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Intercultural Healing Exchange

  • Paititi Institute Paititi Institute
  • Peru
  • Mar 17 - 31, 2019 (15 days)
  • $1,300.00 to $1,500.00 – Program Contribution $1,200.00 to $1,500.00 – Early Bird Registration (Before March 1st) $1,100.00 to $1,500.00 – Registered Students (proof of registration required) $925.00 to…

About This Event

If you’re a healer working with natural healing modalities, join a great diversity of healing professionals from around the globe practicing natural medicine & therapies who join Paititi Institute for the Intercultural Healing Exchange program. The first half of the program is held in Peru’s beautiful Sacred Valley. From there, we’ll travel as a group to share clinic in a small village in the Paucartambo region, an area deep in Andes where medical services are limited.

This program offers a powerful opportunity for students and long-time practitioners alike to more deeply awaken the path of service while simultaneously enhancing your practice. Come experience Andean and Amazonian healing traditions and share  the gifts of your inner-healer with native Peruvian communities.

Paititi Institute is dedicated to building bridges across cultures, traditions and generations for the timeless essence to blossom today in the most relevant and practical way.

Amazonian and Andean traditions when skilfully approached with the support of Jungian Transpersonal and Buddhist psychologies provide an invitation to uncover the innate source of creative healing potential that exists in Nature and every living organism. These traditions offer a direct non-conceptual experience that can greatly enhance the many different healing modalities from around the world and deepen individual insight into the workings of the healing arts.

These native healing traditions are non-sectarian and support an objective insight into truth as a remembrance of the original natural state rather than just a theoretical philosophy.     

After the first week dedicated to the activation of one’s innermost healing potential in the Sacred Valley of the Incas we have the opportunity to share the awakened heart of the healer with the native population that these traditions originated from that need rekindling today. The regions we are working in are considered to be the most impoverished in Peru. These communities today recognize allopathic medicine more than their native techniques and remedies, while having  minimal access to modern healthcare.

Since the locals mostly interact with foreigners as tourists and consumerists, it can be very healing to share in this gift from the heart that recognizes the humanity in both the foreigners and locals. Local healers often join our initiative to cultivate trust of the native healing traditions back into their own heritage.

The intercultural bridges are also made between the allopathic and natural holistic healing traditions. A Peruvian MD doctor who speaks the native Quechua language will be available in cases of emergency as well as to document the efficacy of natural healing methods within the national healthcare system. Other western medicine professionals  may be available such as dental surgeons, physical therapists, and psychologists who are interested in integrative healing approaches and are inspired by this evolutionary path of greater service to humanity.

Program Overview

This program is designed for healers to deepen their personal healing experience and embrace the essential reciprocity inherent in nature. Intercultural exchange is a core value of Paititi Institute and we’re inspired to create this container in order for healers to both learn and share, to heal and to offer healing.

As an essential part of the Intercultural Healing Exchange Program, participants experience firsthand the Andean and Amazonian indigenous medicine and transformation practices, a learning process that accounts for roughly 50% of your stay. These healing traditions have the ability to greatly amplify your individual healing capacity as a natural medicine practitioners. The retreat includes at least one Ayahuasca ceremony and one San Pedro ceremony facilitated by Roman Hanis.

During the second half of the retreat, we’ll travel together to a remote area of the Andes, time will be dedicated to offering service in a natural medicine clinic which will be set up in a small mountain village. This can involve treating hundreds of local people from a wide range of health conditions.

Additional cultural activities will be included throughout the retreat. Activities may include the opportunity to learn about medicinal plants from Peru, hike in the incredible Andean mountains, visit ruins, learn about traditional weaving, and connect with local healers.

The Clinic

Clinics will be held in a small village in the Paucartambo region (about 4-5 hours travel from the Sacred Valley) where access to both natural and occidental health care support is limited.

The core of the clinic is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, we welcome healers from a wide range of natural medicine modalities to participate. Common modalities incorporated include Physical Therapy, Chiropractic treatments, Craniosacral Therapy, Massage Therapy, Reiki, Homeopathy and Nutrition. Additional modalities are welcomed and depending on the skills and experience of the practitioners present, the clinic format will be adjusted. Feel free to write us if your healing modality isn’t listed here to see if it’s appropriate for the clinic setting.

Various skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcomed. The variety of roles in clinics are adjusted to match the participant’s level and experience. Regardless of your experience level, we work to find a role where each participant can be most engaged.

