Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I journeyed to Arkana Spiritual Center in Peru in search of a personal transformation. I was at a point in my life when I felt so strongly that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and leap into the unknown. I just knew deep inside that I needed to experience the medicine that Mother Ayahuasca carries. Once I arrived to Iquitos we were greeted by our Arkana guides and all transportation was handled, making the trek to the jungle a lot less stressful. The Jungle retreat was otherworldly, as I found myself truly in the middle of nature off the tourist track. The vibe was very welcoming and nurturing. Everyone there was very kind and positive. When it was time for the ceremonies, I did have some jitters but the people at Arkana were very good at setting my mind at ease, and reminding me to trust in the process. Mother Ayahuasca shows you want you need to see, not necessarily what you want to see. So there were times when what I saw was difficult, but the amazing thing is that Mother Aya also holds your hand through it. It feels like you are being challenged and cuddled at the same time. The Shipibo shamans who ran the ceremonies were just amazing, and would keep you feeling safe and cared for. The volunteers and facilitators were top notch amazing people who really are there for everyone. I think Arkana is such an amazing place because the structures are in place to allow this magic to happen in a safe and supportive way. I was glad to have experienced the sacred valley retreat and that was also extraordinary in a completely different way. I made so much progress in two weeks. I can’t wait to go back this year, and I foresee Arkana will be a place of pilgrimage through the years. If you are reading this, I hope that you get a chance to experience the authentic shamanic journey at Arkana, with Mother Ayahuasca taking you into the deepest journey into yourself. Also, try to experience the other medicines. Sapo was life changing as well.