5 Reasons Why a Private 5-MeO-DMT Ceremony Is Better Than a Group Ceremony

5-MeO-DMT is one of the most powerful psychedelic medicines that you could possibly try. However, the format of your 5-MeO-DMT experience matters quite a bit. At Tandava Retreats, we believe that a private 5-MeO-DMT ceremony is more effective than a group ceremony. We have decades of combined experience working with 5-MeO-DMT and hosting psychedelic retreats, so we're quite aware of the differences between private and group ceremonies.To help you determine which type of ceremony is right for you, we wrote a guide contrasting private and group ceremonies. We'll also introduce you to 5-MeO-DMT and what you can expect from the corresponding retreat and ceremony.

What Is 5-MeO-DMT?

As one of the most popular psychedelic medicines out there, 5-MeO-DMT is renowned for its ability to create a non-dual feeling in those who take it. That means that many of those who take this medicine feel as though they are merging with the universe or with God during their experience. As a result, 5-MeO is often called "the God molecule" and thought to cause ego death. We aren't going to put any labels on 5-MeO ourselves, all we can say is that the experiences we've had with this medicine are unlike any other.The actual 5-MeO-DMT compound can be found naturally in plants and even the Bufo Alvarius Toad, also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad or Colorado River Toad. We'll go over how the medicine and its image have evolved over the years.[caption id="attachment_1886" align="alignnone" width="300"]

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History & Background

The history of 5-MeO-DMT dates back at least 3,000 years. Back then, indigenous tribes in South America would chew crushed seeds to feel the effects of 5-MeO-DMT. As you can see, this medicine was the catalyst for spiritual exploration for thousands of years.However, 5-MeO didn't become the subject of scientific study until much later. In 1936, two Japanese scientists succeeded in isolating the pure 5-MeO-DMT molecule in a lab. Thus, the basis for synthetic 5-MeO-DMT production was formed. The medicine began to proliferate more rapidly as a result.In recent decades, 5-MeO-DMT has come under the microscope of federal regulatory bodies. The United States and most other Western countries banned 5-MeO-DMT making it extremely difficult to obtain. At the same time, toad populations in the US have diminished as overly eager psychonauts devastated their population in search of toad venom to use in their ceremonies.

Some Benefits Of 5-MeO

The benefits of 5-MeO are mainly related to your mental health and spirituality. It's possible to receive physical health benefits too, but usually, that's the result of solving a mental health problem like an addiction.We tend to attribute many of the benefits of 5-MeO-DMT to the increases in neuroplasticity that people experience after working with this psychedelic substance. An elevation in neuroplasticity helps your brain develop and molds it to facilitate the adoption of new perspectives.Of course, there are dozens of other benefits to 5-MeO, but we believe that they generally fit under one of the 2 following categories. And do be aware that improving your mental health and finding spirituality are hardly mutually exclusive.

Improved Mental Health

Anecdotally, several people who have attended our retreats claimed that working with 5-MeO-DMT in this container allowed them to resolve mental health conditions and provided mental clarity to past traumas. That said, there is little in-depth scientific research into this subject, in no small part because 5-MeO is illegal in most jurisdictions. At the moment, the rare studies conducted on 5-MeO have shown that the medicine is beneficial in reducing negative mental health symptoms.Furthermore, there is evidence from self-report data that 5-MeO has helped people reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. In general, it seems that 5-MeO assists people in combatting past trauma, but we won't exaggerate any studied effects.We know of many anecdotal instances where 5-MeO-DMT was said to cure mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder. However, it's always important to listen to scientific evidence regarding the matter. So far, a few studies have arisen that indicate 5-MeO-DMT and other psychedelic medicine are effective in treating impairments caused by trauma.

A Beacon On Your Spiritual Journey

Since 5-MeO makes it easier for your brain to create new pathways, it can also help you become more open to spiritual experiences. Your mental patterning will evolve as a result and you will likely see an increase in your level of maturity.Of course, the 5-MeO ceremony is a life-changing experience in and of itself. The feeling of non-duality often leads you to re-evaluate your beliefs entirely. People find that the shift in perspective compares favorably to the shift they felt after having their first child. Seeing and feeling the connection between you and the universe can spark major changes.

How Does A 5-MeO-DMT Ceremony Work?

