Pachamama Alliance

Photo by Richard Rogers

Since 1997, Pachamama Alliance has worked in partnership with indigenous people to attain permanent protected status of the sacred headwaters region of the Amazon basin in southern Ecuador and northern Peru—an area of tropical rainforest recognized as containing the highest levels of biodiversity in the entire Amazon basin. As a result of this partnership, millions of acres of pristine rainforest have been protected from oil development to this day.
We are here to inspire and galvanize the human family to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment to a thriving, just and sustainable way of life on Earth. This is a commitment to transforming human systems and structures that separate us, and to transforming our relationships with ourselves, with one another, and with the natural world. We are a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage and travel for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.
Our Story

We work closely with and support indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, educate and inspire individuals everywhere through programs, courses, local groups and journeys. 

With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance’s educational programs, community resources, and travel experiences integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal and collective transformation aimed at bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. We are accountable to—and stand in solidarity with—those whose access to material resources and free self-expression is limited by unjust systems of power and privilege. Our unique contribution is to generate and engage people everywhere in transformational conversations and experiences consistent with this purpose. We weave together indigenous and modern world views such that human beings are in touch with their dignity and are ennobled by the magnificence, mystery, and opportunity of what is possible for humanity at this time. We are living in an event that comes along every 100 million years. And our impact is changing the function of the planet. Now it is up to us to decide how we are going to respond to what we now know about our human impact. It’s your opportunity to live one of the most meaningful lives in history. By allying with the Pachamama Alliance you too can become part of a historic opportunity to protect life on Earth.

We hope you join our efforts in generating a critical mass of conscious commitment to create a positive future for all.

Photo by Ken Roberson

Pachamama Alliance, empowered by our partnership with indigenous people, is dedicated to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.

Photo by Andy Isaacson for NY Times

Our Ethos

Underlying Assumptions

  • If present trends continue, the probable future for life on Earth will be defined by periods of substantial social, environmental, and economic disruption, if not complete collapse.
  • Humanity already possesses sufficient resources, technology, and know-how to reverse these trends. What is missing is the sense of urgency and the popular and political will to act.
  • Without concentrated human intervention, certain tipping points will be reached that will make our present trajectory irreversible.

Guiding Values and Principals

  • The universe is friendly and the evolutionary Force that put the stars in motion is still moving through all of us and is a dynamic, self-organizing process whose grace and guidance we can trust.
  • Human beings are by nature collaborative and cooperative and innately desire the success of the human species and all life. When barriers to our natural expression are eliminated (i.e. resignation, myths of separation and scarcity), we cooperate for the common, long-term good.
  • Human beings are not separate from each other or Nature. We are totally interrelated and our actions have consequences to all. What we do to others we do to ourselves. What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves.
  • Indigenous people are the source of a worldview and cosmology that can provide powerful guidance and teachings for achieving our vision—a thriving, just and sustainable world.
  • One of the most effective ways to produce results is to empower other organizations through skillful alliances, and a principle of skillful alliances is that amazing things can be accomplished when people aren’t worrying about who’s getting credit.
  • People’s actions are correlated with how they see the world—the story they tell themselves about the world. Transforming the way that people see and relate to the world and the possibilities they see for the future is a powerful way to effect social change.
  • Consciously and unconsciously created systems of ongoing oppression and inequality exist in the world. The outcomes generated by those systems are directly in opposition to our vision of a thriving, just and sustainable world.

Our Team

Bill Twist is CEO and a co-founder of Pachamama Alliance. He has dedicated his life to helping change the dream of the modern world to create a thriving, just, and sustainable future for people and all life.

Bill Twist

Co-Founder & CEO

Lynne Twist is a co-founder of Pachamama Alliance, and founder of The Soul of Money Institute. She has dedicated herself to alleviating poverty and hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.

Lynne Twist


A former chief economist at major international consulting firm, John Perkins is a co-founder of Pachamama Alliance and New York Times Bestselling author who has received training from master shamans from around the world.

John Perkins


Pat is accountable for all of Pachamama Alliance’s fundraising activities. Pat ensures each individual contributor can connect deeply with the work and the global community of Pachamama Alliance, experiencing the impact that their contribution has in bringing forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.

Pat Usner

Development Director

David is responsible for Pachamama Journeys, an experientially based, transformational program that powerfully reconnects participants to the Earth, themselves and others through direct experience with wild nature, indigenous cultures and shared group experience.

David Tucker

Director of Pachamama Journeys

Cassie is responsible for building and engaging our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, creating daily content that inspires and educates. She also writes regularly for the Pachamama Alliance blog.

Cassie Stiftl

Social Media Coordinator
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  • Attend global meetings, events and calls.

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Our Wishlist

Interns in San Francisco
Print advertising space
Printing services
Graphic design for print ads
Donations of video editing services
Donations of venue space for events
Donations of event services (catering, production, etc.)
Donations of lodging for traveling staff members
Donations of rental cars for work-related travel expenses
Frequent flyer miles to pay for travel for our indigenous partners
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Facilitators

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