The healing clinics are overseen by a local MD doctor, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors, and Andean or Amazonian medicine men and/or women. All patients go through an intake process with a designated team and a recommended treatment is prepared for healers to follow as a guideline. The level of guidance will vary depending on each participant’s level of experience and students are welcome.

Clinic days tend to vary. Some days are quieter with a little down time and other clinic days will keep you on your toes with long lines of patients. Be prepared to work hard and be on your feet all day.


Contribution (14 days)

Participants are required to stay for the full program. The contribution is based on a sliding scale.

Retreat Contribution: $1250 – 1500 USD

Early Bird Contribution: $1150 – 1500 USD (if registered by Dec 1st)

Registered Students: $1000 – 1500 (proof of registration required)

Past IHE Participants: $950 (at cost)

Additional scholarships may be available for those in financial need. Please inquire directly by at (contact info blocked)

The contribution includes food, ceremonies, classes, lodging, clinics, local transportation to and from events and group activities, Peruvian MD doctor supervision and involvement, clinic supplies, local municipality administrative fees for approval as well as securing the venue for the communal clinic. Any emergency or medical expenses or flights are NOT included. In addition, any meals out at restaurants are not included.

A deposit of 30% is due at registration to reserve your space in the program and can be paid via credit card. The remaining contribution is due by Monday, February 4, 2019.


Why we have a Contribution and how we calculate it:

This retreat is not purely a volunteer service retreat but involves the reciprocity of both giving and receiving. We make an effort to keep our costs down so we can make this retreat as accessible as possible. As an organization, we have a transparency policy. and the following is our actual per person cost for running this program. If we’re able to reduce our cost based on higher-than-average participation we will extend an additional discount to the group enrolled.

Estimate cost per person

Food (food cost and cooks): $215

Lodging Cost: $225

Transportation during retreat to clinics: $35

Facilitators travel and expenses: $175

Ceremonies and herb class (includes 1 Ayahuasca ceremony, 1 San Pedro ceremony, Quero Despacho Ceremony, Herb Class, and Cacao Ceremony): $170

Supplies: $30

Marketing: $15

Administration: $65

TOTAL estimated cost per person: $925 USD

This cost does not include paying any of our main facilitators who all volunteer their time.

Please understand that there must be a small mark-up for this program to be sustainable as there can always be some unexpected costs. Since we’re a fully self-funded organization, income is essential to continue to evolve and grow our service. Additional income is donated towards the development of community outreach programs and establishing a natural medicine clinic in the Sacred Valley that will run all year around.

Terms & Refund policy:

A 30% deposit is required to register via credit card which is made during the online application process. If you are not accepted into this program, your payment will be fully refunded.

Your balance must be paid in full at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the program (April 21) to guarantee your reservation. We’ll charge your credit card on file automatically on this date. If you wish to use a different card, it is your responsibility to contact us.

Your deposit is non-refundable but if you cancel within 6 weeks of the program start date, we can transfer your deposit to a future program minus a 10% admin fee.

For cancellations before 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. In case of cancelation, Paititi does not assume responsibility for any travel expenses previously arranged.

Additional terms are outlined in our “Terms, Conditions, Release Of Liability & Assumption Of Risk” document which each participants agrees to by submitting an application.



“I participated in the Intercultural Healing Exchange program a couple years ago in Peru with the Paititi Institute. My reflections on this experience include a multitude of beautiful, profound, and life-long memories. An acupuncture student at the time, I was drawn to expand my education beyond the classroom, as well as receive inspiration and knowledge from other practitioners and students of medicine, deepening my personal journey into being a healer. What I received was much more than I imagined or expected. I gained friendships to last a life-time, and now have colleagues to connect with around the country. The environment itself was healing, educational, inspirational, restful, and deeply nourishing. We had time for stillness, rest, connection, journaling, singing, purification, learning about healing herbs and permaculture, and the ability to practice our medicine. We were fed delicious and nourishing foods and a cleansing and purifying diet. Roman and Cynthia are truly serving this world in so many ways. The clinic environment was deeply touching, seeing the gratitude and vulnerability of the native people, and that they truly benefit and need medical intervention. Their access to help is limited and they have endured so much in their way of life. This is something I would return to do countless times as the reward is priceless and deeply healing. I highly recommend the Intercultural Healing Exchange for any student or practitioner of medicine who wants to dive deeper and be supported in the self discovery of the healer they aspire to be. This is truly an opportunity for deep personal growth, gratitude for life, and an overall joyful and positive experience. It is when we meet our edges that we soften and begin to unfold into the potential of our deepest spiritual self, and integrate this in our daily life.”

