This center is open since May 21st 2016
Psilocybin/Psilocin containing truffles; Psilohuasca, psilocybin containing truffles + Syrian Rue or Banisteriopsis caapi Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI); Bufo Alvarius/5-MeO-DMT; 1p/b-LSD; 3-MMC (Khat analogue); DXE/DCK 'Dreamtime'; 2-FDCK 'Ketamini'; Salvia Divinorum; Cannabis; Hashish and Kambo experiences. N.B. Ayahuasca; Peyote & San Pedro (Mescaline); LSD-25; MDMA/Molly/Ecstacy; Iboga; NN DMT; Changa; 2-CB; Ketamine; Magic Mushrooms and other experiences are available upon request but will require further travel to a different location other than the Netherlands for treatment.
LocationThe Lake of Joy, Green Heart, Netherlands
How to get thereThe facilities at the ‘Lake of Joy’ in the Groene Hart (Green Heart) of the Netherlands offer the most delightful setting for your treatment. The Groene Hart is close to Amsterdam and most other major cities in the west of Holland, it is a relaxed, peaceful and rural location in the centre of the Randstad. We believe we offer the best setting in the Netherlands, our substances are locally sourced from reliable laboratories, resellers, and retailers. We are excellent at controlling these two aspects for the perfect experience. All that is required of you is that you bring your perfect (mind)set and we will work together to ensure that it remains positive, relaxed and anxiety free.
Accommodation and facilities
1 single room
1 double room
2 dorm rooms
Transfer from airport is available.
Music that is played during session
Live music and pre-recorded. Sounds from the Amazon Jungle. Chakra Sonic Realignment Vibrations. Client's own choice.
Medical and safety
The center has medical facilities available nearbyLocal Doctor
The center has a psychological therapist available on-siteTranspersonal and Somatic
The center conducts an intake processClients are requested to undertake an intake interview where pertinent questions are asked regarding their medical history with regard to their chosen treatment and well being. We use current best practise to ascertain your suitability and integrity. You may be refused an experience based on the above criteria. If using SSRIs or other anti-depressant medications please be aware that, in most cases,you will have to be free of these for at least six-weeks and preferably three months before your experience can begin. You should consult your personal physician about how to come off as gradually as possible to forgo any adverse side effects. Honesty in this respect honours your own safety as well as the integrity of the facilitator to be prepared for any and every eventuality.
The center provides a follow up integration processIntegration Session, immediately following and usually two weeks post experience, is conducted in person or via video call by facilitators. Upon request transpersonal and somatic therapists can be present.
The center provides ceremonies for personal developmentWe also offer services to end patterns of negative behaviours by raising your conscious awareness to a higher vibrational frequency where these patterns are no longer compulsive and gently remind you to be the best and most authentic possible version of yourself.
The center provides treatment for psychological disordersTransmuting and healing childhood trauma; treatment resistant depression; end of life anxiety; ptsd and cluster headaches.
The center provides treatment for physical illnessesTransmuting and healing childhood trauma; treatment resistant depression; end of life anxiety; ptsd and cluster headaches.
The center provides treatment for addictionsWe also offer services to end patterns of addiction and negative behaviours by raising your conscious awareness to a higher vibrational frequency where these patterns are no longer compulsive and gently remind you to be the best and most authentic possible version of yourself.
Sustainable projectsSynthetic versions of medicine are used where possible.
Research projectsMIND European Foundation For Psychedelic Science Maastricht University Leiden University Imperial College London
The center accommodates private ceremonies with a single participant
Maximum 7 persons per group
Maximum 4 participants per facilitator.
The facilitator stays during session.
Someone who stays sober is present during ceremonies.
