About This Center
Iboga Plant Medicine Retreats
Iboga is an incredibly powerful tool for healing all aspects of our lives. It is more powerful than we can sometimes even believe. One week with the Iboga medicine can truly begin to transform a person. We see this over and over and over again.
Awaken Your Soul retreats offer a warm and nurturing approach for those seeking clarity from the medicine, helping them feel safe and comfortable to explore their deepest truths. These retreats are not a “vacation” but rather a departure from an old, stale and often uncomfortable way of being.
This time offers our guests the opportunity to experience an elevated state of consciousness combined with healing foods, breathwork, art therapy, yoga, meditation and an open and safe environment for people to feel greatly supported to explore themselves in the deepest way possible.
At Awaken Your Soul we use the FULL Iboga root and not the pharmaceutical grade Ibogaine- thus serving the full spirit of the plant and all of the wisdom that it provides.
WHAT IS IBOGA?
Iboga is a small shrub growing wild throughout Gabon and Cameroon. The root bark contains alkaloids which are scraped, powdered and ingested, containing entheogenic properties which have been used for spiritual study for centuries.
Used in a shamanic setting- Iboga is an incredibly powerful spirit tool to begin to transform the way that we think and how we approach our lives as a whole and is appropriate for many seeking an overall reset.
As a very deep medicine with ancient wisdom, Iboga gives the user direct access to personal truth, and because it offers profound and life-changing insights, it is often called “the master of all teacher plants.”
Retreats are held over 7 nights/8 days (cost includes including airport transfer).
AYS groups are very intimate with 6-8 guests per retreat, thus giving us more time to support your individual process.
Our holistic approach offers many supportive elements in complement to the medicine throughout the week:
- Organic Vegetable-Driven Food (some eggs, pastured chicken served)
- 2 group integration circles
- Individual preparation sessions
- Integration support during retreat
- Access to post-retreat integration monthly group calls
- Optional Microdosing in between ceremonies
- Wholistic Breathwork
- Art Therapy
- Gentle Yoga
- Emotion Code Sessions (additional fee)
- Reiki (additional fee)
- Relaxing & Deep Tissue Massages (additional fee)
- Dry needling- similar to acupuncture (additional fee)
Many thanks to AYS staff. This is true healing and transformation, I hope everyone suffering from trauma, lack of self-love, addictive mindsets, or just looking for the path to love and truth, experiences a week here. It will change your life!
Venue HighlightsOur magical property sits on a lush 91 acre property in the mountains of tropical Costa Rica- just over an hour from the San Jose airport. The retreat space includes 3 separate houses, a huge waterfall-fed natural swimming pool, mountain streams, orchards, walking paths and abundant wildlife. There is plenty of space for solitude and absorbing the healing power of mother nature, which we find is medicine in it's own right. We also offer several other healing modalities as well as encourage connecting with others!
AccommodationsThere are a number of different room accommodations/options, both private and shared.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Ceremony Space
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineThe food is plant-forward and consciously prepared by chefs trained by Amber's culinary business The Naked Bite. We proudly source our produce, dairy, pastured chicken and some dry goods from a local organic farm Tierra De Sueños.
DirectionsWe are located 35 miles west of the San Jose airport (SJO- a little over an hours drive) and we include airport transfer on the first and final days of the retreat.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Rebecca Crane November 08, 2019
I was incredibly impressed with the style, warmth, and class of Awaken Your Soul’s iboga retreats. The vibrant beauty and professional therapeutic frame, the scrumptious food, the attention to detail, and authentic heartfelt engagement with each participant I witnessed was above and beyond. Anthony and Amber clearly love what they do and offer an ideal setting for profound catharsis and healing to take place. I can’t wait to go back!
Josh Kelly October 31, 2019
I was blown away by the beauty of the property and the experience. The property is gorgeous with lots of different fruit trees, a swimming pool, iguanas, and comfortable rooms. The food was particularly outstanding as Amber runs (used to run?) a healthy food private chef company in Austin, and brought her skills and knowledge to oversee the best retreat food I've ever experienced. Just the food, vibes and relaxation would be worth the price on their own, but of course the real reason to come is for the Iboga. After some experiences with immature and under-qualified shamans, I'm very picky about who I'll take plant medicines with. I did my research and spent a lot of time talking to Anthony before this retreat. And I'm so glad I went. Anthony is absolutely well qualified to serve this medicine! He's not some super-shaman and doesn't pretend to be, he's a very experienced facilitator and space holder. In my judgement, he's very much a man in his integrity. Which is what the Iboga spirit demands of all of us. He has done A LOT of his work, and stands as an example of the gifts that Iboga has to offer for those who are willing to do the work. Iboga isn't usually "fun" or "a good time" but it sure is transformative. It's been a big part of my path and helped my immensely with healing and growth. As I'm writing this right now, I can feel my gratitude and awe for Iboga, for Moginda who brought the medicine to Costa Rica and from Gabon, and for Anthony, Amber and Raven, who introduced me to this unbelievable alley for truth. If you feel called, this is as good as it gets. Go! Basse!
