These master plant teachers have wandered far from their origins and into our western culture during an ominous time for humanity- a time which is naturally invoking healing and metamorphosis in response.
Our purpose is to integrate these cultures by using the universal and most practically applicable elements of each one. That way, when you come to our place you will experience a safe ceremony that respects both the source of the medicines and your own personal origin.
We serve two communities: drug users who need to detox and those seeking breakthrough spiritual experience. Those seeking detox will find more information at our site, as this listing is more for those without a drug dependency issue.
**** The magical and intense awakening that iboga offers is best supported by accomplished teachers. David Stetson and Bovenga formed Oka Center to practice Bwiti, the thousands-year old culture and practices given to the Gabonese forest people by iboga itself.
People experience entheogenic experiences, rebirthings, physical detoxes, disorder corrections and cessation of unwanted behaviors.
From our site: Here at Oka we recognize that our western culture has in many ways separated itself from nature and that we have lost a certain kind of intelligence and/or awareness because of it. Although our advancements in technology and industry have paved the way for more practical efficiency and comfort, the downside is that many of us have a hard time acknowledging or remembering where we came from and where we are going.
It is easy for us to feel alienated and lost in this jungle of a society that has been built with concrete, computer chips, and suffocating ethical standards and expectations.
What it means to survive in this environment often consists of values largely redundant or even detrimental to any sentiments or effort of being reconnected to the natural world or your natural state. Our opinion is that Iboga, Ibogaine, and Bwiti can be enormously effective in turning our heads and our hearts back to our natural state, or at least to help start us back onto this path.
Ours is a fusion between two opposite sides of the world: While we recognize the western clinical protocol for ibogaine therapy as being crucial for safety, consistency, and detox efficacy, we also hold its traditional use in high regard.
The people of Gabon have far more experience with Iboga than their fairly new western counterparts and the centuries of wisdom and intuition they possess – although communicated through an entirely different belief system – comprises the bulk of human experience with Iboga as a medicine.
Our numerous experiences in Gabon have guided us in developing our programs here at Oka and we believe the traditional use of Iboga holds much wisdom that we in the west have forgotten as it relates to our life and relationship with nature.
Taking the most practically applicable and effective elements of each culture is our ongoing project with our goal being that anyone coming to Oka Center will experience a comfortable, authentic, safe Ibogaine treatment that respects the origin of themselves and this medicine.