Our retreat jungle medicine offerings are designed to guide and facilitate the release of fear and step into a profound sense of freedom. We are curating a trusted safe space to explore these medicines in vulnerability and fully surrender while protected and held confidently in care by the guidance of experienced medicine practitioners. The information below is trusted, research-based content shared so you may feel safe, supported and empowered as you follow your path towards personal transformation. This is not medical advice. Please speak to a health care provider if you have any medical concerns and always exercise caution and care.
Psilocybin mushrooms are fungi that contain the psychoactive compound psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound capable of producing powerful hallucinations and mystical-type experiences, along with other effects.
A typical trip on a moderate dose of psilocybin mushrooms (1--2.5g) includes an increased intensity of emotional experiences, increased introspection and altered psychological functioning in the form of “hypnagogic experiences,” which is the transitory state between wakefulness and sleep. Brain imaging studies show that a psilocybin trip is neurologically similar to dreaming, which gives you a good idea of the mindset you’re entering when undertaking a psychedelic experience.
During a psilocybin experience, you can expect to experience perceptual changes, synesthesia, emotional shifts and a distorted sense of time. Perceptual changes can include visuals such as halos around lights and objects as well as geometric patterns when your eyes are closed. You may also experience vivid colors, tracers, distorted vision and a sense of the world breathing around you.
Thoughts and emotions can change, too. It’s not uncommon to have a sense of openness to thoughts and feelings that you avoid in your everyday life, in addition to a sense of wonder and delight with the world around you, the people in your life and your own mind. You may also feel a sense of peace and connection with the world.
Strong emotions, both enjoyable and challenging, are common during a journey. When undesirable feelings do arise, it’s best not to resist but rather let the feelings run their course. Many people who have reported the presence of strong negative emotions also report feeling a simultaneous sense of calm acceptance and detachment, especially if they don’t resist and remind themselves that these emotions are temporary.
Sceletium tortuosum is a little-known psychoactive plant from South Africa. The effects from kanna can include relief from anxiety and stress, increase in self confidence, a feeling of well-being and a gentle decrease of inhibitions, thus allowing deeper social contact. Effects can also include euphoria and feelings of meditative tranquility. Several users felt that the relaxation induced by kanna enabled one to focus on inner thoughts and feelings, if one wished, or to concentrate on the beauty of nature. Kanna can also increase sensitivity of skin and touch and act as an aphrodisiac.
Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) benefits include:
Improved mood, stress relief and boosted feelings of happiness, well-being and wellness
Improved focus and cognition
Kanna is also known to assist in overcoming addiction.
Blue lotus flower is a water lily that predominantly grows in Egypt and certain parts of Asia. It holds cultural importance and images of the flower have been found on ancient papyri and on the walls of tombs. Historians believe it was once used in Egypt It is a traditional medicine to treat an array of conditions and disorders like anxiety and insomnia. It can improve sleep, reduce anxiety, assist with erectile dysfunction and act as a natural aphrodisiac. Blue lotus flower contains antioxidants like flavonoids, quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin.
Kambo, also known as frog medicine, is the venomous secretion of Phyllomedusa bicolor (the giant leaf or monkey frog), a bright green tree frog native to the Amazon basin.
The word “Kambo” often refers to both the substance and the ceremony. The two are fundamentally linked and each provides the context and purpose for the other. To understand Kambo, one must understand the Kambo ceremony. Some substances deliver euphoria. They make you laugh; they make you see things. People bring them along on hikes, to concerts, to parties and let them run their course in all sorts of different environments. Kambo is no such substance. Kambo is frog poison and it makes you feel uncomfortable. People don’t take Kambo to have fun, but to purge, cleanse and heal themselves.
The Kambo ceremony accounts for the discomfort and is structured to provide a safe setting for a challenging experience. People participate in Kambo knowing what awaits. There are no distractions from the experience because, with Kambo, there shouldn’t be. It’s a common saying that Kambo gives you what you need, but not what you want. In this sense, Kambo is both frog poison and frog medicine.
The immediate effects of Kambo medicine are intense and unpleasant but short-lived, usually lasting no more than 30--40 minutes. They include a feverish rise in temperature, sweating, shivers and dizziness as the heart rate becomes rapid—possibly reaching more than 190 beats per minute. The blood pressure may rise or fall dramatically, accompanied by increased awareness of the veins and arteries. Many people report a tingling or burning sensation like electricity that starts from the points and spreads through the body. Some may also feel a dissociative or drunken high. Overwhelming nausea is generally unavoidable with Kambo and purging is likely—either by vomiting, defecation, or both. Other effects include a feeling of pressure in the head, neck and torso, stomach pain, inflammation of the throat, dry mouth, blurred vision (or temporary blindness), difficulty moving and numb, swollen lips and tongue. This is the body’s physical reaction to acute poisoning. After these initial biological effects have worn off and the heart rate has returned to normal, it may be necessary to rest. Some fall into a dreamless sleep, while others make strange animal noises. Your experience may feel enhanced following the Kambo purge. You may feel great physical strength, sharpened senses and heightened mental alertness. Desirable after-effects like these may take a day to materialize or they could be immediate. These tend to include a consistently elevated mood, increased physical and mental energy, decreased stress and enhanced focus.
