Many thanks to Executive Producer donor:
Robert J. Barnhart. Your 'first-day' $10,000 donation gave us hope and encouragement.
Many thanks to Corporate and Celebrity Sponsors for guidance, media and donations:
Brad Burge, Erik Brown, Sam Insightfin at MAPS.org, Bluebird Botanicals • Foster & Kimberly Clark Gamble • Aubrey Marcus • Ken Jordan & Evolver.net •
Many thanks to:
My partner Jack Cross, without whom I could never do this.
Many thanks for your participation, support, help, guidance and donations:
Kevin Sheard, Ty Hensel, Simon Anderson, Patti Bianco, Sally Thomas, Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Ken Alper, Judith Morgan, Stefan Reich, Dr. Martin Polanco, Deanne Adamson, Kevin Franciotti, Patrick Kroupa, Annelise Schinzinger, Annie Elizabeth, Greg Dunn, Eric Swenson, Ana Holub, Mark Scheider, Ben de Loenen, C.Y. Gopinath, Anslyn Ryan, Johnny Tabaie, Cody Swift, Sandya Dandamudi, Adrian Hooper, Jeffrey Kamlett and more....
Clinic images courtesy of Crossroads Ibogaine
A special thanks to Eric Thiermann for joining me wholeheartedly in this effort.
For inquiries contact Lakshmi Narayan at 619-366-7788 • © 2018 Awake Media LLC
We launched our Iboga Saves crowdfunder in October 2018 on Indiegogo, then moved to GoFundMe when our non-profit status came through. Our campaign, while garnering a lot of interest, new connections, and offers of support in kind, has raised less than five percent of our funding goal thus far, so we know that we need to step up the game in order to communicate why this is an important film to make, and why we need a high-minded grassroots effort to effect change.
We filed awake.net as an educational non-profit (501c3 pending).
We’ve established a presence on social media and published a series of educational blogs https://awake.net/iboga-saves
A directory of providers: https://awake.net/iboga-directory.
There are several podcasts, presentations, and fundraisers in the works, in Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Santa Cruz, LA, and potentially Vancouver. If you would like to host an Iboga Saves fundraiser dinner in your city for a small group of people, please contact me via awake.net and I can bring together an iboga panel presentation to accompany the dinner.
We’re applying for a documentary film grant in February.
In my unabashed enthusiasm for iboga as a solution to the opioid epidemic I thought, surely the ibogaine community will get behind us on this and help us educate the public about Iboga/ibogaine, surely the psychedelic community will enthusiastically support this. Surely people will see how powerful it could be if only we give collective voice to the truth about iboga, about the imminence and importance of ibogaine as a medicine for an epidemic that is a gaping wound in the body politic. Surely, people understand that this is life and death.
But while ibogaine may have cured addiction, it has not cured self-interest and the factionalism of cliques in the rehab, addiction and ibogaine worlds, and competitive agendas seem to supercede altruistic and communal interests, so my enthusiasm, while still unabashed, is now tempered with a better understanding of the context inside which iboga/ibogaine has failed to find its proper standing in the addiction recovery lexicon for 48 years even though 200 people a day are dying of overdose today and there is no other medicine like it.
The story about Iboga is essentially a story about healing not just the addicted individual but healing the social, political and legal environment inside which the wound continues to be perpetuated. Like all true healing, it’s a radical transformation.
Thank you for your attention and support!
We've only raised around 5% of our goal thus far. I want to share some sad news which underscores the problem and might inspire your friends to donate as well, with a nudge from you.
Nick Palmisano died an untimely death at age 29 due to complications from a rare strain of malaria which he contracted during a trip to Africa to take Iboga. Misdiagnosed as dengue fever, the malaria spread to his heart, his lungs, and his kidneys. He went into a coma and died in the hospital.
Nick did not die of Iboga/Ibogaine treatments, the 400 to 1 fatality risk that people often tout when you mention ibogaine as a solution for opioid addiction. Iboga worked splendidly for Nick, he was an amazing person, poised to live a life where he could help others.
Nick died of our collective ignorance. We are ignoring a clear and present danger in allowing a law to remain in place for 48 years which mislabels a beneficient plant medicine like iboga as an illegal Schedule 1 drug. Had ibogaine been legal in the US, Nick might never have had a reason to go to Africa and contract malaria. Had iboga been legal and a part of the addiction recovery lexicon, and its shamanic roots understood as a psycho-spirtual agent, there would be travel advisory's galore about how to prepare for an iboga ceremony in Africa.
This interview of Nick comes from footage we shot for the IBOGA SAVES film and app campaign to spread the word and change the law. Our crowdfunder has spawned conversations and likes and loves, but very few actual donations to our cause. If you care about this issue don't just like or love or share our posts, all that does is deliver a momentary dopamine buzz to your fingertips -- please donate at https://gofundme.com/ibogasaves -- we cannot possibly start a grassroots movement without you, and this problem affects everyone, and it takes 'everyone' to quicken a change in culture of this magnitude. Ibogaine people where are you? Where is the solidarity of consciousness that iboga initiates?
There are many people involved in treatments, medical research, education, and policy change around ibogaine and iboga, and my media efforts are built on all their work and research, however the powers that be that actually can change policy will not be inspired to change things in a hurry because of vested interests, it’s just human nature. If the top-down policy change was accompanied by a bottoms-up grassroots movement and demand for a change in legislation and access to a life-saving medicine during an epidemic, then ~then~ we might make change happen. And even if policy change took years, we would be spreading the word. There is precedence for this in the example of the AIDS epidemic. It took a grassroots effort and march to force the establishment to find a cure for AIDS because that population, like the addiction population, was stigmatized.
Nick was passionate about iboga. Nick’s family, friends, and co-workers all want his legacy to live on and his message about Ibogaine to reach those who need it. Everyday, almost 200 people just like Nick die of opioid overdose in the US alone and many more suffer from addiction. This need not be. Let's use Nick’s death, his message, and his radiant testimony to the effectiveness of iboga as a wake-up call to make change happen. Join us.
Learn more at https://awake.net
I've devoted all my time, media skills, and resources to it for the last 10 months and will continue to do so because IBOGA meets a real need, it can save lives. Many people with hard addictions are suffering from some kind of unresolved trauma, perhaps from childhood, perhaps just the wounding of life itself. Either way IBOGA can penetrate to the root cause, and thus allow the process of recovery to begin.
My campaign is nothing without your support. Thank you for empowering the making of the documentary that will shed light on this topic.
I'm currently doing a grassroots funding drive to raise another $10-20K by the end of the year so that we can begin shooting our first segment at Clear Sky clinic in Cancun. Would you be willing to share this email or link with a note as to why you donated to the campaign?
Thank you and Happy Solstice!