Goals: Mission & Vision

Goals of Guild of Guides Netherlands

  1. Creating an organization run for and by the community that can implement professional standards of psilocybin space holding across the board, ensuring:
    1. the physical, mental, spiritual, and ethical integrity and safety of participants;
    2. accurate and sufficient legal, medical, spiritual and therapeutic knowledge and best practices of facilitators, to protect facilitators and enhance the wholesomeness of their activities.
  2. Functioning as a representative of the community of trip sitters/ guides/ shamans/ facilitators for:
    1. media (in the case that we are faced with another wave of misrepresentation of our practices, this need not be in any centralized form but could encompass guidelines, advice, or media training);
    2. governmental bodies and regulatory agencies (to convince them of our legitimacy and professionalism; by promoting policies that allow for the regulation of these practices outside of regular mental health care; and by inviting regulatory action against bad actors in the space, similar to action against misconduct in alternative medicine and various form of non-regular therapy);
    3. the general public and potential clients and their loved ones (for example harm reduction advice, providing information about the effects, contraindications and what to look out for in guides/facilitators).
  3. Developing and proposing a third way between underground and unregulated trip sitters / guides / shamans / facilitators on the one hand and the medicalization and scientific study of psychedelics as “formal mainstreaming” on the other. As such we try to do justice to the various psychedelic modalities that are underrepresented by the formal mainstreaming; the weird, spiritual, religious, queer, recreational (divine playfulness), ecodelic, holistic therapeutic, and social activist, to name just a few. We are highly critical of the capacity of the current established mental health care to provide the right context, understanding and support for having psychedelic experiences. As long as a spiritual emergency isn’t recognized as something discernibly different from psychiatric pathology, we fear misdiagnosis and the subsequent lack of proper help and support to those who need it. We furthermore feel these experiences should not just be available to those who suffer from mental and physical health problems.At the same time we also acknowledge that the unregulated underground ways can reinforce and reproduce ‘bad practices’ such as sexual misconduct, poor or dangerous medical screening, lack of understanding of (counter-)transference processes, power disparities, and unwholesome group and client-facilitator dynamics. And that these, in turn, could damage the (scientific-therapeutic) psychedelic renaissance, the perceived legitimacy and wholesomeness of psychedelics specifically, and the various iterations of mainstreaming these tools/medicines in general.

    Our third way, therefore, seeks to integrate the professional, therapeutic and spiritual; arguing for sensible forms of legalization, based on both cognitive and religious liberty and medical (self)regulation.