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Iboga Tree – Healing House

9 reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Listed in Iboga

  • Beja, Portugal

Iboga treatment can be a very effective addiction interrupter, whether for opiate-based (heroin, methadone, Oxycontin etc.) or stimulant based (cocaine, crack, meth etc) forms of substance abuse, as well as for alcoholism. Iboga is also effective in combatting depression, PTSD and OCD and is also a powerful alternative to ayahuasca in terms of psycho-spiritual journeying.

At Iboga Tree Healing House*, our first priority is safety. Very few ibogaine providers operate in a truly medicalised setting. In contrast, we have a fully qualified in-house medical doctor and fully qualified nurses. All our medical team are Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified. Our pre-treatment screening and rigorously followed exclusion criteria ensure that only those assessed as healthy enough for an ibogaine journey go forward for treatment. In addition, our clients are monitored during treatment 24/7, with continuous ECG measurement.

Aside from safety, we also prioritise a holistic treatment process. This means we offer pre and post treatment counselling as well as a wide range of holistic treatments before and after your iboga journey (holotropic breathwork, equine therapy, yoga, bodywork, kambo etc.) This is to ensure that you set the right intention before your treatment and prepare body, soul and mind for a new life after you leave us.

Finally, we aim to be as affordable as possible, despite our high staff-patient ratio. All our meals are prepared by our expert vegetarian chef, and there are over 9 hectares of grounds to explore. Our retreat is in a dark-sky area and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Each Sunday, we take our guests out for an activity, whether kayaking in the Guadiana river, hiking, boat trips, zip-lining or visiting the nearby ancient stone circle.

Our minimum stay is for 7 days, although a stay of at least 14 days is recommended. We are located just two hours from Lisbon airport in a beautiful Alentejo countryside setting – we pick you up and drop you off.

*Please note that we are now under new management and have changed location from Spain to Portugal, so all reviews prior to July 2018 were related to the former owners.


9 reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

May 12, 2017

Having spent a genuine week with Adam and Edyta in Spain, I can honestly say that reading the obviously fake reviews they have been posting all over the internet makes me feel quite nauseous, as they describe an experience that is so far removed from the one I had with them that I feel like I am living in some kind of parallel universe, so I feel obliged to post this review, as I really cannot sit back and watch others being ripped off and conned by these two fraudsters.

I booked a week at the Iboga Tree healing house for the treatment of cannabis addiction, and on their website, they had a page (which they have since deleted after I showed them up) dedicated to how wonderful their treatment centre is for nicotine addiction, yet when I arrived, the first thing Adam did was roll himself a cigarette, and he proceeded to smoke constantly throughout the entire week, despite claiming on their website that Adam was free of all addiction. When he first did it, he could see by the look on my face how unimpressed I was, yet he tried to explain it away by telling me that he had deep routed issues surrounding his addiction that he had been unable to resolve, yet stated that he is still more than happy to treat nicotine addiction in others. However, if he is unable to resolve his own addictions, quite how he considers himself qualified to charge other people €1500 to help resolve theirs is beyond me, and the second he did that, I felt so cheated, and it immediately destroyed any faith I might have otherwise had in his abilities as an addiction practitioner, but as I had paid my money with my return flight not for a week, I was in an impossible situation, so I had to simply grin and bear it, because if I had said anything, it would have made my time there extremely uncomfortable. From that moment onwards, it was quite apparent that neither Adam or Edyta were in anyway qualified to offer the service they had taken money off me for, or had any training and experience in this field, and the dogs dinner that the rest of the week was to become confirmed my suspicions admirably.

