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Meet the Team

At Compassionate Self, we believe that everyone deserves a safe and supportive space to grow, heal, and connect with their true selves. Our vision is to create a world where people have easy access to such spaces, where they can tap into the life force that flows through them and awaken to their full potential.

We are dedicated to guiding you through the transformative Internal Family Systems (IFS) process. This approach is tailored to your unique inner landscape, providing you with the tools to explore the depths of your psyche and uncover the treasures within. In addition to our commitment to IFS, we seamlessly integrate the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) into our workshops, coaching, and retreats. NVC enriches our offerings by fostering compassionate communication, connecting individuals with their deepest needs and emotions.

Our workshops, coaching, and retreats incorporate the most powerful and effective methodologies we have found to support individuals in healing their wounds from the past and connecting with their inner wisdom. As experienced practitioners, we are passionate about empowering people to live from the heart and thrive in all areas of life.

Compassionate Self was founded by Sarah and Nic, who share a deep commitment to helping others heal and grow. As ethical practitioners, we prioritize safety in our work with plant medicines. We put a lot of effort into creating the right set and setting and spend time with our clients for preparation and integration. We are proud to be active members of the Guild of Guides, which provides peer supervision and accountability in this line of work.

Read on to learn more about Sarah and Nic and our approach to healing and personal growth.

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Sarah Dekker

Facilitator, Coach & Psychedelic Guide

As a facilitator and therapeutic coach, I never thought I'd be exploring the subconscious through psychoactive plants. But life has a way of taking us on unexpected journeys.

After my first Ayahuasca ceremony in 2018, I experienced a profound sense of clarity and purpose. Since then, I have continued to explore the healing potential of plant medicines and have integrated these experiences into my therapeutic practice.


With my background as a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer and Internal Family Systems Practitioner, as well as my mindfulness practices and experience with breathwork and bodywork, I've learned how to create a safe and supportive space for healing and guide clients through their inner landscape.

As an ethical practitioner, safety is always a top priority in my work with plant medicines. I'm committed to creating the right set and setting for my clients and providing pre and post-ceremony support.

When I’m not guiding people in their healing process or diving into my own subconscious, I enjoy meditating, immersing myself in nature, dancing and cooking up tasty meals.

If you're interested in learning more about my approach to healing or would like to schedule a consultation, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Nic Burnand

Facilitator, Coach & Psychedelic Guide

As a facilitator and therapeutic coach I have a passion for using plant medicine to support individuals on their healing journeys. With over two decades of experience in working with psychedelics, I understand the importance of set and setting in creating a safe and supportive environment for deep healing.

After attending my first plant medicine ceremony in 2011, I was struck by the healing power of these ancient remedies. However, I also noticed that many people were not receiving the pre and post-ceremony support they needed to fully integrate their experiences.


Drawing on my training as a Nonviolent Communication Trainer and Internal Family Systems Therapeutic Coach, I began to develop a holistic approach to supporting clients through their psychedelic experiences.

Today, I am deeply humbled by the trust that my clients place in me and feel honored to be able to accompany them on their journey of self-discovery.


Through my work, I hope to contribute to a world where all people have access to safe spaces where they can heal, grow, and connect with their inner selves.

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