My journey began growing up in Derry NH, three houses down from the Historical Robert Frost Farm. “The only way out is through” one of Frost’s great quotes which has resonated with me from an early age. I realized this notion is very true, while we are here to face the world, our ego, and gradually transform through it, inevitably into our higher selves.
Facing challenges and experiencing trauma is common for most individuals along our lives. Held in fearful unconscious reactions to these traumas and negative surroundings, we tend to deviate from our intended positive paths. Physical and mental health can quickly deteriorate through daily stress, self-medicating, the wrong medications in general or overall unhealthy lifestyles choices. On a personal level, there came a time around 26 years of age where enough was enough, the ego and its unconscious choices needed to be recognized and healed in a radical holistic fashion. With the proper tools, education, and guidance, I inherently knew I was ready to “Awaken” to this higher and healthy self.
My first pivotal calling came in 2007 traveling to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru and Machu Picchu. I had the great opportunity to work with many gifted teachers within the “Sacred Valley Tribe”, primarily studying the powerful medicine Kambo/Sappo while building a strong relationship with the frog (Phyllomedusa Bicolor). I began to work with the medicine on myself and with patients over the upcoming years with great overall success.
During my travels to Peru, I strengthened my practices within meditation, Shipibo plant medicine traditions, icaro sound healing, and herbalism. This was a fundamental shift in my growth process and immediately started to accelerate my healing process at a dramatic rate. Soon thereafter I traveled to Sedona and Wilcox Arizona in 2009 studying holistic health, nutrition, personal wellness techniques and more elements within sound healing. I had the pleasure of working and learning from various Apache medicine men and woman broadening my spiritual practice of Shamanism and plant medicines.
This soon opened the door for me to become hired as an aid in 2014 at Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica. Here I had the pleasure of expanding my knowledge regarding plant medicines with the Bwiti tradition of Gabon and Cameroon Africa. This chapter helped me assist in helping others trying to overcome addictions, past traumas, and achieving overall spiritual growth.
Having this newfound clarity was bringing more and more synchronicities into my daily life. Many positive influential People aiding my personal journey also came into my life in abundance. The thousand-mile journey begins with the first step, these important first steps is what brings us closer towards joy and peace.
I currently hold my BA in Technical Management from Southern New Hampshire University while currently working on a Master of Social Work and Counseling degree. In my spare time I have enjoyed orchestrating sound therapy music for treatments and ceremonies. Prior to this, I proudly was an EMT/Firefighter graduating from the NH Fire Academy and earning an Associate of Fire Science degree in 2002.
Practicing the art and administration of Kambo, using sound therapy, teaching meditation, personal wellness, benefits of herbalism and plant medicines is a passion of mine which has led me on a unique path helping to spread this valuable knowledge to others.
In 2017, I proudly became a member of I.A.K.P, International Association of Kambo Practitioners. This was an intensive course in Washington State, furthering my knowledge regarding the administration and care of the powerful healing medicine from the Amazon, Kambo/Sappo. I had the great pleasure to train under Karen Uma Darke, the world’s most renowned Kambo practitioner.
In December of 2017, I had the great opportunity to work with Amazonian Native Victor Escobar who is the most popular Kambo Practitioner of the Yarapa River and Iquitos region of the Amazon Rainforest. This was a great experience learning potent Sappo methods within the art of Kambo along with exploring the natural habitat of the Phyllomedusa Bicolor. During my travels to the Yarapa River region, I was also able to work with generational Shamans and Healers Belinda and Segunda at the Gaia Tree Center. At the Gaia Tree Center, I was able to share a transformational experience while deepening my relationship with the Shipibo tradition of icaro sound healing, Kambo, nutrition, and plant medicines.
2020 brought rapid changes to our living. Aside from my private practice, Indigo Health Voyages, I have great gratitude administering Kambo with Earth Song Sanctuary in Maine and Pachamama Sanctuary in New Hampshire. I also have passion with my membership in the Krishnamurti Foundation of America, working with the fundamentals of living and consciousness. 2021 was also a pivotal step with the teachings and work of Kambo in the beautiful Lakes region of Greater Minneapolis where I also spend time with my Daughter Acacia.
Events with Stephen Goterch
October 14 - 16, 2022
Donation $750 Final Retreat at the Canterbury Location! The Sanctuary will be moving to a new location and we will be hosting special events to close out this space as we prepare for the next steps in our journey. This is the last retreat at our current Sanctuary and we are hoping to make it a special event for all. This 3 day, 2 night retreat in southern New Hampshire includes two ayahuasca ceremonies on Friday and Saturday and we will finish on Sunday by noon after breakfast and a group photo. The weekend will include all of your meals, accommodations, and activities. Activities may vary for the weekend, but will include breath work, yoga, integration, and music. We offer indefinite integration online at no extra cost to assist you in bringing the insights you gained through ceremony into your daily life. Details will be provided to you after the retreat and you are welcome to join the integration session whenever you feel called. We provide a safe, loving, and respectful space for you to do your important inner work and are honored that your journey led you to the Sanctuary. Sign up for our newsletter during registration to be…