At Arkana, we create the space for you to get in touch with your truth, opening your path for deeper meaning and greater fulfillment in your life. We work with ancestral medicines such as Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Bufo Alvarius, Nunu/Rapé, and Kambo, using the traditional practices of the indigenous cultures of the Peruvian Amazon. We currently operate two centers, one in the Peruvian Amazon and a second one in the Sacred Valley (close to Machu Picchu), the choice is yours.
With great respect for the plants and the knowledge and healing that comes with them, our lineage of Shipibo shamans set the stage for truly deep and profound healing. Awaken your inner power through their sacred and powerful icaros (healing songs), and discover your connection to all things by exploring some of the 2.2 million hectare Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which is our backyard. Nourish your body and soul with fresh, clean, delicious meals that promote your Ayahuasca experience, and integrate healthy habits into your routine with our yoga classes and extensive selection of gym equipment for all levels. We believe the health of physical body sets the foundation for the health of the energetic body – Often ignored in this type of spiritual work, we find this to be an important part of the healing process, so you can begin implementing the healthy habits that will carry this work with you into your life back home. Finally, relax your mind and spirit with sound baths, meditations, breathwave sessions, and OM circles, or simply enjoy the tranquil views of both sunrise and sunset from our front porch on the banks of the Ucayali River, surrounded by lush biodiversity and the mesmerizing sounds of the jungle.
Arkana’s exceptional team of highly-trained Shipibo Master Shamans represent an unbroken lineage of plant medicine work. With a combined history of over 70 years of experience working closely with Ayahuasca and other master plant teachers of the jungle, our compassionate healers lovingly share their teachings, healing songs (icaros), capabilities, and knowledge with integrity and honor. We strive to maintain the traditional practices passed down through thousands of years of indigenous Amazonian culture, in order to continue to promote the true purpose and nature of plant medicine work.
Experiencing the medicines with us is a transformative personal journey, and so much more. We also work closely with our local community, the Amazonian village of Libertad, to ensure that our Center can benefit and give back to the people who have so generously let us into their homes and hearts. We create employment opportunities, teach free English classes, provide a space for the ladies to sell their handmade crafts, and assist in construction projects, among other things. Our latest endeavor is outfitting the entire village with free solar panels, so every house can have light and electricity. When you join us, you are helping the rainforest and the Amazon communities that live here.
Guests that come to our Center often say they feel like “part of the family” with us – that’s no coincidence, as we are one big family at Arkana! The people that are with you throughout your experience can simply facilitate your own healing journey or become an integral part of it. Our experienced, loving, and professional team of caregivers welcomes you to join our tribe, where we strive to make you feel at home and at ease, supported and cared for with all the love and compassion that is at the core of the plant medicines and people we work with.
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine that offers us the opportunity to understand our true nature, by shining a light onto our darkness, and holding a mirror up to our fears, negative thought patterns, and self-limiting beliefs. We provide the environment and expertise of a team of highly skilled, warm, compassionate Shamans and facilitators to guide you through the process of awakening, of choosing differently, healing, and expanding. It is a slow but steady path towards freedom – from fear, from illusion, from self-constructed boundaries – resulting in a lighter, brighter, more authentic self, and the full experience of love. It is our honor to help you on this most fulfilling of all journeys: the journey back home.
Feel free to check out our reviews from previous guests, on here (AyaAdvisors) as well as our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PulseCustomTours/). Or, visit our website for more information and to book a retreat with us: www.pulsetours.com. We look forward to having you with us!
Lots of Love,
I am a U.S Army Veteran that was struggling with my own demons, single father, just divorced with 2 kids and mentally 6 feet under. There was nothing that the average human could do to pull me out of this mental state of mind. A friend told me about Ayahuasca and after doing my research I booked the 7 Day Sacred Valley Retreat. I was very open minded and open hearted as I had nothing else to give other than myself, what more did I have to lose? Long story short, the Arkana Retreat and their team are beyond anything I could ever imagine. They gave me the opportunity to literally rebirth my mind in seeing life with a new opportunity and to appreciate it from a different perspective. My experience was definitely priceless. Thank you Arkana Family for giving me this opportunity!
I attended a 14-day intensive ayahuasca retreat at the Arkana Spiritual Center in the amazon of Peru. I can only describe my individual experience as a fierce and magical life transformation. I would recommend this place to anyone who would like to make a spiritual break through. Also, for individuals who may have some unresolved trauma issues. I chose the Arkana Spiritual Center because it had a greater variety of medicines than other places during my research. Upon arrival I was properly greeted with instructions and integrated with the rest of my retreat group. Our retreat group consisted of approximately 18 personnel from all different walks of life. This made our interactions unique and engrossing. The amazon’s atmosphere was very therapeutic, photogenic, mesmerizing, safe, and relaxing. To sum it up, I would describe the environment and aura as a human’s paradise. Also, you are provided with a healthy diet to aid the plant medicine intake. Let me tell ya!! Whoever thought that healthy food was nasty, then this meal plan will certainly change your mind. The food at Arkana was finger licking good every day. During down time you have the option to attend several different planned activities such as, facilitated meditations, boat tours, fishing, swimming, feeding the monkeys bananas, hiking and holding the amazon’s sloths. All the events were planned and organized in a timely and professional manner.
Mother Ayahuasca gave me a spiritual revelation. My past traumas had prompted me to build a fortress around my sensitivities. The name of that fortress was called “ego”. My misconception was that the ego is necessity designed to protect a human’s emotional infrastructure. Mother Ayahuasca has shown me that I become free of chaos the moment that I release the space that the ego holds. However, losing control was has proven to be my most challenging task. George Addair once stated that “everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear”. Although, the fragile inner me is still a work in progress, Mother Ayahuasca has made me a by far better human being. I am grateful for the work that the shamans provided in aid of the plant medicine during my healing process. Most people don’t realize that the work that the shamans put in is very vigorous on their individual being. In retrospect, they are extremely dedicated miracle healers and it is a blessing to be touched by their magic.
Another medicine that I explored is called Sapo, which contains 5 MeO DMT. It known as the God or spirit molecule. I experienced an extreme state of happiness and love. The medicine infiltrated the draw bridge of my castle that guarded the gateway to my heart. I immediately became engulfed in love once the medicine took effect. It made me feel like a natural woman, as I began to nurture all the beautiful spirits around me. A lot of hugging and cradling took place in that space. It felt wonderful to embrace love again as epitome of nirvana and I mingled on the same plane. I have developed the moniker of” HugLife” due to my sapo 5 MeO DMT journey. Aka “The Eternal Hugger”, because I want this feeling forever.
Leaving this serine world was very difficult. It is truly a place where hope becomes reality. A magical healing universe, to sum it up. Thanks again to the shamans at the Arkana Spiritual Center for being our saviors.
I chose Arkana over many other Ayahuasca retreat centers for two reasons: I wanted to do it in Peru and I wanted to have four ceremonies (most places I looked into offered only three). After a life-changing, most magical week in the Amazon jungle, there is no double that I made an 100% right choice.
The ceremonies blew my mind. Three Peruvian Shamans along with facilitators played and sang Icaros all night long in pitch black darkness while mother Aya did work on us. We all shared our experiences in the group share time the next morning. Some had beautiful experience, some difficult, some extremely difficult. I particularly had two very difficult experiences. Without the help of the Shamans and facilitators of Arkana as well as my dear friends (who were total strangers only a few days ago) who were there for me I would not have been able to make it through.
Just in a week, I had life-changing epiphanies and made lifelong friends. I am forever thankful to Arkana. I miss the jungle and my jungle family. I know I will go back there soon.
I spent 3 weeks with this beautiful spiritual family. It’s hard to describe my experience in words but I’ll do my best. Outside of the birth of my 2 daughters this was the most profound experience of my life. Since I can remember I have struggles with feelings of self worth, at 4 I tried to hang myself with yarn from my doorknob, that was the 1st of many suicidal thoughts during my first 14 or so years. In my late 20’s/30s I hated my body, I was anorexic and then developed bulimia which put me in the hospital in 2015. It’s been 5 years since I binged and purged and even though the physical side of that disease was over the emotional/psychological side still had a hold on me…until now.
I showed up lost, hopeful, anxious and excited for the new chapter in my life. A chapter that needed to start out with feelings of love and gratitude for myself and others, my heart filled with love and the willing acceptance of help from Arkana staff, facilitators, shamans, the owner himself as well as the other spiritual warriors I met during my time there. What an amazing group of individuals that were all conspiring to make my life better than when I showed up.
The people surrounding you and participating in the ceremonies become family. There is no other way of describing it, and not a broken family, but one that was built on love first with no extraneous baggage. I made lifelong friends in just one week!
I had the pleasure of meeting some of the greatest teachers, both inside and outside of myself. In one amazing piece of magic Maestra Justina performed spiritual surgery to remove a negative energy blockage that had plagued me for sum 25+ years as chronic lower back pain. During the ceremony the energy moved from my lower back into my stomach area and was trying to “get away” from Justina. She was able to remove this blockage and my lower back pain has not returned – it’s been 3 weeks now! I knew I was in the presence of something incredible and magical and beyond understanding.
So how do I feel now? Every day I am reminded to keep my heart wide open for myself and for everyone around me, for we are all part of the divine and divinity lives within us. Our spirits are always connected and separation is only a construct of our egos, stories, and self doubt. I believe my life has changed, people say I have a glow, my children are happier than ever and I have re-learned play, happiness and creativity. Am I blissed out and unable to integrate back into a normal life – sure. But it’s not a normal life anymore, its an extraordinary one. One filled with life and love and happiness.
Thanks you Arkana, Jose, Coleman, Theo, and all the shamans and staff, you are truly special and I will never forget my re-birth and how this experience filled my heart with love and joy.
I leave you with a haiku.
Re-birth day, grateful
Re-learning play, happiness
Heart bursting with love
I’ll be back!
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!
Arkana changed my life.
It’s now been eight months since my visit and I’m still learning and growing from my experience at there each and every day. I’ve been able to overcome a lot of personal issues I was dealing with for many years and have a new found love for myself, for others and for life. I am now deeply connected to nature.
As a female solo traveler and it being my first time to South America, I did a ton of research online and ended up booking the 14 day Amazon to Machu Picchu Ayauasca Expedition. I chose Arkana because I was really interested in visiting both the Amazon and the Sacred Valley (the only retreat center in Peru I could find that offered this package) and I was very intrigued that Arkana offered several other sacred medicines in addition to Ayauasca, such as San Pedro, Bufo, Rapé, and Kambo (the most options offered by a retreat center I was able to find). This was such a big investment for me (and the best investment I’ve ever made for myself), I figured I might as well get as much out of the experience as possible regardless of how scary and unknown it seemed at the time.
Both facilities are extremely well-maintained and surrounded by the most beautiful nature. The food was delicious and the group activities were very well thought out and fun. During one of the activities, a monkey jumped out of a tree and onto our boat and decided to sit right next to me while allowing me to pet it for several minutes. I fell in love with the sloths we were able to hold during another group activity. They were adorable.
I’m so grateful for my experience at Arkana and for all of the wonderful facilitators, shamans and staff members who helped me along my healing journey. Their love, compassion and genuine care for my experience made me feel so safe and comforted throughout my time at Arkana. The icaros and other music played and sung was simply breathtaking.
If you are looking to make positive changes in your life with unlimited personal and spiritual growth, consider Arkana. It’s an experience that changed my life and one that I will never forget.
My 3 weeks at Arkana Spiritual Center in the Sacred Valley around 4 months ago were among the best of my life. All staff members – shamans, facilitators, chefs, cleaning personnel – are amazing and very dedicated to their jobs. They made me feel safe at all times, even during very difficult trips. Also, the facilities are great, with very nice housing, ceremony room, hammocks and meditation tent. Like many other people, I underestimated the amount of work that is needed to integrate the experiences into my regular life after the retreat. I had a very difficult time afterwards, but managed to reconnect to (most of) the clarity and strength found at Arkana a bit later. Integration is discussed at Arkana, but there could be more concrete pointers for everyday life, or more comprehensive aftercare. Except for that, everything was top notch, and I’d come back to this wonderful place without any hesitation!
I have done ayahuasca before but never with actual shamans (people who have undergone plant dietas). The power of the shamanic icaros cannot be overstated. It was like he reached inside of me and pulled out years of pain with his song. It is hard to believe until you experience it. Also they made visiting Machu Picchu painless.
Admittedly I was nervous about going to Peru for my first Ayahuasca experience because I didn’t know what to expect. But, Arkana gave me a truly beautiful experience that helped me heal and grow alongside some wonderful, likeminded spirits. If you are contemplating traveling to Arkana Spiritual Center, I assure you there is no better choice! Everything about this place is exactly what you could want from an experience like this. It is safe, clean, beautiful, and tranquil. The staff is all incredibly kind and loving, and the other travelers will quickly become your tribe. Deciding to go on an Ayahuasca retreat is a big decision, but choosing Arkana should be the easiest part!
I went to Arkana Sacred Valley for a one-week ayahuasca retreat with my husband and it was the most transformational experience I ever had. I hadn’t even heard about ayahuasca when my husband and I first decided to take a trip to Peru. He knew a little about it from a friend twenty years ago and it has been on his radar since then. So, we did a whole lot of research about ayahuasca and the numerous retreats in Peru and decided on Arkana. They had a lot of clear details on their website which gave me a sense of security and I am so grateful that we chose Arkana. We had a Skype meeting with an Arkana facilitator before going which they do with all their participants, and he answered everything that was still in question.
We were greeted at Arkana with traditional music. The grounds are cozy with hammocks, a yurt and comfortable chairs to sit and meditate in or to hang out and chat with the other retreaters. There is a bounty of fruit and tea is always available. I was also pleasantly surprised at the rooms which were comfortable and had a private bathroom with shower. The meals were fresh and tasty although I did miss my spices, which are not a part of the ayahuasca diet.
I loved all the activities and workshops that were planned: the morning yoga, the temazcal (sweat lodge), the sound healing and breath work; it was all well organized and supported the other work we were doing. Which leads me to the ayahuasca ceremonies.
I admit that I arrived with some hesitation, but I have never had such an informative and transformational experience in my life. The shamans were sensitive and made me feel safe and each ceremony was unique and extremely powerful. I learned so much about myself; my past, my present, my emotions and thoughts and it allowed a powerful clarity that continues informing me every day. The supporting facilitators were also fabulous; so giving, loving, kind and present. I felt safe and well taken care of in their hands. You are given a personal arkana (chant/song) by the shaman in your last ceremony that they record and send to you. I listen to mine often so that I can connect, be supported and reminded of my time. It has proved to be extremely useful.
I also tried Sapo and San Pedro which they offered. I had an incredible Sapo experience which connected me to a Universal Love that filled me completely. I felt completely safe and cared for in this ritual. I had the best massage while I was there too. Overall, my time at Arkana is a time I will never forget.
My experience at Arkana was eye-opening, life changing and amazing! I was in search of an ayahuasca retreat perfect for me and spent weeks searching. I found out about Arkana and I knew to follow my gut and am so glad I did. Arkana earns its high reputation for a reason. I spent a week totally submerged in the jungle and have been back home now for 4 months and haven’t stopped thinking about it. At Arkana you are safe and at home. Incredible ground staff and shamans, couldn’t ask for anything more.
Arkana is more than a place to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies. The shamans and staff there have created a spiritual experience, with other ceremonies, discussions, and activities in addition to drinking ayahuasca. The setting, icaros, other music played as the ayahuasca ceremonies were ending, and community created were fantastic; it was impressive how all of the activities flowed together. I was happily surprised by the amount of attention that each of us were given. My week at Arkana was one of the best experiences ever.
Ayahuasca at Arkana changed my life!
From the moment I stepped off the boat I felt an instant connection to the land and the people. We were greeted by young girls dancing shoeless while drums were being beaten and a flute was blown in the background.
Our facilitator greeted us with the biggest smile and warm hello, followed by a refreshing juice.
He then proceeded to lead us around the facilities and if first impressions count, these guys know how to work it!
First of all the place is immaculate, with in house cleaners doing everything from changing the bed sheets daily to cleaning the bathrooms and even doing your washing upon request.
There is an unlimited supply of fresh fruit and tea in the kitchen.
Meals are super healthy yet ridiculously tasty whilst following the Ayahuasca dieta and everything is laid out in buffet style so you can virtually help yourself to as much or as little as you want.
Everyone is lovely and the atmosphere is one of unconditional love and acceptance!
Then there are the ceremonies themselves. WOW.
With the 30+ years of experience coming from Maestro Justina herself (not to mention the other 3 shamans we were lucky enough to have) the space was filled with potent knowledge and wisdom handed down over thousands of years through the Shipibo lineage.
Combining that wisdom with our highly trained facilitators there was an underlying sense of peace and contentment, knowing we were in good hands allowed us to surrender into the safe container.
A short review wont do my visit any justice and I need not write about my own personal experience or you would be here for days trying to read it all.
But I want to finish with this.
I left Arkana Spiritual Centre a changed man. Lighter, more refreshed, relaxed, clear headed and with a deep sense of connectedness to myself and nature. I was literally vibrating on the way out.
As I write this almost 3 months I can testify that the experience has had a profound effect on my state of being.
There are many places offering Ayahuasca ceremonies but Id be shocked if anyone could put together the same kind of experience as Arkana.
From the Shamans to the sheets, EVERYTHING was perfect.
If you’re feeling the call, do it!
Thank you Arkana, you changed my life.
I was inspired to look into an ayahuasca retreat after reading “The Dream” by Chris Taylor. I looked at several options, and it was clear to me that Arkana Spiritual Center in the Sacred Valley was the best choice. From the beginning stages of planning, my contact and communication with Arkana was important for my decision to visit and work with them. They were very informative and caring, offering advice and preliminary steps to be taken prior to arriving, regarding diet, fitness and travel. Through the Arkana guidance, my travel was smooth and coordinated well with a visit to Cusco. I was afforded either a shuttle or a cab from the airport to Cusco and later to the Sacred Valley. Upon my arrival at Arkana Sacred Valley, there was an immediate sense of peace and harmony both from the natural surroundings and the wonderful people working there. There was more a sense of family and community than staff and guests. I was immediately relaxed and at ease as well as feeling energized and inspired. The care and attention provided from everyone at Arkana allowed me to feel as if I were the #1 priority, even though there were other guests. The work of the staff regarding the ayahuasca ceremonies was amazing. After gathering personal information regarding what I was hoping to achieve in a very casual setting with the shaman and others, I felt as if each ceremony was curated and focused on me. That I was in a reciprocal relationship with everyone, and that their focus was to enable me to be open to receive all of what was being offered. Each and every ritual and ceremony was filled with so much energy of love, caring and compassion that words cannot do it justice or hardly describe it. I feel as if I were opened up and allowed to have the deepest parts of my spirit revealed, released, nurtured and re-energized. I reconnected to parts of myself I had buried or forgotten. I learned so much about myself and the universe and about my connection to everyone and everything in it. Arkana opens doors and allows for one to venture outward in so many directions. I have been reborn and have embarked on the fulfillment of my life’s journey. Aside from the ayahuasca ceremonies, there were guided visits to local towns and Machu Picchu which were vibrant, colorful and amazing. The food provided at Arkana was wonderful, especially for someone like myself with dietary restrictions. The wonderful people of Arkana are gifted healers who have given me new life.
It has been about a month since I first ventured into the Amazon jungle and arrived at Arkana Spiritual Centre. This was my first Ayahuasca retreat and I can not imagine going anywhere else in the future. The whole process runs like a well oiled machine; the activities were great, the food was nourishing, Jose and the team of facilitators are a group of warm, insightful, and magical humans. They each care deeply, hold space for each individual and have an ability to create a feeling of safety and trust almost immediately. The energy in the jungle brings another level of magic to the experience. Combined with the power of the shamans, this is an experience not to miss. Working with the shames, especially Justina was beautiful and if nothing else, I feel blessed to have witnessed their culture so intimately. This was one of the most significant weeks of my life. I have come back to friends and family saying that I am radiating a new energy that they just can’t quite put their finger on. I cannot wait to continue my integration and return for more. Thank you, Arkana.
Wow. I don’t know where to begin. It’s only been a little over a week since I left Arkana. I’m still processing the whole experience and the medicine is still working on me, but I can say it’s been truly amazing. This place is magical and beautiful. I felt safe and at home right away. The facilitators and shamans make this place, all of them are unconditionally loving and they truly care for everyone on the retreat.
This is the perfect place to experience Ayahuasca.
Thank you everyone at Arkana, for everything <3
My son and I went to Arkana Spiritual centre in the scared valley Peru. I can’t begin to tell you want an amazing time we had. We went on spiritual journey that took us both to the most unexpected places. I of course can only really speak of my journey and how I learned more about myself in that week than in my whole 56 years on this earth.
It all started with me asking my son if he wanted to trek Machu Picchu with me of the Easter break. He had other ideas and asked if we could go to a retreat in the scared Valley Called Arkana Spiritual Centre. Part of this was to do the Ayahuasca Ceremony, which I had never heard of, but I trusted my son and was willing to give it ago.
On our arrival to Arkana Spiritual Centre nestled next to the Urubamba River amongst the beautiful Andean Mountains, we were welcome by the staff and some local ladies with lamas in tow, for an Aussie this was very surreal. The moment I arrived, I felt very calm the staff were just wonderful and the food was so much more than I expected it was sensational.
So the first night we did the Ayahuasca Ceremony I had no idea what to expect, I was surprisingly calm the staff and especially the shamans made you feel that way. When I took the plant base medicine I was very relaxed the shaman start to sing and I was transported. What I saw and felt is for me and I really can’t explain the journey I took, but I can say that night was the start of my life changing. The following nights of doing the Ayahuasca Ceremony did really three main things for me.
1. Showed me what is holding me back from true happiness
2. How to get rid those things
3. It gave me clear directions for my life.
I can’t explain how it works, but doing the Ayahuasca Ceremony revealed to me how we are all interconnected with each other and with every other living creature and plant. The amazing thing is the shaman’s singing is calming, you feel the vibrations of the song going through you, calming you, directing you. As I said before it was the most amazing experience I have ever had, and how luck was I to have this experience with my son.
The Arkana Spirutal Centre is very professional, providing a very safe environment for all those that attend. I would recommend this to anyone who feels lost who wants to reconnect to their spirituality. I personally can’t wait for my next experience
I had never tried psychedelics before and was unsure how to safely go about it. After reading Chris Taylor’s The Dream, a first person account of his experience with Arkana and ayahuasca, I signed up for a week long retreat in the Sacred Valley of Peru. My time at Arkana and my experience with ayahuasca exceeded all of my expectations. Specific info was provided prior to the journey about how to prepare myself mentally and physically, what to pack, along with a medical history interview, and contact info for any questions that came up.
The Arkana Spiritual Center setting was beautiful with comfortable accommodations, an attentive staff and excellent food. The stay incorporated several day trips to local towns accompanied by guides, including a trip to Machu Picchu. The outings, along with other onsite daytime activities, were a marvelous contrast to the ayahuasca enhanced spiritual journeys in the evenings. San Pedro and Bufo were also incorporated in spiritual endeavors. The shaman and the facilitators that guided our ayahuasca experiences were knowledgeable and focused entirely on our individual goals and overall wellbeing. Their advice extended to re-integration strategies and has guided me in the year since my journey. My experience with Arkana was life altering, and I can’t imagine undertaking that kind of journey with any other group. I would highly recommend Arkana to anyone looking for a caring, supportive, reverent journey into your own inner reality.
I loved everything about my Ayahuasca journey with Arkana! This center does a wonderful job making you feel at home and part of the family, providing gentle support and encouragement in facing what you have come for – either clearing, healing or rebooting. The shamans are amazing: the trust they have with Ayahuasca and their icaros are simply otherworldly. Each Ayahuasca ceremony was mind-blowing – authentic and powerful, thanks to the presence of the shamans and all of the facilitators. They carry you through every step of the process: from setting up an intention, holding space, icaros, bringing you back and integration. Waking up to the primordial forces of Life could be both beautiful and difficult, and I believe is important for the healing and evolution of our souls. I would recommend Arkana to any solo-woman traveler
I went to Arkana’s ayahuasca retreat in November 2019. I can’t say that it was an easy week but it change. my. life. The space is absolutely beautiful, the facilitators have an incredible amount of wisdom and make you feel SO safe and loved. The food was healthy and delicious, I couldn’t recommend Arkana enough. Put together so well. I’ve never been happier and healthier now that I have some time in to the integration process. If you’ve gotten the call to ayahuasca, Arkana is the place to go!
I went to Arkana’s ayahuasca retreat in November 2019. I can’t say that it was an easy week but it changed. my. life. The space is absolutely beautiful, the facilitators have an incredible amount of wisdom and make you feel SO safe and loved. The food was healthy and delicious, I couldn’t recommend Arkana enough. Put together so well. I’ve never been happier and healthier now that I have some time in to the integration process. If you’ve gotten the call to ayahuasca, Arkana is the place to go!
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The following retreat took place January 5th-11th.
My stay at Arkana Spiritual retreat got off to a rocky start. I got sick during the Kambo ceremony and chose not to participate in the retreats first Ayahuasca ceremony of the new year. Arkana was not at fault with me getting sick. I made an error on how I wanted the venom administered into my system. Normally, the Kambo administer would inject two small doses of venom in a particular area of a body. It could be the left or right shoulder, knee, ankle and etc. Or one could have an injection different areas of the body. In my case, I had him inject the first dose of venom in my right shoulder and the second injection on my left knee. I realized hours later this was a mistake because I had not purged enough of the venom out of my system. I thought I did, but this wasn’t the case. So instead of feeling refreshed and energized due to the venom’s ability to remove toxins out of my body, instead it made me feel fatigued, dizzy and bloated due to the venom remaining in my system. The Shamans and facilitators were able to fix me, but it was not a fun experience and I learned my lesson. The next time I partake in a Kambo ceremony, stick to one area of the body! At least in my opinion. I also regret not taking part in the Ayahuasca ceremony regardless of my illness from residual residue of the Kambo. I shouldn’t have been afraid because Ayahuasca is a healing agent, not a curse. I think the lesson here is regardless of your level of sickness, the plant medicine is there to help you, not hurt you.
So my second Ayahuasca ceremony was my first ceremony and again I made some mistakes that made my experience somewhat uncomfortably intense.
I think during the second ceremony I tried to hard to make up for that first ceremony. I tried to hard to make it work. I tried to force the process and did not let the plant medicine properly work it’s magic. I learned through research that purging is a method used by the plant medicine to cleanse the body of negative emotions, stress and physical toxins. Due to my eagerness to make up for the first ceremony, I tried to force myself to purge. Sometimes I would stick my hand down my throat or drink a lot of water in an attempt to expedite the process. This is NOT what you are suppose to do during the ceremony. You do NOT stick your hand down your throat, and you never drink water during the ceremony. Water enhances the effects of the medicine on your mind and body. When the ceremony was over my stomach was in a lot of pain due to my actions. Thankfully(and once again) the Shamans and facilitators made me better.
Now don’t get me wrong, the ceremony wasn’t a complete disaster. As a matter of fact it was rather insightful. I just wish I’d been more patient and not try to force the magic, but let the magic come when it is ready to come. Remember, Ayahuasca is the teacher, you are the student. Be the student! Don’t interrupt the teacher or she will “interrupt” you!
My third ceremony at Arkana went much better than the second. Instead of being anxious and on red alert, I simply lied down to freely allow the medicine to do it’s work. I don’t remember exactly everything that happened, but what I do know is the medicine worked more on healing my body on a physical level than on a spiritual or emotional level. When the ceremony was over I was extremely tired and was still “tripping” from the medicine, while most of the other people in the group were chatting about their experience in a gleeful manner. Anyway, I eventually made it to my room and the next morning I felt pretty good.
The last and final ceremony was by far the most profound and enlightening experience of my entire week at the Arkana retreat. Since it was the last ceremony of the retreat I took a larger dose of Ayauhasca. Add that along with the presence of a full moon probably amplified the experience of the ceremony 10 fold. I was able to go deeper with the medicine and saw things that blew my mind. I saw a type of code designed in somewhat of an alien like manner. I saw the galaxy slowly expand before my very eyes, but I didn’t just see the galaxy, I was a PART of the galaxy. It was beautiful thing to witness, yet frightening and very overwhelming. It was a power I was not sure I was capable of handling nor was I sure if I wanted to wield such power.
I’m not sure what else happened after that, but I do remember the deeper I went the more I felt I was losing my sense of humanity. I felt like I was turning into something akin to an animal or a lizard. I am not sure how I cam to this realization, but I decided I needed to regain my sense of humanity so I started taking deep breaths. I would breathe deeply and slowly until I got my body under control. Once my body was under control I was able to sit up in a somewhat ugly lotus position and in that ugly position I continued to breathe deeply and slowly doing my best to send healing energy to others who needed help. The songs the Shamans would sing during the ceremony were a HUGE help. Their kind and lovely melody really kept me grounded. It kept me sane. This ceremony felt longer than usual and I don’t know if it WAS longer than usual, all I know is I felt exhausted yet incredibly satisfied because through the ups and downs of my madness I found the answer to my intention. I wanted to know how I could better treat other people as if they loved me. Now the answer I got might be obvious to many, but to me it was somewhat of a revelation. The medicine told me to help other and put their needs first. Not all the time, but just enough to show them you appreciate them and that you see them for who they are. You see them, you know them and you love them and if they ever need anything you will be there for them to help them if the need it, love them if you can.
I took a half a cup of Ayahuasca during my first and second ceremony. My third and final ceremony of the week I took a 3/4th cup. I admit taking part in this retreat was somewhat nerve racking because I was not sure what the medicine was going to show me. I wasn’t sure if it was going to show me a horror movie or a movie full of love, hope and happiness. I guess you can say it gave me a bit of both, but looking back, I realized I could have gone MUCH deeper with the medicine. Weight and size(I weigh 120lbs) does not matter with Mother Ayahuasca because all she cares about is your intention and motivation. If you are honest with her, she will be honest with you in a firm but loving manner. She will not hurt nor harm you, but will shock you if she feels you need a wake up call.
I hope to someday come back to Arkana and when I do I intend to go deeper with the medicine. If I stay for a week I will attempt to increase my dosage of Ayahuasca each ceremony by one cup. If I go this route, I will attempt to drink 4 cups of the medicine on the fourth and final ceremony(if the Shamans allow me to do so). Taking four cups might be a little extreme, but it has been done before and will be done again in the years to come. If I stay for two weeks(Arkana one week/Sacred Valley the next) I will increase my dosage by half a cup. And again, if I go this route, by the seventh and final ceremony I will attempt to take 4 cups of Ayahuasca(again, with the Shamans blessings).
I’m not doing this to brag or pound my chest. I’m just tired of being afraid to attempt to be the person I know I can be. I’m afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I’m afraid to be free. I think the only way to overcome that fear is to face it head on. I need to let the medicine take me to the deep end of the water and force me to swim my way out. I want to be challenged. I want to be pushed to my maximum limit to the extent that if I survive this ordeal I will come to better understand and fully appreciate the beauty and preciousness of freedom. I will understand it. I will love it and I will not be afraid to embrace it in my everyday life and not worry what others may think, say or do when I act this way because I’ve been on dark side of the moon for too damn long and I want to see the sunny side of Venus if only for a minute to tell her that I love her and hope she can love me despite all my flaws, fears and imperfections.
I hope this review has been helpful to you and I hope you will learn from my mistakes, my victories, my struggles and my joys during my stay at Arkana. Mother Ayahuasca is a beautiful medicine and I wish I had the power and ability to give it to those who need it more than I do because the world if filled with those who need it more than the dark side of the moon needs them.
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Last fall, I was privileged to attend Arkana’s combined two week program; starting my first week in the jungle and finishing in the Sacred Valley. I could not find a better place for me , this has been without a doubt the most transformational two weeks of my existence and I will be forever grateful to these people for helping me get my life back.
I grew up in a broken home, physically and mentally abused by an alcoholic father. Early on I turned to all kinds of drugs to escape my reality at home. This sent me in a downward spiral where I lost myself for years. I tried different solutions, in and out of rehab clinics to no avail. I was in a very desperate situation and at times thought of ending my life. It wasnt until a friend of mine last summer recommended that I look into Ayahuasca. After doing thorough research I settled for Arkana because of their stellar reviews and their program that offered different medicines.
From the very first moment where I exchanged emails with Liliana, I knew this was the right place for me, she kindly answered all of my questions and encouraged me to attend to get healed. Upon my arrival to Iquitos, my last minute nerves and anxiety quickly dissipated as soon as I met Jose and the rest of his team. Every single detail was taken care of with flawless execution, from the check in, to the transportation, the meals, the welcome reception. It was as if I was coming home to the jungle. The ceremonies in the jungle, were intense and some quite difficult. I had to face all of the darkness Ive accumulated over the years with my addiction. Maestra Justina their main shaman, a lovely old woman that embodies the wisdom of the plants never gave up on me. Like a skilled surgeon she helped me clean all of my trauma and all of my demons. As the week progressed the dark veil started to lift and I could see light at the end of the tunnel.
During my second week I continued my treatment in the Sacred Valley with Justina’s brother Maestro Armando. He helped me reconnect with my true self I lost many years ago and forgive myself for all the harm Ive caused to others. The highlight of my two weeks was Sapo (5MeO DMT) which connected me back to source and gave me a perspective on what universal consciousness really means. I found that their program is carefully orchestrated and all of the medicines / activities work in tandem to produce the best possible outcome.
For the first time in years, Im happy to be alive and excited about the future. Arkana’s Ayahuasca retreat gave me a new perspective on life and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you to all of people that were a part of my journey: Jose, Fernanda, Gloria, Emilie, Justina, Armando. Im proud to call you family. Please keep doing the work you are doing, keep spreading your love and light to a world that desperately needs it.
Ayahuasca is not a magic overnight pill that cures all, but for those of you willing to face your worst darkness and put in the work, the payoff is totally worth it all. If you feel the calling, please do yourself a favor and book with Arkana, you will be in the hands of the most skilled healers who will always have your best interest at heart. Read past any outlier reviews and find comfort in the hundreds of reviews of people who like me turned their lives around.
As a final note I want to comment on the group size. I read some people commenting about the ceremony being too full, my take on this was completely opposite. To me being in a group of 18 people was a big plus to my experience. You share very intimate moments with your new family, and I could really feel the love from each individual, I thoroughly enjoyed that. In my mind a crowded ceremony is a place with 80 people like they do in a very well known center in Costa Rica.
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Ill be happy to talk to you about my experience.
Arkana’s an adventure love story. You are in the middle of the Amazon jungle. You are Jonah and the Whale swallows you whole. Inside the whale is a shaman. The shaman is the Great Mother. She’s your spirit guide. You have no reason to fear. Parts of you will die off like deadwood, and in their place will bloom love, meaning and wonder. It is the eternal death and rebirth. Anybody that has truly affected humankind has had a withdrawal + return cycle. Each citizen of Ancient Greece participated in the Eleusinian mysteries. It was a rite of passage. If you’re hearing the call, then your rite of passage is Ayahuasca.
This place is sacred. There’s not many sacred places left. Arkana fills you with awe. It offers you an inexhaustible source of transformative insight. You’ll encounter spirits you never thought were real, and wise elders you’ve been dying to meet. I dream of making love to Emilie’s soul! Jose is the heroic father I never had, a true beacon of light radiating through the entire planet, through all of us, Arkana’s children. I’ve made lifelong friends. We all continue to share music, pain, grief, insights, journeys and love. Plants are great teachers. I am eternally grateful for Arkana, the people, Ayahuasca, 5-MEO Sapo. Every moment since I left has confirmed that Arkana is an integral part of our story, the one that changes the western dream of dominating nature and shows us the one real truth – the interrelatedness of all being. SOHUM.
