becoming a trip-sitter

Do you want to learn how to be a trip guide?

For medical professionals, first aid personnel, psychologists, or anyone with an interest and the conviction that (s)he can listen, be aware and compassionate plus be willing to experience it yourself, can become a trained trip-sitter.

“Guides’ presence, intentions, assumptions, actions, theoretical knowledge, skill sets, personalities, and intuitions (essentially the entirety of their body, mind, and spirit) influence set and setting. The individuals come to this work from a variety of professional disciplines, training backgrounds, and philosophies. Divergent interests, skills, and experiences are beneficial to the development of best practices, as many perspectives are needed to ensure the highest quality process.

Effective psychedelic treatment session guides act to facilitate the journey into conscious awareness, with full presence and integrity toward the individual, informed by science and medicine. Instead of acting as interventionists, guides serve to provide security and comfort without intrusion, by establishing rapport and trust with the participant, and by maintaining an aesthetic, comfortable setting in which the participant feels safe.

When non-ordinary states of consciousness are occurring, guides remain steady and centred. It is essential that the guides engender human warmth and infuse the setting with a sense of groundedness. They must also adhere to rigorous guidelines, and be knowledgeable about the specific medicine they are using.

The guides appreciate that the participant is a collaborator and co-investigator – a brave individual who journeys into unknown terrain, and returns to assist us all by sharing aspects of their journey that may be useful for their growth and awareness, as well as for the growth and evolving skill of the guide.

It is essential for the guides to have the utmost of trust in the entire process – in their skills, their team, and the participants. Equally important is the cohesiveness of the team as a whole, with every guide resonant with whomever they are paired with, as well as being mindfully aware, supportive, and communicating openly with other members of the team. Members of the therapy team who are paired together to cofacilitate a psychedelic treatment session should spend time together with the focus of developing a trusting interpersonal relationship where open communication is possible. This relationship fosters learning for both guides, and allows for a constructive, healthy debrief at the end of the session.”

This process will require your critical introspection. It will require self discipline but also compassion. Do you still feel up to the challenge?

Psychedelic Insights Trip Guide Workshop

Psychedelic Insights provides the Trip Guide Workshops to learn the basics of trip guiding. An experience to learn and undergo all aspects of the different roles, experience your own personal growth through insights into your soul and the study the latest research, psychology, other nature medicines, ancient indigenous traditions and live together with the other student guides in a big tipi or yurt.

What do the students get?

  • Lessons on
    • A) psychology,
    • B) trauma and healing with psychedelics,
    • C) contra indications expert,
    • D) research and views from psilocybin scientists and
    • E) shamanic and indigenous traditions and introduction with other plant medicine lessons and presentations.
  • Experience Trip Guiding:
    • The students get 2 psychedelic sessions
      Plus they learn to guide 2 psychedelic sessions.
    • Three times, we are providing a professional massage to students for deeper relaxation.
    • A full time Vegan chef who caters for all.
    • Accommodation and transport to and from Amsterdam Central Station.
    • Two nights, there is live music and a camp fire.
    • Last but not least: A video document! – we are making a documentary about the workshop and everyone involved.

Curriculum & quality

  • Personal development
  • Psychedelics
  • Psychology
  • Trauma & healing
  • Science & Psilocybin
  • Shamanism and indigenous cultures
  • Contra indications
  • Higher consciousness & mystical experiences
  • Other compounds
  • Philosophy, the implications

The workshop is organised by Multiple Trip Guide Operators, a psychologist plus a psilocybin scientist. We are also assisted by other trip sitters. We are all intent on sharing this work sincerely and it could be emotionally and mentally demanding and challenging. It will be a lot of fun too, obviously and last but not least, be very fascinating with valuable lessons. Some say magical 😉 A short documentary will be made too so you’re in for an adventure.

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In the mean time, have a look at this document. It is very useful and a quality guideline. The guide.

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