We provide modern facilities and security in a traditional framework
so you are able to fully relax and focus on your personal growth.
Modern Ancient is situated in the Amazon rainforest, in Iquitos, Peru. It is set back from a road that is cut through the Amazon jungle and is comfortable, clean, beautiful and peaceful.
Our center has a mix of modern and traditional buildings complete with cameras and uniformed police who patrol the grounds outside. We also have electricity, clean water from our own water systems, internet connection and all necessary facilities so you feel at home. We provide vegan meals and beverages, a dedicated dining space, housekeeping services, a cosy library and lecture room with relevant reading literature as well as a designated yoga platform overlooking the jungle.
Private guest rooms allow for maintenance of privacy during the retreat experience. Shower and bathroom facilities are modern with disabled facilities included. The insect bites that are common when staying in the jungle are mostly eradicated at Modern Ancient due to the placement and design of the centre.
The Maloka, which is the traditional building where sacred medicine ceremonies take place, is architecturally stunning with its meaningful layered spider design roof on the inside and traditional leaves on the outside. The structure is made of wood and complemented by beautiful tiled flooring to aesthetically bring the modern into the traditional.
Our land has a stream running through it with a bridge to a pathway that leads deeper into the Amazon rainforest where we take guided walks on retreat. Butterflies and some of the usual interesting insects can be seen on our land. We are confident that students will feel very comfortable and relaxed when visiting us and participating in one of our retreat programs.
We understand that making the journey to Peru can appear daunting for some, particularly solo female travelers, therefore we are diligent in providing the necessary security measures and transportation. All packages are inclusive of a pick-up service from the airport and drop off to the the Iquitos city center. For retreat programs that include an Amazon river boat ride, you will always be accompanied by our team and remain with the group.
We have our own in-house security personnel and native Peruvians who patrol and observe the land to confirm that it is safe and free of unwanted visitors, including the odd snake that may wish to pop by from time to time. The police that patrol the grounds outside our retreat as well as our security cameras are extra safety features that are not completely necessary but in place nonetheless.
Our philosophy is to eat as close to nature as possible so our vegan kitchen comprises a menu of fresh, delicious, nourishing and wholesome food to support your experience.
We follow a holistic approach based on the principles of Ayurveda lifestyle and nutrition and therefore we plan our daily meals and beverages to compliment your retreat activity, with a focus on medicine journeys. We combine traditional and organic healing ayurvedic herbs with Peruvian superfoods to support a state of overall wellness and balance.
Our drinking water is produced from a natural source using an independently installed water system and therefore does not contain chemicals.
We serve some of the most fresh superfruit juices and smoothies available in Peru which include local ingredients such as green coconut water, camu camu and aguaje.
Due to our attentive screening and safety procedures we have not experienced any adverse events during ceremonies, however we take every precaution regarding the safety and health of our students. We are located close to a hospital and easily accessible for ambulances in case of an emergency.
Our physical location and vigilance means we are fully prepared should there be such an extreme outcome. Additionally, our team members are internationally trained in CPR and all ceremonial staff members and sitters receive on-site demo training, including detailed protocols and use of onsite first aid kits, for emergency scenarios. We monitor students at all times during and after ceremonies.
Shamans, assistant healers and ceremony sitters are always nearby. While students are provided with private time as dictated by the itinerary, our staff members are available throughout the program to support students in their experience. Students who are generally quite well, healthy and do not suffer from any serious heart conditions or mental illnesses are able to fully participate in one of our retreat offerings by having all three of the sacred plant medicines available to them.
When signing up for a retreat program, we request past and present medical history as part of our screening process so we can make an assessment that is in the best interest of the student and overall group. Please review our screening process for certain medicines and / or for specific health conditions that disqualify participation in a medicine ceremony.
Modern Ancient was a very different experience than my previous ceremonies, mainly because of the thorough preparation and the education about what’s happening to you on all levels. I love the group sharing, care and love they facilitated between us all. My experience with Iboga which was a new medicine for me, was incredible - more like a lifetime of therapy in one night! This also could have been because I ‘navigated’ in the way they advised us and undertook all preparation sent. I took bio-energy sessions for three months for my post integration and I would really recommend that for anyone because it was also like a deeper level of life coaching. I finally have more income and at the same time discovering my purpose in this lifetime with your loving support.
TL, 35Designer - London, UK
I am blessed to have been looked after by such beautiful people and I am overwhelmed with gratitude. This is a very professional, knowledgeable, compassion and down to earth team, and it was obvious even from the decision following my one on one conversation to do more iboga and less ayahuasca (they explained the chakras to me and because of my energetic body and life issues I have going on) right through to the integration and coaching I had before and after ceremony. The attention to detail, small group and personalization is phenomenal, I felt so supported by everyone. I hope that they will continue with this level of quality as they grow and formalize the center in Peru because they will no doubt be the place of choice for this type of work. Also I had never been so interested in yoga before and now I am hooked on Kundalini and already feeling grounded into my physical body.
LA, 32Accountant - New York, US
If you are not sure about Modern Ancient, call them and ask every question under the sun - like I did! and you will feel by speaking to them that they really care about you and what’s going on in your life. I feel a lot more confident in my spiritual path, and it was very refreshing to have this all explained to me in quite simple terms. The pain I had along my left leg and hamstring which came and went over the past few years has since disappeared and hasn’t returned! Also I was able to make the connection with the things I need to change to move forward. I’m happy I took this jump - thank you to Modern Ancient for making this an unforgettable experience.
JT, 28Project Manager - New Jersey, US