Robert Payne has been program director at IbogaLife since 2009. His first encounter with ibogaine in 2006 resulted in the cessation of 17 years of hard alcoholism and he has been devoted to the plant since. Robert was a presenter at the first Ibogaine conference in Sayulita Mexico in 2009, then again in the 2012 Vancouver conference. In 2009 and 2010 he split his time between doing NYC underground ibogaine treatments with Dimitri Mugianis and attending Bwiti ceremonies in Gabon, where he learned traditional methods of administration and setting for iboga experiences and earned the Bwiti name Bovenga NaMuduma.
Bovenga particularly trained in Music, iboga administration, spiritual baths and songs and chants performed during ceremony.
Robert struggled with the DEA and in 2011 and was prosecuted for ibogaine possession within the United States. Practicing inCosta Rica since 2012, Robert is the innovator behind the unique IbogaLife ceremonial protocols. He has conducted more than 600 safe iboga ceremonies.