This center is open since November 30th 2017
How to get thereEach Guide has their own space, either at home or in a therapy/coaching office. These are located in or close to the city center of Amsterdam. You will receive their address upon booking.
Accommodation and facilities
1 single room
Music that is played during session
Multiple playlists are available.
Medical and safety
The center conducts an intake processIf you fill out the contact form on the website, you will receive an intake form to fill out before the free online intake you can book with your prefered Guide. This is a one-hour conversation which will go into the things you've written on the form, including contra-indications, and into what working with us looks like. Making sure there is a good connection with your Guide is very important here. Before the session you'll receive information to help you prepare.
The center provides a follow up integration processAt the end of the session, or on the day after, you have a conversation with your Guide to support the translation of your experience into personal practices for your day-to-day life. Then it's up to you! A few weeks later you have another online call to close out the Guided Tripping Cycle, about what has been going on for your since the session, and if there are any tweaks to be made to your 'homework' that would strengthen the positive, lasting impact of your experience.
The center provides ceremonies for personal development
- Miriam, NL, Guide and Founder, 6 years experience
- April, US, Guide, 5 years experience
- Hanneke, NL, Guide and Therapist, 4 year experience
- Nils, NL, Guide, 1 year experience
- Ajit, US, Medical Consultant, Medical Doctor
- Lynn, US, Integration Coach
The center accommodates private ceremonies with a single participant
Maximum 1 persons per group
Maximum 1 participants per facilitator.
The facilitator stays during session.
Someone who stays sober is present during ceremonies.
Guild of Guides
My first psysilobin mushroom experience was a guided trip with April. From the moment I entered her space, I knew I had made the right decision for me. April is kind and helpful but also highly intuitive and intelligent. Her ability to help me see what I need, in any given moment, was spectacular. Although I was a bit anxious, her comfortable manner and informational style provided a safe and comfortable environment. My trip was not entirely an easy one and I worked hard for a number of hours. When I felt hungry, and asked for food, April's chef level mastery of comfort food made me spectacularly well nourished. I tasted healthy nibbles and a stew that matches no other I've tried. All of it fed my hunger and also my need for connection to my own past. Although I found the psycilobin visual fireworks interesting, it was also overwhelming at times. Memories of the death of my parents, my connection to them and my own children and. even my own mortality became very present for me. April handled these moments with aplomb, even sometimes playfully, which allowed me the physical and emotional space to do my work. I had room to move, physically and emotionally. I believe in guided tripping and will continue the journey with April. If you are curious about yourself, it is a grounding and philosophical experience to be sure. For me, it is now part of a longer trek to knowing myself and loving others with whom I am in connection much better too.
One week ago I had a very special trip with Miriam. There had been a nice intake conversation before, explaining what would happen and exploring my intentions for the journey. I've had a rough year (i.a. losing a close relative to cancer and ending a 9 yr relationship) and my intention was to reconnect to the basis of my life/to my own essence. The first part was very intens. I was alternately surrendering to the intensity and being overwhelmed. I went back and forth between experiencing and analysing the situation. Something I recognize from my life, where analysis can get the upper hand and bring me into a state of paralisis. However, I could experience that both reactions were fine. I could percieve the whole proces from a very loving place. Analysis was fine, and because it was fine, it could relax as well, and I could dive more freely into the experiencing and living part. A lot more happened, but this was the essence of it. The loving acceptance of everything that happened gave a lot of understanding and freedom. Miriam was amazing. She let me have my experience fully and when I needed it she held my hand or she'd sit next to me. Throughout the whole trip I could feel her presence in the room and it made me feel safe. When the intensity subsided somewhat I talked with her when I wanted to. She provided supplements, coconut juice, food, etc, all at the right time. I am very grateful for the experience and the inights still linger in me.
