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.

Kambo Practitioner Programs

Cristina and kambo frog apprenticeship

Initiation: Kambo Practitioner Training

The Initiation training is for those with little to no experience applying Kambo. It is a beginner training that will provide those who graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience to confidently apply Kambo medicine. 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).

Kambo Initiation Training Program

  • Ongoing Training Dates: to inquire about dates please contact us
  • Skills Gained, through Graduation: Kambo Practitioner*
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Cost: $2980
practitioner harvesting kambo medicine
kambo practitioner ceremony training

Immersion: Advanced Kambo Practitioner Training

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

Kambo Practioner Training

Kambo Practitioner Training Course Application

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Course Application Questions

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:

(e.g. bees/spiders/snakes/mosquitos/etc.)
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.

Ceremony Questions

General Questions

Please be aware that we share this magical place filled with indigenous species of flora and fauna who call the jungle 'home.' We do everything in our power to love and respect all living beings. We ask that you respect everything by admiring their uniqueness and beauty from a distance. Please do not touch unless otherwise guided/instructed to do so.

Our jungle surroundings are stunning, untamed, and full of wildlife at Rainforest Healing Center, and we want to maintain these characteristics by being as non-invasive and eco-friendly as possible.

This means we walk around the property on paths that are often muddy and, at times, a little steep. We use natural cleaning and hygiene products. We take bucket showers with beautiful, medicinal, clean creek water. We are mindful of conserving water and all resources. We have compost toilets for recycling our nutrients for the farm.

We are located 3KM from the Iquitos—Nauta highway. You will have to hike to the center on foot path with, hills as well as wooden bridges for crossing quebradas (streams). We've experienced heavy rains so it can be very muddy and slow going, and will be best undertaken in rubber boots.

We are not near any town, store, or, well... anything! We pack in everything that we will provide you for your retreat, and nothing more. We do have some emergency medical supplies, but you are responsible for taking care of your essential items prior to arrival.

Please be as specific as possible. This information is very helpful for our Shamans.

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