Man_On_A _Journey's Reviews
Iquitos and Sacred Valley in Peru
My decision to choose the Sacred Valley location between the two retreat locations offered by Arkana was due to the fact I wanted to enjoy the Ayahuasca experience in comfort and have some of the lifes essentials and luxuries while on the journey and the Sacred Valley location certainly delivered in that respect. Tranquil surroundings flanked by a meandering river and lovely accommodation framed by peaceful gardens and space for reflection and connecting great you immediately on arrival .Rooms offered comfortable beds with well appointed bathrooms and plenty of hot water and great water pressure. (If you have traveled much of South America you will understand why I was so happy about this) The fire pit outside and beautiful ceremony room really added to the enchanting atmosphere and appeal of the setting.
The food was excellent, fresh and generous portions with plenty of snacks in between meals in the form of fresh fruit and nuts. All the staff and facilitators were warm and friendly, I cant speak highly enough of Pamela and Chandra whose beautiful voices and serenity are like guiding lights in your ceremonies. Mike also is a really sincere genuine person who provides great company and often unexpected insights and wisdom that I feel have been hard earned in his life journey.
Arkana is a safe and secure environment with passionate and committed staff who undertake their work with compassion, enthusiasm and dedication. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Arkana I must admit that the centre was somewhat disorganised and at times the schedule for the day or how activities / ceremonies would operate was unclear. There was also very little group share or personal follow up individually post ceremony which was frustrating at times as you can have powerful and overwhelming visions and feelings with ayahuasca which leave you wanting guidance or assistance to understand, process and integrate.
However we were made aware at the time of our retreat they were signification understaffed and had less facilitators then they typically would which may account for this. On a whole however if you are looking to have an incredible experience in a beautiful environment surrounded by a team of people who radiate love I would highly recommend Arkana, Sacred Valley Retreat.