Tim Williams & Rachel Gagen
Tim Williams & Rachel Gagen
Iboga, new beginnings; a sustainable approach
In this presentation we aim to cover the key findings from our work with iboga, the challenges we have come up against, and our aims as we move forward.nThere are a range of situations we have found to greatly support and enhance the iboga experience, and likewise choices that do not. We will cover points such as preparation, after-care, using root bark or TA extract, effectiveness of iboga for nicotine addiction, exclusionary factors and why we don’t necessarily consider mental illness as one, the size of groups and the necessity of adjunct therapies. A focus of our work revolves around understanding the nature of addiction, and how to move forward in life managing one’s addictive programming in a healthy yet realistic way. We do not promote abstinence as the only measure of success. The work weʼve done through Mulai Lagi Iboga has been in Bali, Indonesia, however we are shifting our focus to New Zealand. We will cover the reasonings for this through the challenges we have come up against, and our limitations as facilitators to provide safe detoxification for some of our interested participants managing buprenorphine and alcohol addictions. Any financial profits of Mulai Lagi are for the development of a sustainable iboga plantation, which is the main area of our focus at present. This is a long term project 10-20 years, due to the slow maturation of optimal alkaloid content in the roots. We will cover the need for sustainable iboga cultivation, and our progress with this in South East Asia. As we have stepped into and up to this work, we have been met with great support and simultaneously great resistance. As is the nature of this medicine; a constant dying and rebirthing. We hope that this presentation will help to spread more awareness around the incredible potentials that come with safe iboga use and simultaneously the responsibility that comes with this and its sustenece it in the long term.
Tim Williams and Rachel Gagen have been facilitating iboga retreats with Mulai Lagi Iboga in Bali since 2015 for addiction detoxification and psychotherapeutic purposes. Mulai Lagi Iboga operates as a private, not for profit foundation and we work as volunteers with all profits going towards the expansion of Mulai Lagi Iboga, for the support and creation of sustainable communities and for the sustainable farming of Iboga. We work with an holistic approach, blending esoteric with medical, creating a standardised but intuitive model. Tim Williams, has a background in Permaculture, entheogenic & herbal medicine, and has a broad, experiential understanding of substance use, abuse and addiction recovery. He is an avid gardener and plant custodian. Tim is co-founder and facilitator, working as a volunteer for Mulai Lagi Iboga. Tim also volunteers through Project KNOW as a harm reduction worker and drug use educator within the festival scene in Australia and New Zealand. Rachel Gagen, co-founder and facilitator of Mulai Lagi Iboga is a Herbalist working with kambo and entheogenic medicines studying holistic addiction recovery. She is also a musician helping to deepen and integrate experiences through sound. Rachel is the creative director of Project KNOW a harm reduction substance education platform within the festival scene.