Ryan Graves October 30, 2019
I spent a week at Awaken your Soul in April. Not only did I find the work life changing, the space that Anthony, Amber, Raven, and the rest of them team provided for me was absolutely perfect. I’ll admit a sense of terror was in me prior to the journeys, but they all made me feel comfortable and answered all of the many questions I had. The food was incredible, the Sanctuary was stunning, and the housing was cozy and comfortable. It’s the absolute perfect place to do this work. This was six months ago. My life has gotten increasingly better. I can’t wait to go back.
Daniel Murphy October 29, 2019
I have traveled and tried many things in my life, the Awaken your Soul Iboga Retreat is by far the most incredible and useful experience that I ever lived. Amber and Anthony and all their staff are just amazing and experienced people that guided me through this journey. I arrived to their sanctuary with high hope and high expectation and at the end, everything that I needed was for filled!! The ceremonies are an amazing awakening and cleaning of some of patterns and addiction you have created over time. I feel so much more connected now with my true self, loving my self like ever before. I now feel that I have the control for choosing what I want in my life. The environment, the accommodation and the food is just simply amazing! Thank you again Amber and Anthony for this life changing experience and for taking such good care of me!! I will be back!!!
Gabriel Martinez October 28, 2019
Awaken Your Soul is truly a special place. Amber and Anthony are the beyond gracious, supportive and welcoming. They make you feel like family and care deeply for every guest. The space itself is stunning and posses a raw natural power and beauty that is instrumental in the healing process. The rest of the staff are lovely and truly demonstrate the virtues of holding space and being in service of others. The food is also delicious, healthy and super fresh. I feel that healing happens on many levels and both the nature and the nourishment played a huge role in my process. The medicine, of course, is the main attraction and it will undoubtedly provide any person with a profound experience. I don’t care to discuss the specifics of the two journeys that I underwent, as they are sacred to me and also wouldn’t make much sense to anyone else. All I can say is that I was shown very powerful and clear images and given many messages that have transformed my life and shifted my mindset completely. The ceremony itself is beautiful and treated with extreme reverence by Anthony. It’s clear that he holds the medicine very close to his soul and wishes to share it with anyone who is willing to do this type of work. I highly encourage anyone who wishes to connect to their soul or truest self on a deep level to come to Costa Rica and take part in this incredible and unique live changing experience....And as they say at AYS, Bassé! -Gabriel
Victoria Zubowicz October 26, 2019
Awaken Your Soul is absolutely magical!!! I was instantly at ease when we pulled up to the beautiful sanctuary and Anthony greeted me with baby Luna. Anthony and Amber are master healers and created a beautiful retreat, and I am so grateful I found this place to continue my healing from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Even the time I spent preparing for the retreat was healing by cleaning up my diet, removing high amounts of caffeine, journaling, etc. The week in Costa Rica was life changing through the plant medicine, technology detox, nutritious plant based food, conversations with the staff, etc. I felt like I was spending a week with my spiritual family, and I cannot wait to come back in the spring time to continue my journey! I love everyone at Awaken Your Soul and cannot say enough good things about this place!
