The course Psychedelic Counseling: The Foundations of ‘Trip Sitting’ provides a specialized training ground for those interested in supporting individuals during psychedelic experiences. Unlike conventional therapy sessions, psychedelic experiences require unique approaches and interventions. This course covers the essentials, from pre-trip preparations like setting up a healing space and choosing appropriate music, to the principles of “trip sitting” and handling challenging situations. It also introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model as a framework for understanding the psyche during these experiences.
The curriculum has three main sections: Preparation, Journey, and Integration. Each section is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively support clients or loved ones during and after their psychedelic journey. The course also emphasizes the importance of post-trip integration work and self-care for the sitter, offering practical tips and recommendations. Whether you’re a mental health professional, a student, or simply someone interested in the field, this course provides a solid foundation in the art and science of psychedelic counselling.
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.