A 5-MeO-DMT group dive into the self
Now Registering: Friday to Sunday, March 22nd to 24th, 2024
On an idyllic island near Vancouver, BC, Canada
We create a temporary weekend temple and community–founded on love, care, honesty, respect, and growth–with learning and transformations that can last a lifetime. Our team shares intentional and thoughtful programming involving the God Molecule, 5-MeO-DMT, an earth medicine sacrament that has helped us connect to ourselves, humanity, and nature.
5-MeO-DMT brings us powerfully into contact with our core self, allowing us to be with ourselves, our emotions, and our spirit in a way that feels courageous yet familiar and deeply held. In traveling to this innermost, intimate core of our being, we have the opportunity to release what no longer serves us and transmute our pain into our power.
We share 5-MeO-DMT two ways: smoked and snuffed through snuffers handcrafted from arbutus, a tree that bends for the sun in striking beauty. The smoked form of the medicine is fast and deep, bringing us from baseline consciousness into the core of ourselves in just 10 seconds, and back again soon after. The snuffed form is a slower, gentler, and longer experience, inviting us to take more agency in being with and exploring ourselves. Used together, these two ways of taking the medicine give us complementary lenses into ourselves.
We choose to share the vegan form of 5-MeO-DMT for conservation and safety reasons. Milking the Incilius (formerly Bufo) alverius toad, whose venom contains 5-MeO-DMT, leaves them defenseless to predators. The human ingenuity to synthesize 5-MeO-DMT inspired by the toad allows us to avoid the toxicity of the venom and save the toad.
We share cacao–a raw, less processed hot cocoa as a warming and heart-opening drink–in our intention sharing circle. Cacao includes the active ingredient theobromine, a stimulant gentler than caffeine that doesn’t give us nerves or jitters. We source our organic, vegan cacao from Ruk’u’x’Ulew [Roo-Koosh-Ouh-Leh-Ou], a Mayan-owned collective of indigenous women who prepare cacao for their families and communities and work with these beans with their own hands.
We, Sagan and Helena, enjoy building deep, intimate relationships with individual participants and weaving together the group with care, tact, and inspiration. We curate a highly competent and skilled team of assistant facilitators, chef, musician, and massage therapist to support you in your process: preparation, transformation, and integration.
Sagan Bolliger and Helena Zhu
Sagan and Helena are passionate about creating loving, safe, and effective containers for fellow human beings to take their journeys back to their hearts. We believe creating such a container is the best foundation for the natural unfolding of our inner healing intelligence.
We facilitate transformative 5-MeO-DMT individual, couple, and weekend group retreat experiences, a work we approach from a place of presence, compassion, acceptance, and love. We also host integration circles, facilitator circles, and community sound baths, and are developing a vision for a village that is global in scope and indigenous to our land, heart, being, and shared humanity.
We received training from Toad School for 5-MeO-DMT facilitation, Phoenix Academy Psychedelic Therapy training, and Vancouver Crisis Centre for crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Sagan is a Community Leader within The Flying Sage psychedelic community.
Helena graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations and her Master of Arts in Economics. She was nominated as a UBC President’s Student Leader and recognized by Order of Omega leadership honour society. She has worked in community building, journalism in New York City, policy with the Canadian federal government, and international development with North Korea.
Since Sagan’s early teens, he has been drawn to existential questions of life and death and to the path of introspection. Sagan completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Philosophy with high distinction and Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Toronto. After studying the mind objectively for a number of years, he felt called to return his focus to the inner realm of being wherein rests the soul.
We are partners in life and have created a life full of love, freedom, family, community, adventures, and meaning and purpose through our work, both inner and outer.
We are honoured to have Ping join us as an assistant facilitator for the retreat. Ping (@ping.presence) is a psychedelic integration guide, yoga/meditation teacher, and digital designer. Since at a young age, she has been in contact with the realms of deaths and dreams beyond the physical world. Her traumatic past has led her to discover the connection between body-mind-soul as she navigated through healing chronic illnesses in her body. After a decades-long journey; psychedelics, yoga, and inner work have completely transformed her life. Now she has found her purpose of guiding others to find their own inner light.
Her approach is to weave the energetic release of somatic techniques with psychotherapy modalities such as Internal Family Systems and inner child work. In her free time, she loves giving people shoulder massages and kneading soft pillows pretending she's a cat. Ping values emotional safety and harmonious authenticity above all.
We feel blessed to have Andrew (@heras.feast), a foodie turned personal chef, nourish us at our retreat. Raised in a multicultural home by loving parents of Chinese and German ancestry, he grew up eating a medley of Asian and European home cooking, and from an early age, developed an insatiable curiosity for food. Andrew’s food is inspired by the art and culture surrounding his home in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown, home to several Michelin Guide restaurants. His culinary creations aim to excite the senses while comforting the soul.
Andrew is able to accomodate a wide range of dietary restrictions and preferences and will be creating meals that are both delicious and healthy, adapted to your body's unique needs.
Andrew is a pianist and percussionist who incorporates his classical and jazz training to create mesmerizing soundscapes and improvisations. He has a collection of drums and hand percussion instruments that he incorporates into ceremony.
We are grateful to have Beata Konieczka (Registered Massage Therapist, Therapeutic Counsellor, 500-hour certified breathwork teacher, certified yoga teacher) join us on the Sunday afternoon to offer on-site integration bodywork. Beata (@foundationsmassage) has been practicing these modalities for 15 years and is fascinated with human resilience and our healing abilities. Her favourite massage to practice is Hawaiian Lomi Lomi temple bodywork, which helps the body let go of old patterns and behaviours that can get stuck in the tissues. She also weaves in some reflexology, craniosacral, breathwork, Swedish, and deep tissue into her massages.
