Frequently Asked Questions
How many people are at the centre at any one time?
We can accommodate 12 guests at our centre at any given time. Sometimes there may even be fewer people at a retreat.
How do I get to Allinkana?
We usually meet guests on the morning of the retreat at Hotel La Casona for pick up and transfer to Allinkana. We conduct retreats in two different locations, one is closer to town and is a 10-minute motokar (tuk-tuk) ride from the centre of town to the boat and a 25-minute boat journey to the Itaya retreat centre. The other location is a bit further away from Iquitos and takes a 20-minute motokar (tuk-tuk) ride from the centre of town to the port of Nanay and a one hour boat journey to the Yanayacu retreat centre. Transport costs to Allinkana are not included in the cost of your retreat, so please have some change or small notes ready for the journey.
How often do you hold ceremonies?
We hold 4 ayahuasca ceremonies and one San Pedro ceremony per retreat. Our ceremonies are usually small and intimate, and unlikely to ever exceed 12 guests at any given time. This ensures each person receives individual attention from our shaman.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We are currently only accepting bank transfers or cash payments through Western Union. Please contact us for our banking information.
When do I need to pay for my retreat?
We need the full deposit to confirm your booking. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you have paid the deposit. Guests can book a retreat at any time of year up to a deadline of fortyfive (45) days prior to the commencement of a workshop. In the event a Guest is unable to attend the workshop as planned, the deposit will be refunded, minus the e-transfer charges and bank transfer fee, providing the Guest notifies Allinkana by email thirty (30) days prior to the date of commencement.
Where can I see your schedule of retreat dates?
You will find this information in the "Retreat Calendar" located in the menu option "Ayahuasca Retreat" on our website.
Do you offer plant diets?
We work with different plants and believe that plant diets are an invaluable means of healing for many people. However, if you intend to go on a plant diet, we recommend you contact us first. Whether we assess a plant diet for you, it will depend on your personal situation and energetic reading by our shaman. Plant diets can be very powerful in strengthening and cleansing the body, grounding, and harmonising 'negative' energies. For some people it is best to do a plant diet before embarking on more intensive work; others will benefit more from doing a plant diet and doing ceremonies concurrently.
Can you recommend any books to help me prepare for my retreat?
The more you do to prepare your mind and body for your retreat, the more likely you are to get maximum benefit from the time you have with us. 'Depression Free for Life' by Gabriel Cousins outlines the nutritional way to stay cleansed. We also recommend any book that can help increase your awareness of your unhelpful patterns, thoughts, behaviours and beliefs, such as Loving What Is by Byron Katie, and The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford.
Is there electricity at Allinkana?
At the Itaya centre we have electricity during the day (generated by solar panels) in the big house, where we eat meals and have our lounge area. You can charge your phone, iPod, etc here. There is no electricity in any of the accommodation – when it gets dark at around 6 pm we enjoy gentle candlelight. This is similar for our Yanayacu centre with the only difference that electricity is partially generated by a generator and solar panels.
Do you offer a laundry service?
Yes, we will take your laundry to be washed. We normally get it back to you within a maximum of two days. There is a small charge for this service.
Is there cell phone reception at your centre?
There is cell phone reception, but you might not get a good signal using your own phone, reception is pretty bad in the jungle. You can buy a peruvian sim card with prepaid minutes in Iquitos for as little as 7 soles. We do not recommend using your phone while on retreat and advise guests they may have it either off or on plane mode.
What about internet access?
You may be able to get emails on your phone while you are here. Having said that, we would encourage you to use this time to focus on your healing and to stay away from emails if at all possible (as well as texting).
Can I bring my laptop?
You may, but remember that this is your retreat time. It's an ideal chance – possibly the only chance you'll have for a long time – to disconnect from the electronic maelstrom that is life in the Western world. If you use your laptop a lot, you risk being distracted from your healing, from your opening, from your heart. If you use your laptop for journaling, we ask you to buy a paper journal and a pen instead. Explore the difference of writing using only these basic tools. You may find it matches the slower pace of retreat time quite well!
Do I need to bring soap, shampoo, etc?
We provide soap but If you do bring your own cleansing products, please make sure that they are natural products that do not contain sodium lauryl sulphate. Our grey water is filtered and released into the earth, and we do not want to risk contamination. Please bring them with you, as natural products are not readily available in Iquitos.
Is your land secure?
Yes. We have patrol guards on the land whom we trust. They have kept our belongings safe to date.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring clothes that are appropriate for a hot, humid environment. Many people find the following things are useful:
Natural shampoo, conditioner, mosquito repellent, sunscreen. Tiger balm can be very soothing for insect bites:
Long-sleeved tops and a couple of pairs of long trousers
A torch (flashlight), ideally with a red light, for ceremonies
A headlamp for reading
Travel adaptor for electronic equipment (e.g. phone charger)
Shoes or sandals that are easy to slip on and off
Plastic bags for protecting clothes/possessions from humidity
We have towels, bed sheets, and blankets. We also have rubber boots for walking in muddy conditions.