A 5-MeO-DMT ceremony is a time for vulnerability. When you're considering partaking in one, it's perfectly normal to feel uncertain about what lies ahead. As such, you probably want to understand exactly how the ceremony works before you invest a bunch of time preparing for your ceremony.We'll describe how the 5-MeO ceremony works based on our own experience working with retreat goers at our center.Typically, the ceremony lasts between 10 and 45 minutes. That said, you will almost certainly lose all perception of time during your ceremony. In such a situation, you'll appreciate that we place two retreat guides beside you throughout the ceremony. The facilitators aren't there to intervene. However, they will do everything to ensure your environment is as comfortable as possible during the retreat. This will help you absorb the medicine to its fullest extent.The room where you experience the 5-MeO-DMT ceremony is a sacred space. Within it, we lie you down flat on a soft pad and burn incense while you're overcome with the medicine. Keep in mind that even though our facilitators accompany you, this ceremony is fully private in the sense that nobody else is experiencing 5-MeO at the same time as you. Moreover, our facilitators develop a relationship with you before the retreat so that you feel safe and secure in their presence.

What Is A 5-MeO-DMT Retreat?

You should understand that a 5-MeO-DMT ceremony isn't just some isolated event where the facilitators just send you home right afterward. 5-MeO is best to experience as part of a larger retreat because you need to integrate the experience fully to be able to make sense of it and apply the lessons to your life.Generally speaking, a 5-MeO-DMT retreat is an affair that lasts 3 to 7 days. They often include more than one 5-MeO ceremony but still give you ample time for relaxation so you can process the medicine's effects.Based on our work with hundreds of individuals at Tandava Retreats, here is a typical timeline for the entire experience:

  • Preparation
  • Your First Day
  • The Ceremony
  • The Retreat Experience
  • Your Departure & Integrating The Experience


A lot of prep work goes on behind the scenes to create the perfect 5-MeO trip for you. This helps a lot when you integrate the experience after the fact. Moreover, it will make it easier for you to settle in when the day of the retreat arrives.To start, we'll conduct a pre-screening session after you contact us to make sure that you don't have any contra-indications with 5-MeO. In some cases, you might be taking medications that interfere with the medicine, and in others, you might have health issues that make taking 5-MeO untenable for you. While these cases are uncommon, we'll do our best to recommend the best course of action or an alternative to 5-MeO.Afterward, you'll have a few more calls with us to build your container for the retreat. This means that we'll create a filter for the experience based on your values and beliefs to help you learn the lessons from the medicine in a language you'll understand. Without this prep work, many find it difficult to absorb everything they see during their trip.

Your First Day

Even after weeks of preparation, it won't be surprising if you feel a little nervous on the first day of the retreat. Luckily, we ease you into the experience and you won't be rushed into 5-MeO. You might have had a long uncomfortable flight to get to the retreat center, so it's best for you to relax and acclimatize yourself to your surroundings.

The Ceremony

We already talked about what a 5-MeO-DMT ceremony is like in great detail. All we'll say here is that you usually have your first ceremony on the second day and another ceremony a couple of days later. In the unlikely event of an emergency, we have first-aid-trained facilitators ready to respond to your needs. In the worst-case scenario, we have medical professionals in the local area who will help you out.

The Retreat Experience

The retreat involves quite a few activities besides the 5-MeO ceremony including meditation, yoga, and simply getting unstructured time to relax and explore by yourself. Even if your ceremony is private, you can still sign up for group retreats that are perfect for bonding with like-minded individuals.

Your Departure & Integrating The Experience

Throughout the experience, you should get plenty of time to reflect on the lessons from 5-MeO. However, we won't abandon you after you leave. We will work with you on a few calls following the retreat to help you integrate the experience. This is probably the most significant part of the retreat because this is when you take the memories you have of your 5-MeO experience and transform them into lifelong lessons and powerful new perspectives.

The 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose A Private 5-MeO-DMT Ceremony

The differences between private and group settings in a 5-MeO-DMT ceremony are night and day. In one case, you're sharing an experience that is very personalized with a group of strangers, in the other, the spotlight is on you.If you're the social type, then we should be clear that a private 5-MeO ceremony doesn't mean that you won't get the chance to socialize. You can always opt for a group retreat that includes private ceremonies.

Private Ceremonies Allow You To Carve Your Own Journey

With a private ceremony, all the focus is on you. If you're the only one in the ceremony, everything from your energy levels to your medical needs can be catered to. You can engage in as much personalization as you want.For instance, when we plan your retreat container at Tandava, you'll notice that we are sensitive toward all your mental and emotional needs. That's why we attempt to get to know you and your values before the retreat to make sure that we're creating the best possible experience for you.

