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Finding answers for retreat experinces at Modern Ancient sanctury in Iquitos, Peru

  • Is Modern Ancient Sanctuary right for me?
    Yes! Why? - We provide unique and intensive personal growth retreat programs, based on our Modern Ancient Method ™, to shift you into your highest potential. Our programs are a hybrid of healing and creation tools, therefore life coaching is a fundamental aspect of our programs particularly given the incorporation of shamanic work to deliver life changing experiences. During almost a decade of private client scared medicine circles and retreats, we discovered that the most effective, successful and sustainable results were achieved in conjunction with personal transformational coaching rather than the very basic integration advice currently provided by most providers after a sacred medicine experience. - Our facilitators and staff are trained and experienced in delivering sacred medicine ceremonies. Your safety is our top priority, and we remain very focused on your wellbeing at all times on retreat. We limit our group size to 10 so we can focus our full attention on each individual and hold 1:1 sessions, as we understand that such deep healing is a personal journey which requires emotional safety. While we respect your space and privacy, we carefully monitor your ceremony experiences without being intrusive. - During your stay with us you are welcomed into our loving Modern Ancient family and we do our best to create a meaningful personal development journey that is right for you. Our staff has been carefully selected, from the cooks, cleaners and security to the shamans and healing team. You can get to know some of our regular team members on our team page. - We know that making the decision to come to Peru is an absolutely huge step, so we’ve worked hard to take care of the small details so you can focus on your journey. Our center provides all the necessary comforts while being located in the Amazon rainforest and nature.
  • Can you tell me more about the retreat center?
    Our modern yet rustic home is located in sunny Iquitos in the beautiful Amazon rainforest in Iquitos, Peru. We’ve included modern comforts such as electricity, wifi, private rooms with modern and comfortable furniture and bathroom facilities. We have beautiful natural and landscaped areas with healing plants, palm trees and flowers to relax. We also have a library room and delicious fresh food and juices that are prepared daily. Learn more about our facilities. Modern Ancient Sanctuary is designed to be your spiritual home away from home. It is the choice for those seeking a true holistic personal growth experience in an educational, comfortable, supportive, legal, safe and compassionate environment.
  • Which Sacred Medicines are offered at Modern Ancient Sanctuary?
    Ayahuasca. It is a traditional plant medicine made from a combination of plants found in the Amazonian rainforest. It contains the powerful hallucinogen DMT and is typically consumed in a ceremonial setting led by a shaman or trained facilitator. Read about the history, background, benefits and recommended materials on our dedicated ayahuasca medicine page. Bufo. It is a traditional medicine derived from the secretions of the Bufo Alvarius toad found in the Sonoran Desert. It contains the powerful hallucinogen 5-MeO-DMT and is typically smoked or vaporized in a ceremonial setting led by a shaman or trained facilitator. Read about the history, background, benefits and recommended materials on our dedicated Bufo medicine page. Iboga. It is a traditional plant medicine made from the root bark of the Tabernanthe iboga plant found in West Africa. It contains the powerful hallucinogen ibogaine and is typically consumed in a ceremonial setting led by a shaman or trained facilitator. Read about the history, background, benefits and recommended rmaterials on our dedicated Iboga medicine page. Kambo. It is a traditional medicine derived from the secretion of the Giant Waxy Monkey Tree Frog found in the Amazon rainforest. It is traditionally used by indigenous tribes for its physical and spiritual healing properties. Kambo is typically applied to the skin through small burns and can cause intense physical sensations such as nausea, vomiting, and sweating. It is believed to boost the immune system, detoxify the body, and provide relief for various physical and mental ailments. It is often used in conjunction with Ayahuasca ceremonies but can also be used on its own. Read about the history, background, benefits and recommended materials on our dedicated Kambo medicine page.
  • What are the benefits of travelling to Peru to take Ayahuasca and other medicines?
