Is this you?
Guided Tripping is for you if you’re curious about using psychedelics for personal growth rather than (or in addition to) recreationally. Perhaps someone talked to you about their experience with entheogens and how they positively impacted their life, or you find yourself interested in articles about psychedelics research that come by on your facebook or reddit feed. Maybe you heard about Guided Tripping through a friend you trust. The way they describe their session piques your interest and has you wanting to experience it for yourself.
You have probably lived quite a large part of your life as a proverbial ‘head on a stick’. You discovered (maybe in a quite painful manner) that there was more to be explored. You proceeded to ‘work’ on yourself in the form of meditation, personal development, Circling, communication skills training, spirituality, embodiment, tantra, or other workshops, practices, therapies and methods. You’ve gotten great value from them: you feel expanded, more kind to yourself, more able to hold others’ perspectives, more connected, etc. Yet you still have sticky/recurring issues with e.g.:
- Self-criticism, perfectionism and/or being judgmental
- Self-doubt, guilt, shame and overthinking
- Dealing with being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and/or introversion in an extroverted and impulse-rich world
- Stuckness or falling back into limiting beliefs
- Feeling burnt out, bored out, or close to either in your work
- Competent, but unsure you’re fulfilling your potential
- A desire to go deeper but being afraid and unsure of how to go about that
- Loneliness and disconnection; lack of intimacy; anxious and/or avoidant behaviour in relationships
- Dissociation from your body and this moment (your attention is mostly on the past, future, or others)
- Questioning your worthiness of love and belonging; difficulty taking up space
- Being highly impacted by criticism
- Expectations of yourself and others turning into disappointments
- Basing your actions and attitudes on assumptions about others’ motives, opinions, and desires (projection)
- Self-censoring and being preoccupied with what others think of you
- Helping others at your own expense
- Conflict avoidance and boundary issues
- Procrastination and distracting yourself; addictive and numbing behaviours
- Putting your happiness on hold until … when exactly??
- Being too smart for your own good; keeping yourself from moving
- Getting recurring feedback from people that you can’t place (possible blind spot)
- Workshop highs that consistently turn into hangovers; equating intensity with meaning or change
However immovable these issues may seem, there is a curiosity in you, a sense of possibility. And you somehow trust that it can be very meaningful and impactful to consciously use a psychoactive substance. But you do want to make sure that you are safe and do everything in your power to get the most out of it: to fully enjoy and let yourself go into the moment and make sure there are lasting positive effects.
You sense that there are parts of your subconscious patterning that could be put in a different light. Somehow you smell a much deeper enjoyment of life is possible. That this can be attained through other means as well but that will be more easily accessible and anchored while on a psychoactive substance. We believe that, too! Because we’ve consistently seen small and large miracles happen.
PS: Please check if any contraindications apply to you, as well as the other information in the safety section. These substances are no silver bullet and should be used with caution. Also, the integration of whatever you experience is the most important element in attaining those sustained positive effects. Although we support you in formulating your personal integration practices, their execution is totally up to you.
I love being able to guide people through highly meaningful moments and to offer exactly the thing that makes the moment safe, deep, touching, and positive – in short: auspicious.
How did this become my work? After years of immersing myself in a great variety of personal and spiritual growth methods, as well as enjoying psychedelics for both recreational and growth purposes, a friend asked me to sit with him while he ingested a psychedelic for the first time. He shared afterwards that this one session was easily as valuable as a year of therapy.
What I learned that day and have honed ever since is that my presence and care allow people to relax into their trip. I offer them mirrors, reframes, and interventions that have a big impact because they are injected into a deeper layer of their being – a layer that becomes much more easily available because of the substance they ingested.
The presence, intuitions, and skills I bring to the session, using modalities such as circling, constellation and systemic work, voice dialogue, and intuitive bodywork, make sure that the whole experience (including intake, preparation, and aftercare) is not only safe, but exciting, insightful and effective.
Read Miriam's testimonials...