Just a quick warning : English is not my first language so be ready for some grammatical and spelling mistakes ^^. I did this guided trip because i was really curious about it, i heard testomy from friend and watch some documentaries and read books about psylocibine/musrhoom and it seems that it was a philisophical a spiritual and a personnal experience of the lifetime. The thing was that i am not sombedoy who is used to drug, i smoked a bit a weed but did not really like it and never tried mushroom or anything similar. So even if i was curious i was also really afraid. April knew exactly what to do during my trip but most of all she really helped me prepare before the trip on what to expect and how to handle my trip if it starts to be difficult. I really felt that i was safe and in good hands and i was so gratefull for it because i am sure it play a huge part of me having a amazing trip. I would have never done that without a guidance of a professionnal like April. I came with the intention of having this spiritual experience that some people say they had thanks to psylocibine and i was so lucky to experience it myself. If you just a curious person like me who heard about it and if you are curious to try, please do. Educate yourself about it , chose April as your coach and go for it ^^. It is a bugdet but it was for real one of the most significant experience of my life. I can't express how amazing it was and how it has affect in such a beautiful way my vision of the world. Thanks again April.
Having been in private practice for over two decades as a trauma specialist, I was keen on investigating psychedelics for my clients, (and myself), who were moving from trauma thrivers into post traumatic growth. I have been known and suspected of experimenting on myself to see if new treatments “held water” as we say in the Midwest where I grew up. I currently live in the back woods of Montana where I have a retreat center. My husband of 28 massively happy years, was a Zen Buddhist monk, and sadly, he died in 2018 after a diagnosis of ALS. I wondered if a “heroic dose” of truffles would help me: a) face my worst fears, b) help me feel the love I currently have in my life deeper, and c) open the basement of my subconscious and let some light and air into the last remnants of pandora’s box. It addressed all the above in impressive ways beyond my wildest imagination, hopes and dreams. I am not exaggerating. I am a “questioner” and extremely curious, so at 69 years of age this year 2021, I began micro dosing with psilocybin in April. After this experimentation, I bought a First-Class Ticket to Amsterdam to participate in two brand new adventures…traveling abroad and taking a macro dose with a guide. The whole universe aligned, and I found April Rains with Guided Tripping and we instantly clicked. She proved to be the perfect guide for me – especially her irreverent sense of humor, her highly developed professionalism based on her training in Embodiment & Authentic Relating, and just as important, her deep respect for intuitive knowing and personal life experiences being “Den Mother” to so many people tripping. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Master Addiction Counselor, a Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ (think Brené Brown), and I’m trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is one of the best practices trauma recovery treatments in the United States. I recommend April Rains, as highly skilled as they come, when it comes to holding space, providing me with the most sacred container any professional has ever held me in. She helped me move light years forward in my healing journey. April rocks!!!
Fortunately, April was recommended to me for my very first truffle session. This is something I will always be grateful for. From the very first meeting onwards, I felt like being in the best hands. April not only has a vast knowledge about this helpful substance but she also is highly trustworthy, inspiring, and warm. All of this is crucial when it comes to a guided trip in my opinion. Her thorough approach and her way of getting to the core of an issue are remarkable. Having spent a good amount of time at German and British universities myself, I was seriously impressed by April's skills, professionalism, and overall approach. This made me very comfortable−I do not trust strangers easily. Opening up to April however was easy. The preparation was amazing and I had a blissful and insightful, very unique experience with April at my side. It was more or less to the universe and back. Here I need to mention the fact that I can look back at quite a long history of meditation and zen which had allowed me to work on some issues in my life beforehand. During the actual trip, I could feel her warm presence and care which enabled me to dive in very deeply into my inner world while always feeling safe. April's excellent choice of music enabled me to travel to different realms; it made the entire journey even more outstanding. Moreover, I have to mention the excellent integration work which now allows me to integrate my highly spiritual and blissful experience (no negativity at all but you can't expect that) into my everyday life to achieve a state of calmness and mindfulness. A life free from tension and with many groundbreaking spiritual insights. I am incredibly grateful for such a life-changing endeavor, and April was the perfect choice. I have already decided that I will indeed pursue my delightful journey of psychedelic exploration, and I am more than happy to be guided by April again next year.
