Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
The SoulCentro team serves iboga in a traditional Bwiti way with the highest possible medical standard of care. Retreats are offered at a peaceful, private center near Playa Naranjo / Gigante in the southern area of the Nicoya peninsula (Puntarenas province), Costa Rica. Enjoy the lush tropical environment, fresh air, quietude, sunny days, and pristine beaches.The team has a decade of experience with hundreds of ceremonies and a perfect safety record.
Our healing work, like the Bwiti tradition, supports people to heal themselves through the rigorous iboga medicine. The soul is central to all healing, and when honored, the soul serves as the clear compass for inspired manifestation.
The medicine is sustainably and ceremonially sourced from mature, wild plants through sacred relationships. The team contributes actively to collaborative reciprocity projects with indigenous community in Gabon as well as offering scholarships regularly to Costa Rican citizens.
The ceremonies can be among the most challenging of all planet medicines, and yet, it can ultimately be profoundly healing and liberating. Every journey is unique. Difficult days may be followed by deep peace, clarity, and insightful contemplation. Though iboga is most commonly known for its ability to help heal addiction, its deeper functions are spiritual discovery, deeper self study, visionary creativity, and soul-aligned strategy. This is a truth medicine, for people who want to know the truth about themselves, their relationships, and the nature of life itself.
Five star hospitality is our intention. From the moment guests arrive into Costa Rica, they are greeted with a private driver who will take them to our private and spacious luxury space. An exquisite pool overlooks a tranquil view. Guests enjoy several visits to a pristine, spacious nearby beach. Fresh food is prepared by a chef according to individual dietary preferences. Filtered and mineralized water is always available. Fresh organic juices and smoothies are served daily. Enjoy private air conditioned suites with a queen sized bed and fresh linens. Bathrooms are stocked with locally made, organic, essential oil infused toiletries. Housekeepers attend to the space daily. Wildlife abounds and enchants daily: scarlet macaws, monkey, foxes, and a virtual symphony of birds. World-class massage therapists are present for optional treatments.Description of Services:
• 2 Medicine ceremonies with the Holy Root
• Sustainably & ceremonially harvested pure medicine from mature, wild plants
• Traditional Bwiti Initiated & trained medicine providers
• Excellent support: High staff to guest ratio, generally close to 1:1
• Intimate group sizes limited to 6-9 guests
• Personalized medical screening & preparation
• 24/7 expert medical support on site
• Beautiful accommodations at a private luxury center
• Private pool overlooking a tranquil view of rolling hills and palm trees, with the sound of the ocean in the distance
• Gourmet, healthy, gluten-free, primarily organic meals with accommodation for individual dietary needs
• Traditional Bwiti river spiritual shower ceremony to help release the past that no longer serves and to call in the desires of the soul
• 3+ visits to a pristine nearby beach
• All-levels, trauma-informed yoga + meditation with a certified yoga teacher
• Preparation & integration support circles onsite
• Shuttle transport to/from Liberia or Tambor airport
• Exquisite professional massage & spa services available on site (extra cost)
• 1:1 3o min counsel session pre-retreat with lead facilitators
• Free online preparation workshop before the retreat
• Free online integration circle after the retreat
• Nearest medical center 20 minutes awayPractitioners:
Co-founder and visionary artist Chor Boogie aka Nganga Gnyangou has been acknowledged as a nganga (healer and seer) by his Missoko Bwiti elders, after a decade of dedicated study and service with the tradition, completing the rite of passage, and receiving multiple advanced initiations.
Co-founder Elizabeth Bast aka Mbeye experienced a Missoko Bwiti initiation, rite of passage, and extensive iboga provider training. She is a double certified, trauma-informed yoga teacher and has completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course. Along with her husband Gnyangou, she traveled to Gabon numerous times to study the traditional ways of knowing.Team/Medical Staff:
Co-founder and medical director Patrick Fishley RN, BScN CCRN has overseen over 900+ treatments of iboga and ibogaine in both clinical and traditional settings with a perfect safety record. As a nurse, he has 30+ years experience serving in ICU and critical care. He is Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified and has a background in psychiatric nursing and addition recovery. He is uniquely qualified to screen guests for contraindicated medical conditions and substances, and he can often help to medically prepare most people for the experience.
Co-founder and medical director Patrick Fishley RN, BScN CCRN has overseen over 900+ treatments of iboga and ibogaine in both clinical and traditional settings with a perfect safety record. As a nurse, he has 30+ years experience serving in ICU and critical care. He is Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified and has a background in psychiatric nursing and addition recovery. He is uniquely qualified to screen guests for contraindicated medical conditions and substances, and he can often help to medically prepare most people for the experience. Patrick has also completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course.
Co-founder and fellow medical director Michele Fishley, LPN, along with her husband Patrick Fishley, serves as a team nurse. Michele has also completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course. As a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through INN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition), she offers knowledge for "food as medicine" and collaborates with our chef to create nutritious and delicious soul food. She brings medical skill, kindness, feminine wisdom, and attention to detail.
Both Patrick & Michele Fishley offer rich personal experience with the medicine and are committed to compassionate care. They are always available and present to attend as needed throughout retreats.
Additional skilled apprentice team members are onsite to help support the experience.
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Chor Boogie aka Nganga Gnyangou & Elizabeth BastGroup Size: 5-9Price Range: $3,900 - $,4400
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
An online preparation workshop is offered prior to the retreat, with comprehensive guidance on how to prepare for this unique medicine in mind, body, and spirit. Guests are guided through a comprehensive medical and psychiatric screening with our medical director who has extensive experience in intensive care unit & critical care, psychiatric nursing, and addiction recovery.
The 8 day, 7 night retreat framework offers two “flood dose” medicine ceremonies, for an accumulative effect that provides deep physical cleansing as well as a psycho-spiritual journey. During the ceremonies, guests receive ample attention, often with a one-to-one staff ratio. The team skillfully supports people through this unique medicine experience, with staff available 24/7 for any need. One-on-one counseling is provided to all guests with lead facilitators.
A traditional spiritual shower ceremony is offered at a private nearby river with fresh herbs.
Our seasoned medical directors are onsite 24/7, not just on the night if ceremony, which is very important for this powerful medicine which can last 48-72 hours in total. The nearest medical center is just 20 minutes away. We have a clear plan for any emergency, though emergencies would be rare with our comprehensive medical screening and support. Our medical directors have a perfect safety record after 900+ ceremonies.
Guests are amply attend throughout ceremony nights. On the day after ceremonies, staff offers fresh coconuts, soups, bone broth, and fruit throughout the day, with continuous support and attention as needed.
Enjoy gentle, personalized, medicine-informed yoga classes from a certified teacher are offered onsite.
Preparation and integration circles and coaching are also offered onsite.
We also offer an online integration circle after the retreat. In addition, we offer free monthly integration circles monthly for all past retreat guests. We also offer resources and contacts for more integration support including supportive programs, referring appropriate medicine-informed coaches, therapists, and counselors and leads to local psychedelic support & integration groups.
The SoulCentro team supports medicine sustainability and reciprocity projects in collaboration with indigenous Bwiti elders.Intake Process:
Guests begin with a complimentary consultation and psycho-spiritual screening by one of our Bwiti trained providers to explore if treatment is a good fit for their needs.
Guests are then guided through a comprehensive medical and psychiatric screening with our medical director who has extensive experience in intensive care unit & critical care, psychiatric nursing, and addiction recovery. Required lab tests include:
• 12 lead EKG confirmed by a cardiologist
• CBC (complete blood count)
• Hepatic (liver / metabolic panel)
• Renal (kidney panel)
Tests may be sent via scan, email, or fax, or HIPPA compliant fax.Supplemental Modalities: Meditation, trauma-informed gentle hatha & yin yoga, optional massage with a certified therapist, nature immersion, traditional Bwiti spiritual shower ceremony, preparation & integration workshops onsite, 1:1 traditional counselingPsychedelic Substances Offered: IbogaHow does this Center source medicine?:
The medicine is sustainably and ceremonially sourced from mature, wild plants through sacred relationships with Bwiti elders in Central West Africa.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes