how we started Healpaths?

It's been quite an interesting journey.

During the tough COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020, our co-founder, João Machado, participated in a beta program of an AI platform developed by Dr. Mendel Kaelen.

This program was centered around using AI-created imersive sound journeys for psychedelic therapy, responsive (live) to individual feelings and experiences.

Psychedelics have played a significant role in João's life since his teenage years, especially as a DJ, so he was deeply captivated by the research on the therapeutic potential of music in altered states.

Viewing the lockdowns as a golden opportunity, he invited some friends, including a clinical psychologist, to go deeper into this innovative technology.

They started by drawing inspiration from The Bonny Method, experimenting with sound in non-drug sessions.

Gradually, they expanded their exploration to include pre- and post-psychedelic integration sessions, significantly deepening their understanding of how to create safe remote settings for these experiences.

In late 2022, João decided to launch an open 'healpaths' beta.

As the founder of Dharma5 and with friends from the Mindvalley team, he had an incredible network to support this launch.

The response exceeded expectations!

In 2023 alone, we delivered over 300 remote deep emotional sound journeys and post-psychedelic sessions, receiving incredible and super positive feedback.

Moving forward, our aim is to create a human-centric space, not just another app, for those exploring psychedelics and altered states.

We've also begun teaching professionals how to integrate AI and our protocols/learnings into their practices.

As we evolve, we'll stay committed to harm reduction, personal growth, and providing a non-judgmental platform for all.


Do you sell psychedelics?

We do not sell psychedelics. Our platform operates as a non-judgmental space for those who choose to take them independently.

Our mission is to combine harm reduction with personal growth.

As the popularity of these substances and practices increases, our goal is to ensure that everyone feels safe and supported in their experiences with psychedelics and altered states.

Who delivers your assisted sessions?

Our assisted sessions are conducted by trained professionals. Upon booking, we'll match you with a practitioner who best aligns with your intentions.

What part does AI technology have to do with your sessions?

We utilize cutting-edge generative AI technology to create or facilitate live, unique, personalized music experiences for therapeutic and personal purposes.

A friend mentioned your group deep listening sessions. Can music alone really induce a trip-like experience?

Research suggests that it can. Advanced neuroscience is beginning to uncover how music can profoundly affect us and alter the foundation of conscious experience. However, we encourage you to approach it with an open mind and without specific expectations.

I've booked a sound session for my trip, what now?

Once your booking is confirmed, we will prepare a sound session tailored to your emotional needs, intensity preferences, and desired instrumentation to enhance your experience. You will receive a link to access the session at the specified date and time.

I'm a professional and love what you guys are doing, how can I join your platform?

Please visit this link and complete the form to join our platform.

2023 - - Healpaths is a spin off project from the team at Dharma5.