Join us for a one month immersive Shamanic Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in the remote mountains of Peru where the Andes & the Amazon Meet. The goal of the course and our center is to inspire a life in sustainable, harmonious relationship with nature while creating a self-sufficient, nurturing community around us. Weaving teachings of permaculture, hands on experience, & the interconnection of inner and outer landscapes we'll immerse into a deep exploration of nature and the ways we can co-evolve and heal together.
Healing Inner & Outer Landscapes
The common thread between Shamanism and Permaculture is that nature is our teacher and the principles of Permaculture can be applied to many facets of our life both on micro and macro scale. During this course we encourage our participants to connect with nature from the inside out as we unravel the interconnection of our inner and outer landscapes. Entering the high jungle, we will experience deeply how we are interconnected with this magnificent organism, earth. Permaculture design study will be woven with learning to be in deeper relationship with ourselves.
The essence of Shamanism (as we approach it) is neither about a fancy or exotic ritual, nor a religious following. Shamanism is a profound exploration of the true meaning of relationship and interdependence with self, with others, the Earth and the Cosmos. In essence first and foremost it is about learning to observe our inner landscape, question our perspective of reality, and cultivate a deep understanding of how our states of being, our attitudes and our perceptions have powerful impact on all life, allowing us to take greater responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions.
Internationally Recognized Permaculture Design Certification
Permaculture provides a design approach that allows us to create resilient and productive systems using natural ecosystems as our model. In this 33 day intensive hands-on training we will cover the complete 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate training along with ample hands on experience to reinforce classroom learning. We will work from broad design principles to the specifics of system design for maximizing productive food systems, water management, waste management, community infrastructure and harmonizing with the abundant energies of nature.
During roughly 50% of our time, students will have an opportunity to play a hands-on, experiential role in the further conceptual development, design planning, and implementation of our Permaculture Education Center at the Paititi Institute grounds where the course will be held. At the base of the land is the most sacred river to the Quero, Machiguenga and Huachipari tribes, the River Mapacho, at 1800 meters elevation. At the land’s peak we border one of the largest reserves of South America, Manu, at an altitude of around 3800 meters. Through its unique position on the edge of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest there exist three distinct ecological climate zones allowing for an incredible variety of learning opportunities on one site and with surrounding communities. We can grow all the tropical foods at the base such as yuca, plantains, avocados and mangos; all the amazing temperate climate foods such as apples, peaches, pears and leafy greens; and all the high sierra plants at the property’s peaks, including quinoa and potatoes. There is fresh and pristine spring water, old growth forest, over 20 waterfalls, majestic peaks, rich fertile soil, ancient ruins nearby and infinite magic yet to be discovered.
The intention of the center and our design: To develop and maintain fully sustainable, wholistic, regenerative and harmonious systems activating the full potential of mother earth and humanity.
The Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally recognized course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. In order to receive this certification, participants must be present for the full course. Download a PDF of the course curriculum here: PAITITI PDC Curriculum
As humans, we are inexorably linked to the natural systems around us for our sustenance – physical, spiritual, mental and economic. We all have potential for massive abundance of energy, health and vitality – this is in fact our birthright and available to us through the application of appropriate knowledge related to living choices. In order to be in true harmony with our natural environment, we must also attune to the inner environment of our own bodies, as well as our thoughts, words and emotions.
Shamanic Permaculture in it’s essence is this intention to unravel what it truly means to be a human in service for the benefit of all life and the path to this service is through knowing one’s own true nature and self. As an essential and core part of this process we will be exploring deeply what it means to be stewards of nature, stewards of our personal body temples and stewards of harmonious community.
We will incorporate nutrition, Qigong, Yoga, healing breath, dreamwork, sacred plant ceremonies and eastern meditation practices throughout the course to activate deeper vitality and a realignment of the energetic channels of our organism.
