Laura B.'s Reviews
Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
Review for Arkana Spiritual Center
Hello, my name is Laura B. I just attended the Arkana Center one week retreat, and I am compelled with a deep sense of respect and gratitude to share my experience. I went to Arkana mainly with the intention of addressing the worsening depression and anxiety I’ve experienced for most of my life that has been ‘treated’ with medications. I felt like they really weren’t helping adequately, and heard that ayahuasca can be very therapeutic, especially in a ceremonial setting.
I’ll try to be brief, but let me just express that this was one of the most incredible, insightful, profound experiences of my life. It wasn’t even the part the medicine played, it was so much more. The knowledge shared by the staff, the loving healing energy bestowed by the shamans, the honesty that people exhibited when expressing themselves, the kind support offered by everyone there- those are just a few of the things you can expect at Arkana.
I believe the way to get the most out of your experience is to have an open mind, be completely honest, and trust in the process. Taking the medicine wasn’t always what I expected, but I was open to the possibilities of what I could learn, and I am walking away with more positive, empowering, healing lessons than I could have possibly hoped to acquire in such a short time.
Come prepared knowing that the jungle is a harsh environment; be appreciative that wherever you’re from isn’t probably so hot, humid, or filled with mosquitoes. Have some realistic expectations that you may be slightly uncomfortable physically, but use this as yet another opportunity to learn and be filled with a sense of gratitude, as I certainly was.
Good luck moving forward. I hope this review helps if you are undecided whether this is something that could benefit your life. It was an absolute Godsend for me and definitely worth the price. I am referring several of my loved ones who I feel would benefit from a retreat, and am already thinking of revisiting someday.