Iboga is the root bark of the Tabernanthe Iboga plant, which grows in the rain forests of Equatorial Africa. The name of the plant “Taber Ibo” literally means “breaking open the head.” Iboga leads you into your subconscious mind. The insights can be used to let old patterns and/or habits go. The ego is inferior. You can take a look at those moments in your life where you have made certain choices that now do not serve you anymore, choices that you want to change.
Iboga is a “plant spirit”, that can help you to break free from many types of addiction, because of the insights you gain from this Spiritual Journey. It is mostly used for spiritual development and personal growth.
Iboga is a sacred plant, that contains a dozen indole alkaloids. One of these alkaloids, C20H26N2O, causes withdrawal symptoms to stay away.
Ibogaine is an “oneirophrenic” and not a “hallucinogenic”. It is a journey into your past and the visions have a deep symbolic meaning. It is this direct experience that is the basis of your transformation. The silence that you will enter to reconnect with yourself is part of a natural process of the mind. It is a mind-reset.
Iboga comes in waves, each dreamwave gives you new layers of information. Remember that you know the answer to all your questions yourself. It comes from your sub-consciousness. The psychoactive properties result in a dreamlike state that lasts for several hours.
The feeling of “cold turkey” stays away. The body is completely detoxified. The desire for drug use is gone for a period of several weeks, usually several months. After an Iboga ceremony, many users are able to see the problems that underlie the addiction. It is important that you clearly define and identify your intentions and goal(s) in advance. What do you want to change?
We will guide you and you will have the chance to gain insights about yourself. You are the one who makes your dreams come true.
An Iboga ceremony consists of three phases. The first phase is a dream state in which events of the past, thoughts or ideas can be perceived as visual presentations. Every human being is essentially good. The second phase is a period where those experiences will be evaluated. The third phase is a remaining period of stimulation, eventually resulting in sleep. Iboga is an individual experience for everybody.
After the treatment, you may find it difficult to fall asleep easily for a few days. This is because your mind is still processing everything that you have gone through. This is OK! You will automatically go back to your normal biorhythm. You will also find that you can’t eat as usual, in fact, you will eat less for a few days. One interesting story is told that warriors in Africa could stay away from home longer to hunt after taking Iboga
At all times the safety of our participants is our primary concern. Iboga is completely safe when you have passed the necessary pre-medical screening and when used correctly with experienced and responsible practitioners to guide you whilst in a safe and caring environment. We have a 100% safety record.
All the including and excluding criteria have to be considered and the right conditions for the experience need to be created. A full dose of Iboga induces a powerful and long-lasting meditation experience (up to 36 hours). The participant must be in reasonably good health on both a mental and physical level. Each participant needs to provide the results of medical tests showing the condition of their liver and heart. You should never take Iboga on your own, without an experienced and trained provider.
Precautions and Rules to follow – There are a number of precautions and rules to be followed before, during and after the experience. We make sure all our participants are well informed about all the experience considerations, prior to participating.
Studies suggest that Iboga has potential in the treatment of addiction to several substances.
Iboga has a complex mechanism of action (pharmacokinetics) in the brain that is not yet fully understood. What is known is that once consumed, ibogaine quickly stimulates the production of “glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor” (GDNF) – part of the brain’s support system, which resets the reward circuitry situated in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain. Put simply, addiction is a brain impairment characterised by a profound disruption in particular neurotransmitter circuits in the brain caused by the abused substance. Iboga resets these neurological pathways and refreshes the central nervous system.
Put simply, addiction is a brain impairment characterised by a profound disruption in particular neurotransmitter circuits in the brain caused by the abused substance.
The iboga experience comes in waves. During the first wave participants can experience several mild symptoms. These symptoms may include anxiety, muscle spasms, speech changes, nausea (especially from movement) and cardiovascular effects (palpitations). These symptoms are short-lived and lessen as time goes by. You may experience some of those symptoms or none of them. During the retreat there can also be what is called a “grey day” when some people feel tired but sleepless, some are anxious or angry as suppressed emotions continue to rise to the surface. It should be noted that you can also feel elated and at peace with the universe. This is often described as the Satori state. a Japanese Budhist word
Each member of our staff is trained to the standard required to provide full safety and care to all participants. Every application is vetted with a medical doctor in advance. We always follow Iboga safety protocols before, during and after participation.
