Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I spent 1-week at Arkana in the Sacred Valley location. It was my first experience with Ayahausca and overall found it to be a very positive experience, with Arkana providing great space to work. The core facilitators and leaders, Chandra, Angel, Alice and Paco were exceptional in their support, kindness, and seriousness in the process.The medicine was powerful and our shaman Jorge did a wonderful job. Aside from the Ayahuasca ceremonies, the temazcal and yoga provided a good support for the work. Not to mention the space is beautiful and the food was delicious.
All that said I decided to give Arkana 4-stars as I think there’s still some room for improvement. Some personal thoughts are: the retreat could use indoor social space for when the weather turns; the itinerary could be managed more tightly to ensure there’s more time for group share and integration discussions as this is in many ways a shared healing process; the cost of the retreat and extra-cirriculars seem a bit inflated, and lastly, in very limited cases I think they can be a bit more selective in choosing mature facilitators to guide the process.
All that being said, Arkana’s as good a place as you could ask for to explore this medicine; the people are wonderful and create a very positive space to undertake a scary but worthwhile process. I fully expect to be back in due time.