The Toad

5-MeO-DMT Deep-Dive Sessions

for Individuals and Couples

We offer individual and couples ceremonies by appointment in our city space in Vancouver, B.C. Our offering consists of four sessions, including an initial consultation to discuss fit and suitability of the medicine; an in-person preparation session, where we dive deep into exploring intention and give you tools that can help you navigate the medicine space; the journey day, during which offer a series of increasing doses building up to the full-release dose with preparation and integration in between doses; and an integration session in the week following your journey. In addition to the four sessions, we also offer at-home exercises and resources to assist with your preparation and integration, and referrals to complementary practitioners to assist the integration of your experience when appropriate.

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Consultation (1 hour)

Our process starts with a free one-hour consultation, either in-person in our space or on Zoom, as suits your needs. This is an opportunity for you to meet us and ask us any questions you have about our work. [read more +]

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Preparation Session (3 hours)

Prior to your journey day, we will have a preparation session in our journey space to help you prepare for your journey and for us to learn more about how we can best support you. [read more +]

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Journey Day (~6 hours)

When you arrive on your journey day, we will transition into ceremony space with mindfulness, movement, pulling an oracle card, and sharing of intentions for your journey. [read more +]

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Integration Session (1 hour)

Approximately one week after your journey day, we will have a one-hour integration session, either in-person or online. [read more +]

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Integration Circles (optional)

We also offer a monthly integration circle open to our past journeyers, friends, and community members to share and seek support for their ongoing work integrating the learnings of their psychedelic experiences into their lives. [read more +]

Financial exchange We ask for $2,000 USD per journeyer for the full package, including consultation, preparation session, journey day, integration session and additional support as needed between sessions. We ask for a $300 non-refundable deposit to book your session dates, with the remainder due on the preparation day.

For those in financial need, we have a limited number of sliding scale spaces available upon request. All of our prices are subject to an additional 5% Canadian GST.

Our Ceremony Space

Our Chinatown, Vancouver space

We offer individual facilitation in our space in Chinatown in the heart of Vancouver, which offers convenience and the comfort of being close to home (or a short Uber to the airport). Our space is adorned with our musical intruments, ceremonial tools, and beautiful items curated with love from our travels.

Considering working with us?

We would love to meet you, hear your story, answer your questions, and see whether we and our work might be a good fit for you. Send us an email and we'll send you our booking link and intake questionnare for you to get started on. We look forward to connecting.

Our Approach

We provide a grounding and loving presence to hold space for your inward exploration. We work with you to provide a supportive, safe, and comfortable space, so that you can sink in deeper and explore further into the inner tender realms of your heart. We strive to be sensitive to and attuned to your needs throughout your journey. We use a variety of tools to enhance and flow the experience, including but not limited to sound (recorded music, singing bowls, drumming, singing), affirmations, breathing, therapeutic touch, grounding exercises, movement, poetry, and homemade herbal tea. We draw from person-centred and Internal Family Systems approaches to psychotherapy in some of our preparation and integration.

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."

The short duration of the 5-MeO-DMT experience, lasting under 30 minutes, allows us space for multiple doses (typcially 3-5) within one session. We start with a very light dose, known as the handshake, to allow a gentle introduction to the medicine space. For most people, this dose is mainly experienced in the body and is non-psychoactive, but plays an important role in building trust and comfort with the medicine. If you are comfortable with the experience and wish to proceed, we then offer several increasing dosages, each of which have a characteristic quality and the potential to open up new areas of emotional processing and self-discovery. This multiple dosing approach allows you to develop comfort with the medicine and gradually deepen the experience within the session. We also see the multiple dosing approach as a method to maintain active informed consent, since at any point if you feel that you do not wish to proceed or your experience is complete, we can close the session.

Testimonials

“Journeying with Sagan and Helena was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It was profoundly life-changing to a degree that language fails to describe. I feel alive. My soul has bloomed inside my body. This awakened me to level of existence I previously thought impossible, and I felt welcomed into that life by these two loving humans. I would happily place my heart in their hands again when the journey calls me back.”

“The most profound experience of my life. It has released a deeply rooted inner conflict that I have struggled with since my childhood and has begun to relieve me from a deep 5 year depression and has completely resolved my lifelong struggle with severe anxiety. I could not have asked for a more caring and supportive couple who looked after me so carefully which allowed me to fully relax and dive into my experience. My journey has changed me so profoundly and I am so eternally grateful I found Sagan and Helena. I would highly recommend … absolutely profound.”

“It was my first time doing any medecine and I am glad I did it with Helena and Sagan. They are caring, knowledgeable, patiente, and available. Their support before, during, and after the journey was priceless. Their space in Gastown is lovely. The ceremony room was perfect, it felt like a safe healing cocoon. I came with a specific goal and I ended up transforming more than I ever expected. I will be forever grateful for that amazing, deep and transformative experience. ”

“I found it a genuinely enlightening experience. It was eye-opening. It was one of the best journeys of self-discovery that I have ever had, capping off more than two decades of meditation and conversation. Helena & Sagan were incredibly helpful, kind, supportive and knowledgeable and the whole process was so much better as a result. I cannot wait for my next retreat with them. :)”

“When I was at a major crossroad in life, I researched healing retreats like it was for a PhD thesis and struck gold when I found Earthlings Self Contact. I can't imagine I will ever forget Sagan and Helena for their professionalism, care, wisdom and preparation for this life-changing event. It's been almost 2 weeks and I've finally been able to commit to making the changes I needed to live Life 2.0 as I've been calling it. I truly love you guys- I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you so much!”

