Teresa Rufus

Assistant Facilitator

Teresa was raised in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico and often taken on family field trips into the prickly wilderness of lava craters and mountains, thus creating a love affair with nature. When she grew up she worked in the creative arts—theatre, dance and writing—and co-managed a wilderness ranch based on principles of conservation, eventually leading to the protection of almost a million contiguous acres of ranching wilderness.

As can be quite common; Teresa’s home life as a child was riddled with woundings and traumas. Her coping mechanism became a mental fantasy world and loss of self that eventually meant full out-of-body dissociation and PTSD. Ultimately, the way Teresa avoided feelings of pain and fear was through affliction rather than addiction. In her late teens, she developed mono and since through the decades has had progressively worsening and debilitating mystery illnesses like Chronic Fatigue and Lyme Disease that often kept her from participating in the life around her.

The most recent iteration of the affliction was a “catastrophic toxic mold exposure” in her home five years ago that caused extreme reactivity, and forced Teresa to leave home, family and city. Selling almost everything she owned, she hit the road as a mold refugee/gypsy, sometimes lasting only up to three days in a place before the reactions became severe again. Teresa moved between hotels and airbnbs, but was constantly on the lookout for anything that would help the condition.

When Teresa first heard of Iboga, she wondered– If the medicine could reset an addict’s mind, could it reset mine? If the medicine could detox and clear old patterns, she thought it might help her end this vicious cycle of illness that haunted her. In 2014 went to the Iboga House and after three profound, enlightening, soul-filled ceremonies, she finally found relief. Iboga helped when nothing else had touched Teresa’s condition. In addition to being effective at detoxing the mold toxins, it showed her clearly the root causes of the affliction. Her experience was beyond all that she had hoped for and knew immediately that she wanted to go deeper.

Accompanied by a mindful diet and wellness regimen, Teresa’s extensive work with this plant has taken decades off of her 68 year old body in just a matter of 2 years, proving that her deepest pain and traumas actually became her greatest strength and her fountain of youth.

Teresa has grown to love Iboga as a precious teacher and guide and her dearest wish is to be of service to this profound medicine and those who are guided to do this work as well.

Teresa Rufus

Assistant Facilitator

Teresa was raised in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico and often taken on family field trips into the prickly wilderness of lava craters and mountains, thus creating a love affair with nature. When she grew up she worked in the creative arts—theatre, dance and writing—and co-managed a wilderness ranch based on principles of conservation, eventually leading to the protection of almost a million contiguous acres of ranching wilderness.

As can be quite common; Teresa’s home life as a child was riddled with woundings and traumas. Her coping mechanism became a mental fantasy world and loss of self that eventually meant full out-of-body dissociation and PTSD. Ultimately, the way Teresa avoided feelings of pain and fear was through affliction rather than addiction. In her late teens, she developed mono and since through the decades has had progressively worsening and debilitating mystery illnesses like Chronic Fatigue and Lyme Disease that often kept her from participating in the life around her.

The most recent iteration of the affliction was a “catastrophic toxic mold exposure” in her home five years ago that caused extreme reactivity, and forced Teresa to leave home, family and city. Selling almost everything she owned, she hit the road as a mold refugee/gypsy, sometimes lasting only up to three days in a place before the reactions became severe again. Teresa moved between hotels and airbnbs, but was constantly on the lookout for anything that would help the condition.

When Teresa first heard of Iboga, she wondered– If the medicine could reset an addict’s mind, could it reset mine? If the medicine could detox and clear old patterns, she thought it might help her end this vicious cycle of illness that haunted her. In 2014 went to the Iboga House and after three profound, enlightening, soul-filled ceremonies, she finally found relief. Iboga helped when nothing else had touched Teresa’s condition. In addition to being effective at detoxing the mold toxins, it showed her clearly the root causes of the affliction. Her experience was beyond all that she had hoped for and knew immediately that she wanted to go deeper.

Accompanied by a mindful diet and wellness regimen, Teresa’s extensive work with this plant has taken decades off of her 68 year old body in just a matter of 2 years, proving that her deepest pain and traumas actually became her greatest strength and her fountain of youth.

Teresa has grown to love Iboga as a precious teacher and guide and her dearest wish is to be of service to this profound medicine and those who are guided to do this work as well.