Peter – Iboga Wellness Center Testimonial – Now Part of IWC Staff!

Peter – Iboga Wellness Center Testimonial – Now Part of IWC Staff!


Hear in Peter’s words what iboga has done in his life. Peter came to IWC having done a lot of inner work. That work was greatly accelerated with life’s tool. Iboga.

We are now honored to have Peter as part of the staff. He is a beautiful presence to have during your stay here.

Peter’s experience of experiencing deep healing in a short amount of time is not uncommon at Iboga Wellness Center. Some of us need more time to process what we learn during our experience. Iboga is a teacher that keeps on teaching well after leaving IWC.

At Iboga Wellness Center you don’t just get the iboga experience, you get the wisdom of our Bwiti shared with you. These are powerful tools when navigating the human experience. This path never stops once on it.

To further support our iboga family Peter has started having integration calls 2x per month to support all past IWC clients. Get in touch if you want the most recent dates, we will be posting a page on the site for this soon.

Iboga Wellness sends their love.

Iboga and Internet Addiction


Iboga and internet addiction treatment

In the age of information, the answers are quite literally at our fingertips. How many hours a day do we tap at keyboards, swipe left on smartphones, and make contact with multiple screens?

We’ve become attached to the vast, ever-present glory of the Internet and its many distractions — because it’s easy to access. Years ago, we had to arrange to be in front of our home computer to connect. Today, we take the Internet with us wherever we go.

Whether it’s gaming, stocks and trading, gambling, social media, dating, or simply access to information, the Internet is a dependable distraction.

While many people enjoy a healthy amount of internet use, problems arise for others when it begins to infiltrate daily life, separating them from reality and their true selves.

When the heavy, personal ‘stuff’ comes up in our lives, instead of doing the work — by really feeling, sitting with, and accepting challenging emotions that arise — we escape. We go online. Check out of reality and into our devices.

Distraction is a strong undercurrent in all types of addiction — drugs, alcohol, sex, food, and more. The Internet is no different. They all serve to distract us from the truth: that when any addiction is present, we are not happy with an aspect of ourself or our life. And we are either holding on to past trauma or worrying about the future.


For those who feel unfulfilled in life, don’t trust themselves, harbour low self-esteem, don’t like their jobs or partners, and generally feel stuck, it’s common to over-indulge on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. These outlets provide the perfect opportunity to shape or criticize our own sense of identity, based on virtual identities crafted by others — identities which are oftentimes grossly inauthentic.

The obsessive comparison leaves people feeling depressed and inadequate.

Social media also leads us to endlessly seek validation from others. How many likes did we get on a photo? Did someone praise us in the comments? Do we have a new friend request from an interesting person? When we don’t know ourselves, we don’t trust ourselves. And when we don’t trust ourselves, we require the validation of others to feel adequate.


Gaming is also feeding our culture’s attention. When a person’s sense of inadequacy can be instantly transformed by creating an Avatar to represent them, it feels good. A bit taller, less body fat, incredible athletic capabilities, superpowers — it’s the virtual version of ourselves we dream of, without any effort or work to make it manifest.

Gaming platforms continually stroke the human ego, giving it recognition and praise it feels it should have. And when a person feels they can’t get ahead or make transformational change in their real life, the addiction to ego-validation keeps gamers returning to the screen.


While social media and gaming are large pieces of the Internet Addiction pie, there are so many others.

Gamblers can indulge in their addiction without ever leaving the couch. The research-obsessed, analytical-minded can further remove themselves from universal flow by trying to understand and define life’s magic via a Google search. Online dating makes us miss out on real, organic human connections and synchronistic encounters — because we’re too busy trying to filter and control what “type” of person we connect with, how we connect with them, and when. We miss out on actual moments by trying to capture them on video or take a selfie to post online.

The repercussions of online addiction on Western culture are severe. We’re spending less time actually interacting with real humans, and more time messaging them.

It’s limiting our real-life relationships by taking us out of presence. Sit down at any restaurant in North America, at any time of day, and you’ll see people staring down at cell phones instead of chatting with their companions across the table.

True presence is becoming a rarity.

We are forgetting how to truly flow in social situations and communicate with our peers. Our organic response is affected — we’re used to having time to craft and edit messages, or use Emojis in place of expressing our feelings.