Kambo is frequently offered alongside ayahuasca, ibogaine, 5-MeO-DMT (Bufo) and other plant medicines for holistic treatment. According to practitioners, the skin secretions “resets” the body, not only by strengthening the immune system but also through distinct psycho-spiritual benefits.
Panema—an Arawak term used by the Ashaninka and others—describes a negative energy that gathers over time. Traditionally visualized as a kind of dense grey cloud or aura, panema is blamed for bad luck, depression, laziness, irritation and other adverse states. Naturally, clearing this cloud is vital for indigenous groups that depend on hunting and community coherence. For many, Kambo serves this purpose. Outside of traditional contexts, the dissipation of panema is framed in terms of “clearing the pain body,” “realigning the chakras,” or reorganizing personal psychology. The purge itself may be felt as an expulsion of bad thoughts, habits, negative personality traits, or persistent life problems.
A profoundly transformational tool, Kambo medicine is known to increase compassion, courage, emotional stability and personal sovereignty. Some users feel more “real” or “solid” after Kambo application—less in their heads and more in their bodies. Frustration, anger and anxiety also tend to reduce or dissipate entirely. These positive changes may last several days or several months, depending on the application and the person receiving it. Kambo may also help to overcome a fear of dying. According to one practitioner, terminally ill patients have claimed to see “the other side” during their experience, returning with a newfound serenity about death.
Sassafras is a hallucinogen that’s also known as methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA).
It’s a mild empathogen. That means it promotes feelings of closeness, affection and empathy. Sassafras causes your brain to release the chemicals: serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Together, these chemicals have a few different effects. In addition to feelings of closeness and empathy. Sassafras can also produce: euphoria or extreme pleasure, excitement, increased energy & confidence.
5-MeO-DMT is found in the milky white venom of the Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius/Incilius alvarius), native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. In keeping with its ceremonial use among indigenous Amazonians, 5-MeO-DMT shows great promise in the treatment of certain medical conditions. In fact, a single inhalation of the substance has been shown to greatly improve general well-being and mindfulness, as well as reduce the symptoms of psychological disorders.
5-MeO-DMT is one of the most potent psychedelics you can consume, and the experience can be intense and powerful—in both positive and negative ways. Though everyone will undergo a unique and individual experience, there are some general things you can expect.
The effects are usually felt within the first 30 seconds after consumption, peaking from 1—15 minutes and lasting for up to 45 minutes. The effects of 5-MeO-DMT come on strong, often with a loss of physical coordination and control. Users experience bright colors, moving environments, or recursive patterns, and perhaps even “environmental orbism” at higher doses. However, visual effects are limited. Unlike DMT, 5-MeO-DMT isn’t known for its visionary properties. The experience is more often described as a “perspective shift” characterized by physical, emotional and conceptual effects.
One of the most common features of the 5-MeO-DMT experience is the enhancement of tactile awareness, which can reach the point of sensory overload. The body may also feel heavier. Intense emotions are typical, ranging from extreme fear to euphoria. During the onset, anxiety or excitement are often felt. It’s also common to experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the universe, or a sense of being outside of time and space while simultaneously experiencing the totality of both. Ego death is also typical of the 5-MeO-DMT experience.
5-MeO-DMT has been used as a healing agent by South American shamans for thousands of years, partially due to its ability to occasion mystical-type experiences.
The John Hopkins Center for Psychedelic Research is beginning to study the effects of 5-MeO-DMT, with researcher Alan Davis believing the drug could be effective at treating mental illness due to neurological changes in users’ brains caused by the substance, as well as insights gained through the psychedelic experience.
People talk about melting into God, being united with the universe or clearing longstanding trauma and pain that was stored in their bodies. Many see it as a process of death and rebirth followed by lasting self-improvements: including mental clarity, increased motivation, enhanced awareness, joy in living and a feeling of inner peace. Some have also had enlightenment experiences, characterized by a sense of inseparability from the universe or of being "all that exists". Often, these experiences come in waves or reactivations over the following days or weeks.
Being forced to let go of the ego is precisely what draws many people to 5-MeO-DMT. The dissolution experience can impart an understanding and acceptance of mortality that helps people overcome the fear of death. It can also heal past trauma, negative behaviors and habitual negative thought patterns.
Acacia has been used in medicines, baking ingredients, tools, and woodwork for centuries. It has a long history in civilizations as ancient as the Egyptians and the aboriginal tribes of Australia. These kingdoms and tribes used acacia in surprisingly diverse ways, from making desserts to treating hemorrhoids. The first species ever discovered was given the name Acacia nilotica by the Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus in the 1700s, and since then, nearly 1,000 species have been added to the Acacia genus.
Preparations with acacia flowers can cure colds, coughs, and normalize sleep and relieve nervous tension.