How We Work
Unique in Its Power
Tabernanthe Iboga is a West African shrub from whose roots the medicine Ibogaine is extracted. Ibogaine is effective in treating addiction to heroin (and all opioids), alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine and other substances by completely eliminating or significantly reducing withdrawal symptoms rapidly and effectively in a single dose. It also has persistent anti-craving and anti-depressant effects that can last for up to 3 months post-therapy.
We provide addiction interruption and detoxification therapy using Iboga to assist those who seek independence from substances including heroin and other opioids, stimulants, and alcohol.
Our sessions follow the most current, proven best practices. Medical assistance is always available when needed. Our experience with the medicine combined with rigorous commitment to detail in the screening process as well as in the administration of the medicine has resulted in a record of safety unparalleled elsewhere. Support and assistance is provided 24 hours a day throughout the program.
We offer a holistic approach to overcoming addiction that incorporates proven elements including health promotion, aftercare, and harm reduction. Our main goal is always to empower people to continue to improve their quality of life.
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An Intense Journey into Self
From West African origins as a spiritual tool in ceremonial practices and as a healing medicine, Iboga has proven itself in our western world as a powerful means for spiritual exploration and intense personal psychotherapy. Many individuals have experienced the benefits of this root for the treatment of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, as well as other emotional issues and mood disorders. The power of the plant to uncover and heal past trauma is dramatic and effective. Approached within a context of specific therapeutic intent, Iboga can provide an rich experience that is very cathartic and healing and on many levels. Many compare the beneficial effects favorably to a decade or more of psychotherapy!
Iboga allows entry into a "waking dream" experience to provide visionary insight into the psyche from a perspective outside "normal" human consciousness. From that perspective it provides awareness of the processes that may be blocking ones’ personal development. With this heightened awareness, the path to a deeper understanding of self, personal motivation and outlook on life is revealed, leading toward a greater capacity for self-compassion, understanding, inspiration and profound personal growth.
We gladly collaborate with those interested in crafting their own unique setting for a transformative session in the safe and therapeutic environment we provide.
Our Psychospiritual Discovery/Healing application is
"Low Dose, Slow Dose" and Microdosing
"Low and Slow" is a protocol that we often employ, primarily used when borderline health conditions otherwise exclude the client from the more common single session, or "flood" protocol. We are comfortable with both modalities. We also work with microdosing clients pre- and post-session as it fits the situation, and in the development of individualized microdose regimens
We generally start with a Kambo session on the first evening. Kambo works to clean in advance of the Iboga, resets the immune system and has a wonderful and powerful synergistic effect exponentially improving the Ibogaine experience for many. In addition opportunities exist generally for other bodywork and entheogen work, such as 5-MeO-DMT.
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The Unique Power of the Root
is a West African shrub from whose roots the medicine Ibogaine is extracted. Ibogaine is effective in treating addiction to heroin (and all opioids), alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine and other substances by completely eliminating or significantly reducing withdrawal symptoms rapidly and effectively in a single dose. It also has persistent anti-craving and anti-depressant effects that can last for up to 3 months post-therapy.
Iboga is a sacrament in the Bwiti culture of West Africa and is central to their rite of initiation. The plant gives profound insight into the very root of one's self-defeating behaviors and unhealthy dependencies. For those without substance abuse issues, Iboga is very effective at bringing one back into their past to uncover and heal trauma. The therapeutic effects are lasting and one dose is enough for most.
Iboga and Ibogaine are easily researched on the web- there are hundreds of experiental anecdotes and 25+ years of scientific studies available. Just Google it- links and videos abound. You may have seen it on a Law and Order SVU episode, or heard about on the radio program, This American Life.
Our site is not intended to meet ALL the information needs that an individual seeking Iboga generally has. We focus our effort on delivering personalized therapy hands-on in an intimate healing environment. We are thankful for the following resources of information about the many aspects of Iboga. A good start for your research can be found at Myeboga.com or ICEERS .
You won't need to take Iboga continually to benefit from it, nor is it in any way addicting. This is not a party drug, but an intense journey into your own self. Most treatments take four to five days.
Iboga is not for everyone, but it may be for you, If you'd like to talk about it, please call us at US or email email@example.com. All communications are held in the strictest confidence.
Why Casita Iboga?
Personalized Iboga Therapy
Casita Iboga was founded on two ideas. First, Iboga is an intensely personal experience, and as caregivers, we must provide the optimal setting for transformation and healing to occur. Although many experience life-changing journeys with this medicine can happen in less welcoming institutional settings, we find that most would prefer our peaceful, rustic location and our personalized care.
