Retreat InfoAbout the Retreat:
Paititi Institute for the Preservation of Ecology & Indigenous Culture is a non-profit organization founded in 2010, dedicated to Mother Earth and the Infinite Human Potential. Our intercultural bridges support individuals and communities to live as activated, responsible and joyful human beings in harmony with inner and outer landscapes.
Dedication to self-realization of ones highest potential, while humbly sharing it with each other for the greatest benefit of all, reflects the symbiotic quality of Nature’s organic intelligence we are all a part of. This is a core value of Paititi and informs the essence of all our projects, such as healing serious health conditions, consciousness transformation, land stewardship, community gardening and permaculture, free natural medicine campaigns for rural communities or social development initiatives. Being a responsible, hearted-centered human being is the key to the blossoming of life on our planet.Description of Services:
Embodying True Nature Transformation Retreats:
Our Embody True Nature retreats are offered in 10, 16 and 33-day formats. We weave ancestral living wisdom traditions of Peru and Tibet supported by Jungian Transpersonal Psychology to provide a foundation to both discover and develop the innermost purpose of one’s life. Together we transcend the layers of our individual and collective conditioning in order to know and trust our eternally brilliant and indestructible true nature. In this process we immerse into the magnificent realm of Mother Nature through the native indigenous foundational practices of remembrance, initiation rites and sacred plant ceremonies while establishing intercultural bridges in order to make this work applicable in our daily lives.
Shamanic Permaculture Design Certificate Retreats:
In this journey we explore deeply how we can live in sustainable and harmonious relationship with nature while creating a supportive, self sufficient and nurturing community around us. Weaving together the teachings of Permaculture design and the interconnection of our inner and outer landscapes we will immerse ourselves into a deep exploration of nature and our human nature unraveling the ways we can co-evolve and heal together.
Intercultural Healing Exchange:
This retreat is a powerful opportunity for healers (and aspiring healers) to more deeply awaken their path of service, while at the same time deepening their practice. In this process healers have the opportunity to learn from and experience the Ando-Amazonian healing traditions, as well as offer their gifts as a healer to the local community here in Peru.
Evolutionary Healing is a path of self-realization & consciousness transformation geared towards catalyzing our journey as a human being to embody ones fullest potential, in service of the greater whole.
Paititi Institute approaches healing as an opportunity for growth and evolution with a focus on addressing the root of our conditioning at the source, rather than merely addressing symptoms. At the center of each illness, a great love is waiting to be discovered. In this way, our greatest challenges can become our greatest gifts. In the Amazon, it is believed that each sickness is a mother who becomes pregnant with us. This is how we approach healing as well: everything inside and around us can be an evolutionary messenger encouraging us to open ourselves to the greatest love inherent within in the face of adversity, thus uncovering greater meaning and purpose of our lives.
Healing does not have to apply only to physical illness. It can be applied to basic dissatisfaction with life, lacking a sense of fulfillment, or the inability to fill the void. In our living wisdom school, that dissatisfaction in itself can be a wake up call for healing. The issues and illnesses are not approached as something random, but are engaged with as an organically intelligent communication of the higher self.
At the core of our mission, we are committed to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness. This consciousness transformation arises through the integration of ancestral wisdom, which mirrors the evolutionary teaching of life itself. This is done in a supportive environment where people can voluntarily immerse in a guided process of self-realization. The tools, practices and rites-of-passage that are cultivated within the sacred retreat container allow each individual to resolve their cultural conditioning and uncover their unique existential qualities, talents and skills. From this realization, new ways are uncovered for harmoniously channeling, cultivating, and sharing these gifts within a social community setting.
Living Wisdom Traditions:
Paititi Institute is a living wisdom school working primarily with the wisdom lineages of Peruvian Andes, Amazonian Rainforest, and Tibet. These traditions have withstood the test of time for thousands of years, verified by generation after generation to be skillful approaches for discovering the greatest meaning and potential of one's life.
