14 Day Machu Picchu & Amazon Ayahuasca Expedition

 

Our most diverse and exciting retreat offers the best of both worlds for those who don’t want to miss out on Machu Picchu and a Huachuma (San Pedro) plant medicine ceremony while in Peru, in addition to their Ayahuasca and Kambo ceremonies in the jungle. Experience the beautiful culture of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, and the heart medicine of San Pedro with a small and like-minded group of co-travelers. Then immerse yourself in the richness of the Amazon jungle during your week at Arkana Spiritual Center, where you will take part in 4 Ayahuasca ceremonies with female and male Shipibo shamans and experienced facilitators, 1 Kambo (frog venom) ceremony, and 1 Nunu ceremony. Integrate your ceremonies with one-on-one and group conversations with our translator and Shamans, experience the natural beauty our jungle has to offer through guided explorations of the surrounding Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, and round out the healing process with yoga classes, sound therapy, floral baths, Om circles and guided meditations.

Regarded by many of our guests as ‘the experience of a lifetime,’ this 14 day pilgrimage across Peru allows for intercultural exploration with an immersive journey to the Sacred Valley and the Amazon rainforest, experiencing the ancient traditions of both Incan and Shipibo cultures. Experience the sacred healing power of plant medicines, awaken to your inner truth through witnessing and exploring the beautiful natural Andean landscape and the rich flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle, and cultivate a sense of mindfulness and appreciation for yourself as part of it all.

Itinerary

This retreat is a combination of weeks at our respective centers in the Amazon jungle and the Sacred Valley of Cusco, working with traditional plant medicines and local expert guides to bring you this unique offering that spans the spectrum of what it means to experience Peru. We are honored to be the only center that offers the diversity and depth of specialized knowledge our team passionately provides.

On this trip you will start in Cusco and finish in the jungle. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will stay at The Arkana Spiritual Center, which is nestled in the mountains on the expansive banks of the Urubamba river. You are greeted by our loving staff of facilitators and healers. Meet the other members of your tribe, enjoy a tour of your new home, and get all your questions answered during an introductory information session. Then, get a good night’s sleep and wake feeling refreshed and revitalized to begin your work with the medicines.

San Pedro, or Huachuma as it is called in Quechua, administered by our Q’ero Shaman. A perfect balance to what can sometimes be the “tough love” of the Mother.   San Pedro is a gentle and loving medicine, filled with warmth and light. This ceremony is done during the day, so you’ll have the chance to step outside and bask in the beautiful landscape, both within and without.  Those who work with this medicine describe the essence of the experience to be an opening of consciousness and connection to the oneness all around us, of which we are all a part. Through this opening and connection, the ability to release and heal on all levels, including physical, is presented. We are honored to provide this medicine for you in its native land, the Andean mountains, and help you integrate the experience in a loving and grounded way. Through the work of both Ayahuasca and San Pedro, in addition to our other therapies, our guests find a balanced and deeply effective healing experience.

One of the best parts of our Sacred Valley Spiritual center, is the abundance of nature and the myriad of opportunities to reconnect to it. Throughout your stay with us, you’ll have the chance to experience the full bounty that Pachamama offers us in the beautiful Peruvian countryside. We understand that working with the medicines isn’t always easy, as we are sometimes brought face-to-face with parts of ourselves we have avoided for so long. This is important work, and necessary for true healing, and so we find that balancing this effort with opportunities to decompress, play, and connect with others in our slice of paradise translates to a more effective and fulfilling healing journey. As we begin to more fully open ourselves up to love and our true selves, a clear truth is revealed: Put simply, life is about love and connection – to ourselves, to others, and to the Earth. It is our sincerest joy to offer you the opportunities that can guide you deeper into this truth for yourself, in whatever unique way that is for you.

And so, with the mountains as our backdrop, explore and play in Mother Nature’s playground through horseback riding, hiking, and river rafting down the Urubamba with the members of your tribe. Take a trip to the little town and cultural hub of Pisac, where you’ll find a vibrant market with all manner of gifts, colorful foods, and sometimes even cultural dance performances. Or, trek 45 minutes from our Center through fields, farms, and other country beauties to Moray ruins, where we find the agricultural terraces of the ancient Incas with their complex system of irrigation and terraces.

These terraces have varied microclimates depending on their location, and it is thought they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops. These terraces served as a natural green house to grow an extraordinary variety of crops at an altitude normally not conducive for growing.  It has also been suggested that the terraces had a cosmological meaning. While there, you’ll also have a chance to visit the impressive pre-Inca salt mine – Salineras, which consists of 3,000 small pools roughly 5 square metres (53.8 ft²) in size. Throughout this cultural and architectural exploration, you’ll learn about the advanced knowledge of this ancient civilization with a local guide as you witness the clues left behind in this mysterious and energetically powerful place.