I trust Miriam a lot, so I couldn’t have wished for a better guide. From the beginning to the end we were in sync. The trip made it clear why we are here – to experience consciousness and act from love. What it let me experience is indescribable/indescribably beautiful – I don’t dare find words for it, even afterwards – and makes it a lot clearer what I’m here to do. (YW, 52)
Miriam has always been calm, comforting and knowledgeable during my sessions with her. It has been very constructive to discuss my experiences with her, and she has time and again offered her own intuitions that have proven to be useful directions of exploration. Family constellations therapy on psychedelics turned out to be particularly constructive. Also, she made me feel safe as I went through hours of deep explorations. From my five sessions with her, I am considerably less anxious, I have pages and pages of insights into my own life and the workings of my mind, and I am able to take life less seriously. I am more playful, enjoying the colours of my surroundings in daily life. (ER, 37)
Miriam is a modern day shamaness! Caring, compassionate, and wise beyond her years, anytime I’ve been in an intentional setting with her has been healing, awakening, insightful. She embodies a rare combination of knowledge about what she is doing with the high sensitivity and interpersonal skilfulness that ensures a good journey. (AV, 35)
Miriam creates and atmosphere where I feel that whatever thoughts or emotions that arise within me are welcomed. I felt genuinely cared for during the trip. She asked questions or made comments that made me much more conscious of the processes that were happening inside my mind. She made me feel okay with exploring my mind and emotions at my own pace. (PB, 33)
Miriam holds space in an exquisite way and was an integral part of a journey that brought me into unity with nature and deeper wisdoms that have since influenced my work. I warmly recommend her. (ES, 39)
From an early age, psychedelics and my own inquisitive nature sculpted the person I am today. People find my warm, open, grounded personality and my sense of humor safe and nurturing. My background of naturally rising into the role of den mother to friends experimenting with substances (especially after my own bad trip which made psychedelic research and safety a calling in life) and the years I’ve spent participating in and facilitating Authentic Relating have coalesced into my practice. As a trip guide, empathy is most important to me. People love the sense that I’m really there with them, wherever they are. They are comforted by my presence and my way of reframing what is happening.
I use the modalities of authentic relating, Shadow Work, Embodiment, Internal Family Systems, trauma-informed voice dialogue, inverse dream interpretation and visualization, and guidance from the study of astrophysics and biology. Along with guiding sessions, I’m an integration specialist and offer ongoing integration coaching as well as micro-dose coaching. Personally, I engage in therapeutic psychedelic practice, research and analytical thinking, dance, circling, and the happy knowledge that we ain’t got it all figured out.
Read April's testimonials...
April has an amazingly caring, solid way of being and a unique and disarming sense of humor. I felt in such good hands from the moment we decided to work together. She can dive into immeasurable depths without batting an eye and brought herself fully. The things she picked up on enriched my view of my already very rich experience. And I just felt pampered by her fabulous home cooking, like icing on the cake. (ME, 37)
April was the most incredible guide I could have asked for. April provided me with a perfect balance of support and challenge-where challenge was needed. I felt so profoundly seen and heard. There were few moments when she did what I didn’t even know I needed her to do. She has an incredible capacity for listening to what is said and what is in between the words. She is gentle and fierce and she allowed me to be myself in all of my vulnerability. Through this experience I was able to meet myself in ways I could not even imagine, I found more self-love and Love than I thought possible. In the timeline of my life there are not that many, if any experiences that I could call ‘life changing’ unless in retrospect. It is still rippling through my body and consciousness- and supports the remembering, the integration, which is why and how this experience has been life changing. April’s guidance was a crucial part of this process.(EG, 33)
April just cares about people, she loves what she does, and a passion for helping others evolve is what drives her. She unobtrusively guided me towards my best interest. Before my session, I was extremely stressed, scared and uncomfortable. I even had doubts about the outcome but I stayed curious and open. During the session, I simply embraced and welcomed all sensations and visions. I was my own observer. I love the idea of having created and reconnected thousands and thousands of kilometers of paths in my brain. The outcome of the day was fabulous for me: I dropped unquantifiable limitations and I reconnected with my imagination. My perspectives are today bigger and numerous. I feel calmer and more grounded with my own self. I am ready and excited to start my new life with my true self. I am so pleased I finally met my true self. Thank you, April, for your support and guidance, for coming along on my journey, for being gentle, caring and attentive to my best interest.(LJ, 51)
April was simply amazing in every way! April was this maternal figure who was there with me every step of the way with nothing but kindness, empathy, and care. She has not only mastered the art of empathetic listening, which is so important for this work, but she’s also had a great knack for conceptualizing my experiences. She “got” me more than any psychotherapist I’ve ever had and all within one week. I felt so validated and understood. Also, she is an incredible cook and makes a killer tea. This experience has brought hope, joy, and acceptance back into my life, and I can’t recommend it enough. (CR, 27)
From the first meeting with April, I knew she was the perfect person to guide me through this experience. She made me feel comfortable, heard and valued, as well as also being incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the experience. I also appreciated that she wasn’t a complete “hippy”- she is a normal person who just happens to be well versed on this particular topic. We also shared many full belly laughs- which was great!
