Shamanic Permaculture Immersive Intensive Course
- Paititi Institute
- Sep 25 - Oct 12, 2014 (18 days)
Join us for the first steps of our journey at the Paititi Institute’s new home in Peru, a pristine 4000-acre land that backs up against the Manu National Reserve in the Machu Picchu region at the last frontiers of the known world. This is a very special opportunity to deepen your permaculture skills through immersive practice as we approach this very special and majestic sanctuary to co-create a new way of living in deep harmony with the earth while growing a culture of healing for all sentient beings.
Our time will focus on deep observation, master planning, and pioneering infrastructure. We will be meditating and making offerings, hiking and exploring, drawing and mapping, visioning and designing. During the course we will also engage with indigenous ceremonies to help explore and deepen our relationship to nature and the landscapes inside and out.
We will be exploring the land together with a dear friend and renowned permaculture teacher, Andrew Jones. In the process we will learn how to observe energy flows and identify resources as we initiate the master planing, in addition to acquiring and practicing valuable permaculture and design tools that can be applied on a vast array of scales. Master planning is an essential step in bringing any dream into flesh. It helps us to both envision our highest ideal and then meet this ideal with the reality we face, identifying the tools and practical steps that can make our visions manifest. The true nature of Paititi’s intent is to support the expression of an enlightened realm all across the globe for all beings. Therefore we have been inspired to open our creative process to our extended community as an opportunity for others to gain the invaluable experience of approaching a large-scale design. We also recognize the value this collective focus and wisdom can bring to the design we are undertaking. Everyone present will have the opportunity to have a real impact in the directions we take, sharing in this birthing, and weaving their unique spirit and perspective into the land and all we do within it.
As an essential and core part of this process we will be exploring deeply what it means to be stewards in general, and specifically to be stewards of this land. The ancestral indigenous wisdom and sacred plant ceremonies will help unlock in each one of us the unique ability to channel the universal love of the Mother Earth and Father Sun as a union of Compassion and Wisdom.
How do we embrace this role in a humble and beneficial way?
How do we listen to our inner guidance, as well as the insight of others, both human and non-human?
How do we live in the highest integrity and see from a perspective where we can bring the greatest benefit to the greatest number of beings in every moment?
This a perfect opportunity for those of you who have taken a PDC to put all you have learned into guided practice in a very unique and diverse ecosystem which provides an inspiring and expansive canvas. The Apu’s (mountain’s) ancient name is Larapata Hatunpata meaning -Lara (Noble) Pata (Elevated) Hatun (Great) Pata (Elevated.) At its base is the sacred Rio 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 3500 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 food. 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.
Core elements of the course will include but are not limited to:
WATER: Earthworks, water flow & storage water infrastructure, and alternative energy solutions
SANITATION: Composting toilets, humanure systems and WET/methane digestion treatment systems
SURVEY: Deep observation, listening, nature connection and the art of asking permission from the land
DESIGN: Schematic Design, on-site mock up, and design process
INDIGENOUS POLYCULTURE: identifying and cultivating appropriate traditional crops
WILDERNESS SKILLS: Throughout the course we will be weaving in wilderness skill breakout sessions, learning tools for surviving and thriving in rugged environments