Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I stayed at Arkana amazon jungle center in February 2018 for the 7-day retreat.
We were welcomed to the center with music and dance by the local people from the village of Libertad.
We had quite a few interactions with the local people who were all so warm and friendly, as were the staff at the center, who catered to the needs of each individual.
Each participant had an individual meeting with the shamans and facilitators prior to treatment, to make an assessment for the customized healing for that individual.
Concise information about preparation for ceremony and for processing and integration after retreat was given both on arrival and before departure, and the opportunity for discussion was given daily during group shares which were always very thorough.
Daily excisions and activities included jungle walks, night-time boat rides on the river, day trips where we could swim in safe areas (the local guides are so fab and so lovely to talk to!), yoga and sound workshops, all inclusive to the price of retreat. Supplemental individual treatments were also offered on request for a premium, but the facilitators were always available for one-to-one counseling at no extra charge. I felt like they always had time for me should I have needed to do this.
I liked the relaxed atmosphere, that none of the activities (including ceremony) were mandatory and there were no rigid rules, for example sleeping in the maloca was permitted; we were not obligated to stay in our rooms at any set times and we could walk around the center freely.
There was security around the center which I thought was great, as it was good to know that during ceremony I would be taken care of in the event that I might have left the maloca unattended and wouldn’t be able to wander off into the jungle!
The facilities are basic, no luxuries such as hot water or air conditioning; but that was to be expected for somewhere deep in the jungle. I was actually pleasantly surprised at some of the comforts offered: running water, flushing toilets, a laundry service and even (limited) electricity and internet service. The food was simple but delicious, there was always enough and it was varied and healthy.
The ceremonies were conducted really well, and the power and beauty of the icaros sung by the shamans could not be overstated. Absolutely magnificent, and the layout of the maloca was perfect. There were at least 4 facilitators on hand to assist during ceremony and each participant received their own personal icaros during every ceremony. The medicine was very very potent and has given me some profound insights and lessons which have taken me over 12 months to integrate.
Also offered here was Kambo, which I found to be very beneficial and helped me to prepare for the Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Overall I would rate Arkana amazon spiritual center very highly, I would definitely go back again and would recommend to anyone considering a jungle retreat.