DB101: How to Trip Sit

In this course, DB 101 How to Trip Sit, participants will learn about the role and responsibilities of a trip sitter, how to prepare for and navigate a psychedelic experience, and best practices for setting up a safe and supportive environment for the person tripping.

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  • Beginner
  • Last updated May '23
  • English
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Course Description

In How to Trip Sit, participants will learn about the role and responsibilities of a trip sitter, how to prepare for and navigate a psychedelic experience, and best practices for setting up a safe and supportive environment for the person tripping.

The course will also cover how to properly vet a trip sitter, whether it be a friend or family member or a professional, and how to handle challenging or "bad trip" scenarios. Additionally, it will provide a framework for those interested in potentially holding space professionally, and will explore what trip sitting entails and what requires more in-depth training.

Deciding to hold space for someone while they’re on a psychedelic or deciding that someone is going to hold space for you while you are on a psychedelic is a big decision. Trip sitting can be incredibly rewarding. You can help support people through finding deep healing and clarity—or simply support them through a very challenging moment. However, it's important to understand that trip sitting is not just a simple task. It requires knowledge, empathy, preparation and the right mindset.

Currently, we’re in a strange time in the psychedelic movement. More and more people are becoming curious about using psychedelics to heal, but, because they’re still federally illegal, it can be tough to find someone trustworthy to trip sit. In this course, DoubleBlind provides people who want to trip sit and people looking for trip sitters with a framework for success.

For trip sitters, this includes how to help a person prepare for, navigate, and process their psychedelic experience. They cover what questions to ask someone before the trip to ensure they’re ready. The course also covers how to set up a space for tripping and how to best support a person through a “bad trip” or challenging experience. Finally, the course also gives you the knowledge you need to understand the different stages of a psychedelic experience, how to recognize the signs of a difficult experience and how to support the person in a way that is empathetic, non-judgmental and respectful.

For people seeking a trip sitter, this course provides you with what you need to vet a person who might hold space for you properly. The lecturers talk about what questions to ask the person ahead of time if they’re a family member or friend, as well as red flags if you’re speaking to someone who claims to be a professional trip sitter.

How to Trip Sit is currently unavailable, and a new cohort hasn't been announced.

What you’ll learn
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a trip sitter.
  • Learn how to properly vet a trip sitter, whether they are a friend, family member, or professional.
  • Understand how to prepare for a psychedelic experience, including setting intentions and creating a safe space.
  • Learn how to navigate and support someone through a challenging or difficult psychedelic experience.
  • Understand the importance of integration and post-trip support.
  • Learn about the different types of psychedelic experiences, and how to support someone through each one.
  • Understand the difference between trip sitting in a clinical and ceremonial setting.

How to Trip Sit, provides individuals with a framework for successfully supporting friends and family through their psychedelic experiences, including preparing, navigating and processing the experience, setting up a safe and comfortable space, and addressing difficult or challenging experiences.

You will learn:

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
    • Maboundi/Yombo
    • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

You will learn:

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

You will learn:

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
    • Miobe/Mioba
    • Ngonde Na Dipuma
    • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

You will learn:

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
    • Abanji/Mabanji
    • Ilombo
    • Ombwiri
    • Ombudi
    • Loro
  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood
    • What does it involve?
    • How long does it take?




About Instructor

Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.

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Alternative Version

This course is also available in the Fundamentals of Psychedelics Bundle

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This course includes

  • Lectures 6
  • Duration 6 Hours
  • Skills Beginner
  • Language English
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