Kambo practitioner training
I learned about this sacred amazonian medicine through a blog I read about it and when I was reading it, I got this strong sensation in my stomach and chest. Sort of a pull of curiosity and excitement to learn more about this treatment. Only a few years later (in 2016) I had a chance to experience the medicine for the first time. Right there and then I knew how powerful it is. How it can help release emotional blocks in the body and process trauma. Especially combined with the completion process, a technique of creating presence and processing trauma, triggers or PTSD flashbacks.
It took at least another year for me to be in stable enough position to be trained for something like a kambo practitioner. Not all of my parts were on board with it straight away. Eventually, I found the training that felt right on every level. Just reading about it made me feel calm and excited at the same time. A few days later I emailed the organiser and scheduled an interview. To my surprise, it went really well. I was really nervous, as I usually am if I am about to do something that means a lot to me. A few months later (in October 2018) it was time to pack my backpack and head out to the Peruvian jungle. I booked flights to Iquitos with a few days before and after the training to spare. I went to get all sorts of clothing that would be more suitable in the jungle. Easy dry shorts and shirts, travel towel, head torch and a lot of citronella against mosquitos.
We were trained in a small group of 9 people just a few kilometres up the Amazon river from the city of Iquitos. The location of the training was simply amazing! I was surprised to find out that there aren’t many mosquitos and it isn’t as hot and humid as I expected.
I met the most interesting people from all around the world: Ireland, USA, UK, Czech republic, and me from Kazakhstan. It may sound bizarre, but it did feel like I met myself for the first time (on a much deeper level) during this training.
The training was 3 weeks long and each week was designated for a specific section of the training. In the first week we learned everything we could about the medicine, its application, contraindications, all sorts of theory that is available so far from the experience of the trainer Deyan, the tribe that is supporting this training and everyone else who shared their knowledge through books, studies and resources online. We were also receiving the medicine from Deyan and observed how he holds a ceremony many times. He explained each step of the process a few times and we had a chance to ask as many questions as we had.
In the second week we went into a dieta. This means sensory deprivation and stimulation restriction on every level: abstaining from sex, very simple diet, no informational intake (no reading or taking in of any other information) and silence for the most part. We were encouraged to write, meditate and observe ourselves and keep connecting with the spirit of the frog by receiving the medicine daily. We were also observing our dreams very closely, writing them down each morning in our journals.
In my opinion, this was the most valuable part of the training. Having no distractions and no possibility to indulge in coping mechanisms really propelled me towards meeting myself and getting to know myself on a deeper level. I got to meet many of my fears, I got to process many flashbacks and really get in touch with reality and what I really want.
During this week we were applying the medicine to ourselves and we were closely watched by Deyan and other participants of the training and received feedback daily.
In the third week we closed the dieta by having a floral bath and coming back to the diet that isn’t so strict. During that week we were applying the kambo treatment to each other and were accessed by Deyan in a sort of “exam” after which he gave us final feedback and evaluation whether we are ready to serve the medicine outside the training. Most people passed the training, but some received a bit of homework to do. Again to my surprise, I was among those who passed. I was nervous during the “exam”, but it went really well.