Cardea is a new psychedelic wellness space located in Manhattan’s Soho district. It combines ketamine’s therapeutic properties with sound healing, using licensed physicians and music experts to treat individuals dealing with psychological issues, life changes, creative blocks, or seeking self-discovery.

Participants administer ketamine and listen to live or recorded music to aid personal growth. The live performances touch on indigenous folk traditions such as West Africa’s Bwiti and Peru’s Shipibo ceremonies and spiritual jazz. The recorded soundtracks have been curated by Cardea’s sound director John MacLean, AKA DFA Records affiliate Juan Maclean.

The center also organizes psilocybin retreats, with decor made with mycelium dotting its multi-room space. Ahead of Cardea’s grand opening this week, the team held a talk at New York club Nowadays about the healing nature of ketamine, psilocybin, and MDMA.

By Molly Cowell

Molly is a freelance writer who lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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