If you are interested in joining the WEX program, please read the information below carefully to fully understand the commitment and cancellation policy.
The work-exchange program is a way to join the PachaMama community while paying a substantial part of the cost through work.
People come from all over the world to participate in the program and work in the Wild Treats Bar, the kitchen or other places. It’s an opportunity to participate and integrate into the PachaMama experience, learn new things and be part of an alternative community.
Leave No Trace:
If you are accepted into the Work Exchange program we ask for a deposit of $300 which secures your dates (once they are confirmed) and is security on you completing your commitment to the program. Near the end of your stay, you are able to use this deposit on workshops or events and if there is any money left over when you check out at the end of your commitment you will have it refunded to you.
Work and length of stay commitment:
IMPORTANT: In case you choose not to follow your commitment, you will not get your deposits back and the prices of the benefits you’ve already received (workshops and casita discount) will be adjusted to visitor prices.
Though the program gives discounts on some things you will still have expenses here. How much you will spend in PachaMama depends on your individual needs and your budget, but the work-exchangers have said that they spend around $500 a month on events, ceremonies, food, internet, laundry, transport, chocolate and other life necessities. The cost of workshops and a casita is not included in this $500 a month.
There are a limited number of casitas for a discounted price depending on the length of your commitment. Once the casitas are rented, work exchangers are asked to camp. If you wish to stay in a casita let us know, as it includes another $200 deposit before it is confirmed.
Work-exchangers are given camping space for free(camping is only available from November until May, due to weather conditions), you will need to have your own tent and sheets with you. There are no tents here in PachaMama to borrow, rent or receive from people who are leaving.
N.B. From the 1st May, no camping is allowed as normally the rains start and it isn’t possible to camp then so everyone must stay in a casita.
A big part of commune life involves workshops and events in which most people take part during their visit.
As a work-exchanger, you are required to take part in two workshops every 2 months and it must be a minimum of 3 days (ceremonies are considered an event, not a workshop). One of them must be a therapy workshop.
Please consider that there will be additional costs for your workshops or events/ceremonies, while you stay here. For prices and options, you can check the program here: yearly schedule
For any of the Trainings (Yoga Teacher Training, Clarity Breathwork, Master Yang) they are not included in the regular group discount, for these, there is only a 10% discount and depending on the length of the group you may need to pay for your accommodation and food as a visitor.
Arriving at PachaMama
If you are staying in a casita you should arrive by 3 pm but no later than 5 pm as you need to arrive in the light so you may orientate yourself to PachaMama.
If you are camping you must arrive by 3 pm. If you arrive too late to set up your tent you will be charged for the accommodation you are put in for that night.