Last February I decided it was time to heal. I had been sexually abuse in 3 different occasions by 3 different people. I was so lost in pain and fear, I hear the call from mother ayahuasca and started my search for the best location for my journey. I read many reviews about Arkana and watch many YouTube videos to me my safety as well as authenticity and integrity of the place was very important.
After booking my retreat at Arkana in sacred valley. I was contacted by a doctor, needless to say that was a big PLUS for me. The doctor ask about my diet, health and pharmaceutical medications, he then gave me a specific diet for me to follow so that the ayahuasca medicine will work best.
Upon arriving to Cusco there was a shuttle waiting for all who will be a part of the journey and took us to arkana. Arkana in sacred valley is beautiful the rooms are so confortable, nice bathroom and they provide you with delicious meals cater to your diet needs, for example I am vegan so they had great options for me.
I met the wonderful shipibo shamans that would be sitting with me in ceremony. They asked me what would I like to work on and then they gave me plants to drink every morning to help me heal.
I had 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, everyone’s experience is different as for me the medicine truly healed a lot, specially fear as fear doesn’t really exist. I am in love with life and with healing, now I’m in a mission of healing with Mother Nature and all her children to co-create in peace and love.
Ps. A year later mother ayahuasca continues to help me and bring me beautiful ayahuasca brothers and sisters who are in this healing path as well. There’s so much beauty in this world
I really don’t even know where I can begin. Arkana spiritual center has truly been the most life-changing and profound experience of my past 27 years on this Earth. Arkana and Ayahuasca have changed my life. It would be impossible to put onto paper or into words the experience I had. Words cannot explain the feeling of intuitive understanding. Since language was created by man, it is inherently as limited as man is. It’s like when a person says “I can’t seem to find the words to express how I feel”. The feeling I had is is a similar feeling to that. Feeling is an emotion which in most situations can only be felt or understood and not verbalized. But in any case, I will do my best to explain the Awakening that I had at Arkana.
So to start, Ayahuasca has been the deepest psychedelic experience out of all of my previous experiences and I have had MANY. Nothing even comes close. I found and traveled through a wormhole to what people refer to as Enlightenment / Nirvana. I realized “The light at the end of the tunnel” or “The final destination” on one’s spiritual journey and the final destination is “God Consciousness”. While at arkana I realized that I was God, not made in the image of, but actually God, as in the creator of this universe and everything in it. The overall experience that I had at arkana brought me to realize who and what God is. God is our mind being used at 100%. There are large parts of our brains that we do not know how to use and if we did we would inch closer and closer to realizing that God Is our minds, God is in all of us, but until we unlock large portions of our brains capabilities we will never realize this fundamental truth and will continue giving our power, authority and belief to entities, beings, and deities outside of ourselves because we are blind to the fact that we have God and everything we need right inside of us. This thing we call Consciousness or mind is what God is but it’s this Consciousness or mind being fully used and utilized to its full potential. All human beings have God in their head.
While they are incarnated in this realm, we are only given default access to only 5% of minds power and therefore cannot realize that there’s another 95% that is accessible. This is because while we are experiencing this human existence, we identify with the “self” and therefore lose sight of all else. We are given an ego to be able to navigate in this realm but it is given at the cost of forgetting who we truly are. To incarnate from soul beings to human beings we make a trade which can be likened to trading everything for nothing. We give up infinite knowledge of all things for a chance to experience things and have feelings which is something only humans have. It’s like we sign up to be players in a game that we actually created but without the knowledge that we created it. The best analogy I can use is as follows:
It’s like the creator of Grand Theft Auto wanted to experience his game / creation so bad from the actual players point of view that he entered the game himself and erased all memory of his total knowledge of how the game works so that the experience could be fun and so that he could naturally learn how to beat his own creation. Coming into the game with knowledge of how the game works would in essence be cheating and would take away the fun of playing and finding out the way it was meant for us to. It would suck to create a game and enter the game with full knowledge of how you created it so you can easily cheat your way to the top. A much better experience would be to enter the game with no knowledge of how it works and see how many lives it would take for you to win the game fair and square. This is what God has done.
Every human being in existence is a form of God experiencing itself, trying to beat itself. This is what spirituality is. Spirituality is the road to beating the game. Without spiritual wisdom and understanding you are destined to keep dying and repeating the process of life over and over until you figure out how to beat the game. And this game never ends, it is going to continue infinitely because that is how it was made. The reason spirituality is the key, is because ultimately, spirituality will lead you to understanding that you created the game and will therefore and only at that point can you unlock the powers that the ultimate Creator obviously has access to. It’s like playing Grand Theft Auto and Until you realize you are God you never have access to the cheat codes…
This is what 7 days at Arkana has brought me to realize. Everything about the entire experience was perfect. The staff at Arkana have truly created a sanctuary and a safe haven where someone can go and find the answers to every question they have ever had. I know ayahuasca is the sacred medicine that brought about my realization but I truly feel that the environment of Arkana is what made the trip as impactful as it was. Their staff is so amazing. I have never felt as much love from strangers as what I felt with the Arkana facilitators. They are the real gems. the actual center itself is so beautiful and so secluded that it is like being in a fantasy world away from the real world. I really cant say enough about this place.
After my first trip in June of 2019 I returned 6 months later and brought my younger sister with me. The 2nd trip was even more amazing then the first. I made a commitment to myself that I would do all that I can to send everyone that I love to Arkana so they can experience what I experienced. It has been that impactful in my life. I have made the decision to travel here at minimum once yearly just to refresh and press the reset button on my life. In my opinion, this place is heaven on earth.
And by the way, I am not some hippie type spiritual nut. I am a successful entrepreneur from New York. I own two businesses and employ over 20 people. I am 28yrs old and consider myself an intellectual person who I do not give praise lightly. I am a hard person to impress because that’s just the way i am. But Arkana has literally brought me to my knees in sheer awe and amazement. I absolutely love Arkana and you will too. Peace and Blessings to you all. I wish you a safe journey! God is Great! Love. Rasean
Where do you even begin to write a review about something that changes your life so dramatically. Arkana Spiritual Center is simply amazing and transformative. Jose has procured such a perfect combination of facilitators, shamans, staff and locations to help anyone achieve the Healing they seek. Ayahuasca is a powerful plant medicine and these days there are so many healers and retreats, that finding the right one is so very important. As soon as you arrive to Arkana, you feel the positive healing energy and it doesn’t ever stop. If you are at a point in your life that Mother Aya is calling to you, there is no better destination for your spiritual journey. Just like everyone else, I had doubts and reservations and was skeptical about the medicine. Jose and his staff put me at ease right away, and changed my life over the course of just one week. I am happier, stronger, more focused and more confident in my life journey, and I will definitely be going back to learn more, explore and grow further.
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Hello, my name is Laura B. I just attended the Arkana Center one week retreat, and I am compelled with a deep sense of respect and gratitude to share my experience. I went to Arkana mainly with the intention of addressing the worsening depression and anxiety I’ve experienced for most of my life that has been ‘treated’ with medications. I felt like they really weren’t helping adequately, and heard that ayahuasca can be very therapeutic, especially in a ceremonial setting.
I’ll try to be brief, but let me just express that this was one of the most incredible, insightful, profound experiences of my life. It wasn’t even the part the medicine played, it was so much more. The knowledge shared by the staff, the loving healing energy bestowed by the shamans, the honesty that people exhibited when expressing themselves, the kind support offered by everyone there- those are just a few of the things you can expect at Arkana.
I believe the way to get the most out of your experience is to have an open mind, be completely honest, and trust in the process. Taking the medicine wasn’t always what I expected, but I was open to the possibilities of what I could learn, and I am walking away with more positive, empowering, healing lessons than I could have possibly hoped to acquire in such a short time.
Come prepared knowing that the jungle is a harsh environment; be appreciative that wherever you’re from isn’t probably so hot, humid, or filled with mosquitoes. Have some realistic expectations that you may be slightly uncomfortable physically, but use this as yet another opportunity to learn and be filled with a sense of gratitude, as I certainly was.
Good luck moving forward. I hope this review helps if you are undecided whether this is something that could benefit your life. It was an absolute Godsend for me and definitely worth the price. I am referring several of my loved ones who I feel would benefit from a retreat, and am already thinking of revisiting someday.
Arkana Spiritual Center was absolutely amazing!
José and his team were great in every way. I felt very safe the entire time I was there. The food was very tasty and wonderful. The place is clean and very well maintained.
My experience at Arkana was more than I could ever expect. I see my life as pre Arkana and post Arkana. I am a changed man.
Trust the process, go with love and do the work.
It is worth every penny and more! Oh, get the Sapo experience, it is worth it.
A 5-star review doesn’t do justice to the remarkable environment and experience that Arkana has cultivated. While I knew little about Ayahuasca prior to my journey, I will forever be grateful for whatever drew me to Arkana. It quickly became clear that set and setting were of the utmost importance in their approach to healing. I am still amazed at the selflessness and dedication displayed by all of their healers. The family they have assembled is truly a miracle in itself, I will cherish having met all of the guides, many of whom I still chat with regularly.
The center also embodied a commitment to authenticity. The rooms were quaint but minimalist in nature, fitting of the experience. The food was some of the best I have ever had, prepared by a chef who was as much a part of the experience as any of the staff.
The Shamans were beyond words. Their respect for everyone involved, their dedication to healing, exceeded all expectations. There were several occasions they spent significant time working with individuals that needed additional assistance even after ceremony had concluded.
But more than anything else, the family of healers that Arkana has attracted made it the most powerful and important experience of my life. They were tireless in their approach to healing, leaving no stone unturned.
There is not another place I would ever go, nor recommend. If you are thinking about this experience, save yourself the time, trepidation, and questions and book with confidence. You will not regret putting your trust in the hands of these special people.
I had the privilege of staying over 2 weeks at Arkana Spiritual Center – one week in the Amazon jungle, and one week in the sacred valley.
First of all, allow me to say how incredibly powerful Maestra Justina is and her healing abilities. Her icaros and presence is unlike anything I’ve experienced. She performed a chonta (physic surgery) on me by sucking on my neck (which had an energetic blockage) and spat out a fish bone! My skeptical mind tried to rationalise this experience, but after seeing her perform this on many others (even without the medicine and in pure daylight!). I am now a believer. It’s like witnessing magic right in front of your eyes which is a sight to behold! Going to Arkana is worth it, just to experience Justina’s sheer power and beautiful ceremonies.
Arkana Spiritual Center is run very professionally. And while the accomodation is quite luxurious, with the best ayahuasca diet food I’ve tried, very friendly staff, awesome chill out area, but of course the most important aspect of going to an ayahuasca retreat is the medicine and shamans. Well like I said before, Maestra Justina is a legit medicine woman that will blow your mind. And the other shamans are also powerful and have great icaros that harmonise Justina’s voice just perfectly. These shamans aren’t trying to compete with each other out of ego, but instead they perform with perfect chemistry like a band that’s been together for many decades.
The medicine is cooked on the premises (in the jungle), and is very consistent. There are no other plant additives, just the chakruna and ayahuasca vine. This means that you will be drinking the same batch for the time you will be staying which makes it much easier to measure your dose.
This is the third retreat I’ve attended, and while it has been a long while since I have consumed the medicine, I’m glad I did because I healed the PTSD I was carrying and shed off unwanted dead weight while clarifying my purpose. Of course I could go on all day about my deep experience, but overall my ayahuasca ceremonies were profound and life changing. Like many of my past ayahuasca experiences, I had moments of tremendous darkness, but this was something I had to revisit and heal from. This plant technology is a master storyteller that conducted my experience like a perfectly written movie. It’s like ayahuasca knew how long I was staying and what exact experience to present me with every ceremony. It seriously boggles my mind every time.
My huachuma ceremony at the sacred valley was pure magic. It was like hanging out with my cosmic gentle grandfather teaching me about life and processing my ayahuasca journeys and life so far.
My sapo experience (at the end of my stay) was probably the most profound experience of my life which allowed me to let go of the huge burden in my heart which included grief and deep existential terror of death. I merged with God and went back to place where I come from and where I’m going. When I came back to this physical reality I cried out of gratitude just because I was human again living this spectacular existence.
I left the retreat very grounded and having a much stronger sense of who I am and what I’m here to do which is very empowering.
Jose – the owner of Arkana is my brother, and is very genuine and truly cares about all the people who attend. I’m very grateful to have met my new Arkana family and witness their profound transformations. It has truly been a blessing reconnecting with these powerful plants at this retreat.
Much love to Arkana for facilitating this experience.
I went to Arkana Sacred Valley with my wife and we will forever talk about our lives as pre- and post- our ayahuasca retreat. It was the most eye-opening and rejuvenating experience I’ve ever had. I feel that I have released so much past trauma and replaced it with love and healing. The shamans gave personal time to each participant’s experience and were very attuned, powerful and gracious. The large facilitating staff is so supportive, kind, sensitive and nurturing as well. I always felt safe and open to receive the medicine. Our bedroom was comfortable and clean and laundry was done for us in the middle of the week. The grounds were also inspiring with mountain and river views and we had more than one rainbow bless our time there. The schedule was well planned with room to rest, discuss, contemplate and integrate. The sharing time after each ceremony was extremely useful and a great place to listen and process. The meals were excellent as well, delicious, with an overflowing fruit bowl always available. It was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had and I have been and will continue to recommend it to everyone I know. There are not enough stars in the sky to grade our experience. I will be forever grateful.
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.
What can I say about my time at Arkana? I went for a 6 day ayahuasca retreat in the Sacred Valley, Peru. It was so healing to be around others who were there to do the work we were doing together. The facilitators truly care for you and make you feel safe. It got intense, at times I wasn’t sure if I could see it to the end, but I did with the help of the Arkana community. Trust the process, surrender, and it can change your life. I’m so grateful for my time with these amazing people, the facilitators, and all the beautiful people I bonded with during the healing process.
I came across Arkana spiritual center by seeing a pop up ad on my facebook feed as I was scrolling on my phone about to go to sleep. I immediately wrote it off as just another business banking on the ayahuasca boom, but I read into it, studied their website, and read countless 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star reviews and was pretty much sold in about 30 minutes of research. I just said fuck it and booked the 7 day amazon retreat, i charged the deposit on my credit card and looking back it was the best decision i have ever made in my life.
Lets be real now. The reason we are all here is because we seek help from Ayahuasca and the indigenous plant medicines. Some guests might expect to be taken care of and babysat through the whole process and some of us just want to be healed. We are all going through our own mental war and thats not a soft comfortable place at times. The facility and staff at Arkana perform a monumental task of guiding us (20+ passengers) through The most intense mental journey of our lives. They are professionals in all aspects and all they ask is for our trust. And trust we must. Our group was around 26 people and while some might think that its too big, it felt more like just having a bigger family, more support, and more love to go around. We all helped each other through this difficult work, pushed each other and offered great advice in order to get what we needed.
The Shipibo Shamans are unbelievable, and i mean that literally. Justina the master shaman literally sucked the negative energy out of my shoulder and cured my tendonitis instantly. She performs energetic transmutation of energy into physical forms to get rid of stagnant energy in the body that causes pain. Its hard to explain to innocent bystanders but trust me if you have the opportunity to be healed by her you will believe with your own eyes and you will be left in awe too. I truly feel honored to have met her and have her work on my physical body, she sacrifices her body while suffering physically to heal us and is a modern day miracle worker and she does it on a nightly basis. IN JUSTINA WE TRUST!
It you’re reading this review and the countless other ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews and still not convinced; just remember that it is YOU that must do the work. It is YOU that must confront your own shit and deal with it and heal from it. This kind of work ain’t for the divas or doubters, the medicine The faculty, the shamans, the center are all just there to facilitate you successfully through this strenuous process called healing.
Arkana saved my life! Just book the damn retreat and you will have your own magical testimony.
I would like to start off by saying thank you from the bottom of my heart to absolutely everyone at Arkana, including facilitators, shamans, chefs, guides and most of all Jose! I will never forget everything you did for me, in order to get me into the last spot for the retreat. Gracias hermano! You saved my life!
I recently did the 2 week Amazon/Sacred Valley Retreat from January 5th until January 18th.
Before reaching out to Arkana, I was at a point in my life where I was completely lost. All of the pillars in my life recently came crashing down, including: health, wealth, love and happiness.
My life reached a dead end. I had nothing left in me, my confidence was gone, anxiety through the roof and my depression was at an all time high. I almost overdosed twice because I did not know what to do with my life, no direction, no purpose for living and was suffering from severe mood swings/agression. Plain and simple, I was not happy with myself,lashed out on loved ones and did not want to live.
My family and friends were desperately trying to convince me to go to see a psychologist or therapist and get on medications ASAP. However, I rejected that route at all cause because I did not want to become another customer for the pharmaceutical companies.
So I seeked out alternative measures and this is where Arkana came in. I was always a firm believer of psychedelics because of all the research conducted by scientists/universities around the world. Not to mention the thousands of testimonials of people including celebrities experiencing deep mystical healing.
I asked myself, what did I have to lose? So I faced one of my biggest fears of my life and booked my flight to Peru with Arkana. Everything you have read or heard is true, yes, you face your demons, the darkest parts of your shadow.
However, there can be no light unless you experience darkness….This is why I encourage anyone reading this, to make the decision right now and face those fears. If not now, when? Don’t do it for others, do it for yourself. By healing your mind, everything in your life changes. We truly create our reality but I will leave that for all of you to see for yourselves….
We all must have the courage to face our demons and get into the depths of our subconscious minds. This is where Mother Ayahuasca does all her magic. Research has show Aya causes new neural connections and neoroplasticity in the brain. In order to heal, you must take action. Plant medicine has been around for thousands of years helping people heal and evolve their consciousness.
From the moment I arrived at the facility, I was blown away by the love and hospitality by everyone. Everything was extremely well organized from the beginning of the day until nighttime.
All of us in the group of 20 were strangers at day 1 but by the end, we became family as we cried together, laughed together, danced together and shared the most profound journeys of our lives.
The bond was unlike anything I have ever experience. Strangers became a soul family because all of us were dealing with demons inside and together we surrendered to mother Aya for her healing.
I could write a book from all of the beautiful experiences I had at Arkana but I’ll get right down to it….
Do not look anywhere else in the world for plant medicine healing because Arkana has everything you need! Let me save you the time and explain why….
– 5 Meo-DMT – The God Molecule (Strongest most profound connection to God and the universe. You will experience what love is truly all about and nothing but pure bliss. It will open your heart in ways you never thought possible.
– Kambo – They place frog venom on your skin to completely cleanse your negative energy blockages prior to ceremony. Don’t be alarmed, its part of the process and is extremely effective.
– Rape – Either powdered or liquid blown up your nose to help align your energies and center you. Absolute magic and works wonders.
– Ayahuasca – No explanation needed here. The best plant medicine to have ever been placed on earth for real healing and real connection to source. Plus, let me add that the Shaman’s take this to another level with their Icaros. It is magic how it starts to activate the medicine instantly with the singing. The ceremonies are in one word……mystical!
– San Pedro – A cactus plant extracted to help you experience nature and everything in spectacular beauty. Almost as if you were given a new set of eyes to see reality along with a boost in your creativity and a deep love for everything.
From the bottom of my heart and soul, thank you Emilie, Justin, Arsh, Ivan, Coleman, Fernanda, Jose and all of the shamans who completely changed my life. I experienced a rebirth and look at life for what it truly is….beautiful. We are soul beings having a human experience, so lets make the most of our time here.
Love is the answer! Forgiveness is key!
Gracias familia and I will be back soon!
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Wow, what a magical, healing adventure!
I began my retreat in the Sacred Valley for the first week, traveled to the jungle for the second week and back to the Valley to come in for a smooth landing before heading home. At the end of my 3 weeks, there was no doubt that I had just had the spiritual adventure of a lifetime and I take with me the friends of a lifetime to match!
Week #1: Upon arriving, I met Jose and the Sacred Valley staff. I was immediately blown away by the experience, passion and talent that I found in each staff member. From the effortless coordination by the reception office, to the tireless and friendly facilitators and ending with Shaman on a new level, I was honored to spending my time with people that I now call family. With day trips to Machu Picchu, local pre-Inca historical sites, markets and hikes in addition to all of the onsite activities, there is never a dull moment in between ceremonies. All of this was only week 1…
Week #2: To the jungle we went!
Our shuttles, air travel, boat travel and overnight accommodations from the valley to the jungle retreat was handled entirely by Arkana staff with this package. I found the entire trip well thought out, executed and comfortable. Beginning with a shuttle from the valley to the airport, we made our connections to Iquitos and arrived early afternoon with plenty or time to explore before our final leg to the jungle the following day. The accommodations were pleasant and clean located in the heart of Iquitos with plenty of Aya friendly restaurants and river front shopping to explore within walking distance. The next mornings shuttle ride to the river transportation went off without a hitch and we made it to the jungle retreat about lunch time. This place is amazing. Built a stones throw from river bank, the entire facility is raised off of the ground in preparations for the rivers annual swell. Built of traditional Amazonian construction techniques with added modern creature comforts, fully staffed kitchen and dinning facilities, and screened in lounging areas, Arkanas’ jungle retreat is amazing! I found all lodging areas are fully screened in with additional insect netting around the bed to ensure a comfortable rest every night. With the opportunity for massage each day, I found the down time in between ceremonies a great time to reflect and journal.
All 4 Aya ceremonies take place in a huge, round, traditional Maloka. When the darkness falls prior to the evenings ceremony, the magic of this location is revealed as the jungle comes to life right on time for the show! Looking back at my ceremonies in the Jungle, I know now that they will be difficult to top by any other mystical experience that I ever have. On my last day of the jungle portion of the retreat, we got a special opportunity to watch as Arkana staff prepared a large batch of medicine by the river. Perfect ending to a magical week!
Week #3: Back to the Sacred Valley!
Upon departing from the Jungle Saturday morning, I found the travel just as before. Perfectly planned and effortlessly executed by the Arkana staff. After sharing one last evening complete with an Aya approved dinner in Iquitos with my new jungle family, we were back in the Valley by early Sunday afternoon. In hindsight, I am very glad to end my journey in the Sacred Valley. With the intense magic of the jungle experience still fresh, I found it important to buffer my return to the “real world” with a nice, peaceful week in the valley before heading home. All of the comforts of home, relaxing atmosphere, breathtaking mountain surroundings, complete with a beautiful San Pedro ceremony to lighten the mood on our last day together.
All and all, a once in a lifetime spiritual opportunity that resulted in new friends and family that will last a lifetime. I could not be more humbled and thankful to Jose, the Maestras, Maestros, staff and guests from around the globe that made Arkana the only destination spiritual retreat that myself and my family will ever need!
My name is Antoniu and this is my honest review about Arkana in Amazon!
In september 2019 I accidentally came across to the subject Ayahuasca. Then I decided I want to experience Ayahuasca. But it came the question: Where? Trying Ayahuasca for the first time, far away from home, alone, this must be done in a safe, professional retreat. Among others retreats, I found Arkana which have the best reviews. They have two locations. I choose Arkana Spiritual Center in Amazon. I meet Arkana staff in Iquitos, perfect! Trip from Iquitos to Arkana retreat, perfect! Warm welcome to Arkana, perfect! The rooms are clean, delicious diet food, daily activities make you understand the Amazon jungle better.
Because of the professional staff and the amazing shamans, Ayahuasca ceremonies were incredible!
I felt safe and comfortable all the time.
Thanks to Arkana I had the most fascinating experience! Thank you Arkana!
If I will want to try Ayahuasca again, i will definitely choose Arkana!
If you are like I was, searching in the front of a computer for a safe, authentic, reliable Ayahuasca retreat, I sincerely recommend Arkana!
If you have found yourself reading this review, STOP, and thank yourself for searching out plant medicines as a process of healing. I recently spent a week at the Arkana Spiritual Center in the Amazon, and it was the most important week of my life. I won’t sugar coat it and tell you it was duckies and bunnies but the experience will make you grow in ways you can’t even fathom. Jose and his teams of Shamans and facilitators are wonderful humans who’s generosity and care extend far beyond your visit. We actually stopped into the Sacred Valley center following our week and were treated with such warmth, hospitality and even lunch. I was not a believer at first but walked away knowing full well that I will be back to continue my process and could not dream of going anywhere else. The Shamans are masters and if you listen and trust the process, will help you understand what the plants are capable of showing you. Its not easy to pull the trigger on something like this but if you do I can guarantee that the Arkana Spiritual Center will be the best place for you. Don’t hesitate…..go for it.
P.S. Get the Sapo.
Safe, loving, clean, well oriented, sacred, energetic and the most magical jungle experience. I really don’t want to use words to describe the Arkana Aya experience. Simply seek with your soul, seek with your heart, and I hope you find Arkana. It is what you need, not what you want. May the force be with you ;).
An Ayahuasca retreat is not something that is ‘easy’. It brings up a lot of emotions and makes me feel pretty vulnerable during ceremony and afterward as I reflect on what happened. During my second retreat with Arkana, I realized more many things that go in to creating a space for 15-20 different people from all walks of life to come and do challenging work and undergo some serious transformations. I am SO THANKFUL for everything Arkana does to make these retreats an amazing experience for each and every person there. The staff, from the night time security guard and cleaners to the facilitators, are all incredibly friendly, helpful, and just seem to understand exactly what you are going through no matter what! They are all willing to help with whatever you might need, even when sometimes it’s just a smile and a hello. The facilities are set up in a way that you never don’t have anything that you feel you might need. Everything is taken care of! During the ceremonies, I’ve never felt so safe and supported by the team of facilitators that I am able to completely let go and be vulerable to whatever the medicine throws at me. The high level of care given during ceremony is reflective of the high level of care given before, during, and after each retreat. Coming back my second time, I was a little apprehensive about the younger overall team of facilitators than I had experienced before, but was quickly blown away by all of their professionalism, maturity, and knowledge of this process. I continued to be so impressed each and every ceremoney with how smoothly everything ran! These people are truly hand picked because of the level of service they provide and their passion for this medicine. If you are looking to experience an Ayahuasca retreat, it is important that you feel safe and are able to let go during your retreat, and the combination of great accomodations, amazing food, and most of all a top level team make Arkana the only place I will ever go to for my Ayahuasca retreats! I have had life-changing weeks with these guys and will be back many times! Thanks to everyone at Arkana for everything you do!!
My two weeks at Arkana in the Sacred Valley have been some of the most life-changing, connected, and learning-filled experiences of my life. The love and care put into the week is second to none, with the program and facilitators / staff allowing you to conduct deep work with a range of modalities. I’ve attended one other retreat before, and in comparison I found Arkana’s approach overall to be more effective.
The location of the centre is ideal – the rushing sound of the Urubamba river, the backdrop of the mountains, and the colourful flowers on site all make for a restful haven. It is also only 1.5 hrs from Cusco airport, making the transit time easy. Whilst acknowledging the restrictions inherent in the pre-ceremony diet, the food is really exceptional and the team do a great job of creating something new and fantastic each day. Unlimited fruit and tea throughout the day is also great. The accommodation is outstanding, comfy beds and warm rooms, and the staff do an excellent job at keeping it clean during the week.
Arkana attracts the right people – both guests as well as staff. Everyone I met over the two weeks was incredible and I can now count new family in all parts of the world. The staff all have the guests at the heart of their work, and regard everyone as family. They do an incredible job at creating a psychologically safe space, no matter your background, for you to undertake deep levels of work.
Having witnessed multiple incredible transformations in the guests, I can confidently vouch for the work that Arkana does. I would be happy for anyone to personally reach out to me to discuss further – and I look forward to returning back to Arkana soon.
Wow, where to begin? Suffering from a life of extreme heroin and coke addiction, and the subsequent prison/jail life that accompanies it, most of my life had felt hopeless and worthless. Constant relapses followed by more incarceration. An endless loop and cycle devoid of love and light. June 3rd 2016 I was blessed enough to be put on a Drug Court program in NJ which helped me transition off drugs and back into society. After 3 years of being dry and playing the game, caught up in my new addiction, consumerism and the rat race, I still felt empty inside and far from happy. Upon graduation this last May I knew there was more out there. Insert JRE and the seed of psychedelics as psycho therapeutic tools. Well, me being an extremist, I decided to go to the birth place of one of the strongest ones known to mankind. The Amazon and Ayahuasca!!! All my life’s decisions and footsteps lead me right to Arkana Spiritual Center in the Amazon. Jose, Emily, Cecilia, Harsh, Brandon, Robby and the shamans and locals, created an environment of immense healing and love. My intentions goin my down there were to heal from past traumas I’ve been hanging onto, and I got so so much more. From the second we met at the hotel to the second we got dropped back off, I knew I was in good hands and trusted the entire process.. Ceremonies aside, the daily excursions and animals, as well as the food and views would have made the trip worthwhile. However I went for healing!! The complete breakdown of old ideas and ego, constant thoughts of self and past or future, were transformed into new bright ideas, thinking of others, being present, but more importantly light and love. I have made lifelong friends through this experience. The biggest one being myself!!! Thanks Arkana for providing a place for growth and redemption.
7 Day Amazon Ayahuasca Retreat
This review is purely from my experience, and events personal to me. The results and process I undertook does not demonstrate that your experience will be similar, but it’s possible.
I came to the Arkana retreat in September with very specific intentions, to heal my heart and spirit from anger due to how I was raise as a child without any emotional love or support. As an adult my anger lead to a neurological disorder that has affected my relationships in marriage and with my children. I’ve been to counseling, books, etc. to overcome this heavy burden in my heart with no avail. I knew about Arkana from past research, but my timing to visit didn’t sync until this past September. At this point I was desperate, and hoped for relief at the retreat.
The retreat location in the Amazon jungle was idea for me, and I purchased a single occupancy for reflection and thought. The facilities, and meals were outstanding.
Let’s get to the point – The Ceremony
There were 4 Shamans with Maestra Justina as the lead. I call her Mom!
My first and second ceremonies began my healing, and completed with the third.
I had an out of body experience where the Shamans and their beautiful Icaros guided me through these wonderful and colorful ever changing geometric shapes, sizes, images, and unfamiliar dimension. Mother Justina was the one who know exactly where to penetrate my heart for healing through her Icaros. With support from the other Maestros, the surgery began during those first two amazing journeys. The third was the most challenging and horrific, I thought I was going to die, but deep down inside I know is was for the best, it was the completion. I endured that challenge with the most needed, understanding, and careful assistance from the staff, Jose, Harsh, Carolina, and encouragement from a few cohorts during that 6 hour period. It was a life changing event that I’ll never forget, and glad I went through it.
I left that Saturday afternoon, without having the familiar deep and heavy feeling of anger, it was lifted. I felt delivered and renewed.
My anger was challenged that same Saturday afternoon, and during the first week being home. I overcame them with a smile on my face, and continue to be challenged…it makes me stronger.
The Arkana spiritual retreat was one of the most life-changing events I’ve ever experienced, and highly recommend the Amazon location if you’re ready, and your intentions are specific. Even at the moment in writing this review, the effects are still within me and real.
By the way Maestra Justina is a very gifted Spiritual surgeon and healer.
Thanks Mom and Arkana!
Arkana came up multiple times when I started my search for a center through marketing, aya advisor, and even in conversations with friends. I was skeptical because it looked more like an LA holiday than a place where you go to really work on yourself and get answers. I decided to go anyway due to the fact that they were quick to respond, seemed accommodating, and at the end of the day I valued my the experiences my friends had there more than anything else. Within the first 24 hours all the preconceived notions I had and “LA expectations” were completely gone. I felt nothing but love, care and family warmth from every person working, volunteering and participating in the center. I was completely blown away. I set out to release some parts of my life while reconnecting with others and I left there feeling like I’m back on my path again but with more tools and loving people walking by my side. Arkana really curates a space that allows you to open up to yourself and other and feel safe. If adjustment need to be made they accommodate. This isn’t a one size fits all type of thing and they really take the time to get to know you and understand how they can best assist you. 10/10 recommend and I look forward to having more friends experience the magic that is Arkana!
The time at Arkana has been the most transformative chapter of my entire life! Arkana is pure magic and has been co-created with such profound love and support, creating the safest and most supportive space to allow the deepest soul healing and Divine rebirth.
An oasis in the middle of the amazon jungle, with every aspect delicately intertwined: the unconditionally loving Shipibo shamans, the supportive facilitators, the vibrant organic food, the beautiful facilities, the energizing daily excursions to the jungle, the restorative yoga, breathwork & sound healing baths, the heart opening sharing circles & integration talks.. all of this creating the most supportive container for the deepest healing and transformation in the medicine ceremonies.
My heart is overflowing with so much love and gratitude for Arkana and my new extended soul family ~ Ichabirus Irake ~ Muchas gracias! / Elsa
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.
The two weeks at Arkana were the most important and intense weeks of my life, and I have learned so much. The dedication of Jose, the teachings, and the joy of Shantanu as he taught, the wisdom of Carolina ,the warmth and compassion of the volunteers, the friendly staff ,the best and freshest food I could have wished for, and the Love that was spread were a great blessing. These were the most important parts of the retreat.
Going there was one of the best decisions I have made in my life, and I am very great full that I had the opportunity, great-full for everybody who was part of my two weeks, and great full for life. I have no doubt, I made the right decision coming here and can highly recommend it to anyone.
This is a superb Ayahuasca retreat center with exceptionally well planned schedule and effective medicine. We were in the Sacred Valley and everything was like a dream; beautiful mountains by a major river, super fresh cool air, nice & cozy facilities, and of course, all the loving and friendly staff. The room is very nice & clean with super comfy beds and soothing shower. They even have free laundry service on Wednesday. Oh, and the morning yoga classes are simply blissful, absolutely not to be missed.
At first, I thought 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies in a week would be too few but it turned out to be just perfect. The shaman’s Icaros are blissful and powerful. The facilitators are very professional and really care about you in a personal level. The closing with San Pedro and an amazing nature walk with loving new friends was to be remembered for a lifetime. It’s one of the best day in my life in a long time. They also have the optional Sapo (Bufo Alvarius medicine) between the second and third Ayahuasca ceremony, which I highly recommend. It was THE MOST powerful experience in my entire life and it seems to help my last Ayahuasca ceremony as well.
With all the positive things mentioned, be mindful that Ayahuasca ceremony is still a very difficult and challenging process by nature for many people, but as long as you fully trust in the process they provide, and completely surrender to all the feeling that the medicine would make you feel, it’s all going to be okay in the end and beneficial to your life long after you left the center.
If there is anything I have to comment about, it would be the food, which most people find it very good but since I am not used to vegetarian food, I found it a bit bland (although some meals are simply amazing). This is perfectly understandable due to the diet restrictions of the ceremony but, given the superb ingredients they use, I feel they could have incorporated a bit more umami containing veggies like mushrooms and winter radish (daikon) to add more dimensions to the food. Don’t get me wrong, all the ingredients they use is top notch, super fresh and fully organic. It’s just my personal preference that a little more could be done to boost the taste up a bit.
If you are looking for an Ayahuasca retreat in the Sacred Valley, I can’t think of a better place than Arkana; very professional, very secure, very well planned and organized. In fact, we are already thinking of going back there again! Highly recommended for both first timers and experienced ones.
This was my first retreat. I did lots of research before finding this place and so glad I did. Whether you decide to do the mountains or the jungle, you’re in good hands. After this retreat, we are definitely going back and will do the jungle next time.
The facility itself is beautiful, and the staff is so wonderful and attentive.
I won’t go into specifics about my journey itself as everyone has such a personal and different experience. I will say that the medicine itself shows you what you need, not what you want. Some nights were difficult and I doubted myself, but I followed the Shaman’s and facilitators’ advice: I kept going and I trusted the medicine. Once you’ve had time to process, you understand that it was working the whole time and that all that change was necessary.
The other travelers I met were wonderful, the excursions were great and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. The food was delicious and I’m so happy I got to share this experience with a loved one. There was also plenty to do, so we were never bored.