With our faces inches from a screen, we are missing out on Life Happening — we don’t see the doe bounding across the path ahead, we tune-out the Robins’ song heralding springtime, we are even numb to the moist, earthy scent of fresh rain on the forest floor.

But we must remember — we distract because we are in pain. Yet true healing is available.

Internet distraction works the same way a band-aid does. When the band-aid eventually falls off, the wound remains. The band-aid didn’t get to the root of the wound and heal it from the inside. It masked the problem temporarily. The problem still exists.

Where Internet addiction masks the wound, Iboga heals it.

The power of Iboga is beyond analysis. Beyond scientific explanation. This plant contains the intelligence of source truth — and shares that with each of us in a deep, profound, individualized way. If we show up wholeheartedly willing to heal, it will rewire us to our natural state, before addiction. It reminds us of what we truly are.

It shows us that the truth was within us all along. It had simply become shadowed by past traumas and the coping mechanisms of resulting addictions.

While every Iboga ceremony looks and feels different for each person, there is an underlying theme that resounds for everyone – the RESET.

When addictions — Internet or otherwise — have gotten truly beyond our control or ability to step away, Iboga is a tool we can implement.

If we feel we cannot return to a clean slate, because our addiction has become too strong, Iboga is powerful enough to return us to ourself. It has the ability to reset addictive patterns and behaviors in the brain, giving us an opportunity to create better, self-serving patterns post-ceremony.

Life is not about having all the answers. It’s not about control, or filtering information to suit our taste. It’s not about comparison. Life is about surrender and flow. Learning to accept what is, and growing because of it. It’s about self-empowerment, and being in service. It’s about holding gratitude for the entire spectrum of emotions, challenges, joys and experiences that dance together to paint this beautiful picture of Life.

Life is about being here now. Fully present. Unplugged and unafraid to feel.

For more information about our shamanic Iboga retreats in beautiful Costa Rica, contact us here

Zoe Nightingale Podcast On Her Trip To Iboga Wellness

Zoe Nightingale had her trip to Iboga Wellness Center in 2018

Zoe gives a candid look of the many questions that come up to those visiting Iboga Wellness. Zoe calls her friends and family before her meeting with iboga. Zoe came to Iboga Wellness to let things go that were no longer serving her. – Interview with Gary Cook of Iboga Wellness Center

Shamanic Iboga Treatment in Costa Rica:
Interview with Gary Cook of Iboga Wellness Center

Gary Cook is the founder of Iboga Wellness Center (IWC) in Costa Rica where he, his son, and their staff offer iboga treatment. IWC is unique among ibogaine healing centers — whereas many centers today use synthetic ibogaine, Cook and his son use the traditional iboga root bark and are initiates of the Bwiti shamanic tradition where iboga use first emerged. Gary spoke to us from his home in Costa Rica.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us, Gary. How were you first introduced to iboga?
I came to Costa Rica about three years ago with my son, who was a heroin addict. We went to a clinic here in Costa Rica that was run by the shaman that we eventually trained with. He worked on my son for about nine days: I was there to witness the most incredible transformation I could imagine. Beforehand, [my son] was a mess, battling a 17-year-long drug problem. I’m so happy to say that he is doing wonderful nowhe has a baby girl and he works here at the center. We have a great relationship again, which was something we didn’t have for a long, long time. It just couldn’t have gone better, it was amazing.
Myself, I was a spiritual seeker, and I came to support him for his treatment and also to have my own experience. I had worked with some other plant medicines before and had been interested in shamanism for a long time. Iboga was what I was looking for on a spiritual level [to] open the way for me to understand my life and what it is to be a human. It just answered so many questions.
Both my son and I were blown away by the experience, so we decided to train and learn how to facilitate it ourselves. We worked at another center for a while and got some experience there before opening our own center. We were happy to find out that the medicine works just as well for our clients as it did for us. The medicine itself is just so remarkable.

You and your staff are all initiated in the Bwiti tradition and have traveled to Gabon to learn directly from them. What was the initiation and your time with the Bwiti like?
It was great, although it was very difficult. There was a group of about twelve of us, and we started out from Libreville in Gabon. Then we took an 18-hour SUV ride over dirt roads to reach the village in the jungle. We lived there for a few weeks and went through initiation. At our center, when we want clients to have a meaningful experience, we offer them about 5 grams of root bark. In Gabon, we did over 100 grams of root bark in the span of 5-6 hours as part of the initiation ceremony. We had to dance one by one in front of the tribe, and do some other things that were physically demanding, especially while under iboga’s strong effects. I’m really, really happy that I did it. It’s one of the treasures in my life and I’m so glad I got to live with them for a few weeks. We also visited a pygmy village that was more primitive. We were only there for one night, but they did the ceremony for us all night. I came away with an understanding and an intuition about what life is, how precious it is, and what we are doing here as humans.

