In this medicine retreat, we call upon the medicine of the North - the sacred winter, the stillness, the wisdom of the elders and the forest. We invite silence into our minds and ancient wisdom into our hearts. We attune ourselves to the subtleties of life and listen deeply to our inner workings and the vibrancy of nature, within and throughout. It is in our silence that we see the true nature of things.
- Opening & closing fire ceremonies
- 3 days of Kambo medicine ceremonies
- 4 shamanic movement classes
- 4 sunrise meditations
- Medicine teachings
- Sauna, woodburning (after completion of all 3 ceremonies)
- Vegan/vegetarian meals
- Free time for silent reflection in nature
- 1 shuttle arriving and departing to Ottawa International airport (YOW)
Exchange: $1300 CAD + tax ($1495 total)
*If you are interested in attending this retreat, please contact us for more information and to reserve your spot.*
About the Facilitators:
Grace and Paymun carry an inter-tribal tradition which works toward the re-education of humanity and the preservation of sacred arts, knowledge, and ceremonial traditions of the world. They are ongoing students of the initiatic tradition.
In addition to their ongoing shamanic training, Paymun is a registered IAKP Advanced Kambo Practitioner and movement coach, and Grace is an audio engineer, musician, artist and writer.
Grace and Paymun work on all levels to promote holistic wellness. Their offerings incorporate elements of music, movement, art, meditation, education, community, healing and prayer with traditional practices and medicines. These offerings can be beneficial to those working with depression, addictions, traumas, chronic illnesses, relationships, community building, spiritual development, career development, manifestation, fertility, creativity, life vision, and all aspects of life.
A portion of all proceeds go toward spiritual initiatives or to support the keepers of sacred traditions, medicines and knowledge. A portion of proceeds from this retreat will go to the Matses tribe in Peru to help fund education and provide health supplies to the tribe.
Kambo is the secretion of the Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog, also known as Phyllomedusa bicolor, which is the scientific name. Some also refer to Kambo as Sapo, the Brazilian word for frog.
Where does Kambo come from?
Kambo frogs are found high in trees near the Igarapés (rainforest waterways) where they gather to sing and announce the rain. They are generally harvested at dawn by the Indians who also sing and imitate the frogs’ song. Click on the player to the right to hear a sample of their song. The frogs are very passive and do not react negatively when picked up, possibly because they have no predators. The frogs are carefully tied by each leg with straw strings into an X shape. Sometimes the shaman will massage the toes to encourage the secretion which is then carefully scraped off and dried on small sticks.
After it is released the frog returns to its habitat none the worse for wear. The strings leaves a tiny white line on each leg which stops anyone from harvesting the frog again until it has faded which takes at 2-3 months. The frog is never harmed but treated with utmost care and respect as the people believe that to harm the frog will anger the animal spirits that they live so closely with. Kambo collected in this way is considered 100% ethically harvested.
Kambo frogs that are held in a laboratory environment or squeezed or harmed in any way during the harvesting process are not considered to be ethically harvested.
What is Kambo used for?
The use of Kambo differs amongst tribes but the main indigenous uses revolve around lifting Panema – an indigenous name for dark or negative energy and for Hunting Magic – they believe it their speed and energy during hunting and that it makes the hunter invisible by temporarily eliminating their human odour. There are many ways they use it medicinally too, including: malaria, snake bites, fevers, infections, fertility problems, to cleanse, detox and strengthen the mind and body, to increase energy and stamina and to reduce pain.
Outside of the forest, Kambo has been the subject of nearly three decades of medical research. As with venoms from snakes and scorpions, researchers believe that Kambo will open up a new world of treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Vascular problems, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Addictions and much, much more. Their work consists of attempting to identify, isolate and reproduce the incredible and unique chemical cocktail that Kambo is. It contains dozens of Peptides (short chains of amino acids), some of them bioactive which means they have an affinity and selectivity for binding with receptor sites in humans (A receptor is like a lock that, when opened with the right key—the bioactive peptide—triggers specific chemical reactions in the body). The peptide families represented in Kambo include bradykinins (phyllokinin), tachykinins (phyllomedusin), caerulein, sauvagine, tryptophyllins, dermorphins, deltorphins and bombesins. Recent studies have shown that Kambo contains multiple antimicrobial peptides effective against drug resistant strains of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites and virus, providing opportunities for the development of new and more efficient nanotechnological-based therapies for treating infectious diseases. Several years of ongoing research by the University of Paris have shown Kambo to be super effective at killing cancer cells and Queens University in Belfast recently won a prestigious award for their ground breaking work with cancer and frog secretions.
Kambo is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antimicrobial and anesthetic substances found in the world and one of the strongest, natural ways to strengthen the immune system. It also detoxes the liver and the intestines so it’s a powerful cleanser. Immediate and short term effects include enhanced mood, alertness, clarity, focus, energy and increased resistance to stress, tiredness, hunger and thirst. The mind becomes still, you feel lighter and everything becomes easier to manage. In the longer term, Kambo empowers the immune system, rousing the body’s defence systems to their natural functions so that existing health problems are improved or resolved and future ones are less likely to occur. In spiritual terms, Kambo works in a mystical fashion as a light that opens the way, helping us to overcome obstacles and release blockages on an emotional level. It clears our energy field and realigns the chakras enabling us to break negative habits and live and think more naturally.