Jason Gibson October 26, 2019
The experience I had at Awaken Your Soul (AYS) could not have been better! The staff was amazing and Amber and Anthony have cultivated a perfect environment for setting aside distractions and letting your heart speak to you. I really like that Bwiti traditions are incorporated into the ceremonies and you can feel that there is deep reverence for where the medicine comes from and the people that have shared it with us. One thing that was particularly helpful was the integration talks, in groups as well as individual, which gave a better understanding of the experience and how to take the lessons learned from Iboga home with you. I took Iboga two years ago which helped me overcome addiction and it has been amazing watching the changes unfold in my life as I learn to live with my spirit guiding me. In this past experience at AYS I came with three loved ones, one being my father of 62, and I feel we have grown closer through the experience and our relationships are changing and growing stronger. Iboga is such a great teacher! I always thought the term “plant medicine” was silly until I took Iboga. In a time where it can be easy to get lost in information, expectations, and distractions Iboga offers perspective on life and what is and is not important. Thank you Iboga and thank you everyone at AYS for such an amazing and healing retreat. Jason Gibson
Terry Hambrick October 25, 2019
Anthony and Amber have definitely been on their own Hero's Journey and they bring the heart, soul, skill and capacities to facilitate you in your journey in a beautiful setting with kind and benevolent support staff and comfortable accommodations. This medicine is laser-focused on getting YOU to recognize YOUR patterns and deep inner truths (and lies) so that you can transcend and transform in ways that other methods or personal growth only hint at accomplishing. Bring your open heart, your willing spirit and your clearest intentions into this experience and you will be rewarded without question. Be ready to change. Be ready to move. Be ready to confront your weakest link so that you discover your Highest Power and your most potent self. The food is great (Amber is a Chef, after all!). The surroundings are amazing and supportive and healing in their own right and their own manner. The staff during my retreat was awesome; knowing just when to assist and when to stay close but allow, allow, allow the unfolding of the participant. This is a deep process and, having explored other plant medicines in various settings, the "Set and Setting" here is just right for the depth of the journey. Take the leap!!
Anne Frank October 25, 2019
I have been blessed to have now completed 2 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. The hospitality was second to none, from the retreat locations 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. Namaste, Anne
Jamie Sills October 24, 2019
This was my first experience with Iboga, and to be honest, I never would have done it if weren’t for my stepson Jason. I thought I was coming here in a supportive role for him, more than for me. What I didn’t realize is that there are no accidents and this medicine had a plan for me. From the moment I arrived at Awaken Your Soul, Amber, Anthony and the entire staff here seemed like long lost friends. They are an amazing and friendly bunch of people who genuinely care about you and want to see you heal and transform your life. The facility here is a beautiful, tranquil oasis surrounded by the jungles of Costa Rica. The food is amazing and we had some great yoga & breath work sessions. My Iboga journey was truly life changing. I did not realize how much I was hurting myself and making my own life more difficult with the limiting belief that I was unworthy. Iboga showed me that I am worthy of love and forgiveness and so is everyone else in this world. I am forever grateful to this medicine & also Awaken Your Soul for providing the most safe and loving atmosphere anyone could ask for. I went into the jungle feeling alone & and came out as one with my soul. Thank you!! ❤️ Jamie Sills
Mandi Witkower October 24, 2019
Diboti Iboga (Thank you Iboga!) Diboti Anthony and Amber (Thank you Anthony and Amber!) Diboti Awaken Your Soul (Thank you Awaken Your Soul!) My life has been forever changed by Iboga and I am so very grateful! I was lost and lonely and afraid of the future. I was struggling to figure out who I was versus who I wanted to be versus who I was becoming. I was torn apart by grief and regret and self loathing and feelings of inadequacy and guilt for feeling any and all of these emotions. I felt like I should have my life figured out already and I beat myself up for not being where I wanted to be or where I thought other people expected me to be. I was desperate when Iboga found me... and I say, "Iboga found me," because it did... If you are reading this... Iboga found you too! I believe that with every ounce of my soul. I had never heard of Iboga, but I was searching... searching for anything... I needed help. I needed love and peace in my soul. I started looking for yoga retreats and realized maybe that wasn't enough. Next, I searched for mental health retreats. Next, meditation retreats.... in every search, with every keyword I chose, Iboga kept popping up. I had never heard of it before. Finally, after a couple weeks of searching, I decided to call and find out more about Iboga. Anthony Esposito answered the phone immediately. We talked for over 45 minutes. I felt like I had known him for years. I felt like he cared... a lot. He was so easy to talk to and I felt no judgement from him, just a pure love and the desire to help me. I got off the phone with him and collapsed on the floor sobbing. I knew at that moment that I NEEDED Iboga in my life. Since that first chat with Anthony, I have worked with Iboga on three different retreats over two years. Every experience has been so unique and has helped shape me in completely different ways. I have grown immensely. I have been able to reconcile things in my past that I never knew were still holding me back. I have learned to forgive myself and actually really LOVE myself. I have become more open and accepting of others and my life is just so much more full than I ever could’ve imagined. Anthony and Amber are amazing listeners and incredible advisors and friends. They care deeply and are in this journey for the long hall. This is not a one-week experience where you are forgotten as soon as you leave. These two people are now part of my family and I am so grateful to have them as friends. They celebrate your victories (great or small) and encourage your growth. They are available and connected and loving and kind. They have embraced me into their circle and supported my journey completely. My heart beats louder and visibly beams when I think about Iboga, Anthony and Amber, and Awaken Your Soul! Choosing Iboga was the best decision I have ever made for myself. If you would like to hear more about my experience or to ask me any questions at all, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mandi.witkower. I would love to share more about how Anthony, Iboga and Awaken Your Soul have changed my life forever. Basse~ Mandi Witkower
Milvi Mikkor October 23, 2019
Awaken Yor Soul was my 4th experience with iboga. My first 2 started the process of breaking, one step at a time, through the illusions that had been my defenses all my life. The clearing of emotional and mental debris let me start to see the world, both inner and outer, through fresh eyes. I did the full initiation in Gabon in 2015, and came to AYS almost 4 years later with more questions. I can't describe how much of a reward it felt just to step on the property! So much natural beauty combined with Anthony, Amber, and Raven's deep understanding of how iboga works with the soul. They provided all the nurturing, support, and space I needed. I had 2 very deep and turbulent, but also very insightful and healing journeys. I really think they do the best job of giving everything you need for personal development wherever you are. Are you reading the raves about the food? Delicious, nourishing, plenty... such delight!! Thanks again everyone at Awaken Your Soul!!!