Living Wisdom means that beyond the theory and philosophical knowledge, wisdom of direct life experience is passed from teacher to student as a state of being. These lineages maintain the continuity of the timeless essence of humanity imbued with unwavering resilience that stems from profound human values. All of our offerings, workshops, classes, practices and theoretic overviews are designed to be multi-layered and continuously deepening over time as well as applicable directly to each individual’s life experience.
Ours is a non-linear approach, and very different from the consumerist path of self-improvement or personal development. This is a path of realization with each and every one of our offerings being a holographic representation of the greater path as a whole. Rather than entertaining the ego, the purpose of this approach is to discover that the information and practices will perpetually deepen and evolve within you.
Sacred Plant Medicines:
We work with the sacred plant medicines of Ayahuasca, Huachuma (San Pedro), Cacao and Coca as facets of Ando-Amazonian transmission lineages, which support the journey during our retreats in Peru. The plant medicines are applied as skillful means for awakening spiritual insight and unravel the higher organic intelligence of nature in your very being.
Paititi Institute works with sacred and medicinal plants supported by ancestral guidance to skillfully uncover and cultivate essential, natural qualities within. Plants are teachers and when skillfully engaged within an intentional ceremonial container, the spirit of these plants can support us in connecting to the deep subtle energies of our bodies and the interwoven reality surrounding us. The ceremonies associated with many sacred plants have been known for millennia to reconnect people with Mother Nature, heal from ailments and clear confusions, doubts and obscurations of consciousness when utilized skillfully as evolutionary healing instruments within an ancestral transmission lineage. We encourage our participants to connect with the Evolutionary Blueprint of the ancestors as an integral approach to awaken the True Nature from the inside out as it’s deeply beneficial in tuning into the source of life in the universe as we know it.
Individual & Collective Shamanic Transpersonal Dreamwork:
Dreamwork is a tool which supports us in recognizing the universal, associative and symbolic communication of human sub-consciousness relating to the spiritual evolution of one’s being. This process involves a profound awakening of energy channels through documenting and evaluating a series of dreams to identify recurring key motifs. Getting to know the transpersonal archetypal language can produce a powerful insight into the communication of the subconscious regarding the healthy equilibrium of the organism. In essence, this tool helps facilitate powerful psycho-somatic breakthroughs and assess how hidden personality traits and emotional/mental patterns influence our life. The Dreamwork Practice is supported by indigenous shamanic approaches from the Amazonian Ashuar Nation, woven with modern Transpersonal Psychology.
This practice, inspired by the Amazonian and Tibetan ancestral lineages, is a multidimensional practice that rekindles your original connection with the essence of vitality by awakening the inherently natural, higher vibrational frequencies of your organism. The practice also aids in locating and processing psychosomatic sources of disease, tensions, inhibitions and repressed emotions. Ancient, cathartic and healing breath patterns are applied throughout the ceremony, purifying your energy body at the cellular level while awakening your primordial memory of original wellness.
The Remembrance practice engages a process of releasing personal history in order to know oneself beyond the stories we have created of who we think we are. The Remembrance process involves a dissolution of self imposed subconscious limitations, forgiving and letting go of emotional charges held in one’s past while realizing your totality of being and freedom from all limitations.
Many people find it challenging to integrate phenomenal experiences, life-changing instances, and big leaps in personal transformation into everyday life. Often, even the greatest insights get covered up by mundane routine of one’s habitual response to life, or are seemingly impossible to weave into a modern-day culture where one’s insights seem so out-of-context.
In our experience, insights and awakenings are only meaningful once tested in all weather conditions. We believe everyone has the potential to live with wholehearted inspiration under all circumstances when integration is approached skillfully. For us this work is inspiring when it creates real and lasting change and we are deeply committed to supporting the integration process.