A few tips:
1. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It may not always be a walk in the park but you will come out a stronger, better person.
2. Let go and TRUST the medicine. This was my mistake. I got scared and started doubting and wanted to give up. It wasn’t until I was out in the clear that I understood why everything happened the way it did. I’m a much better person for it.
3. DO THE SAPO!!! By far, the highlight of the whole experience. I wasn’t going to do it at first, but was talked into it last minute. SO GLAD WE DID.
I spent the first week of June 2019 at the Arkana Spiritual Center in the Amazon! I shall attempt to review the place and my experience by categorizing them separately.
This is one of the prime attractions of the place. It is sufficiently isolated from busy city life so as to offer a peaceful, serene place to heal and contemplate. It takes about 4.0 hours from Iquitos to reach Arkana. The journey is beautiful and allows one to leave urban life behind and journey into the sights and sounds of the jungle.
The Center itself is built on stilts and is a lovely little complex of thatched roofs and wooden bridges, all interconnected with each other. Each room- whether is your bedroom, the large and beautifully concentric Malloca, the dining room or the leisure room (Chilloca)- is protected by mosquito netting and simple electric fans. Considering that is the jungle, the facilities and amenities are very neat, cozy and comfortable. To those bothered by the odd tarantula or huntsman spider- well, it is the jungle! And they don’t need Arkana’s permission to enter the premises 🙂
In a place as energetically open and congenial as Arkana, it is impossible to be farcical about love and compassion. The care, generosity and empathy emanating from each facilitator in that place is genuinely palpable. It helps cultivate trust and with each passing hour, I sensed people starting to feel comfortable, open and at ease. It certainly plays a role in one’s healing process as one’s interaction with the facilitators – before, during and after the ceremonies – influences one’s heart and spirit during their transformative process. If you have any issues or questions, they are so approachable!
4. The shamans
Goodness, what a talented bunch those are! Maestro Justina with her infectious smile is a true healer. She helped each of us with our energy blocks by turn. She is incredible in that she can materialize energy! What that means exactly, ha..well, you have to see it for yourself to believe it. There were 4 shamans during my week there and boy, can they sing! the Icaros are magical, to say the least, allowing one to journey deeper and deeper into other realms. One literally rides with the music. On top of that, the faciliators are also musical-minded and pitch in with songs, drums, sound bowls and other instruments. It makes for some unforgettable sacred voyages!
5. The ceremonies
When you trust, you can relax. When you can relax, you can let go of trying to control the process. And when you do that, the medicines (Ayahuasca, Rape, Kambo [I didn’t do Sapo and hence, can’t comment but the feedback from others in my group was excellent]) serve you well! The Ayahausca at Arkana is strong and potent. It is pure jungle medicine and the shamans there know how to administer it in the right way, in the right setting, with the right prayers and attitude. It is transformational.
6. Other activities
There are many activities being organized around the week, ranging from visits to the sloths, monkey island, fishing and swimming as well as a jungle walk. This allows one to get some fresh air, get back into one’s body whilst still being within one’s own thought process. These activities are enlightening, enlivening and make for some real fun times! I have great memories. Also fosters a great group energy. Each activity is optional, but I would strongly recommend participating.
7. Other supportive ceremonies
These include a sound bath, 3 floral baths, 2-3 yoga sessions, a breathwave session. Each one is immeasurably helpful in one’s transformative journey and has a unique flavour to offer. I am presuming each person coming there has a deep desire to change their life for the better. Each of them sessions complement this desire. Recommended!
Whilst doing my own research before I chose Arkana, I came across many places that looked attractive. But none of them offered the range of activities and complementary sessions that Arkana offered. And at such an attractive, affordable price! It is one of their USPs.
If you are considering this place, you are considering right! Choose it. It will be a beautiful week of healing, transformation and renewed energy. It will be a celebration. It will be a sacred voyage. It may be a struggle on a physical scale but that is called cleansing! Take the step 🙂 Good luck!
so I stayed at both retreat centres the one in the Amazon and sacred valley, I will outline the pros and cons for each:
-Staff are phenomenal, I have never met a group of people who care so much.
-The mystrea can perform spiritual surgery, helpful if you have chronic pains or difficulty connecting to the medicine
-the molokah (the room where you do ceremonies) is spacious so if you like your personal space probably the best choice.
-this is more of an individual experience of mine, but while I was there the group I was were honestly the nicest people I have ever met. This really added to my experience because I felt really comfortable sharing my ayahuasca trips with them.
-food is amazing, and it wasn’t just because I was high, it was cooked so well.
-Wi-fi is sh*t and I didn’t get any cell service either. (But if that stresses you out, you should probably ask your self why)
-bring lots of bug spray like loads, you are still going to get bitten.
-also, bring sunscreen
-when you go to meet the sloths there’s one in the bottom corner don’t touch her shes feisty
-ABOUT THE MALARIA, okay so if your like me and everything makes you anxious your probably going to bring malaria tablets. My advice get Malarone they are the ones that show no co-interactions with the ayahuasca. I took one tablet and then stopped after, why? because that area is actually malaria free. However, malaria does happen to be a problem in the cities so there’s that. Its really up to you, the reason why I stopped was that I was more worried about connected to the medicine than mosquitos.
-cooler climate (if you like that)
-the last day is awesome you take mescaline and hike up a mountain. it is beyond awesome and one of the happiest days of my life.
-Macchu Picchu is pretty cool and that day is run really well.
-again wifi is bad, but the cell service is much better
-there’s no gym
Advice when deciding:
– okay in my personal opinion the sacred valley centre is great if you want to tip your toes into ayahuasca, while the Amazon is great for a really deep transformation.
– About the ayahuasca medicine, it’s beyond amazing. I can’t really describe what it was like with me other than life-changing. Actually its like a defibrillator but for your soul. I learnt a lot about myself and I will be forever thankful the shamans share their medicine with us westerners. I do want to say two things, however:
1) From what I saw there will be one person in every group that doesn’t connect to the medicine at all (SOME PEOPLE, ME INCLUDED, DON”T EXPERIENCE ANYTHING IN THE FIRST OR SECOND GO THATS FINE THE AYA IS JUST WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES PATIENCE IS KEY) however if this concerns you, my advice is to try and find a local shaman who uses legal ayahuasca and see if you connect to the medicine at home and then if you do come to Arkana.
2) NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES ARE POSSIBLE, both in and outside the trip. while I was in the sacred valley one night there was an incident with one of the guests as he acted inappropriately while on the aya (this happens, it’s not the facilitator’s fault they handled it very well, and there is probably a 50% chance that wherever you go this will happen). I mention this because it was scary for a moment and it brought back some bad memories for me. HOWEVER just because it was a negative experience doesn’t mean it wasn’t a constructive experience. Those memories were something I needed to address and let go of, it also showed me that ayahuasca can both inflate and deflate a person ego. Had I not had that experience I would only sing ayahauscas praises with acknowledging like all medicine it needs to be handled correctly.
My advice on this is that if you do have a traumatic experience (which as I said is not unlikely) there’s a reason for it, find that reason.
Finally my advice for Arkana and the facilitators:
You guys were beyond awesome, however, what I think would be constructive would be if you had someone on sight like a psychologist who a guest could discuss their experiences with. I say this is because even though group share was great there were parts of my experience that I didn’t want to share. BUT I do wish I could discuss them with someone, to break them down. The reason why I don’t think this person should be another shaman or facilitator is that that person needs to have a good understanding of mental illness and its psychological processes. It’s just an idea I don’t know if it’s possible, but I think it should be considered.
ALL IN ALL, I had an amazing time and it was exactly what I needed when western professionals were failing me.
I spent two weeks at the sacred valley centre in April 2019 and had an amazing time. The team here is very supportive and have created a very safe and comfortable environment.
The music during ceremonies is simply wonderful.
The structure of the retreat fostered very strong bonds amongst the group and allowed people to heal very deeply and grow.
I would like to share my impressions of my trip to the Arkana Spiritual Center. I was at the end of February 2019 and it was my first trip to the retreat center. For a long time I was looking for a good and reliable retreat center. I’m glad I went to the Arkana center. For convenience, there are 2 retreat centers of Arkana: one in the jungle, the other in the Sacred Valley. I chose the second, as I planned trips to the sights of Peru.
I was pleasantly surprised by the center comfort and thoughtfulness. Very cozy, in a beautiful area. The rooms have all the amenities (shower, toilet). Nice dining room, and very tasty and healthy food. Special thanks to Alexa for this!
The retreat program of the week I received before arrival and knew about what was waiting for me and when. The program included in addition to Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Temazcal, Rape, you can get additional ceremonies, such as Sapo and other. Before the trip, I talked with the doctor of Arkana on Skype. And I was convinced how serious the approach is here and now I can recommend this center to everyone.
Everyone who works in Arkana retreat center is amazing beautiful people: Maestro Justina, Maestro Cesar, Jose, Angel, Shantanu, Pamela, Juan, Paco, Ivan, I hope I didn’t forget anybody. They are the most dear people for me now and I am extremely happy to meet them. There were about 15 people on the retreat, and each of us received due attention from the facilitators of Arkana. They did their best from day one to get to know us, prepare us and calm our nerves. It included yoga, meditation, sound meditation, beautiful music after the ceremonies. I really liked the review el_coqero, where he so accurately described each man from the center.
The program of the week was very busy, I only had time to make my notes between events, think about life and find answers to questions.
All events were held in such a pleasant atmosphere, the guys laid out 100%.
How beautiful was the last ceremony of completion, can not be described in words. Thanks a lot to the team of Arkana!!!
The love and vibrations of this place are felt from the moment you enter.
All ceremonies allow you to be reborn again. It opens your heart, pulls out all your emotions, and shows who you really are. Everyone has his own experience, and everyone gets his treatment, his purification and comes out renewed.
The attitude to yourself changes, you change, the world around you changes. After Ayahuasca I checked it personally on myself. It’s like your brain is rebooting, cleaning up all the excess. I got rid of all the junk in there.
Within a few months of my trip to the Arkana center, I feel brooding, euphoric and full of energy.
As I was told that is the precisely the beautiful challenge: to keep the switch on and live an ordinary life in an extraordinary way!
If you are looking for healing I certainly recommend Arkana. The light I found in this house will be with me forever and I try to spread my light and enhance the society.
I spent a week at Arkana for a medicinal Ayahuasca retreat. It changed my life. The medicine is very powerful and rebooted my body. I was suffering from debilitating migraines and stomach problems so sever I had a hard time eating solid foods. Arkana was so safe and knowledgeable. We had amazing facilitators and Shamans. I felt so cared for while I was there. I absolutely recommend Arkana for anyone looking to try this medicine. They are the real deal! My biggest concerns round this adventure were safety. Will I be safe? Will the food and medicine they give me be safe? Will they help me while I am in ceremony?? Yes. Yes. Yes. and more Yes. The team is great and they do a phone call with you before you go so you can address any concerns and get a good idea of what to expect. If Aya is calling, go to Arkana.
My boyfriend and I wend twice to Arkana Spiritual Center. It was a truly transformational experience for both of us. We are coming this year for the third time. Highly recommend this place. Great place to experience Ayahuasca.
My wife and I, time and time again, have reflected on our most recent journey into the jungle as the single greatest gift that we’ve given ourselves and each other. If you hear the call to explore your spirituality, and Ayahuasca happens to be the instrument that compels you, we both advocate for a journey into the Peruvian Amazon to find Arkana. The staff were all available, professional, accommodating, and understanding. Most importantly, reintegration was crucial to what we experienced and took away. At Arkana, you’re in good hands. Journey well!
I visited Arkana for two weeks in the Amazonian jungle in February 2018 and could not have been more pleased with my experience.
The food was not only healthy, it tasted phenomenal. The location was peaceful and allowed for a lot of time for self-reflection since internet is almost nonexistent. Some people may not like this aspect, but I think it was vital for my healing process.
The classes on meditation, yoga, and transformational breath work were a fantastic added bonus. Extracurricular activities involved animals and nature which were the perfect break when processing and re-living trauma.
I really can’t say enough great things about the facilitators. They always knew the right advice to give me, and you could tell they genuinely cared about helping others. The shamans were incredible people who decided from an early age to dedicate their lives to serving others and continuing the Shipibo and other ancient traditions. This wisdom is essential for humankind and is quickly being lost in our modern world.
I loved having a group of people to experience ayahuasca together. The group shares each morning after ceremony were sometimes difficult, but I realized they provided me with the most benefit. There is something really powerful about opening up and being vulnerable with others which I had never really done before. Going through a challenging experience like ayahuasca together quickly turns strangers into friends. You’re left feeling like you have a small family all over the world after your time at Arkana.
I cannot recommend this retreat enough! If you feel drawn to the center, just go. It will change your life in miraculous ways you can’t imagine.
My boyfriend and I went on a 14-day Ayahuasca retreat to Arkana. We spent one week in Sacred Valley and one week in the Amazon. Both centres had such a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Reflecting back on our journey, we are so glad that we decided to go to Arkana Spiritual Center to experience Ayahuasca for the first time.
I have broken down my experience into different categories!
The food was simple, delicious and had vegan options which was amazing! They also accommodated for people who had allergies. I personally loved how you were able to grab tea and exotic fruits all day long.
I liked how none of the activities were not mandatory. There was some excisions that I did not want to do because I wanted to have more time to reflect on my ceremony from the night before. After experiencing rapé for the first time, I did not enjoy it. When they offered it again throughout the retreat there was no pressure for me to do it again. I really enjoyed how we had a lot of free time to walk around the centre and explore. I LOVED the daily excisions and activities which included yoga every morning, a mountain hike to the salt mine, Machu Picchu, San Pedro ceremony, sound healing, feeding wild monkey’s and so much more!
SHAMANS, WORKERS AND FACILITATORS:
The shamans, workers and facilitators all truly love what they do. You can see how much they truly love and care for each person who comes to Arkana centre. At Sacred Valley we had two shamans, Isabella and Roberto. They really helped guide me through my tough ceremonies. They both are such amazing people and sang beautiful and VERY powerful Icaros. The facilitators did such an awesome job helping the shamans during the ceremonies and were all very committed to helping everyone on their healing journey.
For those reading and considering going to Arkana, I want you to know that if you decide to go to Arkana, it will be such a safe place to experience Ayahausca, a place where the intention is to help people in a positive way while enjoying everything else that the retreat has to offer. Arkana is by far such an amazing centre, which is why my boyfriend and I are considering on going back for a second time.
I enrolled in March 2019 one week at their location at the Sacred Valleys. I had one of the most beautiful experience of my life! All what I have in my heart is gratitude for those powerful shamans and loving and pure heart facilitators. The location is something that you see only in your magic dreams! Everything is taken care of…all what you wanna do is trust them!
You will feel safe, welcoming, comfortable and loved.
If you hear the call in your heart, don’t hesitate, plan your life and go!
I highly recommend this beautiful retreat!
Arkana was my girlfriend’s and my first experience with ayahuasca. For two people not very knowledgeable with travelling, we’re both so glad we spent just that little bit extra to choose this center and the 14-day Sacred Valley & Amazon retreat. With 7 days in Cusco and 7 days in the Amazon, we got to explore so much of Peru and explore our minds at the same time. It included 7 ayahuasca ceremonies, a fun-filled day of san pedro, a temazcal sweat lodge ceremony, a kambo frog venom ceremony, and some rapé ceremonies. There was the option to smoke Bufo Alvarius toad venom (5-MeO-DMT) at an additional cost, which we regret not taking (somebody in our group smoked it and left the retreat early looking super at peace and saying they’ve found all the answers they’re looking for). In addition to the incredible inner experiences these medicines unlocked, we also got some amazing outer experiences by seeing so much of Peru! We saw the Cusco salt mines and Machu Picchu, fed monkeys and saw dolphins on the Amazon river, and took a long hike through the Amazon rainforest. Both the Cusco and Iquitos facilities were absolutely immaculate (just look at the pictures), and the staff, facilitators, and shamans were some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. We could tell they really cared so much about every single person there (it must be because of all the ayahuasca they’ve drank). Vegan options and yoga almost every day were two MAJOR bonuses. If you’re looking to try ayahuasca and in a safe, comfortable, and loving atmosphere, you’ll be in very good hands at Arkana.
My time at Arkana Spiritual Center in the Amazon was one of if not THE most profound experiences I have had in my life. I began researching Ayahuasca for a year before I made the decision to make my reservation and go. After looking at other retreat options and speaking with staff at a few others, I decided on Arkana after my initial conversation with Arkana’s Chief Dharma Officer. I didn’t know at the time that I first talked to Jose that he is the man who, with the help of a dedicated, loving team, led Arkana to become the amazing Spiritual Healing Center that it is today. Jose offered all the information I needed and patiently answered each of my many questions. He helped me feel confident that Arkana and the particular retreat I was researching was right for me. Arkana even helped me chosoe the airline and flight that worked best with my timeframe. I have to admit that I was a bit of a difficult customer, but without exception, each Arkana facilitator and other members of staff made me feel important, cared for, and addressed all of my concerns in a way that my worry about making a trip of this magnitude. Traveling from the United States to a place as foreign and as far from home as I’d ever been was scary to me. Each person I interacted with at Arkana during my entire trip, from planning to departing, helped me feel comfortable and I genuinely felt that my experience was important to them. Due to the way I scheduled my travel plans, I had to leave the Jungle earlier in the day than the rest of the group was scheduled to depart on our last day. Cecilia, the general manager in the Jungle retreat arranged this and made sure I was able to get transportation to the Iquitos airport with no hangups or problems.
Preparation for the ceremonies was excellent. Although I would encourage everyone to do their own research and know how to best prepare for this experience, Arkana’s staff makes sure that you’re equipped with the information you need to prepare for each state of your experience. From correspondence about your preparation diet, what to pack and bring with you and detailed itineraries to one on one counseling with the facilitators and shamans, Arkana guides you through the Ayahuasca healing process.
I would love to write about everything that happened during my time at Arkana; it’s an experience that I wish I could share with everyone. However I learned like it’s important for each person to have an experience that’s not adulterated with stories from someone else. The ceremony facilitators will remind you that it’s important to not have firm expectations, but to be open to the experience. You’ll do your research and during that time, you’ll read people who’ve written exactly what they’ve experienced. Your experience is your own – Ayahuasca does not give you what you want, but it will give you what you need. If you’re researching Ayahuasca, it’s likely that you have some part of your life that you want help with. You will have to do the work yourself, but at Arkana, you’re provided with a safe and loving environment in which you can go through your processes and ask for help when you need it.
AMAZING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. In a beatiful setting with comfortable facilities, the devoted staff provide several Aya ceremonies and various other experiences and tools to look at life more positively and return to “normal” life with a deeper and more compassionate approach. They give of their time freely because they are so committed to what they are doing. The dynamic among fellow attendees is also warm and supportive. I attended the Sacred Valley location.
I’ve been to the Arkana Sacred Valley location twice now. The first time I went I picked Arkana because of internet reviews, and I was almost suspicious at how many 5 star reviews it got. After my week stay I understood, how could anyone not give a 5 star review of this place? Above all things, I felt like the people working there were there for the right reasons. This was very important to me when I was researching places for the first time, which I spent weeks doing in my free time before picking Arkana. I was so happy with my first experience I went back for another week and had another incredible time. I’ve learned new things and grown as a person both times, and I look forward to going back. I think next time I will go to the jungle location mostly because I want to try the Kambo! I hope this review helps you on your journey!
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.
I stayed with Arkana in Jan 2019 for the 14 day Amazon and Sacred Valley retreat.
Being a single solo traveller travelling across the world from Australia, I was very nervous. I spent a long time picking the retreat, after years of researching ayahuasca and retreats and at a time in my life when I felt ready, I saw a post from an old high school friend who spoke about his life changing journey at Arkana. It just all aligned it was at a point I couldn’t keep carrying on how I had been. He spoke about the facilities, facilitators and how the set and setting were the perfect backdrop for deep healing. I googled straight away and had all my questions prepared.
I immediately felt well informed with Liliana answering each and every question to put my mind at ease. I was well informed about the dieta and had a medical intake. I felt like it was a professional but authentic experience., importantly I felt safe. Prior to leaving I also connected with other Australians that had been on the retreat through the ‘Friends of Arkana’ facebook community.
The nerves I felt prior to the first ceremony subsided by feeling home at ease. I have difficulty sleeping but felt like the rooms/accommodation allowed me to have a good sleep after going through some difficult self -realisations.
The days offered opportunities to go to a local village, meet sloths, jungle walk and visit markets. If you preferred deep self-reflection, exercising and immersing yourself on a hammock that was also available. It catered for what you needed. Some days I felt like being social and others I felt like journaling.
The transition from the jungle to the valley was easy – well organised and I felt safe going from one environment to another. I spent the first week in the Amazon which was an amazing setting to immerse yourself in the spirit of Ayahuasca. Coming to the valley was a different and varied experience.
The valley energy was different – a soft echo. A beautiful river backdrop. It has a gentle flow and a peace that allows for the plant to work at such a deep profound level. It was within this retreat that it got extremely deep, it really worked deep within the core and showed me the hidden parts that prevent me from moving forward. The pattern stoppers. It was confronting and real and at times scary and raw. I was so blessed to be around such supportive facilitators that could help me make sense and be there for me in what were some challenging and deep ceremonies.
The room was large and the bed massive and cosy. The range of activities including Machu Picchu day trip allowed for a once in a lifetime experience. My group was perfect and I met my soul sister who will forever hold a place in my heart and thanks to the beautiful gifting ceremonies is with me each and every day.
The room for the ceremonies was cosy and allowed for a deep experience. I felt myself connect on a very deep level with the medicine. The sweat lodge Temazcal showed me a perseverance within myself, when I truly didn’t believe I could last to the end.
San Pedro was a perfect ending allowing for a light ending with such a sacred plant immersed in nature. Having the two experiences really allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of myself and a side of myself I have been longing to meet.
The facilitators at Sacred Valley are second to none and I highly recommend a massage with Paco. Angel and his music is amazing – the songs take me back as well as the beautiful harp played by Tutis. If you go – ask for the story of the harp.
Arkana cares about integration – which after such a profound, deep cleansing experience is a must. Integration hasn’t always been easy for me – but knowing I can contact or message means I feel supported even when I feel vunerable from the truths it has allowed me to see.
I feel like I am still integrating but I have a level of self -awareness that I am working hard toward and for. I understand more layers of a complex onion then I did before which was just murky, muddy confusion. I have memories in my heart that I can call upon in the tough times as the memories of are able to be called upon in times I feel myself slipping back into old patterns. I have added resilience, independence and connections with beautiful humans which will last a lifetime. More importantly I am finally learning to love myself.
The Ayahuasca ceremonies were facilitated both by experienced shamans that genuinely cared about healing . We spoke along with facilitators about anything that may come up so we were deeply guided on our journey. The icaros assisted in grounding the experience and the setting of the maloca felt safe with enough personal space and not too many other people. I felt cared for when I felt vulnerable and supported when I had any questions that arose for the experience. I never felt alone through the healing process, the deep care and consideration of the facilitators made me feel safe at a time that a lot of deep healing and processing was coming to light. Group share provided an opportunity to have differing perspectives and allowed for easier transitions. What other group members said to me will remain with me forever in a time I wasn’t quite sure what messages meant.
I couldn’t recommend Arkana more – it isn’t a retreat it is a place of a deep healing immersion journey with family. It is a place you go to find the side of yourself that was always hidden inside. I couldn’t recommend more highly.
I spent two weeks at Arkana Sacred Valley in February 2019 in which I had the most profound and life saving experience! It would not have been possible with out my beautiful familia I met at Arkana; from my brothers and sisters that healed with me, the Shipibo shamans, the loving facilitators and staff that ran daily activities/outings, the staff in the kitchen that made glorious meals to support la dieta(always made sure I had enough vegan options), the staff sweeping the red stairs each morning that greeted me with authentic smiles and those that provided prompt room cleaning and laundry services.
I have pure gratitude and so much love for all involved at Arkana!! The shamans and facilitators genuinely care about you as it is evident in the unconditional love that is felt as they prepare and guide you in working with mother Ayahuasca. They guided me to trust in the divine path with mother aya, to letting go and opening up to the healing process but most importantly they helped me see the divine within myself to trust in my inner strength to continue onward in life.
I’m in complete awe and in tears of how the medicine continues to work with me daily as well as in my dreams!!! I’m grateful for everyone that was apart of my experience, muchas gracias!! It is as though I came back with new eyes/perspective for life, reborn as new and I’m finally able to see the path that was laid out for me in this lifetime. My 70 year old dad is completely blown away by my experience and is even interested in pursuing his own journey here. If there is something inside of you calling for this inner journey, trust and listen to it! If so, I fully recommend Arkana Spiritual Center, hands down best decision you will make!
If you are looking for a supportive and welcoming atmosphere for an ayahuasca retreat, you can’t go wrong with Arkana. You will seriously be in great hands.
I stayed at Arkana in the amazon rainforest this past December at their new years retreat, and I have nothing but gratitude and love for the staff, facilitators, and shamans. The facility was very clean, and the food is healthy and delicious. There were daily yoga classes which were very enjoyable. The jungle itself is such a beautiful setting, and being able to be right in the midst of this incredible ecosystem is something special. The excursions are a fun break from the plant medicine work, though you can skip them if you choose. I ended up skipping one to be able to relax and do some reflection and journaling ahead of my last ayahuasca session.
The plant medicines were potent, and the shamans really do know what they are doing. The experience itself is otherworldly – much of it is ineffable and hard to describe, but the shamans help to guide you by explaining the significance of your experiences. This is really helpful – I took many pages of notes while I was on my retreat to capture my experience, and I find I am still learning new things as I continue my process of integration. And I most certainly feel like I came back a changed person – the medicine taught me so much about myself, and helped me purge unhelpful and toxic thoughts and emotions which were bottled up inside me.
If you’re on the fence about doing sapo – I highly recommend it! It was one of the most powerful and meaningful experiences I’ve ever had. And I felt like it really helped me with my subsequent ayahuasca sessions as well.
All in all – I highly recommend Arkana in the amazon. You’ll meet great people from around the world, experience learning and personal growth, and get to take in the incredible beauty of the rainforest. I am very grateful for the time I got to spend there!
I went to Arkana spiritual center this past February for a one week Ayahuasca retreat. Everything in my life kind of brought me there as if a was pulled by a magnetic field. I was already in a very good place in my life before getting there, and I already had some experience with all the medicine available at the center.
The whole process of getting there, discovering/using the facility and meeting peoples went super smoothly, their system is super well tuned. The week schedule is packed with really nice activities that help the group to connect with each other and, at the same time, to make sure you won’t miss a thing. You can always choose to take time for yourself if needed to process your experience.
The comfort of their facility is 5 on 5; the quality, the professionalism and the wisdom of the team has put the bar very high. The experience I had at Arkana was way above any expectation I could have had.
They are able to handle the plant spirit and the experience of the group in such a genius way that everybody gets every possible tool that they could possibly need to accomplish their goal. The shamanic presence of true Shipibo people is authentic, super deep and leads to ultra safe ceremonies.
Since I’ve left the centre, my whole life has taken a different path, all for the best. I am still processing the impact of the week I spent under their care. I experienced things over there that left me with a super deep sense of gratitude to the Arkana team. The amount of love, professionalism and the positive dedication to their intention put so much hope inside me.
I truly recommend Arkana, it’s a safe and very caring place where you can meet with the medicine and where you are accompanied by authentic shamanic healing
I stayed at Arkana amazon jungle center in February 2018 for the 7-day retreat.
We were welcomed to the center with music and dance by the local people from the village of Libertad.
We had quite a few interactions with the local people who were all so warm and friendly, as were the staff at the center, who catered to the needs of each individual.
Each participant had an individual meeting with the shamans and facilitators prior to treatment, to make an assessment for the customized healing for that individual.
Concise information about preparation for ceremony and for processing and integration after retreat was given both on arrival and before departure, and the opportunity for discussion was given daily during group shares which were always very thorough.
Daily excisions and activities included jungle walks, night-time boat rides on the river, day trips where we could swim in safe areas (the local guides are so fab and so lovely to talk to!), yoga and sound workshops, all inclusive to the price of retreat. Supplemental individual treatments were also offered on request for a premium, but the facilitators were always available for one-to-one counseling at no extra charge. I felt like they always had time for me should I have needed to do this.
I liked the relaxed atmosphere, that none of the activities (including ceremony) were mandatory and there were no rigid rules, for example sleeping in the maloca was permitted; we were not obligated to stay in our rooms at any set times and we could walk around the center freely.
There was security around the center which I thought was great, as it was good to know that during ceremony I would be taken care of in the event that I might have left the maloca unattended and wouldn’t be able to wander off into the jungle!
The facilities are basic, no luxuries such as hot water or air conditioning; but that was to be expected for somewhere deep in the jungle. I was actually pleasantly surprised at some of the comforts offered: running water, flushing toilets, a laundry service and even (limited) electricity and internet service. The food was simple but delicious, there was always enough and it was varied and healthy.
The ceremonies were conducted really well, and the power and beauty of the icaros sung by the shamans could not be overstated. Absolutely magnificent, and the layout of the maloca was perfect. There were at least 4 facilitators on hand to assist during ceremony and each participant received their own personal icaros during every ceremony. The medicine was very very potent and has given me some profound insights and lessons which have taken me over 12 months to integrate.
Also offered here was Kambo, which I found to be very beneficial and helped me to prepare for the Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Overall I would rate Arkana amazon spiritual center very highly, I would definitely go back again and would recommend to anyone considering a jungle retreat.
I traveled to Arkana Spiritual Center looking for healing from a past trauma and spiritual growth. I left with much more. There are truly no words to express the level of gratitude I have for the beautiful Facilitators, Shamans, Mother Ayahuasca, Sapo, and San Pedro.
Years ago I was assaulted while traveling where I feared for my life. This resulted in PTSD and living with fear and shame. My experience at Arkana provided me with deep healing and clarity. Beyond this, I gained many more insights, huge amounts of healing in several other areas, powerful spiritual connection, ego awareness, and my heart cracking wide open. It has since enhanced my professional and personal relationships, and I feel like this is just the beginning. The medicine and experience continue to provide healing and growth.
The connection I found with the other travelers, Facilitators, and Shamans was transformational. Since the experience at Arkana can only be described as genuinely ethereal, I know my deep healing was made possible by the marvelous Sacred Valley setting and extraordinary helpers. The comfort, care, and love I received were more than I have ever known and something I will forever carry with me. I recommend Arkana Spiritual Center with my whole heart. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU!
I stayed at Arkana in the amazon jungle in November for 4 ayahuasca ceremonies and it was everything I could have hoped for. The experience is one of the most important and memorable of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing. The medicine was strong and the shamans and facilitators were all top quality. You can’t ask for better guides to help you on your journey.
Firstly, the shamans truly are masters at what they do. They sang beautiful powerful icaros and held the space during ceremony, as well as provided excellent guidance outside of ceremony. But just as importantly, the facilitators are some of the best in the business, helping the shamans to hold the space in the room as well as calm people down when things get hectic (as is prone to happen occasionally when dealing with this kind of medicine).
On my first night I needed some assistance as I was having a rough time, and the facilitators were right there to guide me through it and help me feel safe and comfortable and made the remaining experiences that much better for it.
I could go on for pages about my experience but I’ll save time and just say that I have nothing but good things to say about the actual ceremonies. I always felt safe and secure and in good hands (even when things got tough).
As for the rest of the experience, Arkana has some of the best help outside the ceremony as well. Whether it’s yoga, or breathing meditation, or sapo, kambo, etc, there were facilitators there who could teach you and guide you. I’ve never felt more peace and internal space in my life.
The rest is just a bonus. The daily excursions (to see sloths, monkeys, swimming, etc). They’re nice to pass the time, but they are absolutely secondary to the work that’s happening.
Last but not least, I’d be remiss not to mention the wonderful village of Libertad. This is a village of locals on site and is full of some fantastic people. It’s a chance to get a great look at some local culture (as well as play some Volleyball and/or soccer as a few of us did).
All in all, the only thing I regret is that I only went for week. By the end I was absolutely ready for another week as I had an amazing journey with mother aya. Although here your mileage may vary as I’m sure for some people 1 week is plenty as the medicine can be tougher on some than others.
Next time, I hope to be able to not only go back to the jungle, but also experience Arkana’s sacred valley retreat, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Oh well, just one more thing to add to the bucket list.
Beautiful healing experience!
I took my time on writing this review since I wanted to give myself time for integration. I wanted to have time to digest what was revealed, what I learned from this experience. I decided I wanted to do Ayahuasca after a lot of years thinking and reading about it and I believe making this retreat with Arkana was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. They definitely offer the full package (Nunu, Kambo, Ayahuasca and 5-MeO-DMT). The facilitators are amazing, specially Shantanu, the shamans are committed to your healing process, to help you, and you will definitely feel their love. To be honest, it was not an easy process for me, I had a lot of pain and stuff to clean up, but ultimately, that was my goal… Cleaning, healing… I feel satisfy with the results and keep working everyday on bringing the lessons learned to my life. I am planning to repeat this retreat every year. It was life changing and it helped me understand a lot of things about myself and others. I strongly recommend Arkana to anyone interested on healing, understanding themselves, understanding others, living with purpose, feel the peace and love the universe has for us… Thanks Arkana for this unforgettable experience! Looking forward to meet again this year 🙂
I knew what I wanted and I knew where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted (and felt like I needed and was called to do) Ayahuasca and I knew I was being called to the jungle of Peru to do this. What I didn’t know, was WHERE to go. I looked at a few different places, but I kept being called back to Pulse Tours or Arkana as it became to be known. I wanted safe, but also wanted rustic. I was not looking for a vacation or a retreat or a spa. I’ve done Ayahuasca previously, so I was not going for an “experience” but instead was looking for the healing power the plant could lend to me. I knew my intentions and what I wanted to explore, I just needed the place that could help facilitate this desire.
Arkana did this and actually exceeded my expectations! I did a 2 week intensive and what I ended up experiencing was love, friendship, self introspection, massive amounts of present moment awareness and a solid foundation in which to move forward in life and to recall in times of doubt or stress.
I initially made the choice of Arkana based on my own feelings, the reviews available and from my other research . . . It was all well founded.
This was a bit of a spiritual journey for me and I really was able to take in the entire experience on my trip to Peru and to Iquitos to meet up with the group. Arriving and getting ready was easy and was well organized. Alise and Angel were absolutely what my journey needed. Soft and calm, but also very strong and safe vibe they exuded.
The Center itself, while still perfectly rustic, was also so much more well put together than what I expected. In embarking on a journey of this magnitude and where you are going to be willingly subjecting yourself to a very strong substance, safety and comfort is a huge contributor to ensuring that the effectiveness is optimal. The last thing I wanted was to be worried about all this given everything else that I was hoping to go into. Arkana and the staff were absolutely vital and amazing. I can not, nor would I want to imagine any different scenario or group of facilitators and shamans than what I experienced.
Back on the center, I found it safe and comforting. The location was ideal on the edge of the jungle but right on a little tributary to the Amazon. Falcon was an amazing guide on all the excursions and was a ton of fun. The meals were well prepared and were actually a lot more tasty than what I was expecting. I truly enjoyed the 2 week cleanse.
The ceremony nights themselves were magical, even if every one of them was not necessarily filled with rainbows and lollipops. My first week I was with a huge group and my second week I was with a small group and both weeks were perfect. We had 3 shamans and 4 facilitators each ceremony, which during one night equated to a 1:1 ratio. I thought the shamans were perfect for my experience and Rob and Weronka made the ceremonies so amazing, easing us out of the evening and into the morning with their music and song. Bronte and Christian rounded out our facilitators and each one was just so absolutely special in the energy they contribute to the circle.