The experience takes place over 3 days. Once all participants have arrived we assemble together and each member of the group introduces themselves. We will give an introduction that covers the history of Iboga and gives guidelines about the ceremony so that you will be fully prepared and can get the most out of your experience. It is here that people reflect on their intentions.
We open the ceremony together with a sacred prayer. Over the course of the experience the medicine comes in waves and during the process each participant makes a trip to their past. The visions have a symbolic meaning. This meditative experience is the basis of the transformation. The silence is very important. Iboga is a meditation with a deeply profound effect. The transformation is the natural process of the mind.
At all times you will be monitored by and in the safe care of a highly experienced team. The process contains three stages.
The perception of Iboga is an individual process for everybody. Each participant is in a high state of vigilance without producing side effects. Sometimes you have visions or you have not. It is important to have no expectations, only intention, as the experience is always different for each participant. Do not worry – Iboga does not condemn and it has no opinion. Iboga is there for you to give you insights and information – it will give you exactly what you need, providing solutions to your worries, problems and concerns in a kind and loving way.
During the process some participants have to vomit, others do not (in our experience very few). It is all good. At all times you will be in the safe care of a highly experienced team. Do not worry – Iboga does not condemn and it has no opinion. Iboga is there for you to give you insights and information – it will give you exactly what you need, providing solution.
At the end of the ceremony we close with a sacred prayer and then break our fast with a lovely meal of soups, fruits and drinks. All food served is vegetarian / vegan.
At each retreat, there are up to 4 participants at a time with each participant being monitored and guided through the ceremony 24/7. Participants are fully cared for in a kind, gentle, non-infringing and relaxed way.
Preparation for an iboga retreat starts with pre-care which is done in association with our professional team. Once your questionnaire has been received and vetted by our professionals you will need to submit medical tests which include an ECG and blood tests to assess general health and to identify any hear or liver problems. The tests are compulsory and no place will be offered without these tests being submitted. Our doctors will assess the results and confirm if you may be offered a place.
Two weeks prior to the retreat each participant is required to prepare with a specific diet. Physically you need to prepare your body with a light diet for two weeks prior to your treatment. It is important that you have a positive mental attitude. Part of the pre-care is for us to ensure you are well prepared for the experience. If we feel you are not ready for a treatment then we will delay your attendance until you are.
It is also important not to arrive at a retreat with expectations. Nothing can really prepare you for an experience with iboga. However it is important to have a clear intention. This can be very simple.
The environment (setting) is also critically important. A quiet, dark room and natural surroundings are important before, during and after the treatment as is the possibility to walk in nature when required. We provide you with the appropriate music played at specific times during your session. We monitor you throughout the entire time of the experience so you get all the care and support you need.
We currently cater for minor addictions – smoking, pot, food, social media, technology, pornography. We also cater for alcohol addiction.
We do not currently cater for people with heroin, methadone, cocaine and other opiate addictions. However, we will be able to do so once our new clinic opens in Romania.
Our main focus lies on offering a psycho-spiritual experience. We firmly believe in the benefits of this experience, and are fully committed to helping you heal your emotional, physical and spiritual being in order to free yourself from any past negative patterns and cravings. Therefore we strongly advise you to always seek professional help in any case of addictions. We will be able to treat participants with more severe addictions in the future when our clinic in Romania opens.
According to a recent study* (2017) performed by E. Noller phD at MAPS (Multidisiplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) the long-term efficacy of Ibogaine assisted therapy on opioid dependant subjects showed promising results. 12 months after the treatment, 75% of the tested subjects turned out to be negative. The results expressed in this study do not reflect the same results obtained in our organisation, and are solely for informational purposes.
