School of Life

is a 4-part recorded series that serves as a platform and voice for traditional practitioners of Bwiti in Gabon to educate and inspire anyone with an interest in the use of iboga, referred to in Gabon mostly as le bois sacre (“the sacred wood”). The series provides a window into the beautiful and and profound traditional uses, and how the sacred wood serves as not only a medicine, but a way of life in Gabon. The content aims to educate and connect people to the depth, artistry and wisdom of the traditions, as well as touch on themes of integral plant medicine practice and sustainability

This is a unique educational opportunity. Rather than a materialistic view of the historical development of iboga and ibogaine in other contexts, we will explore the emerging and evolving cultural contexts of its use and the way that these practices and ideals have influenced global culture and approaches to healing and spirituality. Each 1.5 hour webcast included short clips of video material collected in villages that practice various branches of traditional Bwiti, followed by recordings from guest presentations and discussion.

Part 1: The Beginning

Guests: Tatayo and the Ebando team

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
  • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Nima/Kombo/Nima na Kombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

Part 2: Dissumba Fang

Guest: Ndongho Maviso & Mama Djedje

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

Part 3: Missoko

Guest: Mama Maingo & Mambongo Hilarion Kassa Moussavou

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
  • Miobe/Mioba
  • Ngonde Na Dipuma
  • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

Part 4: Dissumba

Guests: Mama Aline & Dipanda

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
  • Abanji/Mabanji
  • Ilombo
  • Ombwiri
  • Ombudi
  • Loro

  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood.
  • What does it involve?
  • How long does it take?

Course Access

  • Access to all recorded materials
  • Regular registration includes lifetime access to videos and recordings


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