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Learn about permaculture in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon!

Come and be part of our community of people passionate about learning and sharing their knowledge on how to live sustainably and in harmony with nature. Our team is made up of experts in permaculture and specialized local farmers, who are in charge of leading the learning experiences and exchange of experiences.

Our permaculture center, located on the outskirts of Iquitos, will allow you to live in community, deepen and put into practice the principles of this holistic approach to the regeneration of life.

Amazonian Permaculture Course

Upcoming course: February 10th – 21st

In our next 12-day Intensive Amazonian Permaculture Course, we will discover permaculture strategies for regenerative living from the heart of the Amazon. Living as a community, we will explore regenerative techniques for producing food, natural building, holistic health, learn about renewable energy systems, and discover ways to finance ecological projects.

Course overview

The program is held in English and Spanish. It is a living experience of deep immersion into the Amazonian jungle to learn how to live in harmony in community in our environment, to design a resilient system.

During these 10 days you will live in the abundance of the jungle deepening permaculture design tools with ancient indigenous practice. This workshop includes theoretical classes and intensive practice spaces for executing permaculture strategies in the field, and consulting time for the development of a personal design project.

Topics covered include:

  • Food production: Agro-ecological food production, agroforestry production systems, management and care of a vegetable garden, preparation and application of natural fertilizers, harvesting and food preservation
  • Natural building: Bioclimatic design, Earthen building history in Peru, structures and earthen techniques, preparation of a Yarina leaf roof, use of atadijo (tree bark) reforesting hardwood tree & bamboo, wood treatment for best conservation
  • Holistic Health: Healthy cooking and eating, the human microbiome, medicinal plants, natural cosmetics, stretching, yoga, and meditation, fasting for health.
  • Renewable energy: Bici machines, harnessing solar energy, harvesting water and water treatment, dry toilets, dehydrator building, biodigester maintenance, solar panel system maintenance
  • Circular economy: Basic tools for resources management, strategies to reduce expenses, funding, community barter, photo and video registration for project promotion

Your Facilitators

Cost

Until December 25: $450

Regular price: $560

We offer a limited number of scholarships for this course. If you are interested in participating but costs are a barrier, please write to diego@chakuni.org.

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19th July - 30th July

Until 19st May: $450

Regular price: $560

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23rd August - 3rd September

Until 23rd June: $450

Regular price: $560

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18th October - 29th October

Until 18th August: $450

Regular price: $560

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If you are interested in one of our limited scholarships for any of this dates, please write to diego@chakuni.org.

The Chaikuni Permaculture Center

A beautiful view of our Permaculture Center from above. © Chaikuni Institute
A beautiful view of our Permaculture Center from above. © Chaikuni Institute

How to get here:

Our center is located near a village called “Tres Unidos”, it is a rural community in the basin of the Nanay river. Our journey will be via moto-taxi, boat, and then a 45-minute hike to arrive at our Permaculture Center. We will organize group transportation from a meeting point in Iquitos to our Center before the course.

Facilities:

Living/dining room: A spacious lounge with hammocks and tables where we will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Library: Mainly with books in English and free to use with care and conscience, donations are very welcome

Bathrooms: Four showers, two dry toilets, and two sinks

Laundry: Two areas prepared for hand-washing clothes

Semi-private accommodations: Each tambo (rustic sleeping hut) has three private rooms, each with a view of the forest, a bed, mattress, mosquito net, bedsheets, pillow, blanket, and a shelf.

Private cabins: We have four spacious cabins, each with a private compost toilet and a hammock to accommodate one person or one couple *Please note, these are for an additional cost and must be booked in advance

Maloka: Our beautiful circular space where most of the communal learning and some of the theoretical classes will take place.

Resting areas: Outdoor spaces with hammocks or benches to reconnect with nature

Water supply: Three water tanks that source from a natural spring, one with an industrial carbon filter for drinking water

Electricity: A solar panel system produces a limited supply of electricity for use in our kitchen, living room, dining room, and office (only cell phones, flashlights, and laptops can be charged)

Our weekly harvest