Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
Iboga and the Missoko Bwiti tradition support people to heal themselves from within. We see that the soul of each person has the answers to their most sacred questions—and these answers can be discovered with the help of the medicine. It is our sacred duty at SoulCentro to support that connection between the soul and the medicine.
In the Missoko Bwiti tradition, connecting with one's soul is central to all healing. When honored, the soul serves as the clear compass for authentic happiness and visionary creativity.
It is the soul that calls people to this powerful and intelligent medicine. And once you say yes, the medicine is already working on you even from far away.
Here, guests can experience traditional Missoko Bwiti ceremony and the Iboga medicine with the highest possible medical standard of care and with the blessing of Bwiti elders, drawing on a decade of experience with hundreds of ceremonies and an excellent safety record.
Retreats are offered at a peaceful, private center near Paquera in the southern area of the Nicoya peninsula, Costa Rica. Enjoy the lush tropical environment, fresh air, quietude, sunny days, gulf ocean views, and local pristine beaches. Wildlife abounds and enchants daily: scarlet macaws, monkeys, foxes, iguanas, and a virtual symphony of birds.
Iboga ceremonies can be among the most challenging of all plant medicines, and yet they can be among the most healing and liberating. Every journey is unique. Difficult days may be followed by deep peace, clarity, and insightful contemplation. Though Iboga is most commonly known for its ability to help heal addiction, its deeper functions are spiritual discovery, deeper self study, visionary creativity, and soul-aligned strategy. This is a truth medicine, for people who want to know the truth about themselves, their relationships, and the nature of life itself.
The medicine is sustainably and ceremonially sourced from mature, wild plants through sacred relationships. Reciprocity is a sacred principle for the SoulCentro team, supporting collaborative service projects with our indigenous community in Gabon as well as scholarships regularly gifted to Costa Rican citizens.
Exquisite hospitality is our intention. Upon arrival into Costa Rica, guests are transported to our space by a professional driver. An exquisite pool overlooks a tranquil view. Guests enjoy a visit to a beautiful, spacious nearby beach. Gourmet, fresh food is prepared by a chef according to individual dietary preferences. Filtered and mineralized water is always available. Fresh organic juices and smoothies are served daily. Enjoy private air conditioned suites with queen sized beds and fresh, hotel quality fine linens. Bathrooms are stocked with locally made, organic, essential oil infused toiletries. Housekeepers attend to the space daily. Certified, seasoned massage therapists are present for optional treatments.Description of Services:
YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
• 2 Traditional Bwiti healing ceremonies with an opportunity to experience the Holy Root
• Sustainably & ceremonially harvested pure medicine from mature, wild plants
• Bwiti initiated & trained medicine facilitators
• 24/7 qualified team support
• High staff to guest ratio
• Intimate group sizes limited to 6-10 guests
• One-on-one Bwiti counsel session pre-retreat with lead facilitators
• One-on-one comprehensive, personalized medical screening & preparation
• 24/7 expert medical support on site
>>> Important as the medicine is active for up to 72 hours
• Beautiful accommodations at a private center
• Private pool overlooking a tranquil view of lush jungle forest
• Gourmet, healthy, gluten-free, primarily organic meals with accommodation for individual dietary needs
• Traditional Bwiti river spiritual shower ceremony to help release the past that no longer serves and to call in the desires of the soul
• 1 Outing to a nearby beach or nature preserve
• All-levels, trauma-informed yoga + meditation with a certified yoga teacher
• Preparation & integration support talks onsite
• Creative arts integration activities
• Private, professional retreat shuttle transport to/from SJO airport
• Professional massage & spa services with organic products available on site (extra cost)
• Nearest medical center 20 minutes away
• The signature SoulCentro Preparation workbook filled with preparation information, questions, and projects
• The signature SoulCentro Integration play-book filled with integrative information, questions, and projects
• One-on-one integration Bwiti counsel session with a lead facilitator post-retreat
• Complimentary monthly Bwiti “Fire Talk” online integration calls for all past retreat guests, to help stay connected to the medicinePractitioners:
Co-founder and visionary artist Chor Boogie aka Gnyangou has been acknowledged as a nganga (healer and seer) by his Missoko Bwiti elders, after a decade of dedicated study and service with the tradition, completing the rite of passage, and receiving multiple advanced initiations. His Bwiti name, Gnyangou, means that he carries the medicine of the sun.
