Safe Shore's sitters come from a wide range of therapeutic backgrounds and are working in collaboration with volunteers who received a full-weekend training in psychedelic harm reduction
Our team grew together from the understanding that delicate states of consciousness require safe and supportive environment, that is mostly unavailable in festivals and parties. A warm and loving human connection is sometimes all that is needed to deal with a challenging experience. In the absence of this connection, these experiences might unfortunately lead to an arrest or hospitalization. We are inspired by other teams in Israel and abroad, and we offer crisis intervention services all through the year, whether triggered by psychedelics or not.
Nir Tadmor and Igal Tartakovsky lead a psychedelic harm reduction project in Israel called Safe Shore. Through “Holding Space” they shared the knowledge they have gained in the field with more than 500 people who are interested in volunteering as sitters. Since Safe Shore was founded 5 years ago, Igal and Nir supported and supervised hundreds of cases of psychedelic crises both in musical events and in private practice.
Igal is a co-founder of “Safe Zone”, a psychedelic harm reduction project that has been serving the growing Israeli Burning Man community for the last 6 years both in “Midburn” – the Israeli Burning Man and in smaller community events. He is a Satia method therapist in private practice and the founder of “Soft Landing” – a project that supports young people on their return to Israel from their common post-army journey abroad.
Nir holds a Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology from Middlesex University (through the Alef Trust) and is a psychotherapist trained in Hakomi – mindfulness-based psychotherapy. For the last 5 years Nir worked as a mental health guide in various psychiatric hospitalization alternatives and today his private practice is focussed on supporting integration processes of psychedleic experiences and spiritual emergencies. Nir is also a public speaker and gave talks in different scientific conferences in Israel and around Europe on transpersonal psychiatry and psychedelic crises.
A short Interview with Nir at DOOF Festival