"Becoming Who You Are"
& Kambo Initiation
January 11th-21st 2022
Who am I? This is one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as it leads to self-inquiry about the nature of our lives and the purpose of our existence. Are you looking for tools to transform your life into a life you LOVE? If YES, read on. Are you ready to take your spiritual practice with indigenous medicines to the next level? If YES, this is the trip for you.
“Becoming Who You Are” retreats are designed to support each individual to transform their lives to uncover their greatest potential. The key is that all of us already have this potential inside, and our work is to simply uncover the layers of conditions that are preventing us from living it.
We are filled with gratitude to offer this incredible opportunity happening next January 2022 in Acre, Brazil in the middle of the Amazonian jungle. This is a highly unique experience as we will be staying with a local Brazilian community where we will be immersed in their culture, participating in ceremonies, and receiving training about the Kambo Medicine from some of Brazil’s most experienced Kambo Practitioners, including the Katukina indigenous tribe and Brazilian Umbadaime facilitator, Davi De Paula.
This immersion is for anyone who is ready to begin LIVING their dreams. We can work with medicine and learn all about it, but the real spiritual path is when we are living in complete alignment with the values in our hearts. What things are most important in our lives? How can we contribute to the greater good of humanity, use our natural abilities, and be more prosperous than ever before? These are the questions we will explore during our time together.
Visits to Indigenous Villages
We will visit the Puyanawa village located about 2 hours
from our jungle site location in Croa and participate in a
traditional ayahuasca ceremony with their community.
We will also visit the Katukina village where we will
experience another traditional ceremony and the Kambo
Frog medicine harvesting process and learn first hand from
one of the oldest tribes in the world with a history of using
this medicine for health and healing.
Kambo Practitioner Training
This portion of the retreat is focused on building
a more intimate relationship with the Kambo Frog Medicine.
This includes Kambo practitioners, aspiring practitioners,
and anyone who has received the medicine or would like
to have this experience for the first time in a very authentic
way. We will travel to the Katukina village which is one of the
oldest known tribes of Brazil who have experience using
Kambo. We will participate in a Kambo Frog harvest where we
will hike in the forest at night to look for the frogs.
Our group will also have a sessions of training and information
given by Davi de Paula about the Kambo, his experience,
Descriptions of Ceremonies:
We will participate in 2 ceremonies
with 2 different tribes and these experiences will be in
an outdoor area under the stars around a fire with
indigenous songs acapella, with live music, and dancing.
Giras (pronounced (jeerahs):
These are traditional Umbandaime ceremonies that
consist of various songs and chants to different Healing Spirits (caboclos). We drink ayahuasca or
“ Daime” style brew, and incorporate Umbanda African drumming with songs hence the style of this work is refered to as "Umbandaime".
Santo Daime Cura:
This is a traditional Santo Daime
healing work where the local community will sing
healing chants in Portuguese for the healing of the
group and of humanity. There is live music with
singing, songbooks, and instruments.
Other Activities: group integration circles, Becoming Who You Are workshops, AM silent meditation sessions, yoga asana classes, forest hikes to sacred samauma tree, rape’ ceremony, observation and explanation of rape and sananga making process, swimming in river Croa, boat rides to local sites and jungle hikes.
Day 1: arrival, opening sharing circle, swimming in river Croa
Day 2: traditional Gira ceremony
Day 3: Becoming Who You Are workshops
Day 4: Katukina Village excusion, Kambo collection, ceremony
Day 5: Kambo Initiation, training, and information
Day 6: visit to Puyanawa village, ceremony
Day 7: hike to Sacred Samauma Tree, Rape' circle
Day 8: Becoming Who You Are workshops
Day 9: boat ride up River Croa to surrounding areas,
Day 10: traditional Santo Daime Healing Ceremony: Cura Trabalho Da Estrela
This is a tentative schedule and is flexible depending on the needs of the group. Please be advised that all plans are subject to change depending on weather and other uncontrollable factors. Please note that finding the Kambo frog is not guaranteed and is dependent on unpredictable external factors including temperature/weather etc. Your understanding and flexibility is expected and appreciated.
**ACCOMMODATIONS & FOOD**
This is an enchanted land in the middle of the jungle right on the river with butterflies, hummingbirds, medicines, fruit trees, and all the sounds of the forest (kambo frogs and MANY others!). Even though we will be in a natural setting, the space is fully equipped to receive westerns like ourselves from abroad. Accommodations are simple but comfortable with single beds, air conditioning, bathrooms, and showers in the "Posada" or "Inn". Most rooms are shared and fit 2-3 people.
Deliciously healthy vegetarian meals will be provided with local foods and organic produce. We will enjoy soups, salads, vegetables, quinoa, "tapioca" (a local staple) fresh juices, and many other tasty treats. Food allergy restrictions will be accommodated for anyone with sensitivities.
Traveling to this region of Brazil is a complex journey because there are usually at least 2-3 flight changes before you arrive in Cruzeiro do Sul.
To make this easier, we are including COMPLIMENTARY TRAVEL AGENT ARRANGEMENT as part of the retreat package. You will work one-on-one with our group travel agent to pick the best itinerary for you. You can then complete payment of your ticket through our travel agent. This information will be given to each person who reserves a space for this retreat.
The closest airport is Cruzeiro do Sul, located in Acre, Brazil. It is your choice how you fly from the U.S.A. Some people prefer to break up the travel journey and others prefer to go straight through.
ARRIVAL: Tuesday January 11th to CZL airport at 1230pm
DEPARTURE: Friday January 21st at 01:05pm departing CZS
OTHER TRAVEL DETAILS:
**VALID PASSPORT REQUIRED (MUST BE VALID FOR MORE THAN 6 MONTHS FROM RETURN DATE)
**A COVID19 negative test less than 72hrs from the exact time of your departure is currently required to enter Brazil and the USA. Departure from Brazil COVID testing will be arranged for you in Brazil. You will need to arrange your own COVID test prior to leaving the states.
**NO IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED - yellow fever vaccine is the only one currently recommended by the CDC how ever this is very rare in this region.
10 days of lodging with 2-3 vegetarian meals per day, transportation to and from airport, all transportation during retreat, visit to Katukina & Puyanawa, all activities & boat rides, sananga & rapè sessions, all medicine ceremonies (4-5), 2-3 Kambo treatments, complimentary travel agent assistance to complete plane ticket purchase.
Early Bird Package: $2950
received before Oct. 8th
Standard Package: $3250
Your spot is confirmed after your deposit has been made.
Afterwards we will send you our travel agent info and you can begin to make your travel arrangements.
ALL deposits are 100% REFUNDABLE for COVID related changes in regulations for international travel requirements that may occur from now until then.
For cancellations unrelated to COVID, $250 is non-refundable.
Outstanding balances for retreat contributions will be collected in Brazil.
Please send all deposits electronically through paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or venmo Alanna-Collins@ Alanna-Collins-1
photos: courtesy of Jamie Bowers