–Christine Vladeck ~ Boulder, Colorado


Additional Information

Watch a talk by Paititi director, Roman Hanis, about the Healing Traditions of the Amazon and Andes:

Watch Paititi directors and co-founders, Roman & Cynthia, give an informational webinar about this program from 2017:

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Sarah Prikřylova   April 21, 2020

      Embodying True Nature

    I attended my second retreat at Paititi in December, 2019-Jan, 2020. Once again I found it to be an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience. Roman and Cynthia and the core team did a wonderful job of providing an environment that was supporting and allowed me to embrace vulnerability and open to the process of growth. I truly believe that the wisdom, knowledge and support provided by the Paititi Institute retreats can benefit anyone looking to embody their true nature. If you're intrigued and interested by the offerings of the Institute, then I urge you to apply!

  • Leopard Lion   March 25, 2020

      Life changing, powerful, wonderful & challenging 16d retreat!

    I participated in the Embodying true nature retreat for 16 days (plus an additional week of voluntary service after the retreat) in December 2019. It was truly a sensational retreat, principally facilitated by the very talented, wise and knowledgeable Roman Hannis. Roman is an incredible teacher, who is truly passionate about sharing the knowledge he has accumulated through many years of hard work, research and questioning. He’s also a phenomenally talented healer and all round genius. The core team running the retreat, and the volunteers are truly magical, wild and amazing humans. They all made an effort to help, support and care for every participant on the retreat and ensure their process was as supported as it could be. The team is first class! Important note: this is not an ‘easy’ or ‘cruisey’ retreat. The easiest thing we did all week was the 4+ hour hike at ~2,500m in the rain, up and down hills. However, it is probably the most transformative experience of my life. If you feel like doing the deep work, changing your life to one more based in love and heart centered presence, and realising your highest self, then I recommend the Paititi Institute whole heartedly. It was truly a magical experience run by beautiful, wise souls. Special note, Elton, who is part of the core team and runs the kitchen like a Michelin star restaurant is a true legend. His humour, kindness, support and nourishing food helped me (an many others) through some of my most challenging moments with a smile and open heart. I would love to go back and do a 33 day retreat in the future, especially during June/July when you can swim in the river and the weather is a little warmer! If you have the chance to work with the paititi insititute, and the timing is right for you, I recommend them extremely highly.

  • willowstrachan   March 03, 2020

      Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    As a long time student of Paititi, and a woman in her 50's with decades of retreat experiences, this workshop is one of the most powerful i have ever attended. The food, cooked by a M starred chef was clean, simple, and beautiful. The support staff were deeply kind, mindful, caring, a carried the program off in a way that felt flawless . the beautiful retreat center where it is held, with cascading waterfall, is lush with flowering jasmine, and trumpet flowers- each evening there began with the trumpet releasing her narcotic perfume. For many years I ran a department a one of this Country's largest Yoga and Alt Health Centers, and I can tell you from first hand experience that to find a retreat of this caliber you have to search far and wide. Rather than mining an experience you'll be making offering of gratitude, and forming a relationship with the land, her stories, and her medicine.The retreat participants were a conscious group of dedicated practioners and healers who were a delight to travel with. Roman and Cynthia have a level of knowledge, of the land, her history, sacred geometry, Chinese medicine and herbs, that uplevel the retreat, making it more of a sacred passage, the just a workshop. Most importantly you will leave with practices you can SUSTAIN after the retreat, and offers onlien groups to support your practices AFTER the retreat

  • Joanna Bullock   February 24, 2020

      LOVE Paititi Institute

    I have been doing spiritual work for 22 years and I feel that Paititi Institute is the best in integration with a vast list of integral healing modalities. They create a very safe container for deep work to happen!!! I have referred my family, friends and communities to their work.

  • Peter Cloudsley   February 14, 2020

      Fantastic retreat changed my outlook on life

    I found the 10 day retreat to be wonderfully intensive and I felt very well looked after and safe. We used many tools from breath work and Chi Gong to plant medicine, and the teaching was invaluable - everything fitted together beautifully to change my outlook on life and to tackle my life's crisis that I was going through. Now I am greatfull for that.

