How To Find A 5-MeO-DMT Retreat Accessible From The USA

If you want to experience 5-MeO-DMT in the most authentic way possible, you're better off finding a retreat than trying to go it on your own. Living in the USA, you might be tempted to procure 5-MeO-DMT from local sources, but this is extremely risky. Not only do you open yourself up to getting arrested, but you also risk taking the drug with an inexperienced companion. To safely work with 5-MeO-DMT, it is imperative to work in a trusted container with experienced facilitators.At Tandava Retreats, we offer a range of different wellness retreats centered on the use of 5-MeO-DMT. We are located in Mexico, in one of the best possible settings for a 5-MeO retreat. Our professional guides are committed to offering the safest 5-MeO-DMT experience that satisfies your individual needs.

5-MeO-DMT Retreat Alternatives

Since 5-MeO-DMT is a controlled substance and banned in the United States, Americans need to look elsewhere to find a suitable retreat destination. Mexico is close by, and that's one of the main reasons why we chose it for our retreat center. Not to mention, the beautiful landscape and widespread availability of various plant medicines.Otherwise, Americans could venture even further abroad for a 5-MeO-DMT retreat. Portugal is a common destination due to its relaxed approach towards psychoactive drugs and other substances that are prohibited in most countries. However, no other destination offers the mixture of convenience and expertise that Mexico offers to Americans. After all, the surrounding region has a long history of 5-MeO-DMT usage.

An Overview of 5-MeO-DMT

If you're not familiar with 5-MeO, you might have a few questions. Words like "toad medicine" might spring to mind, but did you know that 5-MeO-DMT was originally derived from plants and not extracted from toads? Let's go over the history of 5-MeO and debunk some common misconceptions.


Around 3,000 years ago, indigenous cultures in South America began consuming 5-MeO-DMT in the form of crushed seeds. Indeed, 5-MeO-DMT's presence is known in at least 9 different plants. The psychedelic experience formed a crucial part of indigenous spiritual ceremonies.In 1936, two Japanese scientists synthesized 5-MeO-DMT in a lab. This clinical development resulted in the spread of the medicine for more casual use by psychonauts around the world. The discovery of 5-MeO in the secretions of the Colorado river toad (also known as the Sonoran desert toad) only further helped to propagate the drug.

Modern Purposes

As 5-MeO has spread throughout the world, many governments have decided to impose heavy regulations on the substance making it effectively impossible to use in most countries. This is quite unfortunate considering the multitude of healing effects that the drug has. Not to mention, it doesn't matter whether it takes the form of toad medicine, synthetic medicine, or comes from plant sources. No matter what, you're still getting the full experience.

Toad Medicine

As mentioned earlier, toad medicine comes from the venom of the Colorado river toad. The process used to extract this venom isn't exactly friendly to the toad. While you usually won't wind up killing the poor toad, it's still not recommended. Especially since you're using it to fuel an experience that makes you feel oneness and connection to the world around you. Furthermore, the nature of the venom makes it difficult to regulate dosages and distribute them as part of a formal ceremony.


At Tandava Retreats, we prefer to use synthetic medicine for the reasons stated above. Since it does not affect the quality of your psychedelic experience, then it makes little sense to abuse toads for their venom. Thus, the pure molecule is far more sustainable for us to use at a retreat center.

Common Misconceptions

Over the years, we've heard more than a few skeptics, ranging from casual observers to government officials, make some questionable commentary about 5-MeO-DMT. While the amount of scientific study done on the drug is minimal, most evidence suggests that the substance is fairly harmless.

"It's too risky"

5-MeO-DMT is only truly risky if you undergo the process by yourself. Your best bet is to hire a skilled facilitator to take part in the journey with you. Now, that doesn't mean that this retreat guide should constantly intervene, but they will always be there for you in case things go awry. Not to mention, they will guide you through energy blockages if necessary.

"I'll go crazy"

Only in rare cases is 5-MeO-DMT unsuitable for an individual. So far at our retreat center, we have never had any incident that gave us pause. In our experience, we've noted that specific circumstances cause problems for the user. For instance, certain prior psychiatric conditions might put you at a higher risk. In such cases, we will vet you for these conditions during our =screening calls and refund the full amount that you paid for our retreat in case we find that 5-MeO is unsuitable for you. We can also suggest 5-MeO alternatives.

"I'm going to become an addict"

This is one of the strangest criticisms of psychedelics like 5-MeO and magic mushrooms in general. If anything, recent clinical research suggests that 5-MeO-DMT can help people combat addiction, among other mental health disorders. Our philosophy at Tandava Retreats is that we help clients in the way that suits them, whether for addiction or otherwise.

Common Uses For 5-MeO-DMT

5-MeO-DMT is versatile - it's hard to corner it and put it into a box. Past retreat goers often tell us that 5-MeO meets them exactly wherever they are in their journey. That personal journey could be a completely spiritual one. Or, your objective could be to heal past trauma. We work hard to build a container that is suitable for you.

