Petit Futé

Super association, des gens formidables et un excellent accueil. Les gens d’Ebando ont une connaissance impressionnante du Gabon et nous ont permis d’y passer un séjour mémorable. Il connaissent les endroit les mieux préservés et les plus authentiques du pays, et ont des relations dans les villages de toutes les provinces. Par ailleurs, je travaille moi même dans la conservation et j’ai beaucoup apprécié découvrir le super travail qu’ils font pour la protection de la nature et de la culture gabonaise. Merci infiniment à eux, et à Tatayo et Yann en particulier, et je les recommande chaudement à quiconque souhaite découvrir ce pays formidable. Arthur

Great association, great people and an excellent welcome. The people of Ebando have an impressive knowledge of Gabon and made our stay there a memorable one. They know the best preserved and most authentic places in the country, and have connections in villages in all provinces. Besides, I work in conservation myself and I really enjoyed discovering the great work they do for the protection of Gabonese nature and culture Thank you very much to them, and to Tatayo and Yann in particular, and I warmly recommend them to anyone who wants to discover this wonderful country. Arthur

Fort de son expérience et de ses connaissances, Tatayo et son association Ebando vous feront découvrir sur mesure ce que le Gabon a de plus beau à offrir. Plus qu’une association c’est une famille qui reverse l’intégralité de ce qu’elle gagne dans la réinsertion des jeunes. J’en suis reparti le coeur chargé!

With his experience and knowledge, Tatayo and his association Ebando will make you discover the best Gabon has to offer. More than an association, it is a family that gives back all the money it earns to the reintegration of young people. I left with a heavy heart!

Le mot “association” a tout son sens puisqu’ils vont au coeur des choses , sans esprit capitaliste. Ils travaillent avec le coeur ! c’est rare pour une agence

The word “association” has its full meaning since they go to the heart of things, without a capitalist spirit. They work with the heart ! It’s rare for an agency..

Magical Experience

My husband and I traveled to Ebando in Libreville, Gabon in 2017. We spent 2 weeks with Tatayo and the rest of the village and it was the most memorable experience of our lives. Matt, my husband, was initiated and then he and I were married. Tatayo and all of Ebando went above and
beyond what we could have hoped for in regards to the wedding and the whole experience. The other members of the village were extremely welcoming and kind to us. Tatayo is very knowledgeable about iboga and Bwiti and we knew we were in good hands. We really felt like family and will definitely be returning again soon. Bassé

Highly recommended

I spent 11 days at Ebando in December 2018, undergoing Bwiti initiation ceremony with Tatayo and his crew. I highly recommend Tatayo and his facility for anybody considering Iboga ceremony. Tatayo is kind, sincere, compassionate, knowledgeable, patient, and masterful in his work- it is clear that his work is an expression of his life’s passion to bring the power of iboga to people. Furthermore, he is the perfect conduit between Bwiti culture and the West. His initiation experience provides all of the richness, beauty, and authenticity of traditional ceremonies while remaining accessible to non-natives. I felt safe and cared for while experiencing every detail of my time there, from ceremonies to meals to explorations into Libreville and beyond. The facilities are simple and somewhat rustic but clean and comfortable. The textures of the property are a fundamental part of the overall experience- a vibrant, beautiful, and complex expression of mother Africa. I assume anybody researching this kind of place to not be expecting the kind of physical environment one would find in a western clinic, which I have also experienced. The fact that this is not a westernized experience is not a detraction but, rather, a critical ingredient. Still, in the beautiful way Tatayo is a bridge between cultures, he also adheres to the safety protocols and  medical preparations of the West- those that are personally important to me in this kind of work that carries with it some inherent risk. Finally, Tatayo’s crew of support staff share his dedication to the medicine. And, like Tatayo, they became family to me. It is an experience for which I am eternally grateful and, to anybody considering it, I offer my most heartfelt encouragement.

Immersive healing experience

The people working at and with Ebando are doing the good work. Acting as a bridge to natural medicine while also protecting the native culture and forest. Tatayo is a good medium into bwiti because it will be very hard to understand if you do not speak French. All of your needs will be
listened to with a loving heart and you will be looked after for the entirety of your time during the initiation process which is around 2 weeks. Working with Iboga in its native land with its native culture is magical and wont be forgotten until its time to forget it all. The experience goes beyond using plant medicine and into the immersion into a culture and a family. Iboga is a very powerful plant but I am confident that through vast experience and universal perspective Tatayo can guide you calmly through the experience. I cannot really speak highly enough about the crew and the sacrifices they make doing the good work. I would highly recommend this experience to everyone and I think it would be hard to find a better introduction into Bwiti and Iboga for a westerner.

