Shamanic Permaculture Work Study Service

  • Paititi Institute Paititi Institute
  • Mapacho Valley
  • Mar 12, 2017 - Apr 10, 2017 (30 days)
  • $600.00 - Shamanic Permaculture Work Study Service
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Contribute your heart and hands and immerse in service together with us as we continue to lay the foundations for Paititi’s majestic sanctuary. This Work Study Service session will run for one month however participants are welcome extend their stay for a longer periods.

As a work study service participant at the Paititi Institute you will be coming to be a part of our community and will be involved in the day to day functioning including preparing community meals, participating in community meetings (both relating and strategy), master planning, hands on project work, personal transformation work and more.

Paititi is a labor of love and grows through the contribution of its residents, short and long term. Here, our work is our prayer and as a community we practice presence, compassion, selfless service and hard work for the benefit of all beings. We work together to cultivate the highest view – a perspective where the individual happiness and welfare of all are considered with the wish that all beings will be free from suffering.

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The Work

Our time will focus on deep observation, master planning, and pioneering infrastructure. We will be meditating, making offerings, cooking, planting, hiking, exploring, drawing, mapping, visioning, designing, building, transforming and healing landscapes inside and out.

As a community we work to harmonize with the natural cycles of the day, the land and the seasons. Most days we will wake at sunrise and will head to bed in the early evening. We make an effort to share in daily practice and daily check in meetings. The kitchen is always a busy place and the service group will rotate through kitchen service.

We will focus on a number of community projects during this time – many of which will be planned together with the service group in our weekly strategy meetings. Some key elements we expect to focus on include planting vegetable gardens and trees, working on water flow designs for the property and implementing portions of the designs, emergency training and planning, natural building projects (working with stone and adobe), remodeling/refinishing existing structures and overall master planning design process. Participants will have the opportunity to immerse into the natural cycles while learning to collaborate with a community though uniting in shared heart and vision.

As an essential and core part of this process we will be exploring deeply what it means to be stewards of nature, and starting with this enchanted  land where for thousands of years the ancestors of humanity cultivated the same intention.

Be prepared to have your comfort zone challenged. Work can be hard, sweaty, dirty but also deeply fulfilling, grounding, fun and a great way to gain knowledge and a deeper connection to the inherent true nature in all of us.

To learn more about our philosophy of Shamanic Permaculture please read a recent blog article we published on the subject >>

Please note that this session will most likely NOT include Ayahuasca or Huachuma Initiations. During this session we will be working with the Sacred plant medicine of Coca as well as the profound medicine of the mountains. In the potential that sacred plant ceremonies are offered there will be an additional contribution for these ceremonies.

Participation Requirements:

  • Minimum participation is one month. Participants may not have the opportunity to leave the center during this time except in the case of an emergency and should arrange their personal affairs so that it will not be necessary to leave. Each participant will have one personal day a week.
  • Participants should be healthy and in good physical shape. During this program you will be on your feet all day and will do a lot of walking in the mountains. 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.
  • There are many unknown elements as we embrace this early phase of establishing roots. We will be working with simple and young infrastructure. Those who join should be willing and able to embrace this with a positive, solutions-oriented attitude. Participants should be comfortable living in a tent, taking cold showers, living with minimal solar electricity, solving unexpected challenges, and hiking steep terrain.
  • Work study service participants must be minimum 21 years old. Younger participants may be accepted with letters of recommendation. Contact us to discuss.
  • Previous completion in a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a plus but not required. (Please note this is not a PDC).
  • All work study service 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 >>
  • All participants are required to have personal travel insurance with emergency evacuation coverage. More details can be found in the info and prep document.



Participant Contribution: $600 USD

Some scholarships may be available for those with financial limitations. Contact us to inquire.

Extended Stay:

It is an option to extend your stay. If you are interested in extending your stay past the end date of this program it is not necessary to apply again. Please note how long you wish to stay in your application and email us to discuss availability.

  • During the second month of service the contribution is $20 a day.
  • During the third month of service the contribution is $15 a day.
  • After 3 months potential scholarship sponsorship (non-paying roles) may be available upon review. In some cases scholarship may be possible sooner than 3 months.

Terms & Refund Policy: 

  • We accept deposits via credit card which are made during the online application process. If you are not accepted to join for the program, your payment will be fully refunded.
  • Your remaining balance will be submitted in cash (USD) on the first day of the program.
  • Your deposit is refundable with 3 months advanced notice (from the start date). Any refunds given (once accepted into the retreat) are subject to a 10% admin fee.
  • After 3 months the 30% deposit is NOT refundable but is transferable to a future Paititi Institute program provided we receive your cancelation notice a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the start date. Transferred credits are valid for up to 2 years. Any amount paid over 30% is refundable with 6 weeks notice.
  • For cancellations within 6 weeks of the start date, payments are non-refundable and will only be transferable to a future program if we can fill your place in the retreat. We will try our best to do so.
  • The contribution is non-refundable and non-transferable once the program begins.
  • We reserve the right to cancel this retreat if our minimum number of participants is not met 6 weeks prior to the start date. All payments will be fully refunded if the program is canceled.
  • Additional terms are outlined in our “Terms, Conditions, Release Of Liability & Assumption Of Risk” document which each participants agrees to by submitting an application.

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