Co-founder and visionary artist Chor Boogie aka Gnyangou has been ordained as a nganga (healer and seer) by his Missoko Bwiti elders after completing a decade of study and service with the tradition, the rite of passage, and multiple advanced initiations. His Bwiti name, Gnyangou, means the medicine of the sun. Gnyangou is brings his profound dedication to the iboga medicine, the Bwiti tradition, and speaking truth. His spiritual father is nima (grand master) Binana, president of the Wise (local chapter of a ngangas’ organization), and his spiritual mother is Mama Nono Mocodi, authorized to practice by the Federation of Scientific Researchers of Traditional Medicine in 2014 and certified by the Organization of Researchers and Traditional Healers of Gabon in 2016. Gnyangou leads guests on annual journeys to Gabon.
Co-founder Elizabeth Bast experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation, rite of passage, and immersive traditional iboga provider training. She is a twice-certified, trauma-informed yoga teacher and has completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course for psychedelic medicine integration and addiction recovery. Along with her husband Gnyangou, she traveled to Gabon numerous times to study the traditional ways of knowing. Elizabeth brings attentive listening, compassion, and deep presence to guests. Her Bwiti name is Mbeye, which means the medicine of the river.
Co-founder and fellow medical director Michele Fishley LPN serves as a team nurse. As a licensed practical nurse, she has 15 years experience in the areas of surgery, ER, and mental health. Michele completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course for psychedelic medicine integration and addiction recovery. As a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through INN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition), she offers knowledge for “food as medicine” and collaborates with our chef to create nutritious and delicious soul food. She brings medical skill, kindness, deep feminine wisdom, and attention to detail to her work. Michele experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation and rite of passage, receiving the Bwiti name is Daketa, which means mother of twins, mother of mothers, and the mother of all.
Co-founder and medical director Patrick Fishley RN, BScN, CCRN has overseen over 900+ treatments of iboga and ibogaine in both clinical and traditional settings with a perfect safety record. As a nurse, he has 30+ years experience in ICU and Critical Care/ER. He is Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified and has a background in psychiatric nursing and addiction recovery. He is uniquely qualified to screen, prepare, and support guests coming to Iboga. Patrick completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course for psychedelic medicine integration and addiction recovery. Patrick brings a steady strength and commitment to service to every retreat. He experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation and rite of passage, receiving the Bwiti name is Dibadi, which means the Fight, which is expressed through flames of truth from the mouth and warriorship.