The Main Reason Why You Might Want To Choose A Private 5-MeO-DMT Retreat

Would you want strangers to attend the birth of your child?Of course not. Aside from experienced doctors and nurses, you wouldn't want to sully such an intimate moment with the presence of people unfamiliar to you.At Tandava Retreats, some of our past attendees have mentioned that the transformation you undergo during and after the 5-MeO-DMT experience compares closely to the shift in perspective which occurs following the birth of your first child.With that in mind, you might want to sign up for a private 5-MeO-DMT retreat rather than a group one.It's not that group retreats are bad per se, it's just that a private retreat may be more conducive to deep and long lasting healing. We'll illustrate why that is in this article.

What Is 5-MeO-DMT?

5-MeO-DMT is one of the most powerful psychedelics in existence. Individuals around the world seek out 5-MeO-DMT to benefit from the non-dual feeling and the subsequent epiphanies that the medicine often ignites.Everyone's experience with 5-MeO-DMT is different. Therefore, we choose not to guarantee any particular experience with this medicine. Some would describe it as a merging with the universe, others with God. It will depend a lot on your personal notions of spirituality, and no single interpretation is correct.

The Background Behind 5-MeO-DMT

5-MeO-DMT originated as a plant medicine in South America around 3,000 years ago. Typically, people experimented with the medicine in their spiritual practices as well as for their own personal enjoyment. At the time, 5-MeO-DMT was mostly available in the form of crushed seeds.Much later, in the 1930s, two scientists managed to synthesize the 5-MeO-DMT compound in a lab. Consequently, 5-MeO-DMT began to proliferate much faster, leading to its popularity in psychedelic circles. Up until 10 years ago, 5-MeO-DMT occupied a legal grey area in countries like the USA. Unfortunately, the authorities in most countries have now classified 5-MeO-DMT as illegal. Only a few jurisdictions like Mexico and Portugal allow individuals to experiment with the medicine at the moment.

How 5-MeO-DMT Feels

To many, the full psychedelic experience of 5-MeO-DMT feels like dying and coming back to life. It's a complete emotional experience.5-MeO-DMT is pretty fast-acting too. The moment you inhale its smoke, you'll practically fall into another dimension. Many describe geometric objects spinning around them as the effects of the medicine set in. Some might also feel nauseous and anxious, but thanks to a retreat facilitator, they can usually work through these issues.The anxiety one feels with 5-MeO-DMT usually builds up to a climax. Eventually, you need to surrender to the medicine. Once you do, you will probably sense the deep introspection and ego death that others tout. Many consider the energy at this stage to be "high frequency".After this crescendo, you will likely try to hold on to the good vibrations for as long as possible, but because all good things must come to an end, you will eventually wake up, usually with a completely fresh perspective on life.

The Benefits Of 5-MeO-DMT

Depending on how well you integrate the experience and what types of activities you pursue in your daily life, there is no limit to the number of benefits that 5-MeO-DMT provides.We can't guarantee that you'll receive all the following benefits, and they will certainly look different to everyone. Here is a list of positive outcomes associated with 5-MeO-DMT in their most general form.

Spiritual Growth

There is a good reason why the aforementioned people in South America used 5-MeO-DMT as a part of their ceremonies. No matter what belief system you subscribe to, you'll find that a well-designed 5-MeO-DMT retreat will allow you to draw spiritual lessons in a language that you can relate to. The 5-MeO-DMT experience can often be regarded as following the "hero's journey" which is a narrative framework that exists across many religions throughout different times and places.

Newfound Clarity

Since 5-MeO-DMT engenders the opportunity for deep introspection, many of those who work with it awake from their trip with a profound sense of who they are, what issues they must face, and what their purpose is.One retreat goer at a private Tandava retreat likened the experience to receiving a letter in clear, typeface English after years of trying to crack grainy audio messages sent in Morse code. It was like a personal Eureka moment that kept multiplying exponentially in the hours and days that followed.Oftentimes, our clients have told us that working with 5-MeO-DMT obviated the need for years of psychotherapy. We must emphasize that psychotherapy is a legitimate practice, and we even have retreat guides who integrate psychology teachings into their work with their clients. However, some might find that 5-MeO-DMT gives you the extra push that other healing methods can't seem to replicate.

Improved Mental Health

In limited clinical studies, researchers at several different universities have found evidence that participating in a 5-MeO-DMT experience is linked to reductions in symptoms of disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD.For instance, a recent study conducted at Johns Hopkins University surveyed 162 adults who suffered from anxiety or depression who had experience with 5-MeO-DMT. While this survey was anecdotal, relying on the participants' perceptions of 5-MeO-DMT, 80% believed that their symptoms of Anxiety or Depression diminished after working with 5-MeO-DMT.Another study conducted by the National Institute of Health noted that even a single session of 5-MeO-DMT augmented life satisfaction in participants suffering from PTSD.As governments, especially the current administration in the United States, become more open-minded toward psychedelics, we could very well see an increase in research studies on 5-MeO-DMT. We would be happy to see more concrete evidence for 5-MeO-DMT's effects, so we wholeheartedly welcome further research.

Elevated Empathy

One of the reasons why 5-MeO-DMT is so enlightening is that it allegedly facilitates the creation of new pathways in your brain.As a result, this makes it easier for you to assimilate new perspectives quickly. Many past retreat goers report having more empathy following their retreat. Not to mention, they could forgive people for past misdeeds a lot more easily too.

Increased Creativity

Another side effect of these increased neural pathways in your brain is that you can solve problems a lot quicker too. Your creativity and imagination become more active as you build new perspectives.

How Does A Private 5-MeO-DMT Retreat Work?

Before we walk you through the advantages of a private 5-MeO-DMT retreat compared to a group retreat, you should have a solid understanding of how a private retreat works, based on what a Tandava retreat looks like.We don't rush you into a retreat. A lot of prep work goes into it beforehand.

Safety First

We'll be the first ones to say it: 5-MeO-DMT is not a medicine for everyone. Hence, we spend a lot of time vetting our retreat goers ahead of time.When you initially consult with us at Tandava, we make sure that you don't have any conditions that make you predisposed to a negative reaction to 5-MeO-DMT. One thing we make you do is to submit a saliva swab test to us in a prepaid envelope to check that you are not at risk of Serotonin syndrome or other conditions.Moreover, we need to determine whether you take medications that contraindicate with 5-MeO-DMT. We must examine your mental health history to see if there is cause for concern when you work with 5-MeO-DMT. In case 5-MeO-DMT is not the right type of medicine for you, we'll recommend an alternative type of healing.


Aside from the general safety precautions we take, we need to make specific adjustments to fit your persona. We've mentioned previously that your 5-MeO-DMT experience will align closely with your beliefs. Therefore, we need to learn more about your beliefs, so that we can accurately tailor your experience toward them. We call this process "build your container," i.e. we're building the filter through which you perceive your entire experience. You'll be able to understand and apply the lessons from 5-MeO-DMT a lot more quickly by creating this filter.

Arriving At The Centre

The preparation for your retreat will span a few weeks. We expect you will be a little nervous during this time, so we will help ease you into the retreat by building familiarity and trust beforehand.Your first day will not be overwhelming. There won't be any 5-MeO-DMT trip that day either. Instead, we allow you to relax and acclimatize to your surroundings and recover from what might be a long journey to the retreat center.

The 5-MeO-DMT Trip

Then, on the morning of your second day at our private retreat, you will partake in a 5-MeO-DMT ceremony led by two of our retreat facilitators. The experience lasts 10 to 45 minutes in total. However, the length of this period is not particularly reflective of how the ceremony will feel to you. The process of rebirth feels a lot longer than that!During your session with 5-MeO-DMT, you will lie down on a soft pad with two retreat facilitators seated next to you. They may burn incense, utilize gentle drumming or musical instruments, and generally accompany you during your journey. They can play a vital role in assisting you through energy blockages, for instance, and allaying your anxiety while experiencing the effects of the 5-MeO-DMT medicine. You must place your full faith in us for this process.

Other Activities

Our retreats aren't one-dimensional. You can spend your whole time at our centres relaxing and meditating, with yoga sessions interspersed, but there are also plenty of recreational opportunities. We have forests surrounding our facility that are perfect for taking guided hikes. Moreover, we have a pool, hot tub and sauna. The retreat is geared towards leisure and self-reflection.

Post-Retreat Integration

Integration is one of the most critical aspects of 5-MeO-DMT. Some people decide to embark on several psychedelic retreats in the space of a month. This is ill-advised. 5-MeO-DMT is a medicine that requires your full attention. Indeed, we often recommend limiting your consumption of other substances before and afterward, like marijuana and alcohol, to properly absorb the 5-MeO-DMT medicine.Even though 5-MeO-DMT reveals some incredible lessons to you, it's vital for you to act on those lessons after the fact. Otherwise, the trip goes to waste. We offer four integration process calls afterward to ensure that you stay on course. With the help of a guide, you'll be able to see how your 5-MeO-DMT experience relates to common situations in your daily life.