  • Arthur Xu   January 19, 2020

      Friends on the path

    My time at the 16 day nature retreat healed me in surprising ways. The retreat is located on a stretch of land just outside the Manu National Park, where the last of the un-contacted tribes still live. It is at the edge of known civilization. The center itself is dedicated to preserving the land from illegal miners and poachers, preserving indigenous culture and knowledge, and engaging our awareness to heal from mental and physical suffering. It's hard to describe these things. I will say this is not meant to be a comfortable retreat, but the difficulties shone light on my shadows. Everyone there went with the intention of seeing themselves clearly, and try to relate to each other without our masks. The facilitator there grew up in New York and searched all his life for healing from an incurable disease. He is a bridge of Eastern, Western, and Amazonian healing practices, and simply speaks to his experience, and sees himself as just another human being, a participant in our healing circle. I have done many retreats and feel this one helped me understand myself in profound ways. I intent to be back each year to continue my journey with friends on the path.

  • Alex Sielaff   January 10, 2020

      ETN retreat - profound but challenging

    I attended the Embodying True Nature retreat. My experience at Paititi was transformative, inspirational, life-changing, and definitely challenging. I learned and experienced an immense amount that is no doubt causing a shift in my moment-to-moment experience of everyday life. I have a new outlook on how to BE. I've read plenty of books and attended other workshops where I learned about similar teachings but nothing else compares to the level of understanding and insight I gained at Paititi with Roman. Much of my experience escapes my ability to express in words, so that's all I'll say. If your spirit moves you and you feel called to attend, it's probably meant to be. Just don't expect to sit in a classroom as an idle will engage in the teachings and be in an environment where everyone shares at a deeply personal level.

  • Tanis   November 05, 2019

      Holistic retreat

    I enjoyed my retreat at Paititi very much. I came away with wonderful tools that I can use in my daily life such as breathwork and chi gong to keep my vibe high and my body strong. I also really liked the different plant medicines that were used. All were held in a very sacred way. I also appreciated how buddhist teachings and amazonian and andean wisdom were interwoven so beautifully throughout the retreat to support our growth and awareness. I now have a greater understanding and appreciation of the plant medicine path as well as its sacredness. The maestro is very sincere and passionate about plant medicine and well versed in the teachings and wisdom of nature. Lastly, we were introduced to dreamwork and shamanic symptomatic dance to help us gain more awareness of our path and release stuck energy. Wow! This retreat was one of a kind! I highly recommend it.

  • Piero Soligo   October 30, 2019


    I can easily say that this is one of the most the most significant experiences of my life and it provided several tools that can be used in daily life and which I was already using while still on the retreat. The team was extremely professional and knowledgeable and every step in the process was guided with love and care. I will certainly continue working with the Paititi crew in future retreats

  • Julia Pancoe   May 29, 2019

      Invaluable help along my path

    I have attended a number of retreats with Paititi Institute over the years. I have found the community to be very supportive and the leadership to be truly abiding by the principles of growth and living in alignment with nature that they so beautifully share at the retreats. For me these retreats revolutionized the way I am able to relate to and communicate with other people - with much more openness and greater depth. They also reminded me that I am a part of the natural world, not separate. Because there is a lot of sharing and integrating experience as a group at Paititi retreats there is a strong sense of tribe and of supporting one another. From personal experience I can vouch that the practices at the retreats are bringing deep insights and evolving human consciousness! Also the land in Peru where the longer retreats are held is remote stunningly beautiful!

  • Lorenz Christian Sell   October 20, 2018

      Deep heartfelt transformation

    I have attended a number of retreats with Paititi, led by Roman and Cynthia, both the US and in Peru. Their dedication to the work and the transformation of consciousness is evident in every moment of the experience. What I look for in the teachers that I most resonate with is humility, deep integrity, and genuine devotion. I have this experience with Roman and Cynthia every time I am in their presence. Their retreats always leave me feeling a little more whole and connected to my heart in a beautiful way. I highly recommend attending one of their retreats if you have a chance to do so.

  • Jaya Kya   August 15, 2018

      True Nature Blessings!