There are a number of exclusion criteria which can make a person unsuitable for Iboga treatment. Following those rules is extremely important. Not following them can have lethal consequences. Finding out whether Iboga is safe for you is a complex task which depends on several factors. It is up to your provider to make an informed assessment, based on your application form and your medical tests. There may be additional testing required for some participants. This is why your application form must be filled out accurately and honestly, to find out which tests may be necessary in your case and if your health history meets the treatments inclusion/exclusion criteria.
Here is a list of criteria in which presence we cannot provide Iboga for:
3-Day All Inclusive Programme – €1,000 per person (shared)
There is an option, where available, to stay on with us after the retreat at a cost of €100 per day.
Private retreat – Some people prefer privacy. It is possible to have a private iboga retreat. Please contact us for details.
Bwiti is a religion that is practiced by the Babongo Mitsogo and the people of Gabon, where it is one of the three official religions. Modern Bwiti is a syncretic, animistic religion where ancestor worship is mixed with Christianity. The use of Iboga, which is specially cultivated, brings spiritual enlightenment and connection with the world. The root bark has been used for thousands of years in ceremony. It heals, causes liquid complex beautiful views and very valuable insights. It’s a godsend.
Bwiti is still not recognized by the Catholic church, which to this day keeps opposing the growing movement of Bwiti. In 1960, the first President of Gabon, Leon M’ba, defended the Bwiti religion and the use of Iboga in the French colonial courts. The Ministers of Gabon declared the Tabernanthe Iboga as their national treasure in 2001. It is known that 4% of the population, including the president, use Iboga.
Iboga can be described as a “plant spirit”. Over thousands of Babongo and various Bantu tribes celebrate it, always with modesty and respect. It is a “spiritual” bath with the plants of the forest and provides insights. In a group ritual with dance, music and fire, many days are spent in reflection.
Bandzioku lost her husband in the jungle, when he went to pick fruit from a tree and fell. She could not find his body and returned to the village. According to tradition, she married the brother of her husband.
One day she went fishing, but in her net she found not only fish, but the bones of her husband as well.
She took the bones to the shore where they were taken by an animal. Bandzioku followed this animal to a cave. From the cave, the voices of the spirits of the dead called her: Bandzioku, would you like to see us? ”
When she said “yes”, the spirits instructed her to eat the root of a plant that was growing in a corner near the entrance of the cave. After she had eaten she could see spirits and talk with them. Among them was the spirit of her first husband. The spirits asked a sacrifice of her and she gave them her food supplies.
The next day she brought new supplies and went back to the cave to sacrifice them. She repeated this for several days. One day, her husband became suspicious and decided to follow her.
When she arrived at the cave, the spirits said “Muma, Muma” pointing out that an uninitiated person was present. Bandzioku thought she was alone, then turned and saw her second husband.
He asked her who she was talking to. After she had told him everything, he also wanted to eat the root. She gave it to him and then he could also talk to the spirits.
The spirits also asked him for a sacrifice, he gave them the little he had, but this was rejected by the spirits. The spirits wanted him to sacrifice Bandzioku. She was killed and sacrificed. Her husband took the plant and returned back to his village. He built the first Bwiti temple.
There is a lot written about Iboga. Please find a list below of suggested literature.
Iboga: The Visionary Root of African Shamanism – Vincent Ravalec, Mallendi, Agnes Paicheler
Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck – includes one of eight parts on iboga, well described.
Ibogaine Explained – Peter Frank and Eric Taub
Healing with Iboga by Holly Stein, a 20-page booklet
Heart Medicine: A True Love Story – Elizabeth Bast Bast is a flamboyant story of a couple seeking healing when the man relapses into a heroin addiction.
Rehab Doesn’t Work, Ibogaine Does by Willers T Darenvogt.
The Ibogaine Story – Paul de Rienzo and Dana Beal
Iboga Visions – Jim Macgregor
Auler A. Climbing the Holy Mountain of Recovery. Trafford. 2015.
Sazy L. Bokayé: Bwiti Ceremony. Blurb. 2016.
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