Nothing happens in isolation. At Pangea we owe a lot to all of the communities that we are a part of. Our commitment to participating in and supporting these communities is very close to our hearts.
San Pancho, Mexico
Pangea works in various locations around the globe, but our home is in San Pancho, Nayarit, a beautiful little village on the central Pacific coast of Mexico. We’re located about an hour North of Puerto Vallarta.
The tranquil atmosphere and deep natural beauty of the town have inspired us and many of our clients for the past few years. In the town of about 1800 (during the high season), we share our home with many Mexican families, tourists visiting for the surf and down tempo vibes, and many foreigners who have also made San Pancho their home. The main street in town, Avenida Tercer Mundo (Third World Avenue), is lined by shops, restaurants and taco stands, with a distinct Mexican flavor. Near the entrance of town a beautiful multifaceted community center has become the heart and soul of the village, offering many workshops and classes in everything from yoga and martial arts to screen printing and circus performance.
Our clients have the opportunity to take part in the teaching and learning permaculture garden being developed at the back of the center, which will provide an invaluable learning environment as well as food for the community center’s vegan cafe.
When we’re able, we occasionally offer lower-cost treatments to Mexican people and their families who are a part of our community here.
The Global Ibogaine Therapist Alliance
Pangea has played a very active role in helping to establish GITA as a not-for-profit, through which our colleagues who provide ibogaine therapy can share knowledge and experience, contribute research projects, and support the sustainability of iboga.
We offer training and mentorship for physicians and practitioners who are currently becoming ibogaine providers, and contribute in other ways to the development of programs and resources that improve the quality of ibogaine treatments around the globe.
Drug Users Rights
Because several of our staff, and the majority of the clients over the years, have been active drug users at one point in their lives, we recognize the importance of personal empowerment for all individuals. We firmly believe that all people have the cognitive liberty to be able to decide to alter their consciousness.
This choice is complicated, and influenced by many factors including the personal, familial, sociological, and karmic. Because of this, we also understand that addiction is a complicated and deeply personal experience that can compromise personal accountability and willpower. Our core stance is not that drugs and their use is wrong or harmful. Rather than work from that position, we prefer to approach from a deep respect for personal liberty. Howard Lotsof, the father of modern ibogaine therapy, expressed the maxim in this way:
“Anyone who is addicted to drugs and wishes to be free of that addiction shall be able to have that choice.”
Clare Wilkins, our director, remains an active member of the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), and the International Network of Women who Use Drugs (INWUD), and speaks publicly about the importance of drug user rights.
Clients, Friends & Family
By far the most grounding and gratifying part of our work is witnessing the connections and relationships that are formed out of it. In various ways, our relationships with clients and their families have occasionally continued for years after treatment. This fundamental connection continually provides us with new experience and inspiration.