HOLDING SPACE

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As more and more people are exposed to psychedelics and the delicate states which they awaken, it is essential that we learn how to provide support for the ones who encounter difficult experiences.
“Holding Space” is an experiential workshop where we practice tools and techniques that were developed through years of experience in psychedelic harm reduction and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, discuss the different ways with which psychedelics are changing the world of mental health today, and explore what it means to be mindful of our own inner experience when providing support.

What is "Holding Space"?

“Holding Space” is a 2-day workshop where we share the insights, challenges, mistakes and wonders that we encountered along the way. In the workshop we create a space to explore the importance of compassionate listening, loving presence and mindful awareness so that we can provide basic support in times when our loved ones go through a difficult experience. The workshop will give participants useful tools with which they can hold a safe and supportive space for people who are going through difficult experiences, whether it is related to psychedelics or not.

What should I expect?

  • Knowledge about the neuroscience as well as the risks behind the consumption of each substance.
  • Lessons and group discussions about psycho-spiritual crises, cultural perspectives on mental health, psychedelic peer support and the importance of one’s own grounding when providing support.
  • Mindfulness practices in couples and small groups.
  • A 2.5-hour session of simulations using tools from playback theatre and psychodrama where participants can get as close as possible to hands-on experience in crisis intervention.
  • Psychedelic crisis intervention case studies.

What do people say?

About the facilitators

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 300 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 4 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 is a psychotherapist trained in Hakomi – mindfulness-based psychotherapy and a Msc. student in Transpersonal Psychology with the Alef Trust, where his thesis focuses on psychedelic integration and psychospiritual development. Nir is experienced in supporting psychiatric patients through his work in a private mental health center and today works mainly in private practice. Nir is also a public speaker and gave talks in different conferences around Europe on transpersonal psychiatry and psychedelic crises.

When?

1st Workshop:
Start: 19.11 – 9:30
Ends 20.11 – 18:00

2nd Workshop:
Start: 23.11 – 9:30
Ends 24.11 – 18:00

Where?

Kokopelli Smartshop Warmoesstraat 12, Amsterdam

How much?

Early Bird Ticket: € 215
Regular Bird: € 245