I had done quite a lot of reading, listening and preparing for this experience, yet afterwards I still felt like I had totally underestimated it. But it was definitely one of the most important moments of my life.
The integration part of it all was incredibly helpful and essential to my experience. I was really surprised at how intuitive April was, she really seemed to get me and it was so helpful in my being able to learn from the experience.
In many ways I feel like a better and more true version of myself and I am so grateful to have had this experience (DA, 28)
April, from the moment we decided to dive into this quest, was present, fully engaged, and thorough in the way she prepared me for my trip. The way she walked me through this journey prepared me just the way I needed. Throughout the session, she was gentle and guided me masterfully, asking the right questions to ground me and lead me back to my intention. Brownie points – she did it with ease and her humor helped me to land. Plus her meticulous caring extended to a drinks menu and a delicious home-cooked meal.(RT, 32)
April was amazing!! I felt super safe and well taken care of. She helped me relax right away and set the atmosphere perfectly in order for me to have a profound, inner-world explorative, and personalized experience. I learned and am still learning about my internal world. The experience made me see myself from a different perspective and allowed me to interact with that. From the trip itself to the integration conversation with April, I definitely feel more connected to myself, more capable and motivated to continue to look deep inside of myself and listen and learn.(JP,22)
I arrived in Amsterdam with several possible resources I had located on the web to guide me in a truffle trip. I had made three appointments to interview different helpers. My first appointment was with April. After talking with her for a while, I canceled my other appointments, confident I had found the person I wanted. She offered more guidance and structure than I originally thought I wanted. Nurturing. That is what April is. She has a long history of helping people navigate positive psychedelic trips. My truffle trip was just what it needed to be. I am very grateful to April and hope someday to return to Amsterdam and ask her again to be my guide.(LL, 62)
There is a reason why some people, including me, have given her the name “Mom”. I really felt secure and appreciated with her – no matter what came up. Even in the first skype call with April, I felt that she has a good heart and loves her work. No matter what questions I had before the session, she had an answer for everything. During the whole process, she was always with me. How she helped me the most was during our integration meeting after tripping, she asked really good questions and took notes. With that, I was able to better reflect on my experience. (JH, 37)
April is wonderful. I felt secure in her presence, and she held the space so well. This allowed me to really dive into the experience. The introductory and integration sessions with her were a real pleasure too. She knows her stuff. My experience was magic. The session space was bright and inviting – I felt very comfortable and safe there. The trip itself was extremely enjoyable, though very hard to put into words. I learned subtle things about myself (concerning the way that I relate to myself, and interact with the ‘outside’ world), that will help me to continue to grow as a person. The session helped me to identify a subtle (but integral) negative belief that I hold. This has helped me to understand and accept that belief system, with the intention of loosening its grip on my thoughts, feelings and behaviour. (SG, 26)
Psychedelics (broadly – including marijuana and MDMA) have been a big part of my journey both in healing and awakening. Marijuana, Mushrooms, LSD, Peyote, Ayahuasca, Ibogaine, and MDMA – I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without some key experiences and relationships with these medicines and what they brought me in touch with. I’m also very much an ‘integration-freak.’
