The Paititi Family

Core Team

Roman Hanis

Roman Hanis has been working closely with the indigenous Peruvian cultures in the Amazonian rainforest and Andean mountains since 2001. During this time he has devoted this life to learning the ancient healing ways of these cultures while seeking possibilities for creating ecological sources of sustenance for local populations and working to preserve the rainforest […]

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Cynthia Robinson

Since childhood, Cynthia Robinson has had a deep love for nature and natural healing. She always knew she would devote her life in service to the healing of people and the planet. Cynthia got her BA at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design with a focus in Design, Communication and Creative Problem […]

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Emily Goughary

Emily has always loved the mountains. From growing up hiking in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, to exploring ski towns and farming communities in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she feels right at home at Paititi’s Center in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies […]

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Elton Lee Abela

Born on the historical island of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean. At the age of eight he started studying Music and was playing the Baritone and Violin. Although he studied classical music he appreciates all sorts of music and you can find him mostly on a psychedelic trance dance floor in the flow. […]

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Janel Possiel

Volunteer Coordinator Janel currently resides in Denver, CO where she shares her magic and love of children as a Special Education teacher at an elementary school.  Janel is inspired by adventures and exploring self and nature. She has traveled extensively through South America, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, and taught environmental […]

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Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is a permaculture designer & teacher and sustainability/wellness consultant as well as part of the core strategic planning and design team at the PAITITI Institute. He has been on a lifelong journey to integrate his path of right livelihood with his interests and passion for cultural exploration, nature and sustainability, wellness, and a dash […]

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Sharon Joy Stein

Sharon Joy is a professional event organizer and visionary consultant. Her unique combination of skills and experience in project management, accounting and conscious-community development makes her an integral part of the Paititi Institute. Sharon’s inner purpose is creating and coordinating conscious workshops and retreats that facilitate the progress of the current global mind shift. A […]

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Milana Dravnel

Milana Dravnel was born and raised in the Ural Mountains in Russia. In 1998, Milana moved to New York where her practice of yoga began. After years of practice she earned her first yoga teacher certification in 2009, and in the same year she opened a yoga center and vegan cafe called Shakti Yoga Center. […]

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Guest Instructors

Gregory Landua

Deep reverence and connection with nature has lead Gregory down a winding path to find himself teaching Permaculture and Ecovillage Design courses, as well as offering design and consulting services for clients from the tip of South America to Alaska. Gregory has studied marine and terrestrial ecology and evolutionary biology in the Galapagos Islands, translated […]

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Shenaqua Sookhoo-Jones

Permaculture & Nutrition Instructor Shenaqua Sookhoo-Jones was born in the United Kingdom and grew up under the influence of diverse family traditions, encompassing Burmese, Chinese, Indian, Cajun, French, and Inuit roots. Educated as a gardener and healer by her paternal grandparents who embraced Buddhist, Hindu and Shamanic practices in their healing and farming, she has […]

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Healers & Doctors

Dona Matilde

Dona Matilde is an curandera and liniage holder from the Shipibo tradition. Matilde shares decades of experience and wisdom yet still contains the heart of a beginner with and open heart and the wish to continuously deepen her personal healing path. Bio coming soon 🙂

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