I had been looking for a trustworthy and supportive professional to guide me through the experience and help me on my journey of gaining faith in myself and connection with the world. I could not imagine anyone else to guide me for this journey than April. She is just incredibly supportive, attentive, warm, and genuine. My intention was to gain more trust and grounding in myself. Throughout the experience and, crucially, with April's insight and guidance, I was able to see the underlying patterns that were stopping me, how I could gain this for myself and how I could integrate this in my life. During the intake call, we discussed my intention and journey so far - April has supported me with all that I needed to know, answered my questions, and just listened and really heard me. She really understood my intention and I felt very confident and calm going into this first ever psychedelic experience. April just made me feel like I was completely in the right place, at the right time, in the right hands. Her humor and ability to find the most accurate metaphors to describe something made the entire journey more clear and also made me feel that I could be my full self during the session and that April 'gets me' and I will be understood during the experience. On the day of the session, as we met, I felt more sure and glad to be guided by April. Before beginning, we discussed my intention and questions about dosing, which we adjusted according to how I was feeling. As someone who often gets last minute jitters and tends to get paranoid, it meant a lot to me to have that time to talk over expectations. April really took time to listen to me, answered all my questions, and reassured me that I would be supported all throughout the experience. And this is really how the experience unfolded. Again, as a first-timer and a regular over thinker, it was incredibly important to feel this safe and sure of myself and my guide. In the very beginning, I had some resistance and hesitation as I felt the truffles starting to work, so having April there guide me and support me has made all the difference and allowed me to relax into the experience. April was quite like the rock of calm and support. This enabled me to change my attitude to ease into the experience and be curious. The minute it happened, I was able to dive deeper into the experience and do the inner exploration that I intended to. All throughout the experience, April was there giving me space but also being there for questions and insights. Although I understood that rationally, we were not in the same psychedelic space, it felt that April completely understood what I was experiencing and was on the same wave. This made the 'landing', as the experience ended, equally as comforting and reassuring. And as I had just experienced such extraordinary things and was not immediately able to put them into words, I felt the comfort to just be, to just arrive back into present moment, and April helped me with that. More insights unfolded in the next day and later on. April has also guided me into uncovering them and integrating them. As someone who gets lost in overthinking, it is sometimes difficult for me to put my thoughts into coherent threads and even see the essence of my own insights. April has connected things we discussed before the session and has helped me unearth some critical insights about myself - she really 'got' me and my intention. This was crucial to me integrating this transformational process into my daily life and to change the way I think and see myself, which was my main motivation. I think it is important to say that beyond the power of the psychedelics themselves, the guide, the person, is perhaps the most important force because they are your connection to yourself and the world during the session. Having this trustful and supportive connection alone is psychologically a vital experience. For example, during the trip, just feeling that support and attention from April, and during the landing, learning to hold space for myself, not rushing to rationalize my experience (and falling into my old patterns) and being present, has given me this critical experience. As April created these pockets of safety and support between us, I feel that I could do the same for myself.
Thanks to April I was able to have a fantastic psychedelic experience with lots of trust in the process. Preparation, assessment and the actual trip including set and setting were impeccable. April has an astonishing charisma accompanied by lots of trust, warmth and experience. The same applies to the integration work where April provided some very powerful practical tools for daily life. I can recommend April without restriction and would be happy to have another experience with her guidance in the future. Highly recommendable!
It was my first psychedelics experince and it was so beautiful that I'm hoping it to be my last experience. I selected April after reading in reviews that he is nurturing, caring & like a motherly figure. And she absolutely is and much more that that. She makes you feel comfortable, almost as if she's you friend already. Her natural skills of connecting with people, understanding them, their goals or issues empathetically and without any judgement are outstanding and helps creating a safe place which you very much need during your experience. I was glad that I approached this experience with vulnerability & trust in her right from our first zoom meeting. I thoroughly loved her process of intention setting, systematic but very organic steps throughout and rituals which help creating nudges and help significantly during the actual experience. Her caring is not limited to only the day of experience but she plans everything with you prior and creates one of the amazing integration plan for you. Her vitamins, notes, recording, integration meeting and everything she did for me helped so significantly for my integration that I can gladly say this whole experience has helped me concretely in my real life. I planned to go for this experience with an intention and received much more than what I expected. My actual experience was so stunning that finally faced all those bottled up things in my mind, saw myself & my subconcious with so much clarity thanks to her decision of dosage, amazing music list & safe environment created in her beautiful home. April was so caring, compassionate and responsible during my very powerful experience. I couldn't have done it and done it to get such beautiful results without April. I also had some fun during and after the actual experience. The effects stayed with me more than 2 weeks with an unexpected short trip after returning home. From my very satifying & meanful experince, I will highly recommend April as your guide in this journey. By the she's a great cook and loved all the things she prepared for us. I feel so blessed that I selected April and she's helped me in one of my most significant life experiences.
