Medicine and Magic Travel Intensive

About This Event

Join us for an Adventure of a Lifetime on this Eight Day Travel Intensive to the Hidden Amazon.

Arkana Peru Intensives integrate education and adventure travel to create a transformational experience designed to challenge all of your set beliefs and appeal to your deepest values. All of our intensives follow the mandate of responsible tourism. We work with local communities and institutions to create sustainable partnerships and our proceeds are directly funnelled into our new non profit Arkana Arts ands our conservation project to regenerate the rainforest around Santuario. 

When you embark on an Arkana Peru adventure, you leave a positive footprint that has lasting value for local communities.

During our New Eight Day Intensive, you will explore the fascinating local ecology and culture of the Upper Amazon of Peru. Visit Shipibo Communities and learn about their ancient arts and practices and the fascinating prehistory and ecology of the Ucayali river region.  Central to the programme is five days of healing and discovery including Amazonian vegetalismo (plant spirit shamanism) at our Rainforest Healing Centre, Santuario.  Here you will experience powerful healing with rainforest plants and learn to identify and prepare traditional medicines.  Discover more about our very own world wonder, the Boiling River of the Amazon, a sacred river that travels seven kilometres through the jungle and reaches boiling point yet is not connected to any volcano!

The phenomenal Boiling River of the Amazon at Santuario

 

 

"WOW! Such a powerful shaman ! The Maestro and his family are so caring and loving people. They make you feel like at home. This place is magic and so beautiful! Attilo, D. "Santuario Healing provides a unique experience like no other! It is an otherworldly life changing experience set deep within the jungle near a boiling volcanic river." Melanie, M. “Amazing place! True healing can happen here!” Rasa, C.

Venue Highlights

Situated on the famous "boiling river of the Upper Amazon," Santuario is a centre unlike any other in Peru for its unique beauty and magical environment. Here, the rainforest shimmers with energy and you will experience tranquility and the ability to go deep in your healing work not found any where in the world. Founded and run by the maestros and their family (Maestro Santiago Enrrique Paredes Melendez, his partner and wife Maestra Ayme Vargas, and brother Maestro Hegner Paredes Melendez) you will participate in authentic healing practices in the tradition of "vegetalismo" (plant spirit shamanism) in a safe and comfortable environment. Here the medicine is pure and powerful. Santiago Enrrique Paredes Melendez and his family have become renown in Peru for their knowledge of plant diets and Santuario has become the best place in Peru to commit to apprenticeships and long term, individualized study with Amazonian plant teachers.

Accommodations

Santuario is a very peaceful and secure environment. Everyone has their own private room and bed (including bedding and towel) and mosquito net at the center. There are proper toilets and water is drawn from the boiling river for bathing. It is a natural, ecological environment that is profoundly beautiful and simple.

Amenities

  • Kitchen
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

We serve the traditional Amazonian diet for working with plant medicines that involve rice, plantains, fish, eggs, and vegetables. We can accommodate your diet if you are vegan or vegetarian or require gluten or dairy free.

Directions

Pucallpa is the nearest city and airport. We will organize your journey to Santuario professional and talented English speaking guides that will meet you at any location in Pucallpa and bring you to Santuario. Santuario is located approximately 3-4 hours outside of Pucallpa and requires a journey by dirt road, boat, and by foot through the jungle. The journey to Santuario is a fascinating adventure unto itself!

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