Iquitos and Sacred Valley in Peru
I had the most amazing and life changing experience in the jungle with Arkana and now so glad I went. The facilitators are so open and warm that is impossible not to feel safe and in the company of people you can trust.
The Ayahuasca itself took about 3 ceremonies to really work for me (some people from the first ceremony) and when it did it was really worth it – I had some great and helpful insights into my life and issues from my past that have held me back in many ways through my adult life. Also I was given some tools by the “spirits” that I now use on a daily basis to boost myself up. Given that we were a group of 7 (I have heard of centres with 75 people) I felt safe at all times and knew that help was just a moment away if needed. The shaman guided us through the ceremonies with their beautiful icaros that really did regulate the energy in the room and I found them immensely powerful.
For me the most liberating experience was the Sapo ceremony where I felt a huge and overwhelming release of hang ups from the past. It was so much of a release in fact that I felt so relieved and at peace afterwards it caused me to cry hysterically afterwards. Bear in mind that I never really show emotion and haven’t cried in over 20 years! It really was the most beautiful experiences of my life.
The centre itself is set on stilts on the riverbank within the jungle and it is beautiful. I was concerned in advance of being so embedded in the jungle before arrive and surrounded by snakes and spiders etc, but once you are there you feel safe and can only admire the place. The bedrooms themselves are basic, but very clean and definitely comfortable.
The food supplied was delicious – my only issue with the whole trip was how hungry I could be at some points as we had to limit ourselves to 2 meals a day on ceremony days, but given the advantage this ultimately gives it is by the by.
I am already thinking of returning, just need to work out when!