#3 - Elizabeth Bast (SoulCentro): Ibogaine, Relapse and Relationships

November 30, 2022

Elizabeth Bast, a writer, yoga teacher, Bwiti Initiate, traditionally trained ceremonial iboga facilitator, and the co-founder of SoulCentro in Costa Rica. She has worked with iboga for well over a decade and is the author of Heart Medicine: A True Love Story, a memoir about an experience in healing through iboga.

What’s covered:

  • Elizabeth’s introduction to iboga and supporting her partner through relapse
  • Iboga and relationships: its impact on relationships
  • The role of caregivers and how to support someone in addiction
  • Elizabeth’s relationship with iboga and being initiated with the Bwiti
  • The importance of relationship and community to the use of iboga
  • How one can use iboga to cultivate deeper relationships with the self, others, and the earth
  • What is reciprocity?

Why it’s important:

This heartfelt conversation gets to the root of why community is so important and intrinsic to not just an iboga or ibogaine experience, but any medicine experience. Elizabeth’s work and life experience speak to the value of relationship, and remind us that healing is not an individual pursuit, but something that happens as a collective.

Show notes

About the podcast

At our core, all humans are affected by trauma—it’s what we do with that trauma that can reshape our lives. In Root Medicine, author and journalist Amanda Siebert is joined by psychedelic researchers, trauma and addiction specialists, practitioners, patients, and parents as they unpack their understanding of and experiences with ibogaine, a potent drug derived from the West African shrub, iboga. It may be best known for its ability to interrupt opiate addiction, but there’s more to it than that: ibogaine can help us get to the root of our trauma so we can truly heal. As mental healthcare is slowly reshaped by psychedelic medicines, join Siebert for powerful conversations that provide listeners with knowledge for their own healing journey, and practitioners with cutting-edge information on the safe and effective use of ibogaine for trauma and addiction.

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