All in all, if you are wanting an Ayahuasca, in a safe setting, that honors the plant in the way that was intended with people who contribute so positively to the space everyone is in, Arkana is by far a wonderful selection and I fully endorse coming here.
I was a lost suicidal gay man who struggled with meth addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and self-acceptance rooted in unresolved childhood sexual trauma. In a very beautiful way, Ayahuasca illuminated my darkness and despair with a light that allowed me to connect, see, feel, sort, understand, forgive and recover. It has been a long and difficult journey, but not a day goes by that I do not smile with gratitude and pride over for my life changing decision to work with Ayahuasca and allow the medicine to continue healing me (it is very true what they say about integration—I continue processing the experience with a supportive therapist and friends who have worked with the medicine). With tears in my eyes, I can genuinely say this: today I am connected, happy, and thriving. I am also profoundly grateful to the healers, facilitators, and retreats in the Amazon and Sacred Valley that led me to the present—a moment I previously never occupied. Arkana figures prominently among them. Arkana Sacred Valley is a beautiful, rooted, and established program to begin or continue an Ayahuasca journey. Honestly, it was not my first. My first was with another reputable program in the Amazon forest one year ago. I signed up for this past New Year’s retreat at Arkana Sacred Valley almost on blind faith because the timing, duration and location of the retreat worked with my travel schedule. I had concerns that Arkana would never live up to my first experience, but it did. I also had concerns that my experience at Arkana would contradict or confuse my first experience, but it did not. It was a profound and seemingly seamless continuation of my earlier journey, and there was so much about my experience with Arkana that made Arkana so special in its own right. The Sacred Valley location is truly serene and mystical, and I loved how Arkana offered field trips to take it all in. And the Arkana property along the rushing Urubamba River could not be a more perfect, beautiful and comfortable spot. I spent many wonderful hours sitting along that river wrapped in a Peruvian blanket I bought at the Cusco market reflecting on the Ayahuasca ceremonies that were exquisitely performed by the Shipibo healers, and assisted by the Arkana facilitators that created a beautiful and safe space. I loved that the ceremonies did not abruptly end when the healers ended their amazing icaros, but continued into the night with the guitars, harps and vocals of the facilitators that helped ease you back to physical reality. I also loved how Arkana thoughtfully and effectively incorporated the use of other medicines like Huachuma (San Pedro) and Sapo (Sonoran Desert Toad). There are many, but one moment that really captured the spirit and love of Arkana was when I came back into my body during the Sapo ceremony. What happened during that ceremony was truly profound (I cannot give it away) and I was very emotional after. I saw the owner Jose across the room and mouthed “thank you.” He smiled at me with all the goodness, warmth, and understanding in the world and mouthed back “you’re welcome.” I think about this often, and how lucky I was to be in the hands of people who really do care about healing others. I have to say it again—Thank You.
I did my first 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies at Arkana in the Amazon, which I am deeply thankful that I did! I was looking for the perfect center for almost two months prior to my trip, then my Shaman friend gave me the OK after showing him this place. This retreat is perfect for anyone who wants to get into Ayahuasca, either if you are a first timer or a long time Ayahuasca adventurer, this place is simply incredible. The food, the people working there and the Shamans. They are all incredible and they will make you feel safe and loved from when you first arrive. The Shamans are very powerful and their singing amazing! The Ayahuasca is also fairly strong there, as I did my preparations it was enough to breakthrough on a single cup. The facilities are great with comfortable rooms, a beautiful outdoor area and they even manage to provide wifi for some crazy reason. You would not think that is possible all the way out there. Of course, wifi is not really needed and should be used at a minimum while focusing on Aya, but for me that has work on the go wherever I travel, this was very helpful to me. If you’re looking for an amazing and safe place to do your Ayahuasca journeys, Arkana is definitely the place to go! I can not wait to go back and learn more from the people working there, as well as the plant 🙂
I have no words strong enough to express my deepest gratitude for these 2 intense weeks at Arkana Sacred Valley. It definitely made me grow and changed my life. There is a before and an after Arkana’s experience. It opened an unexplored yet and exciting spiritual path.
The place is beautiful, at the feet of the sacred river and surrounded by mountains. The accommodation is really comfy. The amazing food, respecting the specific diet, is a self-service buffet. So you can eat until you feel fulfilled. You can also grab tea and fruits all day long.
The shamans are highly skilled, extremely experienced and reliable, and also truly caring.
All the facilitators are beautiful beings helping you through your ups and downs with an open heart, a lot of patience and compassion.
All the staff is helping you to realize your true potential, pruning the un-essential to reach the essence of your soul.
You can really feel that everyone there loves their job and is invested all heartedly in it.
I realized so many things during these 2 weeks. I could compare it to 10 years of psychotherapy. The process was sometimes really hard but I was able to deeply understand the causes of some of my blockages and set them free for good.
When I left Arkana, I was finally feeling my heart beating, like if it was the first time in my life. No more fortress around it! I felt so much lighter and at peace. I could finally see the beauty of life!
Three weeks later, I feel a huge difference in my life. I am at least 50% calmer and solve issues faster whenever they come, instead of flipping out every time I have challenging news. I feel more grounded too. My intuition is very sharp and my sensations as well. My tolerance to hear people complaining is extremely limited, even with my friends. I am careful to keep my energy and my connection with this planet Earth very alive. Somehow, I feel empowered, as so many unnecessary fears are now gone for good. The work I did there was huge and I definitely start seeing all the benefits. Even though it’s hard to put words on feelings, I enjoy life in a fuller way.
There is a part of my heart that will always stay with Arkana as it is my first Ayahuasca retreat. I now know I am not alone. We are all together and all connected.
I definitely recommend it. I know I will go back there again.
Going into the Amazon jungle for a week and experiencing the sacred medicine was seriously life-changing. It was honestly magical. The music of the rainforest, the all encompassing atmosphere, the feeling like I was on one big treehouse…just amazing.
It is so vastly different than being in California, even if I went to the mountains somewhere. It really pulls you out of your comfort zone in the best way possible. I had the amazing opportunity to go to both centers in the Amazon and Sacred Valley. The Amazon Arkana is very raw and real. You’re dealing with mosquitos and huge spiders, but the sound of the jungle is so special. If you want a down and dirty experience with the exotic feeling with monkeys and sloths, then the Amazon is meant for you. If you want a more soft, comforting, more modern experience, I would recommend Sacred Valley. I did really love the other medicines offered at Sacred valley such as San Pedro and Temascal that weren’t in the jungle. San Pedro was hilarious and such a fun experience!
Arkana is built to tear you open and allow for a rebirth of sorts. It pulls apart your heart, your emotional body, your spirituality, your fixed mentality and makes room for the truth of who you really are.
No one person had the same experience with the Ayahuasca but everyone did come out a new person. There were so many wonderful medicines and ceremonies and the best part is, all of them supported each other. Also the sound baths, flower baths, yoga, breath-work etc really brought it all together. It would be impossible not to change in some way even if you chose not to experience any of the medicine.
The facilitators were so wonderful and helpful. You can tell that they are all there out of love for others. I always felt safe and protected. As a woman in my late 20s it can be scary to go to another country on your own (well.. to the jungle in the middle of nowhere) and be put in such a vulnerable state with the medicine but I can tell you now, I always felt well taken care of and safe.
If Mother Ayahuasca has been calling to you, look no further. This is the place the go! You will not find a more authentic experience than this. They have truly thought of everything to make your journey well rounded and as peaceful as possible. Getting there can be a little daunting but I assure you, once you arrive, you will not worry about a single thing (except for maybe where your purge bucket is and the giant spiders haha).
I hope this has helped anyone looking for a life changing experience. You will not regret it.
Some things to be aware of:
– Honestly do the diet they lay out for you prior to coming and continue it after you leave. Your stomach will thank you.
– Wear loose comfortable clothes for ceremony. Things easy to remove in a hurry lol.
-This is the Amazon, there are bugs and giant spiders. Proceed with caution and you’ll be fine. BUG SPRAY IS ESSENTIAL. Seriously though. I would recommend essential oil bug spray. It seemed to work the best.
-When I went end of February it was very hot. Light layers, breathable fabrics, hats, sandals are best.
-Bring a mosquito net for your face when you do the jungle tour. Also, wear long loose pants and long sleeved loose top to avoid getting bit by mosquitos. Seriously.
-The medicine can be hard. Its important to trust the work and continue with faith. Your body might wig out and shake, you might puke your guts out, you might have no physical response at all. Every experience is valid and I promise you the medicine IS working.
-Be ready for big changes. You might get information that sets you on a new path. Be ready to accept it.
-Go in with an open heart and open mind. Everything you’ve been taught in traditional “life” will be ripped open and tested. Let go of everything you think you know and be ready to experience magic.
Arakana was my first ayahuasca retreat, although I did not take the medicine due to an unexpected pregnancy, i still attended the ceremonies and it was the most transformational time of my life.
I will be returning to arkana to work with mother ayahuasca soon.
also, the atmosphere at arkana was just so pure and healing in itself. I have much love for my arkana family.
There are no words for this place , it was by far the best place I have ever stayed . From the moment I walked through their doors I was made feel like I was part of the Arkana family. From accomodation to food to the ceremonies, everything was perfect .
I am truly grateful for Arkana and all the staff .
Highly recommended ☘☘❤
Could not have asked for a better time. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The facilitators were thoughtful, smart, wise, kind, and intentional. The whole process felt geared toward productive experiences with ayahuasca, and the folks at Arkana have made this their life’s work. It shows. I highly recommend this place and will be back.
It’s been a little over two months since I left the Arkana Sacred Valley center, and I feel so much more at peace now. I can’t put into words how thankful I am that I got to experience mother Aya at such an amazing place with such amazingly beautiful people.
Now that I know what it’s like to meet mother Aya, I think the facilitators and Shamans are the most important aspect to consider when choosing a retreat. The facilitators at Arkana are genuine, kind, and caring. The center also has two amazing Shamans with 40+ years of experience. During every ceremony, both Shamans sang personalized icaros songs to each guest. You won’t get this kind of personalized care at a larger retreat center.
If you are looking for a safe experience in a beautiful location, with delicious food, nice facilities, and genuinely caring people, than the Arkana Sacred Valley center is the place for you!
To say that my time at Arkana changed my life is an understatement.
I can honestly say I didn’t know what love was until spent time there.
The team at Arkana are an amazing bunch of people full of love understanding and knowledge. I feel extremely lucky to have chosen this place as my ayahuasca retreat.
100% would go back in a heart beat!! 🙂
I spent a week at amazonian Arkana retreat , and did four ayahuasca ceremonies, Kambo ceremony and Rapé. Before I arrived I made some research so mentally I was quite ready to face whatever ayahuasca was going to show me. And I can tell you it was intense.
By the time I left, I was in love with the place, and the wonderful staff who work there.
The food, the accommodation, the jungle scenery, the shamans and the support and help given by the facilitators was all top notch. Ten out of ten from me!
My 2 weeks experience with Arkana Spiritual Center were the most amazing, healing and learnful experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life.
If you’re reading this review, chances are that you’re contemplating doing an Ayahuasca Retreat yourself and I would like you to take the time and properly read about my experiences with Arkana, because I’m absolutely sure that you’ll want to join our big Arkana family afterwards!
I started my journey at the Arkana Amazon center in the jungle. I felt so connected with the Ayahuasca plant medicine, nature and everything around me. Already in these first 4 ceremonies I’ve learned, understood and made peace with almost every bad experience that I’d had in my life so far.. The medicine is so generous and omniscient that she’ll always show you what you need. After only 1 week it felt like the shamans, the facilitators, the other group members and me had become one big family that support eachothers process and progress!
I then went on to the Arkana Sacred Valley center to deepen my process with the Ayahuasca medicine. Even after you think that you’ve dealt with what you came here for, there’s always something new to work on. This week was just as amazing and insightful as the previous one in the jungle. I especially enjoyed the San Pedro ceremony at the end of the week. It was the perfect ending to my healing and learning process.
I would recommend doing Ayahuasca with the Arkana Spiritual center to everybody!
Not only is the team of facilitators and shamans absolutely lovely, but the locations are perfect to really connect to yourself, nature and your healing process.
I had a 14 day retreat, one week in the Amazone Jungle Retreat and one week at the Sacred Valley Retreat.
It was the most eye opening experience I’ve had in my life! traumas i didnt even know that i had were comming up and finally left my system! Things from my birth, that i never thought would influence my life became so clear to me. I could finally comprehend and understand knowledge I’ve had for a long time, but knowledge is only in the head, and this Ayahuasca Retreat made it possible for me to take that knowledge into my heart and through integration i can transform it into Wisdom. The Jungle retreat was amazing (besides the Mosquitos and Spiders, but thats a small adjustment to get used to), I felt really connected to the Jungle and the Ayahuasca Medicine! The Facilitators were all very professional and kind! And the Shamans in my opinion were an amazing help and guide during the ceremonies and were really helpful and insightful in the group shares. The Arkana Amazone Jungle Spiritual Center was the perfect first Ayahuasca experience for me, and i would recommend it to anyone thats thinking about trying to work with this sacred medicine!
The Arkana Spiritual Center in Sacred Valley felt like luxury after being in the Jungle for a week. There i felt like I’ve got so much knowledge about the importance of the Breath in the Breathworks, I’ve learned about how important Intentions are and how powerful our way of thinking and believes are! The Excursions we had were really intresting, to learn about those ancient cultures and old believes was really humbling! and the Tourguides at both the Jungle center and Sacred Valley were so kind and explained everything you could think of asking them!
Long story short, if youre thinking about going to an Ayahuqsca retreat, i honestly dont think there is a better choice than Arkana!
I went to Arkana Spiritual Center for a week long retreat in the end of July beginning of August 2018. They have beautiful very healing grounds. The Shamans were very authentic indigenous people with years of experience. The staff and facilitators are excellent and helped me greatly. I highly recommend them for an excellent experience. ~Sam Dillon
AYA SAVED MY LIFE
IT OPENED ME UP IN MANY POSSIBLE WAYS
I COULD NOT IMAGINE BEFORE
MY LIFE IS SO UTTERLY DIFFERENT
I AM UTTERLY DIFFERENT
I AM SOMEONE NEW
THANK YOU SO MUCH
The Arkana retreat in the Sacred Valley is nestled in a beautiful location. The grounds themselves are tended to with love and care and this is more than reflected in the smiles and hearts of the staff that work there.
The rooms themselves are comfortable, clean and well maintained (at least our room was), it could sometimes be a bit tricky to navigate the stairs after a ceremony if you’re on the top floor but that was no biggy (!) (it did take me like 10 mins to walk up them one night but that’s because i spent a while stargazing(!)
The facilitators themselves couldnt be better. They genuinely care about you, fill you with love and help guide you on, or start your spiritual journey.
The staff really did make the retreat..
The ceremonies themselves are well managed and the energy is electric. if you’re on the fence about the toad ceremony – get off the fence and book it – easily the single most profound moment of my life and way more than i was expecting – the ceremony itself is held in a seperate area to the ayahuasca ceremonies and it’s very personal and intimate.
Those who have said it was disorganized – I don’t really agree with that but it is a bit casual/laid back with regards to organization of which personally like. I have enough regimentation in my western life!
I will hopefully be back to Arkana – and i look forward to finding out what their amazon retreat is like!
I love you guys, all of you x
I was recently at the Arkana Sacred valley back in January 2019. It’s a great center! I highly recommend anyone wanting to do a Ayahuasca ceremony to go there. Not only do they offer Ayahuasca but also Sapo and San Pedro. The Shamans are knowledgeable and wonderful! They are very open and kind. They both have about 40+ years each of experience with the medicine . Their Icaros are amazing and literally move you!
The facilitators are also just as amazing. They are always within reach and always more than happy to answer any questions for you. They all have amazing voices which are wonderful to hear while under Ayahuasca. Everyone there is so kind and always happy to help. The people that run the center are always available for any questions and happy to help. The kitchen staff is wonderful! The food is delicious and they cater to any dietary needs. The staff that cleans the rooms and does laundry is also very helpful. There are a couple of extra services they offer on the side. I highly recommend you try anyone of those out. I did get a massage and tried out magnetism therapy as well. Highly recommended!
When I say everyone there was helpful and kind I mean every single person I saw at the center. Even the resident dogs and cat!
The center is located near a river that sounds amazing when in ceremony.
Arkana sacred valley also offers a trip to Machu Picchu. I would recommend you take the trip. It is extra but definitely worth the money.
I honestly can not find one thing I did not like about the center.
This trip was life changing!
Highly recommend Arkana Sacred Valley center.
I can’t speak highly enough of my experience with Arkana retreat. The facility used to be a hotel. Each room has private bathroom. There is a dedicated ceremony area as well as eating area. It is positioned right along a river with plenty of space to walk and find private space if wanted.
The staff is incredible. They provide so much love and peace to work through whatever challenge you bring. They are all accomplished artists and provide the energy and music to help you through your experience.
My experience with the other guests drawn to Arkana was one of love and healing to the last person. Everyone left with new lifelong friends to stay in contact with.
The days are filled with activity and preparation to achieve your goals in both private and group sessions. There are also days to travel to Machu Picchu or hike one of the many mountains nearby to see the Salt Mines. They also provide a guided day tour to shopping at a local village.
The Shamans were amazing. They were extremely powerful and knowledgeable about energies and the plant medicine.
The medicine was powerful and led me to where I needed to go for my goals. The Shamans and staff understand what they are providing and guide all to achieve their goals with the plant medicine.
I highly recommend Arkana if you are looking for a plant medicine healing retreat.
FYI: this experience is for the Sacred Valley retreat.
I was lucky enough to spend a week at the retreat for my first ayahuasca experience. After a few years of interest I finally got the calling to come to Peru and after several weeks of research settled on Arkana.
It was truly one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made.
The setting is beautiful: a garden of Eden full of flowers, and hummingbirds set between mountains and a river on one side. As we entered the grass was impossibly bouncy underfoot and the most lovely dog greeted us at the door.
Everyone working at the retreat are awesome beautiful people. They did their best from day one to get to know us and help to prepare us and to settle the nerves. The love and vibes of the place is palpable from the moment you enter. They all have their own talents that they bring to group activities (yoga, meditation, sound meditation, beautiful music after the ceremonies, etc.)
The facilities are great, including the rooms: great shower and towels! There’s also unlimited fruit and delicious Hierba Luisa tea at the reception in addition to the delicious meals (including vegan options). Perfect after a night of purging
One of the greatest things about Arkana was being able to spend time with the shamans so that they could get to know you better to help you on your journey of healing. They care deeply about your healing and it is absolutely amazing that they share their experience with us. You are in the safest of hands here for sure.
Most amazingly for me was the lifelong friends that I have made during the retreat. After initial nerves and uncertainty everybody left with so much brotherly / sisterly love for each other. Hearing about everyone’s struggles and subsequent healing was remarkable. The sessions after the ceremonies turned out to be just as powerful as the experience itself. It was extremely emotional and heartwarming to observe everyone’s healing in progress.
We also had a couple outings as a group: to Pisac and local ruins, then to the impressive salt mines nearby.
The final day together was spent with Mr San Pedro where we trekked around the mountains. It was a beautiful day and the perfect way to cap off the trip.
If you are looking for healing and hear ayahuasca calling you then I certainly recommend Arkana with all my heart. The love that I have felt over this week will be with me forever and I aim to bring the best of me to everyone around me.
I wish you all the best of luck on your journeys.
No words can express the true benefit of my ayahuasca experience at the arkana retreat. Our language is finite and my communication with The Mother proved to me that love is truly infinite. My personal journey, like many looking at this review, started with difficulty of enjoying my life. Depression, anxiety, and anger plagued me and still can on occasion. But, now I know how to calmly deal with it, and put it aside. Ayahuasca is a personal training ground for life. Just like a martial artists practices in the gym, ayahuasca allows you to practice dealing with difficult personal situations. I learned how to love myself and what true love is. Just because I love my father dearly, doesn’t mean I love my mother any less. This perspective changed how I viewed the world. It is no longer, “I can’t believe this happened to me”, I see everything as an opportunity to learn and Grow. The environment you are in is the most trusting and loving I have ever been around. Every day you are encouraged to share publicly or personally one on one with what you’re working through. There are a plethora of mentors, shaman, and resources that you are bound to mesh with someone. I trust these people with my life, because they saved it. The growth I saw from my self and those around me was nothing short of amazing. The friends I made are eternal. If you are looking to grow, learn, and work through whatever plagues you, there is no better way to do it than working with Mother Ayahuasca at the Arkana Retreat.
I just returned home from my second trip to Arkana in Peru. My first visit was in November 2018 when I spent one week in the Sacred Valley followed by one week in the Amazon. My recent trip was spent in the Sacred Valley for one week in March 2019. I don’t know how to begin to describe my love and gratitude for the Arkana family and the sacred spaces they have created for the healing and transformation of others and in service to Mother Ayahuasca. The shamans, facilitators, and staff at each location are all highly competent and gifted and have mastered the art of holding sacred space for others with compassion and grace. The shamans and facilitators are all very generous of their attention, acceptance, love, wisdom, and creative talent. They supported my deep healing with the utmost love and care. My chronic asthma was healed in the jungle. My heart was opened and my capacity to love myself and others grew tremendously. My power, strength, and courage to be a source of light, love, and healing in this world were born in the arms of Ayahuasca.
I found the Sacred Valley center to be strongly feminine and the Amazon center to be strongly masculine. The balance and harmony created by visiting both in a single trip was noticeable. The Amazon is rustic with far fewer creature comforts than the Sacred Valley, which feels like a 4-star hotel comparatively, but some of my deepest healing happened in the jungle. They get right down to business when it comes to healing in the jungle. The bugs and heat become an afterthought. The food in each location was delicious, the music and singing was remarkable, and the willingness from staff to assist in all matters was exceptional.
I have felt more unconditional love at Arkana than I have in most relationships in my life. I look forward to visiting again in the future and keeping in touch with the people I formed strong bonds with on the journey. Aho!
Wow. I’ve never felt this way writing a review about anything ever so I’m a little overwhelmed. It feels like a million things want to be expressed all at the same time. So where to even begin. Well, I guess it’s always sage to kick things off with a bit of context. Though I am by no means an ayahuasca expert, I’m no greenhorn either. Counting the three ceremonies I did at Arkana I’ve now probably done somewhere around 60 in total. And of these 60 ceremonies, by my best estimation, I’ve sat with about 20 different groups/facilitators/shamans.
And right now, nearly three weeks after I’ve finished the retreat, with all the love and inspiration from the medicine still so present in me, with all the love and inspiration I feel for Arkana and their mission, I feel little need to beat around the bush. So I’m just going to say it. Of those 60 ceremonies I’ve done and of those 20 groups I’ve been fortunate enough to sit with, Arkana is simply by far the best. I mean, not even in the same league as the rest best. I mean, did not know one could go so deep with the medicine best. I mean, was not aware that ayahuasca containers like this could exist best. So excuse the sycophantic undertones that may permeate this review, but there’s simply no way to downplay the magic that is Arkana. So downplay it I shan’t.
I sensed that magic right from the go, I sensed that things were just happening on a different level. The first thing we did after the retreat kicked off was a private consultation with the shamans and support team, where we shared our intention with them. The shamans would then, based on each person’s intention and unique vibratory signature, craft icaros just for them. That’s right, these aren’t some songs they sing each night for a performance, they are living prayers. They are co-creations between these gifted healers and the plant spirits, icaros as instruments of healing crafted to serve the unique needs of each individual.
I’m really not a person to ever pedestalize anyone, but it was very challenging for me to not be in constant awe of the shaman. Maestra Justina is simply unlike anyone I have ever met. She is lovingly referred to as ‘Charrapita’ by the support team, in reference to a very small but very spicy local pepper. It’s an apt nickname, but only really becomes apparent once you’ve sat in a ceremony with her. It’s only then that it becomes clear that her being stretches way beyond the borders of her tiny frame.
I have this sense that all other shamans I’ve worked with in the past became a shaman at some point in their lives – in other words their becoming a shaman was hinged on a conscious decision. There was a time before being a shaman, a choice, then a path to become, and then being a shaman. But with Maestra Justina I have the sense that there was no such moment, no such decision. Maestra Justina did not ever become a shaman – she was born one. Being a conduit of the Jungle and a healer is part and parcel of her fabric – it’s simply who she is. She was born with this gift, born a gift, and even the word shaman, a concept, falls short. She just is – is that, the wisdom of the jungle, the healing prowess of Nature embodied in human form. And it is mostly her presence, deeply forged connections with the plant spirits, and otherworldly icaros that were the driving force behind these ceremonies being of a different caliber.
I would however be remiss to also not mention Maestro Cesar, Maestra Justina’s husband and the other shaman that lead the ceremonies. A phenomenal healer in his own right, and yet happy to take the backseat and allow his wife to direct the overall voyage. Individually they are two of the most powerful healers I have ever encountered, together they are a force simply without equal. And besides their phenomenal abilities as healers, they are two of the most bright, beautiful, loving and playful people I have ever met. They constantly laugh a real laughter emanating from the depths of their souls. They do the serious work, but at the same time remind us to not take it all too serious, that we’re all just playing our roles in the great cosmic drama.
In addition to these precious indigenous healers Arkana provided us with, they also had a bona fide team of eight all-star facilitators on hand. My sense of astonishment grew as the days unfolded and I got to know each one of them better, as I got to witness the depths of their gifts, as I got to see the true sense of service each one of them embody. They are like The Avengers of the sacred medicine world, anyone of them by themselves would have floored me as a facilitator, and then to have eight of them, it just felt unreal.
I could go on and on about every single facilitator and their unique gifts – Juan and his radiant, ever-present smile which only serves to foreshadow the depths of this warm heart. Teutli and all her subtle gifts and expert touches, showing us the power of the drum and the wisdom that it embodies, even for someone like me that “can’t drum”. Paco and his soft presence, cat-like, and yet always there to serve, to support, to share his knowledge. Angel with his impeccable presence, depth of knowledge and sharp, clear delivery thereof – thanks for letting me enjoy that moment with Pink Floyd in the ceremony! Ivan whose medicine is the music, who can pick up any instrument and transport your soul to a different time and place. Pamela, a true living example of what is meant by heart-wisdom. There are however two people at the centre of Arkana for whom I would I would like to offer a few more words.
Shantanu is the real deal. From the moment I met him, and apparently this is true for everyone else I mentioned this to, my heart just immediately warmed and opened to him. An affable chap if there ever was one, grounded, humble, present (PRESENT), and just absolutely overflowing with ageless wisdom. He is the “Chief Dharma Enforcer” of Arkana with a diamond mind which he only uses to crystallize the messages that are all clearly flowing from his heart. When Shantanu looks at you, you have no doubt that he is truly looking at you, and I have a sense when speaking to him it’s our hearts that are communicating.
With Shantanu there are no unnecessary words, and yet also no unnecessary silence – his speech carries a type of truth that gently cuts straight to the core of matters. For every moment he seemingly has the “perfect” words ready, spoken in a way that is warm and inviting, and in a manner which everyone can understand and relate to. As he reminded me, “knowledge without practice only strengthens the ego”, and it is clear that Shantanu has lived this wisdom, that his wisdom comes from a understanding of this work that stretches throughout all the layers of his being.
To truly understand what makes Arkana so profound you also have to know the backstory – why and how Jose started it. I’m not going to recount that here, fortunately his bio is available for you here – https://www.pulsetours.com/jose/. So if you have 2 minutes, I encourage you to open a new tab and read that now.
Jose is a beautiful living example that, no matter where you are in your life, what you are doing, how old you are, or how deeply embedded/invested you are in “the system”, you can completely transform your life. And not only will you transform your own life, but in so doing also become a pillar of light and catalyst for the healing and transformation of countless others. Such a remarkable and beautiful individual overflowing with love.
So potent in his ambitions and achievements, and yet when you hang out with him, Jose is “just one of us”. There are no pretenses, no holier-than- thou guru complex, no ego inflation whatsoever. He is playful, loving, open, and vulnerable like a little boy; and when appropriate attentive, insightful, and contained like some wise old sage. Jose is at once both completely relatable, and intensely admirable. In only six days I came to view Jose as just another brother on a parallel path, and also as a teacher pioneering ahead, encouraging and inspiring the rest of us to follow suite. In only six days, I literally came to love Jose with my whole heart.
It’s worth mentioning also that Arkana is not only completely and authentically committed to the healing of their guests, but also to the web of indigenous communities and natural environments they are embedded within.
I have been to many-a lecture and have read enough blog posts that intend to serve as a “call-to-arms” for the ayahuasca community. It’s no secret that, given the explosion of ayahuasca’s popularity in the West over the last decade or so, there is now tremendous strain on the natural populations of ayahuasca. Lots of talk on the onus now being on this new wave of retreat centres to start taking ownership of this overexploitation and address it by initiating concerted efforts to create sustainable systems for its production.
Talks are important, and they serve their role, so this is not a dig at the ones that have created the awareness regarding this issue. Rather, I want to just juxtapose it with what I learned about Arkana. After being in operation for only a handful of years, Jose and Arkana have already developed a number of amazing programs with the Shipibo community connected to their mission. Beyond the replanting of ayahuasca (employing local people in doing so), the Arkana Foundation also has a number of other programs exemplifying their commitment to giving back.
They have various programs working with the Shipibo communities to teach them valuable skills they believe would be able to benefit them economically. But what’s more, they are not just telling the Shipibo communities what it is they think would benefit them, but they are asking the communities what it is they need and also providing this – a communications tower in this case. In other word they are not just telling, they are also listening. A true partnership and a solid foundation on which to build a cross-cultural bridge, the type of bridges I believe we need now more than ever.
So when you invest in your own healing at Arkana you are not only not not having a negative impact on others (the privileged shifting of the burden, so to speak), not only a neutral effect, but indeed you are having a positive effect. Every dollar you spend at Arkana helps the growth of everyone and everything involved, both directly and indirectly.
As you’ve probably noticed the focus of this review is really to express my experience at Arkana specifically. I therefore decided not to espouse the pros and cons of using scared medicines and so won’t be casting any spotlight for a general, meta-level review. There exists ample information on this topic online, and it is really incumbent upon every individual to educate yourself as much as possible on this topic before deciding to see whether ot not this path is for you. I do however wish to share a few thoughts I believe would be value with one obvious caveat: these are all just my opinions. Though this is always true for everyone, I felt the need to highlight that here and now, so please keep that fact in mind.
Working with sacred medicines is a path in the truest sense of the word. It is a journey with no destination, where every arrival leads to the discovery of dozens more. Though the potency of it’s transformative potential is unmatched by any other path, both old and new, it’s still no silver bullet and to mistake it for such can only serve to hinder your progress on it. It’s a path and getting on this path, and even more so staying on it, takes tremendous commitment and courage. It’s a decision to willingly submit yourself, totally and utterly, to that which almost everyone else spends all their time and money trying to avoid. It’s to step forward, to open your heart, to stand there naked, and to receive truth. Truth in all its unbridled manifestations both small and big, raw and real, completely unavoidable and undeniable.
But on this path we consciously face the bitter truth because, though not pleasant, it is almost always beneficial. Committing to this path and to facing the truth has had a transformative effect on my life, and I have witnessed first-hand the same positive transformation in many others. And this transformation is available to anyone who approaches this path with humility and an open heart. It can benefit all wherever they’re at, from those affected by serious and debilitating trauma or other physical conditions, to those who seem according to society’s barometer to have “made it”, yet come as seekers because they don’t know exactly what it is they’ve supposed to have made. We can all walk this path to heal, to grow, to let go, to learn, to reconnect to our sense of humanity, to our sense of something greater with which we are connected. We can do this not to seek happiness, but to seek meaning, meaning which when glimpsed can then reveal where our true source of happiness may be found.
Ultimately however nobody can make the decision of whether or not to engage with these powerful alchemical agents but you yourself. The decision, like the only force that can bring about lasting change, has to come from the inside. The only things I can share with you here with complete conviction is that if you do decide to engage with sacred medicines, then there is likely no better place on face of the earth to do so than Arkana. There you may find, as I did, a spiritual home where open hearts, discerning wisdom, and an ever present sense of playful laughter all operate hand-in-hand to ensure the safest and most beneficial container for healing and growth.
A word of warning though: Arkana’s schedule is not for the faint of heart! It’s as full-on as full-on can be, and when you dive in you do so as deep as deep can be. If you’re of the resolve to only half-commit to this path, if you only desire to dip your toes in sacred medicine waters, well then Arkana might not be the right fit for you. If however you feel called and the will to commit to real change, growth, transformation, if you are ready to let go of that which does not serve you and become the best version of yourself, well then look no further than Arkana.
It’s been about three weeks and I am back home, still flying high with the magic of the medicine and Arkana percolating through me. I am filled with inspiration, guidance, and an expanded sense of humanity and beingness. I believe in Arkana, their team, Jose, Shantanu, Maestra Justina, and most importantly in the dream they are dreaming into existence. I have found a spiritual home, and I am so elated to have started what I believe to be a lifelong relationship, a place where I can continue to come with others to help each other grow and heal. And this is not true for only me, many others have already established this relationship, and of course the potential exists for you too.
I just finished a two week retreat, one week in the jungle one in the sacred valley. Words cannot explain the love, compassion, understanding, and compassion. I was suffering from severe PTSD from 22 years of military service. I can finally breath again and have the tools and understanding to move forward in my life. I am honored and blessed to have been here and to meet so many people. The staff were amazing and truly blessed us all and showered us with genuine 100% love.
During one of the post-ayahuasca group shares, in which an inclusive and sensitive environment is created for everyone to talk about their experiences, someone from the group said, ”I just need to know when to lead with my head and when to lead with my heart”. Jose, the founder of Arkana, replied in a very gentle tone, “Well, I think the idea is to lead with both at all times, no?”
For me that statement, as well as the empathetic way in which it was spoken, sums up the entire Arkana philosophy. There is such a deep knowledge and passion for plant medicine, and for healing of all kinds at this center. It can be felt in the attention to detail, the requirement to speak with a medical expert by phone before the retreat even begins, the peaceful grounds, the therapists, reiki practitioners, and energy healers present, the generous and knowledgeable shamans, the balance of male and female energy, the carefully adjusted chemistry of the brew based on feedback from the group, the attentive emptying of ‘purge’ buckets(!), the involvement and relationship with the local community, the meals and ever-available delicious local tea, the brilliant structure of each ritual leading to the next, and especially the inclusion of other healing traditions such as temazcal(sweat lodge), Sapo(DMT extracted from amazonian toad, no toads harmed), and ending the retreat with the blissful San Pedro cactus medicine (best vibe EVER!!!). Not to mention the sweetest two dogs and cat you will ever meet in your life as greeting committee! And the timing of the optional outings and tourist activities (with our personable, well-informed tour guide) seemed to flow seamlessly with the healing experience.
I also think that the intimate nature of this center attracts an interesting and eclectic group. There is zero ego or “guru complex” within the facilitators at Arkana, and this kind of humbleness and mutual respect permeates throughout every interaction there. We consisted of all ages, diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds, various reasons for being there, and even now I feel deeply bonded to each person in the group through this vulnerable, oftentimes hilarious, and thoughtful communal experience.
I chose to write this review at least one month after the retreat, knowing that I’d be settled back into reality at home. Some old patterns have returned, but for the most part I still feel quite altered for the better from the experience. Shortly after the retreat I received an email from one of the lovely facilitators with a recording of my personal “arkana” (the shamans come around to each individual mat and sing specifically to you based upon your intention). The email included advice on how to adjust back into daily life, what to eat, what to avoid, etc… along with an open-ended invitation to reach out to José or any of the facilitators for advice or help of any nature. And more recently I received a sincere personal email asking how I was doing.
In short, you are in unbelievably kind, good hands with this place. If you’re going to do ayahuasca, whatever your reasons, I can’t recommend Arkana enough.