Excellent experience

I had a very good experience at Ebando. This is Gabon, and not Africa so the rating is done compared to other places to stay in Gabon, not compared to Europe for example. It felt like a safe, friendly and educational place and I recommend anyone that wants to have a good experience with the Bwiti and Iboga to go to Ebando. However Iboga is not an easy medicine… it is very hard… but at least you will be in a safe place. Make sure you have at least 7-10 days before you have to go home after the ceremony. It takes a long time to “come back”.

Magical, profound healing experience at Ebando

I had first heard of the healing and visionary capacity of the sacred wood Iboga in 2007 when I traveled in Nepal. It came at a time when I was desperately seeking answers and healing. Being from Malaysia, it took me many years before I would step foot in Gabon, and become initiated into the Bwiti at Ebando. I was fortunate to be able to stay in Gabon for nearly 2 years. I had the opportunity to participate in not only my own initiation, but as a supporter in the initiation ceremonies of other bandzis (initiates) at Ebando. Tatayo and his team are amazing, generous, capable and highly in tune and skilled. I knew I was in good hands the moment the preparation rituals for the initiation began, and I was able to relax and concentrate on the many levels of healing and other processes that was happening. My initiation was truly life changing. It was profound, shockingly beautiful, intense and its positive effects and guidance is still unfolding in my life. It has been a true rebirth and it has given back to me a sense of love, and a connection to the heartbeat of life. I am grateful to Tatayo and his team for showing the way, taking care of us and being wacky, wild and wonderful. Thank you Ebando!

Bwekaye! We are ONE 🔥❤️🌍🙏🏼

I’m forever grateful to TataYo, Papa Andre, Mama Lucy and all the bwitiful people of Ebando for their unconditional love and compassionate kindness. The Bwiti Initiation at Ebando is so much more than just another retreat to have a “psychedelic experience” it is about re-setting your Mind, re-rooting back to Nature, re-aligning to the Heart, re-discovering our Oneness, and re-birthing to our True Self. At Ebando, tremendous care, love and energy is channeled by more than a dozen people into just 2-3 initiates per ceremony. This makes Ebando incredibly unique in it’s approach to transformative healing that lasts! The goal at Ebando is not to simply offer Iboga, but to unite our fragmented consciousness to its Source, through an elaborate ritual of polyrhythmic music, cleansing baths, forest offerings, ceremonial blessings, cultural exposure, and ritual dancing. This is a truly unforgettable experience with a potential to be a tremendous catalyst in your spiritual journey back to NOW.

En bon esprit!

After more than one year cycling Africa I discovered Ebando. I had no idea about Iboga, Bwiti or any other saccred plant… Then I met Tatayo and I realised that the trip was finished and I had found all that I was looking for. So I fixed my tent and lived in Ebando for around four months. If
you are thinking about being iniciated, it is important understanding (which took me few months) that you are not just going to eat a root. Bwiti is much more than that: philosophy, medicine, art, music, botanic, religion, singing, dancing… We could say that Bwiti is a lifestyle and the people in Ebando are going to share with you all that knowledge. That is what you are paying for. Ebando is the perfect place to take Iboga… You will meet best professionals: Mvilu, Bocaye, Pemba, Maviango, Constantine, Alice, Manolo, Redidi, Bonguema, Etudia, Naika… All of them, great musicians and experts in healing. They know exactly what to do in any moment of the iniciation, so you will feel confident. And what could I say about Tatayo? He is probably the best person I have ever met, a truly nganga. He is kind of a funny spiritual anarchist, which it is interesting… As he is a boss who hates the idea of being a boss. He has read (or smoked, haha) the Bible, studied in France and lived in Gabon for fourty years, so he can act as a bridge between Westers and Gabones culture. This is important, as you may need help in order to interpret your visions. Furthermore, he has a magic parrot! Just go there and enjoy!

Coming Home.

Tatayo, the founder of Ebando explained to be once that on of the means of the word “Ebando” is -the beginning. For me the initiation here was a beginning of a process of coming home to myself and realizing the deep roots and ancestry that somehow we lost long ago. Ebando is doing
something truely vital in this world…its helping people like us find our hearts our ground and our ancestoral origins while the forest around it is being taken down tree by tree. Ebando can help us see ourselves yes …but in doing so it helps us to see the potential to be in real community with our world. We gain the insight to become part of an ancient line of care takers of our world and each other. Ebando invites us to be humble and to keep loving and giving no matter how much pain our lives have experienced. At Ebando the question is always about balance in all things….Can we give as much as we receive? We are always at the beginning… so right now is always the place to live. Thank you Papa and my Brothers and Sisters at Ebando…may you share your light with as many of us that truely want to keep the torch alive…Bless you …Bassé Ebando.

