Don't trip alone!

5-MeO-DMT is by far the strongest Entheogen known to man. It is important to know that consuming this compound by yourself can be extremely dangerous. Firstly, it is known that during the experience people can stop breathing without noticing it. And secondly, if vomiting takes place, you must be rolled over on your left side, to prevent choking while laying on your back. It is, therefore, fundamental to have someone watching over you.

Don't trip alone!

5-MeO-DMT is by far the strongest Entheogen known to man. It is important to know that consuming this compound by yourself can be extremely dangerous. Firstly, it is known that during the experience people can stop breathing without noticing it. And secondly, if vomiting takes place, you must be rolled over on your left side, to prevent choking while laying on your back. It is, therefore, fundamental to have someone watching over you.

Finding the Right Retreat Center

Retreat centers are now found all over the world and they offer all kinds of therapies, from the classic yoga, reiki, breathwork, and meditation, to the rediscovered and mysterious practices of plant medicine and ancient ceremonies. Finding a retreat center that you resonate with is primordial for having a true healing experience. We are all different people, who want different things and feel comfortable with some dynamics that others do not. From our experience, this is a decision that needs to be taken seriously, and below we share with you some recommendations that might be helpful:


Be Sure About Why You Are Doing It, Don’t Fool Yourself


Whether it is a desire to have a psychedelic experience, an urge to heal a physical, mental or emotional problem, a further step on your spiritual quest, or simply because everyone else is doing it, you should narrow it down and embrace it as your honest and true intention. This will help you to choose the right place or curandero (healer), according to your real expectations and needs.


For example, for a deep healing process on an emotional, energetic and mental level, we recommend you to seek a true traditional curandero that has gone through a strict and long apprenticeship, under the guidance of authentic maestros. These retreat centers usually require long stays —starting from a week—, and they are located in nature so that you can truly disconnect to reconnect.


If you want to address a physical issue that has not been cured by modern medicine, we recommend you to look for centers that provide regular and intentional bodywork, and where they have a deep knowledge of nutrition. Traditional medicine can also be an option, mostly for tracking if there is an emotional or energetical origin to the disease, but it is primordial to treat the body on physical levels to help it heal as well.


You may also encounter deeply loving and kind people that facilitate ceremonies, and whose methodology is to play instruments, take care of the participants, and keep the peace while everyone is going through their own experience. This can be ideal for those who just want to explore the effects of plant medicine in a very relaxed and familiar setting, but not so much for people looking for big transformative results on deep trauma.

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Do Research, Feel Safe and Comfortable With Your Decision


If you want to have a healing experience with psychedelics, you must understand that during these rituals you can be in a very vulnerable state for a couple of hours. Nowadays many call themselves “shamans” only to get easy money and they take advantage of people's needs and insecurities, or even of their vulnerability while they are defenseless. This is why it is of vital importance to choose a place where your integrity is guaranteed. From my experience, ceremonies that are run by couples or families are usually quite safe, and a prudent distance between the curanderos and their patients is a very good signal.


To find a safe retreat center, it is essential to do good research, figure out more about the team running it, read reviews and feel free to ask anything you need to know about the place. Knowing everything you need to know, will help you make a conscious decision that brings you peace and satisfaction.


Take It Seriously and With Respect


We are part of a society that still underestimates native people's traditions, as they have been sold to us as simple folklore. However, if you approach ancestral medicine with respect, humility, and a healthy curiosity, you might discover how serious and wonderful this mystical world is. Intention and faith are essential parts of any healing or transformative process, so if you really believe in the benefits of these medicines and take them seriously, results might come faster and easier than expected.


It is also essential to follow the guidelines of the retreat center you visit, even if you think they are worthless or ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with changing your habits or abstaining from some things you regularly consider positive for some days. Moreover, surrendering to the experience that is being offered to you, will help you gain flexibility and humility, as the opposite position usually comes from rigidness and arrogance.


Be Kind to Yourself and Let Go of Expectations


We have all read amazing stories about how these ancient practices, whether related to psychedelics, breathing, meditation, yoga, etc., have changed people's lives in just a couple of days. And then we are going to pack our bags and go into this miraculous experience with expectations so high —usually about overcoming the wonderful stories of others—, that we set ourselves up for failure. The fact that you are ready to do this is amazing and worthy of all possible recognition and self-love. Now do the best you can to prepare for the experience, but do it from the heart.


I have seen many people trying to do it perfectly just to be better than their friends, going super strict with the rules because that is the traditional way and they love tradition and hate modernity, or preparing in all kinds of ways that are acceptable in the new age mainstream. This is all done from the mind and the ego and is oblivious to what their heart is asking for, and I have also seen them suffering during the retreat, not being able to connect to the medicine and the process. The truth is that if we are not listening to ourselves in the first place, it is very difficult to listen to the voice of the Spirit singing and whispering inside of us and all around us.


Be kind to yourself. Your process is only yours and your effort can not be measured by looking at your neighbor's efforts and results. Your best is your best, and the medicines will respond to honesty, respect, authenticity, and self-love and compassion, more than to perfection.

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Seek for Balance, Be Your Own Master


It is very important to keep perspective in the middle of spiritual quests or alternative healing practices. And even though many tend to take ancestral wisdom too lightly, others overvalue it as the ultimate knowledge and surrender to anything their curanderos or gurus tell them. I respect and honor my maestros profoundly, whether they are humans or plants, but during my spiritual journey, one of the biggest lessons has been to learn how to be my own Maestra. That is why I recommend you to check with your inner self before making any decision regarding the place you go to, the plants or amount of medicine you take, the number of ceremonies you participate in, etc., and thus, make decisions that resonate with you.


While in a retreat center, no matter how amazing the experience and the guides turn out to be, never give away your power by putting them on pedestals, as they are only humans and we are not doing them a favor by treating them as saints. On the contrary, by continuing to see your maestros or guides as humans that have flaws and challenges just as yourself, you help them not to feel like they have to be the perfect saviors, and show your gratitude by allowing them to also be themselves.

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