Psychedelic Trip Planning Course

MAPS offers a Psychedelic Trip Planning Course to help prepare for a safe and beneficial experience, similar to planning a backpacking trip.

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  • Last updated Oct '23
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Course Description

The Psychedelic Trip Planning Course, offered by MAPS, is designed to help individuals prepare for a psychedelic journey, ensuring a safer, more comfortable, and more beneficial experience. As one would plan a backpacking trip, careful preparation is crucial for a successful psychedelic adventure.

This comprehensive course covers all the essential factors a prospective psychonaut should consider before embarking on their journey. Topics include set and setting, medical conditions, setting clear intentions, substance and dose, safety, supplies, comfort, fellow voyagers, peer support or guides, and integration.

From MAPS' 36 years of scientific research and harm reduction work, the Psychedelic Trip Planning Course is a valuable resource for anyone in the psychedelic community, from novices to experienced psychonauts, looking to optimize their psychedelic experiences through careful planning and preparation.

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.


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This course includes

  • Lectures 1
  • Duration 1 Hours
  • Skills Beginner
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate No
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