Our philosophy is holistic, taking into account the biological, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of healing. Ibogaine can affect every realm of our experience in powerful ways, shifting how we relate to our bodies, our environment, and our personal stories. As a result, we are diagnosis-resistant, focusing on what is new emerging and encouraging our clients to anchor that in new personal rituals, nourishing practices, and support networks.
Our coaching is informed by the perspectives of harm reduction, neurodiversity, and spiritual emergence as they relate to substance use and other challenges that many of us face in our lives. These are perspectives earned through our own work with ibogaine, and through witnessing hundreds of treatments over a combined 16 years of experience in ibogaine therapy and research.
I am a counselor and consultant that has been working with iboga and ibogaine in both clinical and ceremonial contexts in Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica since 2009. I have been part of hundreds of detox treatments with people going through various treatment protocols, and have also coached people through long-term micro-dosing protocols for everything from depression and anxiety to neurodegenerative disorders.
I used to serve as the Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA), during which time I led the development of the Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification, a risk management guide that remains a standard in the field. I organized three international conferences on ibogaine therapy in Vancouver, Canada (2012); Durban, South Africa (2014); and Tepoztlán, Mexico (2016). I have collaborated with researchers in the fields of psychology and biochemistry, published peer reviewed work and other articles about ibogaine therapy, and have presented at numerous conferences internationally.
In 2014, I was initiated into a Dissoumba/Fang tradition of Bwiti in Gabon, which has had a major influence on my life. My experience there later inspired research during my psychology studies at Sofia University into the varieties of experiences that people have taking ibogaine in various contexts and how this is integrated physically and emotionally. Throughout all of this I’ve been inspired by ibogaine’s potential to shift worldviews and the stories that we tell about ourselves in powerful ways. Ibogaine is by no means always an easy journey, and I’ve been honored to be able to support people on this path.
Posts by Jonathan
In 2011, I did ibogaine for a seven year opioid addiction. Although the treatment was a huge success, the clinic that I went to did not follow safety protocols and I almost died from cardiac arrest. Due to this experience, I have been very focused on ibogaine treatment safety guidelines and I helped author a guide for finding a safe clinic. My story has been featured in Woman’s Day magazine and on Psymposia. I have presented at numerous ibogaine therapy and harm reduction conferences. I’ve also worked with ibogaine at clinics in South Africa, Costa Rica, and Mexico as an ibogaine provider, EMT, and a counselor.
I have done in person and over the phone counseling related to preparation and integration of the ibogaine experience for the last four years with individuals and their families. I’m currently studying psychology at the New School in New York City. I’m interested in helping people prepare for the healing journey that comes after ibogaine treatment, and see ibogaine as an amazing door opener to the path of healing that requires a number of other supportive tools and approaches.
Posts by Juliana
Ceiba is the name of a genus of flowering trees native to the subtropical regions of the Americas and West Africa where it is often considered sacred. For the Maya in Southern Mexico and Central America, the ceiba symbolizes the axis mundi, the doorway between the underworld, the earth, and the sky. In branches of the Bwiti tradition in Gabon, the ceiba plays a special role as the place where banzis announce their intentions to the forest and their ancestors at the beginning the initiation process.