What Makes A Private 5-MeO-DMT Retreat Better Than A Group Retreat

By now, it's likely already clear what kinds of benefits a private retreat provides. For many people, reflection requires solitude. Talk therapy can be nice, but the things 5-MeO-DMT shows you can be highly personal, and you might prefer to discuss them exclusively with a retreat facilitator you trust.

Design Your Own Journey

As we mentioned earlier, much of the value in a retreat comes from the setup work that you engage in before the fact, not after. However, during the planning phase for a group retreat, you might discover that certain requests you have might not be possible to fulfil given the group dynamic that persists.By contrast, a private retreat is fully customizable. You can take just about any approach to the medicine that you want. It's a credit to our diverse cast of facilitators who come from varied backgrounds that we're able to do this.Here are a couple of different approaches that our facilitators can implement:

The Hero's Journey

As we discussed earlier, the hero's journey is a powerful narrative framework that enables us to center you and your belief system in the 5-MeO-DMT journey.The hero's journey is a cross-cultural framework developed by Joseph Campbell. It reflects a narrative common across several cultures and extends to this day in various forms of popular entertainment. Movies such as Star Wars follow this journey faithfully in their narrative structure.The narrative unfolds as follows. First, the protagonist (you) receives a call to adventure. The adventure leads you to face a crisis, which you must use your wits to overcome. Then, you return home as a hero - having transformed yourself in the process. Applying this framework to your journey can be highly rewarding.

The Shamanic Framework

In the not-too-distant past, working with a shaman was the most common way that people engaged with 5-MeO-DMT. Nowadays, things have changed, but the richness of ancient practices has not. Practitioners offer up their decades of experience working with psychedelics, including 5-MeO-DMT, to give you an experience that is more authentic to how 5-MeO-DMT was originally treated by indigenous cultures.

Learn Lessons That Are Entirely Your Own

Groupthink is a real phenomenon and one that's hard to avoid.It happens to everyone. You might see a painting, listen to a piece of music, or watch a play with someone else. During this experience, they might make commentary to you that you agree with, and hence, it distorts your unique perspective on the art. Even if you agree with what the other person is saying, it might limit your ability to think about it independently.Some group retreats come with group integration sessions. Even without the group integration sessions, a comment made in passing over a group meal might have the power to influence your perceptions too.Occasionally, this can even be destructive and lead you to question the legitimacy or value of your 5-MeO-DMT trip. Take this example, one individual at the retreat tells you that he just faced one of the most challenging struggles of their life during their trip. After this, you might be puzzled since 5-MeO-DMT appeared to induce the most beautiful and enlightening experience of your life.Everyone's experience is their own, but in order to make it your own, you probably need time to process the experience independently. Once you have some solid ideas formed, then you can begin to share your thoughts and feelings with others.

Go With Your Own Flow

Group retreats imply you must adhere to a group schedule. If the schedule is significantly different from the one you follow in your normal life, then this can disrupt your entire growth process.During a group retreat, there is a tight schedule that everyone follows so that you can get along. Even if the retreat center chooses to split up the 5-MeO-DMT sessions, it will be difficult for them to accommodate yours later in the day should you have a bad night of sleep the night beforehand.Moreover, group meditation and yoga sessions aren't necessarily everyone's style. You might not be as experienced with yoga as your retreat counterparts and feel out of place during your yoga sessions as a result. Moreover, you might prefer to devote more time to meditation yet feel pressured by the others around you who have decided to hang out in the pool. The group dynamic might lead you to feel like you need to participate in everything if you aren't strong-willed.

One-on-one Attention

Throughout the experience, you will share a lot of time and information with your guides. It's just part of the process.However, being placed in a group leads you to the realization that the facilitator is juggling the emotional labor of working with all the other retreat participants that accompany you.Private retreats are just a lot more intimate. You can begin to form a bond with your facilitator that is unlike the one you form in a group. This allows for a rather unique type of energy release.This also allows you to feel safe, as though you are being your true self, 24/7 while you're at the retreat centre. This makes self-reflection a lot easier, you'll be a lot more amenable to the new perspectives resulting from your trip.


Everybody knows that there are some things you wouldn't share even with your closest friends and family. It's even less likely that you would want to share them with a group of strangers. Case in point: overcoming childhood trauma or obsessive-compulsive disorder is usually a matter you want to keep private. The integration process is usually one that you want to embark on alone.

Ask Us Anything

One of the first things that might detract you from going on a private 5-MeO-DMT retreat might be the price. It's only natural to think this way.As a result, you want to make sure that you derive the most value possible from the private retreat. That requires a level of trust.So, if you have a question about private 5-MeO-DMT retreats, or the medicine itself, our door is always open. We want to help you acquaint yourself with 5-MeO-DMT and with us before you begin your journey. Fill out the form below to pose your questions.