Preparation & Integration
Experiencing this powerful Iboga medicine creates huge shifts in our consciousness. However, the work to uncover the true self does not end when you leave the Iboga retreat environment. In fact the reality is quite the opposite, this exciting and transformative work has just begun.
This is the beauty of the journey but it is important that participants understand this aspect in advance so as to receive the most from this process and to accept the path as it unfolds. Read this article for a broader look at what to expect, and tips on how to ride the wave.
Preparation: The shifts often begin the moment we make the commitment to work deeper within our own psyche. In order to get the most of your experience with the medicine, we will often suggest meeting with a coach or an energy healer once or twice before you embark on your retreat.
Please note- working with a psychic who will predict the future is not advised. The intention is to help YOU uncover and clarify exactly what you are looking to discover and address, not tell you what that will be.
These sessions can also help to best navigate the medicine and integrate what arises within the week.
- Clarifying what you are looking to heal
- Understanding how to best be an active participate in the process as well as be the witness
- Beginning to cleanse the body & environment around you
- Preparing to make lasting life changes
- Learning how to best navigate what comes up during your journey
- Beginning to understand your programming and the subconscious mind
- Addressing an aftercare plan, goals & approach for lasting success
Integration: begins when we leave the ceremony and begin to process what we have learned under the direct influence of the medicine.
Iboga is a powerful tool that sheds light and awareness, but it will never override our free will. The choice to change our lives is ours. Having experienced and unbiased support through this process can be highly instrumental in solidifying healthy and lasting results.
Integration includes the following, as well as many other, elements:
- Learning to stay present in our everyday life; not spending time in pain of the past or worrying about the future
- Staying connected to our truth, valuing our life, consistently reminding ourselves that life is a gift
- Learning how to set intentions and manifest abundance in our life
- Taking the lessons and teachings of Iboga and implementing them into everyday life
- Nurturing our connection to our soul and to the medicine
- Focusing on working through areas of our life that need love, attention and clarity
- Learning to use the mind as a tool, not the master; beginning to change old thought patterns, programming, conditioning and belief systems that no longer serve us; working to break down our limiting beliefs
- Creating a plan to make necessary life changes that bring peace, wellness, abundance and support our highest truth
- Potentially changing relationships, careers, or relocating
- Looking at our life from a different, more grateful and loving perspective
- Beginning to forgive ourselves and learning to cultivate self-love
*Prep & Integration is recommend for EVERYONE, the integration support especially. Without this post-ceremony support the teachings and the transformations are often not as deep nor lasting. It is also critical for those who are looking to heal from addiction and trauma. This journey will truly elevate with the appropriate support, a trained professional will help make the effort and investment deep and lasting.
Why is post-ceremony integration support important?
During a retreat, we are doing intensive healing work in as little as a week’s time. Some will say that this can be equivalent to 10+ years of psychotherapy. This rapid and profound shedding leaves us sensitive, vulnerable, and can be a lot to process all at once. With some objective guidance these lessons can truly be applied to our daily lives.
This is especially true when dealing with deep trauma or post addiction recovery, but it certainly applies to everyone.
In the weeks and months to follow ceremony, we must at times experience our shadow side and often our lightness as well. Integrating these layers of healing is an essential part of accepting the truths in our lives and embracing everything about ourselves.
The work with Iboga encourages us to look deep inside our wounds and traumas to discover the truth, love and light we all possess. It guides back to the connection to ourselves and to all living things—which, over time, has become frayed or broken.
This is the process of coming to self-love, and radical self-acceptance, the real key to freedom in all aspects of our lives.
This can take time, and having unbiased and experienced support is invaluable. This will also help move through the layers in an smooth, positive and supported way.
We have some people whom we trust implicitly, either who have helped us through our own integration or are trusted colleagues. If you are looking to reach out we strongly recommend that you have a conversation with them in advance to see if it is a good fit!
Nanice Ellis~ Conscious Creation Coach & Plant Medicine Integration
Nanice’s coaching programs are designed to help us wake up, to consciously create our life and to embrace our full potential. She has worked extensively with medicinal plants and has a deep awareness of the integration process needed to support the transformation.
Working with Iboga begins to wake us up as our true selves, releasing false beliefs, personal armor and negative patterns. Living as the false self often manifests as self-sabotaging or unconscious behaviors, internal blocks, worthiness issues, resistance, lack of clarity, doubts, fears, blocked creativity, etc… Rather than blaming the false self, there is a permanent cure – waking up as your True Self!