Spiritual Exploration

This is the objective that most commonly comes to mind when you think of 5-MeO-DMT and other psychedelics. Since indigenous cultures used the drug as a part of their traditional ceremonies, then it makes sense that people all around the world find spiritual significance in it today.

A Transformational Experience

One retreat goer described the experience as a renaissance - a second birth if you will. Indeed, many would say that 5-MeO is a life-changing experience that feels nearly as important as the birth of your first child. In this case, the person being born is yourself, for the second time.Since 5-MeO-DMT is a psychoplastogen, it helps improve neuroplasticity. The transformation doesn't just take place "in your head". Scientists observe a marked improvement in your neural processing that is reflected in your change of perspective following the experience.

Discussing Ego Death

Those who consume 5-MeO report a feeling of oneness during their experience. This oneness is characterized by a merger between your being and everything around you. The subject-object dichotomy dissolves, this is what is often called "ego death". While we won't use this term ourselves, the experience will certainly give you great pause and prompt a lot of existential considerations.

Treating Mental Illness

You can never take mental health lightly. While 5-MeO-DMT is not suitable for healing all mental health issues, it can certainly help in several common cases. After all, 5-MeO-DMT increases neuroplasticity, thus helping you form new pathways in your brain all of which help to alleviate mental health issues.

POST-TRAUMATIC stress disorder

In a study published in 2020, researchers suggested that 3-5 doses of 5-MeO-DMT over 3 days can help drastically reduce the negative effects of PTSD. They also observed major reductions in other facets, including depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and cognitive impairment. As a result, the researchers recommended further investigation of the healing properties of 5-MeO. Unfortunately, such an undertaking is quite challenging due to the legal status of the drug in most countries.


Only a single use of 5-MeO-DMT can help reduce anxiety. This doesn't imply that you'll feel less anxious during the "high" of the drug. Rather, you will start to notice effects a couple of hours later. This absence of anxiety only becomes more noticeable in the days moving forward. In this case, what's occurring is a result of the new pathways formed in your brain. You're maturing.


Anecdotal reports describe 5-MeO-DMT as the catalyst for defeating your demons. As a result, we often recommend the experience to those who suffer from depression. Unfortunately, 5-MeO-DMT has not been studied over a long enough period to make any claims about its effectiveness in combatting depression over the long term. However, initial reports are indicating that 5-MeO is comparable to other psychedelics that scientists have studied.

How A 5-MeO-DMT Retreat Could Be A Transformational Experience

Our retreats take a dual approach to 5-MeO-DMT. On the one hand, we have the scientific approach, backed by numerous studies and years of experience from our practitioners. Then, we merge this with our spiritual approach. We derive our spiritual approach from several influences.For instance, you might find that you want to participate in a retreat that draws heavily from indigenous cultures. Such retreats involve practitioners from indigenous lineages that take a shamanic approach to the 5-MeO-DMT ceremony. We will do our best to fulfill your spiritual journey if this approach is the one you want to take.Another common framework we choose to adopt is the "hero's journey" a cross-cultural lens popularized by Joseph Campbell. In such instances, the hero leaves home in search of adventure, triumphs over a major crisis, and returns home a changed person. This mythos is prevalent across major religions and offers the perfect lens through which to view your 5-MeO journey. Those who have experienced 5-MeO-DMT can tell you that there are a fair few similarities between the two.

A Sustained Enhancement In Life Satisfaction

While we mentioned a large number of mental health issues that 5-MeO-DMT helps to alleviate, we should also note that 5-MeO-DMT has a profound impact on people's life satisfaction as well. A 2019 study revealed that participants reported a substantially higher rating of their life satisfaction one year after the 5-MeO retreat than they had before it. The 5-MeO-DMT compound works its magic to help you feel more complete.

Transform Your Mental Patterning

Nearly everyone has mental patterns that they want to alter or eliminate entirely. However, they struggle to find the right tools. If this sounds like you, then you will benefit immensely from a guided 5-MeO-DMT experience. Starting in the weeks before the ceremony, we will discuss the best course of action for you based on your past experience. Our goal is to provide a bespoke container for your 5-MeO-DMT journey that helps you resolve the issues that you believe need resolving. We'll carry this philosophy throughout our interactions with you during the 5-MeO-DMT experience and the integration process afterward. Indeed, we will also meet with you virtually following the retreat to ensure that you got the most out of your time with us.The scientific reasoning behind the success of 5-MeO-DMT helps us uncover how it improves your mental patterning. Once again, the answer lies in neuroplasticity. The ability for your brain to form new pathways using 5-MeO-DMT makes it a boon to improving your mental patterning. It's almost like paving newer, more efficient roads to replace old ones. Hence, you will adopt a newfound maturity.

New Connections

An unmistakable characteristic of our retreats is their tendency to bring people together. It's funny, we welcome people that ordinarily live thousands of miles apart. After spending a few days together, it's as if they've known each other for their entire lives. Our retreats attract like-minded folks, so perhaps this isn't a surprise. That said, the bond you'll share with your fellow retreat-goers is irrevocable. You might be seeing some of these people more often in the years ahead.

Tools For Growth

Any 5-MeO-DMT retreat that limits itself solely to 5-MeO isn't one you want to take part in. At Tandava, we use a wide range of tools. Some of our retreat guides are experienced in meditation. Others specialize in sound healing. Not to mention, they come from all sorts of backgrounds, some practice indigenous traditions and some have a background in psychology.Depending on the retreat and your specific needs we could use any of the following to construct your container:

  1. Kambo
  2. Kambo comes from an amazonian frog, it can be used before a 5-MeO-DMT experience to clear oneself out physically and energetically beforehand.
  3. Optimized diet
  4. There is a lot of discussion regarding what you should eat before and after consuming 5-MeO-DMT. We recognize that everyone has a different diet, and we'll apply the best nutritional practices to your scenario.
  5. Yoga
  6. Yoga makes up a vital part of our retreats. We typically begin our mornings with a bit of yoga to get everyone ready for the day. However, we also offer more intensive yoga-centric retreats if that's in your interest.[caption id="attachment_1609" align="alignnone" width="469"]
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  2. Meditation
  3. One of the best parts about our retreat center is that it offers the perfect setting for deep meditation. The peaceful mountains make for the perfect background for your meditation. We occasionally provide special retreats centered around meditation too. In fact, it is possible to reach a similar state to that experienced during 5-MeO-DMT with the correct meditation practices.
  4. Breathwork
  5. To enhance your mental patterns, you might start by enhancing your breathing patterns first. This will help you retain calm throughout the retreat.
  6. Sound healing
  7. Sound therapy is ideal for helping you attain vibrational balance. It can be either a passive or active experience depending on how we choose to run it.
  8. Spiritual progress coaching
  9. Spiritual progress isn't easy to quantify. However, most who attend our retreats are on a journey of spiritual transformation. As always, we'll guide you to the place you need to go.
  10. Shadow work
  11. Any properly integrated 5-MeO-DMT retreat must include a bit of shadow work. You can't neglect this facet. We'll help you understand and incorporate your shadow rather than constantly repress it.
  12. Neurofeedback/Brain entrainment
  13. Our retreat center has possession of a few neurofeedback devices that will help you understand your brain activity during the retreat. It will also help you reinforce the new mental patterns you form with us.

An Example Of A 5-MeO-DMT Retreat

To give you a better idea of what you're getting into with a 5-MeO-DMT retreat, we'll give you an example of how one of our retreats works. You can rest assured that our professionals take 5-MeO-DMT extremely seriously; safety is our number one priority. You'll find this emphasized from the beginning when we first contact you to see if you're a fit for 5-MeO-DMT.

Preparatory Calls

During our initial calls, we check if you have any past trauma that might make you unsuitable for 5-MeO-DMT. In nearly every case, you will be fine. Concurrently, we will examine your motivations for pursuing the retreat. We always welcome those with an open spirit.Depending on the retreat you purchase, you will generally have 2-4 Zoom calls with our team, including a group call for certain group retreats. During those calls, we will start to build your container. This means we will get to know your underlying struggles and personal journey to respond to your needs effectively.

Your Arrival

Once you arrive, you'll get about a day to settle in. This is important, we don't want to rush anyone into the 5-MeO-DMT experience. Some retreat centers try to get you in and out in a couple of hours.

Retreat Location

Our retreat center is located in Tepoztlan, Mexico about 90 minutes away from Mexico City airport. As such, we offer you the option of getting driven from the airport to our center. As you arrive, you'll appreciate the mountains and lush forest that surround you.

The 5-MeO-DMT Experience

You will usually receive at least 2 doses of 5-MeO-DMT during our retreats. The experience typically lasts 10-45 minutes. Our professional guides will tend to you the whole way through. We will make sure that you get the most out of the process and keep you safe the whole way through.We can't begin to describe what the actual 5-MeO-DMT experience feels like. Rebirth is one way to put it, you can read more about our experiences here.

Activities During The Retreat

The mountain setting is perfect for hiking. Not to mention, these hikes are laced with little nooks and vistas suitable for meditation.Aside from self-reflection, we often take our attendees on a trip to Tepoztlan town. It's a historical city, but the main focus of our jaunt is usually the unique crafts market.


After the retreat, you will also have a few Zoom calls with our team. We will work hard to integrate your experience into your daily life. With an event of this magnitude, some have difficulty adjusting. Luckily, many of the lessons that 5-MeO-DMT offers are still quite applicable long after the retreat is over. And it doesn't need to be the big lessons either. For instance, you might feel more at peace when something goes wrong, like heavy traffic.

Connect With Tandava

Wherever you are at in your life journey, you probably aren't exactly where you want to be. It doesn't matter if you've taken 5-MeO-DMT 0 times or 10 times, personal growth is never-ending. Connect with us today to have all your questions answered by our professionals. Take a look at our upcoming programs to find a Tandava Retreat that suits you.