How to Become a Shaman ?

Iboga therapy, integral to Bwiti culture, offers profound healing and spiritual insights. Central to this is the Iboga Therapy Bwiti Shaman, a figure of deep wisdom and connection with the Iboga plant. This article integrates information from Bwiti House, a premier resource on Iboga therapy and provider training, it expands on the shamanic traditions across different cultures.

Who is an Iboga Therapy Provider?

An Iboga Therapy Shaman is more than a healer; they are custodians of the Bwiti tradition and the Iboga plant. They guide individuals through transformative experiences, addressing mental health challenges like PTSD and depression.

The Path to Becoming an Iboga Therapy Provider

- First-Hand Healing Journey: Starting with personal deep healing experiences, aspiring provider undergo transformative experiences with Iboga.

- Three-Month Intensive Program: Under the guidance of a 10th generation Missoko Bwiti shaman, this program in Gabon involves mastering the art of conducting safe and sacred ceremonies with Iboga​​.

- Missoko Bwiti Tradition: This original form of Bwiti connects trainees to the roots of Iboga medicine and emphasizes respect for the spiritual world from the plant to its cultural stewards​​.

Spiritual and Psychological Preparation

- Inner Work: Aspiring providers undertake extensive self-discovery and psychological preparation.

- Ethical Practice: Learning to administer Iboga responsibly and ethically is crucial.

- Role Distinction

- Iboga Provider vs. Shaman: Iboga providers, trained to administer the medicine, are not considered shamans, who require decades of dedication and multi level initiation within a specific lineage​​.

Shamanism in Different Cultures

- Native American Shamanism: Emphasizes harmony with nature and spirit guides.

- Siberian Shamanism: Known as the origin of the term ‘shaman’, it involves journeying into the spiritual world for healing and guidance.

- South American Shamanism: Uses plants like Ayahuasca for healing and spiritual exploration.

- African Shamanism: Involves ancestral worship, lineage, and extensive knowledge from the spiritual heritage, practices and herbal medicines.


Becoming an Iboga Therapy Shaman is a profound journey of transformation, requiring commitment to personal healing, cultural immersion, and ethical practice. It’s a path of becoming a healer and a spiritual guide within the rich tapestry of global shamanic traditions.