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Conditions They Treat: Addiction, anxiety, depression, health and wellness, self-development.

HealingMaps Says: Well-reviewed Iboga ceremony space led by, Dimitri Urukah, who claims training from the Bwiti, the Gabonese religion that uses iboga as a sacrament. From his writings, Urukah comes across as a deep listener to what he calls the “spirit” of iboga.

Costs: Not listed.

Patient Review/ Testimonial: “I’ve never felt more cared for in my life in a therapeutic setting! The level of devotion, love, and depth of knowledge is unparalleled.” – Andy via Google

Facility Highlights: In a dense Pacific Northwest forest that looks like it could swallow you whole, the kind of place where plants can twist and climb, and you can lose yourself in their contemplation.

Do They Offer Iboga-Assisted Psychotherapy? Unclear.

Are Female Practitioners Available? Yes.

Do they Accept Insurance? No.

Additional Info: 

Rooted Waters offers pathways to healing through ceremony and integration support. Our way is rooted in creative process, nature connection, song, and prayer while holding compassion and respect at the heart of it.

Our Iboga Ceremonies, Psychedelic therapy & Immersive Retreats are crafted with care, offering opportunities for healing and exploring the intricate nature of being human.

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We provide an extensive intake process and support. Each guest has access to all of our team which includes counselors, somatic therapists, expressive art therapist and more. The Rooted Waters team takes great care in the well being of each participant and infuses each ceremony with beauty, creativity, prayer, song and much more.

The Wakyanii Sanctuary is what we call the beautiful land we host on. It is a place of beauty, peace and serenity. 

Located on SaltSpring Island on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish People specifically the Tsawout, Wsàeć, Quw’utsun, Stz’uminus territories, it is a place of healing where all are welcome.

Here you will find beautiful nature, filled with flowers, beehives, a pond, a wood fired sauna with outdoor shower and many nooks to relax in and explore.

We welcome you with open hearts and a humble dedication to your healing process.


From the moment I entered the Wakyanii Sanctuary, the feeling of warmth, love and care were overwhelming. Every act that Dimitri and Coco did only served to enhance that feeling, allowing me to feel at home, away from home.

I arrived feeling very nervous, fully finding the peace and healing that I was seeking to be able to move forward in the right way. The creativity, integrity and compassion Dimitri and Coco showed created the right soil for my wounds to find healing. Now I have two homes, and am able to walk with gratitude in my Heart. I will forever be grateful to them both and Iboga. Will return guaranteed!

— Clay Ponich, Vernon

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Reviews (4)

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Service 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
Location 5.0
Cleanliness 5.0
  • Dan Watchman
    June 24, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    As a retired first responder trying to integrate back into a normal life I found myself haunted by images of death, suffering and grizzly scenes. Shift work wreaks havoc on the circadian rhythm and sleep patterns are severely impacted. My sister and a friend who were also a first responders suggested Rooted Waters. To say I was skeptical would be a monumental understatement. Having no experience with recreational drugs let alone medicine of this nature I was terrified.

    When I arrived and met Dimitri and Coco I felt more at ease. They took the time to explain the process, the medicine and their experience. I was reluctant but took part in the first ceremony. I quickly became obvious that Iboga is not a recreational drug and the effects anything but something I would want to ingest for fun. The ceremony was very well controlled and Dimitri and Coco were able to control the tempo through traditional songs and instruments.

    The day after the ceremony was overwhelming emotionally as I seemed to have shed 25 years of horrific images, toxic people and mental exhaustion. Coco was instrumental in helping me navigate what I was feeling and what I had unpacked. I had built up a thick armor out of self preservation. That armor also kept joy, hope and peace from getting in. The second ceremony was far less intense but the next day was also exhausting and emotional.

    I have met few people as genuine, full of compassion and caring as Dimitri and Coco. They both have great insight into the human condition and immense knowledge of plant medicines. I left Rooted Waters with hope for a happy retirement and considerably lighter. I left 40 pounds of armor laying in the field of daisies behind their home. Dimitri and Coco are Wonderfull people and I wish them the best on their mission to help the weary,

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  • Chonkush Tusa
    June 4, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    Stable, genuine care from kind humans. Stewards of Earth, of Hearth, and Heart. I appreciate the mutual love to crafts and earth skills for integration, and the respect for cultural world traditions, including that of building our own. Thank you for the beautiful introduction. Nice to meet you.

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  • William
    May 31, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    In the spring of 2023, I attended Rooted Waters ceremonies and found Dimitri’s and Coco’s depth of knowledge, experience, and commitment to high quality programs profound. Also, their property is absolutely idyllic and their caring and loving approach has touched my heart and soul to my core.
    My program has given me the lasting, deep, and fundamental change I was looking for. I arrived with hope and departed transformed.

    Through them I am renewed!

    Thank You! Thank You! Bless you both!!!

    Sitting on the cusp of non-being I watch the world flow past like a river never ending.

    — William, Minnesota

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  • Jesse
    May 30, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    I would like to do this. How much is it. I’m interested in ibogaine treatment.

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