Something to consider…
Arkana has two locations- Sacred Valley and the Amazon jungle near Iquitos. I went to the New Years retreat in the Sacred Valley. I spoke with a few people who have gone to both retreats, and apparently the jungle is much more energetically intense. They said the experience in Sacred Valley is a little gentler. There are also more tourist destinations such as Machu Picchu and Cusco near Sacred Valley. So that’s something to keep in mind depending on what kind of experience you want to have.
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!
I attended Arkana, Sacred Valley location, this past spring. The centre is beautiful and very comfortable-great food, beds, showers, etc. Yes, the place is first and foremost run as a business, which I can see from other reviews bothers some people, but I didn’t mind. This place is safe, and honestly, running it as a bit of a commercial enterprise keeps it safe, in my opinion.
I have to single out Angel, Alise, Paco and Rafael-such humble, compassionate, caring people! I learned so much from them.
Why not 5 stars? The staff are a bit disorganized, and we weren’t allowed the opportunity to check in as a group after 2 out of 3 of our sessions, like we were supposed to. Of course, we all chat, but I think a facilitated debrief is important. Also, I think Chandra should be a bit more discerning in selecting volunteers. There was one facilitator (I won’t mention his name because he thankfully no longer works there) who was incredibly immature, boasting about how much ayahuasca he had done, acting like a 5 year old. He was clearly there for the free drugs and nothing else, and it’s alarming he was allowed to stay for months (he was primarily at the Amazon jungle location, so maybe they do things differently over there).
I also want to add a note for folks who are considering ayahuasca as a potential treatment for severe anxiety. That’s why I was there. I had dabbled with therapies and meditation in the past, but never consistently, and had one terrible mushroom trip-that was the extent of my experience with psychedelics. Going into this experience, I had a fear of physical pain and discomfort (nausea, purging, as well as unfamiliar bodily sensations), but no fear about potential visual hallucinations. So, I guess it’s not surprising my trips manifested themselves purely in the body, and not in the mind. I didn’t purge, but I probably should have. During my second ceremony, I started to feel like my limbs were being ripped out of my body, and that my face was being attacked and cut up by chopsticks-it was the most intense physical pain I had ever felt (don’t worry! you always come out of the ceremonies feeling the best you ever have in your life-really nothing to be scared of) I realize now, this was my version of approaching ego death, as I really felt I was dying, but my ego is was so intact and my mind so rigid after a lifetime of destructive thinking, that I was able to stop the experience by curling into a fetal position and repeating to myself “this too will pass” until the medicine wore off. I have since started practicing Vipassana meditation (10 day retreat and now for 2 hours per day) and I do wish I had learned that technique before trying ayahuasca. I know I would have allowed my trip to run its course and I think I would have experienced what they call ego death. I have absolutely no regrets about trying ayahuasca and will do it again, but I would strongly suggest that any folks reading this who have anxiety, to try meditating very seriously for months before trying aya-you will get so much more out of it!
I had stayed at Arkana Sacred Valley for one week in October. I have worked with the Medicene before coming to Arkana. I always had issues with trusting the Medicene and battling fear and anxiety during ceremony which prohibited me from having any type of breakthrough. The retreats I participated in prior to Arkana had 80 plus people during ceremony. It was definitely overwhelming for me and there were a lot of distractions. We had a total of 8 during my stay at Arkana and it was absolutely perfect. The shamans were so amazing!! I had never experienced the personal icaros before and it was simply magical. In a nutshell, the Medicene unlocked childhood traumas for me which were needed to be released in order for me to understand my life, my behaviors, etc. Those traumas were completely blacked out and stuck inside my soul. Although it was very difficult to face, that night changed my life. I do not carry with me any type of hate or resentment, I now have peace. The workers at Arkana were by my side throughout this entire journey. They were all there to offer support and love. They are all angels in my eyes. The grounds at Arkana were beautiful and the rooms were very cozy and the bed was SUPER COMFY!! I did a lot of extra things like Reiki, massages and bio magnetic therapy. I’m so glad I brought the extra money for those services because it just added to my experience. The food was delish!!! I loved how we could leave the retreat and go travel to Machu Picchu and other locations. I felt very very safe at Arkana and it’s so important for me as a female that travels alone. The sweat lodge ceremony was amazing and the day we drank San Pedro was beautiful. Words cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for Arkana and everyone that works there. If I feel the call to work with another again, I would definitely go back!!!
Much love! Michelle NJ
I started researching Ayahuasca about 4 years ago. After many years of anxiety and depression taking over my life, I was looking for something to actually make sense for me. I had tried everything… EVERYTHING! Therapy, medication, support groups, vitamin supplements, you name it. But nothing truly took away the weight that had been holding me down. Even though I thought I had worked through grief, abuse and trauma… it seemed to linger and at times overwhelm all parts of my life. After finally finding a “partner in crime” to join me on my journey, I chose Arkana Spiritual Center for this experience. I truly didn’t know what to expect or what would come of this, but I felt such an extreme pull.
The experience was difficult, there were times I just wanted to go home. My “programmed mind” would creep in and try to convince me that the experience was crazy and too much. But just as the facilitators and shamans continued to say… “you have to trust the medicine and surrender”… I did! I forced myself through the fear and I am forever changed for doing so.
I can not imagine a better place or better people to help me on this journey! Arkana is a true gift and the people are truly there to help and to love you through the journey. I returned home a few weeks ago with the weight gone. I no longer feel the negative, the overwhelming negative emotions, or the sense of doom. I am FREE!! And I owe it completely to EVERYONE at Arkana. The experience was one I will treasure for the rest of my life! There’s still work to do, and I have dedicated my life to continue the journey. Arkana, the facilitators and the medicine have given me the “missing link” I had been searching for, for so long.
If you are being pulled to the medicine, If you are searching for the connection you feel that you have lost… Arkana is the place to find your LOVE, SPIRIT, STRENGTH and HEALING!
I’ve been waiting roughly 10 years to start my journey with the medicine! A few months ago I knew it was time, Mother Aya was calling me! It was time now to pick up a center and with the first search i sure found a lot of them, it wasn’t easy to just pick one,it had to be right one! I came across Arkana reading reviews and experiences of others ,I cannot explain what it was but I knew Arkana was the one! I booked a one week reatreat at the end of September and i was still terrified by the thought of being in the middle of the jungle ,being surrounded by snakes and spiders and all kinds of bugs! All of it was gone as soon as ve arrived at the center! The views of the Amazan and Ucayali rivers was just breathtaking, the jungle was just so majestic and beautiful! There was nothing to be afraid of anymore! I’ve never felt more safe! The center is well maintained and clean! The staff was always so helpful and kind! The facilitators were amazing, always there for us,during the day,the night,during ceremonies,they has so much love and kindness to offer. The shamans were amazing and so powerful,we did such good work during the retreat,plus we had the opportunity to work with other powerful medicines like Kambo ,Sapo, Nunu.
As I mentioned before,I only had a one week retreat booked initially but a week later I found myself in the Sacred Valley and i knew my journey wasn’t done yet,I booked another week with Arkana family in the Sacred Valley and the place is just magical, located in the valley,right on the Urubamba river, surrounded by the Andes! It was really rewarding to be there and the week that fallowed was just beautiful, again great staff,amazing facilitators ,exceptional shamans and powerful medicines. I also had the honor to meet the owner of Arkana, Jose, a man truly caring, kind, humble and driven by his purpose to help and serve others! There are not enough words to describe my experience with Arkana and how grateful i am for healing my soul, for opening my heart,for teaching me how to love again! ❤️
I’ve been home from my trip to Arkana Spiritual Centre for a month now. I wanted to wait before writing this review so that I could give this perspective from a more balanced place. Reflecting on how I feel now and reading my journal entries from those 2 weeks can be summarized in 2 words: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. I was shown pure unconditional love from the Shaman, the facilitators, my fellow visitors and all the Arkana staff both in the U.S. and in Peru. It was with the help of all these beautiful people that I learned how to love myself – the most important love of all. The Arkana people have carefully created an environment to support healing and growth. They are there with the purest intentions and give their love freely.
I spent 1 week in the Sacred Valley and 1 week in the Amazon Jungle. Although vastly different, both are well managed, maintained, comfortable and clean. My Sapo ceremony in the Sacred Valley was a vastly beautiful experience. The sounds of the Jungle at night connected me to Mother Earth and Father Universe and taught me that we are all so much greater than our form – a lesson I am very grateful for. The facilitators in both locations are incredibly gifted musicians.
If I could rate Arkana 10 stars I would! I have already recommended it to my family and friends and am planning to return next summer.
I went to Arkana near the end of August this past summer. My experience there was absolutely incredible. Arkana is a space of pure love. Over the one week I was there, I really connected with myself and the jungle. I learned so much about myself and I think because I was really open to the Ayahuasca I was able to have the experience I needed to move forward with my life. The center is absolutely beautiful and is just on the river in the Amazon rainforest. The helpers there are literally angels and were very friendly and helpful whenever we needed it. A big shout out to Angel, Nidia and Sarah for being great teachers as well as helpers. The shamans at Arkana were astonishing and had so much love to give. Their singing of the Icaros was beautiful and they created a protected space for healing and self-exploration. There were a lot of activities during the day like fishing, exploring the jungle and yoga which I really enjoyed. I also really liked how they offered other medicines other than Ayahuasca such as Kambo, Nunu, and Sappo. These medicines made my healing and experience exponentially greater. Overall my experience at Arkana was one of the most profound experiences of my life and I would highly recommend this retreat center to anyone who is looking to do Ayahuasca in a protected space of love.
Overall I had an amazing experience at Arkana Sacred Valley 7 day retreat. The facilitators and the Shamans were incredible and that is the #1 priority for a retreat in my opinion. The food was good although it seemed less strict on the diet than the last place I went to. The accommodations were good although it did get a little chilly even with a space heater in the winter. I did have one night where the power went off and since I need to use a medical device to sleep at night this was frustrating as I was told the facility had 24/7 power but the staff took my call at midnight and had someone pick me up and take me to their place where the power was still on which was really nice of them. The location is amazing, right in the heart of Sacred Valley on the river; hiking is great right outside the door.
If this is your first time I HIGHLY recommend following the diet and restrictions on drugs/alcohol very closely for at least 14 days (30 days better) as you will get more out of the experience in terms of insight and visions rather than spending a lot of time up front purging out the junk in your body. Overall I highly recommend this retreat and will be going back!
A few items that are making this review 4 stars instead of 5 (I already provided this feedback verbally and I assume next visit will be 5 stars!):
1) The ceremony hall had no heat and it got really cold at night during the winter. It would have been nice not to have to deal with this as part of the experience, but was doable/manageable with layers.
2) The hike during the Huachuma day was fun but our guide didn’t take us down the safest route. While we all made it back safely this could have been managed more professionally. I know the boundary between staff/participant can get blurred when everyone is taking the plant medicine as part of the experience but this is one time where I feel it should have been a little more of a “guided” hike both up and down rather than blazing a new trail. I still had a blast this day though, one of my favorite days!!!
3) I missed my flight the last day due to the Taxi driver showing up over an hour late. I know this isn’t Arkana’s fault per se, but I still expected them to ensure I got to/from the airport as promised and so this experience was a little disappointing (and stressful!). However, when I spoke to the owner Jose about my issue he agreed to provide a credit in the amount of the cost to change my ticket which speaks volumes about the integrity of this business.
I spent my New Years eve at a 10-day Ayahuasca retreat in the Sacred Valley, at a Spiritual Center called “Arkana”, and boy what a magical experience it was. When I reflect on my time there, the words that come to mind are: Powerful, Beautiful, Loving. The team is world class. Each and every one of them added to my experience. The Shaman has a pure soul and a huge heart and I felt completely safe and inspired in his presence. The facilitators were multi-dimensional talents, and inspired awe in me. On several occasions I couldn’t help but feel deep gratitude that we were supported through our journeys by so many deeply talented and truly caring people.
The environment was warm and inviting and I felt comfortable being vulnerable throughout my time there. And the positive vibes were felt by many. My fellow attendees became very close, and connected, and still communicate actively several months after we left the retreat. In fact, we’re coordinating a return trip back to Arkana!
I can’t recommend them highly enough. I look forward to seeing each of them again for another retreat!
Wow enlightenment at its best. I have PTSD and went there with my heart and mind wide open. I was running out of option when I went here. I have to say being alone and far away from home wasn’t an issue. The people at Arkana really care about you and take care of you and give you guidance when needed or ask for. The Price is worth every penny. This place is a real deal and NOT a tourist trap. Met some wonderful people there and left as friends.
I chose Arkana Spiritual Center in the Sacred Valley to attend one of their 1WK Ayahuasca Retreats recently and it was truly outstanding in any possible way. From the moment I arrived, the warmth of Chandra, the center manager made me feel at home. As a first time Ayahuasca drinker, I was very apprehensive about the whole experience, but the team of facilitators quickly put me at ease and made my retreat a very special one. They are a group of gentle warm hearted individuals that treat everyone with great respect and love and are fully committed to serving others. Jorge and Sulmira their shamans are very talented healers, who helped me work through some childhood trauma that I had been carrying for a long time.
Cant say all of my experience was rainbows and ponies, because Ayahuasca can be very challenging at times, but it was all worth it. I came out of the retreat with a fresh perspective on life and have never been happier. I will forever be grateful to these people that helped me rediscover my better self. If you feel the calling to come and try to medicine I could not think of a better place to do it than Arkana, they are true professionals and really care about their guests. Two thumbs up and six stars! I would definitely do it again!
The staff are exceptional, and this experience was transformational. I recommend this to all my friends and loved ones. If you’re wondering if you should go, just go!
Just came off a 2 week retreat in the Amazon and it surpassed my expectations. This retreat was the real deal. The staff, facilitators, and shamans go above and beyond to make sure the passengers get the most out of the experience. From the daily excursions to the delicious food, to the clinical ceremonies, it all runs smoothly. Thanks to everyone involved for making me feel comfortable for my first Ayahuasca experience!
I went to a retreat recently at Arkana and I have to stay — beware. Although many note positive experiences, please be sure ON YOUR OWN that you are mentally stable and ready to partake in this experience.
The medical intake/interview process with Rafael Lopez is beyond absurd. After describing my state to him — how mentally unstable I was, on verge of breakdown, feeling on the verge of snapping etc., he reassured me I would be safe. While I take full responsibility for my decision to try and help myself out of a very poor state, the intake process is dangerously misguided — trust YOUR own judgment if you are ready to take part in this.
Secondly, I was encouraged to take part in the Sapo ceremony — the guide instructed me that this experience would be straightforward and safe, more straightforward than ayahuasca and get to the root of the issue. She explained that I would simply lean back, fall asleep, and have a quick vision. Yet again, I was misinformed as the complete opposite happened — my body lost control and contorted, I screamed, thrashed around violently and had to be held down. At one moment, it felt like I lost complete sanity. While this may happen, I am upset I wasn’t informed this would be a possibility, especially after describing over and over my mental state at that time.
Following my experience, I was hospitalized and am still not ok. Suicidal ideation is an every day occurrence and I only hope to get better.
I don’t mean to make this a post of victim blaming, as again I take responsibility for wanting to try something and get better. However, the medical intake process and guides at Arkana completely misinform you and don’t prepare you for the experiences whatsoever. Do your OWN research (as I have, with the exception of Sapo — I later learned this is 10x more intense than ayahuasca).
I attended the 7 day Arkana retreat in the Amazon, and the trip surpassed all expectations. It probably surpassed them in the first two days alone. Also, I didn’t even have expectations, but since I can’t think of any way for the trip to be enhanced, I’m just stunned that such a place really exists. There were times after a ceremony came to an end where we simply looked at each other and thought aloud, “Is this real?”
It might be worthwhile to note that Ayahuasca wasn’t a singular, life-defining experience for me. I understand its healing power, it opened a tremendous amount to me and will be a special moment of my life; I felt it accelerated my journey to understanding aspects of my life in a manner no other substance could, but in a grounded way it has limits. What does not have limits and what was more significant to me was the work of the staff and shamans at the center.
This is a serious substance and environment is everything. The kindness, preparation, and enhancement provided by the facilitators was so very, very helpful and meant so much to each and every one of us. They’re super-talented, selfless individuals called to do amazing work, and their examples was as inspiring as the medicine I experienced. They were open, knowledgeable, and giving of all they had. It’s much more difficult to describe the shamans… but they contributed about a million times more to the ceremony than I had expected. Can I say that I possess the skills necessary to review the shamans? No. Can I say they were unlike anything I had witnessed and quite clearly had dedicated their lives to plant medicines and healing? Without a doubt.
I apologize, this isn’t comprehensive, but I was trying to make the people standout since they deserve it and it wasn’t even on my radar before the trip. If I was looking for a difference maker – something that couldn’t be replicated elsewhere, they would be it. The facilities are wonderful, food perfect (tasty yet ideal for the situation), medicine is strong, every aspect of the trip was utterly authentic, and for my week – and what I suspect to be the case in the vast majority of weeks, the quality of people that a place like Arakana draws really can’t be assembled elsewhere. Thoughtful, talented individuals seeking the most out of life. Probably funny as well, although be wary of Ukrainians, or whatever nationality the trickster figure chooses to hide behind (just kidding my Kievan companion).
I just attended a 7 day retreat in the Amazon, and had an amazing time. Most of the reviews focus on the medicine, but I’d like to bring attention to the rest of the trip since it was so impressive.
I got to Iquitos a day early and walked a few blocks from the town center, where the hotel is, and was approached by one of several tour guides with green shirts. They seem to have a similar tour, where you get in a boat on the Amazon and stop at 5 locations. I went to a zoo where you can hold an anaconda and a baby sloth, danced with a couple native people at a few stops, went to a butterfly farm. It was a pretty cool way to spend the day. You can get a lot of great pics to justify your Peru excursion to the squares back at your office. I was a little resistant to just go at first. It’s a pretty poor country and can be a little intimidating at first because it is so foreign, but the people are all really friendly. I can speak high school Spanish and my guide could speak less than that amount of English, and we still managed to understand each other (at least I think) and had a great time.
I met the group of people going on the second morning and everyone who attended were really cool, friendly people. We all got along great and everyone had a great time. The people who work there were also friendly and really helpful, especially when shit got real!
The facilities blew me away and the pics on the website don’t do it justice. It is a small village on stilts on the shores of the Amazon. It’s would be a great trip even without the medicine. They have a ton of activities and a ton of time off to relax. You’d have breakfast, group share, yoga, lunch, an excursion, a floral bath, then the ceremony. It was the perfect mix of things to do and time off. You can skip whatever you want. You also had a lot of time between things to either sleep or do something else. The excursions included going to a nearby village, going into the jungle, going to see and feed monkeys, fishing, swimming in the Amazon, etc. The food was also great.
All of the people that worked there, in addition to the shamans, were incredibly nice, helpful, and cool to hang out with. I highly recommend the Amazon trip. I loved it!
I don’t think I need to sell you on the other stuff….
Sublime … one of the most fulfilling, significant and wonderful experiences of my life. Arrived as a tourist and left as an intricate member of the family circle. This moment will live with me the rest of my life. In a safe, loving, secure and beautiful environment, spiritual medicines and ceremonies entrapture and heal. Shamin Celestine and Roberto are the Word. Pamela and Chandra are beautiful inside and out. The entire staff including Daniella bend over backwards. The facilities are gorgeous. Go with intention! Just go! I love my new family. Nemaste.
I just got back a week ago from a 2-week stay at Arkana Spiritual Center. I did the 1 week in Sacred Valley and 1 week in the Amazon Jungle and I had one of the most amazing 2 weeks of my life.
The staff, shamans, facilitators who work there are all absolutely amazing. They took such great care of me and the group and I really felt comfortable from the moment I got there till the moment I left.
It was one of the hardest things I have ever done but also the most rewarding.
The Sacred Valley really sets you up and filled me with self-worth, opened my heart and the Amazon Jungle is like the deepest cleanse of the deepest energy in your mind, body and spirit.
I can’t recommend this place enough and I will 100% come back at some point in my life when I know I need it.
If you are looking around, deciding on where to go for an ayahuasca retreat then look no further than Arkana. I can’t rate it highly enough because 5 stars is just not enough. It should be a star for every star in the sky that you can see when you are in the Sacred Valley (the view at night is phenomenal).
The group of people that I met will be friends for life and I look forward to keeping those connections aline.
Thank you Arkana from the bottom of my (now opened) heart.
I spent a week at Arkana Sacred Valley and was quite impressed with the work they do there. They were my first ayahuasca experiences and the setting and guidance was really good. Everything is taken care of so you feel as relaxed and ready as possible for something that is going to be really transformative. The ceremonies, the shaman and his wife, the facilitators: they are all amazing and warm and make you feel like a family. I really helped to have a good group of people staying there as well, working together on themselves and for each other. The food is nothing short of amazing, I don’t think I ever had ever such plentiful and delicious meals outside of home.
I cannot give this place a perfect review though, because at times, like mentioned before in another review, the place seems somewhat disorganized. For example, they forgot to book my Machu Picchu tour and had to do it at the last minute when I enquired about it myself. With a little less luck, I wouldn’t have been able to go. The schedule on the website says you book until Sunday, but actually the last activity is on Saturday and you can leave the retreat that day in the afternoon without missing anything. Would have been nice for planning purposes to know these kind of things beforehand.
Still very much recommended and I’d like to go back one day for sure. The memories I made there and were made for me will stick to me for the rest of my life.
I spent one week in ceremony at Arkana in February. The journey was rich, and the experience deeply healing. The staff and facilitators were memorable, available, and each offered their own intuitive magic to the experience both in ceremony and in social connections. The medicine is held reverently, and I would absolutely recommend this for first time Aya journeys. I am already planning my return this time for two weeks. The experience is constantly integrated into my life and there is one thing for sure, I am 150% sure I made the right decision when I chose to attend a retreat at Arkana.
AYAHUASCA – SAN PEDRO – TOAD in the Sacred Valley in Urumbamba
This retreat really fulfills everything for the most amazing experience.
The staff are beyond what to expect, really a family feeling around the retreat. The food is great and very clean for the ayahuasca diet. The place overall really gives a feeling of being sacred, and will forever have a special place in my heart.
I really recommend this place for everyone. You will be taken care of by this professional staff who always helps you with whatever you want. Also the shamans are professional and do their thing perfectly – they have many years of plant medicin and you will get a ceremony that will really bring out the best potential as you can have for a transformative experience.
If I do ayahuasca again I will definitely go back to this place – no doubt.
Some good things with the retreat it that it lets you stay more days if you need and you can get extra ceremonies like private sessions – so it is quite flexible if you tell them a few days before or so.
The schedule was also optimal because you have the possibility to do some hiking with guide, visit Maccu Picchu and other activities during the off days.
Hope you will book this retreat and be as happy as all of us visitors are.
Arkana runs an amazing facility in the sacred valley. The staff were all amazing and very helpful. The facilitators provide so much support, guidance and assistance that you feel safe and comfortable in all aspects of the retreat and they really elevate the entire experience.
The food, facilities and location are all excellent. Highly recommend this place!
Feeling so so grateful for the beautiful healing work that is being done here. This center is a place for deep transformation, family, trust, healing, shifting, and connection. I’m so appreciative of all of the work that goes into this as well as the incredible healing of Mother Ayahuasca and having access to it. This center and the medicine here helped me feel at home in my body, grind in a deep sense of trust for the way of things and feel so appreciated and welcomed along my journey. I will definitely return in one way or another 🙂
My decision to choose the Sacred Valley location between the two retreat locations offered by Arkana was due to the fact I wanted to enjoy the Ayahuasca experience in comfort and have some of the lifes essentials and luxuries while on the journey and the Sacred Valley location certainly delivered in that respect. Tranquil surroundings flanked by a meandering river and lovely accommodation framed by peaceful gardens and space for reflection and connecting great you immediately on arrival .Rooms offered comfortable beds with well appointed bathrooms and plenty of hot water and great water pressure. (If you have traveled much of South America you will understand why I was so happy about this) The fire pit outside and beautiful ceremony room really added to the enchanting atmosphere and appeal of the setting.
The food was excellent, fresh and generous portions with plenty of snacks in between meals in the form of fresh fruit and nuts. All the staff and facilitators were warm and friendly, I cant speak highly enough of Pamela and Chandra whose beautiful voices and serenity are like guiding lights in your ceremonies. Mike also is a really sincere genuine person who provides great company and often unexpected insights and wisdom that I feel have been hard earned in his life journey.
Arkana is a safe and secure environment with passionate and committed staff who undertake their work with compassion, enthusiasm and dedication. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Arkana I must admit that the centre was somewhat disorganised and at times the schedule for the day or how activities / ceremonies would operate was unclear. There was also very little group share or personal follow up individually post ceremony which was frustrating at times as you can have powerful and overwhelming visions and feelings with ayahuasca which leave you wanting guidance or assistance to understand, process and integrate.
However we were made aware at the time of our retreat they were signification understaffed and had less facilitators then they typically would which may account for this. On a whole however if you are looking to have an incredible experience in a beautiful environment surrounded by a team of people who radiate love I would highly recommend Arkana, Sacred Valley Retreat.
This place is the real deal. Was only here for a week but it was long enough to make a lifelong internal change of which I’m still feeling the afterglow weeks on. The facility is beautiful and the staff are super friendly and helpful. They will help you along your journey. The food is also great and makes the dieta bearable. Strongly recommend.
This place was absolutely incredible and I would highly recommend it.
I did the seven day retreat in the sacred valley which consisted of 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, one San Pedro ceremony, and a temezcal (aka sweat lodge). I also paid extra for a Macchu Picchu trip and for the Sapo toad medicine.
The place – starting with the location…unreal. you can immediately sense the magic as you drive into the sacred valley. The mountains have an incredible majestic and grounding energy to them which anyone can appreciate. The Arkana grounds are also gorgeous, nice rooms, pretty campus right on the river with huge pine trees and mountains surrounding you. At night there are so many stars out and you can see the dust of the milky way. All of the elements of the location lend towards the overall magic of the experience.
Food. The food is delicious! Each meal is healthy, local, and flavorful. I wanted to get the recipes of all of their dishes. They also have an endless supply of delicious fruit and hot tea for you to enjoy whenever. Again – all lends to the experience.
The people. This is what really did it for me. I traveled alone and was wondering how the people would be. I was also a bit apprehensive because I knew that this was going to require a lot of vulnerability and i wanted to make sure I felt safe to open up. Everyone from the driver who picked me up at the airport (and stopped to buy me lunch just because he wanted to watch me enjoy the local food) to the property managers always had a smile on and made me feel right at home. My main facilitators were Pamela, Mike, and Chandra…i wish I could take them with me everywhere I go. Each facilitator brought a different critical element to the table. Mike with his humor, Pamela with her calming and nurturing presence, and Chandra with her wisdom and mysticism. They were all so selfless and make me feel very safe and comfortable the whole time. I’ll never forget on the night of my 3rd and final Aya ceremony, I was having a hard time coming back into the room and Pamela (who wasn’t feeling very good) came and spend time with me to bring me a sense of peace and calming. The shamans were also next level – so jolly and selfless and watching them / hearing the stories of the healing they brought to me and others during the ceremony were kind blowing. I’m not sure if I just got lucky with the other guests or if the facilitators helped…facilitate but I also fell in love with the other guests- all of them – and formed feel friendships. So much support for one another.
The ceremonies. I don’t really have a point of reference to how over places do it but here are the key points. I felt so safe and taken care of throughout the ceremonies. The facilitators were there and took care of our every need through good times and tough times. I felt first hand and witnessed the healing that took place on each medicine. I came out of the experience as a firm believer in the power of plant medicine. The ceremonies were very personal experiences- some people had a really challenging time but those who trusted the process and were able to let go felt deep healing and appreciation as a result.
Overall – it was just such a positive experience for me. A lot of the work I do at home is designing experiences for others and I was just blown away with how.every component and activity and person contributed to such and unforgettable experience. I’ll absolutely go back and would recommend this place to anyone who feels ready to take this journey. Thanks Arkana!
Absolutely the most magical, amazing and heart opening place I’ve ever visited. The experience was beyond anything I could imagine. The whole staff and all the facilitators are so welcoming, loving and helpful – they really make you feel like home. I have never learned so much about myself, spirituality and nature of life than I have during my time in Arkana.
I connected very well with each of the medicines and will forever treasure the time I spent at this center.
I spent a week at Arkana Spiritual Center and wished I had booked longer. I participated in 4 ceremonies at the Amazon retreat and every experience was different. I learnt a lot from my journeys with ayahuasca and I plan on continuing educating myself with the medicine. All the facilitators are dedicated to helping you with your experience and really love their job. All the day trips really help break up the ceremonies and keep the trip entertaining. The food and facilities are great, just remember to stock up on good insect repellent. I also recommend including the sapo treatment into your retreat.
I just came back from a recent visit to Arkana’s Sacred Valley location and I was blown away by the quality of the retreat. I have been drinking ayahuasca for 8 years having visited numerous retreat centers in Iquitos, and Arkana is by far the best of them all. Its biggest asset, its people, really sets them apart. From the first couple of emails where they responded to all of my questions I knew I was in the hands of people that know what they are doing and care about their guests.
Upon arrival I was greeted by Chandra, the center’s manager who is a very loving and caring medicine woman. The rest of the team, is a well balanced group of individuals who made me feel at home as part of their spiritual family. They deeply care about their guests and their overall healing experience.
The medicine is strong and is administered by Maestros Jorge and Sulmira, a lovely shipibo couple that are true masters of their craft. Their icaros led me to another dimension and helped me heal old wounds that I have been carrying with me for years.
Thank you Arkana for creating such a magical place for healing, I will come back to you with my loved ones for many years to come. Special thanks to Chandra, Felipe, Pamela, Alise, Angel, Mike, Jorge, Sulmira and Felipe for making this trip an unforgettable one.
If you are looking for a place to drink ayahuasca, look no further, these folks are the real deal. I encourage you to read past the noise of some of the reviews here and follow your intuition. These people have earned their position as the top center in the region for a reason. Im available to talk to anyone, to share more intimate details of my experience.
I left a review on this place after my trip in December and while talking about some things I didn’t like.. I ultimately left it 5 stars because the Shaman was unbelievable and I didn’t have it in me to knock the business of some truly great people there.
As someone who spent a boat load of money to go do Ayahuasca for my first time.. I feel like I along with other reviewers and participants have a major responsibility to those researching about making the same leap that I did. Not picking the right retreat is truly a disaster. Some won’t have the opportunity to do it a next time.
Taking the time to re write this review is not being done out of spite. It’s being done out of that responsibility. I don’t want to mislead someone into the wrong retreat for them based on a 5 star review that I don’t believe in. I also see just an overwhelming amount of 5 star reviews on here and I feel its very misleading. It’s what got me to commit to this retreat. It’s not easy to come back and leave a mediocre review unless you truly had a horrific experience. I believe if you polled every single person thats been through here this is far from a 5 star retreat.. and that needs to be talked about here.
The Shaman that I worked with is no longer there. He is the result of many of the rave reviews on here. The new one could be amazing too.. That I don’t know. I do know without Diego there.. that in itself would completely change my review of this place.
When traveling to South America the most important thing is safety. This place is extremely safe. Meals are good.. you’ll be comfortable. The average person that wants to go drink Ayahuasca and expand their consciousness could be fine here.
For someone that has issues to work out I believe you can do much better. I have terrible anxiety. I wanted to be listened to. I wanted opportunities to talk to the Shaman one on one. I wanted to feel like a priority and have the opportunity to really work through that stuff. I didn’t get that. It was advertised as a smaller group retreat and it was overbooked. This retreat to me felt like a business. I was nothing but a number. Questions were answered in BS robotic scripted responses. The first night there someone that had been to a previous Aya retreat asked about getting time with the Shaman and honestly the response he got was extremely rude IMO. When you hear “dont do a retreat” I believe this type of place is exactly what they are talking about. You are going to get quality Ayahuasca in a safe environment but you are nothing but another number before the next group comes in.
In saying that.. I’m changing my review to 3 stars. You could do much worse. If you have the means to travel around and do this as much as you want.. by all means.. you might enjoy this place. If you don’t have the money to make a mistake and are struggling with anxiety or some kind of a traumatic past.. you are the people I am leaving this review for. Anxiety is a nightmare that ruins so many lives. Ayahuasca is DEFINITELY something you should look into. Don’t put your hopes into this place if it’s the only chance you’ve got. Research, research, and research some more and find the perfect place that will make you feel like you matter and that will get you through what you are searching for.
Edit: I posted this review earlier today. Copying my review word for word.. my review was still 3 stars.. which I would rate as average. Nothing wrong at all with someone wanting to leave an honest 3 star average review for their experience. I was immediately bombarded on Facebook messenger by Chandra.. the woman mostly in charge of things.. with 15 messages full of drama. In this above review.. I held back. I did not want to be blunt.
Now I will be. I am changing my review from 3 stars to 1. Why is this place rated so high? Because people with negative opinions are uncomfortable saying something.. and pressured to rate so highly. Chandra was my number 1 complaint with this place. She did not listen to myself, or others concerns while there. She bombarded me with messages about an instance that had nothing to do with my review.. and was actually something I agreed with her on (someone leaving the temple during ceremony). My review above about her being rude to someone was actually someone who handled himself very well and was very low maintenance. Small things matter.. and she was rude to him over a question I felt similar about. Take a look in the mirror Chandra and listen to people and their intentions more. You are in a place to where you can make a massive difference in peoples lives. The fact that I was bombarded over a 3 star review is ridiculous. Earn your 5 stars and I will respond in such. Harass people about 3 star reviews and that is exactly what is wrong with this system. Misleading great reviews that lead people to waste their money. If someone else feels you don’t deserve 5 stars don’t harass them. Leave them alone and be better. I did not have it in me to poorly review this place but now I do. This is my only experience with Ayahuasca but I whole heartedly believe you can do much better and I will look to do so next time.
I spent a week at this centre in Urabamba about 2 hours drive from Cusco and I had such an amazing time! All the staff were more like family. Living, caring and kind. They are all very experienced and always willing to answer any questions. This was my first ayahuasca experience and I am so glad that I chose Arkana to have this sacred medicine. They made me feel safe, looked after and loved. Totally going back!
I visited the Arkana retreat in the Sacred Valley after 5 years of deliberation. I had the calling (multiple dreams about a kaleidoscope diamond headed snake telling me to drink), but didn’t get up the courage to go until this year. I’m so glad I did and I’m happy I chose this location at this time. My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to have Alise, Angel (Ricardo), Chandra, and Paco as facilitators. They were an amazing and dynamic group of individuals. Each has their own strength in ceremony and got us through some dark nights facing some difficult histories. Alise was ethereal and gentle. Angel was strong and kind. Chandra was attentive, severe, and sweet. Paco was powerful and fluid. They each made the first week bearable. The work we were doing was a lot to handle. They made it possible.
The retreat itself was amazing as well. Felipe made us all feel at home and was extremely helpful in pointing out hiking trails. He’s a great person with fantastic stories. Sami and I enjoyed our time getting to know him and will always keep him in mind when thinking back on the trip. The space itself is small, but that was never an issue. You feel connected to the hills and river because of the size. Everything you need is there. Specifically, water, tea, and fruit at all times. Angel made all the meals, which helped facilitate the days drinking as well as recover on the off days. He’s creative and adapt in the kitchen. There were trips scheduled to town and up to the salt mines located right in the backyard of the retreat. Our guide was great. He was knowledgeable and was able to tie in our purpose at the ceremony with the history of the area. If you wanted to head in to town, there was a day for it. Machu Picchu? You can absolutely go for another $350 dollars. Other hiking trips? Yes, no problem. Tours were provided. We had breathwork, a temazcal ceremony, yoga, massage, and meditation along with the ceremonies. The only thing I wish there were more of was a morning or evening movement practice. We ran and hiked instead, but something more dynamic would’ve been great to get back in our bodies.
