Benjamin De Loenen on Ibogaine, recognising its indigenous roots and the challenges of globalisation

We are excited to host Benjamin De Loenen for this episode on the podcast series.

Benjamin De Loenen, M.A., studied audiovisual media and communications in The Netherlands, where he graduated with honors for his documentary “Ibogaine-Rite of Passage” (2004), a film that remains an important reference on this subject matter. Benjamin has been dedicated to Indigenous Master Plants, the Indigenous communities and the challenges that come with the globalization of these practices since then. In 2009, he founded the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS), a charitable non-profit organisation with United Nations consultative status, where he serves as Executive Director. Benjamin is the author of several publications and films, has presented at conferences around the world, and has participated in various leadership roles, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Ibogaine Therapist Alliance (2012 – 2014).

Ben shares his journey with Ibogaine and where his work with indigenous communities began. He speaks about the importance of understanding the significance of Ibogaine within associated communities particularly during the globalization of psychotherapeutic plant usage. Giancarlo and Ben talk about the importance of understanding plant medicines as a process rather than a quick solution, and how preparation and integration are equally as important aspects of the process as the ceremony itself.

Ben also discusses how Indigenous medicine practices need to be respected and protected during their rise in popularity, as well as the intricacies around plant usage and keeping everyone safe, from Indigenous communities to modern-day medicinal plant facilitators.

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