Day 1, Dec 30 – Arrival
Upon arrival to our Arkana Spiritual Center, 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. Dinner will be served around 6:30 pm and after that you will have a night of visionary cinema.
Day 2, Dec 31 – Ayahuasca Ceremony #1
The next morning at sunrise, you will begin with a meditation session to prepare you for the week ahead. At 8:00 you will have breakfast and after that a hike to visit Maras Salt Mines that are conveniently located close to the center. At 1:00 pm you will enjoy lunch followed by 1-on-1 consultations with the Shaman (and translator) to discuss your intentions and your ideal outcomes from your Ayahuasca experience. Our Shipibo Shaman, Maestro Diego, will guide you as you begin your healing journey and integrate your intentions into the personalized icaros (songs of the plants) that he will 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.
Following the 1 on 1 meetings, you will have a yoga session to relax your mind and body preparing you for the ceremony ahead which starts at 7:30 pm.
Day 3, Jan 1 – Ayahuasca Ceremony #2
Welcome to the New Year! We begin this day with a morning meditation to welcome the year ahead, with a new perspective and a clean slate, radiating love for all things in this meditation session and beyond. The morning after the ceremony provides an opportunity to share your experience with the Maestro Diego 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 our Shaman and facilitators are possible for more sensitive healing or issues that feel too personal to share with the group.
Right after group share, you will have the opportunity to participate in a purification ritual called Temazcal. This sacred practice involves a sweat lodge in the ancient Mesoamerican tradition, and is the first step towards releasing negativity and fear, opening oneself up to receive healing, and moving past the point of resistance to release and heal past trauma. Afterwards, step out into the cool mountain air refreshed, renewed, and revitalized to continue your work with the medicines.
In the afternoon the facilitators will guide you through a breathwave session followed by quiet time and the 2nd Ayahuasca ceremony, continuing the work you started the previous night.
Day 4, Jan 2 – Machu Picchu Excursion
On the third day 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) in the early afternoon. 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. You will spend the afternoon visiting the archaeological site and will return in the evening to the center for Dinner.
Day 5, Jan 3 – Ayahuasca Ceremony #3
In the morning, we’ll start the day with a sunrise meditation followed by Breakfast. During the morning you will visit the nearby town of Ollantaytambo, the site of an ancient fortress and archaeological site. You will have a few hours to walk around town, do some shopping and visit whats known as Ñaupa Iglesia, a small cave carved in the mountain. You will head back to the center for lunch followed by afternoon Yoga and a Sound Healing Session. In the evening you will have your 3rd Ayahuasca ceremony.
Day 6, Jan 4 – Ayahuasca Ceremony #4
Thursday morning will start with breakfast followed by group share to discuss the ceremony of the night before. After group share the group will head out to visit the quaint little town of Pisac known for its colorful Thursday market. On the way to Pisac, we will stop to visit the Urco Sanctuary a wildlife refuge, home of rehabilitated condors. Later on we will arrive at the Pisac market, where people from all neighboring towns come to trade food, and a beautiful selection of andean arts and crafts. This is the perfect opportunity to see a bit of local culture while buying presents and souvenirs for your loved ones back home. You will have a few hours to do some shopping and enjoy the local delicacies of the Andes. In the afternoon you will head back to the center where you will have another Yoga session and your final Ayahuasca Ceremony.
Day 7, Jan 5 – San Pedro Ceremony
Huachuma (also known as San Pedro) is a sacred plant medicine of the Andes, also known as Grandfather Medicine. The ceremony is typically conducted during the day. After breakfast and group share, the San Pedro Ceremony will start around 11:00 am.
San Pedro is a gentle and loving medicine, which can lift the veil of human perception to allow you to see the world for the energetic and spiritual flux that it actually is. Offering introspective healing and a heightened level of awareness, the gentle nature of San Pedro makes it the perfect closing ceremony where you will be able to integrate all of your week in the Andes.
During your San Pedro healing ceremony, you’ll be offered a succulent fruit salad which will not only entice your senses but make you appreciate the life-giving gifts that nature offers us. After you finish your juicy fruit salad, you’ll be invited for a fire ceremony and dinner where there will be singing and dancing around the fire.
After a full day of healing, enjoy a delicious and healthy dinner before relaxing, bonding, and processing your experience the rest of the evening.
Day 8, Jan 6 – Departure Day
After breakfast and a final group share, the facilitators will discuss tips and advice for integration back home. They will share stories, go over potential challenges, and answer any questions you may have, in order to best prepare you to carry your lessons back home with you and act upon them. The group will head back to Cuzco dropping guests off at the airport around 11am or at the city for those that want to spend some extra time on their own discovering the many sites the city has to offer. Thank you for joining us for this life changing adventure!
*Note: Schedule may vary day by day.
One final note:
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, 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.