Your sense of safety – before, during and after a voyage

 

 

Creating a safe setting during voyages is one of our main priorities. During the deep experiences and processes of a voyage, it is vital that you feel safe enough to surrender to the experience. We have a number of “rules” that we uphold to make sure you feel safe. You can read them on this page.

 

 

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Safe setting

 

 

  • The Sacred Voyage is not a replacement for medical treatment or therapy. It is a spiritual journey; an investigation into your deepest nature, as described in the book, The Sacred Voyage. Your voyage can support you in your personal development.

  •  Our setting and method cannot be considered separate from each other. You drink Ayahuasca as part of a complete process that starts several weeks or months before your ceremony, and which you will be preparing for with the help of the book, The Sacred Voyage. Part of this preparation is several days of fasting in advance of the ceremony.

  • Being able to participate in a ceremony is contingent on a written, signed intake form, taking contraindications into consideration. This form will be used to decide whether participation is advisable. When in doubt, we will discuss your participation with you – optionally, also discussing your situation with an attending physician or psychiatrist. In such instances, the assessment of the medical professional is always binding.

  • In advance of a ceremony, there will be contact with the ceremony leader in question if there are specific questions or worries that don’t feature in the book, The Sacred Voyage.

  • In advance of drinking Ayahuasca with us, there is/are always one or multiple days of preparatory process work (sharing, dance, voice, body and/or breathing work, rituals) aimed at facilitating deep contact with your emotional world and your fellow voyagers. At the root of our setting is the conviction that healing/becoming whole is only possible if you feel safe within yourself and connected to others. This is what the approach and methodology of The Sacred Voyage aims to achieve.

  • During the preparatory day(s), you will have the opportunity to become extensively acquainted with both your fellow voyagers and the guides and ceremony leader. During this time, you will be able to determine for yourself whether you’re in good hands, and you will be able to discover whether you feel confident enough to hand over the guidance of your most vulnerable processes to us. At the same time, our guides and ceremony leader will also want to get to know you better and find out whether they feel confident of being able to assist you. Trust is a shared responsibility, and coproduction between participants and guides/ceremony leader and, participants among each other, is something we facilitate through carefully developed methods.

  • You are guided by a team of warm, loving, passionate and committed guides who have been meticulously educated and trained during a one-year training programme and who receive ongoing coaching from our ceremony leaders.


> Read more below after the testimonials on this page

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"Many points I was fearful and very anxious, but having the guides present allowed me to push through knowing that I was cared for in a very safe environment. To get to the moment of bliss that follows the death of the ego, we needed to experience the minor melancholy notes of the music being played."

 
- Matt

 

"The travelling within a group was ideal. It is not an experience which can be done alone I believe, and having a tribe to do it alongside (as well as loving and caring guides) made it a much easier and more profound experience. The heart dancing and the sharing brought me closer to these complete strangers then I am with people I have known for years.

 

The healing weekend brought me a deeper love of both myself and others, a deeper understanding of what I want from my life, an awesome tribe."

 
- Jake

 

"Aside from my very personal experiences of emotional clearing and self exploration, the weekend brought me love. I have never felt as loved as I did over the weekend – such a pure quality of love I never knew existed. And not just during the experience with Aya but throughout the weekend from the facilitators and fellow travelers too."

 
- Jo

 

"I really don’t have the words to wholly express everything this weekend brought me. The healing commenced as soon we sat down at our first sharing circle and continued throughout the weekend with the ever present and ever thoughtful help of all the guides."

 
- Hannah

 

"The most wonderful experience of my life, every moment since, it has just got better and better. Life is opening before me like a flower and I have been given everything I’ve ever wanted and we are all still on the Voyage, from here on in it never ends!"

 
- David

 

"It was very intense, but a profoundly positive experience, even when the emphasis was on pain and anguish. The backdrop always was that I was being shown things I needed to see, so that meant whatever I experienced was going to be positive in the final analysis."

 
- Mark

 

  • We work with our own, high-quality Ayahuasca (Jurema or Syrian Rue/Mimosa Hostilis for therapeutic work, Baanisteriopsis Caapi and Chacruna for more shamanic work), which has been tried and tested during our 15 years of our existence. Dosages and the thea's composition are aligned with our form of spiritual, therapeutic work.
  • Our guides and ceremony leader remain sober during the ceremonies, which means that they do not drink Ayahuasca themselves, or use any other forms of intoxicants, such as marijuana, rapé or tobacco.

  • We have our own, carefully furnished locations that have a good sound system, workshop and ceremony space with a shower and toilets, guest/team accommodation and outside area.

  • Every participant has his/her own mattress and safe area in the space.

  • Intense care is provided in working through emotional and physical processes. We have a lot of experience supporting the processing of trauma and/or grief, and assisting in emotional release.

  •  A rule of thumb is to have one guide per three participants when working with groups.

  • At the end of a ceremony, there is room for sharing, during which participants can share their experience with fellow voyagers, guides and ceremony leaders. A guiding principle in this is NIVEA (niet invullen voor een ander, which translates into English as “don’t speak for another”). In this, the ceremony leader guards the integrity of the group, ensuring that every participant can speak freely without receiving advice from or being interrupted by others. An exception here concerns advice from the ceremony leader and/or an experienced guide that could be of assistance in the integration of the experience.

  • After-care by experienced guides/coaches is possible for intense processes. Ceremony leaders are also available by telephone days or weeks after a ceremony for participants who have gotten stuck in the integration process.

  • We provide an in-house integrity code in which we describe how we provide guidance, what we do and what don’t do, and what you can hold us to.

  • The day after a ceremony, each participant will receive a feedback form that will be read by the ceremony leader and guides, as well as The Sacred Voyage’s management team. We continuously finetune our service provision and guidance based on this feedback.
  • We have our own official intermediary who mediates in situations in which boundaries were crossed.

 

 

 

 

 

This is our life path.

 

This is our work.

 

This is The Sacred Voyage.

 

 

 

 

 

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