Bovenga has been program director at Oka Center 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 Na Muduma. Bovenga particularly trained in Music, iboga administration, spiritual baths and songs and chants performed during ceremony. He struggled with the DEA and in 2011 and was prosecuted for ibogaine possession within the United States. Practicing in Costa Rica from 2012-2016, he is the innovator behind the unique Oka Center ceremonial protocols now offered at a 19th Century hacienda in Yucatán Mexico. He has conducted nearly 1000 safe iboga ceremonies.
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Neal Catlett September 06, 2016
Bovenga Na Muduma AKA Bobby treated me in February 2014 primarily for dependence to opiates. After treatment I didn't change anything as far as my life style goes and before I knew it life hit me with a problem...I didn't know how to deal with it because Im a life long drug addict so I wen out and relapsed this time on cocaine, Although Bobby was upset, he did decide to treat me again again at a discounted rate and I have not had to put any dope back in my body again. I am forever indebted to this guy. I am alive today because of him. In addition to that they hold a very authentic ceremony with music performed with instruments of the region as well as the dance that is traditionally performed in Bwiti ceremonies . The medicine they provided me was of very high quality and he gave me more than enough to do the trick both times. There was a nurse on staff and I felt completely safe and comfortable knowing that I was dealing with such professionals. Thank You Bobby
Deborah Fischer September 05, 2016
After doing a ton of research I chose to visit Bobby (Bovenga) at Oka Center. It was the right choice for me. I have always found male healers to be aggressive or arrogant, and Bobby was the opposite: accessible, understanding and very modest.