About Root Healing Iboga Retreats

Root Healing offers Iboga retreats in Portugal and Thailand.

All Root Healing Iboga retreat ceremonies are done following the Missoko Bwiti tradition. Bwiti is a spiritual tradition that studies life itself which originated among the Babongo (Pygmies) in the jungles of southern Gabon thousands of years ago.

We offer both traditional Psycho-spiritual Retreats and Iboga Detox retreats. Our retreats are led by a team of highly trained and experienced Bwiti Iboga Providers. Our team also includes medical, supportive, and hospitality members who complete continuous training to help provide our guests with the safest possible experience.

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 ensures safety 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 at all times during retreats 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. 

Our Iboga Detox program has some of the strictest safety measures in the industry. Our full-time doctor and nursing staff monitor guests with intensive care to avoid any medical complications.

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Iboga Ceremony Team - Moughenda, Ghenigho, Madeliene, Moubengui

When it comes to healing with Iboga, we believe in a long-term strategy. Our retreats are 7- days long, however, to get the most benefits from Iboga, we encourage guests to focus on preparation and integration with us, both before and after their retreats. 

Each guest is coached by our Iboga Providers in preparation for their retreat and then offered an extensive 6-month integration process post-retreat. The reason our retreats are 7-days long is that we believe this length is optimal for including two Iboga ceremonies, plus two processing days, and two integration days. 

For more information on what to expect when you attend one of our retreats, visit our Retreats page.

If you have questions regarding our ethics, safety protocol, or staff, please reach out to us at any time. You can also refer to our FAQ page to learn more about Iboga and its rich history.

Root Healing's mission is to provide effective, safe, and equitable healing with Iboga following the Bwiti traditions, while giving back to the Bwiti communities we are learning from.”

- Ghenigho

Our Team :

Bwiti Iboga ceremony Ghenigho and Bousengui in Gabon

Ryan (Ghenigho)

Provider

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. 

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Madeleine (Ebando)

Integration Specialist

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.

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Steven (Moubengui) Callahan

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. 

Rupi Saran

Rupi Saran

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.

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Taylor Ablamonti

Taylor has been a student of indigenous wisdom and plant teachers since his early twenties. His work brought him across the United States, and deep into the jungles of the Brazilian Amazon on a long and arduous healing journey. It was not until the fall of 2021 where Taylor met Steven, and had his first introduction to Iboga. The message became clear that he is here to work with this medicine, and ended up completing his initiation and provider training with Moughenda just a few months later. Committing to the Bwiti tradition, Taylor was able to bring his healing journey to an end, and start working to help others do the same with the team at Root Healing.

Andrea

Andrea Espinoza

Andrea is a New York City native with a pension for world travel. She has over eleven years of experience working in the music touring industry and subsequently a beautiful ability to connect with people from all different walks of life. After training in Gabon she decided to commit herself to serving as a healthy bridge between the medicine and the people who need it. We're excited to have her caring and straightforward personality join the team.

Medical & Science Team :

Saeeda

Director of Medical Team

Saeda L. MSN RN :

With over 16 years 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

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Doctor

A highly experienced Medical Doctor who has a deep understanding of how Iboga/ibogaine work on the body. They have also been trained by Moughenda on Bwiti methods of treatment.

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Megan Hu PhD Neuroscience Expert

PhD Neuroscientist

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.

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Pharmacist

A highly experienced Pharmacist who specializes in the potential contraindication of medications with Iboga. They review every health assessment to ensure a safe treatment.

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Nurses

Our nursing staff are all credentialed and experienced nurses who have also been trained by Moughenda and our medical team so they can offer the best possible care to our guests.

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