Iboga Wellness Center

About This Center

Iboga Wellness Center, located in beautiful Costa Rica, offers spiritual retreats and detoxification (including depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual trauma, self improvement, drugs, etc.) programs to provide people with a rich opportunity to heal themselves on three levels: body, mind, and spirit.

Our emphasis is on all three levels of healing mind, body and spirit. because healing is much deeper when problems are resolved on the mind and spiritual level first. Physical problems are often the result of deeper underlying spiritual/mental issues.

Iboga / “Ibogaine” retreat center in Costa Rica

Our center has been designed to create an environment that will support your healing process. Located in the northwestern corner of Costa Rica, we are about 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean on a ranch property. Our beautiful guest rooms made with local materials provide an extremely comfortable, beautiful, and friendly place to focus on healing and spiritual growth. We have many areas where you can just be alone or have a conversation with another guest or a member of our staff.

We work with the powerful plant medicine, Iboga. This medicine comes from a small tree that grows naturally in western equatorial Africa, primarily in the country of Gabon. Our iboga is a gift that we receive directly from our Bwiti village in Gabon. Iboga has been used by the people of this area for countless generations as a tool to heal the body, mind, and spirit. These people are called the Bwiti. All of our Iboga providers have been trained in Costa Rica and Gabon by a Bwiti shaman and have been initiated into the Bwiti through ceremony.

We do NOT use the pharmaceutical, Ibogaine. Ibogaine is extracted from the Iboga tree (Tabernanthe Iboga) but the extraction process causes it to lose many of the amazing properties of pure, natural Iboga. Chemically, Ibogaine is 1 of 12 alkaloids that occur in the Iboga tree’s medicine. We believe that Iboga in its natural form, with all of its alkaloids, is the best way to use this medicine. It is the way Nature made it and it contains organic keys that provide access to the spirit of Iboga.

Our providers perform ceremonies that are similar to those done in Gabon, but oriented to people from North America and Europe. Most of our staff is from the United States, but we have worked with people from all over the world. Everyone on our staff shares a common goal to provide an experience that will truly help you and allow you to be able to heal and know yourself better.

Iboga has been found to be extremely helpful in 2 major areas:

- people with addiction, depression, or anxiety problems.

- people who are seeking to grow spiritually.

For opiate addicts, Iboga can eliminate the need for more drugs and significantly reduce the effects of withdrawal. For people with other addictions, Iboga can be used to eliminate the need for alcohol, weed, tobacco, or other substances. For depression and anxiety, Iboga is very effective at revealing the underlying causes. For spiritual seekers, Iboga can reconnect you with your soul/spirit and allow you to experience spiritual discovery.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about our center or the way we do things here. We are happy to answer your questions. (contact info blocked)
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If we take care of the present moment, the future will take care of itself. Levi - Bwiti Iboga Provider

Venue Highlights

Located in Guanacaste Costa Rica Iboga Wellness Center has been providing psycho-spiritual iboga retreats for 5 years. The highly trained Bwiti trained iboga providers have years of experience guiding people through this deep process to help clear out any blockages that may be holding back oneself in life. From doing hundreds of iboga retreats with exceptional results Iboga Wellness Center is one of the most trusted names doing iboga treatment.

Iboga Wellness is located on a 400 acre farm that offers guests the chance to connect with themselves on a deep level without any distractions. The retreat center is surrounded by fruit tress, a large river and abundant wildlife including monkeys and exotic birds.

Iboga Wellness was designed to offer a Bwiti iboga ceremonies in a traditional context while also offering the amenities that people from first world countries can appreciate.

Accommodations

Iboga Wellness offers retreats with 5-7 people each having their own private room and private bathroom if they wish. The retreat house has 8 bedrooms in a unique yet beautiful Costa Rican home that is made from exotic woods and stones. There is plenty of space for people to have their privacy if they wish while going through the iboga experience.

