Hi tribe! I'm Ashley....
First things first, a brief history about myself leading up to my introduction to Kambo and Cacao . I am a Registered Nurse (RN) and spent almost 10 years in my nursing career working in several departments, from Surgical/Trauma ICU to postpartum to PACU (recovery room). I loved being in the business of helping others and nurturing them back to health, but after suffering with my own medical issues back in 2018, I no longer began to resonate with working in an industry that pushes pharmaceuticals and doesn't get to the root cause of physical issues/symptoms. Don't get me wrong: western medicine has its place, but as I searched for answers to my own health issues I realized that our traditional, allopathic health care system is severely lacking and doesn't focus on getting to the root cause of many diseases and illnesses that so many people struggle with today. This led me to the path of "alternative" or holistic health, including ancestral medicines. This is where my story with Kambo and Cacao begins...
In the fall of 2019, I traveled to Peru and spent a week in the Amazon jungle, desperately searching for help for my body, mind and soul. I was dealing with anxiety, depression, gut issues (SIBO), autoimmune issues and C-PTSD. I sat in on my first Kambo session ever and afterwards felt blissed out because, for the first time in months, I was free of all worries and anxiety. The immediate calming effect I felt following the session was unlike anything I'd ever experienced and I finally felt like myself for the first time in a long time. A year later, I found myself longing to experience the amazing effects of Kambo again and after a training course I took in Fall of 2020, I began serving myself Kambo on a regular basis. I realized that Kambo helped to rebalance my stomach issues, increase energy, and relieve chronic pain I'd been experiencing. It truly helped rebalance me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I have completed a total of three kambo facilitation trainings with Tribal Detox, as well as with Heal Your Tribe. Both trainings have given me a well-rounded approach to guiding you through your session with the potent medicine of Kambo. Tribal Detox trained practitioners are well known for their reputation, as they focus on the science and safety of Kambo facilitation. You can read more about these trainings on their website here.
My journey with the medicine of cacao began back in 2018 at a crystal festival in St. Louis. I tried my first cacao bliss ball and didn't think too much of it, other than it was bitter and nothing at all like the chocolate I knew. While training for kambo in the fall of 2020 I was looking for an alternative to coffee, as I wasn't tolerating the spikes and crashes from caffeine any longer. I started experimenting with powdered cacao from a health store and, not long after, at my completion of my first kambo facilitator training, I was served a beautiful cup of medicinal and ceremonial cacao. It was unlike any form I had tried before and it didn't take long for my deep love for cacao to grow. After experimenting with several brands of cacao, I felt the spirit of cacao calling me into a deeper relationship with it and I completed "The Power of Cacao: from Personal Practice to Ceremony" Practitioner Training with Keith's Cacao in July 2023.
My intention is to hold a sacred and safe container for you to experience the magic of either Kambo or Cacao and all the potential it may hold for you.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns. I look forward to working with you and co-creating this special space with a heart-centered approach.