As some of you know, I’ll be moving to the Sacred Valley of Peru to volunteer for a year at Paititi Institute. I wanted to share a bit about them, the work they do and it’s importance.
Paititi is a lighthouse whose work extends far beyond Peru, having a ripple effect of what is possible for humanity and future generations. Recently they acquired 4000 acres with 3 distinct ecological zones including 1500 acres of virgin rainforest in a key watershed region that are otherwise destined to be destroyed. The new land will be a base for the natural healing center, where permaculture and environmental restoration work will be continued.
Paititi has a unique and integrated focus on:
- conservation and restoration of natural resources
- permaculture and natural farming practices
- sustainable community living
- natural healing modalities and integrated and effective ways of working with serious health conditions
- preservation and integration of indigenous wisdom
- evolutionary practices that work with our thinking— participants and volunteers are asked to ponder the question, “ how do we embody our highest potential and live as a species in harmony with each other and this planet?”
Over the last 12 years at the Amazon center, they have worked with surrounding indigenous communities to:
- successfully impact the control of malaria in surrounding communities in the jungle
- offer free healing clinics to underserved indigenous communities
- started an environmentally focused educational program for grade school children living in the Amazon basin, where ironically, much of this traditional knowledge has been lost
- cured or had a serious positive healing impact on the health of 100s of patients
- restored and regenerated degraded landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest, implementing sanitary practices,and sustainable rain water catchment.
- helped to preserve indigenous healing wisdom traditions
Now, they are heeding the call from mother nature to conserve larger territories of land where the ecological balance can be maintained, prevent gold-digging, logging, oil-miners and industrial farmers that are beginning to invade deeper into virgin rainforest as we speak.
Why is it important to preserve this region?
- The Amazon Rainforest is the lungs of Mother Earth. Clearcutting these forest lands is having a significant
negative impact on Climate Change and greenhouse gasses.
- This region is a living library and Pharmacopia and the indigenous people of that area are her Wisdom Carriers.
- There are 1000s of plant medicines that exist nowhere else in the world that offer solutions for modern serious health problems for which Western Science has not found a satisfactory cure. In fact the creation of synthetic verisions of many western medicines depends on these plants too.
- The indigenous cultures of this region and their traditional way of life are in danger of extinction. It’s important to preserve their culture and peoples in and of themselves, but they also offer much wisdom to share with the western world and many of our modern societal ills. If that culture is no longer in tact, then the medicines and wisdom will no longer be accessible.
- The land is also located at one of the last frontiers of the known world next to a vast and unexplored area where some of the only remaining uncontacted indigenous tribes still live today. It is of utmost essence to protect these people in this area of need from the invasion of commercial and illegal mining as well as logging that is happening more and more every day.Through its preservation, the body and spirit of the planet can be healed as well.
- The new land borders the Manu National Reserve; historical location of the Incan Trail, cradle of Incan and Pre-Incan civilizations for 1000s of years.
- The land is also located at one of the last frontiers of the known world next to a vast and unexplored area where some of the only remaining uncontacted indigenous tribes still live today. It is of utmost essence to protect these people in this area of need from the invasion of commercial and illegal mining as well as logging that is happening more and more every day.
Why is it important to support my volunteering with Paititi?
Right now, the land is raw and has no infrastructure. Hands-on help is needed to build plumbing, rain water catchment systems and buildings so that people who are seriously ill or seeking transformation consciousness will have a retreat center to come to. I have volunteered for 1 year to help build it, so that others can experience the healing I’ve experienced there, and because I believe so strongly in the work they are doing to preserve the planet, and the integrous, relational way they go about it, and your donation will enable me to do that. My ability to offer my heart and hands is 100% dependent on your donations.
If you feel moved to donate, please check out my crowdfunding site: http://www.youcaring.com/jess-schurtman-402373
(A Dove from my heart),
*info and images from Paititi Institute