In the middle of the week, we will journey to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, one of the great Wonders of the world. Just two hours by scenic train ride, we’ll arrive in Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu village) early in the morning. During this excursion, you will be accompanied by your professional English-speaking guide with in-depth knowledge of the ancient Inca civilization, Machu Picchu and Peru’s history.  Many people find his knowledge to be of significant effect on the Machu Picchu experience. While there, you’ll have the option of trekking up to the Sun Gate, the Inca Bridge or the Moon Temple if you want some extra physical activity.  It’s an adventurous and scenic journey while quite physically demanding.

Upon returning to our Center, enjoy a well-deserved meal and a night of relaxation around the fire with your tribe. We balance out this exploration of both inner and outer worlds with wholesome nourishment for the body. At Arkana, we believe cultivating a solid framework of health for the mind, body, and spirit leads to a sustainable and fulfilling life. All of our food is fresh and organic, incorporating the superfoods of the region and with an inclination towards vegetarian, while including some lean animal proteins for those who require it. Most importantly, we believe in the adage of letting food be thy medicine, and thus we create a community around our kitchen, putting our hearts into our dishes and cultivating a love for our bodies and our food. Join us during the week for workshops on healthy cooking and permaculture. Our goal is to create a sustainable practice of conscious eating that you can take with you into your life back home.

Towards the end of the week, we’ll gather together for an evening of song and ceremony with Cacao, coming together in gratitude and enjoying the pure cocoa taste of this beautiful plant. Finally, we round out your experience by incorporating Eastern and modern healing practices such as sound therapy with Tibetan singing bowls, pranayama breath work, guided meditations, and Om circles. For those looking to find their creative flow, we offer a fully-stocked collaborative art space for drawing, painting, and other artistic expression. Or, if movement is your preferred medicine, let go of any inhibitions and join us for ecstatic dancing sessions or yoga, where we provide a safe and judgement-free space to get in touch with your body, move freely, push the edges of expression, nurture your senses, and transform your energy. There are no steps except the ones that come from within. Join our tribe for these cleansing movement practices, and deepen your awareness and connection to yourself and others.

We also offer the chance to further integrate your healing with add-on options including Chakra rebalancing, Reiki energy work by a trained Reiki master, Shiatsu and deep tissue massage and aromatherapy.

After a week experiencing the beautiful Andes, you will fly from Cusco to Iquitos to begin the Amazon Ayahuasca portion of your retreat.

At Arkana Spiritual Center in the Amazon Jungle, we work closely with both female and male Shipibo shamans and our staff of healers and psychologists to bring you a comprehensive program deeply rooted in the traditional practices of indigenous medicine. We offer a safe, caring, and effective space to begin your journey of transformation, helping you every step of the way as you uncover the energetic roots of any trauma, negative thought patterns, unhealthy habits, or spiritual imbalance. Our carefully constructed program optimizes your healing by incorporating Eastern and modern philosophies for long-term integration into a modern world. Following your time with us at Arkana, you will return to life back home with a new perspective and a deeper understanding of yourself and your truth, and will be equipped with the skills and tools necessary to integrate your experience into your everyday life.

Our program for this week is structured around our sacred plant medicine ceremonies. We work with 3 different medicines for this retreat: Nunu, Kambo, and Ayahuasca. You can read more information about each of these traditional medicines by clicking the links.

The Nunu ceremony takes place the night you arrive, conducted by a shaman of the Matses tribe, where the medicine originates. Cleanse and open the nasal passages, heal the sinuses and awaken your sense of smell to the surrounding jungle. Energetically ground yourself to the world around you, clear the mind and open your third eye to begin your work with the medicines.

Kambo (frog venom) is a powerful medicine that cleanses the entire body to prepare you for your Ayahuasca experience. Reset your immune system, help heal chronic pain and inflammation, and experience the benefits of over 100 different rich and complex compounds shown to treat a wide variety of ailments including pain, addiction, and depression. Our same Matses Shaman gives you individualized care during this ceremony to ensure a safe and fulfilling experience with this potent and powerful medicine.

Prior to each Ayahuasca ceremony in the Jungle, we offer floral baths, which help to cleanse your energetic fields and connect you with the plants we work with. We’ll also discuss your intentions and your ideal outcomes from your experience. Our Shipibo shamans will guide you as you begin your healing journey and integrate your intentions into the personalized icaros (songs of the plants) that they sing directly to you during the ceremony.

