Proliferation of Dutch ayahuasca providers
When René, founder of Acsauhaya, started to work with ayahuasca and in the early years of Om-Mij (read more), there were only a handful of ayahuasca centers in The Netherlands and most of them had already worked successfully with this sacred medicine for years. However, in recent years, the interest in (working with) ayahuasca has grown rapidly. Even mainstream Dutch media have picked up on this topic. Although, on one hand it is a very good evolution that many people started working with this medicine, the (wild) growth also comes with a price.
To give you an idea, today, in The Netherlands only, approximately 400 people work with ayahuasca. The majority of these has started in the last 4 years. René has personally witnessed people starting to facilitate ceremonies after participating in 1 or 2 ceremonies themselves, without having a clue about the many do’s and don’ts that keep it safe. Even though their intentions might be good, that is not enough for the safety of the participants when you work with such a powerful medicine.
Since there’s no supervision in this field, no regulation(s) exist and there is hardly any education on working with plant medicine, the market becomes a wild west show that educates itself through trial and error. For the public, it becomes increasingly hard to separate the wheat from the chaff and thus people find themselves lost in the search for a safe space.