Iboga retreats are a lot more intimate than some of the other plant medicines. Iboga is a deep experience that requires a lot of hands on attention. Our iboga providers are there to make the process as effective as possible while guiding people with the ancient Bwiti tradition to reach their goals in life.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Fresh organically minded meals. All diet types are accommodated.

Directions

Liberia (LIR) airport in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Reviews  
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  • Tom G.   October 19, 2019

      Levi is Great

    Levi has been very supportive throughout my entire Iboga process. From the very first moment that I reached out to the Iboga Wellness Center through their online inquiry form, Levi was quickly in touch with me, and I spoke to him on the phone within the next day or two. He answered all my questions, and shared some wisdom and advice that was quite helpful and useful. Once I decided to actually sign up for a retreat at the Iboga Wellness Center, Levi made me feel supported and connected as I prepared for the retreat over the next couple months with regular emails and quick replies to any questions or concerns I had. His gracious demeanor was encouraging during my decision-making process, and ultimately my preparation process, once I decided to go for it, and sign up for the retreat. Once I got to Costa Rica, Levi picked me, and then a few other people in my group up from our hotels with a van. I felt welcomed and connected even before arriving at the center. Throughout the 8 day retreat, my respect for Levi only grew stronger. With his openness of sharing his past tribulations, triumphs, and wisdom, meeting his family, and with the genuine support from the rest of the staff at the center, it was a gracefully-run operation at the center, which all seemed to be led by Levi. Having spent a significant amount of time at different healing centers around the world, both as a guest and a staff-member, with years of experience in the ayahuasca world, I know how difficult it can be to create and hold a safe space for people do work so deeply on themselves. Unfortunately in many of my experiences, many retreat leaders, facilitators, or 'shamans' are motivated by so many different types of impurities. That is why I did a lot of research before ever introducing myself to Iboga, and ultimately chose The Iboga Wellness Center for my first experiences with Iboga. I could not be more satisfied with my decision. The entire experience felt safe, pure, and transparent. I know a lot of people are called to plant medicine for deep healing, and may be reluctant or indecisive when choosing which plant medicine to work with, or with who, or where. Of the many retreat centers that I have spent time at on my path, and of the many plant medicines, or spiritual techniques I have practiced or studied deeply, Iboga is The medicine for anyone who is 100% serious about making serious changes in their life, or anyone willing to face themselves and truly willing to let go of anything and everything that does not serve their optimal health or true happiness. And if you are looking for a safe space to seriously face yourself with the help of Iboga, Levi and the Iboga Wellness Cetner will provide you a safe and comfortable atmosphere, with support, encouragement, and helpful wisdom and knowledge. Levi has even taken the time to follow up with me on the phone and by responding to my emails since the retreat, which I really appreciate. 5 stars across the board for the medicine, staff, location, support before, during, and after the retreat. Can't say enough good things about Levi and the Iboga Wellness Center.

  • Ruby Rosen   September 26, 2019

      Amazing, Safe and Powerful

    I can't recommend Iboga Wellness Center enough. Levi, Peter and the caring helpers to excellent care of all of the guests. They were available, knowledgable, reassuring and compassionate. I felt well cared from the start. They arranged all transportation to and from the airport and excursions. The accommodations were comfortable and welcoming and the food was great. They continued to make themselves available after the retreat by personally following up and providing integration support resources. Traveling to a foreign country to do Iboga could be an anxiety provoking endeavor but it was as low stress and well planned as I can imagine anything similar could be. I'd recommend IWC to anyone interested in deep psycho-spiritual exploration and healing.

  • Shanan CW   September 26, 2019

      Biggest Life Change

    After going to the Iboga Wellness Center for one week, my negative self talk is completely gone and I feel a calmness and groundedness that wasn't there before. It feels like I've returned to my natural state. 30 years of therapy in one week. I can't recommend this place high enough. Levi and all of the providers were outstanding supportive and caring to work with. Permanent healing happened for me.

  • Anonymous   September 10, 2019

      WARNING: Iboga Wellness Center let me leave in a delusional state which almost led to me KILLING my own mother.

