Importance of Ceremonies
New Life Iboga believes in the importance of incorporating the ceremonies that celebrate the traditions of Bwiti. We believe the iboga ceremonies enhance the experience and allow the participant to connect through the medicine on a deeper level. Our ceremonies are influenced by Bwiti and are intended to bring elements of traditional iboga use to a western setting. For full Bwiti initiations, please reach out to Ebando.org.
During your time at New Life Iboga, you will partake in 6 different iboga ceremonies :
- Tree/River Ceremony – We go into the forest and make offerings to the ancestors. Here we ask for permission and safe passage for the upcoming journey.
- Spiritual Baths – A cleansing of the body and spirit, the participant uses the plant material to purify their body and soul.
- 1 Flood dose – The main event. Here we set up our temple, administer iboga and stay with the participant for the next 24 hours. Doctor will be on site and we will play a combination of live and recorded music to guide the experience.
- Fire – We discuss the participants’ experience. Fire is purifying and is a place to leave unwanted energies behind.
What is Bwiti?
Bwiti is spiritual practice of West Africa that has existed for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. It is one of the three recognized religions of Gabon and Cameroon, Africa and utilizes the root bark of the iboga shrub as a rite of passage into adulthood and to promote spiritual growth and healing. Modern Bwiti incorporates animism and ancestor worship into a synergistic belief system. Bwiti spiritual principles are focused on the cycles of birth, life and death as well as the recognition of male and female energies and the balance between them. Bwiti colors are red, white and black. The red and white represent the feminine and masculine. Bwitists believe that iboga gives them the ability to journey between worlds, see truth and receive knowledge from the ancestors. The consumption of iboga can produces visions and provide insights into ones life and experiences.
The music during iboga ceremonies are one most influential elements of the process. Bwiti music uses two primary instruments, the N’Gombi (or harp) and Mougongo (a mouth bow). These two instruments are supported by drums, rattles, whistles, bells etc.