For more information regarding our approach to Shamanic Permaculture read the following blog article HERE >>
Indigenous Sacred Plant Ceremonies
As part of the course participants will have an option to partake in ancient Amazonian indigenous ceremonies of Ayahuasca and Andean culture of San Pedro and Coca. All of these plants have been declared to be a national heritage and cultural treasure of Peru. This healing tradition is considered to be an uninterrupted live transmission lineage going back to times immemorial carrying illuminated reminders from the period of humanity when the ancestors were fully immersed in the primordial enlightened essence of humanity’s true nature. For more info on these practices please review our Info & Prep Document.
- Full participation is required and participants will not have the opportunity to leave the center during the course except in the case of an emergency. If you do chose to leave site you may miss essential course material required for certification.
- We ask that those choosing to join on this journey have an inspiration towards exploring the interconnection of their inner and outer landscapes and a are ready to engage fully in all aspects of the course involving both Shamanic and Permaculture work. If you are only inspired in the work with a Shamanic transformation focus or a purely Permaculture focus please write us and we can direct you to the most appropriate program geared towards your specific interests.
- Participants should be healthy and in good physical shape. During this program you will be on your feet a lot. At this time, while the road is still being built, there is a 2+ hour hike into the property. In addition, many tasks on the property itself involve steep ascents and descents.
- Participants should be comfortable living in a tent, taking cold showers, living with minimal solar electricity, solving unexpected challenges with a positive attitude, and hiking steep terrain.
- Participants must be minimum 21 years old. Younger participants may be accepted with a letter of recommendation. Contact us to discuss.
- Participants must be physically and mentally healthy and stable. If you have a chronic and or debilitating health condition this program is not appropriate for you at this time. Instead we are happy to work with you as a patient where we can offer the proper support in your healing process. Read more about working with us as a patient >>
- Travel Insurance with minimum of $100,000 USD of emergency evacuation coverage (More details in the Info & Prep Document).
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTES:
In order to apply for this program you must fill out the application form at the Paititi Institute Website. Once you enroll here we will send you a link and directions to complete your application. Alternatively, you can apply directly at the Paititi Institute website and enter the DISCOUNT CODE: NUMUNDO in order to receive the special NuMundo price.
APPLICATION APPROVAL PROCESS
1) Submit your stay through NuMundo stays here.
2) Once we receive your submission we will send you directions to fill out the retreat application with the Paititi Institute.
3) We will notify you whether or not we can accept you into the program after reviewing your application. Please do not book travel until you hear confirmation that your application has been approved.
A deposit of 30% is due in full at the time of registration. 10% will be paid via NuMundo and the remaining 20% will be paid when you fill out your application through Paititi Institute. If we are not able to accept you into the retreat, the deposit will be refunded. For details on our deposit refund policy please view the info doc at the link above.
Contribution includes all food, course instruction, guidance & personal support, ceremonies, plant medicines, the stay on a pristine land, and transportation from and back to the Sacred Valley during this 33 day retreat. Any profits are devoted to the continuation of this worthy cause for the benefit of all beings.
We are inspired to offer this course in an extended one month format allowing for deeper integration of the PDC teaching through immersion in nature and opportunity for applied practice. The following is a basic format. We allow for flexibility to accommodate the natural flow of the group and schedule is subject to change.
Activities during sessions will vary including:
- Immersive hands on experience in the majestic mountains of Peru.
- Healing inner and outer landscapes.
- Shamanic Approach
- tent camping
- communally cooked meals
- over 80% locally sourced
- slow: emails only
- chi gong/tai chi1-2 times per week
- breathwork1-2 times per week
- nutrition/cooking1-2 times per week
- meditation1-2 times per week
- plant medicine1-2 times per week
- yoga1-2 times per week
Participants should fly into Cusco, Peru arriving on or before October 10th and departing no earlier than midday on November 13th.
We will be meeting in Pisac, Peru on October 11th in the late morning to begin our journey and will return to the Pisac in the late afternoon/evening on November 12th.
The journey to the center involves a 4.5 hour drive from Pisac followed by a 2+ hour hike. We will personally guide all participants into and out of the center.
*Note: please do not make any travel bookings until your registration is confirmed by the Paititi Institute. Registration with NuMundo is only the first step followed by an application with the Paititi Institute.
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