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A personal guide for trip sitters
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A personal guide for trip sitters

Written by: Lizzy van de Berg

As someone who often takes on the responsible role of a trip sitter, we'd like to share our personal experiences and advice for those assuming the role of a guide during a trip with magic mushrooms or truffles. It's an important and caring task that requires insight, patience, and a deep understanding of the experience.

What is a trip sitter?

A trip sitter is someone who supervises and supports individuals undergoing a psychedelic experience, such as with magic mushrooms or truffles. This role ensures safety and stability during the psychologically profound and often unpredictable effects of the trip. The trip sitter provides a safe physical environment, emotional support, helps navigate challenging moments, and ensures the user feels understood and comfortable.

Knowledge is power

It all starts with knowledge. Understanding the effects of psilocybin - the active ingredient in both truffles and mushrooms - is crucial so you know what to expect. This knowledge enables you to respond effectively and empathetically to the various stages of the trip.

Creating a safe space

A calm and safe environment is the foundation of a good trip. Ensure the space is free from disturbing elements and offers comfort. Soft lighting, access to water and snacks, and a pleasant atmosphere help the tripper feel at ease.

Be present, but not intrusive

As a trip sitter, it's important to balance being there and giving space. You're available for support without overshadowing the tripper's personal experience. You observe and are ready to intervene when necessary, but without being intrusive.

Listen without judgment

Active and empathetic listening is crucial. People may experience deep and sometimes confusing emotions during a trip. Your job is to listen without judging or offering unsolicited advice.

Be prepared

A trip isn't always straightforward. Stay calm and supportive, even if the experience becomes intense. Sometimes a small change in environment or music is enough to improve the mood.

Post-trip care

Remain available after the trip to talk and reflect on the experience. These conversations can help process the trip and offer an opportunity for further emotional support.


As a trip sitter, you play a crucial role in the tripper's experience. Your presence, knowledge, and empathy can make the difference between a challenging and a enriching experience. By preparing well and acting with care, you help your friends and loved ones safely and comfortably navigate their psychedelic journey.

Lizzy van de Berg
Meet Lizzy, an enchanting wordsmith whose exploration of the mystical world of magic mushrooms will transport you to realms both otherworldly and enlightening.