My Kambo Journey
My first experience with Kambo was on Valentines day in 2015. It was 3 years into my natural healing journey. My endometriosis pain was better in the sense that I had pain for 2-3 days versus 5-10 days. The pain was still completely unbearable. I couldn't fathom how someone could experience so much pain and still be alive. At one point I thought I was cursed. I'd been trying so hard but the pain was still physically excruciating and ripping my soul apart.
About a year or two before hand I learned about ayahuasca and I knew it was a medicine I wanted to work with. I waited patiently until it crossed my path. About 2 weeks before my first ayahuasca experience I had a dream I was walking in the jungle at night. I was on a clear path flanked with tall trees on either side. They stretched high into the starry midnight sky. As I walked down the path I noticed I was carrying a drum. Something similar to a djembe drum. When I looked down at the drum the word ayahuasca glowed in deep red, like hot coals, around the curve of the drum. The word was almost burned into the hide and certainly into my mind.
About a day or two later an old friend called me and asked if I wanted to attend an ayahuasca ceremony the following week. She also mentioned that a medicine man would be there administering Kambo. At the time I knew nothing of Kambo but did my research before the ceremony. The first part of the ceremony was rather mild, aside from the vomiting. The entire night the trees and plants spoke to me inviting me to come closer, to sit with them. Time passed and the sun began to rise, it was time for Kambo. John, the medicine man, spoke to us about the medicine and I was immediately drawn to it. I quickly asked my friends if they could spot me the extra money to experience the frog medicine. Soon after I was sitting quietly with the feeling of a million tiny hummingbirds fluttering in every cell of my body. I purged and my face swelled, somewhat resembling the frog who's venom was rushing through my body.
After the purge I felt immense joy, positivity, and readiness for life. I was ready for my life's journey and to continue fighting for my health. Now 4 years later I'm feeling better, on my path as a healer, and asking you for your help to support me in learning this powerful medicine.
I've been interviewed and accepted to attend a 20 day Kambo training program in the Peruvian jungle. I'll have a chance to learn from traditional healers who have worked with frog medicine for generations. For 20 days I'll be without power, cell towers, or hot water, completely immersed in a traditional healing journey. This journey will help me to solidify my place as a healer and bring this medicine back to my community.
To make it happen I need your help. I'm accepting donations of any size. Donations can be made here or to my Venmo* (@herbalistraven). Below is a breakdown of the expenses and few links to helpful supplies for the journey.
*Venmo donations are not subject to the 2.9% fee of my payment processor.
- Program Cost $1800 (if paid in full by March 8th, $2100 after March 8th)
- Airfare $1200
- Living expenses while away $1200
- A pack
This is a very short version of my experience. I'll be adding more blog posts about this venomous frog and and my experiences over the next few months.
Thank you for your donations!