Ebando Love

My time at Ebando was deep and profound, I was called to the medicine in the whispers of a dream… I was welcome by the kindness that pours from Tatayo’s being. I was fed love each day by meals prepared by a Queen among women who nurtured me with a smile capable of pausing my heart beat for the purity that poured forth from her eyes..affectionately called “Chef Bonne Bagay”. I arrive with physical illness, mental and emotional anguish, and the slight barrier of language. I witnessed the beauty of men and women who move in unison with the intention to guide you along the path to your higher truth. I was guide by a special root back to my forefathers roots. I was the recipient of than I can articulate at this time…I invested…and was invested in…learning to stay awake that I might rest again. My time at Ebando was deep and profound, I was called to the medicine in the whispers of a dream… Perhaps .. I have found a truth.. Perhaps…I have met the soul walking upon my path… Inhaling her sweet humidity slowly with each passing moment… Could a man rise in love with a continent? I say yes…if she called to him in the heart chambers of his every dream with a whisper that penetrated the noise of generations of captivity… and distractions… Divided for a time…for many reasons…but never ever conquered…because she spoke to him from within… underneath all of it ..she was the source of his hidden strength…and nothing would keep him from her… Mother

Africa…traditions…roots…visions… I see now why the misguided would want to keep us appart… In the conrete jungles he rarely walked barefoot… But when she called…he came…he stripped off his garments and planted his feet deep into the sands of her shores and followed the harp music
of angels and the sounds shot from mouths of rythmic bows and arrows…into her rainforest and began the ending of a long dream to awaken to a new chapter… Seeking his roots…allowing those roots to sink into him… What am I?…Where do i come from?…How did i get here?…What is my
purpose? … questions… questions… questions…. Answers…Answers…Answers… Spiritual fathers welcomed him…his brothers embraced him…the superb beauty of his sisters surrounded him and blinded him with a forgotten simplicity and purity that took his breath away…and then gave it back when he thought he had breathed his last… perhaps…I have met the soul walking upon my path… He remembered now…he saw visions clearly…he gazed up into the sun with his inner child and his ancestors…and a sigh of releif was made by a seeker of silences…and laughter mixed with tears composed of joy and gratitude…dansed out of his eyes… Sacred unified complete light … Ezriyah…Ngadi Na Dumu… Could a man rise in love with a continent? I say yes…Perhaps .. I have found a truth.. Perhaps… I know where to look… Perhaps… I might right a book… Or maybe I will
move slowly… Inhaling her sweet humidity deeply with each passing moment… Africa…Gabon… Motherland…Home… What is Tikkun olam…? What is it to know…? My time at Ebando was deep and profound, I was called to the medicine in the whispers of a dream… I was welcomed home within the intangible walls of my very being… I know this is not the usual review…but it is what I would like to share of my experience with you… Mbolo… Ezriyah…Ngadi Na Dumu…


I am very grateful that I went to Ebando which happened at the end of the year of 2016. I was here from beginning of December through beginning of January. I probably had the most mental blockages going into the initiation compared to my initiation twins but all in all the experience was still very powerful and opened up a lot more emotional strength, stability, patience, and many other virtues that are still developing day by day. Tatayo and his crew (they are an entertaining, friendly and wild bunch) were very supportive, professional and thorough throughout my stay. The 3 days before taking the big medicine dose they gave us Mwamba Jeune, which is a great mediine to strengthen and cleanse the liver before ingesting large amounts of iboga and I was really appreciative of the fact that they gave us this medicine as well as other purgative plants and the plant baths too, which showed the level of care, respect, and reverence for the spirits present in all the work they did. I have a bit of background with shamanic work mainly with the shipibos and I found many similarities in the way they worked and this familiarity was a pleasant surprise. The food was insanely delicious! Don’t get me started! Also the presence of bwiti music lurking around every corner was very welcoming and helped me to stay tuned into the medicine. Thanks to Tatayo, Mambwiti, Pemba, Bokaye, Sarha Yann, Alice, Ted Nguimbi and so many more of the crew that made the stay very amazing life changing experience

A profound experience

I spent two weeks at Ebando in July 2016. The preparation for the ceremony during my stay nvolved going deeper each day – first the baptism in a nearby forest, then ritual bathing, being smoked etc. Ebando is in a beautiful location – its 100 metres from the beach where you can go if you need some quiet time. The ceremony itself was very powerful, with additional people coming to dance, play the drums and so on. I felt protected and supported at all times. If you are interested in an initiation in Gabon, Ebando is the best place to consider

Iboga is the real deal, but you need safety

Tatayo is a tried and true shaman, well-respected amongst its peer in Gabon (quite a feat, as he’s a westerner), but more importantly, he’s a great human being, and therefore surrounds himself with like people. Plus, Ebando is the real stuff, as they’re really doing something great for Gabon and its people. I strongly encourage anyone who’s seriously looking for healing/therapy and/or a “spiritual experience”, to spend three weeks at Ebando’s. Iboga won’t disappoint you, you just have to go through eating it, it’s the ordeal people tell it is, but life-changing as they also say. Tatayo, his trainees and other initiates make the ceremony extremely safe and loving.


