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Robyn and Mark Howard met on the way to Gabon, West Africa, each on their own healing journey.


Years later, after both completing intense shamanic training and initiation into the Bwiti tradition, they returned to West Africa to get married, and embarked on a shared mission to heal. 

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Professional Expertise

IbogaSoul is the culmination of Mark and Robyn's personal journeys and professional expertise, and they are dedicated to bringing the deep wisdom of the Bwiti tradition to the many in the West who are so in need of healing.


They are providers of the sacred root medicine, carriers of the ancient Bwiti tradition, and initiates who have undergone comprehensive training in the safe and effective administration of Iboga.


They are pioneers in the plant medicine community, and have received extensive media coverage as psychedelic healing gains mainstream interest, including being featured in the popular TV series Veracity- the Psychedelic Frontier and the award-winning 2019 documentary DOSED, the story of a young woman’s search for relief from opiate addiction through plant-medicine. 





Deeply rooted in his training by the Gabonese shamans, Mark fiercely upholds these traditions in the western world. He spent five years in Vancouver, BC with his team treating hundreds of people in medically supervised sessions using specific rituals and ceremonies to heal the body, mind and soul.

Mark Howard specializes in providing Iboga root bark, as well as its total alkaloid extract, through the lens of the Bwiti spiritual tradition. He has assisted countless people in meeting Iboga in an authentic way supported by the traditional spiritual values taught to him by Bwiti shamans of Gabon, Africa.  Travelling to Gabon on his first initiatory trip he met Robyn and they were spiritually married in the village two years later. Mark has been given the blessing to carry Iboga and offers a unique medicine by virtue of having done his personal healing work for many years with the medicine and Bwiti tradition. He graciously welcomed the film team of Dosed and helped Adrianne face herself which has opened the doors for many in the West. Currently Mark and his team at IbogaSoul Shamanic Healing provide medicine retreats in the powerful healing location that is Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. 

Robyn is a healer, spiritual guide and integration coach and specializes in ancestral divination. She is a humble servant of the medicine and guides her clients back towards themselves and their own inner wisdom.


She has an intimate knowledge of the Bwiti tradition and touches upon the ancient art of Dagara ancestral divination as taught by the late Elder Malidoma Somé. Robyn highlights the importance of integrating the lessons learned in Iboga ceremonies into a client’s everyday life, and provides ongoing integration coaching post-retreat. 



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Our team is more than a random selection of people, it's a family.  Every team member has worked on their personal healing with Iboga under the guidance of the Bwiti tradition.  The resulting 'superpower' of their personal gifts shine through as they support others in their journey.

Allison Sloan

Iboga Apprentice

Allison discovered her spiritual practice while studying philosophy in the mountains of Santa Fe, instilling in her a sense of calmness she has carried with her ever since. She taught yoga and meditation in Brooklyn, New York for years before beginning an apprenticeship with a psychopharmacologist who had recently left western medicine—together, they focused on helping people heal themselves using the venom from the Bufo toads native to the Sonoran desert in Northern Mexico.


Over the past five years, she has served thousands of people, allowing them to experience the healing power of this sacred medicine and helping them to connect to source. In 2021 Allison began her journey with Iboga and has been fascinated by the potential intersections of these two medicines. She is excited to continue learning from these powerful plant and animal teachers.


Jesse vanDok

Iboga Apprentice

Jesse is a chef, certified Kambo practitioner and apprentice at IbogaSoul. Jesse experienced the healing benefits of Iboga that helped him heal a 10 year battle with addiction. Prior to experiencing Iboga Jesse attended the Vancouver premier of DOSED that lit the fire in him to heal and begin learning how to support others. Jesse has since traveled to Gabon, Africa (2022) for initiation into the Missoko of the Bwiti tradition and Rites of Passage. Jesse is a powerhouse of support for guests and the team of IbogaSoul. He is the owner of Psilocare, a psilocybin microdose company. 

Kristin Nuttal

Registered Thai Therapist, Cranial Sacral Practitioner, and Doula 

Kristin Nuttall, RTT, BCST  is a holistic therapies practitioner from B.C., Canada with over 20 years in practice and teaching work. Her focus spans from working with athletes to assisting different forms of detox and recovering trauma to also offering doula care in pre- and postpartum and working with children, including babies. Kristin now lives and works between Cabo and Todos Santos, Mexico.

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Medical Support Staff

IbogaSoul Shamanic Healing maintains integrity regarding guests' physical safety and employs medical support staff during ceremony and recovery days. An on-call nurse, doctor or paramedic is available 24/7 during your stay. 

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