lucia antonelli October 23, 2019
I was a guest at the Awaken Your Soul Sanctuary because my husband was an attendee of a retreat. I spent a week in this sacred space created by Anthony and Amber absorbing the beauty of the this hand wrought space that was created with love. The grounds are magnificent..a natural habitat for birds, howler monkeys, frogs, and all manner of insect life. And beautiful rain!!! While I did not participate in the Ceremonies with the medicine, I did attend a ceremonial fire with my husband, and I felt like I was a part of things.The chanting and prayer was deeply mesmerizing and beautiful. Anthony and Amber have a true gift of sharing their own inner journeys that is translated into the Ceremonies, and facilitates the attendees with their search for their own truth. I found the fire ceremony deeply moving. Anthony is a true leader with a clarity of purpose that must be experienced directly. And Amber is a Lightworker and an integral part of this spiritual center. Then we have the food, which is holy and clean! I loved every minute of being in their space and will definitely return.
Nate Bunger October 23, 2019
Ten years of therapy in one night! That's exactly what I said the day after my first Iboga journey at Awaken Your Soul. It's now been several months since that day and it remains one of the most powerful and transformative weeks of my entire life. The hosts Amber and Anthony are second to none. They are caring and intuitive when you need them and also know when to give you your space to process your journey. I can't say enough positive things about this unique and beautiful place. If you are wondering about this retreat or about what Iboga can do to transform your life then wonder no more. I wouldn't hesitate to say that if you are reading this then is the beginning of the next chapter of your life. A chapter of love and personal awakening beyond anything you've ever experienced. But deep down I'm sure you already know that ;) Just go already!
Tori Heath October 23, 2019
It is hard to put into words how I feel about this retreat. Anthony, Amber, and Raven have created such a truly magical and transformative environment. The property is gorgeous and all of the staff make you feel welcomed, accepted, and give you the space to be honest and vulnerable. This retreat gave me things I didn't know I needed. I am now open to making changes in my life and excited about making those changes. The yoga sessions were great and the breathwork we did was very releasing. My boyfriend went to an Iboga retreat two years ago which led us to go on a retreat together and I don't think we could have picked a better place to experience Costa Rica's beauty and Iboga's healing. This was an incredible experience and I will definitely be back in the future.
Patrick Fishley October 23, 2019
I went to awaken your soul as a nurse provider during one of their retreats this year. I cannot say enough about the staff, and whole experience. Anthony and Amber are gifted and well trained providers who bridge the traditional ceremonies of Bwiti with the safety of western culture. I felt so much love, and compassion amidst the powerful teachings and soul healing journies. Our space was beautiful, food was amazing- perfect for healing. They took care of everything. I felt instantly like I was part of their family... and I still am! come with an open mind, a heart of surrender, and prepare to reconnect yourself with your soul. Thank you again for everything. I am going back again shortly and cannot wait
Andy Mendenhall MD October 23, 2019
My life is forever transformed in the most deep and positive manner. Iboga is a master root medicine-a grandmother, unique, nurturing and incomparable. Amber, Anthony, Raven and the Awaken Your Soul staff are truly inspired experts. I look forward to returning to this amazing center and remarkable team in the future. I encourage anyone seeking a soul healing pathway to consider this team and this medicine path.
