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Retreat Center Category: IbogaRetreat Center Tags: bwiti, ceremonia, Ceremonies, ceremony, costa rica, iboga, and Ibogaine

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  • IbogaLife practitioners were trained in Gabon and in a series of 5 ceremonies provide intense medicine experiences in natural surroundings. At IbogaLife, we have been providing ibogaine ceremonies since 2009. As a spiritual event, ibogaine treatments are well supported by Bwiti, the religious life-way of the west Africans who consume iboga. We seek a balance between the Bwiti way and the western, clinical way. We monitor heart performance and other physical responses throughout the acute experience. Our subtle ceremonies do not interfere with this diagnostic process.At IbogaLife, iboga ceremony is actually a collection of five distinct Bwiti rites performed over a number of days.

    Introduction to the forest (tree ceremony)
    Bath preparation (bucket ceremony)
    Spiritual baths (these are repeated at intervals)
    Iboga ceremony (iboga and ibogaine are used)
    Reporting ceremony (a/k/a naming ceremony)
    Introduction To The Forest: Seeking Consent
    Bwiti is a system of practices that is richly entwined with life in the forest. Iboga itself has an intrinsic link to this life energy. Bwiti acknowledges beneficent spirit forms in every plant and animal. The forest is a place overflowing with these spirits, and it is understood that old-growth trees are conduits for the spirits.

    It is also said that spirits of ancestors reside in the trees, and to begin a conversation with a tree is to address the other world, and be answered with ancestral wisdom and judgements.

    At IbogaLife, the tree ceremony involves gathering our intentions and submitting to our ancestors and the forest. We make offerings out of humility. And we set to tone for the healing processes of the next few days. Upon a quick cleanse in the forest spring and perhaps throughout the next days, the you will consume small amounts of iboga throughout the days, as a lead-up to your ibogaine flood experience.

    Bath Preparation: Concentration, Prayer And Patience
    The bucket ceremony is so named because at the center of our service is a small pail. Surrounding the pail are the healing and fragrant plants of the Costa Rica forest. Also at hand are the same offerings we made at the tree ceremony.

    The bath preparation involves you and others present preparing the healing plants for a forest bath. We tear and shred the leaves and flowers, each tear being a prayer. We concentrate on the spiritual and health needs of the banzi. All of this intention and prayer is in the bucket.

    Spring water and other fragrant liquids are added to the pail, and the bucket ceremony ends with your first spiritual bath.

    Iboga scrapings. This fresh iboga can be dried or consumed moist.
    Spiritual Baths: Cleansing Body And Spirit
    The resulting vegetable bath from the bucket ceremony is used at sunrise, noon and sundown. You take your time cleansing yourself with the blessings of the forest, little bits of leaves sticking to you.

    Your intention is to dislodge deep-seated self-judgement and perceived sins. These negative energies are washed away in the spiritual bath, making you better prepared for iboga ceremony.

    After each bath, you are dressed particularly. You are discouraged from electronics and communication. This period of baths is called ‘confession,’ a personal one. Spiritual baths are to dislocate and discharge the unwanted.

    Iboga Ceremony: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience
    You will be administered an initiatory dose of iboga in the form of ibogaine. Iboga ceremony involves Bwiti iboga music in recordings and played live. Because we are considerate of the taxing nature of iboga, our staff nurse will discreetly monitor the banzi’s physical reaction to the ‘flood dose.’

    What will happen to you during ibogaine ceremony? It is not possible to say. Many people, though not all, have visualizations and even a visual, narrative story to follow. Many people, though not all, report ancestral memories come to life before them, and the opportunity to solve ancestral problems. There are as many distinct stories about iboga experiences as there are people who have taken iboga.

    Iboga ceremony takes from 12-36 hours. This is also called “acute treatment.” The after-effects of iboga ceremony are long-lasting and noticeable to some people, and faster-acting and indistinct for others.

    During ibogaine ceremony, you may experience ataxia, decreased heart rate, arrythmias, QT prolongation, trembling, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, and confusion. These are normal ibogaine side effects and rarely result in complications.

  • Offers

    Other offers:

    massage and reiki

    Medicine information (content and method of preparation)

    Type of Medicine:
    • Ayahuasca
    • Iboga
    Medicine content :

    99% ibogaine hcl, 15% iboga

    Medicine preparation:

    root bark scrapings and hcl

    Ceremony details

    Maximum number of participants in a ceremony: 3
    Place of ceremony: IbogaLife Temple
    Props etc. used during the ceremony: recorded and live music, okume, pemba

    Accomodation details

    Type of Accomodation: Private
    More about the accomodation and food:

    Private rooms with hot showers are in our ecolodge. Food from our permaculture gardens and local vendors.



    Do you welcome locals?: Yes
    Price range locals: $2000

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