TWO SACRED MEDICINES
ONE HEALING PROGRAM
Ayahuasca and Iboga each offer something unique that contributes to overall well-being. Throughout the years of working with plant medicines have seen a wide range of reactions to the experiences. Some people connect more with one medicine over another but some people are called to both. This retreat marries the female (ayahuasca) and male (iboga) energies for complete harmony. We believe the dual energies complement each other to give broad-spectrum healing. Together they create a synergy in our spiritual program that is unparalleled for insight and growth.
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICING FOR EVERY RETREAT:
DUALITY & BALANCE
Duality is extremely important in regard to healing. You cannot have light without darkness. We must learn to embrace both the positive and the negative to really know our whole selves and grow. Iboga and Ayahuasca have such duality that it creates harmony. Iboga is recognized as masculine energy while ayahuasca is feminine. Iboga and ayahuasca are opposite of each other in almost every aspect yet offer a complementary union, like yin and yang, in perfect symmetry.
WHAT IS IBOGA?
Iboga is a powerful, activating plant teacher and spirit. Its origins are of the Pygmie people of central West Africa. The Bwiti, an ancient spiritual practice, use iboga as they key sacrament in their initiation process and is at the center of Bwiti spirituality. Taken in small doses, iboga(ine) stimulates the central nervous system and heightens the senses. In larger doses, it produces intense and long-lasting (around 12-16 hours) visionary state, the process of which can lead to long-term psychological recovery as well as beneficial life changes. It is in this manner that iboga(ine) excels in treating disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Our ceremonies are influenced by the Bwiti culture that has traditionally used iboga for centuries. We include these rituals to honor and respect the history of medicine, however it is by no means a replica of what you would experience in the traditional villages of Gabon and Cameroon.
Jeanae and Matt met in 2014 when both sought out ibogaine treatment for addiction issues. Then, in 2017, NLA owners Jeanae and Matt traveled to Gabon where Matt was initiated and the two were married in a Bwiti ceremony. With a huge amount of respect and gratitude for the medicine and the way their lives were transformed, we humbly offer the medicine to others trying to find peace and balance.
* If you are interested in a full Bwiti initiation, please visit Ebando in Libreville, Gabon. If you would like to learn more about Iboga sustainability or would like to make a donation to our community, please visit Blessings of the Forest*