    Once you have decided whether scared medicine is right for you, become clear on your intention for partaking in a ceremony and confirmed there are no contraindications, health or other issues preventing your safe participation, it is then a matter of finding a suitable environment and place for your experience. There are many considerations including understanding the experience of the facilitation team including the shamans, the medicine brew itself, the environment, safety and quality of the preparation provided to you beforehand and the integration post retreat. While there are countless ceremonies available in western jurisdictions, the majority are not only illegal but vastly vary in quality. There are a growing number of ‘neo shamans’ who do not have experience working with the sacred plants, including Ayahuasca, and therefore are not fully equipped to work with the medicine on your behalf as needed, nor do they necessarily know how to properly or safely prepare the medicine. These are important considerations when choosing whether to partake in a ceremony with a non-native shaman rather than a traditional ‘curandero’. Covert western ceremonies very rarely provide structured environments, with highly experienced or trained facilitators, education and compassionate psychological support. Furthermore, spiritual protection songs called ‘icaros’ which are usually only sung by traditional ‘curanderos’ are very important as they guide and protect the energy of the ceremony. Lack of these key items significantly increases the risk of using psychedelics because a controlled framework, including the set and setting, are absolutely fundamental to achieving a positive and optimum journey. The Peruvian Amazon is not only the home of the Incas and Ayahuasca, but it is also an energetic sanctuary where the healing environment of nature and the Amazon rainforest supports your internal transitions. Drinking Ayahuasca in Peru is legal and ancient plant medicine is safe and beneficial to take with the right team.
  • How do I know which retreat is best for me?
    We recommend reading all three individual retreat types (see links here: Divine spark, Metamorphosis and Bufo Blessings) to fully understand what each retreat is focused on, including program details, medicine types, duration, suitability, schedule and pricing. Generally speaking, Divine Spark, through the use of Ayahuasca, is an excellent introduction to scared plant medicine and supports the connection to the emotional body as well as deepens the experience of unity consciousness and divine love. Metamorphosis, through the use of Iboga, is particularly effective for those wishing to clear additions and delve deeper into their roots and relationships. Bufo Blessings is an intense experience with a much shorter ceremony duration than Ayahuasca and Iboga, but is an immersive psychedelic experience with more recovery and coaching time post ceremony. While there is little to no purging during a Bufo ceremony, it is important to remember that this is an integral part of the energetic process during Ayahuasca and Iboga ceremonies, and allows for deep clearing and healing in the emotional, physical and other bodies. Ultimately, we recommend stepping inside your heart to see which program calls you. You can also drop us a note using the contact form and we’ll be very happy to support you to identify what works best for you based on your intention and particular situation.
  • How much do the retreats cost and what do they include?
    Refer to our retreats page for details on our three programs. All retreats include airport pick up and Iquitos city center drop off, holistic lifestyle routines, one to one coaching sessions, sacred medicine ceremonies, organic vegan food, private fully furnished rooms, modern bathrooms and showers, workshops and an excursion day to integrate the process (e.g. amazon boat ride, visiting exotic birds and animals, jungle walks). Ceremony insights are provided by the shamans/ healers. - Our Divine spark Ayahuasca retreat lasts for 8 days and 7 nights, includes 8 ceremonies in total (4 Kambo & 4 Ayahuasca) and starts at $3,500. - Our Metamorphosis Iboga retreat lasts for 6 days and 5 nights, includes 2 ceremonies in total (1 kambo & 1 Iboga) and starts at $4,250. - Our Blessings Bufo retreat lasts for 6 days and 5 nights, includes 6 ceremonies in total (3 Kambo & 3 Bufo) and is priced at $3,800. Our retreat programs are intensive to support you to heal and create in a shorter space of time than otherwise possible, particularly with the safe use of sacred medicine to provide a deep energetic cleansing and soul insights. We work with the following four master sacred medicines: Ayahuasca, Iboga, Bufo and Kambo. Alongside the main medicines, we also include a variety of magical Amazonian herbs and plants. Read more about the other medicines and plants we use on retreat.
  • What costs are not included in the price of the retreat?
    The following are not included within the price of your retreat program: - Airfare and any expenses incurred prior to arrival - Any extended stay or activities you may wish to explore in Peru after your retreat has ended - Chains or Ayahuasca vision embodied cloths etc that are available to purchase through local vendors who may be visiting at our location - On the last day of your retreat, we offer the option to join our fully guided Iboga integration program if it's right for you.
  • Do you offer private ceremonies?
