About Alchemy Kambo


Julie Merrill is the practitioner of Alchemy Kambo.

Julie was born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville.

She began studying dance and African studies in 1999, and medicinal plants in 2003, traveling all over the world and studying with both indigenous healers and modern herbalists. These subjects have led her passionately into a world of healing, curiosity, and art.

She found the healing of frog medicine while in a critical healing crisis, experiencing herniated and bulging discs, unable to walk. Using Kambo for pain management and inadvertently, healing the digestive system to receive, building the immune system, and bringing more alignment to the limbic system, Kambo began aligning her spirit to wholeness and love. Her experience with Kambo opened her to a deeper remembering of who she was, and how she wanted to contribute to healing in the world.

She received her Kambo training in April of 2018 with Joao de Noe and Claudia Costa through the Universal Kambo Alliance (UKA) and was honored to be initiated to administer Kambo and Hapé ceremonially in Asheville, NC.

Julie is an artist, metalsmith, healer, dancer, poet, dreamer, lover, alchemist, yogini, and human, inspired to witness the process of healing and evolution in others and herself. Her passion is to channel the flows of healing into the world and to preserve the ancient, uplifting techniques of health and wholeness. Julie is dedicated to assisting people remember their own power to heal themselves through aligning with their wholeness and personal evolution.

She also teaches yoga and offers private yoga and movement sessions in addition to Kambo treatments. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Asheville Community Yoga in July 2018, and she is a current Yoga Alliance member. If you are interested in any of Julie’s offerings, please use the contact page.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

My Approach

I believe that our bodies know how to heal themselves and that all dis-ease is internal conflict. For example, between different psychological parts of ourselves, or physically, one side of the body and the other. I hope to serve as a guide and facilitator, holding space for my clients to experience Kambo in its truest form. Kambo is the road opener into transformation, as it clears stagnation and opens pathways for the body to heal itself. My approach is intuitive, respectful, and grounded in traditional ceremony that maintains a strong and safe container. My role is that of a conduit or channel, serving each client, so they may receive the healing blessing of Kambo.

Unique Framework

I work one-on-one with each of my clients, taking time to be thorough and careful before each treatment, ensuring each client feels safe, comfortable, and prepared for their session. I use traditional ceremonial process, incense and smudge to clear the space, offer hapé and sanaga for additional cleansing and alignment, and follow UKA safety protocol for Kambo administration, which involves strict measures for maintaining sanitation and preventing infection. I often use rattles, bells, or feathers to assist in moving energy and vibration.

Julie brings a profound sensitivity, clarity, and warmth to her Kambo sessions. That makes all the difference for work that can be both intimate and challenging. I do a session with her every time I am in Asheville and look forward to doing a series within a lunar cycle.

Joseph Kelly

Founder & CEO , HiveMind & NetZero

Julie holds a very safe, loving, calm sacred space during your Kambo treatment. Perfect for the new moon! 

Jennifer Baxter Medeiros

Makobi Scribe

As someone who has struggled with chronic illness it has been a life long journey to work with my symptoms, pain, body and mind.
Kambo- unlike any other modality or healthcare treatment-has proven to be the healing Panacea that has allowed me to understand, and heal through my suffering.
To work with Julie has been the key that unlocked this medicine for me.
Her sharp awareness, committed respect and prayer to and for and with the medicine, her voice, the strong container she holds and the love in her heart, allow this medicine to be received in a way that gets right to the heart of the matter.
While some might say that “medicine” is all that is needed to heal the sick, it is my experience that the bedside manner, intention, and heartfelt compassion of the “physician” is equally if not more important for the sick to heal.
For me, Julie has been the skilled practitioner who not only carries the powerful medicine of Kambo, but also applies it with the care and awareness of the greatest of “physicians”.
For those in need of healing, and willing to do their work, I cannot recommend anyone more, attentive, compassionate or skillful than Julie with Alchemy Kambo.

Uma Goodman

Mother of two

I began my journey with Kambo in fall of 2017. I was curious and desperate to explore this medicine as my whole world had been so dark and dismal on and off, for so many years. I am not certain when I contracted lyme disease as I never found a tick or a bulls eye rash, and I had other health issues that cause similar symptoms as lyme disease. But I know I have at least had it since 2012 due to a series of symptoms and then in 2015 very loud manifestations of neurological lyme. I had one inconclusive test, then another that had more positive markers.
I made a little headway with herbal formulas, but it was a slowwww process due to not having the funds to really address not only the bacteria still wrecking havoc in me, but also the repair to damage already done.
My symptoms ranged from eye floaters that came and went, horrible night vision (light intolerance), absolutely dysfunctional fatigue, short and long term memory loss, overall cognitive dysfunction, and severe depression. The depression would get so severe I battled with suicidal ideation.
I made serious progress with ozone Iv’s in 2017. They are pricey. I found kambo in the fall of 2017 and I had such a severe die off reaction from 2 very strong sessions back to back, that the detox (herxiemer reaction) was just torture while having to work full time. After ten days, the storm ceased, and I felt like I had a large part of myself back. It was like I came back to life!! I became more intimate with joy, peace, clarity, focus, energy and my daughter. It was amazing. I kept doing treatments as much as I could afford throughout 2018 and continue to feel certain that this illness is soon to be completely behind me. I wish I was better at keeping count of treatments. I believe I have had 16 sessions from fall of 2017- January 2019. The only major setback I have had with my healing journey was when I had 4 very stressful things occur in my life over the fall and my system was weakened. The bacteria had an opportunity to take me down, and it did. Very common with chronic lyme . But I still never felt as bad as I did prior to kambo.
This medicine is deep and my understanding is that it crosses the blood brain barrier. Few things can do that to address lyme in the brain. I knew it was in my brain due to how severely dysfunctional I was. It can be an unpleasant experience when one has chronic infections such as lyme when the bacteria are actually dying off in great numbers. But it is absolutely worth it. I don’t think I would be alive today if it weren’t for this great gift from the frog. I wasn’t able to hold onto any glimpses of fleeting hope for long enough to want to stay alive. It gave me my life back. I am in tears as I write this. Please be patient if you are dealing with long term holding patterns, even if you don’t have a name for them or verified testing. The medicine works on the body, mind and spirit. Let it in, truly let it in, and it can revolutionize your world.






Kambo must be administered by a trained practioner. Alchemy Kambo serves the Western North Carolina area, Asheville and surrounding counties. If you would like to request a Kambo ceremony in your area, please apply for a treatment below.