“Helena and Sagan are wonderful guides. They were accepting, supportive, curious and reflective before, during and after my experience. I very much appreciate their focus and time on explorations prior to the experience since it helped me expand my understanding of my goals. I highly recommend their services! The experience was a very powerful deep dive into my consciousness and understanding of who I truly am. It was one of the most memorable experiences in my life. ”

“Life changing, re-birth, everything applies here. The facilitators Helena, Sagan, and may I add Kafka (The cat), were incredibly compassionate, understanding and open. From the beginning, the knowing was there. The body / mind was exactly where it was suppose to be, and that was in their presence. From the beginning to the end, it was super comforting, safe, and one of the most life changing things ever experienced. If you are being called to this then congratulations. You will have two incredible beings, plus Kafka helping you out.”

“As an experienced guide myself, my bar is high for facilitated experiences. Helena and Sagan surpassed my expectations, holding space in a smooth, loving, and knowledgeable way.”

“Working with Sagan and Helena helped me to let go of some deeply unhealthy narratives and self-limiting beliefs. The medicine surfaced profound insights that have given me a different way to see my relationships, career and outlook. Each day, new positive behaviors emerge and I attribute them to my journey and integration work. An unexpected, and welcomed benefit of the medicine was that it opened up my body to release a lot of deeply stored pain. I feel wonderful. Thank you both for facilitating this transformation.”

“Sagan and Helena are skilled therapists, even without the 5-MEO. They are always learning and improving their process. I was really happy how they helped me prepare for the session and guide me through it. Their gentle, supportive natures helped me relax, surrender and share my most personal feelings. There were some challenging parts of my experience and their support and experience helped get me through. I released some bad feelings that I didn't know I was holding inside and I had quite a positive change in my life. This experience changed how I view the world and life and is the most powerful therapy I know of. The experience was too big to fit in my human brain but bits and pieces of it stick with me. I will go to Helena and Sagan without hesitation when I'm ready for another guided journey.”

“Absolutely incredible, I could not have asked for a more supportive couple who held loving space and looked after me so attentively which allowed me to sink soul deep into the experience. The most profound experience of my life, it has changed me in ways I could never imagine and after a deep 20 year struggle with depression, anxiety and addiction I finally feel like I am a FREE man who is on his divine mission. I am so incredibly grateful I found Sagan and Helena. My highest recommendation.”

"Sagan & Helena are the most gentle human beings I have come across on my journey. The way they both hold space was so comforting, there was not a time that I felt judged, I always felt seen and heard, I felt free to be me. Everything that is done is done with such care and love. Helena & Sagan are both so welcoming, along with their cat. Their home is very comforting as well. The way they work with the medicine is really refreshing and beautiful, I would love to journey with both Helena & Sagan again. Their passion for this work shines through. I was able to work through a lot of what was holding me back in life, before ceremony, during ceremony and after. On first meeting Helena & Sagan is when I feel everything in my life began to shift. Thank you Helena & Sagan for the love, support and unforgetable healing.”

“Helena and Sagan are two beautiful souls, I'm so grateful to had the chance to meet them and have them facilitate my 5-MeO-DMT experience. They've been extremely knowledgeable, open and welcoming during all phases and the whole process felt so smooth and natural. I feel they greatly enhanced my journey and significantly helped with grounding and integration, forever thankful.”

“It too was my first experience with the medicine and it was so profoundly transformative that language does fail to describe this life altering experience. What is so extraordinary about Sagan & Helena is that they create a space that feels like you are in the arms of the divine. Safe, Trusting, Supportive & Caring. It allowed me to fall deeply & divinely into a place in my heart that fully awakened an unconditional love I had not experienced before. I am truly grateful for their guidance, patience, understanding & knowledge of the human heart. The Universe guided me to this exceptional couple. I feel so blessed to have found them. I highly recommend them heart & soul.”

“Helena and Sagan are empathetic, kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable. They are non-judgemental listeners, and held a free flowing space with peace and love. I was supported and safe during all aspects of the journey and would highly recommend a ceremony with them.”

“I had an amazing journey with Helena and Sagan. They made me feel absolutely comfortable during the session and prepared my mind for the breathtaking journey. The feedback and counselling they also provided were top-notch and greatly helped my integration.”

“I feel really honoured to have been able to journey with you both! You are both such lovely open people and that really helped make the experience just what I needed. I didn't feel rushed or anything which really helped give me space to process, the meal at the end was so nice and I felt that everything was really planned out in a thoughtful way. Also the option of 'going back' to one of the doses was helpful to know so the journey really felt complete.”

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