Iquitos and Sacred Valley in Peru
This place was absolutely incredible and I would highly recommend it.
I did the seven day retreat in the sacred valley which consisted of 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, one San Pedro ceremony, and a temezcal (aka sweat lodge). I also paid extra for a Macchu Picchu trip and for the Sapo toad medicine.
The place – starting with the location…unreal. you can immediately sense the magic as you drive into the sacred valley. The mountains have an incredible majestic and grounding energy to them which anyone can appreciate. The Arkana grounds are also gorgeous, nice rooms, pretty campus right on the river with huge pine trees and mountains surrounding you. At night there are so many stars out and you can see the dust of the milky way. All of the elements of the location lend towards the overall magic of the experience.
Food. The food is delicious! Each meal is healthy, local, and flavorful. I wanted to get the recipes of all of their dishes. They also have an endless supply of delicious fruit and hot tea for you to enjoy whenever. Again – all lends to the experience.
The people. This is what really did it for me. I traveled alone and was wondering how the people would be. I was also a bit apprehensive because I knew that this was going to require a lot of vulnerability and i wanted to make sure I felt safe to open up. Everyone from the driver who picked me up at the airport (and stopped to buy me lunch just because he wanted to watch me enjoy the local food) to the property managers always had a smile on and made me feel right at home. My main facilitators were Pamela, Mike, and Chandra…i wish I could take them with me everywhere I go. Each facilitator brought a different critical element to the table. Mike with his humor, Pamela with her calming and nurturing presence, and Chandra with her wisdom and mysticism. They were all so selfless and make me feel very safe and comfortable the whole time. I’ll never forget on the night of my 3rd and final Aya ceremony, I was having a hard time coming back into the room and Pamela (who wasn’t feeling very good) came and spend time with me to bring me a sense of peace and calming. The shamans were also next level – so jolly and selfless and watching them / hearing the stories of the healing they brought to me and others during the ceremony were kind blowing. I’m not sure if I just got lucky with the other guests or if the facilitators helped…facilitate but I also fell in love with the other guests- all of them – and formed feel friendships. So much support for one another.
The ceremonies. I don’t really have a point of reference to how over places do it but here are the key points. I felt so safe and taken care of throughout the ceremonies. The facilitators were there and took care of our every need through good times and tough times. I felt first hand and witnessed the healing that took place on each medicine. I came out of the experience as a firm believer in the power of plant medicine. The ceremonies were very personal experiences- some people had a really challenging time but those who trusted the process and were able to let go felt deep healing and appreciation as a result.
Overall – it was just such a positive experience for me. A lot of the work I do at home is designing experiences for others and I was just blown away with how.every component and activity and person contributed to such and unforgettable experience. I’ll absolutely go back and would recommend this place to anyone who feels ready to take this journey. Thanks Arkana!