Tucked away in lush green Peru’s Andean highlands in the region of Sacred Valley find the healing sanctuary of Arkana Sacred Valley in the midst of mother nature. With the meandering Urubamba River flowing in sync with nature and the rolling mountains in the backdrop, this place beckons weary souls to revitalize to their purest form. The place is a draw in itself. Not far from the mystical Machu Picchu and the quaint town of Cusco, Arkana is set in a peaceful environment that oozes with positive vibes, which makes it an ideal retreat to heal your mind, body, and soul.
Thanks to the knowledge passed down from generation to generation, the healers of the Arkana Spiritual Center have years of training and insightful knowledge of the indigenous plants that grow in the Amazon region. Shaman and healer, Maestro Misael has been trained by Maestra Justina, who is very well respected for her healing work with regard to energy and plants. Her knowledge is in itself a legacy of the indigenous Shipibo tribe.
At Arkana, you can expect to participate in ancient ceremonies in a secured setting, where the staff is trained to assist during your healing journey. Medicinal concoction like ayahuasca is prepared for the ceremony. Though, there are various other choices of healing that you can choose from, such as the cactus San Pedro/Huachuma (Echinopsis pachanoi), or the Sonoran Desert Toad.
Being here will make you go through a trip of your inner-self, where you can explore areas of healing and letting go. The setting, the staff, and the plant medicines are all geared towards bringing the best out of you.
Facilities at Arkana Sacred Valley
Settle yourself comfortably on the bank of Urubamba River, where you can bask in the incredible view of the mountains right in the comfort of your room. The Arkana Spiritual Center is kitted out with eight eco-friendly double rooms and four suites, perfect to sojourn during your healing journey.
Here you can enjoy the fresh air, and the tranquil setting, which make it easier to meditate on your journey. The staff members are always here to guide you and make your stay as comfortable as possible.
- Free WIFI access
- Private Bathrooms
- Crisp cotton sheets
- Comfy beds
- Thatch huts with river view
- Electric heaters
- Spa therapies
Healing Sessions at Arkana Sacred Valley
Ayahuasca is an ancient brew commonly used by the indigenous tribes in the Amazon basin. The brew is made up with Banisteriopsis caapi vine (also called Ayahuasca)- a liana which comes from the Malpighiaceae family, and the Psychotria viridis shrub also called chacruna in the Quechua language. The natives called the plant ayahuasca as the ‘plant teacher’ or ‘mother ayahuasca.’
The concoction is prepared in the traditional way and the sessions can range from one week to three week. The brew has the potential to induce altered states of consciousness that make you go deep within your inner-self under the guidance of Maestro Diego.
Huachuma (San Pedro Cactus):
Locally known as Huachuma, the San Pedro cactus is usually dubbed as ‘the doorway’, which leads to a high frequency of consciousness. Unlike ayahuasca, the San Pedro cactus is known for its more ‘gentler’ approach. The cactus has been used for more than 3,500 years by the various indigenous communities in their ceremonies. It has many benefits including enhancing creativity and encouraging deep healing work.
Nunu or Rapé
Originally used by the Matsés tribe in the Amazon, Nunu is usually dubbed as the ‘Dust of the Elders’, it reinforces the senses, especially concentrations and visions. The Matsés tribe used it in various ceremonies such as before hunting, initiation rites, and in healing ceremonies. It is made up of several plants such as tobacco, nuts, and barks of medicinal trees. Normally, Nunu is blown into the nostrils with a pipe made with bamboo.
Official Website: Arkana Sacred Valley