w/ Stephen Goterch
Monday April 18th
Tuesday April 19th
at Creators Space
Seating limited to 8
***All participants must complete a health questionnaire before attending the ceremony (email follow up after ticket purchase). You will get a follow up email from both Stephen and myself with recommendations and possible screening issues. You are also invited to attend a brief zoom call to go over preparation details and answer questions (It's highly recommended all new participants attend).
We're welcoming Stephen back to offer the powerful healing effects of the frog's secretions for a small group. Stephen has facilitated hundreds of ceremonies and is certified with the International Association of Kambô Providers (IAKP).
Kambo is a legal practice, this is not the same as the psychedelic toad venom (bufo alvarious), so you won't get a visionary entheogenic experience. The benefits should not be underestimated, though, this medicine has the ability to dramatically alter a person for the better. Because of this, it is traditionally used in preparation for visionary medicines like ayahuasca and mushrooms, which Stephen is also trained and practiced in.
This group will be limited to 8 for each scheduled ceremony (purchase a ticket to secure your spot). It will be held in the Sanctuary at Creators Space where participants will gather in circle, get to know each other, enjoy traditional icaros songs, sound healing, sage, and receive Kambo one at a time with personal attention from Stephen and I throughout. There will also be Hapé (tobacco) and Sananga offered (both also legal 18+).
No harm or trauma is done to the frogs when collecting their secretion, which is achieved with ethical harvesting. 5% percent of proceeds go to the Matse Tribe of Brazil for the preservations of their land.
IMPORTANT, please read through this contraindications list, we are not responsible for the safety of those that don’t meet these requirements. https://iakp.org/contraindications/
About the Facilitators:
Stephen Goterch has been a proud member of the I.A.K.P, International Association of Kambo Practitioners since 2017. This was an intensive course in Washington State, he had the great pleasure to train under Karen Uma Darke, the worlds most renowned Kambo practitioner.
Please review the official code of ethics all I.A.K.P practitioners abide by:
Stephen is 15 years into his journey practicing with a variety of plant medicines. It began with his life hitting a wall, physical and mental health deteriorated from chronic stress and a medley of negative coping mechanisms. As soon as he found himself in the rainforests of Peru and Machu Picchu, his life found a new path. Additionally, sound meditation, holistic health/wellness, herbalism, and EMT/firefighting are all apart of Stephen’s education and experience. Read more information about his history, training, and methods at https://indigohealthvoyages.com
Christopher Gunlock, M.H.S.
I work full time as a psychedelic integration consultant, educator and community organizer. My platform, Openmindintegration.com offers psychedelic preparation and integration services from a spiritually-informed harm reduction perspective. I've been exploring and integrating psychedelics like psilocybin, LSD, DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, and ketamine for 15 years. I served for 2 years as Executive Director at the Psychedelic Society of Minnesota, where I acted as public representative, lead event organizer, media director, and operations administer. I also helped lead the Global Psychedelic Society Group during that time. I hold a Masters in Health Sciences for Integrative Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and a B.S. in Mathematics at the Maharishi International University where I trained in Vedic philosophy and transcendental meditation. I’ve also completed 1 year of training and volunteering for the Fireside Psychedelic Peer-Support Line.
-Stephen will be screening each participant with a thorough medical questionnaire.
-No previous experience is needed but a deep respect for the medicine is necessary
-Do not eat food or drink any water the day of the ceremony.
-Bring a mat or blanket and small cushion, tissue paper, light snacks, and a gallon of water.
-If you have any special health condition or illness inform us before the ceremony
(Further information will be provided to ticket holders)
**Please be respectful to the group, if you have symptoms wait to attend the next one. Masks and vax cards will not be not required.
This will be held in the beautiful Creators Space at 218 7th St E, St. Paul, MN on 4/18 10am-2pm. It's a well-ventilated room with that normally holds 40. There are 8 available spots.
For Sliding-Scale tickets, use the coupon code that meets the value you are able to contribute (before you click "Checkout"): 25%-off code "rate25" and 50% off code "rate50" (also shown before checkout).
Email email@example.com with ticketing or general questions. Email Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions pertaining to the medicine. Get your tickets at least 24 hours before the start time to complete the intake process.
Creators Space in The Sanctuary
(The Earth Room and The Ether Lounge)
About the location:
Creators Space is 34,000 sqft of creative potential, offering the public a spacious dining and lounge are next to the Creators Cup Coffee House. For members of Creators Space, there's more than 8 studios for a wide variety of functions. There's a fully functional ceramics studio with 2 kilns and many throwing wheels. There's a large painting studio, photo studio, performance venue and several meeting rooms for events.
When attending as a participant in Open Mind Integration's events, please be respectful not to wander around the member's-only areas unaccompanied (everywhere except the coffee shop and dining area). Ask the coffee shop or main desk for help finding your event or look for signs.
Each Kambo session you receive builds stronger and more effective from the previous treatment. Kambo works in incremental layers, removing energetic and biological toxins in stages.
After setting up your nest and getting comfortable, small burns the size of an eraser head will be applied to the skin so that the top layer of skin can be removed. This is where the frog secretion will be applied so that it can rapidly enter the bloodstream. These are your "points." This is only slightly painful and brief. The wound will scab over within a day and will leave only a slight discoloration on the skin for a few months after.
For the first phase, we start with a test a single test point to observe any insights about any potential problems or sensitivities that can be easily reversed given the small amount of Kambo applied. We observe how the body reacts in regards to your breathe rate, anxiety, skin reactions, and other sensitivities. Soon after the client feels comfortable with no adverse reactions, we begin to apply the remainder of the secretion to the other points.
The initial effects come on with in one minute of application, as Kambo crosses the blood brain barrier. Patients usually feels the heart beat faster and louder while the body begins to strongly circulate blood flow. Kambo is knows as a Heart Cleanser, strengthening the heart muscle with strong vasodilation to the body. A client then may have minor sweating and flushing as the secretion begins to work within the body.
The second phase of kambo is when the blood pressure begins to drop, while the body is removing toxins into the bile tract. The patient normally will feel nausea and have the early stages of the purge arising. Puffyness in the face and neck often occurs here, but is not a health risk and is normal.
As a practitioner, we then begin to assist with helping the client purge, which is the release of accumulated toxins stored in the bile. The purge is looked at as a sacred release, removing energetic blockages and toxins. The participant also may need to use the toilet, as the body is cleansing itself and releasing toxins through the intestines.
The third phase of Kambo is the rest and recovery. After the sacred purging, the body will begin to regulate with new and improved vitality and circulation. Shortly after the treatment, the client will feel refreshed and rejuvenated going about their daily tasks with a new and improved energy.
Further Kambo information can be found here as well: https://indigohealthvoyages.com/what-is-kambo-treatment/
Sunday April 10th 2pm