    While under construction for six years, we only offered high quality private retreats for small groups of less than six individuals. From January 2024, we are open to the public and will still consider private requests depending on our schedule. Please contact us using the subject ‘Private Ceremony Request”, with more details and our team will be in touch to discuss your request.
  • How do I prepare for a ceremony before arriving at Modern Ancient?
    We provide a detailed preparation guide following booking. To understand more about preparing for your specific medicine, please check the medicine gallery for Ayahuasca, Iboga, Bufo, Kambo and other medicines.
  • What happens at a ceremony?
    All ceremonies are conducted in our beautiful ceremonial space, known as a maloka. The maloka is a traditional rustic building made of wood and leaves. - Everyone has their own comfy mattress and bedding to either sit on or lie down during the ceremony as well as individual buckets, tissues and water to hand. - The ceremony is opened with shamanic prayers with students seated by candlelight in a circle format. There will be spiritual tools such as Mappaccho (pure tobacco) and Palo Santo (wood) used to cleanse and protect the ceremonial space as well as a smooth rapé (pronounced ‘ha-peh’ in English) for each student. This is then followed by receiving, one by one, a shot glass size of the medicine from the shaman before returning to your space to relax while the medicine takes effect. The shaman starts singing prayers (traditionally called icaros in Peru) to bring ceremony participants into the vibration of the medicine and protect the energy of the ceremony. - Physical release and sickness, known as ‘purging’, is an integral part of the healing journey to remove energetic blocks on a cellular level – essentially, it’s an accelerated healing curve to reach a higher level of health in a short space of time as one gets worse before becoming better. While it may be intense during those moments of purging, it is normally then followed by unrivaled feelings and experiences of pure love, inner peace, bliss and true wholeness. Depending on your personal circumstances, your sickness may be little to none or a lot. - Also, each ceremony is never identical to the other and provides a different experience each time, although how well you are prepared for the ceremony can influence your experience. We send each student comprehensive details to prepare in different ways prior to their retreat program. - Music and binaural beats follow for the reminder of the ceremony. For some, the medicine takes effect within 30 minutes, for others it may take up to an hour or longer. During this period it is important to relax, surrender and focus on your intention, and we provide guidance post booking to support your preparation.
  • How will I feel during the ceremony?
    It is natural to feel nervous and excited when participating in a ceremony, especially for the first time. Also, in our experience, everyone who has felt this before taking part in a ceremony for the first time has overcome these feelings and gone on to do more ceremonies! You will know when you have energetically connected with the medicine because you will feel changes in your vison, perceptions and heart. Everyone’s experience is different, some will have a more intense connection with the medicine than others. Some may have the ‘nada’ experience, which is known as the ‘no experience experience’ which is still an experience and an opportunity to truly connect with the practice of letting go. Many people report visions, however not everyone will have this experience and it may also be the case that some will have visions on one medicine e.g. Ayahuasca and not others e.g. Iboga and vice versa. Also, your concept of time will be different as you move into a non-linear dimension, often referred to as the quantum field e.g. a ceremony that is 8 hours long may only seem like an hour or so has passed. The awe, peace and tranquillity felt after the intense deep cleanse performed by sacred medicine is truly profound – and challenging to accurately express in words – undoubtedly a divine experience.
  • Will someone explain my ceremony visions, if any?
    During your one to one sessions with your assigned coach, we support you to understand your visions in a non-linear and spiritual context, however the meaning you assign to them is ultimately of your choosing. The Shaman/healer is also present in your one on one sessions where needed, to discuss any specific visions or messages they may have had about you during the ceremonies.
  • Where is Modern Ancient located?
    In South America in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Our retreat center is located in the sunny city of Iquitos in Peru. Our address is: Modern Ancient, KM 17.3, Carretera Iquitos Nauta, Iquitos, Peru.
  • How accessible is the retreat?
    While we are located in the middle of the jungle in Iquitos, our retreat center is very accessible as there is a road running past the entrance of our center for all types of vehicles. The road leads straight to the city center of Iquitos. By car, it takes around 45 mins to get to the city center from our retreat. On the road running past our retreat, there is a main hospital in case of emergencies which takes less than 15 minutes to reach.
  • What is the weather like in Iquitos, Peru?
