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Iboga and Other Medicinal Plants in Bwiti Tradition

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Dr. Jim Dukes Green Farmacy

8210 Murphy Road

Fulton, MD 20759

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The Bwiti are a people who have found mastery in the study of life. The Bwiti tradition is not a religion; it is the study of life. It’s a traditional spiritual path of living life through direct experience. The oral tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years, if not more.

Their spiritual path revolves around the sacred use of the Iboga root and over 5,000 other medicinal plants. For centuries, students of Bwiti tradition have used Iboga in healing ceremonies and spiritual rituals for self-discovery, personal development, physical healing, connection to nature, direct communication with spirits and ancestors and in giving thanks for the gift of life.


In 2009, Hannah Gresser met Dr. Jim Duke in the jungles of Peru studying medicinal plants of the Amazon in a class organized by Dr. Andrea Ottesen for the University of Maryland. Hannah has continued to study medicinal plants with a focus on the Shamanic use of entheogens for healing and spiritual discovery ever since.

More recently, she has been studying the Bwiti tradition from Africa. Hannah has spent the last two and a half years studying under different Bwiti medicine providers in Costa Rica.

In 2018, Hannah spent three months studying in the jungles of Gabon under the guidance of a 10th generation Bwiti Shaman. While she was there she was initiated into the tradition and went through many other traditional ceremonies.

Hannah will be coming back to the area to lovingly share the knowledge she has been taught with the Green Pharmacy Garden Community.


Come join us for an afternoon of storytelling, tradition, and plant wisdom in the beautiful Green Farmacy Garden.

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