Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I had never tried psychedelics before and was unsure how to safely go about it. After reading Chris Taylor’s The Dream, a first person account of his experience with Arkana and ayahuasca, I signed up for a week long retreat in the Sacred Valley of Peru. My time at Arkana and my experience with ayahuasca exceeded all of my expectations. Specific info was provided prior to the journey about how to prepare myself mentally and physically, what to pack, along with a medical history interview, and contact info for any questions that came up.
The Arkana Spiritual Center setting was beautiful with comfortable accommodations, an attentive staff and excellent food. The stay incorporated several day trips to local towns accompanied by guides, including a trip to Machu Picchu. The outings, along with other onsite daytime activities, were a marvelous contrast to the ayahuasca enhanced spiritual journeys in the evenings. San Pedro and Bufo were also incorporated in spiritual endeavors. The shaman and the facilitators that guided our ayahuasca experiences were knowledgeable and focused entirely on our individual goals and overall wellbeing. Their advice extended to re-integration strategies and has guided me in the year since my journey. My experience with Arkana was life altering, and I can’t imagine undertaking that kind of journey with any other group. I would highly recommend Arkana to anyone looking for a caring, supportive, reverent journey into your own inner reality.