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Some Great 5-MeO-DMT Retreats

Imagine that you’re floating weightless in an abyss with which you’re completely unfamiliar. Actually, “you” don’t exist–your sense of self has dissipated entirely, and you’re basking in pure awareness. Despite the utter lack of stable ground to stand on, a feeling of peacefulness pervades this experience. When you come back into yourself and back to your earthly abode, your entire conception of the nature of reality has been forever altered.

The above is a relatively common experience during a 5-MeO-DMT trip. 5-MeO-DMT is one of the most potent psychedelics known to man, so selecting the right retreat center is not a task to be taken lightly. While you currently have less choice in 5-MeO-DMT retreats than you do for more well-known plant medicines such as psilocybin or ayahuasca, there are still plenty of retreats from which to choose. Carefully research your options in order to find one that is reputable and meets your needs.

We’re going to make the process easier for you by sharing some of the most highly-reviewed options. First we’ll recap some great 5-MeO-DMT retreats in Mexico (where the frog which secretes 5-MeO-DMT lives), then we’ll provide information about some of our favorite retreat centers around the world.

The 5 Best 5-MeO-DMT Retreats in Mexico

Some popular and well-reputed retreats include:

You can find more information about these particular retreats here.

Legality of 5-MeO-DMT: Mexico, Canada, and USA

As you may have noticed in your research, Mexico is home to a high concentration of 5-MeO-DMT retreats. As indigenous Mexicans have been using it in spiritual and ritual contexts for hundreds of years, the substance remains legal for these purposes.

In Canada, 5-MeO-DMT is unscheduled, meaning that there are no specific laws or regulations governing its sale and consumption.

However, 5-MeO-DMT is highly illegal in the USA, where it is considered a schedule I drug.

How to Select a Great 5-MeO-DMT Retreat

Take these important factors into account when choosing a retreat.

  1. Qualifications of the facilitators: Look for retreats that are led by experienced facilitators who have undergone extensive training and have qualifications in administering 5-MeO-DMT.
  2. Setting: Consider the location of the retreat and the type of environment in which you will be taking the 5-MeO-DMT. Some retreats are set in nature, while others are held in a more urban setting. Retreats in the city sometimes mean greater peace of mind because you will have easier access to reputable medical facilities if need be, whereas retreats in more remote locations might translate to a more peaceful and relaxed mindset going into your trip(s).
  3. Safety protocols: Make sure the retreat has clear safety protocols in place, including medical supervision and emergency procedures.
  4. Reviews and testimonials: What do past participants have to say about their experiences? Pay particular attention to any negative reviews. While one negative review among dozens of glowing testimonials is not too worrisome, do watch for patterns and repetition when comparing negative reviews.
  5. Program and support: Any serious retreat should include psychological preparation beforehand as well as a rigorous integration process designed to help you to make sense of the experience and integrate its lessons into your life.

Before considering a 5-MeO-DMT retreat, you should also consult with a healthcare professional and make sure it’s safe for you. This can be somewhat challenging because work with the substance is still in its infancy. If you don’t find a doctor near you who can make that call, book an online consultation with a physician in the know.

Great 5-MeO-DMT Retreats Worldwide

Aside from the aforementioned options in Mexico, here are our three favorites in different locations around the world.

Rise and Shine

Set in the gorgeous valley of the BC interior in Western Canada, Rise and Shine is led by Chris and Lindsay, experienced entheogen administrators and successful transformation stories in their own right. Their work draws heavily from Vipassana disciplines and meditation, holding silence as a central element, and from Sufism. These regimens are central to supporting you on your path of self-discovery and growth. A stay at Rise and Shine may be challenging, but in this challenge you will learn to trust and grow from the work that will be done.

Experience the beautiful musical ceremony at Rise and Shine Psychedelic Retreats British Columbia Canada
Experience the beautiful musical ceremony at Rise and Shine Psychedelic Retreats British Columbia Canada

Expand Therapeutics

Healing Ceremonies blends psychedelics and indigenous medicines with modern-day psychotherapy. 5-MeO-DMT is not the only entheogen in their repertoire. Retreats are intensive 5-day experiences that begin a few weeks prior with a rigorous psychological intake and preparation process. 5-MeO-DMT is supplemented with other medicines such as kambo, rapé, psilocybin mushrooms, sananga, and changa. They also utilize various psychotherapeutic approaches, including Hakomi and EMDR. Their holistic, comprehensive, and deeply transformative retreats are held in the serene town of Escazu, a suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica.

Outdoor space at expand therapeutics bufo 5-meo-dmt center in escazu san jose, costa rica
Expand Therapeutics, set amidst the mountainous forests of Escazu near San Jose, Costa Rica

Awaken the Medicine Within

The staff behind Awaken the Medicine Within strive to create a safe, sacred, and compassionate container within which participants can confidently embark on their 5-MeO-DMT journeys. They are experts at holding non-judgmental space for the challenges of the people who trust them with their journeys, and they encourage participants to surrender to the process and to whatever is happening on the trip, rather than trying to control or resist it. This approach has led to profound insights and healing for those who are fortunate enough to come to their center. The atmosphere they create is deeply kind and deeply spiritual. Most of their retreats are in Portugal, with some happening in the Netherlands.

Retreat building at Awaken The Medicine Within Psilocybin Retreat in the Netherlands
Main retreat building at Awaken the Medicine Within in the Netherlands.

Although most of the world’s 5-MeO-DMT retreats are found in Mexico, the retreats above are great options for those who would prefer to have their experience elsewhere. As always, it’s crucial that you thoroughly investigate your chosen retreat using the criteria described above. Safe travels!

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Cait has been writing since the age of 7, when she wrote her first short stories about two crime-fighting dogs. Although she has since strayed away from the canine detective genre, she still delights in writing about relationship psychology, travel, the psychoactive effects of cacao, intentional communities, nutrition, wellness, and more.

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