Co-founder Elizabeth Bast experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation, rite of passage, and immersive iboga provider training. She is a double certified, trauma-informed yoga teacher and has completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course. Along with her husband Gnyangou, she traveled to Gabon numerous times to experience the rite of passage and to study the traditional ways of knowing. Her Bwiti name is Mbeye, which means that she carries the medicine of the river.Team/Medical Staff:
Dr Douglas Rosales, MD brings rich experience with 15 years of service supporting over 2000 people in traditional Bwiti Iboga plant medicine ceremonies over 15 years with an excellent safety record. He has researched the medicine at length and is uniquely qualified to support healing with Iboga being ACLS certified. His background in university psychology studies is an added gift. Douglas brings a sensitive and responsive presence to the work, ever available to support physically, mentally, and spiritually. His personal relationship with the sacred medicine shines through.
Robert Chapman, RN is a seasoned medical nurse who is uniquely qualified for supporting medicine work with the Holy Root, with his background in critical care, trauma, cardiac care, & psychiatric assessment. He is ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support) certified and TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Courses) certified. Robert guides guests through our medical intake screening process, supports onsite on select retreats, and consults for our other onsite medical support team. Robert has also experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation and rite of passage. He draws on 3 years of personal work with the medicine including 3 immersive visits to Gabon. His Bwiti name is Ngonde, which means the moon, ever reflecting the light. He brings his medicine of compassion, humility, gentleness, dedication, and steady presence to SoulCentro.
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Nganga Gnyangou "Chor Boogie", Elizabeth Mbeye Bast.Group Size: 5-10Price Range: $4200-4400
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
An online preparation workshop is offered prior to the retreat, with comprehensive guidance on how to prepare for this unique medicine in mind, body, and spirit. Guests are guided through a comprehensive medical and psychiatric screening with our medical director who has extensive experience in intensive care unit & critical care, psychiatric nursing, and addiction recovery.
The 8 day, 7 night retreat framework offers two “flood dose” medicine ceremonies, for an accumulative effect that provides deep physical cleansing as well as a psycho-spiritual journey. During the ceremonies, guests receive ample attention, often with a high staff to guest ratio. The team skillfully supports people through this unique medicine experience, with staff available 24/7 for any need. One-on-one counseling is provided to all guests with lead facilitators.
A traditional spiritual shower ceremony is offered at a private nearby river with fresh herbs.
Our seasoned medical directors are onsite 24/7, not just on the night if ceremony, which is very important for this powerful medicine which can last 48-72 hours in total. The nearest medical center is just 20 minutes away. We have a clear plan for any emergency, though emergencies would be rare with our comprehensive medical screening and support. Our medical directors have a perfect safety record after 900+ ceremonies.
Guests are amply attend throughout ceremony nights. On the day after ceremonies, staff offers fresh coconuts, soups, bone broth, herbal teas, and fruit throughout the day, with continuous support and attention as needed.
Personalized, medicine-informed yoga classes from a certified teacher are offered onsite.
Preparation and integration circles and coaching are also offered onsite.
We also offer a private online integration circle after the retreat. In addition, we offer free monthly integration circles for all past retreat guests. We also offer resources for additional integration support including our signature preparation & integration "play books" and listings for medicine-informed recovery programs, coaches, therapists, and counselors, and local psychedelic support & integration groups.
The SoulCentro team supports medicine sustainability and reciprocity projects in collaboration with indigenous Bwiti elders.Intake Process:
Guests begin with a complimentary psycho-spiritual consultation by one of our Bwiti trained providers to explore if treatment is a good fit for their needs.
Guests are then guided through a comprehensive medical and psychiatric screening with our medical director who has extensive experience in intensive care unit & critical care, psychiatric nursing, and addiction recovery. Required lab tests include:
• 12 lead EKG confirmed by a cardiologist
• CBC (complete blood count)
• Hepatic (liver / metabolic panel)
• Renal (kidney panel)
Tests may be sent via scan, email, or fax, or HIPPA compliant fax.Supplemental Modalities: Meditation, trauma-informed gentle hatha & yin yoga, optional massage & spa treatments with a certified therapist, nature immersion, traditional Bwiti spiritual shower ceremony, preparation & integration workshops onsite, 1:1 traditional counselingPsychedelic Substances Offered: IbogaHow does this Center source medicine?:
The medicine is sustainably and ceremonially sourced from mature, wild plants through sacred relationships with Bwiti elders in Central West Africa.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes