Navigating 5-MeO-DMT: The Power and The Shadow of “The God Molecule” with Dr Chris Timmermann, Chad Charles & Anya Oleksiuk

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5-MeO-DMT - Navigating the therapeutic, cultural and evolutionary use of “The God Molecule”

Often referred to as The God Molecule or “The Most Powerful Psychedelic in the world". The recent boom in 5-MeO-DMT research has led this potent psychedelic to be considered a more effective or viable treatment for depression than psilocybin.

Capable of inducing ego-dissolution and near-death experiences (NDE) states in mere minutes, 5-MeO-DMT has the power to open doors to profound spiritual experiences and personal growth. But with great power comes great responsibility, and the rise of faux-shamans and untrained facilitators has led to many users reporting traumatic experiences.

So, what exactly is 5-MeO-DMT? What effects can you expect it to have on your psyche? And how can you safely navigate the various types of practitioners and facilitators to ensure a positive and transformative experience?

Join us in London, or online via LIVESTREAM, on Wednesday 5th April at 7PM UK as we welcome Chad Charles, 5-MeO-DMT practitioner and creator of the Breath of Five method, and Chris Timmerman, Head of DMT Research at Imperial College, for a deep dive into the mysterious and often confusing landscape of 5-MeO-DMT.

Chad and Dr Chris Timmermann will share their wealth of knowledge and experience working with this powerful psychedelic in a therapeutic context, offering insights into its potential benefits and risks, and will venture further into the role of 5-MeO-DMT in the wider psychedelic landscape and our human evolution.


We'll be gathering at our favourite London hangout, LoveShack. A cool, cosy, candlelit patch of vegan paradise tucked under the railway arches of Cambridge Heath Station. They have an enticing new menu for 2023 (Shroom steaks and lion's mane cacao!) so you may want to arrive hungry. We just ask that you order and eat before we kick off at 19:00, or after the speaker has finished.

Address: Arch 298-299 Cambridge Heath Road, London - E2 9HA

If you can't join in-person, you can join our livestream!

This event will be recorded and the video will be sent to everyone who registers.


Dr Christopher Timmermann 

Christopher Timmermann (PhD) obtained a BSc in Psychology in Santiago, Chile and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Bologna in Italy. He is currently a post-doc at Imperial College London at the Centre for Psychedelic Research, where he leads the DMT Research Group, specialized in the potent psychedelics N,N-DMT and 5-MeO-DMT and their effects in the human brain and consciousness. 

His empirical and theoretical work focuses on the neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, pharmacology, beliefs and ethics of psychedelics, their relationship to consciousness and applications in mental health. His work has been covered in BBC, CBC, Wired, The Times, New Scientist, and is a columnist for Psychology Today. He is also the director for the Foundation for the Study of Human Consciousness (EcoH) in Chile

Chad Charles

Since 2016 Chad has been intensively immersed  in the world of therapy (psychedelic, somatic), neo-shamanism, psychonautism, naturalistic studies, conferences, congresses, trainings and retreats all related to bufo alvarius and/or 5-MeO-DMT. He has guided over 700 people on journeys with 5-MeO-DMT, and continues to do so.

Chad has a background in breath, primarily Conscious connected Breathwork and follows and practices non-dual teachings including transpersonal psychology, trauma release mechanisms, and mindfulness to bring about a holistic approach to the body, mind, and energy.

He has spoken at the World Bufo Alvarius Congress, participates in the Psychedelic Societies of Ottawa, Vancouver, and Toronto, as well as the Psychedelic Leadership Summit. He has also been featured on the Entheogenic Evolution and Adventures Through the Mind podcasts.

Chad has a private practice in Montreal where he guides participants in one-on-one sessions. He also travels to different areas of Canada to be with participants who wish to practice surrender with 5-MeO-DMT, what he calls the Breath of Five.



Anya is a documentary filmmaker, host, and educator. She is a Co-Director of the Psychedelic Society UK, leading on video production, harm reduction, and education about psychedelics. She is also associated with the Psychedelic Society of the Netherlands and is a consultant for the Polish Psychedelic Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Psychodeliczne).

Anya is a founder and director of Triptika Studios, which is a collective of independent filmmakers with interests in health, science, innovative solutions, mental health, drug advocacy, social and racial justice, and environment-friendly lifestyles. She is also the creator, director, and producer of The Psychedelic Renaissance - a not-for-profit documentary film about the worldwide re-emergence of the psychedelic movement and the crucial role of psychedelic substances, plants, and mushrooms in human culture.





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