With 5-MeO-DMT being a medicine that works through the body, we and our journeyers have found benefit in receiving integration bodywork. We have personally experienced Beata’s bodywork and have much appreciation for her presence, care, and professionalism.
Set and Setting
We chose the name Earthlings in our resonance with all beings on Earth. We have so much love for all earthlings and Earth, our mother. The Pacific Northwest has a special place in our hearts: We drive along Howe Sound before dawn to float on fresh powder in majestic bowls on the snow mountains. We jam our bodies in cracks on the granite cliff of Stawamus Chief–a mountain of spiritual significance to the Squamish people–to experience our fears, resilience, and courage. We paddleboard on the waters hugging the island of Nex̱wlélex̱wm [Nuh-Hoo-LUH-Le-Hwum] to survey the islands and spot the seals.
We host our retreat in a cedar house between the ocean and the forest on an island close to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We steam our body in our cedar barrel sauna, challenge our mind in our cold dip in the ocean, and nourish our spirit in our hot tub in the presence of cedar trees. We create space for you to arrive in the early afternoon on Friday to settle into the land with options to walk, sauna, or hot tub. We leave our space open on Sunday afternoon with the same options plus massage add-on.
Our chef Andrew takes care of us and shares his love through his culinary creations. Working with the specific dietary restrictions and preferences of each cohort, Andrew creates a unique menu that delights our senses and nourishes our soul in shared dining experiences. We will share two dinners, one brunch, and a light meal on Saturday morning before the medicine. We have coffee, tea, and sparkling water on site.
Within our medicine ceremonies, we share ourselves with you–our presence, energy, love and care, and physical support and touch based on consent. We share curated and thoughtfully ordered recorded music and live sounds that our team of five create together from our personal instruments, many of which carry stories of our own journeys and relations: handpan, crystal harp, didgeridoo, a bear drum that we made under the guidance of Cowichan elder Hwiemtun, two elk drums made and painted by Haida artist Josh Davidson, a Tibetan singing bowl our friend gifted us when we started Earthlings, heart chakra quartz singing bowl, rainstick, thunder tube, wind chimes, a wooden toad, and percussion. We share natural scents that can be evocative or soothing: rose water, white sage, sweetgrass, cedar leaves, palo santo, mugwort, and aromatic resins from the copal tree.
- 1-4 p.m. Arrival (options to walk, sauna, and hot tub)
- 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
- 9:45-10 a.m. Loving kindness meditation with Mark
- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. First medicine circle
- 2-6:30* p.m. Second medicine circle
- 7:30* p.m. Celebratory dinner
- 7:30-8:45 a.m. Coffee and tea
- 8:45-9:45 a.m. Yoga with Ping
- 10-11:15 a.m. Brunch
- 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Integration and closing circle
- 1:45 - 6 p.m. Optional massage add-on; options to walk, sauna, and hot tub
- By 6:30 p.m. Departure
Dates & Financial Exchange
We welcome those who are already connected in life to come together. We have rooms with one king-size bed to share or rooms with two separate beds.
You can also join the retreat as an individual and we will arrange a shared room for you in consultation with you.
Prices are per person.
You are in your own space in your own room. You can retreat to your private, individual room whenever you would like that solitude. We also have many spots around our land where you can find your own space in and with nature.
March 22nd to 24th, 2024 (Friday to Sunday)4 spaces leftEarly-early bird until Jan 31stEarly bird until Feb 17thRegular
Two-Person RoomsEarly-early bird until Jan 31st CAD $1800 + 5% GSTEarly bird until Feb 17th CAD $1900 + 5% GSTRegular CAD $2000 + 5% GST
Individual RoomsEarly-early bird until Jan 31st CAD $2200 + 5% GSTEarly bird until Feb 17th CAD $2300 + 5% GSTRegular CAD $2400 + 5% GST
We ask for a non-refundable deposit of CAD $500 per person to hold your spot(s).
We appreciate meeting you in a one-hour free consultation in-person in our Vancouver space or over Zoom to learn from you where you are at and what you are looking for and for us to share with you what we do and what we offer. We welcome you to ask any questions and address any concerns. We can also share with you our thoughts on whether Self Contact Retreat might be a good fit for you and if appropriate, make recommendations for other offerings, ours or otherwise.
Email us at [email protected] to arrange a consultation.
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Private Self Contact Retreat
We have found that for some folks, a private Self Contact Retreat experience with those whom you are already connected to and with in life is the most conducive, nurturing, and rewarding arrangement. We welcome you to email us at [email protected] to start that conversation.
We respect your privacy and hold the names or identifying information of our clients or potential clients as confidential information that we do not share with others without your explicit permission. If we choose to progress with the private Self Contact Retreat, we would share what is needed and helpful with our team and your fellow participants, unless we have additional agreements with you to not share certain information.
We recommend a group of four to six participants for the Self Contact Retreat experience. If you have other group sizes in mind, we can discuss if we can accommodate or if appropriate, make recommendations for other offerings, ours or otherwise.
Early early bird (180 days prior to desired dates)Early bird (90 days prior)Regular (45 days prior)
Prices are per person.Early early bird (180 days prior to desired dates) CAD $2200 + 5% GSTEarly bird (90 days prior) CAD $2300 + 5% GSTRegular (45 days prior) CAD $2400 + 5% GST
Five or six participantsEarly early bird (180 days prior to desired dates) Follow early-early bird pricing for public retreat.Early bird (90 days prior) Follow early bird pricing for public retreat.Regular (45 days prior) Follow regular pricing for public retreat.