, and Bujinkan Shidoshi (internationally licensed martial arts instructor). Alex is passionate about sharing an approach that develops habits & skills that will give you a natural fitness and movement practice that can be maintain throughout your life.