    It has been a year and a half since I had the honor and privilege to participate in Paititi’s Embody True Nature Retreat, an experience that I still hold as the greatest initiation of my life. The gift of a month steeped in the beauty of nature, the majesty and lushness of mountains meeting jungle, drinking and bathing in waters that spring from the land, removed from media and technology and my habitual life was an opportunity that rejuvenated all of my systems. One aspect of my experience that I value so much is how the facilitators genuinely show up for there own healing journey. Through witnessing the facilitators own vulnerability and sincere willingness to do there inner work I felt permission and deep support to do the same. The authenticity and vulnerability of all involved created a safe atmosphere in which we could all let go of our masks and be seen in necessary rawness of true healing. One of the gifts of this experience is a deep learning in how to live in community, how to honor self and other through all the waves and weather of life. Looking back on my retreat experience now I feel only gratitude, this does not indicate that my journey was only sweet, lovely or romantic. Diving head first into my own healing brought forth many edges that felt extremely uncomfortable, raw and at moments unbearable. The gift behind these challenging moments was the realization of my own strength. My time on that mountainside was very full spectrum. From the deep purifications, the sore tired body that was asked to show up each day for more soul stretching activity to the magic of sharing song and a bond in the purposeful endeavor of exploring the essence of ourselves. I can easily say it was the hardest and most rewarding month of my life. Anyone who is thinking of participating in this retreat I would ask you to honestly check in and ask yourself: Are you ready to turn and face the places that in you that are no longer serving your highest purpose, are willing to revisit past wounds and traumas that hinder your authentic expression, are you willing to die to all the ideas and constructs that have held around your identity, are you willing to step nakedly into the mystery of a new life, if these prompts are aligned with your aspirations the container of Embody True Nature is brilliantly designed to support you to the degree you are willing to do this painfully beautiful work.

