Meet Us

Meet Us

Anthony Esposito

In early 2013, the Spirit of Iboga called Anthony to heal the root causes of his depression, anxiety, addictions, and PTSD from sexual trauma. His experience was so powerful and profound that it became immediately clear he would serve the sacred medicine and spread the teachings of the Bwiti tradition.

Just weeks after his initial life-changing ceremony, Anthony returned to Costa Rican and began working with the medicine both on a personal level and in a training capacity under a 10th generation Bwiti shaman. In December of 2013, he traveled to Gabon, Africa, and completed a Full Initiation into the Bwiti tradition. In July of 2015, he returned to Gabon and underwent a Rites of Passage, a journey the Bwiti use as a passageway from childhood to adulthood.

Through his dedication to finding peace within himself, and by facing his own truth, Anthony has unveiled his innate ability to help others access their own healing power. He maintains deep gratitude for all of his experiences—the challenging and the beautiful—which have shaped his path and led him to harness his mind and connect to his heart, passion, and purpose.

He has developed a deep relationship with the Spirit of Iboga, and has extensive experience leading ceremonies, serving the medicine, guiding the guests on explorations of spiritual self-discovery, and assisting them through the transformations that follow.

Today, Anthony spends his time between Costa Rica and Austin, Texas with his wife Amber (known as the chief of the village). Anthony’s deep connections to Self, and to the Spirit of Iboga, allow him to guide others through sacred ceremony and through the integration of these teachings. Read more about Anthony…

Amber Antonelli

Amber found her spiritual path quite by “accident” in 2010 when her husband Anthony was seeking relief from depression, anxiety and addiction. Initially it was their work with Ayahuasca in Thailand and Peru that began to open her to a new way of looking at her life and the world. One of the first and most profound shifts was in her approach to her food.

Since she was very young, Amber has found immense joy creating in the kitchen. This passion for cooking grew quickly into a lifelong career. Very shortly after returning from Peru in 2011, Amber created her conscious culinary business, The Naked Bite, cultivating a presence and connection with food in a whole new way. She began to channel her teachings with the medicine into her passion for healing foods, educating others to change their approach the health of their body, mind, spirit and the world around them.

Through Amber’s work with Ayahuasca and The Naked Bite immense internal shifts had begun, but it wasn’t until years later after beginning to work with Iboga that some of the deepest teachings fell into place. Through dedicated self-inquiry- Amber has been able to heal on multiple levels through her own connection to spirit and the infinite wisdom of this incredible teacher plant. She gains wisdom from many teachings and traditions, and believes strongly that we are our own most powerful healers.

Amber has spent significant time in various retreat environments, providing food medicine, emotional support and guidance for the guests. Working with Iboga has heightened her already strong intuition to understand how to best serve those during their healing journey. She currently shares her time between Costa Rica and Austin, Texas, and feels deeply honored to have an opportunity to support others through their own heroic search within. She works personally with Iboga consistently and holds the highest reverence for this gift that continues to set her free. Read more about Amber…

Deena DiBacco

Raised on the East Coast of the United States, Deena navigated a career in Journalism until Iboga’s presence helped her heal a 10-year addiction to opiates. Through Iboga, the crumbling of her former life—as an addict and a professional navigating an unfulfilling career—became the shining light that illuminated a life she never dreamed possible. Since her initial Iboga experience, she has dedicated her work to spreading this plant’s healing message to the world, through both written word and ceremonial practice. In July of 2015, she journeyed to Gabon, Africa, where she completed her Full Initiation into the Bwiti tradition and her Women’s Rites of Passage.

Deena facilitates aspects of the website and content creation for AYS.