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Gabriola Island Retreat
In September 2020, IbogaJourney moved from Squamish to Gabriola Island. Community, local farming and seafood abundance, makes Gabriola the perfect place to practice sustainable living. The island has the magic of lush West Coast rainforest, touched by the power of the Pacific. Retreats are smaller now, with six guests. The island vibe is slow and quiet. A great place to integrate for a day or two, post ceremony. The stillness is a perfect environment for ceremonial cleansing and shedding. It’s an invitation to heal and meditate. This Iboga retreat creates inner space to free limiting beliefs, clear emotional blockages and drop projections. With illusion stripped away, truth can reveal itself through unfiltered experience. Please explore the site pages listed in the menu and also below.
The Silent Journey
IbogaJourney’s focus is meditation. It is a ceremony encouraging deep, internal exploration. By removing all external stimulus, the deeply conditioned, reactionary role, is left mute. This environment helps to break down analysis and move into acceptance. Not only for guests, but providers as well. Letting go of knowledge and expectation. In silence, Iboga can relate to all with its own language, free of interpretation and the limitations of speech. Though it is not guided verbally, the ceremony has a warm feeling of nurturing and care with acute attention to the physical needs of each guest. The space is held with love and reverence for the process and the plant. In this space, Iboga is a tool to reveal connection, healing potential and existential intelligence. IbogaJourney promotes self empowerment, using this incredible medicine to cleanse and purify but not mistaking it for the
source of lasting realization and change that can only come from within. In consultations, guests are reminded that so much can be accomplished with a dedication to wellness. The creation of momentum leading up to the ceremony makes all the difference. Iboga is an incredible tool but it’s exponentially more effective in combination with journeyer’s dedication to daily inquiry and truth. Before and after the journey. Please explore the site pages below.
Jeremy has spent the majority of his life in the mountains of British Columbia. Born in the interior, he ended up on the coast for the past 20 years. The mountains were his temple, but an accident forced a shift of perception. The resulting immobility during a long recovery created a movement inward. The call to end conflict and self destruction led him to Iboga. Through many ceremonies and years of work with mentors and guides, he ended self-destructive patterns and began a personal practice with the medicine. Of its own accord, this slowly grew as others in the mountain culture were drawn to this medicine and to sobriety. Jeremy shared his deep reverence for Iboga and the silent ceremony and soon his mountain brothers and sisters began to encourage him to provide. His vision to build a healing lodge took shape, manifesting as the dual-yurt
space where the Squamish Iboga ceremonies were held until September 2020. Inspired by the arrival of their first child, Deena and Jeremy relocated to the Gulf Islands where they plan to raise their family and host ceremonies with love and open arms to all who find them.<Deena’s medicine journey began in the suburbs of her native New Jersey. Iboga’s root medicine called her to move deeper into herself, away from a career in journalism, to heal the traumatic fractures that caused self-sabotage and negative thought and behavioral patterns. Her Iboga journeys have changed her life, setting her on a path to spread the healing message of Iboga to others. In 2015, she traveled to Gabon, Africa—the birthplace of Iboga and home to the Bwiti—where she completed a Full Initiation into their culture. She is also among the first nine Western women to ever complete a Bwiti Rites of Passage.
Drawn to the raw natural beauty and sense of adventure that British Columbia embodies, Swedish-born Tove made her way to Canada’s West Coast in 1997 — and found her home.
She has always recognized the energy of the mountains, plants and nature to be an essential part of her spirit, seeking the company of plants and the outdoors to feel connected in solace, stillness and truth.
After a monumental and challenging life transformation in 2012, Tove was led to work with plant medicines, and spent several months in Peru. Her ceremonies further deepened her connection to the plant spirit world, creating a communication with trees and plants that is now part of her daily life.
This relation to plants, in combination with a dedicated daily meditation practice, have become an integral part of Tove’s experience of life itself.
Moving through her own addictions over the years, she is able to relate to others’ experiences from a non-judgemental viewpoint. These life experiences have contributed to her attentive listening skills and compassion towards all. She holds a deep appreciation for being in service and assisting others on the path.
Her connection to plant medicine and meditation perfectly mirrors the essence of Iboga Journey’s offerings. For Tove, there is nothing larger or more gratifying than holding space for others.