Nutrition as Part of the Healing Process

When working with plant medicines, it is important to adhere to a healthy, clean diet before, during, and after your retreat. You are what you eat, and this helps to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for your work with the medicine. In addition to entering ceremony in a clean state, it also shows the spirit of Ayahuasca your intention, discipline, and commitment to the process. The dietary guidelines as outlined in the Preparation section of Our Process offer suggestions on what to avoid and what to incorporate in your diet leading up to your retreat.

Arkana’s Commitment to Nutrition

We are proud to provide healthy, balanced meals throughout the entirety of your stay, We work with our shamans to ensure that all food is Ayahuasca-friendly, while maintaining a delicious variety of local and regional food that is always fresh, organic, and prepared with love. Click the sections below to get a feel for what you can expect from your stay at Arkana!

Why A Proper Diet Is So Important

As part of our alchemy for your transformation, what we put into our bodies is as important as what we put into our minds and our hearts. Food is medicine too, and we aim to provide our guests with fresh, delicious, wholesome meals to promote all aspects of the healing process.

Fresh juice and smoothies

At every meal, we offer unique smoothies and juices using superfoods and fresh fruits from the jungle, including camu-camu, maracuya (passion fruit), mangoes, and acai.

Fruits and vegetables

Each meal includes a healthy portion of deliciously cooked vegetables, and there is always a wide variety of common and exotic jungle fruits available.

Lean Protein

For guests who eat meat, our meals use only fish, chicken, beans, and eggs for protein. No red meat, and all our food is fresh and prepared daily.

Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free friendly

For those guests who adhere to a stricter diet, we offer delicious options for people who don’t eat meat, animal products, or gluten. Just let us know and we’ll accommodate accordingly!

Just a Pinch of Salt

We cook with a little bit of oil and use pink himalayan salt, which has lots of natural minerals, in order for our guests to maintain their electrolytes in the heat and replace what they sweat out.


Clean, filtered water and herbal tea are always available at our Center, any time of day. Stay hydrated in the heat, or soothe the soul after ceremony with a cup of chamomile tea.