Iquitos and Urubamba in Peru
I visited the Arkana spiritual centre sacred valley location in early February and wanted to wait a couple of weeks to write this review to ensure that the afterglow that typically follows an ayahuasca experience didn’t inflate my review.
I can say with 100% confidence that my opinion today is just as strong as it was when I left Arkana.
Everything about the experience is top notch. The facilitators are excellent and clearly experienced dealing with difficult situations. We were also quite fortunate to have maestra Justina with us that week. Never have I felt so much spiritual energy from someone. Likewise, the other shamans we had at Arkana that week oozed spirituality and are clearly masters of their craft.
I personally had a rather rough first evening, seeing a lot of family / ancestral trauma and not being quite prepared for what I saw. Nonetheless, the shamans and facilitators here made me feel safe and allowed me to fully explore the depths of my family trauma. They created a safe space where there was no judgment and all members of our group were able to connect, feel safe and secure and explore our respective intentions. And as difficult a trip you may experience you never feel alone and can sense their presence supporting you, almost as they are holding your hand while mother ayahuasca shows you what you need to see.
The food and accommodations were excellent. Also, the tours included in the package complemented the experience with our guide, Raphael, providing some much needed perspective on life and supporting our integration in the process.
This set up a beautiful week for me where I was able to deal with some deeply held resentment toward my parents that started in my childhood and give me some strong tools I can use going forward to continue my self development and healing.
I also highly recommend the optional Sapo 5-m-e-o experience. The intensity of that experience, while brief, was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in my life. I felt like I was finally able to be honest with myself and others about who I am and let go of so much pain I had been carrying for much of my teenage and adult life. Truly a life changing experience and worth the investment.
My thanks to José for creating this experience and sharing it with the world. Gracias José!