How to prepare for the Bufo Alvarius experience

In this video in English, you will find tips & suggestions from me, an experienced facilitator, on how to prepare for your Bufo Alvarius experience. How to prepare, practically, but also how to approach it from mindful perspective.

If you have any questions, please feel free to either post them below in the comments, here on this blog, or on the video page, or by emailing me through the Contact page on this blog.

I try to answer all questions, but please bear with me as i am not always able to do so immediately. Thanks for your patience. 😉

All the best,



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Molly Ronco
    Sep 02, 2021 @ 21:53:36

    Thank you so much for this video, it really helps me. I am trying Bufu for the first time and attending my first ceremony in a few days and I appreciate the information.


  2. Tyler Friesen
    May 11, 2022 @ 23:48:08

    Hey there, I came across your video on YouTube. I’m participating in a bufo alvarius ceremony this Sunday. I’m incredibly nervous. I have a good guide and I’m not concerned about my physical safety at all. I’m more concerned with the experience. Should I be nervous? Is there anything I can do about my nerves?


    • yannwithayahuasca
      May 12, 2022 @ 08:59:03

      Hello Tyler, thanks for reaching out. You are not the only one! And there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, i tell my clients that it is a good thing. Because we take it seriously, and we do it ceremoniously, in a proper, respectful setting, and not hedonistically or for entertainment in some bar after a few beers. Were people not taking it seriously, the medecine would get abused, and these people would be abusing themselves in the process.
      And let me tell you, almost everyone i have ever met is nervous before doing this, my assistants & myself included. It’s a good thing, and it’s perfectly normal.
      What i do for clients who are particularly nervous, is i offer them a smaller “handshake” dose. They get to feel the medecine, without getting a full-on experience, and when it starts to fade away, they feel much more trusting towards the medecine and more relaxed, more calm. Then they are always open to trying a bit more. And we do this maybe 3 times, sometimes more when necessary. It takes longer, but that’s what you get when your facilitator gives your experience all the time it requires. Patience & understanding.
      Be sure that after your experience you shall almost certainly immediately feel more calm & more peaceful, no matter what happens in your experience. If you don’t feel good despite the medecine, then you may simply need to sit with the feelings & not run from them, this is what integration is : not rejecting any part of you, but rather feel it, accept it, and you’ll feel it getting softer. Your facilitator should be able to help you with this, IMO. I’m not a specialist at this, i know i will improve still, but using the Tibetan singing bowls and the bodywork that i do usually really really helps. Sometimes talking & relaxing is all that is needed.

      Bottom line? Trust the medecine, and trust yourself. As a facilitator, i think that helping you achieve that by trusting me is a big part of my job.

      Finally, please be sure to respect all contra-indications : NEVER EVER take Bufo Alvarius or 5-Meo-DMT with SSRI’s or Benzodiazepine or other pills of that nature. Do NOT mix with serotonin boosters such as 5HTP. Always do your own research, and inform your facilitator of ALL the pills & supplements you are taking.
      Also, high blood pressure is a no-go : your pressure will increase during the experience, so it must be normal or lower than normal but not higher before the experience.

      Any doubts? Get in touch. 🙂
      All the best,


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