The second- Iboga treatment shouldn't be cost-prohibitive- is the basis for our continuing effort to provide high-quality service at the lowest price possible. We believe that safe, personalized treatment by experienced professionals in a comfortable place should be available to everyone. Many who might be otherwise limited due to cost considerations to an underground treatment in a motel may instead benefit from a much richer experience through the expert care we provide in this beautiful environment conducive to reflection and rejuvenation.
"The Doctor" Toad
also called Sapo, is a secretion of the Giant Tree Frog (Phyllomedusa Bicolor), native to the Amazon. Used there for many thousand years for malaria, snakebite, and other serious conditions, as well as panema or bad luck. The medicine has unique properties that offer a broad promotion of general health, with amazing results for the immune system, chronic pain, and other serious conditions. In addition, the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties are phenomenal.The restorative effect is unlike anything you've ever experienced.
Small burns to the skin allow us to introduce the frog venom into the body. The intense effects last about an hour for most, though can take longer, depending on the individual. It's best to clear your calendar for the day, and be open to being aware of healing effects for up to three days. You will still be able to function, but the more attention and space you give to the process, the more deeply the frog can support and heal you.
It is definitely best to begin on a stomach that is empty of everything but the liter of water you will drink before we begin. You should be drinking more water from twelve hours before we start, so that both your body is hydrated, and there is water in your stomach. Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
With the application of the venom, some people will vomit, some won't. Some will sweat, some may cry, and some will just have a very healthy bowel movement in the hours that follow. These are all forms of a 'purge', all ways your body releases toxins, and all are to be welcomed. A very few people will have no apparent physical purge at all, but work is still going on, on subtle but powerful energetic and biological levels.
It's good to give yourself the day off, or have planned only very light activity after we conclude. It is also very strongly recommended to bathe before retiring for the night. Most people will feel the positive effects the following day. Some people will feel that things have been 'stirred up' by the process, both that day, and into the days and weeks ahead. This is normal, and provides you with the opportunity for continued work in what you uniquely need to continue to heal. The frog is not a panacea, but a partner in your growth.
Some tribes recommend having three or more sessions within three lunar months. It is entirely up to you how many times you receive, but it is important that we share this part of the lore. There is a cumulative effect when taken this way, and changes can be profound. It's no picnic, that's for sure, but it is concentrated and effective healing, working in concert with your intention to grow and become whole.
The providers and guides who will be with you during this ceremony are not only conscientious about your physical well-being and processes, but are also trained to assist in ways that are energetic and spiritual. You will be in the competent hands of those who care about you, and without judgment, will see you through the often intense processes these ceremonies entail.
Above all, we want you safe on all levels. We will be checking with you individually before we begin to ensure you are in a healthy enough state to work with the frog.
Plants and Animals Allied for Our Healing
5-MeO-DMT/ Bufo Alvarius
The Ultimate Entheogen
Derived from the poison of Bufo alvarius (Colorado River toad or Sonoran Desert toad) and containing 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin, this powerful medicine is the ultimate entheogenic experience for many. 5-MeO-DMT (5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine) is a powerful psychedelic tryptamine that can offer a life-changing spiritual experience. Insight and broadened perspective are additional benefits reported by many.
We offer one-on-one sessions with our experienced guide. In addition, as with other natural medicines, we offer the Toad in combination with other appropriate allies over the course of a session or retreat.
The Wisdom of the Vine
Magical nights of awakening, healing and celebration! The healing process is focused on cleansing and purifying the energy field that surrounds us, eliminating toxic energies from one's environment and the traumatic issues of our past. A variety of modalities are employed including group and individual sessions. Our three day, all inclusive retreat is one of the most popular options.
Dedicated to Healing
Casita Iboga is a cooperative effort by healers, guides, and other practitioners who seek to teach and learn the healing arts with the aid of natural allies, incorporating a wide range of techniques and disciplines, with the broad goals of personal healing, growth and community building. We strive to build a better tomorrow, starting right now.
Our foundation is a commitment to ethical practice, integrity, rigorous personal practices and discipline, and continued learning. Your safety and well-being on all levels is of paramount importance, and you will be treated with dignity, respect and compassion on your journey.
We generally work with one person at a time, or in small groups. That allows us to offer highly individualized care by knowledgeable, dedicated professionals, all of whom have experienced their own transformative journeys and are actively engaged in continuing personal growth.
Established in Baja California as a conventional stationary "bricks and mortar" center, our added focus has become the delivery of services to clients who are unable or unwilling to travel to Mexico. Contact us to see if more convenient options exist for the delivery of our services. Not all medicines that we work with are available at all the venues in which we work. Call us for more specific information.
