Iquitos and Sacred Valley in Peru
FYI: this experience is for the Sacred Valley retreat.
I was lucky enough to spend a week at the retreat for my first ayahuasca experience. After a few years of interest I finally got the calling to come to Peru and after several weeks of research settled on Arkana.
It was truly one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made.
The setting is beautiful: a garden of Eden full of flowers, and hummingbirds set between mountains and a river on one side. As we entered the grass was impossibly bouncy underfoot and the most lovely dog greeted us at the door.
Everyone working at the retreat are awesome beautiful people. They did their best from day one to get to know us and help to prepare us and to settle the nerves. The love and vibes of the place is palpable from the moment you enter. They all have their own talents that they bring to group activities (yoga, meditation, sound meditation, beautiful music after the ceremonies, etc.)
The facilities are great, including the rooms: great shower and towels! There’s also unlimited fruit and delicious Hierba Luisa tea at the reception in addition to the delicious meals (including vegan options). Perfect after a night of purging
One of the greatest things about Arkana was being able to spend time with the shamans so that they could get to know you better to help you on your journey of healing. They care deeply about your healing and it is absolutely amazing that they share their experience with us. You are in the safest of hands here for sure.
Most amazingly for me was the lifelong friends that I have made during the retreat. After initial nerves and uncertainty everybody left with so much brotherly / sisterly love for each other. Hearing about everyone’s struggles and subsequent healing was remarkable. The sessions after the ceremonies turned out to be just as powerful as the experience itself. It was extremely emotional and heartwarming to observe everyone’s healing in progress.
We also had a couple outings as a group: to Pisac and local ruins, then to the impressive salt mines nearby.
The final day together was spent with Mr San Pedro where we trekked around the mountains. It was a beautiful day and the perfect way to cap off the trip.
If you are looking for healing and hear ayahuasca calling you then I certainly recommend Arkana with all my heart. The love that I have felt over this week will be with me forever and I aim to bring the best of me to everyone around me.
I wish you all the best of luck on your journeys.