How do you feel about ibogaine treatment centers that offer ibogaine therapy without the Bwiti ceremonial context? Do you see pros and cons between the two methods of sharing this medicine with people?
I believe very strongly in the way we do things here. It feels very right to me, but I do see the value in ibogaine being used elsewhere. For people with opiate problems, an ibogaine clinic would be  good for them. It has a tremendous effect on reducing opiate withdrawal symptoms, and that’s often what addicts are often most afraid of. Clinics that offer ibogaine are definitely doing a good thing. Addiction is a real problem across the world, and putting people on substitute addictions like suboxone and methadone don’t seem like good solutions to me. One of the astonishing things I’ve learned is that suboxone, which is the standard treatment for addiction in the United States, is actually more addictive than heroin and about twice as hard to get off. Both iboga and ibogaine clinics can get people off opiates without putting them on something worse.

How do the Bwiti traditionally see the potential dangers of iboga, and what sort of medical pre-screening do you do for your clients?
Where we were in Africa, there are no hospitals, the shamans are the doctors. Those are the people you see when you’re sick, and those are also the people that give you iboga. It’s just part of being healthy over there. They are very strong, healthy people and they don’t consider it to be dangerous. The jungle there is a crazy place. You’ve got to be strong because it’s unbelievable.
At Iboga Wellness Center, we do medical screenings, and a doctor [attends] each of our group’s eight-day sessions. At the beginning, we take an EKG to look at the heart, and we ask clients to send us a liver panel/blood test before they arrive so that we can make sure no complications will appear. There are also specific things we screen for, particularly certain pharmaceuticals where there can be a lot of interaction. In my experience if there is anything artificial or synthetic in your body, iboga just flushes it out. In the case of benzodiazepines like Xanax, if those are taken away from people overnight it causes some strange effects, including psychosis. In general we don’t like to take people who are on those drugs; we have them get them off of those first before we expose them to iboga.

You mentioned in a past conversation that you do not consider iboga to be a psychedelic, but rather a visionary tool. Can you describe how you see the distinction between psychedelics and the iboga experience?
My experience with psychedelics goes back about forty years when I was in college and experimented with LSD and mescaline. I would observe distortions in reality under those substances. Iboga is not as cosmic or “groovy” or visually stimulating as those, but what you do see is extremely pertinent to your life. Like a movie reel, you can see the truth about what happened in your life, and what to do about it. It’s about yourself and not really about the cosmos. It’s drawn me to be a lot more truthful, personally. I see the value of that now.
Thanks for talking with us, Gary!

Link to article –
Shamanic Iboga Treatment in Costa Rica: Interview with Gary Cook of Iboga Wellness Center

Trip to Gabon, Africa – July 2015

Jeff & Anthony just returned from a journey to the root in Gabon, Africa. They immersed themselves into the Bwiti tradition while going through their full initiations and rites of passage.  This experience for them deepened their relationship with Iboga on a physical, mental and spiritual level.  While there were many teachings during their stay with the Bwiti, it was a process that required patience, discipline & focus. Not being in control of anything outside of themselves was a great lesson to begin practicing stillness through challenging times and learning to go with the flow – learning how to except what is, not struggling to control the situation. As there were difficult times throughout their stay, there was this overwhelming sense of peace & joy that manifested inside of them. This manifestation made it clear that life is a precious gift and always be sure to respect and value this gift.

Enjoy some of the photos!


Iboga, A Visionary Entheogen

A special thanks to Dr. Martin Ball and his Entheogenic Podcast for featuring the shamanic providers at Iboga Wellness Center, Costa Rica. In this podcast, he touches on iboga and how it is used in a traditional Bwiti setting to help spiritual seekers connect with their souls and heal. You can listen to the podcast here: Entheogenic Podcast with Dr. Martin Ball

Also, another thank you to Entheogen Solutions for featuring Iboga Wellness Center, Costa Rica. It has been an awesome year and our team at Iboga Wellness Center is looking forward to many more!