The first thing that became quite apparent was that their treatment centre with medically trained staff they advertised on their website was no such thing; it was just a house they rented which they moved into 2 days before I arrived which they had not got organised. They hadn’t got any internet access installed, despite promising me it on their website, and they never informed me of this beforehand. There were no facilities there at all; indeed they didn’t have so much as a sun lounger so I could lie out in the sun, with the only way I could do so being if I dragged a mattress from one of the spare bedrooms out onto the balcony. Another thing that they seemed to have overlooked is that the house is right next to a racetrack for remote controlled racing cars, and when in use, the noise emanating from it with all the cars racing round the track, even with all the windows closed, was unbearable. I was lucky that no one was using it during my treatment, but if they had, it would have had ruined it and could have been potentially quite damaging, and there is no way they can ever know when that race track is going to be in use because it is open to the public anytime anyone wants to use it.

With regards to the treatment itself, I was given no pre or post-treatment support, nor was I given any preparation for the treatment in any meaningful way. Edyta claims on the website to be a trained therapist, but I certainly saw no evidence of that because I never received any kind of therapy from either of them. I had conversations with them both, (although it was difficult to understand a word Adam was saying because his English pronunciation is appalling) but these were just the kind of conversations I would have with anyone. Before I left for Spain, I was emailed an information sheet about pre-preparation, but not once was this even mentioned after I had arrived, or before treatment. I was given no medical supervision during the treatments, and the first treatment was a total disaster because I was put on old sagging mattress which didn’t support my spine with the springs digging into my back, and within 90 minutes my back was killing me meaning I was unable to lie still, which resulted in my throwing up the iboga before it had an opportunity to do its job. To their credit, they did put me through a second treatment a few days later which was better having got rid of that horrible mattress, but having done ayahuasca many times and having thoroughly researched ibogaine before arriving, I knew what to expect from a full flood dose, and what I experienced was mild to say the least. Suspecting that I had been way under dosed, I made sure I took a careful note of the doses Adam gave me, and when I returned home, I asked for advice on the Ibogaine Universe forum on facebook which is a specialised ibogaine forum frequented by most of the reputable Ibogaine providers, and was told that the doses I was given were ridiculously below what I should have received for a full flood dose, and that the dosing regime was weird to say the least. I informed Adam and Edyta what I had been told, and Adam then proceeded to go onto the forum I posted to in order to post this diatribe consisting of a pack of lies about how I was a troublemaker and that it was all my fault for refusing to recognise their magnificence. He even had the audacity, when I mentioned that I was bored out of my brain because there was nothing to do all week, to suggest that maybe I should have bought some toys with me if I wanted something to play with, which gives you an idea of Adam’s level of maturity. When I publically put him straight on the blatant pack of lies of he told, he obviously realised what a complete fool he’d made of himself and then subsequently deleted his post, but there are plenty of users of that forum who can vouch that he posted it, in fact I can direct you to the thread I created where made an additional post putting him straight on his lies.

Now that I am home, I am even more certain that I was way under dosed because I have since done a full flood dose and the difference was like night and day. With the floods Adam and Edyta did for me, they were very light, I was up and walking within 12 hours, and didn’t really feel it got to the root of my addiction, indeed, when I returned home, I was back on the cannabis within two days which was helped along by the frustration and anger I felt about how badly I had been treated by them. However, when I did the full flood after I returned home, it was a much heavier experience where I was totally incapacitated for 24 hours and am now in a place where I am totally repulsed by cannabis to the point where I will not have cannabis in my home, nor will I allow anyone else to bring it into my home either, but that is no thanks to Adam and Edyta. Obviously the reason why they under dose to such a degree is because they would be taking a huge risk otherwise as a result of not being able to offer any medical monitoring due to them having no medical training, as well as being clueless as to what a full flood dose actually is.