Our retreats offer integration tools throughout the transformation process, including intentional sharing circles, primordial breathwork, dreamwork, nature immersion, time with self, creative expression and more. Many post and pre-retreat resources are also available such as online community engagement, podcasts, articles, online courses and a personalized distance healing program with live support for maintaining a steady pace of evolution in everyday life.Practitioners:
Dona Matilde GomezTeam/Medical Staff:
Elton Lee Abela
DetailsFounder(s) / CEO: Roman Hanis & Cynthia RobinsonGroup Size: 8 - 15Price Range: $1000 - $3700 (depending on retreat lenght and accomodations)Specializing In: Activating Potential, Amazonian Ancestral Traditions, Andean Ancestral Traditions, Anxiety, Ayahuasca, Coca, Depression, Emotional Healing, Evolutionary Healing, Huachuma, Integration, Life Elevation, Life Purpose, Living Wisdom Traditions, Meditation, Natural Healing, Nature Connection, Physical Healing, Plant Medicines, Primordial Breathwork™, PTSD, Sacred Plant Medicines, San Pedro, Shamanic Jungian Transpersonal Dreamwork, Tibetan Ancestral Traditions, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Transpersonal Psychology
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
In preparation all participants are given access to our online home study course, “Your Evolutionary Blueprint” in order to establish a foundation to the evolutionary healing journey and a connection with us before we gather. This course is also a powerful integration tool and we encourage engagement with it both before and after the retreat. All retreats have a private facebook group for group engagement before and after the retreat with participants and facilitators. In addition all talks are recorded throughout the retreat and shared for personal refection after returning home.Intake Process:
All participants must fill out an application form which goes into depth regarding health history, medications, personal goals and purpose for engagement. If there is a health condition involved our 3 month distance healing program may be required before considering an in person retreat. The Distance Healing Program includes a Personalized Nutritional Program, Shamanic Transpersonal Dream Exploration, One-on-One Transformational Coaching and energetic healing from our ceremonies.Supplemental Modalities: Symptomatic Dance, Integration Circles, Sacred Geometry, Qigong, Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Body Alignment Therapies, Medicinal Healing Diets, Nature ImmersionPsychedelic Substances Offered: Ayahuasca, San PedroHow does this Center source medicine?:
Many of the sacred plants are grown in our personal gardens. When not grown by us personally we source the raw plant material from trusted friends who use organic and sustainable practices. All medicines are always prepared by us personally.Practice reciprocity with local communities?: Yes
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I have been working with Paititi Institute for the past 7 years after searching for genuine and safe places where I can learn about the shamanic plant medicine traditions. I really took my time to see if the people that I will entrust my mind and heart with, are really in integrity and know what they are doing and talking about. I spent a long time traveling around South America exploring healing centers and worked with several medicine men and women from the Shipibo – Conibo tradition.
What attracted me to Paititi more than any other places was the healer himself being the co-founder of the organization. What I often experienced in other places had to do with politics and competition between the shamans themselves. These problems were unbeknownst to the owners because they were not experienced enough with this work and not familiar enough with culture. That made them unable to hold space during the retreats, therefore unable to relate to the participants and the shamans.
After the first 33-day Embodying True Nature retreat the guidance kept coming after the retreat was over. The questions that I was having difficulties with, that had nothing to do with the retreat anymore, kept being answered and the practices that were shared with us continued to support a meaningful life for me. I also learned that participating in a ceremony and drinking the magical potions did not resolve my issues. The real work needs to be applied and the spiritual insights have to be constantly verified in daily life.
A genuine connection with the healer as a human being on their journey is also very essential. The teachers in these traditions are not meant to be anyone’s idea of a perfect father or mother, holding someone’s hand all the time, and their lineages are really intended for each individual to be guided in the direction of discovering their own truth and intuitive wisdom. The ceremonies might bring lots of shiny aha moments, but without the guidance of an experienced guide and a lineage of people that verified those teachings by applying them to their own minds, there are many pitfalls, and the mind can interpret things in very skewed ways.
I am lucky to have found Roman Hanis as a teacher and a friend, guiding me through these pitfalls by giving me the opportunity to verify their guidance through my own experience. I’ve only found this degree of clarity about these traditions, the science involved, and relatedness in this place. Although the teachings are often challenging for me to implement daily, due to my life long conditioning, I am finding the guidance and the space indispensable on my journey of discovering how to truly be human. In Paititi Institute, I am discovering the view of ancient wisdom traditions from the times when they were still intact, alongside with the history of the traditions, and what their original purpose is about. There is an Integral approach that is being shared, which makes my life richer, gives me an ability to engage on my evolutionary healing journey in waking life and even in my dreams through the indigenous dream language. This place is helping me decipher my life and even after many years the wisdom of self-realization continues to unfold.
