Founder of Psychonauts Lisboa and the Antwerp Psychedelic Society, through which he hosts integration circles and other events. Until 2023, Nicolas inspired many breathers during his magical weekly group breathwork journeys at the Little Yoga Space in the heart of Lisboa. Currently living and working in Antwerp.
As far as I can remember, I have always been looking for a deeper meaning in life and authentic connections with others. I guess something that I currently call "the essence of life". As a highly energetic person, a deep dreamer, people pleaser, and an abstract thinker, my life has always felt like an obverse balancing act. Needless to say, with a lack of proper personal developmental tools and an overflow of reciprocal distrust from Western culture, this was a perfect recipe for strong inner conflicts, which resulted in lots of rage and frustration during my teenage years.
The more I thought, the less I understood. The more I tried to connect, the lonelier I felt. Not all was bad, I had many blessings, like fantastic brothers and a handful of extremely reliable friends with whom I share memories of the most wonderful adventures. Nevertheless, the world was a confusing place, not to mention school, which I couldn't describe in any other words than an arduous waste of time. Obviously, this resulted in a downward spiral of trouble and bad grades. But eventually, with some delay, I managed to reach the finish line.
Later in life, in my twenties, the soul of house and techno music got me madly in love (a spark that ignited in my teens). The people, the sounds, the culture, the smell of revolution. It felt like coming home. Eager to have a prominent role in this boundless tribe, I spent loads of time producing music and trying to score DJ gigs in local pubs with my partner in crime, Wim. This was accompanied by drinking astronomic quantities of alcohol, taking E's till the sun rises, and working dull and frustrating jobs for the sake of the weekend.
Some years later, naively entering my 30s, some people and powerful plant medicines lighted up new potential paths in my life (the seeds of my spiritual practices were planted decades before, but that story is for another occasion). Slowly but surely, I embarked on a more holistic journey. Anxiously shedding off my technomusic cocoon, radically upcycling my bitterness towards Western culture, and repurposing my indoctrinated shame for psychedelics and alternative lifestyles. The start of an intense transformative journey.
By exploring & expanding consciousness, we might have a shot at overcoming the destructive consequences of materialism.
Some trainings, courses, workshops and lectures that have enriched me:
2019 - Facilitating for Social Change (Tractie)
2020 - Shamanism Course (Street Spirituality)
2021 - How to host a psychedelic integration circle (Tim Cools)
2022 - Music for/as psychedelic therapy (Mendel Kaelen)
2022 - Men's Intensive Retreat (Nic Warner & Alex Wirthl)
2023 - Compassionate Inquiry Masterclass (Gabor Maté)
2023 - Enrootment Method™ Foundations (Simeon Van der Hoeven)
2023 - Psychedelics: Revolution and renaissance in human welfare (Green Templeton College)
Gratitude to all the teachers and friends that guided, inspired and supported me on my journey so far.
Araki Koman, Myrthe Peters, Ismail Jawad, Anthony Bal, Bert Steketee, Eddy Elsey, Vonny Stella, Ed Dale Harris, "Lou", Luis Breatho, David Yew Mariott...