The ceremonies were great and difficult. We actually had 3 different shamans over the two weeks we were there. This led to very different experiences in the ceremonies. The first week, Sami and I felt that the space wasn’t held very well (with the exception of the amazing facilitators.) our shaman felt distant, distracted, and unconcerned. Both the suggestions for our intentions and the icaros felt boilerplate since they were the same for everyone. Christian (the shaman) seemed nice, but I ended up singing my own icaros and mentally kicked him out of my space. Sami and I checked in on each other and did all the work together. Angel helped a ton to wrangle our energy when it got difficult. The second week was a complete turnaround. We had shamans that immediately calmed the group with kindness and attention. They had a beautiful sense of strength and compassion. I can’t explain how great it was having them. I can explain, however, an experience I had. I’m skeptical by nature as well as open to novelty (I understand the dichotomy of that statement). I’ve experienced astral projecting and visits to the fourth dimension plenty of times in the past. That feels as real as the physical world. I do find it difficult to believe in a lot of the folklore of mother ayahuasca and powerful shamans. With that said…these shamans knew how to navigate both worlds with skill I’ve never experienced before. I was going through a difficult time on the Monday of the second week. The histories of all my past and future lives were rushing at me. All of my family lines were screaming at me in their pain and trauma. It started becoming overwhelming, so I looked up to see where the shamans were. Unfortunately, they were singing to someone way across the room. So, I thought, I’ll deal with this on my own. Better to not bother them. They’re helping someone. As soon as I thought that, I could hear my icaros being sung right next to me. I looked to my left and the shaman was there. He was both across the room and right next to me. He said “I can give you a break for 10 minutes. After that you have to confront this on your own.” A sense of ease, comfort, and joy washed over me as the pain left. When it came back, I felt ready to face it. The trauma stored in my neck and shoulders washed away and the depression and anxiety shed like a clay shell falling away. Both shamans during the second week had strength and kindness that allowed for healing. They were playfully singing with each other, building off their strength and pushing each other in a gentle way. Both Sami and I had a healing, but difficult experience as we were working on ourselves.
I shouldn’t leave a review without mentioning the San Pedro or 5-MEO-DMT experience. SP the first week gave us the strength to continue with ayahuasca the second week. Sami literally laughed for 6 hours straight. Everyone who drank became the funniest version of themselves. Our jokes were creative, novel, intelligent, and obscure, but somehow hilarious. We became more social because we were at ease. At night I had more introspective thoughts and explored an expanding universe and the mathematical equation that would see it end in a singularity as it compressed and expanded again. Fantastic. Like MDMA and Psilocybin together. The second week SP led to an extremely calming and expressive walk in the hills. Sapo, on the other hand, was rough. I wasn’t in terror. I wasn’t afraid. I did throw up more than I’ve ever experienced and released a ton of trauma. The sad part is that I don’t know what I saw. I took it in, felt the darkness come on and saw something in my past that shut me down completely. After that I was throwing up for about 45 minutes. I won’t do sapo again. I wouldn’t dissuade others from taking it. It’s just not for me. I want something I can work on. I don’t want to take anything that shuts me down.
I’m very happy with my experience overall. I’m already planning on going back in a year with other people who have been asking me to go with them. The thing I’m going to offer them, after knowing what I know, is a movement, breathwork, and meditation program to help integrate after their trip. I’ve been having difficulty with how many senses are overwhelmed by living in NYC. I did the worst thing possible, I scheduled 12hr days for two weeks straight (with another training certification over the weekend) with clients. As a trainer, I’m responsible for others emotional and physical wellbeing in our sessions. That leaves very little time to address my own needs. Sami, Ari, and I have been calling it integration impossible (coined by Paco during the first San Pedro ceremony). I’m already starting to feel the trauma creep back into my hips and upper back. If I had a week of integration built around realeasing the tension and strengthening around it, I think I’d be further along in my progress.
It was amazing to meet some really great people and start to heal some unheard trauma.
I stayed in Arkana Sacred Valley for one week in the beginning of April, and enjoyed three Ayahuasca ceremonies and one San Pedro. The retreat location was beautiful, the facilities were great, and the Shaman, Christian, was amazing! I also can’t begin to explain my gratitude for the rest of the facilitators there, including Chandra, Felipe, Alise, Angel, Paco and Rafael. The atmosphere of love, care, kindness, and generosity was present during my whole stay. I felt truly happy being there, and am so grateful for the experience. I highly recommend Arkana to anyone who is looking to seek healing in their life, whatever it may be. I, myself, hope to go back there again!
Thank you for everything!
Going to Arkana was the best decision I made in the past 6 months. Sure, they can improve on some of the logistics (organized groupshares, following the schedule a bit more, etc., but overall it was an incredible space full of love, warmth, and healing.
The facilitators were top-notch. Angel, Paco, Alise, Chandra, and Filipe are some of the most kind and generous souls I’ve ever met. The Shamans were wonderful. And most importantly- they created a healing space for all to safely express themselves and grow to love themselves and one another.
I’ll be back.
I spent 1-week at Arkana in the Sacred Valley location. It was my first experience with Ayahausca and overall found it to be a very positive experience, with Arkana providing great space to work. The core facilitators and leaders, Chandra, Angel, Alice and Paco were exceptional in their support, kindness, and seriousness in the process.The medicine was powerful and our shaman Jorge did a wonderful job. Aside from the Ayahuasca ceremonies, the temazcal and yoga provided a good support for the work. Not to mention the space is beautiful and the food was delicious.
All that said I decided to give Arkana 4-stars as I think there’s still some room for improvement. Some personal thoughts are: the retreat could use indoor social space for when the weather turns; the itinerary could be managed more tightly to ensure there’s more time for group share and integration discussions as this is in many ways a shared healing process; the cost of the retreat and extra-cirriculars seem a bit inflated, and lastly, in very limited cases I think they can be a bit more selective in choosing mature facilitators to guide the process.
All that being said, Arkana’s as good a place as you could ask for to explore this medicine; the people are wonderful and create a very positive space to undertake a scary but worthwhile process. I fully expect to be back in due time.
We just returned from Arkana at Sacred Valley. I can’t say enough about the service and people we met. We stayed a week. The level of support and help they offer is indescribable. Special thanks to Angel, Paco, Fillipe, Chandra, Alice. Shaman Christian was just amazing.The love they feel for everyone and each other is genuine.They have a passion for helping people, put in long hard days, and always make time for anyone who needs. I would highly recommend this place for people who want more comfortable stay than you can get in a jungle.
Ayahuasca’s powerful healing: It is necessarily difficult. It is genuine. I came to Arkana seeking real change, and of course, this is entirely up to me. What the Arkana experience gave me was a combination of insight, motivation, mystery, ritual, reflection, and a holistic toolset with which to make whatever changes I deem necessary.
Now, at this moment, I am exactly one week beyond my time at Arkana in the Amazon jungle. I sit on my darkened back patio, macbook in lap.. armed with Mapacho and Agua de Florida (but not much left) to reflect and share. Sigh… I finally can.
Expect this: personal challenge. You will be only slightly uncomfortable during your stay. It is, simply put, a perfect discomfort, forged in mosquitoes, jungle humidity and natural intimidation. Welcome the unfamiliarity and sincerely acknowledge your own shit. Get used to it and revel in it, for it serves a purpose. It’s more than okay. You are among friends.
Hope for this: Gracious and insightful hosts. Mine were Weronka and Rob, Chris, Falcon, and other very important servants which I cannot name but must commend. My meditations were expertly guided, my ears received magical, purposeful sounds, and I never entered any ceremony space unprepared or ignorantly irreverent. My sparse room was consistently cleaned and the toilets served their magical purpose of removing, as I have said, our own human shit. Good riddance, and thank you, toilets. More importantly, thank you, caring human guides. You were always exactly where we needed you to be, and the love flowed freely from the moment of our arrival.
Look forward to this: Scheduled and seemingly obligatory ‘group share’ conversations which occur the morning after each Ayahuasca ceremony. Just when you think you can’t possibly find the words to frame your personal experience, you will. And as you enter the maloca to flop down on your best friend for the week (love that well-placed, clean and soothing mattress), you might be tempted to feel ambivalent about the experience of your fellow Aya adventurers. Make no mistake. This is likely the richest vein of experience – revealed just for you. They, like you, will share things that truly matter and I invite you to take in every word, despite your initial perception of hungover aya exhaustion.
Revel in this: You are (albeit temporarily) an organism in the jungle of Amazonian Peru. You’ll learn something that your ancestors’ ancestors pushed aside generations ago. Let it envelop you; for there is no more LIVING place on earth. You will make peace with the humongous spider under your bed. You’ll learn to check every article of clothing before you don it. Expect ants in your sweetened teacup. I promise you, it will all work perfectly, harmoniously. You will be the recipient of one thousand mosquito bites and it is the smallest of cover charges, considering the payoff.
Yep. Cold showers. Yep. Barfing and bowel-control exercises await you. So, however, do icaros that will dwell in your ears for eternity.
Trust me, fellow urban dwellers/seekers. It is all perfect and you will know it soon enough. It all starts when you click ‘book now’. Without knowing what you are seeking, I promise that clicking that button means that you will never be the same. And it is such a good, good transformation!
Oh, and whatever you do, DON”T elect to skip Sapo. Fear not and give your entire self to this experience. There IS MEDICINE IN PERU.
Blessings to all who cradled me in their safe and competent, loving arms. Your guidance has made all the difference, and your work echoes in every life you’ve so deeply touched.
‘Somebody take me to the jungle!’ LOL @ my ignorance, my impulse to perform and my blissful surrender to source. Finally.
Compelled by an unexpected tugging and feeling of connection with the citizens of Libertad, I promise to return. And soon.
This time, I intend to give as much as I know Ill receive. We’ll fix that generator..!
So. Much. Love.
This is my second time at Arkana, and I can’t say enough good things about this place. I was a bit apprehensive, as when I first came here 2 years ago, it was run by different people and the facilitators (who are no longer there) became like my family. But I was turning 40, and I wanted to go to a place where I knew I felt safe. The new people at the centre are just as lovely and caring as those who were there before them. The lead facilitators (Rob and Weronka) are so loving and giving. Just a beautiful couple! I hope our paths meet again! Alise was an awesome volunteer, she is young, but she is so wise beyond her years. I didn’t really connect with the other 2 facilitators, Bronte and Chris, but they were really nice and supportive. Ceci was wonderful too, thank you for taking care of me during my sapo ceremony 🙂 The cooks are awesome, and the meals have improved since the last time I was there, and there are a few great upgrades too. Electricity in the rooms as well as fans to help cool you from the hot, humid jungle air. The cleaning staff make sure everything is in order, the guide who takes you out on excursions knows so much about the plants and wild life in the area. The shamans are magical, and this time I really witnessed their magic with my own eyes. I would highly recommend this place, it is traditional ceremonies in a traditional setting, and the ayahuasca they serve is a very strong brew that is made by the previous Shaman and his family. I will definitely return here!
I have recently returned from a week at the retreat in the Amazon, and I can hand on heart say it was the best week of my entire life.
Firstly, the center itself is absolutely stunning. The facilities are perfect for what you need and the food is great, pretty much as good as it can be considering the limitations. The center will have a place in my heart forever.
Secondly, the staff are all fantastic. There were 3 volunteer facilitators (Alise, Chris and Brunte) and they all were completely great – they all knew their stuff and were kind, loving and helpful – all 3 went above and beyond. The 2 head facilitators (Rob and Weronka) are literally they two nicest, kindest, most genuine people I have ever met – they make this place what it is. They understand that for many people this type of retreat is very much out of their comfort zone, but they have a way of taking away any anxiety or skepticism you may have.
Thirdly, the fellow guests. I made many friends for life at the center, and that was one aspect I really did not see happening. Everybody completely opens their hearts once they set foot in the center and makes the experience so very special.
The place is the real deal. I would not ever go anywhere else and I will definitely be back sometime soon. My perspective on life has completely changed and i am full of optimism for my future because of my experience here.
The trips and activities are all top notch too – as are the guides.
I could continue bigging the place and the people up but my hands are starting to hurt!
A magical place in paradise.
not only this but the Staff at the center are selfless, caring and beautiful people.. you have restored my faith in humanity.
I came to Arkana wanting to work out some remaining kinks in my life and left with so much more .
a new life awaits and i will be coming back for sure.
Thank you so much for an incredible experience .. love to all
My experience at Arkana was more than I could have ever asked for or imagined. From the location to the food to the staff (especially the staff, truly top notch), it was absolutely amazing. I’ve already recommended it to three friends, and anyone else who asks about it will be getting my ringing endorsement for Arkana. I hope to go back again later this year!!
I spent a week in Arkana Sacred Valley and a week in their jungle retreat. Both centers are amazing. Great shamans, a lot of love, experienced fascilitators and the best of the sacred medicine.
My journey in Peru was for about 2 weeks and I am glad that I had the chance to built my second family there. Every single person including the staff were very kind and helpfully with all the questions that I had! I strongly recommend to everyone to have the courage to jump into the unknown! I strongly recommend Ayahuasca retreat!
I recently completed a 3 week retreat at Arkana Spiritual Center – and WOW! I’m 69 and this was my first time working with Ayahuasca, first time in Peru and first trip to the Amazon. I wasn’t sure what to expect but was hoping to find a way to transform what ever remains of this lifetime.
By the end of week one I felt I could go home and nothing would ever be the same again, and I know that’s true. Then week two took me deeper, into a place of profound calm. I felt that I belonged here in my life in a way that I never have. I felt, I’m enough and who I am now is the very thing I’ve been looking for. Such a homecoming.
Week three opened my heart and mind and being to the absolute beauty, kindness and love of life. And I mean every part of life, even the tough and unwanted parts.
This entire process was held in sacred space that was created by Veronica, Rob and the shamans. The rituals that began and ended each ceremony created a space where it was absolutely safe to open to whatever the medicine brought forward. Each morning following a ceremony we had a group sharing where we could not only explore our own journey but learn from everyone else’s experiences as well.
Back at home now and my wife says Wow! You are a new person, so alive and present and loving. She tells me that she is intrigued and wonders if we do a retreat together sometime soon.
Thank you Christian, Veronica, Rob, Craig, Alice and all of the Shipibo people who keep the centre so clean, comfortable and welcoming – I won’t forget your beautiful smiles.
I had an absolutely amazing time during my stay at the Arkana spiritual retreat! All the staff and shamans were great people and willing to help you in anyway. I would recommend this retreat to anyone wanting an unforgettable experience!
I went to the 7 day Amazon Ayahuasca retreat in February. The venue is beautiful, the facilities really good and it’s very clean. The facilitators, shamans, guides and staff are all very friendly and approachable. I enjoyed all the activities and excursions, and the ceremonies were conducted very well. I found the treatment very thorough and careful and I felt very safe there. The medicine tasted clean and fresh compared to what I had tried previously at other locations, and it was very powerful. I feel like I got everything out of the trip that I’d hoped to and more. 5*
What an amazing week! I think some more time would have been very beneficial. But one week has me back on the right track and ready for more excitement the world has waiting for me. Beautiful staff and delicious meals made this a great experience. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
The most profound 2 weeks of my life. The staff and shamans were excellent and the daily program was great, you could do as much or as little as you liked. The support and activities helped a lot with integration and guidance through the whole process, I can’t wait to return soon!
My time at Arkana Spiritual Center was truly life changing. The safe and supportive environment allowed for incredible healing and insights. As a first time, solo, international traveller, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Everyone from the facilitators, shaman, and kitchen staff created a uniquely serene and friendly atmosphere. Thank you all for your mission, purpose and friendship.
Truly an investment in the rest of your life. These people are absolutely EXCEPTIONAL at what they do. A place of healing, where you can unshackle yourself from your past and illuminate your future. Not only does your money go towards the knowledgeable and capable staff, but you also get a real cozy bed, fresh clean drinking water (an understated amenity in Peru), hot showers, and the cooks make up some delectable meals for your stay. I am recommending this place to all my friends and family who could use some healing in their lives.
Having been to Pulsetours’s Amazon retreats, I was so excited to try out their new Sacred Valley center. Accommodation situation in Sacred Valley was better compare to Amazon in my opinion.
Quite environment made me to focus more on my retreats.
Shamans and facilitators were very caring and tried their best to help me go through healing process.
I stayed 3 weeks at Arkana spiritual center and came back for one more week a month later! The people there are amazing and i love to think of them as brothers and sisters. They are authentic, caring and humble and really do everything in there power so you can heal. It was not always easy, it was actually very hard sometimes, but i was always supported through it all and came out of it a better me. It’s a beautiful location, the rooms are comfortable, the food is great and it’s the perfect setting for deep transformation. Grateful!
I stayed at Arkana center in the Sacred Valley for 3 weeks. It was intense, it’s a busy schedule and repeats week on week (which made the second week more relaxing as I didn’t do the outings).
The team is excellent and very supportive, they’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the medicine or post ceremony.
The San Pedro location is AMAZING! As of the guides and support staff.
went there for 2018 new year retreat. very comfortable. good food. warm showers. no bugs. great people. shaman named Dieago was the real deal. wouldn’t have believed it if i didn’t see and feel it with my own eyes and heart. very cleansing for the mind heart body soul and chakras. purged a lot of garbage memories and energies from my past. aka. abuse from others and self abusive patterns. highly recommend this place. this is where i would send my mother if i could convince her to go. if your new to the medicine or a repeat practicing person try this place. you won’t regret it. well worth the money. these people know how to run a retreat. VERY AUTHENTIC AND INVESTED IN HELPING HUMANITY HEAL ONE CLIENT AT A TIME. GOOD LUCK.
I travelled with Pulse Tours for the New Years Retreat to their center in the Amazon. This was my second time doing an Ayahuasca Retreat in the Amazon, my first time with Pulse. To me this was an ideal way to reflect and review the past year, and recharge for the new year. It was an amazing experience and I am deeply thankful to the people that make this possible. But really, any time is perfect to do this, as for many it will mark a significant event in their lives.
Some in our group experienced break throughs in overcoming depressions and it was amazing to witness their healing process. My own experiences were challenging and profound, and as always deeply healing. My experiences with Aya go back to the early 90’s. I consider this medicine the most profound and effective way of emotional and physical healing, spiritual connection and real mystery.
The Arkana Spiritual Center is built very beautifully, the big Maloka is a magical place and the small Maloka perfect for Yoga and Meditation. The whole center is build on Stilts and many areas are screened, which is a blessing because of the Bugs.
The Staff was outstanding, many thanks to everyone from the kitchen staff who prepared beautiful meals for us, those mangos dusted with Spirulina were marvellous! Thanks to the angels who tidied up constantly. Our guide Falcon was amazing. The Facilitators were fantastic. Helpful, caring, knowledgeable.
The group sharing was beautiful and made me appreciate my fellow travellers for their courage and beauty.
When the Shamans sang the Ikaros the magic was happening – tangible. Can not be described, only experienced.
Thank you, to all facilitators and contributors.
The only reason why I can not give 5 stars is because of the accommodation situation, as I struggled throughout my stay with
not having a private bathroom or close bathroom as we had to walk quite far to the (shared) bathrooms which were also to few for so many people in my opinion.
For me, waiting for a shower to free up was ok, but waiting for a bathroom was not – it was especially unpleasant.
Overall I would recommend Pulse to everyone who is truly interested in the inner journey and want a good introduction in this powerful medicine.
Where to begin?
I spent 3 weeks with Pulse in december, and putting what i truly experienced in written language is impossible. All i can say is that if you’re interested in going on this journey, you probably won’t find a better place than this. The facilitators with their love and wisdom will guide you through both the good and hard times. The shamans are unbelievable, especially Wiler. You can feel their love and safety projecting to you through their icaros during the ceremonies. The indigenous people who work there do everything for you so you only have to focus on your own journey. Everything is taken care of here, just come and let yourself be healed or whatever else your motivation is for this stay.
I could probably write a novel about my 3 weeks and it wouldn’t scratch the surface of what i experienced here. To keep it short, highly recommended!
I just came back from the New Years 10 Day Retreat and as promised, it was life changing. I chose Arkana through a friend’s referral and he was spot on with his recommendation. From the center to the facilitators to the shamans – everything was professional and 1st class. I ended up only participating in 2 of the 4 ceremonies for personal reasons, and the staff were kind, patient and understanding of my decision, though they encouraged me to continue. Also, the food was excellent :). I’m so excited to have learned so many tools I can continue to use as I integrate back into my daily life. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a change.
I am experienced with ayahuasca and chose Arkana Spiritual Center because it was one of if not the only center having a retreat over the holidays and New Years. I was also interested in trying Kambo which they also offered.
The kitchen staff which prepared our meals was very nice. The cleaning staff who made everything tidy as best can be, was excellent. The tour guides and boat operators where friendly and sharing. The facilitators were kind, caring, much needed and there for you. I would like to thank the manager Cece for all her help to make our experience comfortable and pleasant. The shamans were amazing including the Kambo shaman Johnny (our prayers go out to you for speedy recovery).
Several people in our group experienced breakthroughs, clarity and healing. Profound work can be done at Arkana as well as healing and I can recommend the center for its dedication to helping those in need.
A 5 star review is one that confirms brilliance. For those in our group whose lives were changed, 5 stars would not be enough. I gave 4 stars for a few factors worth commenting for future visitors. I gained clarity and knowledge from this retreat and will carry this with me into my days. There were a few items listed on their online itinerary for our retreat package that were not actually included. Such as a few meals and a few activities. If there is something of importance to you listed in an itinerary, contact Arkana to make sure its part of the retreat. There were times during the week when the group (or part of the group) did not know what was going on or what exactly was going to happen. Better communication is always possible and I feel this was ‘loose’ at times. The facility was special, built on stilts, one can walk everywhere at the center without touching the ground. I found during the ceremonies that even though I was in nature, I was somehow removed from it as I saw no green in the main Moloka and a few of the passage ways were screened (for good reason) making the view to the jungle veiled. I wanted to reconnect to nature and found it difficult during my stay.
I would like to thank everyone at Pulse and Arkana for their hospitality, care, knowledge and work. Many Blessings.
I chose Arkana after exploring the web site and reading reviews – the same way you are. But it’s very difficult to explain the level of support and commitment that they offer in a review. From the Skype interview before travelling, to the sensitive and personal care I received at the centre, I am so grateful that I found Arkana. And that Arkana found me.
I stayed for 8 nights at the centre in the Sacred Valley over New Year 2018. Our group was relatively large – 16 in total – but we’ve become a healing family to one another. The bonds we grew in Urubamba, fostered by the Arkana team, will stay with me forever.
You can read about the practical process elsewhere, but Arkana is all about its people. The facilitators need a better title – they are spiritual guides, friends and confidantes. Shantanu, Kunti, Javier and Chandra pour their souls into the place. And the people who’ve found a home there – Mike and Chris when I was visiting – provide a vital link between the world you’ve come from and the one you’re heading towards.
A special mention for Diego – the inspirational shaman. He has a telepathic understanding of what you’re going through in ceremony and connects immediately to support you. The level to which he seems to feel what you’re going through is extraordinary.
I have written in detail about what brought me to Arkana and how I think it’s changed me at http://www.greglovell.co.uk/blog1/2018/1/10/an-ayahuasca-journey. In short, I would recommend Arkana without reservation. It’s a beautiful place doing beautiful things.
The most difficult but amazing experience of my life yet. To start the people working here are genuine healers. I honestly have never met people like that who radiate so much love. I was there for one week. I did four ceremonies of Aya. They were both beautiful and difficult experiences. Nothing that you will read online will prepare you for what your about to experience. I saw my future and went back to my childhood. I felt things I’ve never felt before. Suppressing everything through the years I felt like Aya let me release everything. Lastly the people I met here are friends for life. I would highly recommend this centre.
The people are incredible. The experience wonderful. The accomodations OK. Good for Peru—–<motel 6 by north american standards. Was a great experience overall.
Food was great–even for vegan—was good. I'm a meat eater—was challenging.
Staff was unusually dedicated to a positive client experience. I grew to love them. And they made me feel loved.
Overall my experience with Pulse tours was an amazing one. I spent 3 weeks in the jungle, receiving 12 aya ceremonies, 2 nunu and 2 kambo in the duration. The staff was very helpful and honest. They seemed to have a interest in helping with your problems and assisting in your healing. I never felt pressured to participate in anything or to perceive things in a certain way. This was my first time drinking ayahuasca and although I have no experience with other brews I feel safe to say Pulse tours Ayahuasca is a good strength. It was a great worry of mine that I would arrive to find perticularily weak aya brew but, by the first ceremony I was blown away by the power of the brew. Although Pulse tours was a wonderous place to experience aya, especially for my first time, there was an uneasing sense of commercialization and misled intention. It felt as if some of the culture had been lost and consciously or unconsciously facillatators and shamans alike were there more for their own development and profit than for others. I was also somewhat disapointed in the shamans ability to hold down the ceremonial space. With that said I am still very grateful of my experience at Pulse and rate it 4 stars.
J’ai suivi avec Pulse ma cinquième retraite Ayahuasca .
Ayant connu plus ou moins de bonheur dans les précédentes je suis ravi de ce séjour.
Les points forts sont pour moi :
le lieu:silence et le fleuve tout près
les shamans:leurs icaros sont magnifiques
le staff vraiment chaleureux et attentionné.
Bon séjour à tous ceux qui se laisseront tenter.
I followed with Pulse my fifth Ayahuasca retreat.
Having experienced more or less happiness in the previous ones I am delighted with this stay.
The strong points are for me:
the place: silence and the river nearby
shamans: their icaros are beautiful
the staff really warm and attentive.
Good stay to all those who will be tempted.
After 2years of umming and ahhing i booked my Ayahuasca experience with Pulse Arkhana, The moment i booked it i felt a great relief.
I traveled from Australia to Peru alone solely for the purpose for healing from Mother Aya.
I was not disappointed! We met at la casona hotel where the facilitators picked us up and took us out to the retreat, this was a huge relief and a good peace of mind.
I was there to fix my anxiety, self inflicted constant putting myself down which caused me depression. Which i managed to do! <3
The 3 shamans were utterly amazing and absolutely perfect, i felt great ease with them and the facilitators looking over me and the rest of us.
I couldn't rave enough about the Sappo experience as well, a lot of healing for me from that.
Such an amazing experience and I've definitely made friends for life! 10/10 Would go back again.
A couple of tips for people going! If you are going down for 2+ weeks and plan to do the Dieta, consider small portions of bug spray/shampoo/body wash etc as (its advised not to use them whilst dieting)
Take a bandana for mosquito's on jungle walks etc, Take a couple of books, and take a journal for trip reports its amazing the small details you forget which take you right back after you leave!
Its now a month later and I'm still radiating love! I cant thank the team at Pulse Arkhana for such an amazing experience. Love you all
Focus is on healing, not hallucinogenics
Arkana Sacred Valley location: 1-week retreat.
Summary: Though it was my first and only retreat experience, I have nothing but positive things to say about the place and the people, this is everything you could wish for and more. No safety concerns, no medical concerns, no concerns about being forced to do anything you don’t want to do. The staff were able to manage the retreaters, assembling a group of strangers that large always has the potential for difficulty, but fortunately everyone was positive and supportive of each other. Amazing experience, would highly recommend it. For more detail, see following:
Price: I was glad to have the 1-week option as I didn’t know what to expect and thought 2 weeks would be too long. After the first few days, I wish I would have booked another week, some people were able to extend their stay. There was an option to come a day early, which I was able to do, which saved me money on flights and I didn’t have to worry about altitude sickness by staying in Cusco. I also paid extra for a private room, which was a good call due to the “cleansing” process I experienced throughout the week. It may cost a bit more than the other retreats, but you get what you pay for- the facilities were clean and comfortable, the staff work extremely hard and put in long hours, the ceremonies were very involved and the activities were abundant and well planned. It’s basically an all inclusive. I think the higher prices also served to weed out the people who may come for the wrong reasons. The itinerary was a bit fluid, but there was a good mix of spare time and scheduled activities, with lots of time for nights by the fire.
The Facilitators: I cannot praise or endorse these amazing people enough. Chandra, Pamela, Kunti, Rayo, beautiful people inside and out. Fluent in English, and translate for the shaman. Incredible singing voices, Rayo also plays guitar. The love they feel for everyone and each other is genuine, there is lots of laughter and joy. They have a passion for helping people, put in long hard days, and always make time for anyone who needs. The focus of this retreat is dealing with whatever issues are negatively affecting your life, and helping you resolve your issues in an empathetic and gentle way. I was worried there was going to be a lot of mystical and hippy mumbo jumbo forced upon me, or a bunch of people looking to get blasted out of their minds on the new trendy high, it was not like that at all. They give their advice and help you understand your experiences, and guide you through the week, you are free to participate as much or as little as you want. They assist in the shaman with the ayahuasca ceremony and conduct the Temazcal (sweat lodge) and Sapo (Sonoran Desert Toad) ceremonies, they also administer the Rape (ground tobacco). Kunti shared her extensive knowledge about Sapo, and prepares the medicine. I had one ceremony with Chandra and Kunti, and one with Pamela, Rayo and Kunti, and had 2 totally different and amazing experiences, which are indescribable. I highly recommend this experience. Even though I was completely comfortable with the staff from the first day, I was glad I did the Sapo at the end of the week, when I was more open to letting go and going through the process. A past retreat participant Mike from USA had stayed on as an assistant. Mike was a great intermediary, was able to answer our questions, help people out during the ceremony, go outside with anyone who needed it to allow the facilitators to continue the ceremony, and help out with anything in general. He was a great asset and resource to have.
The Shaman: Diago Sanchez Rojas is the shaman, from a long lineage of Shipibo shaman. Though not ancient and withered as you picture a shaman would be, he has an air of quiet wisdom and confidence about him. He speaks little English, Pamela translates for him. He is calm, kind and caring, and still makes little jokes when you least expect it, was joking the ayahuasca was like chocolate milk. Very approachable, I wish I spoke Spanish. The facilitators cannot stop saying what a unique and talented shaman he is, and how they were so lucky to find him. Diago’s wife, I believe is also a shaman, cooks up the ayahuasca at their home village in the jungle and ships it over, she also brought over some beautiful clothing and tapestries for purchase on our last day there.
Participants: There were 16 people ages 20-70 from all walks of life with a wide range of personal issues they wanted to work on. I feel honored and fortunate to have been part of this group. Great vibe, fun and interesting people. The group really bonded through the week. Some people added an additional week, I wish I would have as well. With any large group, some drama is expected, the facilitators were able to manage the people having issues and direct them back into focus
Facilities: Site is a converted hotel, comfortable beds, hot showers, flush toilets (garbage for TP), power outlets North American 3 prong grounded plug compatible, no converter required. The free Wifi is slow/intermittent, but they encourage you to disconnect anyway. I was able to keep in touch with loved ones via Facebook and WhatsApp. The facility is gated, but people were free to leave on their down time, some people went running, some people went shopping and exploring, the area was very safe. I went in December, it was forecast to rain everyday. We only had rain at night, good mix of sun and cloud, definitely needed a hat and sunscreen, was lucky to not have any mosquitoes. Lots of flies if you leave your windows open.
Food: Meals follow the restricted diet, but delicious with large portions. Breakfast and lunch served, and large bowl of a variety of local fruit always available. Eating on ceremony days not recommended after lunch, fruit and tea served after ceremony. Filtered drinking water from mountain stream always available and accessible, as is self serve coca tea and hierba luisa tea. Kitchen/housekeeping staff friendly, speedy and accommodating. Take the diet seriously, one girl ate red meat after Machu Picchu, was very ill the next day.
Services: Free laundry service on Wednesdays, delivered by Friday. Massage (deep tissue/Thai/etc)/reflexology/Reiki at extra cost. I had an fantastic deep tissue massage from Kunti. Pamela conducted a Yoga class one morning, also very good.
Ayahuasca: The ceremonies lasted 8pm-2am. Everyone got their own mat, blankets, and vomit bucket, and each person got a beautifully embroidered pencil case-like pouch containing mapacho, palo santo and Florida water, which helps with the nausea. There are 2 bathrooms at one end of the malorca, bring a flashlight with a red lens as the room is in total darkness throughout the whole ceremony. The first ceremony, everyone got the same cautious dose to see how it would affect them. I appreciated that they administer this in a safe and responsible manner. Tastes terrible, not as bad as expected, but definitely worse on the way back up. Best to drink like a shooter. There were a wide range of reactions, from no effect, to life changing experiences. Some people vomited, others not. Be advised, some people experienced diarrhea throughout the week, but this was manageable, and Imodium is allowed if it is not. The shaman and facilitators sing the icaros, use instruments and singing bowls, going from person to person, assessing how they are doing, helping anyone who is in need. It is also quite normal for them to vomit for you if you are unable. So, there are hours of listening to singing and vomiting, no one is supposed to leave until the end of the ceremony, so they can keep everyone safe. Some people fall asleep during and sleep there until the morning. There was a gathering of the group the next morning with Diago and the facilitators, so we could share our experiences and find out what they meant. There was no pressure to participate, but everyone had bonded by then, and everyone was interested in hearing what happened to everyone else. It also gave Diago and idea how much to administer for the next ceremony, and who might need extra assistance. By the third ceremony, people had a good idea if they needed more, and asked for additional doses during the ceremony, which Diago assessed on an individual basis. The icaros and the instruments were amazing, we are hoping they will release a CD or upload some recordings.
Rape (Sacred tobacco): The facilitators will perform a mindful blessing then blow the ground power up each nostril through a wooden tube. Burns for a shot time, like when chlorinated water from a swimming pool gets up your nose. Each facilitator has their own mix, effects range from simply clearing the sinuses to feeling tingly and lightheaded.
San Pedro (Huachuma): This was done offsite at a farm by a large lake in the mountains. It is not anything you’d want to sip on, its like a slimy glass of Metamucil. I only had one glass, others were free to have as much as they wanted. I would describe the effect on my as feeling like I had a good sleep and a strong cup of coffee. The guide Jimmy (?) poured everyone a drink and performed the ceremony, then gave everyone and individual Reiki healing session and tarot card reading. It also included a nice lunch. Great day!
Sapo (Sonoran Desert Toad): indescribable. Has to be experienced. I had 2 sessions, both completely different. First one with Chandra and Kunti was very spiritual, had the out of body/white light experience. The second with Pamela, Kunti and Rayo. I was completely aware throughout and it was more of an emotional release. This is a must do opportunity!
Tours: We hiked up to the salt mines close by, very interesting, Rafael was a fantastic guide. He took the group shopping in Pisco a few days later, I did not go, a few of us walked to a local town not far away and did our own shopping. The Machu Picchu was great, all of out tickets were paid for and organized, we took a bus and train, so the only hiking was at the site. A few people hiked up to the Sun Gate. The rest stayed with the guide, who was very knowledgeable and informative. This was well worth the extra cost, and I have a Machu Picchu stamp in my passport.
I stayed for a week in the Amazon retreat and it was just amazing.
I had 4 ceremonies to go through and I now realize what they mean when they say you should be patient.
My first 2 left me confused but after the 3rd and 4th ceremony I was just amazed at what the plant can do for you.
The shamans were wonderful. Each one had their own vibe and their icaros were really powerful.
The facilitators were just amazing. Always made you feel at home and were there if you needed anything. Most importantly, during the ceremonies if anyone had any trouble they knew exactly how to be and what to say to calm us down.
The place was also very nice. Nothing too fancy but good enough to make you feel you are out of the city and in a jungle. Food was decent.
The daily activities were really fun. Your schedule is actually packed which is nice because you make the most of being in the Amazon. The tour guides were also fantastic.
I would definitely recommend anyone to come here for their ayahuasca journey as it has given me one of the best experiences of my life.