Live Your Own Experience Fully

During a group ceremony, energy levels are altered completely. Sometimes, the collective creates a higher energy level that isn't suited to each individual. Not to mention, it's fairly common in larger groups for one participant to have a more intense experience than most. That can distract the rest of the group and steal your thunder. Given that 5-MeO is known by some to create the sensation of ego death, you'll probably want to be alone for this.By contrast, a private ceremony will ensure that you won't be distracted by anyone else's experience. This is a prime opportunity for you to investigate your inner self and find out your true beliefs and desires. Being alone will add to the richness of this experience since it takes away the chance for you to compare your experience to others.

Get The Full Attention Of Your Facilitators

Most facilitators mean well, but it's simply impossible for them to tend to every person at once during a group ceremony. Imagine if both you and another participant experience an energy blockage at the same time. You'll only get half the care you could expect from a private ceremony.If the facilitator is alone with you, then this also helps them to stay in the present moment. They can spend time with you to deliver the best quality support possible and have their mind clear to apply their experience to whatever issue that might arise during the ceremony.

Feel Comfortable And Secure

Being in the hands of a trusted practitioner that is focusing their attention on you and you alone is extremely important for your confidence. In this circumstance, you'll feel far more comfortable letting go and surrendering to the medicine. Not to mention, the practitioners will be able to exert maximum effort into making you feel safe during the experience.

Get Increased Privacy

Trying to integrate the lessons of a 5-MeO ceremony with an audience is quite uncomfortable for most. You could be sharing delicate personal details that you might not even share with your best friends let alone some strangers you just met.We won't discount the advantages of peer support that comes from group dialogs. However, having your entire ceremony and integration conducted in a group probably isn't appropriate given the significance and depth of the subjects at hand.

Behind Our Process At Tandava Retreats

Our retreat center is located in Tepoztlan, Mexico, about 90 minutes south of Mexico City. Nestled in the hills of central Mexico, our center combines comfort and sustainability. We put lots of care into creating an immersive experience no matter what the context.If you're curious about signing up for a private retreat, we're going to expand a bit on what makes Tandava qualified to host one.

What Makes Us Different

When you're starting your Bufo journey, you likely hear a lot of platitudes about 5-MeO that will only make sense once you've experienced bufo. We'll try to explain every part of the retreat to you ahead of time without the use of jargon so that you can feel comfortable heading into the retreat.

Our Accolades and experience

We've left no stone unturned when designing our retreat experience. Everyone who works with us has been thoroughly educated in their field of specialization. Whether that's psychology, plant medicines, or shamanic techniques they all have something to contribute to your experience depending on your needs from the retreat. Our president, Joel, is renowned in the psychedelic community for his deep research into 5-MeO. Our approach to 5-MeO-DMT blends ancient and modern philosophies in an effort to achieve the perfect experience for each of our participants.

A 2-on-1 ceremony

When contrasted with other retreat centers' group ceremonies, we do a far more thorough job with our private ones. That's because we deploy not just one but two facilitators during our ceremonies. This makes it easy for us to give you every bit of attention so you can fully surrender to the medicine.

A well-rounded Approach

We don't focus solely on 5-MeO. Rather our retreats embody a holistic approach that prepares you thoroughly for the retreat and keeps you extremely relaxed afterward.During our initial calls together you'll notice that we will recommend that you make some improvements to your health including your diet and your sleep schedule. This will make you more receptive to the medicine.During the retreat, you'll be privy to a variety of plant medicines to help open your mind before you take the medicine. Plus, we do a lot of yoga, meditation, and breathwork to keep you relaxed.Since our retreat center is located in the mountains, it would be a shame if we didn't take advantage of this opportunity to take you on a guided hike. The area around our center has a lot to offer, so our retreats often feel like a full-fledged leisurely vacation.We also noted that heightened neuroplasticity is one of the main contributors to making 5-MeO beneficial. At our retreat center, you'll get access to neurofeedback devices to help you analyze your brain's activity during the retreat and observe the evolution of your mental patterning.

A proper integration period

We've already described how important integration is to the quality of your insights after working with 5-MeO. After the retreat, we give each of our participants 4 aftercare calls. Each call is an opportunity for you to share all your thoughts and feelings about your experience. That way, you'll start to achieve mental clarity about your best course of action for the future.

Sign Up For A Private Retreat

Working with 5-MeO-DMT and participating in a bufo ceremony is a major step in your evolution. And quite frankly, some journeys are best experienced on your own. Sharing the spotlight with several other participants simply isn't the way to go when you're dealing with the intense insights that 5-MeO provides. To make the most of 5-MeO opt for a private retreat with us at Tandava.