  • Brandon Johnson   June 05, 2018

      A Journey Back to My Heart, My Home

    I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with Paititi. What I received, gained, learned and remembered while I was there on their land was beyond what I could have imagined going into it. This was my first time in Peru and doing any sort of retreat. What initially called me to Peru came from the medicine work that I had done in the US over the two years prior to my trip to Paititi. I had been to Paititi’s Primordial Breathwork in the spring of 2016 when they were on their US tour, looked at their website afterwards, and bookmarked it—this was my only connection with them prior. I will do my best to paint a clear picture of the 6 months I spent with Paititi in 2017, but first I will give a little background. From the beginning of my ceremony work, prior to Paititi, my intention was to come to terms with my life experiences and to come out of depression and find meaning in my life (whether or not I could express that in words or not at that time is another story). Even though I felt that I was making progress in these matters, I had a deep calling to go to Peru and really dedicate my life to the tradition with the idea that I wanted to apprentice and eventually be a shaman (mind you now I have a very different perspective which I will address later). I sat with multiple different groups in my home state searching for guidance—a teacher—because there was a feeling inside that something was missing with the group leaders I had interacted with thus far. This led me to finally decide that I must go to Peru to satisfy this inner knowing and yearning for a deeper, more authentic teaching. So began my search. I knew that I wanted to spend a significant time in Peru in order to follow the calling I felt that I mentioned earlier. I searched the web and considered many centers, retreats and places to go and reached out to people I knew that had been to Peru, but nothing felt right and I was frustrated and unsure. It was at this time that I rediscovered Paititi’s website and immediately felt relief and a knowing that this was where I was meant to be. Following this decision it seemed that life itself rolled out the red carpet for me, making it all fairly simple to embark on my journey, which further made me feel I made the right decision. I planned my trip beginning in May of 2017 with their Shamanic Permaculture Work Study Service, followed by the Embodying True Nature Consciousness Transformation Retreat as a participant, and then ending with the Shamanic Permaculture Design Certificate Course in November. I wanted to be able to have a very clear experiential view of what Paititi stands for and teaches because I felt very strong calling to their apprenticeship. If I was going to make that commitment to my own personal growth and entrust it in someone else as well, I wanted to know without a doubt that I was in the right place. Looking back I can say that the hike into the land could be considered the beginning of when my work with Paititi started, but at the time I had no idea at all. Deep seated issues began to surface in the shape of anger and frustration—feelings that I felt and did my best to avoid in the past. I was 315 pounds and was having a very difficult time but never once thought to quit. I was the last one in my group to arrive to the Paititi Base Camp but I made it! In the following weeks during the Permaculture Works Study Service I found myself exhausted and frequently frustrated. Frustrated in myself for being so out of shape and heavy. Frustrated for as many reasons as I could come up with. I don’t think I expected to feel this. Looking back I must have had some delusion that everything would be rainbows and lollipops even though on a deeper level I was committed to facing my own demons. Perfect. Here I was in Peru, living out what was once a dream in my mind and here I was angry, confused, constantly tired! How amazing to be face to face with these things. What I slowly began realizing is that the container Roman and Cynthia have established, that is supported by the land itself and the core team, of healing, facing oneself, and resting with what is is so strong and pure that while I was there building terraces, raised beds, learning to make bread and kimchi, I was unknowingly engaged in the work that Paititi is committed to providing. In my first 3 months on the land I spent a large majority of it getting to know Paititi and their practices through two of their apprentices, Elton and Anthony. It was during this time that I had an amazing opportunity to really find out more about the apprenticeship and to see how it was working in their lives. It was through them and our late night talks chewing coca that I had my first peek into the bigger picture of what Paititi is here to offer the world. It was during this time that I realized first and foremost the apprenticeship isn’t about becoming a shaman or medicine man, but learning how to be human. Only by facing my own challenges and the darkest parts of myself could I ever begin to truly help others. Even though I thought I had read the contents of the website throughly multiple times, it wasn’t until I actually experienced it myself and talked to others who were also engaged in the process that I understood some deeper truths about myself. It’s really hard still for me to put into words, but a clarity about my life began to come about that helped me understand my life in a whole new way. I could begin to see the events and circumstances I have encountered through my life as purifications and blessings. Next came the Embodying True Nature Retreat. What I can say is that Paititi’s core team holds a very incredible space. They are authentic beings also walking the path they are showing—they are leading the way. Not once while there did I ever get the feeling that they felt they were better than anyone else because they were core team, apprentices, or leaders. To me it felt that we were all equals, humans helping one another and each one of us dealing with the same energies each in our own unique situations. With the shared heart of humanity, I could see how to we all are in this together. I felt very comfortable supported within their container. I felt safe and secure to allow myself the space to observe what was moving within and through me and to see how these universal energies are constantly arising and passing away. I felt a deep peace within myself I had been searching for my whole life. To allow the feelings and emotions I had been pushing away and repressing for decades was something I don’t think I had even considered being possible until at least the Embodying True Nature Retreat began, but here I was amongst the most beautiful scenery being held and supported in a way I never knew was possible while facing some of the most challenging times of my life. To actually face my demons, to face myself, to begin to take responsibility for my life was prior only a concept that was now becoming experiential. With the practices and foundations I was learning from Paititi, I could see that this peace, this space, this stillness always existed and I was more and more able to connect with it. Lastly came the Shamanic Permaculture Design Certification Course. Staying on the land gave me the opportunity to continue to integrate while on their breathtaking land. Ending with the permaculture course allowed me to further see how the inner and outer landscapes are one in the same. While tending outwardly to the gardens and learning the principles of permaculture, I could see directly how they applied to my inner garden. While planting, watering and nurturing seeds outside myself, I reflected how my inner seeds were also being cared for. Andrew Jones, the incredible facilitator for this course, introduced the Native American Eight Shields Model and I was one of the deeper healing representatives of the northwest. This gave me the opportunity to share these insights of continued and deeper healing of my own journey with the group and to connect the dots of all the lessons and challenges of my life. All in all, if someone is looking for a place to connect with himself, nature, and the shared heart of humanity and all life then I cannot recommend Paititi enough. The facilitation of medicine ceremonies is top notch. The care and concern and encouragement to face one’s self is built in through all of their practices and teachings. Combining the Amazonian, Andean and Tibetan traditions, I feel that Paititi clearly shows the essence of deep connection through time and space of all things. I feel that Paititi demonstrates a true understanding of the indigenous wisdom and provides an authentic, loving container in which I could go deep within to find my spark, my inspiration, my home. On this magical, inspiring land I befriended myself and in doing so made life-long friends outwardly as well. Thank you Paititi!

  • Susana   May 29, 2018


    We had the pleasure of being in retreat with Roman, Cynthia and Emily, their open arms, family building and love is big. Sitting in circle, meeting great people, the wisdom and practice of listening to others and learning from all. Guided into discovering oneself and all of this accompanied by lovely music. It is absolutley worth it, they provide a space of growth, learning and joy. We are greatful to be a part of this, and hope to come back soon. Thank you Susana and Gabriel

  • Katherine Bennett   May 23, 2018

      The most loving and compassionate community I have ever been!