I’m coming again for at least 2 weeks lol.
Very peaceful and professional retreat. We were a group of military veterans and all had an amazing time. The staff and the shaman were there for anything we needed. Thanks Jose!
I chose Arkana for my first time doing ayahuasca so naturally I was a bit worried about it all, but as soon as we arrived at the jungle centre, I felt safe and calm, everyone there was super warm, helpful and lovely. Every person working there (kitchen & cleaning staff, guides, facilitators, shamans) radiates love and kindness, they always make sure you’re okay and are ready to help in whatever way you need at that point. The shamans are extremely powerful, they know just what you need and their icaros work on you like magic.
I am eternally grateful for this place and everyone who made my 2 weeks there so amazing, I left feeling happier than I have been in years and still feel the love & light that I finally found while there.
The centre is in a beautiful location, the facilities are just what you need when you’re in the jungle, nothing too fancy but enough to be comfortable and have a break from the city life.
The organised daily activities/expeditions are fun too, you get to see lots of cool animals & plants, and the tour guide, Falcon, is really knowledgable and funny.
The non-dieta food is pretty good but if you have the chance, definitely try doing the dieta for as long as possible. After 2 weeks of no salt, sugar, oil I felt super healthy, clean and energised, and it helps with the ceremonies too.
If you can, do the sapo ceremony too, it is something indescribably beautiful that goes perfectly with the whole experience.
Overall, the 2 weeks there were incredible and life-changing, I still feel amazing 3 weeks later. I finally found and saw the light that I am, and learnt what love, happiness, peace is, and how to just be. Before this I was not a spiritual person at all and couldn’t have imagined feeling this way and saying things like this but people really can and do change!
Love to all <3
I recently returned from my third visit to Arkana / Pulse and the experience was just as incredible as it always is. I stayed for three weeks and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time. I got everything I needed out of it.
Their shamans are the main reason I keep coming back. The head shaman, Wiler, is amazingly powerful and his icaros will take control of your soul and bring you into the light everytime. I felt a strong connection with Hilberto, the older shaman, this time around. His icaros will make you soar. Then of course there is also Angelita, whose songs will pierce right through to the core of your soul.
The rest of the staff there are also amazing. Craig is one of the funniest guys I’ve met and brings a lot of light and laughter to the centre. Jess is an absolute angel and even baked me an amazing cake for my birthday. Shantanu had an infectious laugh and was amazing at helping people through some difficult moments during the ceremony. The local staff including the guides, cleaning and kitchen staff and others were all amazing. I felt very safe and taken care of at all times.
The facilitaties at the centre are top notch and have improved since my previous visits. In particular, they now have electricity and lighting at all times (this wasn’t there in my previous visits).
No matter where you go, ayahuasca is going to be a challenging experience. For that reason I cannot recommend Arkana highly enough, because they take a challenging experience and provide all the love, support and care to help you on your own personal journey.
It’s been 2 years since i was at Pulse, and I read that the ownership has shifted/changed. I’m now 50 years old, and will give my summation.
I felt safe in this journey and with the pulse members, the amenities, the restaurant on travel to the river was great. there were at least 3 newish relationships going on when i was there…the aya and sex/heart with the new members was probably not a good mix. there were a lot of vulnerable ppl there. but the drama of 2 of the relationships, took away a lot from those people. also,
there was also a man who was very deceptive (on heart/BP meds)…and a pathological liar (I’m sure bc my dad was a naval officer, this guy claimed to be a colonel, hell no). I read that after i left, he was kicked out…ugh…it’s hard to face a person I don’t like for reason of knowing him a liar, every morning at breakfast, to greet him openly. I wonder why it took so long. after that…there was some black magic going on around there; i’m repeating what was said on reddit. and i do believe in darkness now.
so, saying all that, I have my sanity and reason, my intuition, and knowing. The 4th aya journey, was BAD! I did not have the ability to integrate that journey…all the others were good. I had no one to help me process anything…bc it was a journey to choose sanity over insanity. I landed, with the Jesus’ help, on the sane side.
If one if brave enough to journey w Aya, I hope that there is an umbilical cord to their sense of self…that can harbor them if/when, it goes south.
btw, i didn’t follow the messages that i received, they happened anyway ( w a realtionship). aya told me the truth there. I think i needed love more than….
bc la medicina , aya, is so potent….and i had no one to process my experience with (i left the morning after) , i strongly recommend an aya pre and post counseling, and during I’m writing this 2 years later. would i do it again? maybe, maybe yes… Mel
I returned from a 2 week retreat with Pulse Tours last week. I spent the first week in Sacred Valley and the second in the Amazon.
I understand now why all the feedback says it’s impossible to put the experience into words. What I have to say is that it is definitely worth it and a life-changing journey for those who are ready. It’s work, it’s not an easy experience by any means, but I left this retreat a different person with a different understanding of life from when I entered, and I’m all the better for it.
More practical information: the two locations are completely different experiences. That was amazing because it felt like I was in two different countries, two different cultures, with two different types of ceremonies. The Sacred Valley location had a much gentler feel. The landscape there is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in my life. There was only one shaman in ceremony compared to 3-4 in the Amazon. The Sacred Valley location definitely felt more about the overall experience of that region alongside the medicine compared to the Amazon whose environment itself felt like a part of the medicine. The Amazon was more intense for all of us that experienced the two. I wouldn’t have changed a thing as both experiences were so valuable.
The staff was amazing. The facilitators helped me to grow more than I could have anticipated and were always there to offer help and advice.
I absolutely recommend this to anyone who believes they are ready for it.
Hello! I hope my recent Ayahuasca experience may be useful for those who are interested in the medicine and consider Pulse Tours. I’ve participated the 14 Days Ayahuasca Retreat (Oct, 14-29) and thanks to God (or someone else) I didn’t limit myself by taking just 7 days. I know it depends on a person. As for me, I’m sure that four ceremonies wouldn’t be enough and I would certainly be frustrated. However I met very excited people from previous tours who took just 7days retreat and seemed totally satisfied.
My retreat was not occasional; I planned it since last year being inspired by Graham Hancock’s and David Icke’s youtube videos about their experience with DMT and Ayahuasca. My favourite singer Tori Amos once said that the most influential journeys she had ware with Ayahuasca. So I can’t ignore that signs and started to investigate the topic. That eventually leaded me to ayaadvisor and there I found the Pulse Tours. My attention was also attracted by another organization but they require rubber boots to take from home. That is not convenient for me so PulseTours won in that competition 🙂
Well, don’t expect too comfortable conditions to have in the jungles, however, it doesn’t matter after being there for some time. Ok, honestly I missed hot water every time but everyone can take it for a week or two. What really matters is people at Pulse Tours. They are very kind and always ready to help if you need something. I felt very safe. All guests I met were also very nice people, so we lived like a big family, indeed. Pulse Tours deserves five stars just for that. Tamara, I miss your ‘Group share!’ calling )) I even get a Facebook account after the tour to be in touch with my new friends.
Now it’s time to tell something about the medicine itself. Well, for a long time I didn’t understand it. Every time I just took the dose, listen to the Icaros and wait for something. Well, actually something happened, but it was very far from what should really happen. I had some visions but it was just a “surface” as I understand it later. Unfortunately I wasted a lot of time getting almost nothing useful from the ceremonies just hard sleepless nights and physical exhausting. I thought the normal dose is not enough for me and I tried more but nothing really changed except it became more difficult to endure.
It was my seventh ceremony when I somehow started listening to that internal thin sound of Ayahuasca playing in my body. This tuning of attention turned into the magic door in me, or connection to the medicine as they call it. When it happened, all my bad physical feelings faded away, the vomiting signals disappeared, the breathing became very free and the “rabbit hole” took me really deep. It was the first time I couldn’t walk by myself when the facilitators came to take me to the personal Icaro. My body was in this world but I was in another world(s). At last I understood what was going on during the ceremony, what Ayahuasca did, what Icaros did, why we needed shamans. By the way, the shamans are Great.
DMT or Sapo ceremony is another AMAZING story, if you would have chance to take it, DO IT.
I won’t go into the details of my “rabbit hole” experience, it does matter just for me. I was looking for answers, but Ayahuasca gave me the answer that made most of my questions irrelevant. That answer was a treasure for me. The tour is not cheap for me but I would certainly look for a possibility to come back. I really want my parents, my friends to have such experience, but I can’t recommend somebody to take Ayahuasca, because this way may be very difficult physically and the result in not guaranteed in a short period of time.
If somebody have decided to participate and looking for a piece of advice, I would say you should not have ANY expectations. You have to be patient, honest, don’t stay away mentally during the ceremony, listen to yourself, the magic will be happening inside, we just have to notice it behind that physical unpleasant symptoms and follow the white rabbit.
Everyone at Arkana Spiritual Center was so amazing. You feel completely taken care of, and welcome, and safe from the moment you arrive. I can’t believe that there are people in the world that are so incredibly giving, so incredibly loving and selfless. They give so completely to people they don’t even know.
This week was one of the most transformational experiences I have ever had. It was definitely one of the most difficult and intense weeks I have ever had. Ayahuasca doesn’t let you off the hook easy. She takes you to the heart of your “stuff” and if you are ready for it you can experience profound healing. I can’t say I would recommend it for everyone. I would say you have to be ready to be confronted with your deepest darkest issues. There were times I felt completely broken down to my core. If you are not in a place in your life that you are ready to do that then don’t go. If you do go, I can’t say enough good things about Arkana. I’m sure there must be other great places to do Ayahuasca but after seeing how this team works together to completely support every single person that walks through their doors I would not trust anyone else.
The Shaman was amazing. He was a true healer. He is completely committed to helping you.
The Shamans assistants and helpers gave and gave and gave. I don’t think I have ever been in an environment where people were being supported with so much love as I felt from them. When the week was over I found it very difficult to find the words to be able to thank everyone that helped me in my journey to healing. What do you say to someone that helped you finally overcome the issues you have been trying to release and let go of for your entire adult life? This one week trip felt like you got the equivalent amount of deep insight and healing of going to see a therapist every week for 20 years.
I highly recommend Arkana
It was the second time for me at the Pulse retreat center. This time I spent 3 weeks there as compared to 1 week the first time.
Again the overall experience was great! The shamans, facilitators and staff all did a great job in making it an unforgettable experience. The ceremonies are carried out carefully and the guests are being taken care of nicely. The shamans Wiler, Abuelo and Angelita are the professionals you want to have on your side, guiding you through the psychedelic journeys from the first “consulta” to the ceremonies and finally the daily group shares.
Wiler recommended me to do a Pinon Blanco plant diet during my stay, which was a great addition to the experience. The special food diet accompanying the plant dieta might become uninteresting after a few days, but it’s definitely worth it as it helps you to better connect to Ayahuasca and to yourself.
I met lots of interesting people there from all over the world. Activities include: Jungle tours, boat trips, sloth visiting, visiting the village nearby and movie nights.
Great place, feels like second home now 🙂
I’m an Army veteran who was dealing with pretty heavy PTSD-related anxiety disorder and depression. After 5 years of all-too-regular breakdowns and one too many destroyed relationships, life was feeling desperate. Numerous pharmaceuticals had failed me. I had learned about Pulse from some YouTube videos I saw a few years ago, and proceeded to slowly research what Ayahuasca was and what it could do. Then, last summer, the universe smiled on me at the exact right time, and I found myself traveling into the middle of the Peruvian jungle in seek of seek a different kind of healing. A healing that even I was still a bit skeptical about. But after 2 weeks of working with Ayahuasca under the guidance of Shaman Wiler, I found myself completely healed. It may sound hyperbolic, but – honestly – I still catch myself now, a few months later, in awe of just how much I have changed. The way this powerful medicine stimulates neuroplasticity is undeniably true. So many walls were broken down, leaving a clear and open mind, no longer plagued by negative thoughts and patterns. So many symptoms are gone and staying gone, and I am 100% medication-free now. It’s hard work, mind you, both in ceremony and throughout the integration process after returning home, but the newfound (rekindled?) senses of empathy, love, and patience I have gained were worth every ounce of physical and mental sweat. I feel that I have been given nothing short of a new lease on life. I sincerely owe so much to the entire Pulse family, and can now look forward to a more peaceful, joyful, and loving future than I thought possible just a few months ago. They have truly curated a place of love and healing down there in the jungle.
One for the veterans:
Receiving an invite to participate in a veteran’s retreat here at Arkana Spiritual center was a true honor!
I have stayed at several ayahuasca centres in previous years and the Pulse Tours team are exceptionally brilliant! You are in safe hands when you’re with these guys. They are the real deal!
Seriously, if you’re a veteran looking for sacred plant medicine healing in the awesome Amazon, then you need to look no further. Everything they say and do here is trustworthy, safe and full of the utmost integrity.
The staff are conspicuously intelligent, sensitive – and full of fun and light. The very fact that this very special group of people found each other and work together so beautifully as a cohesive team to help those who need it most is just incredible! I love you guys.
Author ‘Psychedelic Marine’
Everything was really good. They have solar power and outlets that work everywhere! The shamans are fantastic and powerful and the facilitators are very helpful. The food is awesome and I was very happy with my options for master plants. I wish the ceremonies were a little smaller, it felt like we were really packed into the maloka every night. Other than than that, this is my third time to Pulse for good reason!
Really amazing people. The shamans are powerful and definitely have something special to them. Their jungle center is nice and organized. Beautiful place. I’ll be back.
If you’re reading this post you’ve made the decision to do ayahuasca, and you’re now just looking for the best place to do it.
Look no further. Pulse tours – Arkana was the best possible way to experience this adventure. The staff was compassionate and attentive throughout. They made me feel truly special during ceremonies and throughout my time at the center.
They really do it right here. Their Shamans have decades of experience. The facilitators offered wisdom and healing and good conversation whenever you needed it.
After hearing from other travelers about experiences with other tours I am truly grateful I chose this place at this time. I left feeling brand new.
Got back from my retreat with Pulse tours a few weeks ago. I won’t go into the specifics of my personal experience, because it was very personal and may give someone else expectations of what their journey will be like (I learned in a tough way that expectations can be very detrimental to any experience). All I will say is that it was amazing. Exactly what I needed. I believe 100% that the reason I had such a good overall experience with Ayahuasca was due to the environment I was in at Pulse. Everyone there, the facilitators, the shamans were there simply to allow you to experience the medicine in your own way. They had absolutely no personal agenda, did not expect or try to get you to experience things in a certain way, no ego at all, there was never a moment of “Ive been doing this for a long time to you need to do it like this”. They were of course available any time to answer questions or give you their stories and experiences, but it was never forced upon you. It is a hard feeling to describe, having a group of people like that around you that just wants you to do the work you need to do, and are simply there to allow you to do it and help you along if you need anything at all. Just knowing they were there makes the whole ordeal a lot safer and allows you to focus on learning. So again, the biggest thing for me was the staff there. Couldn’t say enough good things about them. Other than that, the food was really good, great fruit around all the time, the accommodations were comfortable and clean, the Arkana center is really amazing and beautiful. If you feel that Ayahuasca is something you should do, then I would recommend Pulse’s Jungle experience over anything! Thanks guys!
I did a one week long retreat with Pulse Tours at the Arkana Spiritual Center, and it was amazing! It exceeded my expectations in every way! The facilities they had for us were very clean and well maintained, and the food was healthy and delicious (best fish I’ve had in my life).
It blew me away how much the shamans contributed to the experiences; it was clear the generations of cultural discovery that they draw from were present in our ceremonies.
The facilitators were amazing! They were all there because they believe the work they are contributing to is the most worthwhile thing they could be doing at this point in their lives, and that purity of intent absolutely came through.
I went through a couple of the most challenging nights of my life at the Arkana Spiritual Center, but it was set up perfectly and I was able to go through that process and learn more than I would have thought possible! I could write for pages about what I got out of my Ayahuasca experiences with Pulse Tours, but for me the most important things were that it connected me with my path (I now have a clear vision of what I should be working toward in the long term, and the steps to take in the short term to move in that direction), and it showed me that listening to other people, really listening with the mindset that they may be trying to convey something that you don’t already know, and engaging with understanding, compassion and love is the medicine that the world needs to heal. Now I get to practice living those lessons.
If you feel the calling to work with this medicine Pulse Tours is a great place to do it. This work is difficult and challenging, but if you are willing to learn and transform, it will teach you more than anything else in your life.
I’ll be going back as soon as I can!
For those who do feel The Call, this is The Place.
The staff creates a thoughtful and attentive space/set/setting, and answers questions directly without over-promising/sugar-coating. The shamans do a tremendous amount of work, both vocally and spiritually, making the ceremonies amazing. This is ancient stuff, “old time religion”, but no pressure to convert you to their way of seeing the world: you’ll be shown that directly…
This experience is not for everyone, no sugar-coating: in the moment it can be very scary, feels like many real-life experiences happening in the course of a few hours. As others have said though, the post-impact is profound…and “profound” will mean different things to each person.
For me, the experience was probably milder than others’ but still deeply meaningful…many pages of notes in my journal. It led me to immediately repair some long-broken relationships, and my S.O. says I’m more open-hearted and light. I’m sure I’ll continue to discover new things over time.
Thanks to the very thoughtful staff and shamans!
I chose pulse tours 7 day retreat at Arkana,the place and the people were amazing.
I traveled from Australia with my girlfriend and sister and we all had an awesome time. The ceremonies and the day tours were conducted by professionals who were incredibly friendly and informative and the knowledge and expertise was impressive to say the least. The centres location and spirituality were inspiring and added value to the whole experience. The cost of this adventure quickly became insignificant as the sharmans work tirelessly throughout the ceremonies as do the facilitators and the day tour guides. All the staff offer help, support and councelling at any time.
Whilst the ceremonies can be challenging,the results are more than worth the effort and life changing. I did not believe i would make such great friends with both the staff and other participants from such diverse backgrounds and cultures but by the end
they truly felt like family. I cannot recommend this treatment highly enough and tell everyone it is the most important thing you will ever do. I am already looking forward to returning again and again. I would not even consider going anywhere else.
To be critical i can only blame my expectations about the tropical fruits and juices but now understand that some of the fruit i expected was simply out of season and the juices are watered down through the necessity to reduce the intake of sugars so as not to compromise the effects of the medicines. This also proved to be just another bonus by correcting my diet and illustrating my dependence on sugar and salt.
I can totally recommend Arkana to anyone interested in transforming their lives.
Best experience EVER! Best Shamans in the world – wonderful !!!! And such a loving and heart centered staff!!! Unbelievable!! Thank God for such a place!
It’s been about a week since my 2-week stay at Pulse Tours, Arkana Spiritual
This past week has given me time to reflect on my experience, although, I expect to continue to learn more about my experience and myself as the weeks and months go by. Even the past 5 days has seen major changes to my life.
If you have a calling towards the medicine, I cannot recommend Pulse enough. It was a life changing experience. The shamans and facilitators are some of the most caring and loving people I’ve met. They truly care about each and everyone attending and will be there for all the challenges you face along this epic journey of self. The facility is beautiful, well equipped, safe and secluded in the jungle, there are no distractions….the summer days were pure bliss.
Don’t think about the money. If you’re going to work with Ayahuasca, especially for an extended period of time, you should do it with the right people and experienced Shaman’s. Pulse is a place of protection and love, it has everything you need to get the most out of the medicine.
I will not refer anything about the actual ceremonies themselves. There are many accounts of those online to read/watch, if you’re curious. Understand, they are extremely personal and reading those accounts might be detrimental to your experience.
My 2-weeks of 8 ceremonies, were profound. My life is now taking on a new trajectory, and I’m incredibly happy. There is a lot of work I have to do, but it’s work that I’m excited about because I know I’m following what I truly need to live my life to the fullest.
I’ll be going back, next year….no doubt about it 🙂
***Some quick tips that made my stay as amazing as it was:
-Fasting the day of ceremony. Next time I go, I’m going to fast for my entire stay.
-Sticking to a strict aya diet for 2-weeks prior to the trip. Sure, some things slipped here and there, but for the most part I was very strict with what I ate.
-Journal writing everyday, before, during and after the retreat.
-Books I read during the stay, that had a major impact on me:
-The Toltec Art of Life and Death, by Don Miguel Ruiz
-Lovingkindness, by Sharon Salzberg
-Staying off the internet for the whole trip (the internet there is very poor, but I see this as a positive)
-Meditation, several times a day
-Yoga, almost every day
-Eating the dieta food, not the regular food, as some of the regular food they serve does contain a bit of salt and oil. Food is something Pulse is a little more loose with, than other places, especially fruit…but the options for diets are still there, so no need to worry.
It was the most phenomenal experience of my life. Learned so much about myself and met some extraordinary people. I finally know the strength of unconditional love.
On my 1st and 2nd ceremony I completely freaked out and lost control. But the facilitators took great care of me. They have me courage and evetually I ended up having some great insights during and after my 3rd and 4th ceremony.
Arkana spiritual center had great facility and amazing stuff members and facilitators. Way more than what I expected.
I am so grateful for the week I spent at The Pulse Tours Arkana centre. From the moment I was picked up at the hotel till when I was dropped back off safe, the experience was one big cradle of caring, growth and beauty.
The shamans, facilitators and staff together create a remarkable community. I met amazing people whose memory will stay with me the rest of my days. I arrived a stranger, left a friend, and felt such love and joy every moment of my stay. The food was great, the facility amazing, inviting and open, I highly recommend this wonderful place.
Thank you for maintaining such a lovely space to learn such powerful lessons from Mother Ayahuasca.
My calling to Ayahuasca and Pulse Tours began two years ago when I first began researching the medicine. Throughout that time I spent countless hours researching Amazonian Shamanism and retreats in Peru. I certainly viewed all available retreats but could not stop studying the Pulse Tours page. I knew from the start that it was going to be the right retreat for me. I had loads of anxiety about traveling to a South American country to have such an alternative vacation. But Pulse eliminates all of that anxiety with excellent communication before, during, and after the trip. I must have sent countless emails to Pulse with questions on just about everything. They respond almost immediately and extremely thoroughly addressing any of your concerns. They also provide a Skype interview when your retreat draws near which is enables you have ask even more detailed questions before you make your pilgrimage to the Arkana center. The facilitators are a fabulous and loving bunch of people. Melissa is amazing with answering questions about ANYTHING and will go out of her way to ensure your comfort. Dolan provides you with all of the tips you need to be aware of before ceremony and has a comforting presence. Tamara does excellent translation and facilitation work. Craig was an Amazing ceremony initiator and became a role model for me. Val was always available and checking in on you, making your feel important. The Shamans were some of the most impressive people I’ve met in my life. Their Icaros are literally the most powerful and beautiful things I’ve ever experienced in my life. Truly healing songs come from these beautiful souls. The Ayahuasca medicine is POTENT, HEALING, CHALLENGING, and LIFE ALTERING!!! The additional medicines of NuNu, Kambo, and Sonoran Desert frog (Sapo) are all VERY special add ons that totally elevate your experience in the Jungle. The villagers of Libertad are an Incredible group of people that I gained so much love for. They help run the center and do an amazing job of maintaining it. The LOVE i experienced from EVERYONE is some of the best I have ever experienced in my life. The food is delicious, varied, abundant, and healthy. If you don’t want to sleep in your assigned room, the Malocas make an excellent alternative. Embrace and surrender to the medicine and it will change you for the BETTER. There’s a reason Pulse is rated number 1 on Ayaadvisors. The internet is full of unnecessary criticism and any you may find about Pulse is absolute malarkey. This place radiates LOVE and HEALING and I don’t think I could ever go to any other retreat. I will certainly be returning in the future!! Much Love to all! – Evan
This was the trip of a lifetime. Probably several lifetimes, haha. Seriously, if you’re curious about trying many different jungle medicines and go on adventures, this is for you. Personally I chose the option where you also visit Macchu Picchu to get the full Peru experience.
And then there’s the personal development. I know a lot of things have changed, but I’ve only just come home, so I guess it’s too early to spot the difference in daily life yet.
Conclusion: I recommend Pulse Tours of all my heart.
WOW, I am at loss of words for the entire life changing the experience that I’ve encountered during my three-week stay with Pulse Tours. After extensive searching of retreats practicing the medicine (it took me about three months of research), I’ve come across this Pulse Tours. At first, what drew me to them was the three-week Human Transformation retreat. It was something that called to me and worked well with my schedule as an Educator. Next was the communication and openness with Melissa. She was a great help and answer every question I had and very responsive to emails. She is on her A+ game with communications and made me feel confident and comfortable with the process. I met with them at the Hotel suggested on the site, and we hit the road. It was about a 2-hour van ride with lunch provided at a local stop, a 30-minute motorcar ride (that was cool!), and a 2-hour boat ride (lots of flying fish) until we got to the center. Once we got to the site, we were greeted with song and dance from the locals in the area. Then we went on a tour of the center and met in the Maloca for the first ceremony later that night. The Staff was F$%^ing fantastic! They are a gift of light with the patience of the Gods. During my stay I witnessed them take control of situations with such calmness and ease that I’ve felt safe the entire time I was there. Dolan, Craig, Cece, Tamara, and Wiler treated us like family (hell I would say better than family in some cases). They were always open and honest and fully knowledgeable about all the plant medicines and diets. The cleaning staff, cooking staff, boat staff, and the Shaman were are astounding with a bright smile on their faces all the time. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of professional facilitators to go through this journey with for my first Ayahuasca experience. I WILL BE BACK!! Without a doubt. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR for your first or next spiritual guidance.
Just got back from a 7-day ayahuasca retreat with Pulse in Iquitos, Peru. It was, without a doubt, one of the most challenging and significant events of my life.
Ayahuasca’s not easy to use, but if you have things you want to work on, it can really help. For me, my week at Pulse was the experience of a lifetime – one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but also one of the most transformative and meaningful. It helped put a lot of things into perspective and deal with things from my past that I felt were holding me back. If you’re a fairly self-reflective and analytical person, I believe you can get a tremendous amount out of the experience, if you’re open to it.
Pulse may be a bit on the higher-end price-wise compared to some of the lesser-known outfits, but this isn’t the sort of thing you want to cut corners on. For several reasons that will make sense if you do this, you shouldn’t take aya in a random city apartment as a one-off or something. The quality of the facilitators and shamans makes an enormous difference, and they can help you turn what might be a difficult or negative ceremony into a positive one, share a key insight that can help you find the good in what you experienced, or give you the motivation to keep forging ahead with the work you feel is necessary.
There’s a reason Pulse is top-rated on AyaAdvisors. The facilitators have a great deal of experience with the medicine, so they’re well-equipped to handle whatever situations may arise. I had a great experience with all of them – Dolan, Craig, Tamara, Val, Cecilia, and, of course, Wiler, the shaman. I have a feeling I’ll continue to work with the medicine in the future, and when I do, I’ll be seeking out this team once again to help me along the way.
I recently attended a one week retreat at the peru location and was amazed at the experience. I researched several different businesses and thought that the program offered here would be the best for me. I felt at home the moment I was introduced to the staff in Iquitos and the journey to the center was really comforting with staff available to answer several questions the group had. After arriving at the center I found the accommodations to be nicer than I expected and the food was surprisingly really good as well. the ayahuasca ceremonies were exactly what I needed to re-center myself and dispose of unwanted negativity in my life. the shamans were incredible as well as the facilitators. I plan on returning to the center again, as I truly found it to be an unbelievable and life changing experience.
thanks to everyone at the center for making this such a special experience.
Incredible!! I have been seeking for Liberation for decades attending retreats at different parts of the world but I have had the most profound breakthru experience in Peru at the Arkana center! I have never felt such freedom in my body and mind after drinking the medicine several times and going thru a huge relief. For hours I felt like a newborn baby in my body with a sharp developed mind, experiencing a brand new body. It was like nature gifted me with a new beginning a restart!! . … It has been a truly a life changing experience ever since, the feeling is staying with me and lingering around. I am living a much more conscious purposeful life in so many ways… I can not give here all details of the positive effects but I can say; people around me notice the difference and it is a must do for everyone who are seeking!! The staff is very professional, knowledgeable, kind and reliable… they are there for you every step on your journey 24/7. Two thumbs up and six stars! I would definitely do it again!
The ceremony at Pulse Tour was amazing.
Before visiting Pulse, I was hopeless and desperate.
Words can’t describe the transforming experience I had at the center
The staff was very kind and supportive.
It was perfect! Exactly what I needed. Beautiful location, great team, great experience, wonderful group of people. I am still feeling the effect after 10 days. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone who is READY for the authentic, healing and life transforming experience. It was very helpful to share our experiences with the group. For me it was blissful, healing and visionary for others it was difficult at times, but they worked through those difficulties and received answers they were looking for. I felt very connected to the whole group and would come back again!
This was an excellent experience. The location is beautiful, secluded, peaceful, and flourishing with jungle life. The facilitators are very professional, sincere, and cool. The food was delicious and always different. The staff was friendly and the place was always clean. The jungle guides are highly skilled and fun. The gym is sufficient and the bedrooms are comfortable. The medicine is potent. The shamans and their songs are incredible. This place is full of positive energy.
Much better than I was expecting.
From the moment I book the retreat to the moment I left the facilities no complaints.
The staff is amazing, program excellent, tours very exciting.
You feel being home.Great food, friendly people, facilities kept clean all the time.
Regarding the ayahuasca, I only regret not experienced it before.
I highly recommend. Life will never be the same after that week.
I am so glad for having this opportunity
Thank you all
I can’t imagine anything else I would want out of an experience. This is a decision you will not regret!
The facilities are nice, the food is excellent Props to the chef. Followed the diet prior w/ no medications/drugs online and felt safe to explore how far the medicine could take us. If you are looking for a safe place to do some personal work the facilitators will ensure your time surrounding the ceremonies is excellent.
The ceremonies are performed in an absolute temple. Da brew is Propah but not my responsibilitay. There were 3 shamans and the icaros commanded the psyche. The shamans’ work felt genuine and of well intention. The energy is flowing in this maloca. The medicine is transformative and to be respected.
Will return at some point in my future and there is no need to search further.
My second trip with Pulse / Arkana, and I was once again blown away by the quality and care they put into every aspect of the experience. The facility itself is gorgeous–a beautiful setting right on the bank of the Ucayali that is very comfortable, even for an avowed “city guy” like me! This year, the food was even better than last year thanks to the “upgrading” of the kitchen staff/management… lot’s of variety and fresh ingredients.
Of course the main reason for coming is the ceremonies… and Arkana hits a home run here. The brew itself does the job (and then some!) as they control its production in-house, sticking to the traditional Shipibo recipe. We had a couple of group members who had some trouble connecting and were offered a “rocket fuel” brew from one of the Shaman’s personal stash… which seemed to do the trick the next night(!!) Arkana taps into a roster of experienced Shipibo shamans (shamen?) and during some ceremonies we had FOUR of them singing icaros and weaving harmonies simultaneously. Those ceremonies were absolutely mind-blowing.
I can’t say enough about the facilitators. There was one beautiful carry-over from last year (“Hi Tamara!”) along with three new staffers who did an amazing job of making our entire group comfortable and ensuring that everyone had a safe–and deep/meaningful experience. These guys are personable, sensitive, SMART, and funny/fun-to-be-with… and they work their asses off to make sure you have the best experience possible.
Pulse has a great reputation… and that helps right from your arrival in Iquitos. They are super well-organized and professional. Accommodating and caring. They offer a LOT of additional experiences–master plant diets, sapo, kambo, nunu–in addition to ayahuasca, that can really let you go deeper into your personal work and enhance your overall experience.
In sum, the setting, organization, and expert staff all combined to give me yet another amazing aya experience this year. I cannot recommend this group/company highly enough.
What an amazing, life-changing experience. This place far exceeded my expectations. Four ayahuasca ceremonies in a 7-day retreat as well as other plant medicines offered. The facilitators were very supportive and would take the time to listen to us about our experiences during and after the ceremonies. In addition to the facilitators and shaman, the retreat was very well staffed and had excellent tour guides. Food was excellent. Facilities were kept very clean and laundry services were provided when needed. The only pet-peeve that I had was that there weren’t enough internet sticks for internet access. Being in the jungle, internet access is hard to get. With only about a couple working internet sticks that had to be shared, I was able to get on for about 20 mins for the whole week. That was my only means of contact with friends and family and urgent matters. But then again, it is the jungle and it is hard to get internet service anyway. I suggest that you bring a cell phone with service and a data plan that works in that area. I had a prepaid plan that ran out on the first day.
Great experience overall. I can’t wait to go back to Pulse.
Had the time of my life with Pulse in Peru! Recently returned from my late may early June visit. Craig our guide was one of the coolest most laid back people I have ever met. A kind soul and very knowledgeable and helpful and down to earth. They have great people working their tour and at the center. I did one week in Cusco/ Macchu Pichu and then went off to Iquitos and the Amazon. The spiritual center is top notch. They have an onsite kitchen which serves great ayahuasca diet foods. Falcon, he is the local jungle guide they employ there and he took our group out to see the river, jungle, and local wildlife and he was super friendly as well. The Shamans were great for the ceremonies, and truly took the experience to the next level. Also got the opportunity to do DMT for a small extra fee while there, and that was absolutely beautiful. So glad I chose the option to do both the Amazon and the Andes for my package, as Macchu Piccu was definitely the coolest place I’ve ever been in my life. I am so glad I chose pulse for my first journey to South America. They took care of all the logistics, and if I were to try and do all of that stuff myself, I would’ve been screwed. Cherished my time down there and miss it so much! Thank you Pulse!
My name is Evan, I am 40 year/old medical doctor from Michigan and this was my first time I had Ayahuasca. I went to the center at the end of February 2017 with a close friend who had already been to the center the year prior.
Personal work and preparation is a must in my opinion. You will get out of the experience what you bring into it.
My main concern was the quality and expertise of the Shamans. Even though technically the medication itself can be very safe pharmacologically, I would place myself in the hands of strangers, in the middle of the jungle.
As soon as I got there I felt very welcome. The lodgings were adequate and very comfortable for the middle of the jungle. The kitchen provides delicious healthy food and the activities the center has for its guest will keep your activity level as intense as you want.
The staff and facilitators for the ceremonies are very good as well. They are knowledgeable, attentive and capable of helping someone during the most intense portions of the ceremony if needed. I think the facilitator team in the center, is a group of people that really want to learn and help people with their work with Ayahuasca.
I believe the shamans at the center are truly experts in their field. They are able to create a very safe and stable space for the individual to do their work with the medicine. A minimum of 20 years experience per shaman. I felt very comfortable and I was able to trust the shamans and the space they created for me in the Maloca 100%. Their mastery of their craft, from the preparation of the medicine, to the safe space, to their unbelievable Ikaros they sing. I was amazed by their knowledge, intensity and focus of their actions throughout the duration of the ceremony (4-6 hours per ceremony).
It is very difficult to express what I experienced during my week in the center. I feel that if you are ready for the work one has to do with the medication, the center is an excellent place to have that work done.
I was truly humbled by the fact that the local Shipibo people were willing to open their home to me and allow me to experience and partake in their culture and their knowledge of this world. Forever grateful.
In my opinion, the price of admission is more than worth it.
Family is how you will feel here. There is no doubt that every single facilitator truly has their heart in this and for you. Anyone of them are gladly available to you 24hrs a day. No one at Pulse is there to punch a clock. On top of this, the staff are highly trained professionals who have individual specialties that come together to help you get the most out of this incredible experience. The Shamans are absolutely top notch and highly experienced. If this is your first time, I cannot stress how important it is not to overlook the shamans.
The food was very good and healthy. Listen, I have been a meat/junk food eater most of my adult life(since this I enjoy more of a balance) so I was very weary of this diet in the first place. There is plenty of chicken and fish but you’ll enjoy it all.