The work of Paititi Institute, guided by Roman and Cynthia, is pure, from the heart and in service of humanity. I’ve had the privilege of taking part in many of their retreats offered in Peru and New York. Each one is a gift of divine insight of being able to connect deeply to my self and the greater life I am a part of. Roman and Cynthia are masterful at holding and guiding the space in a way for true transformation to take place. These experience have deeply impacted my life and I highly recommend it to everyone who’s on a path towards healing and awakening.
Roman, I appreciate so much the work you do, the time and effort put into collecting all the information and ancestral wisdom you have been sharing with us. Thank you for your patience, kindness, your compassion and healings. We will be coming back to your retreats many times more. The way we feel after sitting with you for 16 days is so inspiring, so open hearted. We totally love it – thank you!
I have been working with Paititi Institute for almost 10 years now and went through a distance healing program, that included 1,5 years of dream work and diet program, quite a few short transformational retreats in the US and 2 2-weeks long retreats in Peru. I can say that my experience with the Paititi Institute has been both healing and transformational. I originally came to Roman and Cynthia with the agenda to heal my rheumatoid arthritis and after my distance healing program and a few retreats I was symptoms free for 4-5 years. 2 years ago I came to Peru for a 2 week retreat because my symptoms came back and that helped a lot. Once again I came this year for another healing and during this retreat I felt so much better. The high frequency of being that is cultivated and continually kept during the retreat among all participants, the diet, the medicine plants, dream work, breath work, sharing circles and discussions – all that changes the state of being, allows participants to work through the traumas and conditioning that sometimes are carried from childhood and even earlier and cause disease, behavioral patterns and coping mechanisms that prevent us from living to the fullest potential, in loving kindness with compassion to others. All that is being worked on in a safe and supportive environment, created by the team and retreat participants. Roman takes individual approach to each participant, including attention to their health or phycological issues, spiritual search, diet, and plant medicine offerings choices. During this retreat, in addition to all the group activities and ceremonies, I was offered a Chric Sanango plant dieta, acupuncture, special diet and deep dream work to find causing issues and help heal my health condition. I have to say that Chiric Sanango dieta has been an amazing experience, which, in addition to targeting my arthritis, brought me to a profound state of the open heart. It has been a week after retreat now and integration has started, where higher state of being, cultivated during the retreat, starts to wear off, but I can still get the the same profound state of the love and open heart that I felt during the dieta and the remaining of the retreat after the dieta. This is something I have never experienced before and extremely grateful to Roman for this gift of love. After the end of the retreat I continue the restrictive diet required by Chiric Sanango initiation and continue to work on my healing path. Thank you, Paititi Institute, for the work that you do. It is saving the traditions of living wisdom and healing bodies and hearts of everyone who comes in contact with you and those, who comes with contact with us!
The journey of self understanding and compassion is a lifelong process and one in which I’ve experienced many challenges and much confusion. For many years, I sought ‘answers’ in psychedelics- feeling temporarily “wow-ed” and then later uncertain, even a bit confused, how to integrate it all. When Paititi Institute came into my life, I realized how ‘at the surface’ my learnings had been. I have had the honor to grow with/through Paititi Institute for many years and one of the most profound aspects that Paititi offers, in which I come back to again and again, is the depth of heart and applicable daily shifts that Paititi’s multi-faceted array of practices offer through their retreats continue to shape my life. Paititi offers gateways into navigating the human journey in an embodied, integrated way. Pathways of working with one’s own dreams, one’s breath, one’s conditioning, one’s inspiration continue to provide a life lasting inspiration to seek from within- to not necessarily need”answers” but to be able to rest with being and from a restful place be in service not just of myself, but of the greater whole. Paititi offers a variety of retreats, Qi-Gong practices, breathwork, dreamwork, a 3 month long Distance Healing Journey, and many other ways to not just have a ‘psychedelic experience’ but an ever-evolving enriched life. Thank you Paititi Institute!