I can honestly say that reading these reviews about how kind and considerate Adam and Edyta were and how delicious the food cooked by “trained Chef” Adam was make me want to throw up. Adam is no trained chef, in fact the meals he cooked for me were as tasteless and bland as they come, and the food all week was of a similar standard. There were other occasions when I had to make my own food because they would both stay in bed until late morning. Indeed, there was one occasion when, after having been up for several hours and wanting breakfast, Edyta finally dragged her sorry carcass out of bed to go the bathroom, and when she got out, I said good morning to her, to which she made an incoherent grunting noise without so much as looking at me and went straight back to bed; so I just cooked my own breakfast. Most of the week I spent sitting around the house on my own bored out of my brain as there was nothing to do and no one to talk to, and the lack of self-awareness required to show such a blatant lack of good manners to paying guests that these two displayed during the week was nothing short of breathtaking, and it does clearly show that they have a lot more work to do on themselves and a ridiculously large amount of experience still to gain before they could consider themselves qualified to do this work.

When I complained to them about my dissatisfaction with the week, especially with regards to my suspicions about their lack of training and experience, they refused to tell me where they trained and what experience they have with regards to ibogaine administration, and instead resorted to their usual tactic of calling me a troublemaker and blaming it all on me for refusing to recognise their magnificence. When I kept pushing them to stay on topic and tell me what training and experience they had, they then ignored my emails, and it is quite clear that they simply read a book on the ibogaine and thought that all they had to do was rent a house and set up a website which magically turned them qualified ibogaine practitioners. Indeed, I can tell you which book they learnt it from as they suggested I read it, and they pretty much follow the instructions contained in it to the letter, albeit not as thoroughly. It’s a very short book called “Ibogaine; Freedom from addiction Naturally” by She D’Montford, and if you read that, you will know as much about ibogaine as Adam and Edyta do. No one in the ibogaine community has ever heard of these two and they appeared out of nowhere with no background in any of the skills required for this type of work.

Another thing that should be mentioned is that they don’t have a reliable supplier for their iboga extract and ibogaine HCL. They buy their products from a company who does not have lab tested products, and the Ibogaine Universe forums are full of people who say that the quality of their products are inconsistent at best. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the company concerned as they are excellent for boosters, but any reputable provider would have a reliable source of lab tested iboga products for flood doses, and the reason they don’t is because they are inexperienced and don’t have any real contacts in this industry. Unfortunately, I was unable to get any financial recourse through PayPal because their dispute terms and conditions do not cover a dissatisfaction with the quality of a service if the service has been given, so it looks like I am going to have to get myself a solicitor and take legal action against them, which I will do because I am not prepared to tolerate being ripped off by these pair of fraudsters, however, I do understand that their account is now under investigation for using PayPal for illegal activities.

So to conclude, Adam and Edyta, are a pair of rude, unqualified, hypocritical, unprofessional Muppets who should be avoided at all costs. It will be interesting to see whether they respond to this review in the same way they did on the Ibogaine Universe forums by rubbishing my character and telling lies about me to cover up their own shortcomings, but if they do, they are sending out a very clear message as to how you can expect to be treated if you are not happy with the service you receive from them, but the one thing they won’t do it explain what qualifications, experience and training they have that qualifies them to do this work, or how they can justify putting people though floods using products of inconsistent, untested strength, because they can’t, and that is the fundamental issue that should decide whether or not you should use their services, because if I had been given the full butt-kicking flood dose I paid for and was promised, I could have forgiven pretty much everything else.

If anyone requires any further information about these two, or of my experience with them, please join the IBOGAINE UNIVERSE!!!! facebook group which I regularly frequent, and post a note asking for my attention, as I would be more than happy to do anything I can to avoid anyone else being ripped off by these two fraudsters, and I also have a copy of the webpage they deleted about their nicotine addiction treatments if anyone wants a good laugh. I have posted here using my real name which I also post on facebook with.

  • Member Since: May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Edyta and Adam are doing a fantastic job. Before, during and after the session I always had the feeling that they know exactly what they are doing. The way they helped me prepare and all the information they gave me made me feel safe and relaxed which helped me to have a good session. Iboga is not a recreational drug and having two such caring and professional people guide you through the experience is absolutely crucial. 

As it comes to the treatment itself it is very individual so I don’t want to write much about it. But I’d just like to comment on one thing. I did 5 ayahuascas before and it was hard for me to understand what was happening during those sessions and see any benefit in my life after. For me iboga went deeper and it seemed to me that it solved the issues that ayahuasca was trying but didn’t manage.