Despite the billions of pounds/euros and dollars being poured into researching and developing mainstream synthetic medication from Phyllomedusa Bicolour frog secretions, no one has yet managed to reproduce the original! Kambo in its original, natural form is a holistic treatment that works on the mind, body, energy and spirit at all levels in ways that we don’t completely understand yet. The native peoples of the Amazon are quite right to use the word ‘magic’ when describing this substance.
How Safe is Kambo?
Kambo is safe in the right hands. It’s true that there have been accidents in the past but the number is very small and the circumstances of these deaths have shown that Kambo should not have been given to them because of their pre-existing health conditions. This applies to all medicines, natural or pharmaceutical, there are always contraindications. Not only is it important for the person giving Kambo to understand these contraindications but it is also important for people taking Kambo to disclose all there health issues to the practitioner. In this way, we can ensure that no more mistakes happen. Kambo is not for everyone. Also be aware that if you are travelling in South America and seek out a remote tribe to take Kambo with, that they may not have full knowledge of western health conditions so be very careful in these situations.
What happens when Kambo is applied?
Kambo is intense but fast. The unpleasant effects are strong and immediate but over within 30 – 40 minutes.
The dried Kambo is mixed with a small amount of water and divided into small dots. Then small points called gates are placed into the surface of the skin. The points are approximately 1/8” across but can be smaller or slightly larger depending on the treatment.
The top thin layer of skin is blistered with a hot stick and the skin is peeled off to expose the epidermis underneath – this is similar to when you have a blister and the skin rubs off. There is no blood. The number and position of the points varies from person to person depending on individual needs.
If you have a series of treatments in the same session, the same points are reused. The small dots of Kambo are applied to the points. This is the only way to take Kambo – it is not safe to ingest it, snort it or to introduce it into the blood stream directly. The Kambo enters directly into the Lymphatic System so the effect is very fast. Most people experience a warm to hot flush on the upper body and face along with increased heart rate. At this point, different people will react in different ways. Some will feel dizzy, foggy or spaced out; the occasional person will shake or even faint. Some people have swollen lips or face and slight skin tingling.
The Kambo will be racing around your body, scanning it for problems and then going directly to work on those areas. You may experience a throbbing or burning sensation in those areas for a short while. Some people may feel some abdominal discomfort and need to defecate.
Once the Kambo has cleaned the body you will purge all the toxins out. This purging process works on a physical and emotional level. You may feel tired at this point and need to rest.
Within a short time – usually an hour or so you will feel much better and you can drink and eat normally.
Within a day or so, depending on your state of health, you will start to feel the real benefits.
Is Kambo a hallucinogenic?
Kambo is not psychoactive even when taken regularly. There are some old reports of Indigenous people experiencing hallucinations with Kambo but this is probably when it is taken in extremely large quantities e.g. 10 times in a night and used in conjunction with a hallucinogenic snuff. Kambo can produce a very short altered state of reality in some people and many people receive insights and messages about living a healthier life during these few minutes.
Will I get permanent scarring?
The burn marks will heal and fade with time but depending on your skin colour and type you may always have small visible scars. Most people see their Kambo scars as a badge of honour. The same points can be reused after 2- 3 months. After the dots of Kambo are removed, the points are dressed with a natural tree sap. This helps them to heal faster and ensures they stay free from infection until they scab naturally.
How many treatments do I need?
This completely depends on the individual and the severity of the condition. We always recommend one treatment to develop a relationship with the frog and gain familiarity with the experience. One session can be a good indicator of the necessity of multiple applications. It is common to come across information stating that three sessions within one month (a moon cycle) is necessary for efficacy, but there is no evidence supporting this claim, which was created by the Caboclo people as a marketing technique.
What are the contraindications?
*recent users of diuretics
*persons under the age of 18;
*pregnant or breastfeeding women with babies under 1 year old;
*those with serious heart problems, heart transplant or people taking medication for very low blood pressure
*serious wounds externally or internally that have not yet healed such as a very recent surgery;
*persons with severe cognitive disorders who are unable to understand the physical processes involved;
*persons taking immune system suppressants;
*chemotherapy or radiation treatments of less than 4 weeks prior;
*serious mental health conditions, whether or not on medication or undergoing other treatments, except depression.
Caution Is Required With:
*serious eating disorders;
*menstrual flow to increase for 24-36 hours;
*If you are asthmatic, ensure that you have your inhaler with you;
*If you are diabetic, suffer from any major, acute or chronic illness, you must disclose the situation and your current medications prior to your treatment;
*certain types of drugs and herbal supplements.
Please disclose all health complications to your practitioner before using Kambo.
Can I receive Kambo if I’m taking medications?
Some medications may be contraindicated. Please disclose all supplements and medications before receiving Kambo, as well as any major surgeries.
Can I receive Kambo if I’m taking supplements?
There are some supplements that may be contraindicated. Please disclose all supplements and medications before receiving Kambo. Sleep aids, slimming aids, and most stimulants are not advisable before Kambo.
If you have any other questions or concerns, or you would like to discuss if this is the right time for you to sit with the medicine, please send us a message and we will happily assist.
- Retreat Name The Medicine of Silence - Kambo Winter Retreat
- Date Feb 6 at 10 AM – Feb 10 at 4 PM
- Cost $1300 CAD + tax ($1495 total)