Kambo Practitioner Training

Receiving training and experiencing holding space for and administering this potent medicine

Kambo Practitioner Training

Kambo (also known as Sapo locally to Peruvians) is the venom from Phyllomedusa bicolor, the Amazonian giant monkey tree frog. This medicine is well known around Peru and Brazil as the “vaccine of the forest.” It is most easily understood as a detoxifying purgative, immune-boosting medicine, and a powerful treatment for chronic pain and drug dependency. You can read more about the Kambo ceremony here.

Kambo treatments should only be received by skilled Kambo practitioners, fully trained in the Amazon by initiated elders. There are many Westernized training and certification programs arising today claiming to train Kambo practitioners in some official capacity, though it should be noted that there is no standardized certification for such trainings. Further, many of these training do not include handling the frog, the ritual venom extraction, or include any indigenous history regarding the Kambo medicine. In order to truly understand Kambo medicine, one must be initiated through the indigenous tradition of Kambo application (which includes catching and extracting the venom from the frog itself!). This can only be done by being trained in the Amazon, by an initiated trainer, or the indigenous elders themselves.

Why Train With Us?

Let’s be realistic, Kambo has been spreading like wildfire. It will soon be that everyone and their sister is a Kambo Practitioner. People and fly-by-night organizations are setting up Kambo practitioner training courses like popup restaurants.  

There have been many positives and negatives to this.  It is always beautiful when Amazonian medicine is brought to the mainstream collective.  However, in all honesty, Mankind does not have the best track record when it comes to Sacred Gifts.  When our instructors came out of the Jungle to reintegrate they found that a lot of Kambo being served worldwide was being administered with little to no regard to the honor of the legacy and tradition of Kambo.  We believe this, among some other factors, is limiting Kambo’s effectiveness and in fact creating unsafe practices.  The healing potential of Kambo is far greater than we understand right now, however, the potential begins to unlock when administered in the traditional way.  Rather than reacting out of fear, we decided that if the wildfire of Kambo is going to spread at least we can help spread it with tradition, honor, respect, and safety.  

So we ask again, why train with us?

Well, for starters, we have been working with Kambo since 2011.  Before it was a catchphrase, a pop-culture fad before it was a ‘cool’ thing to do.  We were privileged enough to work with an Elder Matsés at our center in the Amazon in the year 2011.  Our instructors were able to live and study full-time in the Amazon jungle for many years.  Combined they have a total of over 13 years living in the Amazon.  During this time they learned how important it is to keep the legacy and tradition of Kambo sacred.  They learned that Kambo’s Spirit is deeply with the Tribe because they have 1000’s of years of honoring the tradition that their grandfathers passed to them from grandfathers passing to them.  The Matses Elders have honored the frog, the Spirit, the Jungle, and themselves by honoring their sacred tradition.  Our instructors were able to connect to the ‘Kambo Spirit’ through the guidance of the elder Matsés and the essence of the jungle.  We lived with Source during this time, and She taught us how to live in unity and humility with Her.  We started administering Kambo in 2012 to all of our guests, seeing its potent healing power.

 We have learned that as individual humans, we are nothing more than mediums holding space.  By casting aside “self”, we allow the frog to do its work.  If the Kambo Spirit has called you to us, then it’s meant to be. 

We are humble and do this out of love for the sacred frogs.  They allow us to be their ambassadors to the world.  To help the world heal. It is the frogs and the Kambo Spirit that hold the healing power, not us.  Being an ambassador to something so much bigger than the individual means that every action we take is a reflection on Kambo.  This is why we require all students to have current CPR certification. 

As ambassadors of the Kambo Spirit, we began to ask some big questions.  With the ‘wild spread’ of this incredible medicine, who is making sure that it is sustainable?  Who is looking out for these guys, other than the Matses?  There is an ever-increasing demand for this miraculous medicine in the western world, and we felt called to act in love.  That’s why we are the first to dedicate a Phyllomedusa sanctuary to study them and allow them to procreate.  We are beginning to work with biologists, scientists, and conservationists to make sure that we are not blindly pillaging or hurting this species. 

We harvest our medicine from the frogs in our reserve.  We are able to ensure that harvesting is done in a loving and sustainable way.  We are able to step into the role of a caretaker of these incredible beings, giving them a safe space to live and also bring healing to the world.  Our practitioners have direct access to this pure medicine, knowing that they are serving not only sustainable medicine, but medicine that was harvested with integrity, love, and respect.  Medicine that they themselves have a personal bond with.   

You will probably be looking around at other training programs available.

We have some questions that can help be a guide to finding the right person to train under: 

  • Have they lived in the jungle for more than 365 days? 
  • Have they spent an extended amount of time with the Matses?
  • Are they fluent or bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese? This is imperative, to learn from the elders. 
  • Where did the instructor receive their training, and by who?
  • How many people has the instructor trained? 
  • Do they teach the traditional way, as the Matses do? 
  • What is their emergency response training?
  • Why did they begin working with Kambo in the first place?
  • Why did they become a Kambo Practitioner?
  • Why are they now an instructor? 
  • Do they use water or saliva to mix the medicine?
  • What is their intention with training others?
  • Where do they get their medicine? Have they been to that source? 

 

These are all paramount questions.  Each will give you insight into the training you would receive, and to the heart of whom you will receive this training from.  Becoming a Kambo Practitioner is about more than any title.  It is about carrying the Spirit of Kambo with you.  It is about allowing the Spirit of Kambo to act through you.  We believe the only way one can begin to integrate with the Spirit of Kambo is by honoring its legacy. 

