Now Registering: Friday to Sunday,March 22nd to 24th, 2024
On an idyllic island near Vancouver, BC, Canada
Experience three days and two nights of diving into and contacting the self on a quaint island close to Vancouver, BC. In a cedar house nestled between the ocean and the forest, we will host three small group earth medicine ceremonies: a sharing of heartwarming cacao, a light smoked 5-MeO-DMT experience, and an insufflated (intranasal) and deep smoked 5-MeO-DMT experience. You will be supported by us, our helpers, and our cook, who will prepare nourishing homemade meals. We will share circles for preparation and integration and rejuvenate our bodies and spirit through our cedar barrel sauna and hot tub under the cedar trees.
About the experience
The medicine, 5-MeO-DMT, is a powerful legal psychedelic that brings us into contact with our core essential self. In the journey to ourselves, we are invited to be with all the parts of ourselves that we have exiled, feeling the emotions that we have not given ourselves permission to feel. Joy, fear, ecstasy, heartache, anger–all emotions are welcome, often passing as quickly as they arise as the medicine moves through us. We encounter ourselves in a space beyond our stories and identities and tap into the deep well of who we already are. In doing so we answer the question, who am I? Not as a concept, but as a deep knowing. We come back as a more integrated person with the courage to be ourselves with an open heart.
The two-night retreat brings together fellow journeyers and seekers on the path to themselves. We will have sharing circles, guided meditation and breath, and share several doses of the medicine in both its smoked and insufflated (intranasal) form. The smoked form gives a short but deep dive, bringing you deep and back within half an hour, whereas the insufflated form is a slower, longer form of the medicine that gives us more time for the inner work. Helena and Sagan and their helpers create a loving, non-judgmental, and supportive container for whatever needs to arise and be processed in your journey. We will be held in a beautiful setting in nature by the water, with a cedar sauna and the option for cold plunges to reconnect with our bodies.
Sagan Bolliger and Helena Zhu are two heart-centred and grounded earthlings who are passionate about being of service in helping fellow human beings as they take the journey back to their hearts. We have devoted our lives to facilitating private 5-MeO-DMT journeys full-time over the past two years, a work we approach from a place of presence, compassion, acceptance, and love. We believe that creating a safe and loving container is the best foundation for the natural unfolding of our inner healing intelligence. We use therapeutic physical touch, sound, scents, and physical care to support our journeyers in the medicine and talk therapy and physical nourishments in preparation and integration. We appreciate our earth medicine for its ability to dive straight to the heart and into the body and honour the vulnerability and the power of working with this medicine in a community context.
We live between Vancouver and Bowen Island, BC and run two monthly community circles, one for journeyers and one for facilitators.
5-6 p.m. Welcome and introductions
6-7:15 p.m. Dinner
7:30-7:45 p.m. Group agreements
7:45-8:15 p.m. About the medicine
8:30-9:30 p.m. Intention sharing with cacao
9:45-10 p.m. Logistics and Q&A
7:30-9:45 a.m. Coffee, tea, and fruits
8-9 a.m. Sauna and ocean dips
10 a.m.-1 p.m. First medicine circle (including a silent break and sharing circle)
2-6 p.m. Second medicine circle (including a silent break and sharing circle)
7 p.m. Celebratory dinner
8:30 p.m. Hot tub opens
8-9 a.m. Sauna and ocean dips
10-11:15 a.m. Brunch
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Integration and closing circle
12:30-6 p.m.Optional massage add-on, hot tub opens
By 6:30 p.m.Departure
We have found that being held and in connection with the natural world is its own medicine. We are happy to be able to offer this retreat in a beautiful island space in nature nestled between the ocean and the forest. Through providing healthy, homemade meals, the option to start each day with a cedar sauna and cold plunge into the ocean, and a wood fireplace to cozy up in the evenings, we trust that the physical space will deeply nourish and hold you.
We would love to meet you for a free one-hour consultation to discuss your goals and the suitability of this medicine and container. For some clients we may recommend private facilitation, a different medicine, or other modalities. Email us at [email protected] to book a consultation.