photo by Robin Clark
Elizabeth Bast serves as a writer, yoga teacher, performance artist, ceremonial facilitator, speaker/educator, & holistic coach specializing in sacred plant medicine support, spirit-led addiction recovery, & visionary life design. She is a lifelong devotee of plant medicine and prayer, having been raised within a long family line of plant healers and a Native inter-tribal community with traditional ceremony. Her greater intentions are to help facilitate 100% natural bliss, synergy between culture and nature, and conversations between the old & the new and the East & the West. She studied at New College of San Francisco with an emphasis on Art and Social Change. Bast completed the transformational coach training program with Being True to You.
Bast is the author HEART MEDICINE: A True Love Story, an intimate memoir about a healing experience with the African sacred medicine, iboga.
Bast is a recipient of a "Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance" grant from the psychedelic feminist organization Cosmic Sister and a member of Cosmic Sister's Expert Advisory Circle.
In in 1993, Bast began a passionate practice of hatha yoga. In 2004, she completed the Interdisciplinary Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Nosara Yoga Institute. In 2010, she completed the Anusara Yoga Teacher Training through Katchie Ananda. She continues to study teachings of the Sri-Vidya sakta tantra tradition through Janice Craig.
Since 2007, she has lived and co-created with artist Chor Boogie. Together, they have produced numerous collaborations of visual and performance art at galleries, museums, and special events.
After their healing experience with iboga, Bast and Chor Boogie were inspired to serve others with the medicine. In December 2014, the couple traveled to Gabon, Africa, where they began their iboga provider training and experienced a traditional Bwiti initiation, Rite of Passage, and wedding. They are educators and advocates for iboga, sacred medicine ways, the Bwiti tradition, indigenous peoples rights, drug policy reform, and holistic addiction treatment.
Bast is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.