During the whole stay I was well taken care of. In fact, I don’t even remember the last time somebody would look after me this well. The acupuncture that Edyta offers will help with relaxation and will put you in a good mood. Freshly squeezed juices after the session were the best thing for a quick recovery. The food was always freshly prepared and sooo tasty… I miss those salads! 

The house is big and beautiful. You can stay there comfortably, read books, go for walks. I loved sitting on the terrace and simply enjoy the view (the sunrises and sunsets!). It takes a few days to recover so it’s nice to stay in a quite place, away from civilisation where you have the space to gather your thoughts, understand what happened during the session and to slowly start to see your new reality. This quiet, reflective time after the session is an important part of the whole treatment.

And I have to say that Edyta and Adam are simply lovely people to be around – very cheerful, non-judgmental and with positive attitude to life. They create such an easy atmosphere that I immediately felt as if I’d known them for a long time. 
I cannot imagine the whole experience any better. They thought about everything. If you are decided to do iboga do it here. 

Edyta and Adam, thank you so much much for everything! I am so lucky that I found you! Good luck to both of you!

  • Member Since: April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

Ibogaine treatment was good. I stopped my addiction and have a feeling like I have never taken drugs before. Will see for how long it lasts but the guys informed me clearly that it is addiction interrupter and a magic pill so I know what to expect and what to do next to stay sober in a long term. Very good value for money comparing to other centres who charge 4 times more. Well done guys and thank you very much.

  • Member Since: April 2, 2017

April 2, 2017

I used to be a ‘man of success’. Good job, fast life, pretended happiness. I did not notice that, day by day, step by step, in silence, I was losing contact with what really matters. Finally, I lost myself.

Insomnia, depression, anxiety and fear of next day became my reality for months, almost two years. Looooong years in black and white, with no hope.

I decided to undertake iboga treatment. Now colours are coming back. What’s the most important, hope is back. Self-esteem is being rebuilt. Things, like blocks, are coming back to their places in proper order, click by click. Tranquility inside. Tomorrow: why not? Yes: why, the hell, not?!

Iboga Tree is the place. You land in and take off from Alicante/Spain. Adam and Edyta meet you at the airport and drop you off there after the treatment. Between these two points in time you are safe and perfectly taken care of. It takes about a week. You get everything you need (and you are even not aware of) before, during and after the process. Permanent presence of the hosts. Friendly support and care in all terms. Professionalism and very high standards.

One more thing: I got the treatment together with my life partner. I still cannot tell what it did to us, but we both feel it was good. We are closer, deeper; quality of our relationship has risen.

Iboga definitely works for the couples.

The place itself is beautiful. Surroundings, accommodation, food, para-medical care – everything friendly and supporting.

Thank you, Guys.
John S.

  • Member Since: March 18, 2017

March 24, 2017

Adam and Edyta completely know what they are doing and they are supervising and gave me all the the necessary information and prepared me for Iboga

In my opinion with in which mindset and which environment you go into the initiation is crucially important as well as the the care and attention you receiving at the trip and afterwards.You will be in a (if not the most) very vulnerable state before and after Iboga.

They are cheerful,happy and thoughtful couple, and they provided peaceful and clean atmosphere during my stay. Adam is a experienced chef and food was amazing. I woke up many-times during abnormal hours and they where thoughtful enough to leave me something delicious and nutritious incase I need to eat or drink something. They were there whenever/whatever reason I needed them. Edyta’s acupuncture treatment was very helpful to relax my body and mind before the big day. I also have learned many things about nutrition, self-devolopment and self-healing from them.

I am totally satisfied with the medicine and whole treatment. It could not be any better.
Thank you for everything.