    Iquitos has lovely sunny weather all year round. Temperatures range from 21 to 33 °C (70 to 91 °F). The annual average temperature is 26.7 °C (80.1 °F). It does rain, but not for long, and when it does it is usually in bursts during the day or the night and mostly during the months of March, April and May (which bring beautiful rainbows). Nights can feel a bit cool, but this is not a common experience.
  • Do I need a Visa to travel to Peru?
    Please check immigration requirements with your local embassy website for the latest tourist visa requirements for Peru. Generally speaking, a passport valid for at least six months with at least two free pages in the visa section is required to obtain a tourist visa directly at the border or the airport. The tourist visa takes the form of an entry stamp when entering Peru.
  • What is the closest airport to Modern Ancient Sanctuary?
    The closest international airport is Lima international, which serves as your first point of entry into Peru if arriving from abroad. From here a domestic flight can be boarded to Iquitos and the flight duration from Lima to Iquitos is around one hour. There is only one airport in Iquitos used by commercial international airlines, which is “Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta”. An interesting fact about Iquitos is that it is the world’s largest city that is accessible only by boat or plane; there are no roads into the city and the fastest and easiest way to travel to Iquitos is by airplane. Tip: Be sure to pick up your luggage in Lima and re-check it from Lima to Iquitos!
  • What are the pick up and drop off arrangements?
    We provide an airport pick up and a drop off service to Iquitos city center on the last day of the program. Once you’re booked onto a retreat our operations staff will reach out to you prior to your program dates. We request that all students arrive at the airport in Iquitos before noon on the first day of their program, and departure flights be booked after 1pm local time if you are flying out right after your program ends. Note that your retreat prices includes one night booked in a modern hotel in Iquitos city center on the day your retreat program ends. We drop you off at this location.
  • Will I be safe when I am in Peru at Modern Ancient Sanctuary?
    Your safety is our number one priority. Modern Ancient Sanctuary is co-founded by two sisters who are native English speakers. Ama-ra also speaks fluent Spanish. At least one of them will be physically present on retreat with you. Our group sizes are personalized and small (up to 10 people) so we can provide you with more focused care and attention. Location & Security: Our retreat is in a safe and peaceful part of Iquitos. In any case, we have installed security cameras. Additionally, our local staff are trained for security breaches and have obtained the relevant licenses and permits to support the safety of all on retreat. Travel: All students are accompanied by center staff, consisting of mixed male and female staff, during airport pick up and drop off, as well as on excursion day. Bugs: Although we are in the Amazon rainforest, the main grounds have no tall trees or bushes. We have beautiful plants and flowers. This means that we do not have lots of insects or mosquitos present for the most part of the day (usually between 5.30pm and 7pm). If bug bites are a concern for you, please note that in the evenings, students are in the maloka for ceremonies, common indoor areas or can choose to be in their private room. All rooms, including private rooms, have wooden shutters as well as insect netting on the windows, so students are able to open their windows at any time. For those who are still concerned, we have bed netting in all private rooms. Ceremony safety: Our Shamans who work with Ayahuasca, Iboga, Kambo and Bufo have over 30 years of experience working with sacred medicines. We have strong friendships with our healing team and personal experiences together. All retreat center staff are fully vetted, trained and present to serve you. Read more about our team. Emergencies: Due to our screening process, we have been fortunate to not experience a medical incident on retreat due to sacred medicine consumption however, in case of any other unforeseen emergency there is a main hospital which takes less than 15 minutes to reach. Please refer to our facilities page for more details on how we make your stay secure and comfortable so you can peacefully focus on your retreat experience and inner journey.
  • Is it safe to take Sacred Medicine?
    In general, yes. As far as we are aware, there have been no deaths caused directly by the physical effects of the medicine but rather the failure to properly screen, supervise and care for participants. In August 2023, ICEERS reported that the media misattributed 58 deaths to ayahuasca because no forensic examination or toxicological analysis determined that ayahuasca caused a single death by consuming the traditional ayahuasca brew. While this is good news, it is important to understand risks and check contraindications for all sacred medicines. During the medicine process some may experience an ‘ego death’ and sickness which may feel very much like they are dying, however these feelings soon come to pass. It is usually safe to consume sacred plant medicine provided that there are no contraindications or previous mental health issues (e.g. psychosis and bipolar disorders). You can read about considerations to determine whether sacred plant medicine is right for you. Key aspects of a successful ceremony include the mindset (‘set’) and the environment (‘setting’). Also, the preparation undertaken is important including diet and safe preparation of the medicine with positive intent by an experienced and trained shaman. We do not mix different medicines in a single ceremony, as we focus on one medicine per ceremony. Importantly, we do not add ingredients to the brew to make it ‘stronger’. This can heighten the risk and jeopardize the safety for our students. Read about our safe preparation.