    Background: I came to Costa Rica to take Iboga for myself and my mother stayed in a nearby hotel for support; however, she was not supposed to be involved in the retreat at all. Summary: (1) I began having delusions on iboga (which some people have) (2) Instead of calling their local doctor who provides IV’s that stabilize iboga clients, IWC let me leave IWC while I was in a delusional state before the retreat was over. (3) They let me leave to my mother’s hotel although she begged them to let me stay at the wellness center. (4) Once I went to the hotel, because of the delusions, I choked my mother which could have resulted in her death (luckily this happened in the lobby of the hotel where security guards pulled me off of her). (5) My brother called IWC asking if I could be readmitted for medical care because I was in an unstable state, and their response was that it was their “day off” so they cannot provide help. (6) Because of my delusions, I became violent again, at which point my family called an in-hotel doctor (who was unfamiliar with iboga) and the hotel planned on sending me to a regular hospital that is unfamiliar with plant medicine. It was only once IWC realized this, that they let us return to IWC and receive medical care from a doctor they are connected to who knows how to deal with iboga clients. (7) Once I received medical care, I started feeling better. But, I should have received this care from the beginning instead of them letting me leave with my mother. (8) After I returned home from Costa Rica, IWC did not send me an email (which they sent to the rest of the retreat group) that includes Bwiti spiritual lessons and integration coaches' contact information, although I messaged them for integration help and for knowledge on Bwiti culture. I was excluded from the group email. I am writing this review to warn potential clients that although IWC has helped many people, they also created a situation for me and my family that could have resulted in a DEATH. By the way, Iboga was a miraculous medicine for me, cured me of depression, and gave me a whole new life. However, I would not recommend the Iboga Wellness Center based on what occurred, because I believe someone can die at the hands of their care.

  • Kyle Coursey   August 21, 2019

      This is what you are looking for

    Truly Amazing!!! IBOGA is the ONLY thing that has ever helped. Why should you choose the Iboga Wellness Center?... The people actually care and are there to help. Which means the world. That is the difference, And that is what actually matters when you are doing something as serious as this. The deciding factor should not be the cost or the accomodations. it is not the amount of ceremonies it is not the hype or the location. It is the care and the experience of the people who will take you on this journey and be there for you. Thank you IWC!... FOR EVERYTHING!!!

  • Norelle S Adams   August 03, 2019

      Safe and powerful space to heal, remove blocks, and receive love

    Iboga Wellness Center is an incredible place to safely heal all things related to discomfort-trauma, blocks, programming, etc, etc. Probably the most important aspect in choosing a place to do this deep healing work is knowing that you are safe and protected. When doing an intense medicine such as Iboga, it is imperative that you feel comfortable in your surroundings to let the medicine do its work. I felt incredibly comfortable and safe with all of my needs met when I went to try Iboga for the first time at IWC. Thank you to all involved during my retreat for your love and care. I feel blessed, I feel lighter, and I feel free from any self imposed restrictions of the past. Much love and appreciation!

  • Gary asatryan   July 22, 2019

      Life changing experience

    I would like to take a moment to thank the iboga wellness center and each individual person for helping me with a very deep introspection and finding my inner peace. I came to Costa Rica with an eagerness to alleviate my anxiety, get rid of bad habits, detox my body and answer questions I couldn’t seem to find the answers to within. I feel so blessed and fortunate to have been able to have had this life changing experience. I feel like I had a life reset, a second chance. All of the inner work, the long term patterns, my actions and behaviors, and internal damages were revealed to me. I took a deep look at myself and embraced the wisdom and teachings and feel an overwhelming sense of freedom now. I have experienced a profound change, a grounding and calmness has washed over me. Thank you again to the doctors, the staff, the amazing humans I met on this journey and the center for your heartfelt assistance, guidance and healing. I have discovered a new me, awakened my consciousness and I’m so excited to be on this new journey of self love!

