Rev. Adriana González Villa
Adriana is a first generation Chicana, and grew up in a neighborhood of immigrants, refugees, and African American families in Houston, Texas. Though raised in a loving and protective family, Adriana still experienced America's shadow beginning as a child. Personal and institutionalized racism were rampant and normalized. At the University of Texas at Austin, Adriana finally realized this false reality in America and began to heal from the wounds of internalized racism. This personal work manifested in degrees in cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, in political activism, and work in the field of social justice.
Adriana worked with some of the most marginalized people in America~ undocumented citizens, the homeless, and incarcerated youth with disabilities. A career in social justice law or graduate school was redirected by an acute episode of spiritual awakening- an initiation of Spirit.
The process of awakening changed everything, and became an impetus for the continued exploration of the revelation of God consciousness. Though raised in a Catholic family, Adriana was still taught about some of the mystical traditions of Mexico and in her
own lineage. She began to remember and seek knowledge about those old ways. Plant medicines, sweat lodge ceremony, and yogic practices became foundational work. More schooling and learning, this time in the healing arts and yoga, and continued practice brought Adriana to finally recognize her unique position in this life and become a teacher and leader for others in their own processes of awakening and self-knowledge.
As a bi-cultural woman of color in America, Adriana decided that the best way to access and remember her lineage and traditions was to return to her ancestral homeland of Mexico. After more years of learning and developing skills as a ceremonial leader, Adriana opened Radiant Heart Yoga & Ceremonial Arts, a space for healing and transformative personal and collective work, set in a small and peaceful town on the southern Pacific coast of Mexico.
Adriana is an ordained Minister of Walking Prayer with the Center for Sacred Studies. She offers plant medicine ceremonies, yoga classes, sound meditation and private healing sessions. A musician from a young age with a background in classical music and drum kit, Adriana uses her skills to deepen journey work during sessions and ceremonies. The studio also hosts gifted healers and medicine people who come to share their knowledge.
Adriana and her partner Dimitri Mugianis are the founders of Iboga Revolution, an organization offering retreats with the visionary medicine ibogaine.
Born in Detroit, to a politically leftist Greek American family, Dimitri began writing poetry and music, and also using drugs, at a very early age. As a teenager, Dimitri formed a band called The Leisure Class. After several years of local success, the band moved to New York City in 1983. There, Dimitri found a home at the Chelsea Hotel, and quickly developed close friendships, notably with Beat legends Herbert Huncke and Gregory Corso.
Dimitri supported himself by working various jobs, such as a bike messenger and dishwasher. His relationship with cocaine, heroin and methadone would last over 20 years. By 2002, Dimitri had a daily habit of $150-200 worth of heroin, plus cocaine and 100 milligrams of
methadone. By forty, he was surrounded by death, including his pregnant common-law wife. Resigned that his life was nearing an end, using the last of his will to survive, Dimitri turned to a radical solution: Ibogaine.
In 2003, he sought out an Iboga treatment center in Europe. Initially he planned to visit his ancestral home in Greece to die after the treatment, but Iboga had other plans. Iboga ended his dependency to drugs (without withdrawal) and started him on a journey of spiritual and emotional recovery.
Returning home with an evangelical zeal, Dimitri sought out and met the father of the Ibogaine movement, Howard Lotsof, who quickly became his mentor. In an effort to bring the medicine that healed him to those without access, he attended approximately 500 underground Ibogaine ceremonies.
In 2011, Dimitri was arrested providing ibogaine treatment. After a protracted legal battle he was convicted with reduced charges. Since 2011 he has been working at the New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) in Harlem. His innovative group We Are The Medicine is propelling the conversation about spirituality and drug use. Dimitri has simultaneously become an increasingly visible spokesperson on a range of progressive topics, and is sought out by universities and invited to join medical and spiritual panels. He also offers spiritual services and personal consultations that draw on his own training and practice. He is involved in numerous other projects including working on bringing Iboga to Afghanistan and Nepal.
After a three-year hiatus Dimitri is once again offering a non-detox ibogaine ceremony. For more information, visit www.ibogarevolution.com
Dimitri currently has an unscripted television show in development concerning alternative medicine.