February 2016 It was a deep calling and wish to come for the initiation in Gabon. I am adopted as a child which led me to a long search to (re)find myself. For me its was clear that I only wanted this with the safe energy of Tatayo His initiation provides all of the most safety that I needed. Tatayo and the all people were warm,welcoming,loving,authentic, sincere, compassionate and beyond words. It helps so much in life to be a warm heart and good mother of my Bwitfull daughters <3

Spirit of the fire

My experience at ebando was very challenging. Only when one is outside of ones comfort zone does one grow. Papa Tatayo my father initiate in Bwiti and proprietor Ebando opened many doors and opportunities for me. At the time of my initiation and thereafter. He is a man of great courage. My bwiti family has enriched my life and revealed my destiny. Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel towards you all. Papa Tatayo, Papa Andre, Pemba, Sabah, Yann and Papa Assosa. Thank you. May countless blessings follow you and yours.

EXPERIENCE with eboga

My name is Christelle Mérault I travelled in 1988 in Gabon with my mum to live in Gabon .I met Hugues Poitevin alia&s tatayo by the same time .I was looking to find my way as a teenager. He then was developing his project regarding protection of Gabonese culture to preserve with the otoctone people and specially the fang tribes in a village name Jerusalem,I have been initiated at that time in this village. after a reflection and a personal investment in what could be for me a birth again! During the initiation the people was always taking care of me specially Hugues who was following from day one!and all the village was very king and gentle . At this time Hugues was very aware and he take care of me like a father and the people from the village was very lovely. I knew I was in good hands with honest people. THAT’s why I never hesitated to stay in relation with Mister Poitevin.I still following the group from France and I am very grateful for all what I see happening with the people that’s developing this project.

Holly Wood Village ORIGINAL

This is a village on the beachfront, where good rules are upheld, respect and prayer is abundant! I experienced a multilingual multicultural super-ceremony that I can still can carry in my heart. It include some bwitists from all over West Africa . The leader of the village is of character and brilliance. The place is deserving of business from those who are willing and able to go through an intense experience with their goals in mind, and ready to share and receive the beautiful resources and skills offered. The family at Ebando did everything they could for me and my babymomma to show us beauty and nourishment that this eden can offer in such a short time of a couple weeks. They assisted with tours of the rainforests, escapades into the city, and the sacrament of the container to go on an inner voyage to the inner multiverse. I hope it is understood this is not a vacation to check out of reality, or expect padded corners and super clinical safe spaces as accustomed in a western USA hospital or psychologist office. It is the rainforest/urban environment.

Life changing

I was initiated at Ebando in May 2018, and was welcomed warmly, receiving the highest levels of care and guidance from everybody in the Ebando community. A truly liberating, expansive, breath taking and magical experience.

Ebando initiation

My experience with Ebando and the people of was magical and life changing to say the least! Me and my partner spent 2 weeks in Ebando and would have loved to stay longer. Ebando truly is an amazing place and so are the people. We felt so much love while staying here and Tatayo always kept smiling in good spirits. Truly grateful for this experience and the brothers and sisters I’ve made! Cant wait to come back and visit. Bokaye!! One Love

Thank you

From the moment I first heard about Iboga I had a feeling that at some point I was going to end up doing my initiation with Tatayo and his crew at Ebando. Little did I know then, how big the impact would be and how much this process would help me to grow up. I was welcomed with such ease and as soon as I stepped onto the compound I felt at home. The space is very comfortable, secure and cozy and despite being nervous of what was to come I felt the magic of the medicine as well as the sincerity of everyone there, right away. From the moment on that we surrendered to the process I felt like a chess figure being played in the most divine way – the care, humor and wisdom we experienced from Tatayo and his crew was nothing short of mind-blowing. What can be an intense personal journey was supported every step of the way. We enjoyed great food, had good laughs and at the same time were left with enough space for reflection and down time. To witness how dedicated a group of people, like the team at Ebando are, for a cause that is far beyond their own egos was very humbling and the music that goes with is just divine. I was fortunate enough to return 2 years later to witness another group of Banzis being initiated and the parts of the ceremony that had zipped past me back then, became much clearer. Being less involved with my own process made me appreciate this intricate science that is Bwiti even more. I can’t express how much gratitude I have for the people of Ebando especially Tatayo’s tireless effort to make this world he lives in a better place, for whoever wants it. Huge thanks also to Pemba who is a true warrior of love. I miss his singing every single day! Also the artistic ability of Bokayé and Maviango and many others whose music carries you through even the most challenging times….. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of all of you… you’re forever in my heart. Lots of love and hopefully until next year!