  • Member Since: March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017

What a wonderful gift of the Universe it was to participate in a ceremony with Adam and Edyta. It happened all by a weird coincidence where my first choice (Sasha from Thailand) retreat turned out to be a little bit irresponsible and dodgy forcing me to find a new place. Which I did and after a short search found Iboga Tree House, which I accepted me just in a one month notice and very reasonable price for treatment.

To describe the experience is quite impossible. My friend who is an ayahuascero (shaman working with a sacred plant of ayahuasca) asked me last time “so how was Iboga?”. The only answer that came was this long laughter that lasted for a couple of minutes to which he also joined – understanding that none of the experience can be transcribed into words.

Allow me to focus on the set and setting then. Everyday during our 7 day stay (I went there with my girlfriend who didn’t participate but came as a support) I felt much taken care of and Adam is such a great cook that his cooking skills alone could make this stay worthwhile! Adam is a great sitter, very quiet and focused. Will ask you once or twice how is your experience on the scale of 1 – 10 if he sees your struggling. This anchor to the 3d world does indeed help to go through peak experiences on iboga. He will also remind you from time to time that all experiences pass and this reassurence is like a balm to the soul that gives it additional courage and strenght to face yourself.

I did my initiation ceremony in the last house they rented in Malaga and it was a wonderfully placed (albeit cosy) in the mountain. Now that they moved to an even bigger house and hired a full-time nurse I don’t see like anything can go wrong. Allow my wholeheartedly recommend you Adam and Edyta for treatments – from day one you will feel you’re in the right time and right place. Adam has huge experience and he talks out of it – there’s no theories or mind boggling. Edyta completes Adam fantastically and adds this sort of feminine point of view every now and then. Much like Mulder and Scully from X-files although Adam is more reasonable than Mulder. She also does great acupuncture and reads quite well from your body what it needs at the very moment. All in a very serene, respectful and honoring manner. Can’t recommend better and will surely visit again as I consider them my good friends now!

  • Member Since: March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017

Thank you Adam and Edyta for a wonderful care during and after iboga treatment. For the attention and an amazing feed 😉 After the treatment, and a week rest-recovery, I feel much lighter (about 100kg less off my arms and the head) and see clearer.

I released loads of difficult emotions during the session and I’m much more in myself. I can recommend iboga to anyone struggling and not seeing the way out, anyone going in circles with same issues over and over, playing in their head same drama and slowly drowning in the ‘always present’ past with no chance to live, and to look forward to the future.

Adam’s and Edyta’s center is based in the scenic area, beautiful mountains in Spain, which is an additional asset to the treatment and time spent afterwards. And what’s most important for me, the hosts offer very professional(!) – medical, homely and friendly – care.

Julia S.

  • Member Since: November 29, 2016

December 5, 2016

Hi, I am 34 and for last 15 years I’ve been taking drugs. I’ve been trying to stop with use of different methods but nothing really worked. Friend of mine recommended to me iboga treatment, so I’ve decided to give it a go and try it. I met Adam & Edyta, both of them are highly professional, very nice and friendly people. Today, 3 months passed since the treatment. I feel really good. I don’t have any fear or stress and feel stable so I’d like to highly recommend Edyta and Adam iboga treatment as a great method to give you guys the chance to change your life’s.

  • Member Since: November 5, 2016

November 4, 2016

I had an alcohol problem for a long while. I was looking for something that actually works and I came across Iboga Tree – Healing House. I went for the treatment and after 24h I had no thoughts about alcohol at all which is something very unusual for me. Before the treatment whenever I was out or at work I would always have thoughts about alcohol almost fantasizing about coming back home and having a drink finally. Now, it’s already few months after my treatment and I am still off drinking.

Guys are very professional, caring and they really know what they do. Adam and Edyta guided me through the session which was very helpful because at some moments it was tough I must say. They also helped me to prepare for the treatment and with the recovery afterwards.
They offered me also after care options which I didn’t expect it like small doses of ibogaine in few months and loads of advises on how to continue to be sober..

Thank you Edyta and Adam

PS. Food was delicious

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