    I spent six months at Paititi Institute, attending two shamanic permaculture work-study courses, one transformation track work-study service while supporting the Embody True Nature retreat participants, and assisting at the Intercultural Healing Exchange. My experience at Paititi changed my life in so many ways, and I would recommend this place to anyone looking to heal, realize their true nature, realize their potential, and/or experience how beautiful life can be when love and compassion are integrated and embodied within a community. Over the last six years, I have been traveling and spending time in various spiritual and/or permaculture communities, The most holistic (balanced and well-rounded) community I've encountered is Paititi Institute in the Sacred Valley of Peru. There, I felt that I had finally found a community whose vision I agree with so passionately that I wanted to be a part of it and support the healing and growth which happens there for the rest of my life. I consider Paititi my family and my tribe. If you are looking for permaculture, organic farming/gardening, shamanism, sacred plant medicine, yoga, qigong, off-grid living, Dzogchen, Tibetan Buddhism, conscious communication, etc., then this is your place! It is a remarkably beautiful family of like-minded people building a community on the side of a mountain. What more could you want?!

  • Eli Scheier   July 06, 2015

      Roman is Amazing

    Roman is truly a gifted and connected soul. I enjoyed and gained so much from his retreat in Upstate New York summer 2014.

  • Elton Lee Abela   June 27, 2015

      Choosing a School , Guide and a Pure Safe Space where i can Learn.....

    4 years ago i embarked on this Journey of Awareness,Transformation and Self Development.... Life Brought to me amongst many things, Meditation and Medicine and with this i left to South America. I've seen the calling for the Medicine and i answered, but it took me almost 4 years of Looking and experiencing all kinds of experiences and situations to finally choose a Guide / Teacher and a Place where i want to Develop and Discover more of Myself and the Medicine. I was Looking for something Pure and for a Place where the sentence ' for the benefit of others ' is Mentioned and Practiced. I must say that at Paititi i discovered this and More. The Place Itself is very safe, and there is no 'Chaos' around. I see the Place as the place where a Family can grow Healthy with Strong Solid Principles and Foundations especially with the Loving guidance of Roman and Cynthia. I've seen How these guys Guide and with how much precision, Love, Compassion and Discipline they prepare the Medicine and they share their Knowledge. Through my experience i have seen that there are many non experienced or Fake Healers but they are very good in Setting up a good show, tell beautiful stories, and not to say the least sing beautiful Songs but in here i went beyond the Good show and the Nice Music many 'Shamans' can Put. Here i learnt about many Healing Modalities and ways that compliment each other so we can go deeper and see more layers and also to not get lost in the world of Spirit but to be very Grounded and Precise about what is happening around us. The Richness this Place offers it can only be experienced, and although i am trying to share it, one must be there and see himself. I was amazed to see Roman and Cynthia guiding like that the ceremonies, and how they created a safe container where there is Discipline, Education, Freedom and a Shared Heart in the same time. I've also seen how the community is centered at their heart and how they are weaving the different Lineages together but also preserving the Knowledge and the ways of the Ancestors so we never forget the work of our Fathers, but to build on this solid foundation that these great civilizations left us, and to utilize the thousands of years of experience and study so we can evolve and leave a Legacy for our children. To conclude, one very important fact that i have noticed is, that Roman and Cynthia are walking the Path and not just created a Place so people can come . They are still learning and Healing with each one of us that they Heal and Guide. I am very Honored and Grateful for Life to have shown me this Place and met these Beautiful Beings and i would Recommend this Place from my Heart. They Share Tools and Practices that can be Lived and Practiced not just there but anywhere, and at any given Moment. They also keep the Relationship alive and any question i had after the retreat it was always answered with the same Dedication, Love, Commitment, and Precision that they showed us in that Place. Aho!

  • Chris Witt   June 23, 2015


    I cannot say enough about Roman and Cynthia. Endless teachings pour from them. They embody the seriousness, and the joyful and beautiful profundity of the spiritual path. I was deeply and lastingly affected by my time with them. They are living examples of what humanity can and should be! Love!

