Through 8 years of working with people experiencing ibogaine, I reflect on the places I’ve given people our ceremonies.
Ideally the space is in nature surrounded by earth and waters that bless, stimulate and cleanse. Ideally there is a sacred tree, a la Ceiba nearby to work with ancestral spirits. Water is a jealous spirit who dangerously attracts iboga but is essential as a preparatory agent for the Iboga experience.
Oka Center is fortunately located in the center of the Yucatán peninsula in southern Mexico. Our “hacienda” has for centuries been a production center for henequén fiber, the ‘green gold’ of 19th and 20th centuries.
Poor people were born, worked and even buried here at this hacienda. Their recent ancestors had created the great Mayan empire with its unequaled calendar and math, and there is generous access to that ancestral energy here.
Adding to the spirituality is the presence of vast freshwater cenotes, caverns and waterways 3-4 meters below us, all over the peninsula.
This water presence, as well as the mighty rains that are about to present themselves, provide a blessing cleanse that help prepare us for deep vision work.
Finally, la Ceiba Tree:
Over the last 3 centuries the residents of the hacienda planted at least 5 la Ceiba, the most sacred tree of the forest and the focus of much of our ceremonial work.
Hacienda Oka is one of the finest places I’ve done ceremonies, the energies are plentiful and pliant, and I always look forward to welcoming our next guests.