Your experience at The Sunrise Center is a full one. The entire time you’re with us immersed in an ibogaine treatment retreat. We work with multiple healing medicines that will cleanse you on the cellular level.
In addition to these we feed you the best detox nutrition possible and make sure we have a lot of fun. We’ve spent many years studying food, nutrient uptake, the brain and the body which helps us understand how to revitalize and rejuvinate you more completely. We believe that ibogaine is only part of a complete regimen to get you to optimal health. With this methodology, our guests consistently leave feeling better than ever before.
The process for coming to the center and partaking in our retreat goes as follows:
First, you submit your registration form, which we’ll go over it to determine if there’s any health risks to you. Please be totally honest during this process. The information you provide is crucial. We use it to structure the most appropriate dosages, nutrition and activities for you. Remember, we’re here to help guide you through this process and it’s essential that we have accurate information.
It’s important to know that regardless of why you’re visiting us, you will be treated with dignity. We have a very light, fun loving vibe and we love to create a hospitable environment for you to relax, recharge and grow in. Every step of the way you can expect to be treated with respect, compassion and like a friend.
We’ve never had to turn anyone away due to health reasons, but we may ask a few questions in addition to what’s on the registration form to be totally sure. Once it’s determined that you’re good to go, we’ll reserve your spot at the clinic.
You’ll fly into San Diego, where we’ll pick you up at the airport and take you to The Sunrise Center near La Mision in Northern Baja. We’re only about an hour and a half drive from the airport. We’ll begin working with Kambo the same day you arrive.
Prior to arriving you should eat light, nutritious whole foods. Also, hydrate with water and an electrolyte beverage. We recommend coconut water and discourage sports drinks because they’re full of sugar.
Once we pick you up, we’ll then journey to the clinic, where your retreat will take place. Most people who we work with take Kambo before Ibogaine. This typically happens the first day you arrive. It serves as a very effective pre-detox for your body. We’ve found that those who take Kambo first, have a much lighter experience with the Iboga, because a lot of the toxins have already been removed. Like everything we offer at The Sunrise Center, Kambo is voluntary, but highly recommended.
The Kambo treatment program is much different than Iboga. It last about three hours total and there are two phases.
Once it’s administered you’ll feel it immediately. You’ll start to feel a warm sensation in your chest and head. Within a few minutes you’ll begin to purge by vomiting. This is the detoxification process working on a cellular level via your lymphatic system. The Kambo triggers your body to do a “cellular-reset” and let go of all toxins. You’ll throw up for a few minutes but it will be over quickly. Within a half hour you’ll notice the nausea subsiding.
You’ll want to brush your teeth and take a quick shower. It feels really good and finishes ridding your body of the toxins that have just been dispelled. After that, you’ll head to bed. It will be a very rejuvenating sleep and you’ll wake up feeling great.
Some additional benefits to this detox are: likely having more acute hearing, your vision may be brighter, physical symptoms of pain and withdrawal will subside and your mind will be quiet. Kambo promotes a general sense of well-being.
Next, you’ll be given Ibogaine or Iboga. This is provided at about 10am. At that time Dr. Agustin, our in house physician, will do an EKG and check your vitals to establish a baseline. Once you’ve taken the medicine, Dr. Agustin or one of our nurses will take your vitals again every 20 minutes to make sure you’re stable. We’ve never had any problems during a retreat. Even so, we always have a doctor present as well as multiples nurses as it’s good protocol for everyone’s comfort and safety. If something does arise, we are only minutes away from a hospital.
Ibogaine will effectively stop, or interrupt your addictive behaviors and cravings for substances. It will be working on physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and social patterns. You likely will cerebrally “visit” why each of these occurs and therefore understand the root cause. This all happens from a third person viewpoint, so you get to witness yourself without having to feel and relive painful experiences. It’s an incredibly powerful release. You will be left with a newfound perspective of why they happen, combined with an ability to leave them behind. You’ll be motivated to find new ways of expressing yourself.
You need to take the Ibogaine medication on an empty stomach, so the day of your flood dose you’ll fast. Two hours before the Ibogaine treatment you’ll need to stop drinking fluids. This keeps you from having to use the restroom during your treatment, which is good because it can be difficult to move with Ibogaine.
The full cycle of an ibogaine treatment lasts about 36 hours in which you’ll go through 3 different phases.
Ataxia sets in while experiencing an out of body sensation. You may also have a buzzing in your ears. Some people feel nauseous, so we give you an anti nausea medication before you begin. But we’ve noticed something pretty awesome. People who do Kambo before ibogaine have a lot less nausea and hardly every actually get sick.
Visions come and body is heavy. You’ll view past experiences appear somewhat like a slideshow and you’ll be able to “see more of the picture” than you could before. Most people prefer not to talk as this can be distracting from the insights.
Ataxia and nausea subside and you regain bodily motion. You’re able to eat and drink water as desired, but you probably won’t want to until the later end of this. Intellectually you’ll go through past choices in life and decisions you’ve made. You begin to understand why things have gone as they have. Objectivity and clarity around your experiences will help you understand how to make the changes you want to make.
You will have as much privacy as you desire while you go through the treatment cycle. We’ll check on you to make sure you’re okay, but otherwise you’ll be left alone to process however you like.
After the full Ibogaine treatment program, you’ll likely feel weak and a bit emotionally topsy turvy. You will be free of any withdrawal symptoms and have no cravings for drugs and substances, but will need a day or two to recover before you feel like yourself. Some people may cry a lot and have strong emotions come up. This is totally normal and you should be prepared for that. On the second day after treatment you’ll stabilize and feel more outgoing. This is when we’ll go out and do some fun stuff in the area.
We believe having fun is a key to good health and a joyous life.
Massage, yoga and other bodywork.
Hiking, exploring or journeying to a waterfall.
Horseback riding on the beach.
Eating some of the best tacos ever.
Spending time in quiet contemplation about your medicine work.
We believe that doing these activities are effective help you re-integrate back into the world after your ibogaine experience.
On non-treatment days you’ll be provided 3 meals a day of fresh healthy food. Purified water will also be available to you at all times. This is part of your food detox program.
We encourage you to take a hands on approach with meals once you’re through the main part of the treatment. We have a great cook and will help coach you on how to create a nutritious meal every time. This is key to your re-integration as many people who visit don’t have a super healthy diet. Eating well and cooking for yourself can be a great way to spend time nurturing your whole being as you arrive home and delve back into life.
Also, we can provide to you nutrition counseling and recipes of highly nutrition superfood meals for recovery and wellness of your body.
This is something we will talk a fare amount about on the last few days of your clinic visit. So, what does “re-integration” actually mean? Well, what we’re referring to is the process of leaving the retreat and going back into your life. We talk about this quite a lot during your stay with us, because this is a key component in meeting your goals. No matter what you’re working on, whether it be drug addiction, substance abuse, an eating disorder, PTSD or depression, it’s important to have a plan for when you arrive home after your ibogaine treatment.
When we say “have a plan”, it means how are you going to cope with being back in your environment. We want to make sure that you’re going back home to a place that supports the work that you’ve done during the retreat and will help continue the growth you’ve been doing. We also try to identify outlets for you as you re-establish yourself. Some examples are: doing yoga, starting a project of some kind, getting involved in your community, playing music, making art, learning a skill, talking to a counselor or working towards peak health.
When it’s time for you to leave, we’ll take you back to the airport.