If transformation, healing and adventure are what you seek, then Metamorphogenesis on the Lake of Joy is the place for you! I've been evolving and healing through a very difficult but joyous journey since 2013 - Rudi provided the perfect safe space for me to take a big leap into the next stage. I'm a freelance writer by trade, but I've been wrestling for my life with unblocking myself creatively so I can write the things I need to in this life…. Rudi's houseboat, knowledge and psychedelic guidance provided the vessel I needed for all of that to unfold in a reassuring and sustainable way that will stay with me for the rest of my life. The Lake of Joy needs to be seen to be believed in its stillness and beauty…. Warning: you will want to jump in it - intuitively and spontaneously - after spending time there in Rudi’s insightful and supportive company. If you are curious about entheogenic experiences and feel a calling towards healing yourself through this method, then I could not possibly recommend a better guide and support system than Rudi Somerlove. I’m so grateful to have had this reality-affirming experience at the beginning 2019!! <3
Really great place to come… Friendly, totally safe and very knowledgeable. I was facilitated by Rudi, here in 2017 and thoroughly recommend Metamorphogenesis to anyone looking for personal growth. Really great place to come. David Florence
On the shores of an often ‘mirror like’ lake, a small floating cottage rests unobtrusively. That small cottage turns out to be a spaceship to unimagined dimensions. Your guide, Rudi, an accomplished pioneering psychonaut, readies you for the journey through connecting deeply and opening his home, his experiences, and his record collection as you prepare to expand your mind. Three barriers will fall as you embrace this portal to altered consciousness: the first is coming to know and trust this wise guide; the second is jumping joyfully into the chilly nature of the lake, and the third, the anxious stranglehold of your ego. If you come with a curious mind and an open spirit, there are mysteries you will unlock and treasures that you will carry with you when you leave. Receive a wisdom at the Lake of Joy that will show you there is no more important place on the planet. ROLAND LA RONDEL – 1 MARCH 2020
Rudi provides a trustworthy presence and ability to hold space gently and consistently. From our consultation video call and advance emails it was obvious that he takes his work seriously, and listens carefully to what is requested by each person that comes to him. His holding of ritual space is ‘light touch’, – I never felt I was being asked to enter any rigid ritual practice, just some simple and respectful ways of entering into and emerging from the experience safely and patiently. Thank you for your tending Rudi, I hope to visit you again
Professional, knowledgeable, spiritual, scientific and right to the point – what else could one ask for . Trust Rudi and cherish the experience.
I find on psychedelics one can notice another’s intentions and feelings more deeply and clearly. In that psychedelic space, for me, Rudi radiated wisdom, compassion, and gentleness; invaluable qualities that were so useful for my particular experience, and I imagine too for others experiences. It was challenging for me to fully trust someone whom I had never previously met in real life (even though we had spoken via Skype on numerous occasions) but I trusted Rudi in that space; and I think Rudi’s qualities played a significant part in allowing me to do that. Overall his facilitation was above and beyond. It was clear to me that he facilitates in a way that a standard psychotherapist cannot. It has now been a couple of months since our session together, and I really believe Rudi played a big part in making my experience so transformative. Thank you for genuinely changing my life in positive ways Rudi.
Highly recommended. Rudi and Brid are lovely people, with an impressively comprehensive knowledge of psychoactive substances. The houseboat is beautiful and right on the lake. I was allocated a private double bedroom to retreat to, and feel as though I have a couple of friends for life!
I wanted to experiment psychedelics to open new doors of perception and to understand my false beliefs. I knew the importance of the tripsitter so I did some research for about 2 months... and I found Rudi. I liked the fact he looked serious and he had different kind of substances to work with (including 1V-LSD which worked really well for me!). After our first call I was convinced he was the right guy. Rudi is very professionnal and friendly: he was clear about what I could/couldn't expect from the trip. He helped me set my intentions. He was present during the hole experience and very supportive after. I will definitely come back!