We always strive for the best
From R.M., a SoCal resident and client for a psychospiritual exploration session:
"I cannot endorse Casita Iboga strongly enough. When I arrived, I was greeted by James who was courteous, professional and welcoming. The environment was the perfect mix of comfort, privacy and peacefulness, surrounded on all sides by natural, beautiful landscapes. James was very honest, open and clear when he explained how the process worked, what I could expect and some pitfalls to avoid. He was there with me for every step of the way, he was always responsive to anything I needed and was willing to do whatever was necessary to make sure my treatment was successful. Over the span of days I spent at Casita Iboga, I was always given healthy, fresh food to eat, the bedroom I stayed in was very well furnished and incredibly comfortable. When I needed space to be alone, I had it. When I needed company to help me process the experience, I had it. I was safe, well cared for and when I left, I felt prepared and healthy, better than I had felt in many years.
Months later, I am still in regular contact with Casita Iboga, I have never felt abandoned or left adrift, but also, I was not over-directed. My treatment was a very personal experience, and I have always felt that Casita Iboga has given me direction in the form of a sign rather than a guide. They helped me to find my own way, rather than show me the whole path. I would say it's worth the trip to Mexico, but that's not accurate. The journey outside my comfort zone was a critical part of the process and crossing the border was a part of that. The trip wasn't part of the cost, it was part of the benefit."
From B.A., an addiction interruption and substance detox client:
"As promised, here is the log of my experience. I'd love to read your notes sometime too. Thanks again for the rebirth. I really needed it.
Down the Br’er Rabbit hole.
I first heard about Iboga through a movie in New York I went to see about psychedelic healing and research. I was especially interested in one man’s story of having come to the United States from Africa to cure the people of this country of addiction.
Having struggled with addiction myself for many years to opiate painkillers, the message resonated with me. More than just pills, I have an addictive personality. Food, sex, deep tissue massage, driving fast, the list goes on. It has been said that I have poor impulse control and I wouldn’t disagree. So, the idea that there was a magic pill out there that could reset my habits, my desires, was too tempting to ignore. We met a lovely young woman in Long Beach who came to our house and talked to both my wife and I about Iboga and what she thought it could do for us both.
After much consideration, we decided that my wife should go first. I’ll leave her reasons out of this narrative as that is her story to tell, but if you’re reading this then chances are you have already heard it. The immediate and measurable benefits from it are ongoing in her life over a year later, so I couldn’t have a stronger reference.
When my turn came around, I was nervous. I had heard and read so much about it since then, been somewhat immersed in the culture of it through my wife by proxy, but I still didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone reported something different, but in every case I learned of, one thing was the same. No one walked away unchanged.
I arrived mid-afternoon at the Casita in Baja Norte, just under an hour south of the border. It overlooks the ocean and a river at the same time- very comfortable furniture, a fireplace, lots of great books. An excellent sanctum sanctorum for psychedelic exploration: No television, few of the American amenities that I am used to, and AMAZING. If only the walls could talk, I’m sure that house has seen its share of adventure.
I had heard that there was a strong nausea effect so I had fasted that day. I hadn’t had my usual morning energy drink either, just water and a little juice. So I had a splitting headache, I was hungry, grumpy, and having just had driven down from LA, more than a bit shagged out. I was having some serious second thoughts about the whole thing, but James was an excellent guide and assuaged my fears like a boss. I decided to damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
We started after dusk. James gave me the first pill, a gel cap with some mysterious white powder in it. I trusted my guide implicitly, and I had no doubt what it was, but there was still a leap of faith as I swallowed that pill. J kept monitoring my blood pressure, remarking candidly that it was a bit unusual, but still OK to proceed. To be honest, I didn’t understand some of what he was saying about the pattern, but James was calm, and having recently had a full physical at my doctor and given a clean bill of health, I wasn’t too worried about it.
We sat by the fireplace and talked, I honestly can’t remember what about. It starts to get a little hazy at this point in my recollection as I put this down. Thirty minutes or so later, I start to feel some mild effects. James gave me another pill, identical in appearance but a third again stronger than the first one. My attention started to wander, I was having a hard time holding any train of thought. The fire felt so good I didn’t want to move, but I knew if I laid down on the couch I wouldn’t be able to get back up, so I had my guide help me up and into bed. It was very difficult to walk at this point, I had a strong feeling of ataxia.
I got very cold and started shivering uncontrollably. James brought in a blanket that weighed about as much as a small black hole and it was the most magnificent thing in the world. At some point, he gives me another pill, this one even stronger. The shivering slowed down into something more like a full body writhing motion that continued unabated for most of the entire experience.
