Episode 9

Published on:

14th Feb 2023

Neil Markey | Integrating Science and Spirituality

Is there a real divide between spirituality and science? Most of us tend to answer “Yes” to this question because we are used to seeing spirituality and science in conflict. 

Our guest today, Neil Markey, sees no divide between science and spirituality and he is passionate about sharing the science-backed benefits of psychedelics in conjunction with the contemplative practices that support holistic well-being.

Neil is a mathematician and the founder and CEO of Beckley Retreats. Neil was a captain in the US Army Special Operations 2nd Ranger Battalion and was deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. After that, he got his MBA/MIA at Columbia University, but he suffered from depression and PTSD. This led him to alternative wellbeing practices and marked the start of a profound healing journey with mindfulness and psychedelics. 

In this new episode of the Happiness Squad podcast, Neil Markey joins Ashish and Anil to talk about how meditation and plant therapy saved his life and gave him a new purpose. 

Neil shares his origin story and the challenging experiences that led him to where he is today. Neil will also talk about psychedelics and meditation, and how they come together to help you find stillness and a deeper meaning.

Join us and learn a new way to rewire your brain from fear to happiness to unlock your full potential!

What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • The importance of finding a job that is meaningful for you and coherent with who you are
  • The importance of awareness and being truly connected to our bodies
  • What is one of the biggest sources of anxiety and stress and how to avoid it
  • Psychedelics and meditation: how they come together to help you find stillness and a deeper meaning
  • How the present moment awareness practice can help enhance your performance
  • The history, mission and programs of Beckly Retreats
  • And so much more...




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About the Podcast

The Happiness Squad
Welcome to Happiness Squad.

This is the podcast dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential by mastering the art and science of happiness.

We bring on the best leading experts on these topics to help you unlock your true potential and live with more joy, health, love, and meaning in your life.

Your host is no other than Ashish Kothari who is on a mission to provide you with an unfair advantage to be the masters of your experience and leaders in your industry.

Get ready to be moved, challenged, and enlightened on this podcast. It may change your life.

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About your hosts

Ashish Kothari

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Ashish Kothari is the founder and CEO of Happiness Squad, a company focused on democratizing happiness and touching a billion+ lives over the next 20 years and helping them live with more joy, health, love, and meaning.

Prior to founding Happiness Squad and writing his best-selling book “Hardwired for happiness”, Ashish spent 25 years in consulting, including the last 17 at McKinsey and Co, a premier management consulting firm, helping thousands of clients and their organizations achieve breakthrough performance by building new mindsets and capabilities.

Ashish is a trained ontological coach and a lifelong student of human thriving.

Ashish Kothari

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Anil Ramjiani is an experienced senior leader at Nike, Inc., most recently as the Commercial Director managing key athlete partnerships and business with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Marcus Rashford.

Anil's passion is grounded in empowering people, unlocking potential, and driving performance. He has worked in consulting and corporate across the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia acquiring over 20 years of experience in strategy, brand, and general management at IBM, Adidas, and Nike.

He created the podcast and platform Live. Breathe. Believe., to enable reflection, motivation, and inspiration for his peers. #Knowyoutobeyou!