The medicine…..This four ceremony retreat is my only so I can’t compare it to others. I will say that based on everything I had read and heard, it was everything I was hoping for and more. I had an out of body experience for three hours and saw myself reborn. This is when it is absolutely crucial to have these Tier 1 facilitators take care of you(they can bring you out of uncomfortable experiences and center you) and the Shamans(Can’t even explain how they do what they do but it is powerful in a divine way).
Dolan, Craig, Tamara, Wiler and every single staff member, I love you.
Ok, So I chose to experience the 3 week transformation package May-June 2017, I have to say without a doubt, it has changed my life! I felt the facilitator team was very professional, committed, hard working, joyful, offered the right guidance and support that was intuitive, accurate, and so helpful with my experience and journey, I feel so grateful for their knowledge, the way they held space, guidance and when they say “we are here for you” they mean it! I did pick their brains a lot, and it was all so spot on and I got to practice their advice/guidance and was blown away by the clarity and insight/healing I experienced through out my whole 3 week journey. The Shamans themselves were the humblest, cleanest, hardworking, powerful and committed human beings I have ever experienced in my 4-5 yrs of journeying with the medicine of Ayahausca. Their icaros was magical, effective, powerful, healing, ancient, beautiful, clarifying and so clean and offered me the safest place to do the healing work I needed to do to heal myself. I am so grateful and would highly recommend this team and this venue for deep work into relationship with self and plant medicine! Loved the food, accommodation, and excursions we got to experience exploring local village and surrounding jungle, it was awesome, I had fun and I worked hard and so did they!! My only criticism is that I think they have new management coming in and I think they want to upscale to making the retreat more like a hotel, and I think they will lose the rustic charm and appeal and will make a mistake doing that, I intuitively feel its to make more money, as I tried getting accommodation for one week in a simple(but lovely tambo) with no excursions, no medicine, just a room and food for 1 week and they were wanting nearly $900 US- I was shocked, this would be well over $1000 in Australian dollars and I just felt it was greedy and didn’t match cost for value and I was family right??? That’s just my opinion! (I got air flight tickets from Iquitos to Cuzco, accommodation for 1 week and many profound experiences for the same cost, now that was value for money!! Besides this when i chose to let go of staying and processing in stillness in the jungle, i am and would love to come back to the retreat center and am very grateful for what I experienced there. Thank you Arkana Spiritual Center for all the dedicated hard work that you do!! You all deserve the week off between 3 week retreat cycles to recharge and rest and focus on yourselves, without that, i feel it would be unbalanced and harder to give all that you do and the overall support and value you give would suffer and be felt by us all!! Thank you so much. Much love to you all. Sue Curtis ( how about you don’t moderate and just post???)
Amazing experience! Guys are brilliant the facilitators were amazing and really helpful.. Although I’m rubbish with names the translator was an diamond. Every step of the way the guys were there to help and assist. Shamans were mind blowing. The guide was full of knowledge. Im waffling as i cannot praise everyone enough. Overall I would recommend pulse tours to anyone/everyone. As a package I am overjoyed I went with them. Thanks a lot dudes. You guys helped me immensely..
Definitely Life changing tour! Great lodge, great staff, great service. The whole tour is well organized and ceremonies are so good that is beyond my expectation. 5 stars no doubt.
An amazing experience to say the least! Every aspect of my time at Arkana was perfect from the very informative and supportive facilitators (Craig, Dolan & Tamara) to the fantastic food to the incredible Shamans and more. I felt incredibly welcomed by all and completely supported the entire time. My Aya journeys were beyond words and the staff and Shamans made me feel safe and comfortable the entire time. Highly Recommended!
I read a lot of reviews before I left and there were probably more bad ones than good which left me a bit apprehensive but I am happy to say it was well worth it!
Whether it was being in the jungle for 3 weeks or touring areas around Machupicchu an experience of a life time is a understatement. My biggest shock was how good vegan food can be, we visited Green Point if you go definitely get the truffles.
In my final group share I couldn’t get the right words out; I want to thank everyone! All the facilitators for just being there, always calm, relaxed and happy which helped create a safe space, oh and not to forget making some much needed food for a few of us after ceremony, at such short notice too! The Shamans for their powerful songs and incredible knowledge during group share, along with the numerous amounts of wonderful people I met out there the whole trip was really eye opening. Not forgetting the rest of the staff who worked behind the scenes cooking, cleaning and taking us exploring everyday.
It is a very powerful medicine and although personally I found it a bit hit and miss it was my first experience and I now know I’m still learning and look forward to carrying on my Aya journey.
This was truly a great experience. It was everything I expected and more. I came here with many questions and they were answered. I came here to heal deep rooted trauma, face my fears and grow as a human being and Mother Ayahuasca delivered. The experience was both beautiful, profound and terrifying.
The facilitators, shamans, and everyone who worked at the centre were very supportive and felt like family. They really cared and you could rely on them for support anytime. You also create deep bonds with the other guests, as you are all in this together, as warriors on a journey.
Cecilia, the new center manager, would take notes during the group sharing and approach me to discus her thoughts after the group talk. This was unexpected but very helpful in creating my intentions. Her love and caring attitude made me feel like she was my mom at the centre. I’m so grateful to have met and spent time with every person at the centre.
The location was beautiful. I loved the local people, the jungle and river are pristine and full of wildlife. We did daily excursions to experience everything the area had to offer. There are even a couple of cute monkeys living at the centre.
I’m looking forward to returning one day.
This place was great, the facility was nice the facilitators were insightful, helpful and all around good people. The activities like outside aya were a lot of fun, I have the monkey shots to prove it.
it was a profound & unique experience. I have a hard time putting it into words and Dolan put it best “It is like trying to tell a blind person what the color red is.” but i would highly recommend this place.
This was without a doubt the most amazing, lifechanging, and spiritually awakening trip of my life. I completed the 7 day Amazon Ayahuasca Retreat from the 13th thru the 19th of May, 2017. The facilitators; Craig, Dolan, Val, Tatiana, Samara, and Susha were phenomenal from the beginning to end. I came into this experience with no expectations other than knowing that I was damaged from parts of my life and just wanted to be happy and back to my old happy self again. The medicine exceeded all my expectations more than anything I could have possibly imagined. I haven’t stopped smiling since I left the retreat. I’m happy and refreshed and I have the center to thank for this. As a veteran, I would strongly recommend this retreat to all my brothers and sisters across the globe that are suffering with anything that you can’t seem to shake by yourself. Dolan (Prior service Marine) was with me every step of the way and really was my life line during a couple of the ceremony’s. Dolan, I appreciate the hell out of your brother. All in all, I will make it my purpose to visit the center once a year for the foreseeable future. The site is amazing and the Q&A is very informative and covers everything. If by some chance you know of a repellant that stops the biting flies, please pass that information to the forefront (haha).
I visited the center from May 6 – May 12, 2017. I had an absolutely amazing time the staff was incredible and any questions or concerns I had were taken care of prior to and while staying. I loved all the activities they had from the jungle excursion to fishing. I came because of a certain event and my goal was to get past what happened and to help heal. And I got what I came for and then some. I feel like a completely new person a much better person. I feel like I have more love to give and I can’t stop talking about my experiences. Thank you pulse tours and to the shamans for all their work.
I just got back from the 7 day jungle + 7 day Machu Pichu trip.
Verdict = pure awesome.
My background – i had attended 2 different ayahuasca retreats previous to Pulse and so had experience with other shamans and their medicine. What happened at Pukse blew my previous experiences away.
The jungle retreat facilities way exceeded my expectations. The location is stunning and there is plenty to do with excursions, yoga, a small library, a gymn, and lots of places to chill out.
The facilitators are absolute angels who go out of their way to make you comfortable, particularly during the ceremonies. I had one night were i went a bit bonkers and the patience and care they showed me was outstanding – Dolan and Craig, you guys are the best.
The Machu Pichu week was similarly superb, the only downside was that it left me wishing we had more time to explore.
I will be back again for sure, and after hearing about my adventures my wife will be joining me. I would 100% recommend this to anyone planning a trip to Peru.
Over a week in May of 2017, I had a very profound experience with Ayahuasca. I’m grateful to Pulse Tours to have had that experience with them.
In my opinion, they do everything right
– The website is extremely informative. Nevertheless, if you have a question, they get back to you very quickly.
– Once you’ve registered, their onboarding/orientation process (skype 1:1 meeting) provides additional layers of information and reassurance.
– The facilities are exceptional -you will never want to leave the Maloka is it is absolutely wonderful.
– The staff, facilitators and the shamans are some of the nicest and most helpful that people I’ve ever met.
If you’re considering an Ayahuasca retreat then I highly recommend Pulse Tours. I know that’ I will be back on day!
I spent a week with Pulse reconnecting back to me. It was a grounding and life changing experience.
The center is relaxing, clean, and minimalistic. I really appreciated the opportunity to do yoga and the sound baths were fantastic. And the food – basic but really frickin tasty. And the bananas, oh god, eat all the bananas you can get your hands on while in Peru. SO GOOD. Also, I love all of the hammocks – you can never have enough hammocks in your life.
The facilitators are lovely and diverse – I’m grateful for the different perspectives and approaches they all bring. They create a lot of space for you and are very open to talk about anything and everything. My time there was peaceful and my introvert was nourished.
The planned activities are just enough to keep you busy during the days but not so much that it takes all your energy. It’s well balanced.
The ceremonies are intense and powerfully held by the shamans and the facilitators. I always felt safe, even when I was having a rough experience.
So much goodness here. I’ll definitely be back. =*
My time with Pulse Tours was life changing – in fact, soul changing.
The team at Pulse make the tour exceptional through their always there, kind and immensely generous support they give you as you undertake the journey to finding Ayahuasca.
The team are immensely beautiful, and getting to work so closely with the Shamans as you explore new parts of yourself, is a tremendous gift. You feel completely supported as you learn to allow yourself to explore places never seen before.
The center itself is sparse, but very functional and more importantly – very comfortable. Most places are screened in which helps with warding off insects, and all the beds are very comfortable.
The food was simple but amazingly flavoursome, and you are never bored at the Center with lots of optional activities to undertake like jungle excursions, sunset boat rides, fishing, swimming, visiting the neighboring village, yoga, meditation or just resting in one of the many hammocks about the place.
You will love your time at Pulse – I myself plan to return as soon as I am able!
Michelle from Atlanta
I want to thank Willer the lead shaman he was great along with the rest of the staff, the overall care of the staff is amazing, the food overall is great and very healthy. The ceremonies are truly amazing you really go there to heal your body,spirit and soul.
This is an experience that everyone should encounter at least once in their life. Even though my journey of healing ended so far…. I will always remember and have in my hear amazing people I meet. Special thanks to Tatiana to help me and show me kind love during my Sand Pedro ceremony. Special thanks again to Willer very good hearted and honest man. Really have to recognize the amazing work of the staff, is not an easy job they do and they do it very well. 🙂 Will really miss you guys and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support and healing.
Brenda K Jurado
It was a life changing experience surrounded by compassionate people. To keep this short and sweet I will be recommending Pulse Tours to friends, family, loved ones and anyone who feels called to Ayahuasca. I can’t imagine a better experience, environment or people.
This is my first Ayahuasca experience and I have to say I absolutely loved it! It felt like home as soon as I arrived at this center. I can attest to all of the points they have stated in their overview and more. Pulse tours have thought of everything to ensure that your healing experience is as comfortable as possible considering you are in the middle of the jungle. It is super clean, food is tasty even though barely any salt is used, several comfortable spots to hang out in during the day, great day outings and the Shamans and facilitators were just awesome! In this Spiritual adventure, the Pulse team provides you with full support in every way possible to ensure that you get the most out of this incredible medicine. I could go on and on about how impressed I was on how Pulse has organized this retreat. In this particular tour, the travelers that came together really meshed well and were all there to heal parts of themselves. It was really special to meet and share this experience with such amazing people. We will be bonded forever – at the end we were all discussing when we could all get back together and experience this again with Pulse. I am looking forward to coming back to this amazing sacred place! This inner self work is incredible and I highly recommend to do it with Pulse.
Things I wished I would of known;
– Bring comfortable ceremony outfits, loose light clothing. My preference was a loose pair of drawstring shorts and tank top.
– You are in the middle of the jungle with no where to go – no need to bring fancy clothes – all about breathable comforts. You can wash your clothes by hand if need be.
– Show up one day in advance to settle in and leave 1 day after you come back to hang out with your new found family members. In my opinion, you only need these 2 extra days in Iquitos.
– For light packing, you only need 1 pair of flip flops – I did not wear shoes ever at the center.
– Bring some spending money, convert to Sol currency before going to retreat, you will want to tip the staff and support the neighboring families as they have beautiful jewelry and souvenirs.
This review is more than overdue…
I attended a 7 day retreat in November of 2015..
What can I say? I came to ayaadvisors simply playing with the idea. As the calling felt greater within me, I knew it was time to make it happen. I came very close to booking with another, cheaper, center… but landed on Pulse.
And I couldn’t be more grateful for that…
I had felt so stuck in my life… Working the same job for years, feeling as though I was squandering my life’s potential.. I went to Peru with the intention of unearthing my true path.
Arriving in Lima, my flight had gotten delayed and my luggage misplaced. I was alone in a new place with only the clothes on my back and my carry on bag.. And I’d forgot to get my phone activated for use in Peru (*facepalm*). I was sleep deprived, lonely, and scared I wouldn’t make it to Iquitos before the group departed to the center… I was able to somehow buy 10 minutes of internet use at the airport, and contacted Melissa. She was so compassionate and revitalized my hope.
After about 7 hours at the Lima airport, and a flight to Iquitos, I had arrived. I pulled up in a moto-taxi as fellow retreat members were boarding the vans for the center. I met a facilitator named Ian, who immediately helped me feel welcome and took me to buy a pair of shorts… Man, that was so kind… The perfect introduction to the amazing crew I’d be working with.
Arriving by boat at the center (after having some great conversation with the other guests), I knew this was where I needed to be. Communication by the staff was excellent, briefing us on all of the amenities and what we might expect in the days to come.
Speaking to the amenities and provisions: The food was wonderful. I don’t eat meat, wheat, or dairy, and I found all the meals to be fresh and nourishing. You have two beds you may choose to sleep in (one located in a cabin with an insect net, or your mat in the maloca). Showers you are free to use at your leisure, and flushing toilets… Not to mention the “Jungle Gym” for all your body maintenance needs.
As for the ceremonies….. Wow.
The shamans have a wisdom that is beyond anything I might portray in writing. I worked with Wiler and Angelina during my stay. Extraordinary experience with these wonderful humans.. Speaking to this point, the facilitators were all incredible… Each and every one brought their own energy to the ceremonies, energies that helped me through the difficult moments. Dan “the man” Cleland himself drank 2 of the nights with us, and I couldn’t be more grateful of that.. To experience the medicine with such professionals.. the perfect experience.
I’m not going to go into exactly what happened to me during the ceremonies for a couple of reasons. 1.) It’s going to be different for everyone… every time 2.) You can surely read plenty of other accounts of people’s specific experiences with the medicine.
What I garnered from Ayahausca… There is so much more to our existence than we know (especially what Western teaching tells us). A gratitude for things so vast and encompassing. A new lease on life, a renewed freshness and joy I haven’t felt in so long.
A year and a half later after my experience…
I’ve found a career path in manual therapy (Rolfing), that I would have never imagined myself going into before experiencing Ayahausca. The hardships of daily life (although they still do get me down at times) seem less tumultuous.. As though I’ve undergone a mental boot camp of sorts.
Ok ok, I’ll bring this review to a close.
I am so grateful for my experience at Pulse, to all that I’ve met, and those I will in future journeys. I wish you (the reader) a bold heart, and wisdom in the steps you take.
Much love, and thank you for reading this lofty review!!
Excellent!:) Thank you SO much for such an incredible experience! It has been my third time at the centre and this time I came back with my husband, Oleg. We both received exactly what we needed out of the medicine and so much more. My husband, especially, as a first timer, has had a life changing experience. Everyone was so helpful, they always are, the ceremonies were wonderful, full of light, full of love. The shamans and staff who work there are all very pure beings, and me and my husband are beyond grateful to them and to the facilities for such a beautiful and meaningful experience.
Both of us were on the Ayahuasca diet (where you actually open up a diet with it, not only do ceremonies, it’s a bit of a different level and I suggest you ask the staff down there if you can do the same!) and this had certainly made our connection with the medicine much deeper. Yet, the food which was provided for us, no salt, no oil, no sugar, stuff like that, was so delicious, even though it was so simple!
Great facility. I love it and will certainly be back again soon and next time I want to go back for a longer period of time, probably three weeks, because I want to start another diet maybe with a bark of a tree. You can learn so much from those diets, I highly, highly suggest for you to look into dieting with a plant! It’s a game changer!
All my Love,
Spent a week at the center end of March.
The process to get to Iquitos and then to the center is a “pilgrimage” and makes this journey sacred from the start.
Could not imagine these ceremonies anywhere but in the heart of the jungle which gives life to these plants.
Not easy to attach words to these experiences without sounding affected. I can attach words to the center, Dolan, Val, Craig, Tamara and staff that nurture, entertain us and lend wisdom and love to our ceremonies.
If you’re feeling scared you will feel safe and reassured.
The Shamen’s ( we had four ) were so connected to us and committed to our process.
There is no reason to look further, Pulse will meet all your needs and some you are unaware of.
My only recommendation would be to find alternate accommodations
(other than La Casona). This is my second trip and I will never stay at La Casona. The hotel is convenient, noisy, very uncomfortable beds and a hoard of unsavory and aggressive characters in front of the hotel. There are other choices within walking distance of La Casona.
Beautiful, well built and well taken care of.
Some of the most caring and beautiful people I have had the pleasure to meet:) Craig help me with many great word of wisdom & Dolan seemed like he was made for it:)
Show up and everything is taken care of.
Activities during the day 7/10
Could have had some more organized activities like one on one sharing with shamans.
Most importantly were the people I met on the trip. Ever retreat can’t be this good but some of the most open and beautiful people I’ve met. Strangers day one to best friends day 7:) love them all!
My suggestion would be to have more of a direct way of tipping the Peruvian staff. They were awesome and friendly but don’t think they get paid nearly enough considering how much the retreat brings in and how hard they work. Sharing is caring.
Having just returned from a three week stay with Pulse Tours Ayahuasca Adventure Center, I can truly say that, while it was completely different from what I had expected, those three weeks have given me something which I truly needed, as well as the much needed strength to continue down this spiritual path I have begun.
I knew that drinking Ayahuasca would not be easy. I had not expected that I would fight myself the whole way. If you had asked me how I felt after the first ceremony, I would have told you that it was beyond me why anyone would choose to put themselves through such an ordeal…and that with 11 more ceremonies to go! I now also understand why some say that it would be better to go into this process without any pre-conceptions or expectations. But that is also part of the process: Learning to let go of the feeling that you need to know how everything is going to turn out.
After 12 ceremonies, I can truly say a few things: 1) These were most certainly some of the most challenging 3 weeks of my life and 2) these three weeks brought me more than I could have ever imagined. Also 3) although I now know the amount of hard work involved in working with Ayahuasca, I have also received enough healing to know that my work with Ayahuasca is not finished and that there is still much more to learn about myself and the world we live in.
Pulse Tours and the center are run very professionally and with the utmost care, personal attention and love. It is a place to feel safe. The facilitators never seem to tire of the many questions, fears and doubts which are brought up. It is up to each individual to make their own very personal journey, and this can be a very daunting process for some, and at times you might feel very vulnerable. The team of facilitators is always there to help, direct and support you. They are like family for the time of your stay.
The facilities at the center are clean and comfortable. Most spaces are free of insects through the use of endless amounts of mosquito netting. The toilets and showers are always kept clean. The food is generally very good.
Just something to think about: When I talked to the shaman, I was advised to also do a ‘Dieta’ for the three weeks. The ‘Dieta’ will supposedly connect you deeper with the Ayahuasca and make your stay even more worthwhile spiritually, however, in order to hold the diet, you will have to deny yourself things such as fruit, juices, sweets, toothpaste, soap, insect repellant, skin creams, suntan lotion, even sitting in the sun! So, you need to consider how much you are willing to put up with when agreeing to also follow a ‘Dieta’. I personally am not aware how my diet specifically helped me along, but others really benefitted in specific ways from their ‘Dieta’. Again, everything about your experience with Ayahuasca will be very personal, and comparisons to anyone else will usually prove futile.
My three weeks in the Jungle of Peru, guided by the competent facilitators at Pulse Tours, has been an unforgettable experience and has allowed me to grow in ways which I am still not completely able to process. As was often said during my three weeks: “Ayahuasca is a process”. The process started in the middle of the jungle, but it will continue throughout the rest of your life. When you realise this, then you also realise what an amazing gift you have been given!
I first heard of Pulse from a friend who highly recommended it. I’ve been listening to Aubrey Marcus’ podcast and became very interested in Ayahuasca. Only once the experience was finished could I see the whole picture. You can listen until you’re blue in the face but can only understand once experienced. I am so grateful to Pulse (crying now… , happens often now). Pulse is run by people who made a conscious decision to support this life changing experience in the most loving way. Thinking about it is making my third eye go off. Not only are the ceremonies done with the utmost respect to ayahuasca, the shamans and the guests, but the rest of the trip is full of joy, love and peace. Also Cleanliness!! Soooo important!! Its always soooo clean!!! The importance of this fact only becomes apparent morning after ceremony. The food was delicious, every meal you learn to appreciate each bite more and more. And I guess the biggest thing I got from being at pulse, was learning how to stop, how to nap, how to rest, how to be gentle with myself, and to know that everyone deserves peace. Pulse showed me peace.
So, I just arrived back home in San Diego from my very first psychedelic experience of my life and I was lucky enough for it to be ayahuasca through Pulse. I had mixed feelings going in, since I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the center and from the medicine itself, but I was blown away by all of it! The staff is so loving and caring and very much a part of the experience, they all are some of the kindest and most accepting people I’ve had the privilege of meeting. The center is beautiful, the bugs weren’t too bad(make sure to pack lots of strong bug spray), you don’t need too many clothes or shoes..I definitely overpacked. I also heard a lot about other centers from other travelers and am convinced that Pulse is above rest, best decision I’ve made and I’m happy and excited about life again!
My time at Pulse Tours was the most incredible experience I could ever have hoped for. From the moment I was greeted by Tatyana and the crew at La Ca Sona to arriving within the tranquil landscape and breathtaking design that pulse has to offer within the majestical Amazon.
This was my second stay at Pulse with so many new things to explore and enjoy. A big mention goes out to Dolan, Val, Craig, Tamara and the unbelievable Shamans omfgggg! They not only connect to all the guests in every way possible, they go above and beyond while ensuring such strong intuition and love to make sure every aspect of my healing process was addressed and that’s just the beginning! They are incredible ambassadors to this unique experience and I am forever grateful to each and every one of them. I could talk for days about there greatness, you’ll see when you arrive!
Our group got super lucky with only 6 of us and got to witness over 6 shamans singing and healing at the same time which I believe was extremely rare and really created a whole new level of healing! On top of that there is so much down time and places to explore within the center and its always being upgraded even as we speak….there’s always something to do! The adventure trips are such a blast and the tour guys are so knowledgeable and so much fun, my favorite thing was the kamen hunting which was a night boating over thick Lillie pads with the sounds of owls, frogs and the trees would glisten and glow many colors from the fire flies!
Thanks once again to everyone! I will be returning as soon as I can without a doubt, won’t go anywhere else and will spread the love to all my friends and family. Love and light always!
Stevey from Australia. XXX
Don’t let the name put you off (my least favourite thing about the centre); this place is the real deal!
Three powerful Shipibo shaman at every ceremony with the chance to share and get feedback from them the next day following every ceremony, wonderful, wise and caring facilitators, a fantastic moloka with connecting toilets all mosquito netted, amazing jungle adventure tour guides, a welcoming village close by, good food, friendly cleaning and cooking staff, 24 hour security, comfortable rooms, you name it!
Will definitely be going back one day!
I got back home on the 11th of February after three weeks here. My time and experience here was by far the hardest and most beneficial thing i have ever done for my own personal growth and progression. I learnt in three weeks a life times worth of knowledge and wisdom. Living in such high vibration was the most incredible thing i have ever experienced, especially coming a background of constantly reading about the nature of reality and how all is one etc etc but to feel the presence of god, source, higher intelligence how ever you understand it, is beyond words. I can honestly say i have sat in the presence of god and been dragged through the depths of hell and both were equally as beautiful.
This place gave me EVERYTHING i came here for! Every answer in some way shape or form. EVERYONE that works here is truly amazing, from the shamans to the cleaning ladies and everyone in between. I would recommend Pulse at the drop of a hat to anyone thinking of going to try ayahuasca, as I KNOW for a fact everyone here has your best interests in mind.
Part of why it took me so long to write this review was coming back to the “real world” and still being so energetically open i could ‘feel’ ALL the energy around me and it literally felt like id walked into a room of smoke and was choking/drowning. After being exposed to such love and purity, transitioning back is literally where the real work began. Ayahuasca will not change your life, but she will show you how.
This place gave me the tools to change and better my life in every way and for that i am so deeply grateful. This is an experience i will never forget. Every time i think of my experience here i smile and remember all the amazing people i met, all the laughs we shared, all the vomiting that was done. It felt like home…
With all my heart and soul,
I attended two retreats – one after the other and both for a week. Pulse was about 1.5x the cost, but upon arrival it was very clear where that money went.
The centre itself makes you instantly feel safe – not something I experienced from the first centre, which – whilst great – was a little lackluster on the more practical sides of safety.
They had a very obvious set of structures and boundaries – so you feel prepared, and there are so many staff there – available at all times that it feels a lot like a community looking after you.
Everyone there had their own way to contribute to your experience – sound baths, jungle tours, general camaraderie etc. They went out of their way to let their availabilities known to you, and it’s really only my own politeness that would keep me away from asking for more attention – which I ultimately did anyway.
I had a particularly rough time in my week here – and I found so much support from Val and Craig in that time – and additional support from one of the shamans – and a lot of guidance from Dolan. The guide that ran the jungle / river tours was also exceptional. Visiting the local village was really eye-opening too.
To be honest – I think centres like this – and the other like it around Peru – deal with people in their roughest possible states. They’re dealing with genuine fear, distrust, abuse, torment etc – the kind of emotions that you need to go into the jungle in Peru to deal with. So its not surprising that the reviews can be so varied (yet largely positive). They’re dealing with crises of the psyche (whether you knew that going in or not) and I think it’s a truly valiant effort from everyone at the centre (and the one I attended before).
It’s a scary thing to do, in a scary place (not so scary when you’re there) – and these guys do a stellar job of being a safe place amidst it. You’re looked after from the moment you’re picked up and there are no hidden costs or additional things to buy for the stay. There are options to buy art work or things from the local community – but there’s no pressure – and to be honest I appreciated the opportunity and I suggest taking $200US to do so – there might be something that moves you.
I’ll be back again in 6 months / a year for a fortnight.
Paul (33yo / Sydney)
The Ayahuasca Adventure Centre is AMAZING. The entire package is just so well done. Everyone is so professional and so talented at what they do. The Shamans are amazing and filled with wisdom. Tatiana and Tamara run the operation impeccably. Dolan and the entire team of facilitators brought the competency of an entire medical team to the centre. I went there very skeptical and left so grateful for the amazing experience. If you are thinking about doing Ayahuasca for the first time or looking for a new centre to explore your journey with the medicine, THIS IS THE PLACE! I will go back, I will send friends and family and will maintain a connection with this place. I have no desire to try other Ayahuasca centres because I feel so comfortable with this one.
Thanks again to the whole team for the Jishten (awakening)!!! What a wonderful experience!!
I had an amazing experience with the crew at Pulse. The center was well built and safe. The people that worked at the center (everyone including kitchen staff, tour guides, facilitators, shamans) were kind, approachable, supportive, and created an a comfortable environment for self exploration. Pulse also seemed to have attracted a great mix of people from around the world looking for ayahuasca experiences (novices to people returning to Pulse for more exploration). In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies were floral baths, sound baths, group share, all of which helped me get in the right mindset for the ceremonies. I learned a lot about myself and my relationships to family, friends, the world and the universe. I highly recommend this center, and I am interested in returning. Unforgetable experience.
I just got back from the 21 Day Total Human Transformation trip at Pulse Tours. It was amazing! This review will not be able to do it justice. The center is far away from Iquitos, which allows for a healing process undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of a city. The facilitators are all wonderful and kind people. There for us 24/7 which borders on sainthood considering the amount of trauma and pain that is healed during each ceremony. The shamans are three of the most powerful people I’ve ever met. To sing for hours on end four times a week for no other reason than to heal us is astounding. The ayahuasca. Pure magic. It works differently for everyone and the way it works for me is that it’s mainly emotional. I saw the trippy, psychedelic colors in the first week, but then they stopped, and that’s where the real work began. The feeling of being unburdened and cleaned afterwards is impossible to describe. It can only be experienced. As for the more… terrestrial aspects of Pulse. The place is cleaned everyday. The food is really good.The jungle activities are fun and the tour guide and boat driver are really nice people. And there are plenty of bathrooms.
I went there last summer for the Machu Picchu trip and after that experience it didn’t ever occur to try another center. Pulse is a loving and most importantly, safe environment for what is a very intense experience.
I found out about Pulse Tours Ayahuasca Adventure Center from a friend in Michigan, USA. When I went to see them the first time in 2016, I was so happy and grateful for their guidance and expertise in the handling my issues for being there that I signed up for another seven day week of healing and spiritual growth his year. I just returned from my second visit and it was very profound, if not better than the first. They are open and knowledgeable in the teaching of ayahuasca. Their guidance is driven on compassion and a genuine concern for all attendees. In addition to the ayahuasca ceremonies that are lead by an amazing trio of shamans, they offer jungle tours, boat rides, yoga, sound baths, om shanti, meditations, and a staff that is there for every need. The center itself is beautifully designed between the jungle and the river. I highly recommend Pulse and hope to return with in the year for more knowledge and healing. Thank you my friends in the jungle!
1. Accommodations: Spotless, rugged, primitive, picturesque, riverside, embedded in the jungle, effective bug screening, good security, All mattresses are covered in plastic for sanitary purposes.
2. Meals: simple, low GI tract impact (not especially savory….nor should it be) , great selection of fruit juices, and generous portions, and again…..kitchen, service items, etc. were impeccably clean.
3. Sanitary facilities: Showers and toilet facilities were ABSOLUTELY spotless, even given the level of use during ceremonies. This is roughing it….so no hot water….just river water at ambient temperature.
4. Service staff: ALWAYS courteous, quite, ….occasionally seen but not heard.
5. Ceremonial Staff: Magical, astounding, well informed, a tightly knit team, compassionate, professional, very knowledgeable and capable, gifted….and yes—- higher life forms for sure.
6. Transport to and from: flawless, seamless connections between river boats, motocabs, luncheon arrangements, and passenger van transport. Multiple head counts, luggage checks, etc. assured no one was left behind.
My trip to the Ayahuasca Adventure Center was the trip of a life time for me. My brother and I decided to “go for it” and really do a brother sister adventure. We were not disappointed! The food is incredible and lovingly prepared by caring women of the neighboring village, Libertad. Given that this center is in the jungle, the accommodations are sufficient for a 72 year old woman to feel comfortable and safe. EVERONE, from the staff to the facilitators to the resident Shaman,do their best to make sure that all have a spiritually deepening experience. The drinking of the Ayahuasca medicine was reviewed in detail prior to each ceremony and great care was taken to assist in this journey. I would have no hesitation to recommend this adventure to anyone interested in the spiritual pilgrimage.
Very good facilities/activities and nice food. Only thing keeping it from getting 5 stars is how distant the facilitators are at times. Great experience overall.
This was my second time visiting pulse
It far exceeded my expectations and memories of the first great visit I had.
Every aspect of this place ( location, food, facilitators and most importantly the shamans) is superb and deserves lengthy descriptions and accolades
For a medicine that taught me about timelessness, my visit passed far too quickly and I found myself headed back to the real world.
The love, understanding and inner growth experienced there cannot be described and instead, must be felt.
If you wish to experience ayahuasca to the fullest, i cannot think of a better Center to attend
Ayahuasca is a very powerful medicine and should be treated with respect and care. This is what Pulse Tours does exceptionally well. They provide a safe, kind and caring atmosphere to experience and understand the power of the medicine as well as enough activities to experience the jungle i.e. walks, boat rides, fishing, swimming and visit to local village.
I cannot say enough about the Shamans, facilitators and staff. They are knowledgeable, kind and assist in every way possible to make your experience safe, caring, and powerful. The yoga classes, singing bowls and Ohm meditation were wonderful in helping prepare for the evening ceremonies. The morning after share groups with the Shamans allowed you to ask questions, voice concerns but most importantly understand the experience. They have thought of every way possible to make the entire experience memorable and meaningful.
Everything runs flawlessly from the point of arrival in Iquitos to departure. The facility is modest but clean, comfortable and well maintained. The food was nutritious as well as tasty. Being on the river the scenery, especially at sunset, is breath taking.
My experience with Pulse Tours was truly a life changing experience that I will remember forever.
I am very happy with my decision to experience Ayahuasca with Pulse Tours. The absolute top reason I would give is because of the shamans. Wiler, and the other shamans are pure-hearted, powerful, and I trust them completely. I was fortunate enough to attend during a week when there were four shamans. The fourth was a visiting shaman who loved being at the center as much as the guests. There is truly a peaceful, sacred feeling to the location. The center is very protected, physically and energetically. The maloca where the ceremonies took place is still one of the safest spaces I can imagine.
I made this journey with my partner and we had a shared sleeping space, which was very nice. When discussing whether or not to have adjacent mats in the maloca, we were given good information from the staff, but they were careful to attach no judgement to what choice we would make. We ultimately decided to choose mats that had several people between us. I am so pleased with this decision as it gave us both the opportunity to make this journey independently, but support each other outside of ceremony.
My only feedback for improvement would be that I had a difficult time finding a place to meditate during my free time. There are a lot of amazing spaces, but many become quite social or become a place where there is traffic. There was a small “tree fort” for meditation but it was not netted and there were not cushions nearby. I would have appreciated a more convenient space. With effort, this was no real problem.
I left feeling so incredibly wealthy in a way that has nothing to do with money. The healing power of ayahuasca and the safe space Pulse provides for that healing is exactly what I needed. The people that are drawn there were incredible and I feel blessed to have been able to connect with them. The food, especially the fruit was fresh and simple- there was always more than I could eat. The opportunity to explore the jungle and nature rounded out the experience so that guests could connect with the land and river surrounding the center. Without this aspect, it would be easy to get stuck in the bubble of your growth and ceremonies.
I found the staff to be knowledgeable and approachable. I even pulled a staff member aside for one-on-one support when I had uncovered a troubling memory during ceremony. I admire the intuition and hard work it takes to support a group in ceremony then sit with us the next day for group share. I am so appreciative of all the support I received.
Myself and two brothers spent a week at the center and had an incredible time. Everyone there was awesome. The staff are amazing, welcoming and compassionate. there are also super competent. Having a medical professional on staff and also the Sharman with their knowledge of ancient cures meant we were able to relax knowing we were in good hands. The experience is also extremely authentic, down to earth and an honest experience. I love the fact that the center has such a good relationship with the local village and they are making a positive contribution to the local economy. I could go on forever but suffice to say that every aspect of our stay exceeded our expectations and contributed to us having the trip of a life time. I just want to express my gratitude to Pulse for allowing us to stay at the center, for treating us so well and facilitating our participate in the life changing Ayahausca ceremonies. We witnessed profound healing stories from our fellow travelers and were blown away by how much the medicine was helping make peoples lives better. The side trips we took during the day were themselves worth the trip. To the Pulse Team: Please don’t change anything you guys are awesome and I hope to see you all again one day. A big sincere than