About Root Healing Iboga Retreats
We are a team of Missoko Bwiti, Science, Medical, and Hospitality professionals committed to providing safe and effective holistic healing services with Iboga.
We believe that it’s true when they say: “You cannot have Iboga without Bwiti, or Bwiti without Iboga.” It’s very important to us that we follow traditional Bwiti practices when working with Iboga to encourage the healing help of the medicine’s spirit. By adhering to Iboga rituals that are thousands of years old, we also benefit from wisdom passed down from Bwiti ancestors that enhances healing when using this powerful plant medicine.
Safety is a big priority for us. We go above and beyond to ensure a safe retreat. We have a doctor and nurses on staff to help with guests’ evaluations and monitoring. This allows guests to feel assured that they are well taken care of throughout the Iboga ceremonies and processing days.
Additionally, our Iboga Detox program has some of the strictest safety measures in the industry.
The Bwiti tradition is actually “The study of life itself” and at Root Healing, this is our leading philosophy. We are committed to being constant students in our lives and in this field. There is still so much to learn about in the Iboga healing space and we continue to learn from our own research programs, scientific publications, updated protocols, studies of relevant subjects, trainings, and collaboration with other professionals.
We got into this work because we want to help people heal from Iboga just like we did. Unfortunately, we live in a capitalist society and in order to do this full-time as serious professionals, we need to also support ourselves with this work. That being said, people’s financial status shouldn’t be the determining factor in access to healing. We believe that it is possible to use our success as a way to open up this up to more people and have a serious equitable access program
The Bwiti have been the shepherds and protectors of Iboga for thousands of years and have generously shared their powerful spiritual tradition with us. In the same spirit, Root Healing aims to give back to the Bwiti communities where this tradition and medicine originates. We do this in several different ways like ensuring that the tradition is respected, direct financial support, volunteering our time and skills, non-profits programs, supporting their voice outside of Gabon, and most importantly listening.
From the time that we first connect all the way through your completion of our aftercare program, we are committed to your healing. Our intake team will give you everything you need to be fully prepared for the retreat. During the retreat our hospitality team will take care of all your needs so that you can focus on your healing and our expert facilitators will guide and coach you through your healing process. In our nurturing environment, you will feel safe, supported, and secure throughout your stay, but most importantly, you will leave feeling confident in yourself.
We are committed to your successful integration back into your new life and have an extensive aftercare program that will keep you on track for lasting success.
Our Team :
Ryan "Ghenigho" Rich is the founder of Root Healing. He is a traditional Missoko Bwiti Iboga provider who was trained and empowered to lead retreats and also offer preinitiations to men and women. His work with Iboga includes Traditional Bwiti Iboga Ceremonies, Iboga Assisted Detox, Pre-initiations, Iboga Preparation, and Iboga Integration Counseling. Ryan is a lead providers at most of the Root Healing ceremonies and our Detox program. Ryan also studies/practices Tantra, Engaged Buddhism, and of course Bwiti. In addition to his Bwiti/Iboga work, Ryan is a meditation teacher, counselor, and mentor. Ryan loves to help people liberate themselves from their conditioning, and their fear, and actualize a more full, engaged, life.
Steven or Moubengui is one of the most experienced Iboga Providers, having over a decade of doing this work with thousands of people. His company, Iboga Healing, has partnered with Root Healing to offer the best Iboga Retreat healing experience. He is committed to the Bwiti Tradition and his work in ceremony reflects that commitment. His focus is on ensuring that every guest heals during our Psychospiritual retreats. He is also empowered to offer both male and female pre-initiations into the Missoko Bwiti tradition. If you are interested in a Pre-initiation, please mention it when booking.
Madeleine "Ebando" Cullerton is a nascent herbalist, certified coach, and hospitality wizard who loves the Bwiti tradition. She is initiated into the Missoko Bwiti tradition and is in training to be an Iboga Provider. After having been a cynic for many years regarding plant medicines, she finally came to Iboga after seeing the incredible shift in Ryan. After two ceremonies, she knew this medicine had changed her life forever & committed to helping in its facilitation. Using her years of experience in the hospitality industry, she currently works as head of hospitality at Root Healing, providing a nourishing environment to its guests. She is an effective coach that works with our guests before, during, and after the retreat.
Taylor has been a student of indigenous wisdom and plant teachers since his early twenties. Inspired by a deeper call to service, his path brought him away from a prospective career as a Naval Officer, into the realm of healing with psychedelics and plant medicines. After years of searching for a way to both heal himself and others, Taylor met Steven (Moubengui) in the Fall of 2021, where he was introduced to Iboga for the first time, where the message became clear that his path of service is with Iboga. Just a few months later, he was initiated into the Missoko Bwiti and completed provider training in Gabon. Committing to the Bwiti tradition, Taylor was able to bring his healing to an end, and start working to help others do the same with the team at Root Healing.
Madison’s journey with Iboga began in 2012 in a search to end her own generational traumas and become a more healthy woman, mother, and community member. Her background in midwifery brings a nurturing aspect to the retreats, and she sees many parallels between giving birth and re-birthing yourself. Madison is a true student of life, and has led countless women’s ceremonies, studied various spiritual paths, and eventually landed on Iboga as her healing modality of choice. She was Director of Iboga Healing Center Costa Rica for 5 years, and has now joined forces with Root Healing team here in Portugal as an admin and facilitator.
Rupi taught yoga for ten years while working in the spiritual community holding retreats. Her first iboga ceremony was a life-changing experience, so much so that she spent five months in Gabon training, embodying the Bwiti teachings and wisdom. The Iboga medicine has been a true blessing, and Rupi is deeply committed to the Bwiti Tradition. She brings her many talents and skills to the Root Healing team in Portugal.
Medical & Science Team :
Saeeda "Dinzona" MSN RN
Nearly 2 decades of medical experience in ICU/critical care & working with specialty medical devices for interventional cardiology, Saeda joins her Iboga provider training to her classical western medical training as a detox specialist for Root Healing. As an initiate who also completed the Rites of Passage, Saeeda is a dedicated practitioner of the Missoko Bwiti tradition
Having always been fascinated by the healing potential of psychedelics, when she found Iboga, she knew that this was particularly special and now works with us studying it on the side.
Anonymous Doctor & Pharmacist
Due to the sensitive nature of this work, both our doctor & pharmacist have asked to remain anonymous. We're fortunate to have a highly experienced Pharmacist & doctor on staff who specializes in the potential contraindication of medications with Iboga as well as medical considerations.They review every health assessment to ensure a safe treatment.