Wonderful, Challenging experience

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be initiated with Ebando and Tata yo. I feel healthier, happier, more aware of my thoughts and on a better path in life. The Iboga experience was very challenging for me. After getting rid of a lot of garbage from my brain, and reviewing a lot of
trauma, I was blessed with the opportunity to rebuild it. I’m excited for the future and how things unfold after this beautiful and challenging experience. Life feels more colourful, complex and wonderful after Gabon. A word of warning. Iboga and initiation process is an extremely heavy duty experience. If you feel the calling and truly think you are strong enough I would recommend it. It will really test you and push you past your limits. Having said that, I recommend Tata yo and Ebando very highly. If you are called to Iboga, they are wonderful people to do it with.

Reawakening of Nzego 1 july 2017

1 year ago, the destiny made me met a welcoming and nice “getting-young” man with fresh spirit that had the wisdom to know that he does not need to prove it to anybody. I entered in the door of a familiar backyard (as I have had some chats with the parrot “Jolie Coeur” beforehand), and I
saw… I still do not really know exactly what i saw… or what I heard… or what I learned… or what I deeply realized… As there are things as difficult to digest as to understand, even less to describe… …maybe a music that tends to dissapear and to invade all at the same time… … maybe an expanding fire that fell everything with the acceptance which is the root for inner harmony, that precious fruit needed to build both freedom and love… …maybe me as a part of the Universe, itself being a part of me… …maybe a time, flexible and dynamic, inmediate and ethernal, on which I was a pyramid, a buda, a thunder, a leopard… …maybe the symphony of breathing stars, the dance of palm trees waving for the new day… …maybe the answer to a question that i did know that I had… …maybe the greeting to a new current of enlightened motivations and dreams… To say that this was one of the most enriching, surprising and beautiful  experiences of my life would risk to be a far too moderate assertion… All this is possible, yes, to the sacred wood… But not less important, the welcoming family environment created in Ebando is what makes possible that the wood worked on myself with full intensity. Total trust in the new family/tribe is a condition to free yourself to the unknown, face your fears and fight the longest of the nights. There are not enough writing lines to thank all Ebando tribe, spetially to lovely grandma Constantine; to the super professional, passionate and knowleageble uncle Pemba; and to the Wise Man Tata-yo, that welcomes the World with a smile, and sees the diverse and particular beauty of each of his banzis. Dikombo bokaye! Nzego

The Big Inning

My experience at Ebando is challenging to write about, as it feels as though words only dilute what I consider to be the most remarkable and life changing experience I could ever imagine. One of the qualities that make Ebando so special is the people there. Many have come from difficult pasts, which makes them even that much stronger and loving. As a result, the space created there is truly magical and full of love. Coming from America, you get used to seeing women who do not love themselves, and attempt to mask the hate of Self with plastic surgeries, clothes, prescription drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. The women at Ebando are amazing Goddesses who emanate love. Tatayo is an incredible being who exudes passion for life and love for people. He has helped so many people in so many different ways, and it is a joy to be in his presence. My experience at Ebando goes much deeper than my current incarnation. I was able to heal a piece related to my bloodline and lineage that I had been working on diligently for over ten years. Ebando and Iboga went so deep into the core of my being and ripped out the roots of guilt and shame programs in the most unpleasant way that I could have imagined. Years of healing practices, such as, Yoga, Meditation, Shamanic Energy Medicine, Holotropic Breathwork, Plant Dietas, Ayahuasca, Diet/Fasting were unable to heal what Ebando and Iboga did. The result has been a deeper feeling of piece and purpose than I have ever experienced. Ebando helped me gain clarity on my mission and purpose for this life and beyond. I am eternally grateful to Tatayo and all of the beautiful beings who make that land so special.

Very great time

The Ebando crew is very lovely and professional, they have a tons of skills and knowledges but still they are very humble. They will do everything for you. Furthermore Tatayo will make you laugh daily which is good when you are in such process. The place is also very nice. Musicians, singers and dancers are truly amazing, you will feel that the beginning of the world started in Central Africa. Highly recommended.

Life changing experience, beautiful people

I travelled to Libreville in November 2018 with fear and trepidation but I was warmly welcomed at the airport by Tatayo and Alice. The amount of warmth and kindness I was offered at Ebando really blew me away and I quickly settled in. The work is performed with absolute mastery and respectful knowledge of tradition. It was an absolute pleasure to be there. I was looked after, but also given the time and space I needed to process. It was the most remarkable experience of my life, past present or even future. I think about it every day. It has stayed with me. If you are called to this work and have the means, there is no better place to do it than at Ebando under the watch of Tatayo, Pemba and the team there.

Finally made up my mind and went to Gabon


Dear all, Last month I finally made up my mind and went to Gabon to have myself initiated in the bwiti tradition at Tatayo’s place in Sablirère. I am grateful to all of you who have gone before me, and – in sharing your experiences with me – have given me the confidence to do the same. I am still struggling to make sense of what has happened to me in Gabon, and I expect it will take several months until I will know the full effect it will have on my live. To Alejandro: thank you for  your message. It was more appropriate and to the point than I could have imagined at the time when I first read it. The very best to all of you my brothers, Jan Revitsi



I got here safely, excited for my new life but missing my family in Gabon. Truely life is bwitiful. Thank you for everything, I will start working on the website tommorow. love Obwenina. (later) More and more I learn from the root, and more and more I give praise for my life and my salvation. Truly, life is bwitiful!>br>Thank you, thank you, thank you, can’t price smiles can’t control joy freedom is infectious a disease to end all disease May the miracle workshop keep pumping out magic obwenina

Brothers and Sister in Bwiti!


