Iboga Healing Retreat
Iboga Retreats at Root Healing are seven nights and follow the protocols designed first by 10th Generation Bwiti Shaman Moughenda. Whether led by Moughenda and his Bwiti team or by our highly trained and empowered Iboga Providers, retreats will be steeped in the Missoko Bwiti tradition ensuring a potent mental, physical, and spiritual healing experience for our guests. In addition to our Bwiti “Nima” (Shaman) and”Nganga” team, we have our medical, science, and hospitality experts who help us offer a safe and comfortable healing environment.
All retreats include 2 Iboga ceremonies, integration day trips, medical screening, orientation, spiritual showers, counseling, healthy food, accommodations, airport transfer, fireside teachings, and integration calls.
Iboga Retreats & The Bwiti
Iboga, the Godfather of all plant medicines, is used by the Bwiti for physical healing, spiritual healing, and spiritual discovery. It is the sacrament of the Bwiti and nearly every aspect of their tradition and their ceremonies were given to them by the spirit of Iboga itself. Bwiti and Iboga’s symbiotic relationship goes back thousands of years to when it was discovered by them. At Root Healing Iboga Retreats, you can always expect a unique healing experience guided by the core Bwiti principles. We believe in maintaining this tradition & practices throughout all our work as they are inextricably linked and ensure a powerful Iboga retreat ceremony.
In more recent times, scientific research has revealed more about thethe primary active alkaloid of Iboga. Studies have shown that it can help with , , , , , , promoting , , , , and more (For links to publications, check our Scientific Resources page.) The studies are exciting, but the Bwiti have known about Iboga’s healing properties for a very long time and know how to enhance the benefits through powerful ceremonial practices and rituals which have been passed down to us through our Missoko Bwiti lineage.
Bwiti Healing Retreats
1/13 – 19
1/23 – 1/29
2/3 – 2/9
2/22 – 2/28
3/3 – 3/9
Bwiti Shaman Moughenda Sintra, Portugal:
4/8 – 4/14
4/18 – 4/24
4/27 – 5/3
5/6 – 5/12
5/17 – 5/23
Iboga Retreat Overview
Our 7-day Iboga retreat, with two ceremonies, are structured to ensure you receive the most that you can out of your journey. We find that two ceremonies are crucial in working with Iboga as multiple ceremonies allow for physical and mental detox as well as deeper insights.
Outside of “the medicine,” guests will be immersed in the Bwiti tradition. With our fireside talks and counseling throughout, guests will have the tools to continue to heal themselves and to live a happy life after they go home.
This medicine is unique to each person, so everyone’s experience varies, which is why we offer individual preparation counseling before, guidance throughout, and integration calls following. All Root Healing guests will have unlimited preparation calls and as many integration calls as they need following the retreat. All guests will also be included in our community group where we continue to support each other and can ask and answer questions.
Iboga Retreat at Root Healing follow a strict protocol that ensures our guests have a safe retreat experience. From the time of your first intake interview, we have your wellbeing in mind. Prior to your arrival, we’ll ask you to do a thorough health assessment that logs, amongst other things, any medical conditions or medications you may be prescribed. From there, we’ll collect your EKG and liver panel (if needed) and review your file with our expert medical team.
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While the retreat experience is incredible & transformative, the “work” after leaving is just as important. Iboga stays with you up to 6 months after your experience. During that time you have the opportunity to rewire your brain, take control of your life & story. For this reason, we care a lot about integration. All participants get integration coaching calls, as well as “homework,” to assist in furthering your relationship with the medicine and the goals you came with.
Iboga Retreat Process
If you are flying in, someone will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to our center just 25 mins away. Once you arrive, you’ll have time to get settled into the space. During the day, we’ll touch base with you for a one on one conversation about your intentions and reasons for coming to an Iboga retreat. In the evening, once everyone has arrived, we’ll gather for an orientation where we will introduce ourselves, outline the week, answer any remaining questions & further connect as a group.
To get you in the right headspace before your ceremony, you’ll spend the day replenishing with relaxing activities. We’ll help you get calm, centered & focused as you prepare for your experience. Around 8 or 9pm, we’ll meet around the fire and have what the Bwiti call a “Fire Talk.” We’ll start taking the medicine and as the evening progresses, you’ll eventually lay down in the temple space. We’ll be with you the entire night supporting you and doing a traditional psychospiritual journey at some point. Then, as the sun rises, we’ll take you back to your room for your processing day.
This ceremony flows right into the third day for what’s known as the “Processing Day.” This is your chance to turn inward, avoid distractions, and get to the root of things. The insights you have today may be the most valuable part of the Iboga experience. For some, this day can be challenging as truths rise to the surface to be faced and for others, not at all. While we are continually monitoring you and bringing you fruit, food, and water – this is a day to truly be with yourself. The most important thing to remember is to avoid distractions or anything that takes you away from yourself and/or what you might be feeling or thinking.
On the fourth day, we will have one-on-one counseling sessions to go over the last two days, revisit intentions, and prepare for the next ceremony. As the sun is starting to set in the late afternoon, we will do a spiritual shower to clear everything that has been brought to the surface. Then in the evening, we will all meet by the fire again for our last Iboga ceremony.
Days 5-7 will follow the same sequence, with the processing day after the last ceremony. On day 6, we will go out as a group for a day trip to the stunning beaches nearby and/or for a nature hike. This is a time for you to relax outdoors and allow your newfound insights and healing to settle in smoothly. During the evening of day 6, we will have a closing ceremony and discussion to seal in everything you’ve learned and give clear guidance on how to continue your “work” at home. On Day 7, guests will leave when they need to and we are happy to take you to the airport, Sintra Town, or Lisbon.
Food & Accommodations
At Root Healing, we strive to create a safe and nourishing space for our guests as they embark on this work. That’s why all our iboga retreats are held at beautiful locations with comfortable accommodations. You’ll have your own private bed & bath, secluded in nature, with calming spaces to reflect in. Our goal is always to make you feel comfortable, cared for, and relaxed throughout your time here.
All meals at Root Healing are healthy, locally sourced, and organic when possible. We have specialized meal plans for each phase of the process. Ceremony days call for light and nourishing foods that prepare you for the night ahead. On processing days, we serve replenishing and fortifying options that will support you throughout the day. While meals are prepared in house most days of the retreat, during our integration day-trips, we like to eat out at wonderful local restaurants.
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Iboga Ceremony Photos
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