Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
Last fall, I was privileged to attend Arkana’s combined two week program; starting my first week in the jungle and finishing in the Sacred Valley. I could not find a better place for me , this has been without a doubt the most transformational two weeks of my existence and I will be forever grateful to these people for helping me get my life back.
I grew up in a broken home, physically and mentally abused by an alcoholic father. Early on I turned to all kinds of drugs to escape my reality at home. This sent me in a downward spiral where I lost myself for years. I tried different solutions, in and out of rehab clinics to no avail. I was in a very desperate situation and at times thought of ending my life. It wasnt until a friend of mine last summer recommended that I look into Ayahuasca. After doing thorough research I settled for Arkana because of their stellar reviews and their program that offered different medicines.
From the very first moment where I exchanged emails with Liliana, I knew this was the right place for me, she kindly answered all of my questions and encouraged me to attend to get healed. Upon my arrival to Iquitos, my last minute nerves and anxiety quickly dissipated as soon as I met Jose and the rest of his team. Every single detail was taken care of with flawless execution, from the check in, to the transportation, the meals, the welcome reception. It was as if I was coming home to the jungle. The ceremonies in the jungle, were intense and some quite difficult. I had to face all of the darkness Ive accumulated over the years with my addiction. Maestra Justina their main shaman, a lovely old woman that embodies the wisdom of the plants never gave up on me. Like a skilled surgeon she helped me clean all of my trauma and all of my demons. As the week progressed the dark veil started to lift and I could see light at the end of the tunnel.
During my second week I continued my treatment in the Sacred Valley with Justina’s brother Maestro Armando. He helped me reconnect with my true self I lost many years ago and forgive myself for all the harm Ive caused to others. The highlight of my two weeks was Sapo (5MeO DMT) which connected me back to source and gave me a perspective on what universal consciousness really means. I found that their program is carefully orchestrated and all of the medicines / activities work in tandem to produce the best possible outcome.
For the first time in years, Im happy to be alive and excited about the future. Arkana’s Ayahuasca retreat gave me a new perspective on life and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you to all of people that were a part of my journey: Jose, Fernanda, Gloria, Emilie, Justina, Armando. Im proud to call you family. Please keep doing the work you are doing, keep spreading your love and light to a world that desperately needs it.
Ayahuasca is not a magic overnight pill that cures all, but for those of you willing to face your worst darkness and put in the work, the payoff is totally worth it all. If you feel the calling, please do yourself a favor and book with Arkana, you will be in the hands of the most skilled healers who will always have your best interest at heart. Read past any outlier reviews and find comfort in the hundreds of reviews of people who like me turned their lives around.
As a final note I want to comment on the group size. I read some people commenting about the ceremony being too full, my take on this was completely opposite. To me being in a group of 18 people was a big plus to my experience. You share very intimate moments with your new family, and I could really feel the love from each individual, I thoroughly enjoyed that. In my mind a crowded ceremony is a place with 80 people like they do in a very well known center in Costa Rica.
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Ill be happy to talk to you about my experience.