Yes, thanks to Tatayo, who went through it with me Without his support I would not have finished! I’m so glad I did, life is great and things that used to be problems now are very easy to deal with! Love to all of YOU ! Ongongo



TWIN Young girl Nicky is doing great …no need for drugs first time since she was 12 …she says she know that God loves her and she and everyone is worth love…tears cloud my eyes ….God is Good Bwiti is true……love to all love to you Mobengo Answer : YOYOYOYOYO !!!!!!!!!

All praises to Bwiti for leading me


All praises to Bwiti for leading me, changing me, making me. All praises to you and your crew for showing me this wonderful life. God has blessed me with many signs and visions to what I should do next. The wonderful part is it involves seeing my Bwiti family again! I have a brother in South
Africa who used to run the drug scene, now despises it. God brought us together and has shown me sense then that the path I need to take is establishing a center for Bwiti in South Africa. But there is more I need to know! I opened a book, as Olga says, I must memorize it before I teach it. I hear that Dimitri will be at your place in January, to help with questions on urban Bwiti. I want to return in January for a couple weeks, to acquire, firstly, more knowledge, secondly, some plant material, thridly, some weaponry (instruments), fourthly, travelers (I want to do real Bwiti, real Bwiti needs real Ghanga’s) Blessings, blessings, so many blessings, Looking forward to returning to the center of the world and the center of my heart, obwenina



OCTOBRE… AUTRICHIEN became PYGMEE ! “hey tatayo, iboga is still working and my life is just perfect! a lot of peple are interrested in it and im recumending you highly! thinking of it from a distance more and more i see what a great job u do, your work is professionell! your a good guy, i will come back some day to take more iboga with you…but right now i still get cold shivers when i think of eating only one spoonfull….love peace and happyness! Lukas

reborn by Iboga


Hello A, my Name is Eoghain “eoghain o horgain” , or reborn by Iboga initiation:: Opunga mi ebene in Gabon last year with Tayato, the best deals are from Europe holland via morocco or just bite the bullet fly air France paris-libreville, I would say to you to fly air France because I took the cheapest flight possible and it ended up costing me 1200 euros because went i went to leave gabon there was NO FLIGHT for me, if you decide to go to Tayatos village about 2000 for a month  is good because Gabon is really expensive Tayato includes everything in the price, and is one of the best people i have met in my life, the care and attention he gives everyone is really special, if you need any other nitty gritty details about the initiation please ask me, my initiation was last october and it still huants me !!! But i wouldnt change anything.. Kindest regards Opunga

I have a newfound peace and joy


Here is my witnesses evidence for the ebando website! I have a newfound peace and joy in my life now!…and I owe this to Tatayo, Papa Andre, and all the bwitiful people that are part of their family at the ebando village. Before I came to Gabon and ate the Holy wood, I had many doubts in my life, much anger and confusion, and little love. With the help of these loving people (the happiest people I have ever been around), I feel that I know how to live now! I love Bwiti, and I know that I will be back in Gabon at some point in the future. It is a beautiful place with beautiful people…Thank you so much!! LOVE Okukue Na Aniepa

RUSSIAN/INDO transformed into inter galactic PYGMY


YO! missing you already, dear Papa! 🙂 i was recovering from malaria for a few days, now i’m fine. want to thank you for the bwitiful experience in Gabon – i’m beginning to discover a mysterious influence of the initiation… mainly on habits – they are gone! i guess it’s a new level of freedom that i have to explore and adjust to… will keep you updated and will write a kind of report when things get more clear. warmest regards to all Ebando!



M.K & A

I am very happy that I have my connection to Ebando, and to you Yo. Many people, when they meet you think you are crazy. I have met many Bwitists in Europe and Gabon over these last eight years, and I can assure you, you are the least crazy of them all !! One LOVE.



This initiation has been such an incredible experience for me, and although there are lots of projects and futures that I would be honored to share with all of you, right now I’m content to say that if none of it happens and I never see you again, I have shared my best, and experienced something truly bwitiful. You are all in my prayers, and very close to my heart. Basse!

German already Pygmy to German who would like to become

German Pygmy!


it is a wonderful oportunity to learn about life and yourself and everything. ebando is a beautiful place and all their inhabitants give love and good atmosphere to do something so profound like an initiation. i recommend it without any doubts. best, and sorry for being brief in this internetcafe in kumasi.

