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Jennifer Talks about Her Sapito Session
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Jennifer Talks about Her Sapito Session

In this video, Jennifer talks about what it was like to smoke Sapito and it's after-effects over the five days since she did it. Sapito is a medicinal entheogen, or sacred medicine that's used to treat a variety of health issues from mental illness to the treatment of cancer. It can reduce inflammation in the body, diminish or cure depression as well as fight disease by enhancing the immune system. Smoking ...
How to Become a Digital Nomad — By Jennifer Shipp
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How to Become a Digital Nomad — By Jennifer Shipp

We’ve traveled for years. When John and I first met, we traveled with a band (he worked as a professional musician at that time). Then, a few years after Lydian was born, we sold almost everything and packed up what was left to travel full-time in an RV. We stayed in the United States for our travels when we were young. But when Lydian turned 10, we started traveling overseas. With each year that passed, we ...
Writer’s Block or Self-Censorship? — By Jennifer Shipp
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Writer’s Block or Self-Censorship? — By Jennifer Shipp

I sit down to write, because this is what I do…I write. But right now, and for the past 9 months, nothing happens. I have nothing to say to my Self. The voice that writes is silent and scared. It waits.

What is it waiting for?

My hands are poised above the keys.

I’m ready.

A voice says,”not until you get back…”
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Lydian Talks about Her Sapito Session
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Lydian Talks about Her Sapito Session

Lydian's Sapito session was really dramatic. She thrashed around and screamed, but she doesn't remember very much of it. But there's not denying it, she's been happier in the days following Sapito. In this video, she talks about the experience of taking the sapo medicine, what she remembers of the experience, and how it's affected her in the five days following the ceremonia de medicina in Guanajuato, ...
John Talks about His Sapito Session
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John Talks about His Sapito Session

Five days after the Sapito Session in Guanajuato, John talks about his experience and how it's impacted his thinking and habits. He talks about what he was feeling during the Sapito experience and then its after-effects. For him, the sapo medicine lasted only about 10 minutes. For Lydian, it lasted closer to 20 minutes. For me it lasted almost 45 minutes. The Sapo Frog Medicine affects everyone very ...
Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

We really didn’t know anything about sapito before we arrived at Karolina’s on the Saturday following the summer solstice. I’d never heard of it before and though I did a little research, I wanted to be careful about doing too much research because there’s a lot of bullshit and fear-mongering online. Americans are taught to believe that all entheogens and psychedelics are bad and there’s a lot of ...
Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

I did drugs in college; LSD, pot, and shrooms. I mostly was fascinated with the idea of LSD and mushrooms. I never had any desire to try cocaine or heroin. My interest in drugs at that time was all about the mind. I wasn’t all that interested in uppers or downers. I wanted to explore the outer reaches of my own mind.

I remember the last time I did acid. I’d been convinced that LSD made ...
Jennifer’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico
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Jennifer’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico

I'd never heard of Sapito before the local curandera here in Mexico approached us to try it during the Summer Solstice. Sapito or the Sapo Frog Medicine, is an excretion by the Bufo Alvarius frog found in the Sonoran deserts of Mexico. The excretion contains 5 -meo-DMT, which makes it a powerful entheogen. Sapito, when smoked, produces an effect that lasts from 20-30 minutes (or longer in my case--the ...
John’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico
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John’s Summer Solstice Sapito Session 2017 — Mexico

The Bufo Alvarius Frog, found in the Sonoran Deserts of Mexico, excretes a substance that contains 5-meo-DMT. This substance can be applied to the skin using Kambo sticks or by heating it up and then smoking it. A curandera that we know in Mexico approached us on a Thursday evening to tell us about the Sapito Ceremony (Sapito Ceremonía de Medicina) that took place just after the Summer Solstice on a ...
Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico

"How do people heal themselves?" This is my biggest question...the question I ask over and over again in every country we visit, in every place we live. Life itself is a process of healing in some cases. In others, it's a process of accumulating baggage and burdens that we carry as long as we can, until someone shows us how to let go. I believe that many illnesses aren't physical. They aren't mental. ...
Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico

"How do people heal themselves?" This is my biggest question...the question I ask over and over again in every country we visit, in every place we live. Life itself is a process of healing in some cases. In others, it's a process of accumulating baggage and burdens that we carry as long as we can, until someone shows us how to let go. I believe that many illnesses aren't physical. They aren't mental. ...
White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico
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White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico

There's always something cool going on at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico. One weeknight, we walked down to the Centro to see men dressed up as giant white horses and people walking around on stilts.Related Posts:White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Sad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in Guanajuato, Mexico (video) ...
Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.
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Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.

After about a week of teaching classes at a local language school, Lydian arrives home to tell us that she's sick of being sexually harassed on the street when she walks alone.Related Posts:Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher ...
Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico

Right after she arrives home, Lydian talks about how she got chosen to teach English to two kids in Guanajuato, Mexico. Initially, she was just supposed to substitute for a teacher who took some time off, but the parents decided that they wanted Lydian permanently for their kids. Since this was only her first week of teaching, she was pretty excited about it.Related Posts:Lydi Talks about Being ...
Lydi Talks about San Miguel de Allende Health Food Shops
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Lydi Talks about San Miguel de Allende Health Food Shops

In the United States, health food items are only a few clicks away. It's easy to order things and it's easy to have them shipped, but Mexico is different. Finding health food items is all about hitting the streets to shop in-person at little shops. In this video, Lydian talks briefly about some of the stuff that she found in San Miguel that day. She spends a lot of time baking healthy foods for our family ...
Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico

Lydian just finished her associate's degree. She's only 17 years old, but since we took up residence in Mexico, she wanted to get started working right away. She thought about freelancing as a writer or a graphic designer, but she wanted to do something that would help her meet people. So she's getting her TEFL certification and she got a job at a language school in Guanajuato, Mexico. In this video. She ...
White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico
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White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico

Whenever we walk down to the Centro in Guanajuato from our house in Pozuelos, there's always something cool going on. When John and I arrived at the Nuestra Señora church, a group of men dressed up as white horses were dancing along with a host of other characters on stilts.Related Posts:White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, MexicoSad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in ...
Lydi Talks about Taking the Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Taking the Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

Public transportation is something that's uncommon in rural Nebraska, so it's taking some getting used to as Lydian finds her way back and forth from her classes in Guanajuato, Mexico. In this video, she talks about her experience finding the right bus that morning to take down to the Centro. Though she could walk to her classes, she can either take the tunnels (25 minutes) which are dark and dangerous for ...
Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp

On Wednesday, I had another English class with the 20-something college student. It was my last one with him, which I was very grateful for. I didn’t find out it was my last one until after the class was over, but that was okay. It was good news.I’d been trying to work with him from a more interactive way for the first three lessons. I prefer to take this approach since it’s more fun (usually) and as a ...
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

In 2013, we visited Guanajuato, Mexico during the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. This photo gallery shows both the daytime and night-time festivities.Related Posts:Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I -- By Jennifer ShippDia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II -- By Jennifer ShippDia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, ...
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