Other than Marijuana, I’ve never taken any of these recreationally, and have put a lot of focus on my life on bringing these experiences home, into my waking consciousness, through modalities like Tibetan Buddhism, therapy, focusing, Qi Gong, and poetry and philosophy, just to mention a few. I bring curiosity, wonder, joy and love to the sessions I guide, and a seamless integration of gentleness and force.
Read Andrew's testimonials...
I was blessed to have this first psychedelic experience with Andrew as my trip-sitter. I was in competent hands, and I felt very safe to just be there through whatever experience. What a trip! So many insights – and laughter – and synchronicities! Andrew’s presence was really important to help me ground and focus on opening spaces internally in really powerful ways. I’m amazed at his wisdom and understanding of the imaginal and non-dual, which were really important in my choice of a sitter. And what a BIG HEART you are Andrew! With such a beautiful, devotional way of being. This has been a big milestone in my life journey. I’m no more the same, after the trip, with many orders of magnitude – ow a few months afterwards. Most importantly, I’m owning more of who I am in my whole multidimensionality. (AE, )
Andrew’s presence and guidance created the safest space I could have imagined. I could not be more grateful for his time, guidance, and laughter – and I hope our paths cross again! (ZW, 35)
I’m passionate about helping you (re)connect with the beauty behind your barriers, or the radiant aliveness that’s often buried beneath trauma, conditioning and limiting beliefs.
In my own Great Journey Inwards, psychedelics are invaluable illuminators. LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, MDMA (and soon mescaline) give me deep insights and help expand, soften and align me – and I believe they can do the same for you.
As a breathworker, I use breath and bodywork to help you navigate your psychedelic journey, as well as integrate it. Also at your disposal are the meditative awareness, embodied presence and gentle intuition that I’ve cultivated through circling, meditation and other practices that have helped me land deeper within myself for some two decades now. I offer you a safe setting so you can let go and surrender fully into your experience.
Last but not least: I’m currently working on my second book, about how psychedelics and other healing modalities have helped me deal with depression. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Human by heart, Psychodynamic therapist by profession. As long as I know myself I’ve been intrigued by life and being human; What is it? What does this mean? And how do you ‘do’ life and being human?
Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms, DMT, ayahuasca) have been and still are a vital part of that exploration.
Psychedelics show me different and deeper layers of relating to myself and to the world around me. For me, perspectives change, blockages become clear or disappear and new pathways are formed.
It’s these experiences that sparked my fire to become a therapist.
Expansion, groundedness, acceptance, integration, in-awe-ness and lust for life: I bring these to a session through my own experience and guidance, my skills as a therapist (NLP, trauma release, hypno- & regression therapy, inner child work, emotional body work, voice dialogue, energy work) and my passion & fascination for all of life.
Read Hanneke's testimonials...
Hanneke was such an amazing guide. I had the good fortune of finding her profile online before doing my guided trip in Amsterdam. From that profile I felt a real groundedness in her. After exchanging emails and meeting over zoom, I knew I had found a great match. She was so intuitive as to what I needed starting with being very present and helping me to ground and review my intentions at the start, to giving me any space I needed during my inner experience, to helping me integrate the experience after. I had wished for someone to hold a space for me while I did my inner exploration and the whole experience could not have turned out more perfectly!
The experience itself was so beautiful for me. It is difficult to put into words but I felt such an assurance that everything in my life was as it was supposed to be. I had a flood of beautiful memories from my life come to me. The experience has created a lot of positive change in my life. I am more at ease, more productive and feel a greater clarity of thought. I felt so at ease as soon as I entered Hanneke’s space. The setting itself was a beautiful warm room with a big couch full of pillows. There were windows on two sides of the room, which at times flooded the space with beautiful light. I had planned to use an eye mask, but ended up watching the ever-changing sky and clouds and feeling such a sense of oneness with the universe.
