I have been blessed to have now completed 2 individual week-long retreats working with Awaken Your Soul Iboga facilitators, Amber and Anthony. My first retreat was located in the jungle of Costa Rica, and provided a beautiful natural setting. Coming to the retreat I had not anticipated such a beautiful balance of the Male and Female energies in working with the medicine spirits and holding sacred space. When I sat next to Amber during the opening ceremony, I felt as if I was being sucked into a vortex of immense and unconditional love. I felt extremely safe and remember listening to her calm and grounded words inviting us in.
Iboga is the Master of Plant Medicines, and I was not sure what to expect from the ceremonies, journeys, integration and recoveries. Although there were some obstacles at our retreat location, Amber and Anthony went above and beyond to ensure that we were all held within a very safe and structured container. This was the best week of my life. I was able to let go and allow the medicine to do the work. I was catered to with fresh food/nourishment, caring and open hearted conversations. The opening it created in my heart and mind was more than I had ever anticipated, and for that I am truly grateful.
Then a few months later I was called to participate in a second retreat. The hospitality was second to none, from the retreat location surrounded by the beauty of nature for enjoyable hikes, to the nutritious and balanced food programs. Amber’s culinary expertise adds much flavor, and Anthony’s Bwiti wisdom teachings were always spot on.
My journeys hit home, opened me up and gave me the confidence to love myself in a way that I never have before. I know I will be back to visit with Iboga again someday, and when that time comes, I will be calling Awaken Your Soul! Of all Shamans or Facilitators I have worked with, I can easily and honestly say these 2 beautiful souls are in a league of their own.
– Anne F.Testimonial Anne F.
Working with Anthony and Amber at Awaken Your Soul has been an pivotal experience in my life. They create a safe and supporting space for deep work and transformational healing. The experience grounds you in the present moment with the truth of who you are, allowing you to move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and perspective. I can’t recommend their services enough to those who feel the calling.”
– John C.Testimonial John C..
The most incredible inner journey, spiritual awakening and ‘re-setting’ old stories and programs occurred with Anthony and Awaken Your Soul!! The spiritual journeys lead by Anthony were beyond anything my mind or past experience could have imagined or created…, and the integration has been even more subtle and powerful at that same time. Finding myself surrendering ever deeper into the medicine and now continuing that practice when back at home…priceless!!! Grateful for the incredible care of the Team, the nourishment, the love and the guidance to dive ever deeper!! I am eternally connected and appreciative…
– Ron M.Testimonial Ron M.
“Anthony has guided me to see the truth in myself, which has led me to see the truth in my life. This has been an overwhelmingly loving and empowering experience that I get to live each day. I trust Anthony’s intuition and perspective so much that he also provides counseling to my children. I recommend Anthony without reservation.”
—RILEY K.Testimonial Riley K.
‘I have faced various struggles, ranging from severe depression, Lyme disease, and numerous diagnoses of mental illness. I have been prescribed dozens of pharmaceuticals including anti-depressants, benzodiazepines, opioids, and anti-convulsants to ease symptoms. For over a decade, I searched for answers and guidance as to how I could better improve my mental state and overall well being. I had been hospitalized several times and tried different rehabilitation programs in the form of in- and outpatient. Things took a plunge downward when I seemed to be out of solutions and conventional medicine and therapy had reached a dead end for me.
As a desperate attempt to find answers, I called an Iboga center in Costa Rica. I was greeted by Anthony, who I chatted with about my obstacles and overall fears. I was relieved to hear my experiences were not out of the spectrum of having a solution, so long as I was willing to put in effort to help myself. I set up several different sessions to speak with Anthony about my experiences, as well as what steps I could start to take to better improve my health.
What has been so remarkable working with Anthony has been his unique touch in how he builds a true, personal relationship with who he is working with. I have no words to express his ability to subjectively listen to what I have to say and be able to see the core potential behind my struggle.
With Anthony, I am in good hands. Most of my life, I have been given advice as to what others would do if they where in my shoes. Anthony has helped me find a solution that resonates well with my beliefs and is in the bounds of who I am, not who others think I should be.
To me, Anthony has not only become a mentor but a friend, someone I can trust and truly care about. I still have work to put in on my journey back to health, but thanks to Anthony’s guidance, I have a been able to find direction and newfound hope in my life. Something I have been seeking for a long time.”
—ANDREW R.Testimonial Andrew R.
Within minutes of talking to Anthony, I knew I was speaking to a man with integrity and a heart of gold. At the time, I was in an incredible state of suffering and it was soothing to talk to a genuine, caring, and healing soul in my state of mind. He talked to me for hours, and genuinely wanted to help me. Even when he found out I wasn’t going to the Iboga center, and he wouldn’t make money off me, he still regularly checked in on me and gave me some contacts that could help me. Anthony is a rare breed, and his honesty, intelligence, and ability to ground all of the insights from medicine work is truly one of a kind. I couldn’t think of anyone better to work with when making the transition from deep psychological plant medicine work back to ‘real-life.’ Anthony will be a great friend for the rest of my life.
– JOSH M.Testimonial Josh M.
You can’t fear yourself with Iboga. It won’t let you. Because this medicine is where fear goes to die. Courage will give you the strength to face it, but it’s Anthony’s knowledge and guidance that will give you the tools to defeat it. I trusted him with my life to get me to where I couldn’t get to by myself. His intentions were for me, and me alone on this journey of rediscovery. From the profoundly safe and intimate space where I laid helplessly in his care, to his insightful wisdom that navigated the dimensions of my mind, body, and soul. He helped me reclaim who I am, and what I deserve to become. I can honestly say, the experience changed my life. Let it change yours.
—HUNTER B.Testimonial Hunter B
As a fellow Iboga provider and Bwiti Initiate, and as someone who has walked deeply on my own path with this medicine, there is no one I can recommend above Anthony Esposito in his gift of guidance. He offers support that is fully founded in his own plant medicine work. It is this personal knowing that makes his coaching so valuable. Many therapists and psychologists are not familiar with the unique integration experience that follows a plant medicine ceremony. To best navigate a person through this time, the support and integration must be dialed to the plants—and, in this case, to Iboga specifically. I know no one else who has chosen to take the path of counseling and also knows this medicine so well. Not only is Anthony well-qualified to assist with Western models of counseling and addictions work, he is also a provider of the medicine, has been trained by a Bwiti shaman, and has journeyed to Gabon, Africa and undergone Full Initiation and Rites of Passage ceremonies.
Anthony’s true understanding of Iboga’s spirit is magnified even more greatly by his innate gifts in guidance and coaching. He is a profound listener. His heart is fully in his work. His complete presence is felt throughout all interactions. And his advice is solid. Founded. Grounded. Intuitive. Built upon Bwiti teachings and his own life experiences. His methods are directed to empower, not victimize—an area where many Western models of therapy fall short. What he is offering the plant medicine community is unprecedented at this time.
—DEENA C.Deena C.