His search for healing led him astray on many paths, until he finally came to ayahuasca. What happened completely blew his (conscious) mind: after just one ceremony, René was no longer plagued by his anxiety, overly negative thinking and his depression. He even shed off his fear of death. It was in this amazingly profound and deep first ceremony, that he felt spiritually awakened and came to understand that the business life he lived before was completely hollow.
René was instantly triggered and became determined to know everything possible about this sacred medicine! He spent many hours passionately researching all there was written about ayahuasca and her miraculous transformational power and quickly became knowledgeable. Of course, he didn’t just do desk research, he attended all kinds of different ayahuasca ceremonies, expanding his knowledge and experience to work with the medicine.
René noticed by then that there were basically three types of ceremonies; shamanic, religious (Santo Daime) and New Age type of ceremonies. He found beauty in each type of setting and noticed the mother will always work her ways (regardless of setting)… But at the same time, he felt like a big group was being left out of the healing experience of ayahuasca. These were people that didn’t feel attracted to these more ritualistic settings, but who wanted to experience ayahuasca in a down-to-earth type of setting, not dominated by rules nor ritual. Simply a loving place and a safe space, where anyone in need could come home to, to be truly accepted as they are.
Before long, René created his own setting: first just for friends, but quickly for friends of friends, and so on. Along the lines of his experience, the audience grew steadily as well, resulting in the by now well-known European ayahuasca center Om-Mij. Om-Mij has proven to be an exemplary reputation for stringent safety protocols and compassionate care.
Together with a team of more than 45 people, working with therapists, psychologists, and even doctors, the Om-Mij center has successfully guided thousands of participants from all over the globe. On top of that, René has proudly witnessed over 20 new ayahuasca centers being established by people who started at Om-Mij, either as a participant or a guide, spreading a wave of love, healing and higher consciousness across Europe.