I felt safe, comfortable and gently supported by Hanneke the entire time. She held such a healing space for me. I wholeheartedly recommend her. I feel so grateful to her for her caring, generous, and gentle presence during my experience. I am planning to do another guided trip with her in the near future. (NR, 56)
My path with Hanneke crossed because of my search for a possible solution to tackle
physical pains caused by an autoimmune condition. Hanneke’s warm approach and integrity
during our in-take call were the main reason for choosing her
I feel that Hanneke’s warm, compassionate, non-judgmental and kind nature together with
her exceptional emotional intellect makes her perfect fit for the job. She was there for me
like a true friend, a sister, someone with no personal agenda whatsoever. For all the hours I
spent with Hanneke that day not for a second I felt I was lead in any way. I was let to have
my own experience with her kind presence for reassurance and non-invasive guidance only.
With the experience bringing a fresh perspective into my inner world not polluted by our
own conditioning, presence of a person like Hanneke added into the sincerity, depth and
clarity of that moment. She surrounded me with a feeling of complete safety and warm
care. I will be ever grateful for Hanneke being there for me, selflessly and patiently putting
my priorities before her own for a full day. (ZA, 42)
Hanneke made me feel very welcome in her home during my psilocybin experience. Hanneke’s approach is warm, caring, and understanding; she is a knowledgeable therapist and has some excellent exercises to work with. Hanneke encouraged me to be myself, whilst helping and allowing me to bring strong emotions to the session. The day was very useful, thought provoking and also a lot of fun!
I have had problems with anxiety for most of my adult life. It has been three weeks since the session and feel more at ease with myself. My mind is less engaged with unhelpful thinking patterns, allowing me more capacity to listen to and relate with other people.
From in-take call, psilocybin experience, through to integration Hanneke has been an absolute pleasure, I highly recommend her, and hope to do it again one day! (ML, 38)
I had an absolutely wonderful experience with Hanneke as my guide. And what an experience it was! For me it had three distinct phases: The first was super trippy with strong visuals, and a lot of fun. In the second phase I went much deeper in a dream like state. I was grateful to lie on Hannekes sofa and allow myself to go as deep as possible. It felt 100 % safe knowing she was watching over me. The final phase was in conversation with Hanneke and reflecting over my experiences. She really played a significant part in helping me make sense of it all. She is wise and caring, and with her guidance this became a profound experience that I believe will benefit me in a long time to come. If you choose to embark on a similar journey, then I whole-heartedly recommend Hanneke to guide you through it. (ME. 35)
As a person with no experience with psychedelic substances but a strong motivation to try a new approach to improving my mental health, finding a self-aware guide was important to me. I was fortunate to work with Hanneke for my first trip. On the day of my trip, Hanneke created a welcoming, safe space in which I felt fully comfortable; her empathy and kindness empowered me to let go and immerse myself in the experience. During our follow-up call, she helped me process the day and develop strategies for integrating insights into daily life. Because of my time with Hanneke, I’ve been able to release unnecessary emotional weight, experience a lightness and joy in daily life, and choose more authentic ways of engaging with the world. In short, the therapeutic value of working with Hanneke has been profound. I’m looking forward to another session with her again in the near future. (A.H, 41)
This was my first guided psychedelic experience and wow! I was nervous at first but Hanneke holds space so beautifully that I was soon at ease and able to surrender to all that came up. She took care of me, intuiting what I needed, every step of the way. Since my trip I’ve been experiencing more unity and self-love. Long may it continue! Thanks so much to Hanneke and the team at Guided Tripping for helping me on my journey. The experience has truly changed my life. (J, 34)
I had an absolutely amazing experience with Hanneke, and without exaggerating I can say she helped me fundamentally change my mindset and outlook on life. She made me feel incredibly supported, and completely comfortable to explore my inner workings and to be vulnerable with what I encountered. She created a space that felt safe and warm, and coached me through my journey in a very thoughtful and open way – both in preparations and during the session itself. After the session she was also super helpful in integrating my experience and helping me understand how I could make concrete changes based on what I had learned – everything from how I see myself to how I can approach work life in a different way. I can wholeheartedly recommend Hanneke to anyone looking to go on a guided psilocybin journey, having her beside me made all the difference, and without her I wouldn’t have reached even remotely the same level of insight and metamorphosis. I am so grateful for her supporting me through this, it’s an experience I truly wish for everyone. (LL, 35)
Embodying the spirit of adventure, my passion in life has always been to explore the unknown. Fascinated by nature, indigenous cultures and the experience of freedom I journeyed extensively around the globe and into invisible realms.
