Psychedelic Counseling: The Foundations of Trip Sitting

Learn the art and science of supporting psychedelic experiences in Psychedelic Counseling The Foundations of Trip Sitting

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  • Last updated Oct '23
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Course Description

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.

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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Please see below for start and finish dates/times. This course is currently being offered live and dates/times will change throughout the year.


This course includes

  • Lectures 1
  • Duration 1 Hours
  • Skills All levels
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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