Giving Back to the Amazon
According to indigenous wisdom traditions across the planet, sharing is the key to maintaining a healthy, balanced life for all. We strongly recommend that people come to work with ayahuasca with a clear understanding of the crucial importance of reciprocity. Reciprocity enables us to complete the varying phases of healing that we pass through in life. Without reciprocity, there is no rebirthing cycle.
Healing is a process of consciously allowing aspects of pain in our past to die. We are then reborn. Reciprocity is the thread that runs throughout this rebirthing process. By reciprocating all the benefits that come to you from others, nature and the spirit world, you become more benevolent. By having respect for others and understanding their needs, your journey of healing and self-discovery is supported significantly more by the spirits of the plants and transpersonal forces outside of our comprehension.
Reciprocity to the Amazon
The Temple embodies this philosophy in all aspects of our work and enthusiastically gives back to the people and the environment that we are blessed to partner with here in the Amazon. In 2011, the Temple founded a Peruvian non-profit organization, Alianza Arkana. Over 3.5 years we donated 850,000 soles covering operational costs and financing projects in environmental justice and human rights across the region of Loreto and to intercultural education and community based integrated waste management systems in Shipibo territory in the Ucayali region. Through significant support and leadership from the Temple in its first 3.5 years, Alianza Arkana has evolved into a successful and reputable organization, now independently financed through foundational grants and private donations.
In 2013, we founded another Peruvian non-profit organization, The Chaikuni Institute. Since October 2014, the Temple has directed all outreach resources solely into The Chaikuni Institute, focusing on the following three programs:
- Intercultural Education
- Permaculture Center
- Human and Nature Rights