Loren Spurgeon October 23, 2019
Having taken iboga several times I was familiar with the medicine and its ways. But I was taken with the way that Anthony and Amber designed the ceremony, administered the medicine, nurtured me emotionally, supported me nutritionally, and held a sacred space for transformation. It was, and continues to be, a life changing event. Anthony's training with an African Shaman both in Costa Rica and in Gabon, Africa shows in his reverence for and knowledge of the powerful iboga transformative plant. Iboga is sometimes referred to as Grandfather and during my experience I received direct spiritual guidance, visitations from my ancestors, and a view past this physical world into the spiritual world behind each of my "manifested realities." The kind, caring, direct, powerful, and accommodating space created by Anthony and Amber is truly delightful. Their space is conducive for releasing addictions, experiencing metamorphosis, gaining spiritual guidance, or throwing off the constraints of cultural curtailments. An amazing experience with amazing medicine teachers!
Raven ervin October 16, 2019
When I first encountered the medicine IBOGA I had no real idea what I was walking into. In my younger years I experienced physical, emotional, and mental abuse. I also had a substantial amount of sexual trauma. These pains followed me my entire life effecting how I engaged with the world and with myself. For the past 5 years I had been doing the work to heal the aspects of myself that were still in pain and filled with sorrow from my experiences yet I had only began to scratch the surface. Upon working with the medicine I realized just how much I still needed to address and with the help of IBOGA I was able to find healing, compassion and my true voice and nature thru the process. Not only have I been able to make peace with my past in ways I did not believe was possible I have also been able to heal the habits, coping mechanisms and beliefs about myself that developed because of my traumas. I have been able to see myself in ways that I was simply blinded to before. My relationship with myself is filled with love where before it was filled with disgust, and dislike. Where I once felt like a victim I now feel like victorious. I recognize and believe that I deserve the best where I once settled for crumbs. My life has been transformed because of this Medicine and as a continue to work with IBOGA I continue to heal on deeper levels and come more closer to myself, my friends and family. At Awaken Your Soul you are surrounded by helpful souls who are also doing the work. They embody compassion, love and understanding and are highly equipped to handle anything that comes up during your experience. You can feel safe to actually feel your feelings, to cry, to scream, to be angry, to be in a ball of heaping tears, whatever you need. And support will be there. If you are seeking a medicine that will truly transform your life and wish to experience this sacred medicine in a safe and strong container then Awaken Your Soul is the place for you.
Chris Charles October 15, 2019
The love and patience I received from everyone at awaken your soul was unparalleled in helping guide me through my process and journey with Iboga medicine. Being encouraged to break my walls down and feeling supported in that is something I will always appreciate. From the food, to the medicine, to the property, everything is done right with extreme care and love.
Marc Anthony Simione October 15, 2019
I cannot begin to say how grateful I am for the support and wisdom both Amber and Anthony gave me during my stay at Awaken Your Soul. Not only is this Shangri La in the jungle of Costa Rica, but the talented chefs who nourished us with the delicious food is nothing I have experienced before. I have been working with Iboga and the Bwiti for seven years, and the deepest transformation work I have done has been under the guidance of Anthony Esposito. He’s done his own work, is connected with the spirit of Iboga, and was vulnerable and selfless when helping me reach the roots of suffering. Life throws some curves and pushes your mind to the limits. I chose to spend time working with Iboga plant medicine this summer to reach a deeper knowing about the love inside me, becoming intimate with everything, and releasing trauma from self-betrayal. This is the magic of Iboga, it knew what I needed to unblock self-doubt and free myself to make truthful choices in my life. There is nothing more powerful than connecting with your soul, and freeing your mind to create the life you were meant to live. This is what I received at Awaken Your Soul, it was priceless! I received a piece of wisdom from the spirit world that literally shifted my mind and soul on a path to freedom, no fear. “You are so good, you have no idea. You’re well taken care of no matter what you do” Many thanks to the staff at AYS. This is real deal healing and transformation, I hope everyone suffering from trauma, self-love, addictive mind, or just looking for the path to love and truth experiences a week here. It will change your life! Peace, Marc Anthony
Lindsey April 02, 2019
Anthony, Amber and Raven create a warm, safe environment that helped me re-connect with my emotions and myself. Going into this journey, I was nervous and very new to plant medicine. Through the pre-work and ongoing conversations, I let my guard down and be vulnerable. The journey help me get in touch with my emotions and I feel like I reset my view on life. I'm excited about my future and feel so grateful to have worked with them. Every guest got something different from the retreat and I can't wait to go back. It was a tough but powerful week.