INKAN KENA Plant Medicine School
After three years of running our courses at the Chamisal Center, The Ayahuasca Foundation designed and built a plant medicine school specifically for students to study ayahuasca and curanderismo. Constructed and owned by don Enrique, the Inkan Kena school is the perfect place to study the healing tradition in the Amazon Rainforest. Getting there from Iquitos takes about two and a half hours, which includes a 45 minute hike deep into the jungle. The school is surrounded by medicinal plants, which don Enrique continues to plant, so that fewer trips are needed out of the area to acquire medicinal plants to make ayahuasca or prepare plant baths, vapor baths, or medicinal remedies, and so that the connection to the most important plants in the tradition is even stronger. The key feature of the school’s location is the existence of a few very rare and special teacher plants that the students diet during courses.
The school features individual rooms for ten students, plus private huts for staff and longer diets. The dormitories are attached to the ceremony maloca, and there are separate huts for plant and vapor baths, an art hut, and the dining room and kitchen. The camp has running water and a small solar system that provides lights in the rooms. Away from the hustle and noise of modern life, the Inkan Kena School for Plant Medicine is an authentic jungle camp, designed specifically for students studying to be curanderos.
While the plant medicine school is definitely more rustic than the Ayahuasca Foundation’s other centers, it has tremendous energy due to the high volume of plant diets being done there. There is an amazing connection with the plants that can be felt instantly upon arrival. Inkan Kena is a place for deep immersion into the world of spirit plant healing. It is not for vacations. Students understand that the camp and the entire experience during courses is authentic to the indigenous tradition being taught. This is as real a place as it gets.
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