  • Judy Wang   July 14, 2019

      Homey retreat

    IWC offers an unpretentious space for seekers to look deep within themselves. From the nutritious meals to the familial atmosphere, the organizers strive to maintain a safe container that is conducive to healing. Iboga can dredge up a lot from the psyche, but the staff never made me feel judged. I will forever remember Mateo's comforting words when some deep emotions arose: "This is when healing occurs." I felt loved and cared for during that moment of vulnerability. The staff are passionate about sharing the medicine because they have experienced the healing themselves. I am touched that they braved malaria and discomfort in Gabon so that we may also have access to this powerful healing tradition. May the earth nourish our soul.

  • Becca Surrey   April 24, 2019

      Life changing!

    I am so happy that I made the decision to attend the 8 day Iboga retreat at the Iboga Wellness Centre. I could not have asked for a better envirnonment and a better team to guide me through the process. Levi, Peter and the volunteers were absolutely amazing. They are so knowledgeable and passionate about the medicine and I trusted what they told me about the process and I was right to trust them - although it is a difficult at first, this will pass and life gets better and better as time goes on. I am in such a good place right now, the medicine has helped me to make some very important decisions that I have been struggling to make for months, even years. The team are such a great support and they really do care about each and every guest and I feel so blessed to have their ongoing support throughout my journey, including now that I have left the retreat. If you are interested in Iboga as a medicine then do not hesitate to contact Levi at the Iboga Wellness Centre, he will speak to you over the phone first and answer any questions you have and help you decide if it's the right medicine for you. I will never forget this experience and will be forever grateful.

  • Amy Blackmon   April 23, 2019

      I got my life back.

    This medicine has significantly changed my life for the better. The experience is incredibly challenging to go through, you truly live through your worst thoughts and memories over the week, but the people and atmosphere at Iboga Wellness Center make the process as easy as possible. After the week was over everything was and is gone for me: the anger, sadness, fear, guilt, shame, insecurities, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, panic attacks, sleepless nights. GONE. It’s all just not there anymore. I have suffered with PTSD, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, and insomnia for more than 20 years and tried almost everything to get out of the terrible mental/emotional state I was in. Iboga worked and is still working. It’s the closest thing to a miracle that I’ve ever witnessed. I am eternally grateful for IWC and the opportunity I was given to start my life again. Love to all, bassé!

  • Megan Sheafor   April 17, 2019

      Heal from the inside out

    There are so many amazing, profound, beautiful, divine, transformative, powerful, loving things to share about the Iboga Wellness Center. I'll do my best to keep it short and sweet! The entire experience was radically life changing. Everyone at IWC is amazing, beautifully kind, nurturing and healing in spirit. I felt so so safe during the retreat, I felt like I was home. The medicine healed me in so many simple yet powerful ways. I learned that self love comes first and I'm not really able to show up in life as well or help others nearly as well if I don't treat myself with the upmost kindness and respect. I learned many other things, tho this one was so key to my happiness, when i had thought that it was selfishness before, now i understand the laws of nature and that abusing yourself is totally going against nature. I've always been into helping heal the earth or creating a more sustainable system for earth and i truly understand now that it starts with the care of ME! My mind has been deprogrammed and re-wired through the medicine. This gift is absolutely priceless. Everyone could use it. Life is such a gift and I now overstand this. I asked for help, I received it and I am forever grateful to everyone involved in my healing. Words fall short to express the sheer gratitude and thanks that I have inside. I love you self, I love you IWC. Thank you. Just thank you:) :) Love, Meg

  • Logan Pothast Pothast   April 01, 2019

      Logan Pothast

    My experience at the Iboga Wellness Center was the most profound experience of my life! It helped me become aware of my limiting beliefs that was causing me suffering. The medicine also helped me bring up the root of my addictions. I'm forever gratefull for the experience. The staff did an amazing job holding space for everyone. They are some of the most whole hearted people I have met. Outside of the medicine, my favorite part of the whole retreat was the food! The cooks are excellent! The farm is beautifull; went horse back riding and had a fun time. I give it a 10 out of 10:)

  • Joseph Sylla   February 13, 2019

      Wow great people

    Great food Gluten free or not Fresh fruit coconuts all day Amazing staff Really safe comfortable bed laundry serves nice pool

  • Elsa McMakin   February 04, 2019

      Profound Healing Possible Here.