All this is done in the native Shipibo dialect, passed down through our lineage of Shamans from generation to generation. This time-honored tradition has a far-reaching ancestral legacy of plant spirit shamanism, in which the knowledge and healing energies of the plants are transmitted through the icaros sung in ceremony in order to heal a wide range of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical ailments.  With their rich cultural history and expansive knowledge of medicinal plants of the Amazon, our loving tribe of “light workers” cleanse and purify the space and set the stage for truly profound and deeply healing work.

The morning after each ceremony provides an opportunity to share your experience with the Shamans and the group, which can help you gain clarity, integrate your lessons, and set your intention for the next ceremony. While all activities are completely optional, we find that sharing your experience and learning from others’ ceremonies can be a vital and extremely profound part of the healing process. Many guests claim that the new perspectives gained during group shares were as powerful as the ceremonies themselves. Nevertheless, private consultations with Shamans and facilitators are possible for more sensitive healing or issues that feel too personal to share with the group. At the Center, we also have a bilingual Western female facilitator and a local female shaman on staff, so both male and female guests can easily find an understanding female ear for more sensitive conversations.

What’s Included:

  • 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies with Shipibo Shamans
  • 1 San Pedro ceremony with Q’ero Shaman
  • 1 Kambo (Frog Venom) ceremony with local Matses Shaman
  • 1 Nunu ceremony with local Matses Shaman
  • 1 Cacao ceremony
  • Trip to Machu Picchu with expert guide
  • 3 Floral baths
  • Vibrational soundbaths
  • Breathwave Session
  • Group integration sessions
  • Local excursions to Pisac and Moray
  • Guided outdoor activities in the Andes including hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, and more
  • Local jungle excursions with professional jungle guide
  • Yoga classes
  • Cooking and permaculture workshops
  • Access to 88 sq. meter fitness facility at jungle center including yoga mats, Onnit kettle bells, battle ropes, steel maces, Moving Zen suspension straps, punching bag, gloves, pads, jump ropes, spinning bike, elliptical, squat rack and free weights
  • Night of Visionary Cinema
  • All meals during retreat
  • All accommodations
  • 2 local flights between Iquitos and Cusco between weeks one and two of your retreat
  • Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to Arkana Spiritual Center and membership to private community Facebook group (our Pulse tribe!)

Optional Activities (Fee Applies):

  • Horseback Riding
  • River rafting (seasonal)
  • Massage Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology

We support holistic healing of the mind, body, and spirit, and thus provide the environment and itinerary for you to get the most out of your stay with us. With daily guided jungle expeditions from our expert local jungle guide, you can experience the breath-taking flora and fauna of our lush jungle paradise, located on the edge of the 2 million hectare Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This connection with nature allows for a deeper understanding and context for the medicines we work with, and can help facilitate a more profound experience during your ceremonies.

For the jungle expeditions you can expect to do activities including:

  • Daytime jungle trekking
  • Journey to Monkey Island
  • Holding and learning about sloths
  • Cayman (small alligator) catch and release
  • Tracking and spotting animals (boas, anacondas, alligators, frogs, tarantulas, scorpions, iguanas, hawks and other birds, unique insects, monkeys, capybaras)
  • Swimming and spotting freshwater ‘pink’ dolphins
  • Learning about wild medicinal plants from the jungle
  • Fishing for piranhas and catfish (keep what you catch!)
  • Boating under the stars
  • And much more…

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 provide access to a fully-stocked gym and offer yoga classes during your stay with us, so you can begin implementing the healthy habits that will carry this work with you into your life back home.

Our retreats and the plant medicines we work with offer 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, loving, 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.

Cusco, Peru (CUZ) to Iquitos, Peru (IQT)

2017:

  • November 26 – December 9

2018:

  • February 4 – 17
  • March 4 – 17
  • April 22 – May 5
  • May 20 – June 2
  • June 17 – 30
  • July 15 – 28
  • August 12 – 25
  • September 9 – 22
  • October 7 – 20
  • November 4 – 17
  • December 2 – 15
50% non-refundable deposit due upon booking. The rest of the balance is due in cash form upon arrival to Peru in bills of CRISP quality (unless mentioned otherwise). Should the need to cancel your retreat occur, your deposit is valid for one year and can be used towards any retreat if rescheduled within a year of canceling. Alternatively, you could transfer the deposit to someone else, at no additional cost. Just please make sure that you let us know at least four weeks before your retreat begins that you need to cancel/reschedule (see #4 on our policy for more information on cancelling and rescheduling) otherwise, we will not be able to honour your 50% deposit, because it leaves us without much time to find someone else who can take your spot! Thank you!