I can’t express to you the extent of my gratitude


Greetings Papa! I hope you and all the other wonderful souls at Ebando are keeping well? We miss you all, but, you remain with us in our hearts. I can’t express to you the extent of my gratitude for what both myself and P. experienced while we were in Gabon. Quite simply it has changed everything. Bwiti continues to bring new blessings to me each day Papa. I’m a building a new life with the beautiful Mfeyabel. It is a life full of love, fun and bliss. Thank you for all you have given us. Bwiti taught us the importance of truth, love and forgiveness and continues to fill our  hearts each day with the courage  to live life according to our true will. Much love to you Papa and to all my dear Bwiti brothers and sisters. I am forever grateful to you all.

My stay for initiation with you in December-January has

been life changing


My stay for initiation with you in December-January has been life changing. Never could I have dreamed it would change so much. My initiation has been all about grounding, connecting fully to my body and to the energy of the earth. Since my initiation I feel my life has just now really
started, finally my inner child has been released and I can feel so much more live, joy, love but also sadness and fear are much more on the surface now. Before this time I was not aware of the depth of all the feelings I have inside, I feel alive and grateful to be in this story here on earth. Much more surrender to Existence, an open heart and self-love. I am very conscious of living my own life (what is good for me, what do I want) instead of living to the expectations of someone else. This is totally new for me and I love this change living for myself! I can feel I’m in a different flow now, much more in sync with the miracle of Live. The devoted love, care and nurturing you all gave me was amazing. I loved the connection I had with all of you, the devine food and fun I had. I felt very safe and in the perfect nursery for my rebirth. If Existence allows me to come back one day I certainly will. You are all forever in my heart and in my blessings. Thank you again so much for everything!

I’ve been working around ibogaine for the past 5 years


I’ve been working around ibogaine for the past 5 years, and for those last 2, I have been the Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA). I went for an initiation at Ebando last year with two friends and can only say that in my experience the ceremony was an enormous blessing. It touched my life in one of the deepest ways I have ever experience. What began there is still unfolding in my life daily and I am forever grateful to Tatayo and all of the incredible ngangas and maboundi at Ebando. I would recommend this to anyone as an amazing place to go for an initiation with iboga. I would also recommend it to anyone interested in visiting Gabon for other reasons, especially to become acquainted with Bwiti and Gabonese cultures.

I feel deep gratitude whenever i think of you all!


dear Tatayo, i feel deep gratitude whenever i think of you all! time flies and i was hoping i would get a biiig THANK YOU over to you much sooner. uh well, here it is. not a day goes by that Clint and i dont think about our weeks with you at ebando. what an incredible experience. when we returned home, every day life, work, divorce proceedings and house renovations swallowed us up pretty quick and for a little while, gabon seemed like a dream. now that we are slowly surrendering back into the process, deep insights and revelations surface around every corner. what beautiful medicine!!! thank you, Papa Andre, Mama Lucy, Abang, Kathy and every single one of the lovely team, for making this unforgettable initiation possible. i feel deep gratitude whenever i think of you all! from here, the work continues. i cant wait. lots of love and many big hugs (and virtual boxes of strop waffles) from amsterdam

Thank you for an absolutely perfect initiation


Tata Yo, thank you for an absolutely perfect initiation. You have my deepest gratitude and respect the care, love, wisdom and humor you showed me. I do hope to see you again in the future. I did not speak much while I was there, but I am eternally grateful for iboga and yourself inviting me to clean out the bullshit and get my life back, and so much more that I have yet to see. with love, we are together, basse basse!!

MUCH LOVE to you Tatayo!!


thank you for infusing me with those good traditions. that harp that was put on my head is still there. Work continues to be great but is much less taxing and is much richer. We continue to bring people to the ocean for giving her gifts and ritual cleansing as we always have but now we also bring everyone to the deep big forest and river here to give gifts and ask permission and have the most beautiful days. Give my thanks to all, and special thanks to Pemba, he crosses my mind and heart alot, and Bokaye whose harp song is still rolling around within me. We played some of Mambwiti s music last night during session with a young 29 year old whos been shooting heroin and smoking crack since he was 16 and is this morning sifting, dreaming and becoming a new man.

5 months later


I hope you guys are doing ok. I’m doing alright and I’m watching the experience you guys gave me make changes in my life. I miss you both.

2 weeks into Gabon’s Cultures


As night begins to fall on Ebando, and we make our way to the airport, I’m unable to find the proper words to describe what it is I’m feeling right now. I am immensely grateful to Hugues Obiang Poitevin and Sarha Abang Essone for being incredibly gracious hosts to us for the two weeks we were here. They were extremely accommodating and made certain we had everything we needed and then more. The other residents of the compound were a joy to listen to and watch in and out of ceremony, and I will miss them with every fiber of my being. There’s so much love in this place, it makes me not want to leave. But I know we have to, and we have to spread what we have learned here with those who need it. With that, I say bassé Ebando, and all my thanks and gratitude. We will see you again one day

Hello there Bwitiful Ebando !