We had started out with this Bwiti tribal music, which was actually pretty good, and interesting, and I really did enjoy it as part of the experience, but I did eventually tire of it and asked to change it. J put Shpongle on, bless his heart and soul. Music by trippers, for trippers. At some point, J gives me one more pill and I am a little incredulous. I ask him, are you sure? I mean, I’m waayyy out there.. He assures me that I should take it, so I did, but I told him I didn’t want any more. He said that was oK, it was the last one. Then things really went sideways.
I don’t know how much time passed. My brain accelerated into some kind of autistic computer. My emotions were all firing at once, cranked to 11, in every direction at once. I felt everything there was in me to feel, simultaneously. Somehow, though, I was able to step back and observe it from a space of detachment, even enjoy it.
It was about this time that I made use of the bucket next to the bed. Thank the gods of hither and yon that I fasted. That could have been soo much worse than it was, and as it was, the taste was something straight out of Vogon poetry. Too horrible for words.
After that, things slowed down a bit, I was able to have some sliver of control over directing my consciousness, but I had an attention span of about 6 seconds. I was solving incredibly complex math in my head, like I had a whiteboard with the solution on it right in front of me, but it would erase every 6 seconds. I started to see words in my head, and I was breaking them down into roots, comparing them, understanding their underlying meanings in new ways.
I remember talking to James at length about Kurzweil, the 8 circuit model, how I was feeling, what I was seeing and hearing. The Shpongle was in rotation with Portishead, another incredible pairing with the experience, but there was this enduring sound, like the jaw harp in the Bwiti music, that was non-stop. In and out, up and down, it wove through Posford’s electronic tapestry. It was bouncing around inside of my hooded sweatshirt in a pleasant way.
Another underpinning of the experience was the near constant nausea and pretty wild temperature fluctuations. I had some mild anxiety about having overdosed and needing to go to the hospital, but James reassured me that was not going to happen. I was sweating more than I had ever sweat, both cold and hot at the same time. I was burrowed down into the blankets pretty deep, I figured that it was better to sweat more than to get the shivers again. My brain was still on overdrive. I was seeing clear visual hallucinations throughout the experience as well. J’s face was morphing constantly, his left ear took up the entire side of this face. The little Domo plush next to my bed was also having the same thing, his face looked like the drug cops in the animated Scanner Darkly movie. Shadows were also constantly moving, shifting, tantalizing like there was some secret truth to be revealed there. Some voice in my head said not to listen, that was just silly. Nothing in the shadows but shadows, no need to delve into that. So I delved into myself instead.
I turned inward, saw the blocks to things that I have long wanted. My physical health and appearance, my lack of progress on my book and other creative projects, things that usually caused me some discomfort to dwell on, were present and painless. I could look right into it, see the fear and doubt just disappear. It was a very illuminating process, but it seemed to happen very quickly, as if that was just the easiest part of the whole thing, then onto the harder stuff. My memory is pretty cloudy but I took the extended tour of my own consciousness in that period of time following. I strayed out of thought and time, as a certain newly elevated white wizard would say. Time was completely out of the question, I had no idea how long things were taking.
I didn’t really sleep, sometime around 8am (that may be a wild guess, I don’t know), I felt slowed down enough where I might have dozed for a minute or two. I did have my eyes closed at this point, and was seeing faces in my eyelids, floating lights, like fireflies, patterns. The music had stopped by this point, but the bwiti music was still strong in my head. It was pretty incredible. I opened my eyes, I think it was 10am or so. I was still feeling dizzy and weak. I was able to get out of bed without assistance though, make my way to the bathroom and then out to the front room. My guide noted how impressed he was with my quick recovery.
I had a little coconut water, hung out on the couch most of the day. I was mostly physically and mentally exhausted, but also still seeing visual hallucinations, still hearing the jaw harp music. I ate some beautiful cut up fruit for lunch and later in the evening some roast chicken, cabbage and fresh guacamole that J prepared for us. That evening I started feeling cold again so I took a hot shower and went to bed early, about 10PM. I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
I woke up the next morning at about 7am, but laid in bed till 10. It was a very comfortable bed. When I did finally decide to get up, I expected the same weakness I had felt the day before but there was no sign of it. I practically vaulted out of bed. I felt better than at any time I could remember. Light, clean, powerful, wise. I was full of energy and mirth, a feeling that persists as I write this. I was anxious to write, to create, to heal.
I had planned on staying another day but honestly I felt ready to get home, get started. Even after a 3 hour wait at the border crossing, my thoughts have never been clearer, more focused than they are now. I am looking forward to the coming days as this newly attained knowledge and wisdom continue to unfold for me."
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