5 Considerations For Choosing An Iboga / Ibogaine Facility

choosing an iboga / ibogaine facilityWe asked our Facebook friends for questions about Iboga recently and this question kept popping up:

“How do you choose an Iboga Facility?”

So we wanted to take some time to elaborate on the answer here. Below are 5 things to keep in mind when choosing a center to go to.

1. Do your research. Find out everything you can about a center. Knowledge is power when you are making a decision. It is an investment that requires some time, but it is worth it. Research means reading every page on their website, listen to their testimonials, read the FAQs and look at pictures of the facility.

2. Ask Questions. Not all information is always listed on websites. Connect with the facilities you are researching and ask a lot of questions. Have a list of questions prepared ahead of time so you don’t leave anything out. Keep in mind that how you are treated in the research phase is a direct reflection of how you will be treated during your stay. Does the center call or email you back promptly? Are they giving you proper care and attention? Do they answer your questions thoroughly?

3. Referrals and Reviews. The best way to know exactly where you will be going is to speak with someone that has actually been to the center. You can also check out other non-bias websites to see where they might recommend. Keep in mind that seeing a negative review isn’t always 100% true so it’s best to find out yourself. Both good and bad reviews can be posted by centers or even competitors as a marketing strategy in poor taste sadly, but it does happen. However, if you see multiple negative reviews by many different people with different stories it can be a red flag to research further.

4. What type of treatment would you like? There is a wide range of treatment centers out there when it comes to luxury, medical or shamanic practices, pricing and location. Figure out what the most important aspects of an iboga retreat are for you. Do you want to be guided by a shamanic provider or would you rather be observed by medical staff? Some centers have both shamanic providers and medical staff. Do you want to have a private bedroom and bathroom in more of a luxury facility? Or is that not very important to you if you have a certain budget to follow? Are there other activities to participate in during down time? All good questions to ask.

5. Go where you resonate with. The final and most important step is to make an informed decision about what place best suits you. What facility did you have the best connection with?

*Written by Iboga Wellness Center. Views and opinions may not reflect all Iboga and/or Ibogaine Facilities

10 Tips For Adjusting to Life After Iboga / Ibogaine

Adjusting after iboga
After you experience a life changing iboga retreat there can be an adjustment period when you go back to normal life. This is a powerful time to put new habits into use. You have to remember that although you have changed, people and the environment back home hasn’t changed. Here are ten tips to keep you on track and to maximize your healing potential.

1. Stay Positive. Whenever you feel negative thoughts pop into your mind, remember that you are not powerless. Change the negative thought into a positive and it will eventually become a habit. If you have trouble at first then you can start by making a gratitude list. When you feel a negative thought or behavioral pattern coming on, go through your gratitude list and think about all of the blessings you have in your life.

2. Don’t Procrastinate. If you need to do something, get it done that day. Don’t put it off because it will only cause anxiety or worry and destroy your peace. Never go to bed with resentments. Deal with the situation immediately.

3. Remove Yourself From Toxic Situations and Toxic People. If you hang out with toxic people and in toxic places eventually it will rub off on you. Love yourself enough to care about your peace of mind. That can even mean putting up boundaries for family. If you can’t remove yourself just remember, the key is how you react to it and you have power over that.

4. Take Care of Yourself. You have probably heard this over and over but it bares repeating. Get exercise to create mood lifting endorphins, get enough sleep to regenerate, eat good foods to be healthy and always stay hydrated. Give yourself the best chance possible at feeling amazing.

5. Live in the Present. The past doesn’t exist anymore and the future is just an expectation. Don’t create unnecessary depression by living in the past and do not create unnecessary anxiety by living in the future.

6. Practice Acceptance. You can only control yourself. Accept the things you cannot change and they are no longer problems.

7. Follow Your True Life Path. Follow what you are passionate about. Make goals and set deadlines. Most importantly, take action.

8. Help Others. When you help others you will feel good because it is so rewarding. Whether it is with your career or just something you do on the side like volunteering.

9. Be Selfish. Remember, you are no good to anyone else if you are not #1. If you need a break, take that time for your own peace.

10. Review Your Journey. Reviewing what happened during your retreat can refresh your mind and give you motivation. You may want to read back over a journal you kept. Remember why you decided to take iboga and the changes you saw in yourself.