Iquitos and Sacred Valley in Peru
My boyfriend and I went on a 14-day Ayahuasca retreat to Arkana. We spent one week in Sacred Valley and one week in the Amazon. Both centres had such a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Reflecting back on our journey, we are so glad that we decided to go to Arkana Spiritual Center to experience Ayahuasca for the first time.
I have broken down my experience into different categories!
The food was simple, delicious and had vegan options which was amazing! They also accommodated for people who had allergies. I personally loved how you were able to grab tea and exotic fruits all day long.
I liked how none of the activities were not mandatory. There was some excisions that I did not want to do because I wanted to have more time to reflect on my ceremony from the night before. After experiencing rapé for the first time, I did not enjoy it. When they offered it again throughout the retreat there was no pressure for me to do it again. I really enjoyed how we had a lot of free time to walk around the centre and explore. I LOVED the daily excisions and activities which included yoga every morning, a mountain hike to the salt mine, Machu Picchu, San Pedro ceremony, sound healing, feeding wild monkey’s and so much more!
SHAMANS, WORKERS AND FACILITATORS:
The shamans, workers and facilitators all truly love what they do. You can see how much they truly love and care for each person who comes to Arkana centre. At Sacred Valley we had two shamans, Isabella and Roberto. They really helped guide me through my tough ceremonies. They both are such amazing people and sang beautiful and VERY powerful Icaros. The facilitators did such an awesome job helping the shamans during the ceremonies and were all very committed to helping everyone on their healing journey.
For those reading and considering going to Arkana, I want you to know that if you decide to go to Arkana, it will be such a safe place to experience Ayahausca, a place where the intention is to help people in a positive way while enjoying everything else that the retreat has to offer. Arkana is by far such an amazing centre, which is why my boyfriend and I are considering on going back for a second time.