  • How safe is Iqutios, Peru?
    You will be very safe while staying at our retreat center, which will be for most of your stay. The excursion day takes place on the Amazon river and will include visiting exotic animals and birds. This does require us to pass through the city center and tourist areas. Iquitos has a very high tourist population and tourist areas are well policed and generally have good security. Most of the staff at Modern Ancient Sanctuary have lived in Iquitos for years without the experience of serious or violent crime. However, if you are out and about in the city center, petty crime and pickpocketing does exist when the opportunity arises therefore it is advisable to remain alert as one would do in any foreign city e.g. keep money and valuable items safely in your wallet/bag rather than carrying them in your back pocket.
  • How do I know if I am not able to take part in an Ayahuasca, Iboga, Bufo or Kambo ceremony?
    Listed below are some of the known and more general contraindications that present serious health and safety risks: - Psychosis, bipolar disorders, and related medications - Heart conditions - Hypertension and related medications - Asthma medications - Antihistamine medications - Recreational drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines and other hallucinogens Please also read the detailed list of contraindications.
  • Can Sacred Medicine & Psychedelics benefit me?
    Psychedelics has shaped the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. George Carlin isn’t the only philosopher who was ‘opened’ up by psychedelics. Plato set the stage for western philosophy following altered or non-ordinary states of consciousness. Thousands of people, including business world elites, visit south America to experience this powerful brew. Apple founder, Steve Jobs revealed that using psychedelics “was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life”. Silicon Valley entrepreneur and best-selling author, Tim Ferriss strongly advocated for use of psychedelics by saying that “the billionaires I know, almost without exception”, regularly take this journey. - In all cases it is important to first confirm medical barriers and contraindications. - The psychedelic experience is a deeply powerful experience which can provide exponential growth, healing and creative opportunities, particularly when undertaken within controlled environments, supported by the right team and alongside effective holistic integration methods. Therefore, generally speaking, sacred medicines such as Ayahuasca, Iboga, Bufo and Kambo are beneficial if used with care and respect. - Note that public sentiment is shifting following studies into using such substances to treat depression, PTSD, addiction and other ailments. We are entering new territory with a breakthrough for psychedelics, including the opening of the world’s first Center for Psychedelics Research at Imperial College London in April 2019, followed by Johns Hopkins’ Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research in New York in September 2019. We’re also seeing the decriminalization of psychedelic substances by some cities in the US. - As there is currently no widespread framework in place around the use of these substances, it is important to choose a provider that can conduct proper screening to determine the risk and benefits for your individual circumstances, as well as provide a coaching framework and compassionate psychological support.
  • What is the difference between Ayahuasca, Iboga and the other medicines?"
    While there are differences between all medicines, and all have the ability to heal a variety of conditions, the experience is also driven by the preparation of the student as well as the environment (set and setting). Iboga has been reported to be an intense experience, and traditionally works to reset neurological pathways which result in the removal of unhealthy addictions. Ayahuasca can provide a more exploratory journey, however both medicines reveal deep seated psychological items buried far within one’s subconscious. Bufo, is a shorter and more immersive experience which supports the same. Energetically, Iboga is more grounding, taking one to the heart of their issues which contributes to its reputation as a very challenging medicine. Ayahuasca guides the participant on a journey to self-discovery within the heart, often revealing the emotional trauma underlining one’s issues. With all medicines, much spiritual work is addressed in terms of areas such as ancestral energy and understanding regarding service to the sustainability of planet Earth. Read about each sacred medicine, including the benefits.
  • Are you looking for healers and other staff?
