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5-MeO-DMT: Science, Samadhi and the Sonoran Desert Toad

  • EVO Health and Wellness 340 Sunset Court Venice, CA, 90291 United States (map)

PsychedeLiA’s Shamanic Practices workshop series hosts medicine people who share about the historical background, contemporary practices and integration of natural, indigenous psychedelics. The workshop is presented in an informative, interactive and intimate salon-style evening.The event is open to all who are interested in furthering their education on the safe uses of entheogens.

5-MeO-DMT: Science, Samadhi and the Sonoran Desert Toad: A workshop by Sel Sarkin and Joël Brierre

Whether you call it Bufo, toad, the God molecule, or just “five”, this powerful entheogen has caused quite a stir in the psychedelic community. With no known historical indigenous use, the venom of the Sonoran Desert toad and it’s synthetic counterpart or active alkaloid 5-MeO-DMT are said to produce the most profound experience known to man. DMT, or Dimethyltryptamine, is a naturally occurring chemical found in plants, animals and humans. Some use it for its therapeutic properties and deep healing, some for its ability to allow the user to experience a non-dual state. This non-dual state of limitless awareness is said to be congruent with the state of Samadhi in the yogic tradition, the Beatific Vision of Christian theology, Nirvana to the Buddhists, or Fitrah to the Sufi. Yet a substance so strong does not come without its own dangers, from medical contraindications, to bodily injury, and even psychological damage; 5-MeO-DMT is not to be taken lightly.

PsychedeLiA is proud to host Sel Sarkin and Joël Brierre for a discussion on the science and spirituality behind the powerful 5-MeO-DMT medicine. Sel will discuss the history & pharmacology of the medicine, its effects on the brain, set and setting, and what to look for in a facilitator. Joël will speak on the non-dual experience and how it can be integrated into your daily life, as well as preparation and helpful safety tools.

Note: this workshop is for educational purposes only and does not include administration of 5-MeO-DMT.


About Sel Sarkin:

As an Electrical Engineer, Sel became interested in the use of frequency propagation as a healing method for various ailments. He designed and built several variations of the EMEM or Rife machine and researched its effect on the blood. Over the years he travelled extensively, living in different countries, teaching meditation, dance therapy and breath work.

As part of his travels he worked with Shamans using San Pedro, Ayahuasca, psilocybin and 5-Meo-DMT. Sel leads retreats to Mexico, where the toad medicine is legal.

10 years ago he was asked to make extracts of cannabis oil for people who had cancer and found that this medicine is a humane and effective way to treat cancer along with other supportive therapies. Because cannabis is considered to be part of the entheogen families, Sel found that journeying in the spirit world is a vital part in a person's healing process. He believes that equal attention must be given to the spirit realm as well as the physical body.

About Joël Karamdeep Singh Brierre:

Like many of us, Joël began his relationship with psychedelics as a teenager in an exploratory manner. Reading every book he could get his hands on from Carlos Castaneda, to Leary, and Albert Huxley, he marveled at the chance to explore the unexplored. Joël began training with Curanderos in Peru in 2001 where he started to understand these states of consciousness. Eventually shifting his focus into a deep and devoted yoga practice, he began teaching yoga and meditation, fine tuning his being. He was reintroduced to plant medicine in 2009 and began to incorporate it into his yoga practice and soon into Yoga events and retreats.

Joël mainly works with the Toad medicine (5-MeO-DMT), as it’s effect of a non-dual experience is congruent with the Samadhi states that can be attained through Yoga. Joël has lived and studied all around the world from India, Peru, Bali,and Australia to all over the Caribbean. He works with integration coaching using a program he has derived from the Yoga Sutras as well as teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga, and Vedantic philosophy.


Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 7-9 pm


EVO Health and Wellness

340 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291

(Building with ladybugs)


$15-25 sliding scale pre-purchased through Eventbrite, please pay what you can afford; $27 at door.


Notice: this presentation will be filmed; by purchasing a ticket you are agreeing to have your image/voice recorded and potentially posted on social media.

In Light!

PsychedeLiA: Psychedelic Experience Integration, Los Angeles is a collective of professionals and peers interested in the potential psychological and spiritual healing properties of psychedelics. PsychedeLiA events are intended for the purpose of educating about mindful & safe integration of entheogenic experiences, offering emotional support, and creating meaningful connections between community members.

PsychedeLiA's Mission Purpose: to help bridge the gap between the psychedelic realm and default life so that our integration on all levels is smooth and intentional, to ultimately keep us SAFE, SANE, STELLAR. We share integration tips, tools and strategies that can help you navigate your journey and translate your entheogenic experience into daily action steps that will inspire you... To step into your highest Self, embody the truth that resides within you and live the life you are meant to live.

Very Important Disclaimer: We do not encourage or condone any illegal activities, the purchase, sale, transfer, or use of any illegal substances, or partaking in any unlawful activities related to illegal substances. Please do not bring, buy, sell, transfer, or arrive on any illegal substances, or swap information on how to acquire them. Thank you for respecting our safe community space.