Through a unique combination of spiritual principals, human dynamics, Neuro Linguistic Programming, various consciousness techniques, and an immense amount of of love and compassion, Nanice’s commitment is to help you make inner shifts and take inspired action, that result in real life changes. Read more about Conscious Creation Coaching and contact Nanice.
Angie Arkin~ Intuitive Healer & Plant Medicine Integration
Angie is an intuitive healer, using her intuition to tap directly into what is happening on a soul level with the person with whom she is working. She feels that those of us who suffer deeply are the ones who are most disconnected from their spirit; their source of intuition. Once we are disconnected from our spirit and no longer hearing our own intuitive answers, it’s very easy to become ungrounded and to feel lost, adrift and confused in our daily lives.
Intuitive Healing as a way of reconnecting you to your spirit so you can begin to have a clearer communication with your higher self. Iboga helps reconnect us with our soul and Angie can greatly assist in continuing to strengthen that relationship and clear out other unwanted energies and patterns from our past. Angie has extensive practice working with medicinal plants and post ceremony integration and deeply understands where we can be after such a life-altering experience.
Amber and Anthony have worked with Angie on a personal level for several years and have great reverence for her abilities to help support one’s healing process. To read more about Intuitive healing and to contact Angie click here…
Being True To You- Transformational Recovery Coaching
Deanne Adamson and her nurturing and qualified team provide preparation and integration aftercare to support you through psycho-spiritual transformation and/or trauma or addiction recovery. The specialize in post plant medicine integration support with a focus on but not limited to addiction recovery.
Their intention is to best prepare you for this experience, support your early and long-term recovery, and follow-up with the kind of integration and accountability you’ll need to succeed. BTTY offers more comprehensive integration recovery coaching sessions with certified Being True to You Recovery Coaches. You will continue you transformational experience through coaching sessions to ensure you create lasting results after your experience. Integrating your Iboga ceremonies, especially relating to trauma/addiction recovery require ongoing introspection, integration, and dedication beyond what’s normal for you.
Anthony and Amber have trained with BTTY and feel that this is the most effective and compassionate recovery program specializing in addiction recovery. For more information click here…
Michelle D’Avella~ Breathwork Teacher, Spiritual Mentoring
Michelle D’Avella is an author, certified Breathwork facilitator, and spiritual mentor.
Through her writing, podcasts, spiritual counseling and Breathwork sessions she helps empower clients to heal their emotions and transform painful experiences into valuable lessons. She does powerful one on one coaching as well as provides self-paced and affordable web-based material that anyone can do on their own.
Michelle believes that “nothing that says hidden can truly heal”. Her work helps to uncover the hidden wounds so that we may heal to the core. She offers self-empowerment tools so that clients can reclaim their beauty.
Michelle is an advocate for showing up for yourself, honoring the healing process, and creating a soul-fueled life. Learn more about Michelle and her invaluable tools and her work at Pushing Beauty and follow her on Instagram for daily doses of inspiration.
Deanna Feeley~ Plant-Based Recovery Support and Integration Services
Deanna is a certified Addiction Recovery Coach, Brennan Healer ®, Mindful Somatic Practitioner, and Systemic Family Constellation Facilitator. She has worked in the field of personal healing for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience with personal transformation through work with Ayahuasca, Iboga and other plant-based medicines. Deanna began working with Ayahuasca in 2002 and began assisting others in this clinical space seven years ago. In July of 2016, Deanna traveled to Gabon, Africa where she completed her Full Initiation into the Bwiti tradition.
Deanna earned a diploma of Healing Science from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing in 2006. She advanced her training in Somatic Experiential Psychology at the M.E.T.A Institute of Oregon and the Human Systems Institute. Deanna trained in the Hakomi Method of body-centered psychotherapy, Human Character Theory (maps), Family Constellation work, and mindfulness. Deanna offers a wide variety of clinical services in her practice including, Pre- and post-experience integration, Sober Companionship, Post-Treatment care coordination and Recovery Coaching.
Deanna is available for one-on-one sessions (in-person or via Skype), workshop facilitation, and organizing and assisting in healing retreats. Read more about her and contact here for a consultation.