    Please contact us, using the subject ‘Employment Opportunities”, with more details and our team will be in touch to discuss your request. Generally speaking, we look for staff from the global healing arts community who are excited to support our mission and vision, and are enthusiastic about working with psychedelics for healing and creation. This includes people who have had personal experiences of sacred medicines such as Ayahuasca, Iboga, Bufo or Kambo. We look for individuals who also are able to share their gifts such as live music, sound healing, yoga teachers and experienced females who serve Bufo. We also welcome experienced Iboga shamans who serve the medicine in a traditional way. English and Spanish speaking healers are preferred but not necessary, however we do require and support all staff to learn Spanish within their first three months.
  • How can I get involved with Modern Ancient?
    We provide volunteer opportunities to live and work on retreat through a karma yoga offering. Preference is given to those that are interested in growing their experience with sacred medicine and able to offer a gift such as teaching yoga, sound healing talents or any other fitting modality. We provide exchange of scared ceremonies and personal growth coaching. Please contact us, using the subject ‘Volunteer Opportunities”, with more details and our team will be in touch to discuss your request.
  • How do I book a retreat at Modern Ancient?
    Read about our booking process which provides all you need to know to book your chosen retreat program. Remember to check general and detailed contraindications before booking a retreat at Modern Ancient Sanctuary.
  • What is involved in the screening process?
    Read about our booking process. Prescreening is conducted online at the time of booking your retreat. We fully screen our participants for their own safety and the safety of others including medical history. Overall, our screening process is a risk assessment at its core; it focuses on ensuring that the benefits outweigh the risk for the participant, and the benefits are indeed life changing for a temporary amount of discomfort experienced.
  • What vaccines do I need to enter Peru?
    Vaccinations are not necessary if you are visiting Peru for the sole purpose of attending a retreat program at Modern Ancient Sanctuary and do not plan on taking any detours. If you are visiting other parts of Peru after your retreat program and wish to take a vaccine then the following are most relevant: Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies. It is primarily your responsibility to understand the medical and health implications of any vaccination by contacting your physician/ medical doctor. As an alternative medicine retreat center, we use effective and natural remedies that, in our view, eliminate the need to use vaccines and medications. We believe that alternatives can be used as preventative treatment when visiting us in Iquitos, Peru. ​ Note the following considerations: Our retreat is not in an area where mosquitoes present a high risk (therefore malaria vaccine/medication is not necessary) There are no stray dogs or wild animals present on our land (therefore rabies vaccine/medication is not necessary) Our retreat has fresh clean water (therefore typhoid or hepatitis A vaccine/medication is not necessary) Our centre is not in an elevated dense jungle area (therefore yellow fever vaccine/medication is not necessary) No tattoos, piercing or medical procedures are performed which present a risk of using contaminated needles (therefore the necessary vaccines are not strictly needed). Sexual activities while on retreat are also strictly prohibited as we work with energy in a certain way (therefore hepatitis B vaccine/medication is not strictly necessary)
  • Is there wifi access / internet at Modern Ancient?
    Our center has 24 hour wifi access however, it will only be available to retreat participants on their first and last days. If there is a good reason or emergency that requires one to be on their phone, then this can be arranged.
  • Can I make international phone calls at Modern Ancient?
    If your cell phone cannot receive international calls in Peru or data plans make them expensive to receive, it is recommended to download an internet-based application for voice calling and messaging such as ‘WHATTS APP’ or ‘VIBER’ on your smartphone before you arrive in Peru.
  • Can I buy my own phone chip in Iquitos to make internet calls etc?
    If you are not a Peruvian citizen with a ‘DNI’ number or you do not have a Peruvian residency card, it is not possible to obtain a phone chip in your name. All phone chips need to be registered to someone in order to be activated for internet and phone calls. If you know someone who meets the criteria and can buy a phone chip for you in their name, the recommended company is called ‘BITEL’ as they provide good phone coverage including the area in which our center is located. Phone chips are available to buy in the city center in Iquitos. The minimum amount of time you can purchase a BITEL phone chip for is one month and it would cost around 30 soles. Phone chips would need to be purchased before the start of your retreat or when your retreat ends. Note that we do not purchase phone chips on behalf of students.
  • Is there electricity at Modern Ancient?