  • Sean Hall   June 23, 2015

      30 days

    There is nothing quite like living off the land. Nothing like being a part of a tribe. Nothing like letting go of your attachments to experience what it is like to reconnect with spirit. A 30 day immersion granted me the space and time I needed to bring out the best in me. The program at Paititi is amazing and provides every opportunity to become more mindful, completely present and heart centered. The support and love they put forth is very real. Paititi has reintroduced me to my true self and I am forever grateful.

  • Abigail Borg   June 22, 2015

      Releasing all that no longer serves and discovering the true self!

    It has been 6 months since my Embody True Nature retreat with Paititi and as my self discovery deepens so does my letting go, my freedom and my love for One. The process that lead to this shedding of unnecessary weight was only possible through the infinite wisdom offered by the channels of light manifested in Roman Hanis and Cynthia Robinson along with their team. I approached this journey thinking that it was a personal self discovery mission, but it turned out to be much more than that. My journey was a journey of oneness, a journey of shared heart and shared consciousness. Should I choose again, there is no questions... I am still in Paititi in spirit, and I always will be until I am there in physical form again!

  • Jess. S.   June 22, 2015

      Peel Back the Layers and Let the True You Emerge

    I went on an Embody True Nature Consciousness Transformation 32 day Retreat in 2013. I found the practices and rituals grounded in the deepest wisdom lineages and the people facilitating to be of pure heart and in service to personal and planetary transformation. The balance between inner and outer permaculture and Peruvian and Tibetan wisdom practices is unique and brings an experience of Oneness. The facilitators are genuine, skilled, dedicated and selfless and in total service to transformation and healing on personal and planetary levels. I experienced positive impacts on my health, my emotions, released lifetimes of trauma, gained an inner stability and a way of understanding of the world that is both sober and hopeful. This is the real deal. It is not a vacation. Your will likely transform in ways you had not anticipated. You will be given everything you need to truly meet yourself. Yet, be aware, it's not for the casual Ayahuasca tourist or someone who cannot adapt to rustic and primitive conditions. This is not a plush spa type of retreat. It's for those who are truly ready to do the work and meet themselves with honesty, openness, willingness and who are ready to release all the extra "stuff". Be prepared to leave several layers of ego behind. Also important to assess for yourself, are you prepared to make shifts in your life when you return, based upon your new understanding, because it can be a rough integration period if you are not. If this review has not scared you off, then this might be the place for you. If you are still reading or excited by what you've read, this may be just what you are seeking. I got so much from my experience that I plan on returning this summer to volunteer helping to build the new center.

  • Chris Rollins   June 21, 2015

      Profound Transformation and Growth

    No amount of words could do justice to the profound growth and transformation I experienced participating as a work-trade volunteer with one of Paititi's Embodying True Nature retreats. I've deepened into the practices I learned during it and consistently come back to them. I love the Amazonian breathwork practice and Qi Gong specifically. Roman and Cynthia synthesize an amazing blend of practices and wisdom from different traditions around the world into a highly effective medicine for the heart and soul. If you participate in one of their retreats you will come away from it greatly transformed and inspired to create the life your heart is dreaming about. Thank you Roman and Cynthia, aho :)

  • Maksim Repka   June 21, 2015

      Life transformational experience !!!

    There is no words to describe my gratitude to fearless love facilitator team !!! Thank you for your dedication to the Truth + Love + Peace + Joy !!!

  • Jacob Wagner   June 20, 2015

      First-Hand Experience of Paititi Institute

    My partner and I have participated in four different retreats with the Paititi Institute, once in Mexico, twice in Peru, and once in the United States. We have also spent seven months living at their current center in the Andes mountains, working with the magnificent land that they are stewarding. Both of us have experienced life-changing transformations as a result of our time with them. These transformations have initiated a profound process of healing and growth, which continues to this day. The founders have a deep-seated and truly authentic intention to contribute to the manifestation of a healthier planet and a happier humanity. I am eternally grateful for the hard-work and unwavering commitment that they bring to such a priceless vision. Not only has it influenced me personally, but it has also spread ripples of awareness through my life that will hopefully bring benefit to many others. My only warning is that one should be fully willing to face oneself and one's own conditioning in order to receive the maximum benefit from the practices that Paititi offers. These practices are not rooted in a dogma, and I believe that they have the potential to reveal insights into the true nature of reality and liberate individuals from cycles of suffering and confusion. These insights in turn help us to develop a sense of respect and reverence for Mother Earth and an understanding of our unity and co-dependence with nature.

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