Word of caution: This is going to be a long read, as one human being attempts to do its best to do justice to the one aspect of a rather profound experience. The Universe however, sincerely hopes that you, the reader, will have ample time to go through this text, as contained within it, is the same life-changing potential that so many of us has sought, still seeks, and will continue to seek, throughout our existence. This review/text will only describe the material aspect of the entire experience, as it is not my place to taint your spiritual experience with my own. The material and spiritual aspect of the entire experience is a delicate dance between Yin and Yang, the conscious and the unconscious, science and magic, and for some, even analogous to life and death. However, if you prefer a simpler analogy, you may regard this as someone describing how easy it is to find the parking lot and how good the valet service was. 😉 One’s exploration of the mall (Universe) is better achieved with a total peace of mind. As with almost all things in life, having an open and receptive mind with no expectations allows us to appreciate the beauty that is contained within the experience, and I would humbly and truthfully describe my experience as such. I did not know whom I was going to work with prior to sending an email to the organization, but I was immediately left with an extremely favorable impression after I received a detailed and courteous reply, within which a lengthy and very necessary questionnaire was found. I had to fill it up and reply to Rudi, who I initially thought was a woman, until I found pictures of him on Facebook. I swear that he is even more charming in person. Rudi is an outstanding gentleman who is meticulous in what he does, where it is done, and how he does it. The why and the when my dear reader, depends upon you. However, I digress. It is no overstatement when I say that Rudi is a person that I trust my life with, and I will forever be indebted to him. After receiving my email response, we arranged to have a Zoom call that lasted for more than 60 minutes, for us to ascertain my suitability for the experience. Again, I was left in awe, of how professional he was with his approach to the matter, which left me feeling comfortably at ease, and at peace with the decision, to have a 5MeO-DMT experience. We agreed on a date, and he provided me with a clear set of instructions to follow; which included, amongst other things, on how to get to his location, and what to consume and what to avoid, prior to our meeting. It could not have been more simple and straightforward than that. There are different options on how to get to the final destination after alighting at the bus stop, such as taking a bike ride or Rudi would even offer to meet you there and bring you to the location. However, I have to say this: If you are able to walk from the bus stop to and from the location when you depart and carry on your journey, do so. It is every bit peaceful as it is sobering. In addition, I could not recommend it more, or highly enough, to stay for the night in the location. ESPECIALLY if you are doing 5MeO. You do not have to thank me for it, but if you wish; you may thank the universe later. When I saw Rudi I immediately felt like we have met before, and he very much put me at ease with his calm and relaxed demeanor. There was no pressure or push, and if ever, only the most gentle of encouragement. His detailed, safe, and well-structured approach towards the administration of said substance was, is still, and always will be truly appreciated. I will not spoil it for you dear reader, but I will say this. The approach, and DOSAGE is just as, if not, more crucial than set and setting. Which frankly speaking, you will not even have to think about as the location itself pretty much nails it, while Rudi holds the space for you. Psychedelic re-integration is a vital part of the entire experience/process and Rudi is well experienced and prepared to assist you with what is necessary. He will be in all senses of the word, humbly be at your service. You will feel safe, warm and loved in his abode and company at all times, and as he would aptly remind you, you will not feel any of his ego for the entire journey, but you will feel his reassuring presence ever present, guiding you. I love him and I do not, all at the same time; I love him for the entire experience that he provided me with, and I do not because after this experience, I feel like there may be no other person I could ever trust as much, for experiences as powerful as these. Thank you for helping me to restore the inner harmony between Love and Ego, and everything else in between. I will always love you my brother. This one is not for you or me but for the entire Universe, because we are the Universe. Ultimately, that which will continue to connect everyone eternally, throughout all of infinity, is LOVE. ❤❤
If you are looking into the right person and setting to facilitate and guide your psychedelic journey of any kind, you came to the right place. Rudi is like a captain who guides you through the experience and helps you get everything out of it. Somehow, he is very sensitive to what you need when you need it, whether it’s being more present and comforting or more silent in the background. I think this kind of experience is invaluable and makes everything more smooth and comforting. And in case you are (undoubtedly) trying to make sense of your journey, he also really puts in the effort to help you decompress and put things in perspective.
I would like to thank Rudi and Brid for the deep and insightful experience that I recently had with them. Compliments not only for their handling of the situation at the time itself but a big tip of the hat for them following up with an all so important integration call.
I would like to thank Rudi and Brid for their hospitality and for being such caring and trustworthy facilitators. Substance, stage and setting are certainly the most important aspects of going on a psychedelic journey and the Lake of Joy definitely met two of the criteria and Rudi provided the third. My very first journey was a beautiful experience I look forward to the hero's journey in the near future. Take good care of yourselves. Manoel
The Lake of Joy is a magical place, designed to be the perfect space for transformation and consciousness work. Rudi and Brid did their jobs as trip-sitters very well. The 5 meo-DMT experience was a beautiful, concept-shattering, eye-opening, enlightenment experience. Many thanks.
I was sceptical at first to start my journey into psychedelics. However during an intake call Rudi introduced me to the science behind their use and made sure I was fully informed and prepared before traveling to The Lake of Joy. Rudi and Brid are perfect hosts and make you feel at home right away. Their guidance and care allowed me and my wife to fully enjoy our trip and each other in a relaxed state of mind. We absolutely recommend The Lake of Joy to bring your own awareness and your relationship to the next level.