    Our center has 24 hour electricity. You can charge your mobile phones, laptops and any other electrical devices such as smartwatches etc.
  • What do I need to know about electrical sockets and voltages?
    Standard sockets in Peru fit a two-prong plug (flat or round). If your device is from the UK or from a country that uses anything other than a two-prong plug, then you will need to purchase an adaptor. Peru uses a voltage of 220 volts and a converter is recommend if you are using a product that does not hold this voltage.
  • What is the currency in Peru?
    The currency in Peru is PERUVIAN NUEVO SOL
  • What foreign currency can I change in Iquitos, Peru?
    You can exchange your currency into Dollars/ USD or Soles/ SOL.
  • Where can I change dollars into soles in Iquitos, Peru?
    Only at agencies in the city center in Iquitos. There are various Western union agencies as well as private agencies. All of the main banks including Interbank also offer the service. Exchanges can be made before the start of your retreat or when your retreat ends as our retreat schedule does not accommodate currency exchange visits.
  • Do I need to bring extra money after I have paid for my retreat in full?
    If you want to buy items such as palo santo wood, carved wood pipes, spiritual jewelry, paintings or traditional ‘Shipibo’ clothing and embroidered cloths etc, then we advise you to bring some extra money. There are places that sell a number of items and at times we have selected sellers that visit the retreat on the last day of the program to sell their items. For large embroidered cloths you can expect to pay between $80 to $200 (300 to 925 soles) depending on the size and design etc. Real wood Ayahuasca varnished jewelry with quartz or other crystals costs between $40 to $85 (150 to 300 soles) depending on the amount/size of crystal/s and wood. A pack of palo santo wood with around 10 medium sized pieces cost around $10 or less (40 soles or less). Different sellers have different prices. The sellers that stop by our retreat accept US dollars. There are sellers in the city center that also accept US dollars as well as currency exchange places in the tourist areas where dollars can be easily changed into the local currency (soles).
  • What type of clothing / items do I bring?
    When preparing for an ayahuasca or other sacred medicine ceremony, it's important to choose clothing that is comfortable, breathable, and loose-fitting. - Many people choose to wear white clothing as it is thought to symbolize purity and aid in spiritual cleansing. Wearing white is not a requirement, but it is preferable, as it signifies that you are attending a meeting with a divine presence and a great and respected teacher. - It's also recommended to bring layers of clothing as the temperature in the ceremony space can fluctuate throughout the night. Some people may also choose to bring a shawl or pullover for added warmth or comfort during the ceremony. - In terms of footwear, it's best to wear something that is easy to slip on and off, such as sandals or flip flops, as you will need to remove your shoes before entering the ceremony space (maloka). Additionally, you may want to bring something to contribute to the altar that has personal meaning to you, such as a photo of a loved one, a piece of jewelry, or a special stone. Overall, the key is to choose clothing and items that will allow you to feel comfortable, relaxed, and spiritually prepared for the ceremony. Note that we provide a packing list in your preparation materials.
  • What can I expect while I am on retreat?
    Read about our Modern Ancient Method ™. While on retreat, you can expect a comprehensive holistic health program designed to drive personal growth and help you achieve optimal health and well-being. Our retreat programs include sacred medicine ceremonies, vegan food, Ayurveda lifestyle routines, yoga, breathwork, and art of living teachings and workshops. Each of these practices is carefully chosen to work together to support your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. - During the sacred medicine ceremonies, you will have the opportunity to connect with the plant spirit and receive guidance on your personal journey. - Our vegan food is nourishing and delicious, made with fresh and wholesome ingredients to support your body and mind. - The Ayurveda lifestyle routines and yoga practices help to balance your doshas and improve your overall health and well-being. - Our meditation and breathwork sessions are designed to help you release tension and stress, calm your mind, and connect with your inner self. - The art of living teachings are designed to help you develop skills for stress reduction, emotional resilience, and mindfulness in your everyday life. - In addition to these practices, you can also expect a compassionate and family-like environment with our team and staff. We are committed to supporting you on your journey and helping you achieve your goals. - You will have access to one-on-one coaching meetings with an assigned guide to help you work through any challenges or obstacles that arise during the retreat, along with key insights for your personal journey going forward. Overall, our retreat program framework is a comprehensive holistic health deep dive that is designed to support your personal growth and transformation. We believe that by combining these practices in a supportive and compassionate environment, you can achieve optimal health and well-being.
  • Can you tell me about the Modern Ancient Method ™?
    The method is a unique approach to holistic personal transformation which is designed to address mind, body and spirit development in a single deep dive retreat coaching framework.
  • What is meant by integration?
    With regard to sacred medicine ceremonies, integration refers to the process of incorporating and applying the insights, lessons, and experiences gained during the ceremony into one's daily life. Integration is an essential part of the psychedelic experience because it allows you to make lasting changes and improvements to your life. During a sacred medicine ceremony, you may experience profound insights, emotional releases, and spiritual awakenings. However, if you don't integrate these experiences into your everyday life, they may become fleeting memories or simply fade away over time. Integration involves taking the time to reflect on your experiences and insights, and then finding ways to apply them to your daily life. This may involve making changes to your behavior, mindset, or relationships, based on what you learned during the ceremony. For example, you may have gained a deeper understanding of a particular relationship or situation in your life and decide to act to address it. Or, you may have experienced a sense of connectedness or purpose that inspires you to make changes in your career or life path or diet. Integration is not always easy, and it may require ongoing support and guidance. Modern Ancient Sanctuary offers 1:1 coaching services during your retreat, as well as a fully guided iboga microdosing program after to help students navigate this process. The goal of integration is to create lasting change and transformation in your life, based on the insights and experiences gained during the ceremony.
  • How do I continue my self-development journey after my retreat?
    Continuing your self-development journey after your retreat is an important part of making lasting changes and transformation in your life. Here are a few tips to help you continue on your journey: - Set Goals: Setting goals can help you stay focused and motivated on your self-development journey. Take some time to reflect on what you want to achieve and create specific, measurable goals to help you get there. - Create a Routine: Integrating the practices you learned on your retreat into your daily routine can help you maintain the progress you made during the retreat. Consider incorporating practices such as meditation, yoga, or mindfulness into your daily routine. - Find Support: Surrounding yourself with supportive people who share your values and goals can help you stay motivated and accountable. Consider joining a support group, online community, or finding a coach or mentor to help you continue your journey. - Continue Learning: Learning new things can help you continue to grow and develop. Consider reading books, taking courses, attending workshops or events, or seeking out new experiences to help you expand your knowledge and understanding. - Practice Gratitude: Practicing gratitude can help you stay positive and focused on the things that matter most in your life. Consider keeping a gratitude journal or regularly expressing gratitude to the people in your life. Remember that self-development is a lifelong journey, and it's okay to take things one step at a time. Celebrate your progress and be gentle with yourself as you continue on your journey. With time and commitment, you can continue to make meaningful progress and achieve the transformation you desire. Modern Ancient Sanctuary offers coaching services during your retreat, as well as a fully guided iboga microdosing program after to help students navigate this process and understand what work for them.
  • Can you tell me about the Iboga microdosing program?
    Read about our fully guided Iboga microdosing program available after any retreat experience at Modern Ancient Sanctuary. Microdosing after a psychedelic retreat program can provide several benefits for individuals who wish to continue their self-development journey. Here are a few potential benefits of microdosing: - Increased Creativity: Microdosing may increase creativity by enhancing divergent thinking and promoting novel ideas and perspectives. - Improved Mood: Microdosing may help improve mood by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, leading to feelings of well-being and positivity. - Increased Energy and Productivity: Microdosing may help increase energy levels and productivity by promoting a state of heightened focus and motivation. - Improved Emotional Regulation: Microdosing may help individuals regulate their emotions more effectively, leading to greater emotional stability and resilience. - Enhanced Spiritual Connection: Microdosing may help individuals feel a greater sense of connection to themselves and the world around them, leading to enhanced spiritual experiences. It's important to note that microdosing is not a magic bullet and should be approached with caution and intention. It's essential to do your research, consult with a healthcare professional, and start with a low dose to assess your tolerance and response. Overall, microdosing can be a useful tool for individuals who wish to continue their self-development journey after a sacred medicine retreat program. However, it's just one of many potential tools and practices that can support personal growth and transformation.
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