Everything about the experience exceeded my expectations. While I was going into this with an open mind, I had a nagging worry about how safe and effective the experience would be, especially as a single female going into this alone. I explored 3 options for guides, and felt the safest with April after doing the initial call. April's presence is extremely calming and grounded, which helped put me in the right state of mind at every point of the experience. I also loved how she embodied the wisdom that she was sharing with me -- e.g., she would share her own experiences, or explain during the session the parts where she was embracing messiness/uncertainty. During the experience itself, she was very thoughtful about curating the right music/scents/set-up. While there was some unexpected noise at our location, she gave me the choice to continue there or find another venue... which empowered me to make the the experience my own. She was also very patient to answer all the questions and concerns, which gave me confidence in the experience. What was so powerful about the experience was the integration portion, which April masterfully facilitated. She asked questions with genuine care, but also held her ground and challenged my thinking so that I would get the most of the experience. It wasn't just about me feeling good, but about growing in my awareness of myself. And of course, let's not forget the homecooked meal after the trip... which April made herself, and which I absolutely devoured. Part of me thinks the experience was worth it if only for the meal :) 10/10 for the experience, which I know would not have been the same if not for April.
Meine erste Erfahrung mit Psilocybin-Trüffeln war eine wunderbare Reise, geführt von April. Es ist sehr sehr leicht, April zu vertrauen und sich bei ihr wohl zu fühlen. Sie begleitete mich mit großer Sicherheit, Feinfühligkeit und strukturierter Gestaltung durch den Tag. Ihre warme, fürsorgliche Zuwendung trugen mich die ganze Zeit über. Meine Reise werde ich nie vergessen. Ich habe meine Seele kennengelernt und ihre wahre Identität, ihre Intention und ihr Wesen gespürt und erfahren. Dieses Wissen bleibt in mir eine Realität, zu der ich jederzeit Zugang habe. Meine Sehnsucht war eine vertiefte Verbundenheit zu mir selbst und zu Gott in mir und liebevolle Selbstannahme. Dieser Wunsch ist mir wundersamerweise erfüllt worden. Meine Reise war eine spirituelle Erfahrung, unverfügbar, ein Geschenk. Danke, April, für dein Dasein, alle Bestärkung und Dein großes Herz. Kulinarisch hat mich April verwöhnt mit selbst gemachten Soulfood- Bällchen und Kokosnusswasser, was mich stärkte wie ein Lebenselixier. Ich freue mich schon auf die nächste Reise, noch tiefer in mich einzutauchen und mich noch näher kennenzulernen, - mit April als Guide, hoffe ich.
A friend of mine recommended Guided Tripping and I was able to connect with April. I was undergoing a moment of profound transition in my life, my love of self was shaken and I was second guessing myself and my convictions. I wanted to recentre, reconnect with self, dig deeper into my inner being, mind, emotion, body and reunite them. April is a very thoughtful, caring, and challenging guide. She was exactly what I needed. Her pre-work preparation, from onboarding through to the session was excellent. During the session I felt in entirely safe hands trying psychedelics for the first time in my life (I've never used any drugs of any kind not perscribed by a doctor before) the research I did on the website and elsewhere was supported by April and that removed any anxiety I may have had. During the fantastic, illuminating, difficult, emotionally painful, and self-affirming session, April was the perfect guide throughout. She was not too present, but assisted exactly when I needed it. Coming out of my trip, she was warm and reassuring, she makes wonderful food including muffins which helped me renourish my body. During the integration session, April really helped make sense of the insights and gave me clarity about the ongoing journey. I can not recommend April and Guided Tripping enough. Thank you!
It’s been 12 days since my experience/ guided trip, and I’m still unpacking it all. But what I can say now is that the day was utterly life-affirming. What I experienced gave me deep, and unexpected, insight into feelings I was holding onto, unconsciously, for many years. Bringing those feelings into my awareness hasn’t been easy, I feel quite sad, but I know those are weights I’m letting go, and I will fee better soon. I also saw how several of the “stories” I tell myself about me are just that: fictions. Fascinating! And I laughed SO much. And I time traveled, which sounds bonkers but it felt real as a heart attack at the time, but so much more fun. This was my first experience with psychedelics but it won’t be my last!!!