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How to recognise a suitable psilocybin mushroom facilitator?

Updated: May 2

You want to try psilocybin mushrooms (for the first time). You've done a bit of reading and you've figured out that it's important to create a good set and setting for your mushroom experience, if you want a beneficial outcome. Recognizing a decent psilocybin mushroom facilitator, especially in a ceremonial context, requires careful consideration and assessment of several factors. There are some key qualities your facilitator should have. Overall, trust your instincts and intuition when selecting a psilocybin mushroom facilitator. Take the time to research and ask questions, and choose someone who aligns with your values, needs, and expectations for the experience.

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Level of psychedelic experience

A reputable facilitator should have extensive experience working with psilocybin mushrooms and facilitating psychedelic experiences. Look for individuals who have undergone comprehensive apprenticeships, ideally with experienced mentors or reputable organizations in the field of psychedelic and shamanic practices. It takes many ceremonies in which the apprentice is undergoing the psilocybin mushroom experience him or herself, before he or she should even consider to start hosting their own ceremonies. But what is many? It is depending on a few indicators:

  • Is he/she going to work with high dosages?

  • Is he/she going to work with groups?

  • Is he/she going to work with people who are diagnosed with medical/psychological issues?

To act in a responsable way, he/she should have done at least 30 ceremonies/experiences him/herself, if none of the above applies. Otherwise the number of experiences needs to be increased quickly to 60/75. Why so much? Because the human being is very complex and it takes a lot of time to:

  • Be able to know where the participant is at during the trip

  • To understand the teachings of the psilocybin mushrooms

  • To understand yourself, heal yourself and know where your boundries are

Savety protocols for guides psilocybin mushroom trips

A responsible facilitator prioritizes the safety and well-being of participants. They should have clear protocols in place for screening participants, because a psilocybin mushroom ceremony is not for everybody. It is also important for the savety of the whole group to know that everybody has been screened up front.

Further is poviding a pre-session or detailed preparation guidelines is very important. Consciously and with care, everybody should prepare themselves for such a ceremony. And of course, the psychedelic facilitator should provide tools to support the integration process. This can be by (online) sessions, detailed information, chat groups. Participants should be welcome with their questions after the ceremony, even when some time has passed, ensuring physical safety during the experience, and responding to any challenging or difficult experiences that may arise.

The ethical aspect of a psilocybin mushroom facilitator

Look for a facilitator who demonstrates integrity, compassion, and respect for participants' autonomy and dignity. They should uphold ethical principles such as informed consent, confidentiality, and non-coercion, and they should avoid exploiting vulnerable individuals or engaging in unethical practices.

If the psilocybin mushroom experience is conducted within a ceremonial context, ensure that the facilitator demonstrates cultural sensitivity and respect for indigenous traditions and practices. Cultural appropriation and misrepresentation are serious concerns, so it's important to work with facilitators who have established relationships with indigenous communities and honor their traditions appropriately. This is not something you can learn from a book, a school or a course.

What do participants say?

Seek out testimonials and reviews from past participants to gauge their experiences and satisfaction with the facilitator's services. Positive testimonials can provide reassurance about the facilitator's competence, professionalism, and effectiveness. Here you can check our review page!

Continued education and growth

A good facilitator is committed to ongoing learning, personal growth, and professional development. They should stay updated in the field of psychedelic ceremonies, and they should be open to feedback and self-reflection.

Legal compliance for psilocybin mushroom ceremonies

Ensure that the facilitator operates within the legal framework of their jurisdiction and adheres to relevant laws and regulations governing the use of psilocybin mushrooms. Engaging in illegal activities or operating outside of legal boundaries can jeopardize the safety psilocybin experience, bring in fear and worries. All of this you want to avoid.

We hope that you can benefit from these guidelines. But like we've said in the beginning, the most important is that you find someone who meets your personal needs, and who you feel comfortable with.


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