My partner and me, and a small team of helpers work together with iboga, ibogaine, addicts and others seeking the sacred root for healing. We work out of our home in a beautiful little town in coastal, jungly mexico. We began growing iboga five years ago and now have fifteen plants, two large mature fruiting mama plants and the rest new babys, and my dream is to begin a farm, and do our part towards making ibogaine therapy sustainable out of love for this amazing and unique plant.


   


 
Christopher Laurence : Iboga Therapist, Director of Iboga Root Home
I am a former addict and ibogaine patient, and an ibogaine/iboga provider with over thirteen years of experience. I was homeless and hopeless and addicted to hard drugs for over nine years when I found ibogaine, or it found me. I was living under a bridge, hooked on the methadone program, and still shooting drugs and literally dying of liver failure. Before all of this I had been a wandering and adventuresome kid who loved songs and gardens and cats and wild creatures and wild places. My adventures and my pain led me to escapism and drugs and I lost my way and myself upon the way. I had tried many traditional treatment programs, jails and detoxes in frequent attempts to get clean with very little success. In the winter of 2002 my big sister located me living homeless in cold hard Massachusetts and helped me find ibogaine. In the spring of 2002 I did ibogaine with Eric Taub and it saved my life. I was irrevocably transformed. After ibogaine I felt as if I had my soul back. I felt whole for the first time in many years. I was free. And I never went back. I began apprenticing to provide ibogaine 6 months later and found everything I needed to continue my life in a good way; meaningful work and purpose, the nourishing inspiration of having the front row on peoples miracles and transformation, and a community of addicts and former addicts finding healing together. I had something beautiful to belong to. And I have continued gratefully. 13 years later my life and my work have continued to evolve and transform. I have studied with many elders and many traditions and many medicines. I have gone to Gabon and been initiated into Bwiti, the Gabonese spiritual tratitions surrounding the use of iboga. I have continued to learn and to grow as a provider and as a person. I do my work with love and integrity. I have treated hundreds of people. My wife and I work together with iboga, ibogaine, addicts and others seeking the sacred root for healing. We work out of our home in a beautiful little town in coastal, jungly mexico. We began growing iboga five years ago and now have fifteen plants, two large mature fruiting mama plants and the rest new babys, and my dream is to begin a farm, and do our part towards making ibogaine therapy sustainable out of love for this amazing and unique plant.

For those interested in traditional Bwiti initiations in Gabon contact ebando.org. These traditions are unspeakably beautiful and life transforming.


   
 
Mari Smith: Iboga Therapist, Co-Director of Iboga Root Home
Six years ago I found ibogaine which broke the spell of self-hatred I was under and exchanged it for compassion. The same tenderness we feel for a hurting child can be the hardest of things to give to ourselves even though we're all at times wandering lost like children under the remote heavens. Ibogaine for the one undergoing treatment can sometimes take on the form of panoramic memory capable of bringing great personal revelations and self-understanding to the dreamer. For me the gifts of the visions as well as the profound long term neurochemical repair that ibogaine generated forever changed me. Six years later (though still plenty shy and reclusive) I find myself no longer standing outside the circle of life like a stranger but am within it, just as we all are and truly always have been within it. It's a wondrous thing to feel that you belong when you can't remember ever having felt it deeply, fear is a powerful force and we learn to cope with our fears in order to survive. The survival mechanisms of drug addiction, compulsions of sex, money, food, extreme isolation, all arise as an attempt to patch a wound, a void. I struggled for years with depression and anxiety, at some periods seeking heroin for numbness and for many other years just making it through the night until sunrise was enough. Throughout my life I've been involved in various forms of art such as sculpture, painting and animation. I'm happy to give traditional instruction to anyone interested but more importantly I want to encourage people who have set art aside to pick it up again and enjoy it with a fresh sense of curiosity free of self-criticism or expectation. Many people lose their creative selves along the way and it's an essential thing to renew the unfettered imagination while receiving a neurochemical second childhood, the rebirth, that ibogaine blesses us with. I am honored to assist my husband Christopher in providing ibogaine to those who seek it. To iboga I owe the branches of my life that are now bearing fruit which had once seemed locked in winter. It is my dream to grow an iboga farm so that we as humans so deeply in need of healing can find it sustainably and will not in our desperation crush the very thing that blesses us or cause injury to the cultures from which it originated as a holy sacrament. To those that know iboga it is holy and truth and love.

View animated short films by Mari:
The Little Ones who Grow in the Rain
Egretta, a Painted Animation


We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky, and lost among the subway crowds I try to catch your eye.
-L Cohen




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