In this episode, we talk with Oskar Bull-Hansen.
He is a practicing above-ground underground psychedelic guide in Norway.
Oskar provides preparation, psychedelic sessions, and integration services for clients using MDMA and psilocybin. In our conversation, we cover what Oskar’s practice looks like including the process of choosing a substance and dose for each patient and how to practice harm reduction.
We also discuss how Oskar’s personal experiences with psychedelics influenced his transition from a career in information technology and human resources to becoming a full-time guide, as well as the many resources he used to develop his practice.
Finally, we wrap up the episode with advice for anyone interested in aboveground underground psychedelic work and a discussion on the future of the psychedelic field.
1:34 What is an above-ground underground guide?
5:10 Why practice with psilocybin and MDMA?
6:10 How Oskar’s work contributes to harm reduction
10:06 Determining which substance and dose to work with for each client
14:15 How to help patients manage relationships with therapists who are resistant to psychedelic experiences
17:12 Oskar’s personal experiences with psychedelics that led him to his work as a guide
23:49 Resources that were helpful to building Oskar’s knowledgebase and practice
27:00 Challenges Oskar faced and the role of a strong support system
31:57 How Oskar started his practice and developed it into a full-time job
34:00 Advice for others wanting to follow a similar path
35:41 Answering the question of guides being in altered states during sessions with clients
38:21 The future of the psychedelic field and Oskar’s place within it
44:57 Additional advice for listeners
46:36 Contact information
47:19 Bonus question: how has COVID impacted Oskar’s practice
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You can connect with Oskar through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or his website: English Norwegian Swedish
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