Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I’ve taken my time writing this. I wanted to give it a good amount of time after my experience to give my true and authentic review of this place.
For personal reasons, I was unable to tell many people where I was going and what I was getting up to. From the moment I entered the Amazon retreat I felt like royalty. It was breathtaking and nothing much surprises me these days.
Jose and the staff really take the time to make this a special event for each person and my initial thoughts of having spent more than I should have for an Aya retreat were immediately dispelled on seeing what exactly I was paying for.
About the retreat itself: I felt that every single detail of this retreat was perfectly thought out to a precise schedule for maximum enjoyment. The facilities were exactly as expected for a jungle location and sometimes beyond. It was nowhere near as uncomfortable to sleep in the heat as I thought it would be but the bitey bugs definitely did match my expectations. Its a small price to pay though.
The food was absolutely out of this world- words cannot do it justice.
The rooms were kept clean with daily housekeeping and the laundry service was reliable and fast enough.
The location was remote which was great. For this journey it is important to be in the middle of nowhere and the jungle retreat certainly was.
Overall, this was the most amazing experience I have ever had, worth every cent, life changing in ways you wont understand until you experience it for yourself.
At first, after coming home from my trip, I really felt that whilst it was an amazing experience, it wasn’t as transformational as all the Youtube clips make out. I didn’t have the grand visions or see Lady Aya or any of that. What I have realised now, 6 weeks to the day after my last day at the retreat, is that I completely underestimated what happened to me. Something has changed in me that words cant describe and things are happening to me that I feel I have no control over which is kinda how I ended up at Arkana in the first place. At this point I would say that if you want to discover who you really are, this is the way to do it. Arkana is definitely the place to do it as well if you want to feel like you are supported, cared for and expertly guided. The results are gradual and at this point after my trip, my understanding of the whole “trust the process” stuff is truly coming to light.
Cannot thank Arkana enough for offering this exceptional product. I cannot wait to come and try the Sacred Valley location.