What We Do
Improved access to higher education
We believe in intercultural education as a means of creating an inclusive, diverse, and equitable society that honors and celebrates its constituent cultures and identities. We presently support and empower the indigenous student organization OEPIAP, which represents more than 12 ethnicities.Learn More
Developing regenerative land use alternatives
Fusing indigenous wisdom and modern knowledge, we investigate and promote sustainable access to plant medicine, healthy food, and economic opportunities for local communities by creating an integral agriculture model within our Amazon permaculture center.Learn More
Supporting The Amazonian Indigenous Movement
We are active in the Nature Rights movement that advocates for the recognition of indigenous territorial rights as the best path to protect the most important wilderness on Earth. We help amplify voices of the jungle by providing multimedia tools and investigative work.Learn More
Translate a report, write an article, lead a fundraising event, or come to Iquitos for a field experience – there are many ways that you can support our work.Work With Us
- December 4, 2023
Macarena was our Communications volunteer for 6 months. She decided to volunteer in search of a more fulfilling life, but little did she know that this decision would lead to a transformative experience. A six-month immersion in a world teeming with nature, knowledge, and newfoun...
- November 8, 2023
Amazonian communities demand viable, culturally relevant, and productive alternatives that not only fit their cultures but also their needs and capacities. For many years now, the Chaikuni Institute has been researching, developing, and promoting regenerative techniques adapted ...
- September 27, 2023
A skilled farmer, straight A student, free-range chicken raiser, dedicated father and heir to medicinal plants wisdom, Eder Baneo is multifaceted. Not only that, but he seems to have a superhuman ability to multiply the hours in a day. Regularly, he works from 6am he works in the...
The Permaculture Design Course
In the second half of May, 2019, we held our first ever Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at our permaculture centre. A multicultural group of indigenous Shipibo herbalists, local farmers from neighbouring communities, indigenous students from the Achuar and Awajun peoples, Chaikuni staff and friends from the Temple of the Way of Light came together for 10 inspiring days to learn the basics of permaculture, share their own knowledge, and learn about "chacras integrales". The course was masterfully guided by Tierra Martinez and Beatriz Ramirez from the Na’Lu’um Permaculture Institute, both of them bringing a world of knowledge from a life dedicated to permaculture to the Chaikuni Institute and the participants.