Roman Hanis

Co-founder and Director of the Paititi Institute, Center for Indigenous Medicine.

Roman Hanis has spent the last ten years working with indigenous Peruvian cultures in the Amazonian rainforest, learning the ancient healing ways while seeking possibilities for creating ecological sources of sustenance for local populations and working to preserve the rainforest and its spiritual heritage of sacred medicinal plants.

Seeing the vital role that ancient cultural practices can play in today’s world, Roman honors and shares their value and wisdom through his work in community projects, healing retreats and educational workshops in both Peru and the U.S.

He is a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner in Peru, and studied the fundamentals of TCM and acupuncture as an apprentice under the director of the Open International Institute of Oriental Medicine, Myriam Hacker, in Iquitos, Peru.

In 2002, Roman was fortunate enough to be cured of a terminal, genetic illness. In 2004, he was pledged as a healer-curandero by the Whitoto tribe and has served the international community as a medicine man ever since. He has also practiced physical trauma rehabilitation, medical massage therapy and Eastern bodywork, having earned his AOS (Associate in Occupational Studies) degree from New York’s Swedish Institute of Health. With these tools and concentrated efforts, he has been able to help numerous individuals overcome many health issues and pathologies on physical, mental and spiritual levels.

Since 1999, Roman has also practiced the Eastern spiritual disciplines of Tibetan breathwork & meditation, QiGong, Yoga, Shaolin physical therapy and Toltec practices as well as the perspective of these disciplines from Jungian psychology. He speaks Spanish, Hebrew, Russian and English.

Roman looks forward to eradicating suffering in the world and its cause — ignorance — by promoting education on the possibilities of more sustainable, harmonious relationships with nature, and to simultaneously create supportive, self-sustaining and nurturing communities.