Ayni is a quechua word that describes an intimate relationship with life. It translates more or less to exchange of energy. That in order for life to maintain balance there is always the sacred relationship of exchange. When you take or partake of something you must also offer and give. With the understanding that with all things there must be a proper exchange in order to be in right relationship with life. For many westerners this translates to money. But ayni is a way of being. It means offering to a plant before you harvest, it means singing a song to the water before you drink it. But Ayni is more of a way of being, a way of thinking, a way of seeing.
It honors life as a sacred relationship. That when you take you give, and when you give be open to receive.
With this medicine work we are always reflecting how to stay and live in balance and be in the practice of Ayni.
We regularly invest in reforestation projects in replanting ayahuasca and chacruna as more and more it is being harvested without a focus on replanting.
We also regularly donate to project managers and initiatives takeing place in the shipibo community of paoyong, including school rebuilding, medicinal gardens, medicines for the local clinic and womens health.
We choose to invest in grassroots projects over larger scale ones with those we know, as we have found that there is much less administration and funds that go directly into helping project creation actualize directly.
We also regularly buy artisan handicrafts from various shipibo communities, paying fair prices and focus on buying from more rural communities who often cannot even afford going to the city to sell their artisan works.
For many shipibo families their artisenia is the only income that feeds their families.
We are also allies and supporters of the NGO Alianza Arkana, a beautiful organization that respects indigenous tradition. A portion of each retreat in Peru goes to Alianza arkana.
You can read more about the amazing work of Alianza Arkana here.
We are so grateful for all the amazing people who are offering amazing work around the world. Below is a list of allies who we deeply support. From Centres, healers, coaches, and visionary artists who are aligned with our dreaming in of a better world.
If you feel a connection with us and would like to collaborate and support one another, then please be in touch.
In a world that is so highly focused on competitive ways of being, we want to encourage cooperation and collaboration as much as possible.