We are passionate about Kambo.  Passionate about the healing effects, passionate about the Spirit of Kambo, the frogs, and the Jungle.  The reason we choose to remain traditional is because it resonates with us to the core.  For us, there is nothing that compares to carrying this connection with roots that sink deep into Mother Earth.

We truly hope that you will one day be able to share this same Sacred Space with Kambo. 

Kambo education through integrity, honoring tradition.

Kambo Practitioner Programs

Initiation: Kambo Practitioner Training

With the Initiation of Kambo, Practitioner training one would learn the fundamentals for administering kambo on patients. This course would entail 8-10 hours of theory; in these 8-10 hours, one learns the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects regarding kambo. You would then move on to 20 hours of practical time where you would be learning the art of self-applying (AKA ‘mini-dosing’), giving support as a kambo practitioner assistant — then moving on to administering kambo on actual patients under the supervision of a certified kambo practitioner instructor or certified kambo practitioner instructor trainer. This phase of the course is rigorous and holistic in working with this sacred medicine. You would undergo the initiation process to develop a profound understanding of the “healing trinity”. This is the magic of this sacred medicine, as it has the ability to cleanse, heal, and flourish the physical, emotional, and spiritual beings within us. 

The initiation training will provide those who graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience to confidently apply Kambo medicine to patients. If the apprentice graduates this program, they will receive 1) certification from us, 2) a listing on our website as a qualified Kambo practitioner if selected, 3) an invitation to return as a “guest” practitioner at RHC, 4) regular access to Kambo medicine harvested by the Matsés (via mail order from us).

* Please note that payment will not guarantee graduation from this program. In order to graduate from the Kambo training, participants will have to pass a demonstration of safety, competence, and understanding of Kambo application, per the satisfaction of the trainer.

Kambo Initiation Training Program

  • Ongoing Training Dates: to inquire about dates near you please contact us. Please note these training sessions are worldwide.
  • SKILLS GAINED, through Graduation: Certified Kambo Practitioner*
  • DURATION: 8 days min. – 10 days max.
  • COST: $2,222
  • COMBO package: If combined with the Advanced course the cost is $1,111
  • UPCOMING COURSES;
  • Austin TX – USA –  August 21st – 28th (private course) – (Done! 2 new Certified Practitioners – Congratulations to Danika, and Lindsay)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah- September 21st – 27th (Done! 6 new Certified Practitioners – Congratulations to Jenn, Renay, Ximena, Drew, Sarah, and Elizabeth!!!)
  • Berlin, Germany – Postponed….
  • Chicago, IL – USA- November 30th – December 6th (FULL – Waiting List)
  • Los Angeles, CA – USA – January 30th – February 6th
  • Kentucky, USA – Dates to be announced
  • Click HERE to schedule a course near you, (minimum of 3 participants).
Cristina and kambo frog apprenticeship
Cristina and kambo frog apprenticeship

Advanced Kambo Practitioner Training

The Advanced training is for those with little to no experience applying Kambo. It combines all the knowledge and practice from the Initiation Practitioner course along with the Advance Practitioner course, hence being so rebust. The advanced training will provide those who graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience to confidently apply Kambo medicine to pacients. If the apprentice graduates this program, they will receive 1) a certification from us, 2) a listing on our website as a qualified Kambo practitioner, 3) an invitation to return as a “guest” practitioner at RHC, 4) a starter medicine kit, and 5) regular access to Kambo medicine harvested by the Matsés (via mail order from us).

* Please note that payment will not guarantee graduation from this program. In order to graduate from the Kambo training, participants will have to pass a demonstration of safety, competence and understanding of Kambo application, per the satisfaction of the trainer.

Kambo Advanced Training Program

  • Ongoing Training Dates: to inquire about dates please contact us
  • SKILLS GAINED, through Graduation: Certified Kambo Advanced Practitioner*
  • DURATION: 10 days min. – 2 weeks max.
  • COST: $3,333
  • COMBO: If combined with Basic course the cost is $1,111
  • UPDATE on Next courses;
  • Amazon – Iquitos, Peru – July 2020 and December 2020
practitioner harvesting kambo medicine
kambo practitioner ceremony training

Immersion: Master Kambo Practitioner Training

This training is an Master Immersion training for those who have completed the Advanced Kambo Practioner program. By visiting the Matsés Indians and learning from them their application of Kambo and other traditional medicines, this master training will allow for a deeper knowledge and confidence in applying Kambo Medicine. In order to participate in this training, graduation from our Advanced Kambo Practioner program is required.

* Please note that payment will not guarantee graduation from this program. In order to graduate from the Kambo training, participants will have to pass a demonstration of safety, competence and understanding of Kambo application, per the satisfaction of the trainer.

  • Skills Gained, through Graduation: Certified Kambo Master Practitioner*
  • Duration: 14 days.
  • Cost: $ 3500
  • UPDATE on Next courses;
  • July 2020

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Medical Questions

Sapo or Kambo has no known detrimental side effects so when it is responsibly administered it is very safe. There are very few people for whom Sapo medicine may provide a health risk so please let us know beforehand if you have serious health problems. Sapo cannot be administered to those who are, (have) had or suffer from:

Please note: we have a very extensive list of some medications that conflict/counteract with the Vine. For your safety, please provide us with an accurate list and we can discuss possible options available.

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