Co-founder and visionary artist Chor Boogie has been acknowledged as a nganga (healer and seer) by his Missoko Bwiti elders, after a decade of dedicated study and service with the tradition, completing the rite of passage, and receiving multiple advanced initiations. His Bwiti name is Gnyangou which means that he carries the medicine of the sun.
Co-founder Elizabeth Bast experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation, rite of passage, and immersive iboga provider training. She is a double certified, trauma-informed yoga teacher and has completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course. Along with her husband Gnyangou, she traveled to Gabon numerous times to experience the rite of passage and to study the traditional ways of knowing. Her Bwiti name means that she carries the medicine of the river.
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 serving in ICU and critical care. He is Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified and has a background in psychiatric nursing and addition recovery. He is uniquely qualified to screen guests for contraindicated medical conditions and substances, and he can often help to medically prepare most people for the experience. Patrick has also completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course. Patrick experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation and rite of passage in 2022. His Bwiti name is Dibadi, which is flames of truth and warrior.
Co-founder and fellow medical director Michele Fishley, LPN, along with her husband Patrick Fishley, serves as a team nurse. Michele has also completed the Being True to You transformational coach certification course. 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, feminine wisdom, and attention to detail. Michele experienced the Missoko Bwiti initiation and rite of passage in 2022. Her Bwiti name is Yaketa which means mother of twins and mother of all.
Both Patrick & Michele Fishley offer rich personal experience with the medicine and are committed to compassionate care. They are always available and present to attend as needed throughout retreats.