Just had to send a quick note as I am really missing all you mad, marvelous people, and yet feeling you so present and alive in my heart! So many brilliant memories of precious moments, belly laughter, soul connections, valuable life lessons, priceless exchanges, naughty giggles, transformative challenges and delightful characters all mixed in with raw, and wild, malarial, musical magic!!! Shoo! My heart is very full!

Difficult to put into words the gratitude I feel towards you for having been an integral part of a truly incredible experience that is still unfolding in the most amazing way… Thank you. Please send my love, greetings and heartfelt thanks to your Bwitiful team… And especially to you! Love you Tata Yo Yo Yo!!! And I hope that you are happy, healthy, inspired and loving the awesome work that you do! Bassi Bassi. Big bwitiful hugs and cheeky kisses to you all!”

Leo Australian Pygmitude lover

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be initiated with Ebando and Tata yo. I feel healthier, happier, more aware of my thoughts and on a better path in life. The Iboga experience was very challenging for me. After getting rid of a lot of garbage from my brain, and reviewing a lot of trauma, I was blessed with the opportunity to rebuild it. I’m excited for the future and how things unfold after this beautiful and challenging experience. Life feels more colourful, complex and wonderful after Gabon.

A word of warning. Iboga and initiation process is an extremely heavy duty experience. If you feel the calling and truly think you are strong enough I would recommend it. It will really test you and push you past your limits. Having said that, I recommend Tata yo and Ebando very highly. If you are called to Iboga, they are wonderful people to do it with. Thank you Tata yo and Ebando! &lt;3

We employed Hugues Obiang Poitevin (Tatayo) as Cultural Consultant on a tour of Gabon. Our objective was to give a voice to the population living near or around the 13 new national parks and to film and record some of the last examples of the dances and songs of these indigenous people.

The importance of Hugues contribution is difficult to express. He provided a invaluable link between our team and the people of the villages. His gentle manner, profound understanding of local traditions and his respect for their culture facilitated our job and improved our result.

It is easy for me to recommend Hugues in the capacity of fixer, diver, logistician, dancer, healer, and general support for keeping 14 people together for 5000 km over 6 weeks.

It would not have been the same without him.

Yours sincerely,

Josh Ponté
Chef de Communication
WCS Gabon

At the end of June of 2004, we went to Gabon in Central West Africa for 2 weeks, to film a traditional Bwiti initiation for the documentary project we were making called ‘Ibogaine-Rite of Passage’. During the preparation of the shoot in Gabon, everybody was saying “don’t go there, it’s dangerous” or “what if they steal your equipment”. I even got a paper on my desk that came from the website of the government of Belgium, which was a negative advise to go to Gabon…too dangerous. I must say that all these warnings made me a bit nervous about what we were about to experience, but without that footage my film would not be complete, we had to go, no matter what.
I arranged everything via a German couple, Uwe Maas and Süster Strubelt, who were initiated at a Mitsogho tribe in Mitoné, close to Lambaréné. They got me in touch with Tatayo Missoba (aka Hughes Poitevin) of Ebando. He is French man, who speaks English and French and lives in Gabon for more than 35 years. As this was a student project, we didn’t have enough money to take a soundman with us and have a guide there, so we decided that the guide was more important than the soundman and left him at home…that was a very good decision.
We arrived in the early morning at the airport in Libreville. Our mobile phones weren’t working, so we used one of somebody at the airport and called Tatayo. Then we had problems at the customs, ‘cause they didn’t want to let us in with our equipment, even though we had official permits to film from the minister of communication. Just outside of the airport we met Tatayo and some other people who would come with us to the initiation. Very tired, we relaxed a bit at the festival-like terrain of Ebando, just next to the see. Very relaxing…and very moist and hot.
Next day we went to the ministry of communication and the Centre National de Cinématography, and with the help of Tatayo, we got our equipment back without paying.
It was time to take off to Lambaréné, where we stayed in an abbee, which was much cheaper than a hotel. From the moment we left Libreville, to the moment we took the plane back home, it was magic. The few difficulties we had with the communication with the locals and police posts, became insignificant because we had someone with us who knows Gabon inside out. In every village there were people shouting “Hé, Tatayo!!!”. We saw a Gabon that you cannot experience when you go there without any knowledge and contacts.

We had absolutely no problem with our equipment, felt completely safe…and had a very strong personal experience of witnessing a world that was completely unknown to us. And most important, we got the footage we needed, which came out very nice.
The only sad experience was to take the plane back home…it took me more than a week to figure out what the fuck I was doing in Holland after I got home.
For everybody that wants to experience the real Gabon, the real Bwiti, there is only one person I can advise you to guide you during your journey…Tatayo!

Ben De Loenen
(aka Mwana Gonde)