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
Human & Nature Rights
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
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- June 7, 2023
Annual Report 2022
2022 was another important year of growth for us. We were privileged to deepen our partnership with our local allies from our from our three programs: Permaculture, Intercultural Education and Human & Nature Rights. We invite you to read our annual report 2022and learn about the...
- June 5, 2023
“Amazonian Agroforestry - Traditional Practices and Proposals for Innovation through Knowledge Dialogues
In 2018 we began working with local communities offering them technical assistance and inputs for the installation of their own diverse agroforestry plots (or chacras integrales, as we call them). This experience made us witness the potential of Amazonian agroforestry as a produc...
- June 5, 2023
"The Good Living", according to Alfredo Asipali
Alfredo Asipali is a family man. Born in the city of Iquitos in 1963, when he arrived to the community of Tres Unidos, he decided to make it his permanent home. Twenty-three years later, with a wife, two daughters, one son and four grandchildren, Alfredo knows this is the right p...
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.