    My experience of Iboga Wellness Center was one of profound healing and transformational insight into my own nature. The setting and staff at IWC create an atmosphere of safety, love, and comfort. The pace here is VERY SLOW. I enjoyed unplugging my technology and just allowing myself to be immersed in the sounds of the retreat: soft footsteps on teak floors, the rhythmic sounds of women sweeping, men raking, sheep bleating, monkey's calling, birds chirping, people laughing, the occasional clank of a pot being cooked in, the deeply satisfying rasp of the coconut tree leaves blowing in breeze, water pouring into the pool, the soft hum of an air-conditioner unit doing it job... This is just the background soundtrack to an amazing life-altering journey with Iboga that the retreat is centered around. You are in the hands of masters when you partake in this sacred rite of passage that has the potential to induce very high states of conciousness and a deep revelation of Truth. The only thing I lost on this retreat was my vast accumulation of negativity and illusory belief systems- which I now see have no intrinsic value. I felt as if the medicine (Iboga) cleared my cookies and wiped my slate clean. I came face to face with my soul and saw that she was the most beautiful, perfect, gentle, kind, loving being imaginable. After that, unkindness to myself has become practically impossible. The subjective experience of the medicine can be accompanied by an intensity that many will find overwhelming, but for those willing to trust the experience there exists the potential for great rewards. This pathway is not one to be casually embarked on without a deep and clear intention to see and acknowledge the Truth within oneself.

  • Peter Harriss   January 25, 2019

      Lie Changing

    Most incredible experience of my entire life without a doubt. Nothing comes even close. Staff is so loving and welcoming. you are in good hands here. Do it, I promise you won't regret it.

  • Kip Wood   January 24, 2019

      Life Changing

    Beautiful location, great food, great hosts, but most of all great medicine. This iboga retreat will change your life. If you are interested in one of, if not the, most profound experience of your life, join the guides at Iboga Wellness. You will be well cared for during your journey.

  • Alex Federici   November 14, 2018

      A Truly Wonderful Place

    To call Iboga Wellness Center “life changing” is to undersell just how truly wonderful this place and these people are. I can effusively talk about the power of iboga, how it has helped me overcome illness and depression, and how I have watched it change the live of a couple dozen people (one of which being my partner), but that is the medicine. What makes this place so special is those who run it. Gary, Levi, Mark, Chelsea, Nick, and Izzy are family to me now. They lovingly provided a safe home for me to do some of the most difficult work in my life, and they all did it with smiles on their faces. I could not possibly recommend Iboga Wellness Center more. When I am there, it feels like home. These are beautiful people, and the medicine they serve is profound.

  • Alex Federici   November 14, 2018

      A Truly Wonderful Place

    To call Iboga Wellness Center “life changing” is to undersell just how truly wonderful this place and these people are. I can effusively talk about the power of iboga, how it has helped me overcome illness and depression, and how I have watched it change the live of a couple dozen people (one of which being my partner), but that is the medicine. What makes this place so special is those who run it. Gary, Levi, Mark, Chelsea, Nick, and Izzy are family to me now. They lovingly provided a safe home for me to do some of the most difficult work in my life, and they all did it with smiles on their faces. I could not possibly recommend Iboga Wellness Center more. When I am there, it feels like home. These are beautiful people, and the medicine they serve is profound.

  • Francesco Philip Brown   September 23, 2018

      Iboga Wellness Center Review

    If you want to work with Iboga, this is a safe and supportive place to do it. The ceremonies were well run. The surroundings are peaceful and the staff are all very nice, approachable and friendly. The accommodations are comfortable and clean too. And the food is good. I really appreciated the fresh fruit and coconuts which were always available. You have a lot of quiet time to process whatever you may be going through. I would suggest bringing things to keep yourself occupied during quiet time like books, art supplies, music to listen to, edifying videos, card games, running shoes if you want to take a jog.

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