Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I made the pilgrimage to the Arkana Amazon Retreat for their 2 week retreat in the jungle and it was by far the most confronting, difficult and painfully triumphant 2 weeks of my life. In saying that, I could not recommend Arkana more highly!
From the minute I arrived at the retreat there was an instant feeling of love, support, openness and calmness that carried through the entirety of my stay. The retreat itself is really quite beautiful, and it was never hard to find a space to be by yourself to journal or contemplate. The structure of the retreat was well laid out and matched everything I had read on their website. My initial sit down with the shamans and facilitators was a space were I truly felt listened to, and very quickly I knew that the ceremonial space was a space where I felt comfortable to be open and vulnerable.
The retreat was always kept exceptionally clean and the people from the nearby village that worked there were always full of smiles. The food provided was fresh, healthy and prepared daily and there was always fruit, water and tea available between meals.
The medicines given at this retreat including Ayahuasca, Kambo, Nunu & Sonoran Desert Toad are the real deal, and if you go in with an open heart and a willingness to surrender you are in for a treat. The most important thing for me throughout the 2 weeks was knowing that the ceremonial space was safe and supportive. The facilitators were always aware of what was going on and were there to help guide you, not only on your feet when walking was a little tricky but also emotionally if the night got tough.
The shamans breathe life and wisdom into the experience and their Icaro’s are like nothing else I’ve ever heard. It was great to be able to not only have the ceremonies as the main event but also extra opportunities for healing like sound baths, breathwork and yoga.
If you do your research you’ll know that the real work starts when you got home. Integration is definitely the part that has been the hardest for me, but it’s nice to be a part of the retreat Facebook page where you don’t feel alone in the journey.
All in all I give Arkana 5 stars. If you look around you will see why Arkana is one of the best retreats in Peru! It delivered 100% and was a big part of my life changing forever.