My enthusiasm for health and wellbeing guided me to obtain a solid educational background within both academic and holistic specializations related to personal and social development. Studying and experiencing different kinds of healing modalities, trauma integration therapies, nutrition and visionary plant medicines. Has given me a thorough understanding of holding space and guiding people to higher states of consciousness in a safe yet profound way.
My clients appreciate my intuition, gentle nature and strong presence. Helping you to feel safe and cared for while getting out of your comfort zone. Knowing how vulnerable you can feel when stepping on unknown territory, I support you in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. Allowing you to release and unfold what is hidden deep inside at your own pace. To help you connect with your essence, to authentically embrace all of yourself and experience the beauty and magic of being human!
The foundation of the body-mind centered practices I facilitate are Internal Family Systems Therapy, somatic awareness, inner child and shadow work.
I offer guided psychedelic journeys, Vision Quests, Temazcal and Kambo ceremonies.
* Depending on the season sessions with Melissa can be hosted in Amsterdam, Mexico or another country where the sacramental or therapeutic use of mushrooms is legal.
Read Melissa's testimonials...
Leading up to my first private mushroom ceremony with Melissa, I had synchronicities that led me to personally ask her for guidance. With her knowledge & experiences in ancient ceremonies, including other areas of holistic health, I knew she will be the right person to guide me on my journey. I felt a lot of trust and faith in her.
During the session, she created an energetic loving space for me as I started my journey going inward. Helping me to feel safe and cared for. She was grounded, focused & calm while guiding me through this process. Her work and vision are very attuned.
Being personally prepared and guided on this journey was a very meaningful experience for me. I’s difficult to explain in either a spiritual or technical perspective, but I know how it feels…. inspired and powerful.
Melissa followed up with me afterwards. I shared the stories of my experiences with her, and it helped me to see them with new & positive perspectives & integrate them into my daily life. It helped me to reconnect with nature and my own essence again & communicate with it more often. (A. 36)
“Talking on the phone with Melissa to get to know our guide gave us instant trust to go on a journey with her. She felt personal, reassuring and reliable.
We are incredibly grateful for her loving and gentle care leading up to the session. It already brought up so much insight and was really important for the unfolding of the whole healing process.
Arriving at her beautiful place felt like coming home, she has created such a warm and welcoming space.
Melissa is such a special being, we can’t find the words for it. What’s so incredible is that she feels very familiar and safe, yet at the same time exudes a natural kind of strength and authority. She has a lot of knowledge and wisdom. Which made us feel very protected and supported.
On the other hand, she feels like a good friend you could tell anything, and who makes you feel fully heard and understood.
It has been a blessing to experience this beautiful, transformational journey with her! (F. 33 & N.34)
“Before I came to Melissa my head was a chaos, the preparation session has really helped me to re-frame my thoughts. And gave me more trust in my own intuition.
Melissa exudes tranquility and I felt very much at ease with her.
It’s been a month since my journey. I never thought this experience would bring me this close to my beautiful self. I never thought that my life could change so much. I’m feeling so strong and grounded, yet at the same time gentle and open. I see small and large miracles happening every day. Everything from my essence, my authentic core. All thanks to the mushrooms and sweet Melissa who guided me with so much confidence and love.
I’m Home within myself!” (G. 37)
On a personal note: I love music (especially Britpop) and going to concerts, movies, and good food & drink enjoyed in good company.
Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Dhillon served in the Infantry with the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently licensed to practice in the European Union, receiving his medical degree from the Medical University of Lublin in Poland. He began his academic career at the Yale School of Medicine Basic Science Review and was awarded a research apprenticeship with the U.S. Department of Defense in collaboration with George Washington University in neuroendocrinology. He then became one of the pioneers of cannabis treatments with applications to cancer, autoimmune disease, and bipolar disorder. Risking a lot, he continued due to his belief in it, with amazing results. During the pandemic, he managed a COVID-hospital.
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