The IAKP – International Association of Kambo Practitioners is a not for profit organisation that seeks to support and encourage the safe, responsible and professional use of Kambô through training, awareness raising, knowledge development and sharing, personal skills development, research and best practice.
The IAKP are committed to ensuring the sustainability of the tribes who own the knowledge of this great Amazonian medicine. We feel immense gratitude who share it with us so generously. Along with other key participants, we are currently working to provide better educational resources and health care to the remote communities of the Matses tribe of Peru and several small rainforest projects in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon.
We were founded in early 2014 with the goal of bringing Kambo into the modern world in a safe, responsible, ethical and sustainable sustainable way. We are now a Not-For-Profit Foundation based in the Netherlands. This means that 70% of our profits go the causes that we support. Our practitioners are encouraged to donate a portion of any Kambo derived income back to foundations that support the Matses tribes of Peru.
One of our biggest achievements is the creation of 3-4 year program to train Kambo Practitioners to the highest possible level. Now in its 5th year, our program is unique and takes practitioners from Basic level to Master level and we are proud to have trained over 400 practitioners. For some, we also offer the opportunity to join our 18 month Teacher Training program. We currently have a team of 11 teachers and 6 trainee teachers who are spread across the world and are teaching in English, Spanish and Polish with German and Italian coming in 2020-2021.
The IAKP Painting
This wonderful piece of artwork was created by the amazing Fleur Barnfather, a UK based artist who paints the most wonderful visionary art. You can see more of Fleur’s work, buy posters and cards and even commission your own work of art at fleurbarnfather.co.uk.
The Green Light Love painting was inspired by a dream in which our founder, Karen, was walking through the rainforest and found herself surrounded by Kambo frogs. She was bathed in sparkling green light that was shining out from a green heart suspended amongst the frog filled trees. Shortly after, she was moved to set up the IAKP and create the amazing family that we are today. Fleur has perfectly captured that moment.
The painting developed over a period of months as you can see from the slides below. Mixed in with the pigments are powdered Kambo, Rapé powders, Dragon’s Blood and Sananga eye drops. This infuses the painting with the same four Amazonian medicines that we use every day in our Kambo treatments giving it the most special energy.
We are immensely grateful to Fleur for her work that has become and integral part of the IAKP logo and a wonderful reflection of our passion.