Cynthia Robinson

Since childhood Cynthia Robinson had a deep love for nature and natural healing and always knew she would devote her life in service to the healing of people and the planet. 

Initially Cynthia got her BA Degree at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design with a focus in Design, Communication and creative problem solving. After graduation she pursued her passion to bring deeper values for nature and humanity into the world working as a brand strategist and designer supporting both Fortune 500 as well as smaller companies to implement Permaculture thinking into their infrastructure, product designs and marketing.
Working in Corporate New York City lead her to discover a more profound passion to support herself and others in establishing deeper connection to nature, the ancestral values and unlocking our highest potential as human beings. She traded in the corporate board rooms for 100 acres in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest where she co-founded the Paititi Institute for the Preservation of the Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous Culture.
At the Paititi Institute she is working along side her partners to create a platform that integrates ancient wisdom into practical applications in our modern world, building intercultural bridges for healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels for all people from all cultures and all spiritual traditions. She currently works to develop and facilitate holistic experiential education models weaving together our inner and outer landscapes through nature awareness, traditional Permaculture education, health education and indigenous Amazonian teachings and practices integrated with ancestral wisdom from all around the planet.
In addition she serves as the Director of Permaculture at the institute where she is in charge of establishing tropical permaculture models at the grounds of the institute, while establishing an intentional community, that implements many ongoing outreach projects in the local native villages and tribes. The projects focus on appropriate technology for sanitation and clean water, fair trade exports, and cultural healing exchange programs which establish natural medicine clinics.
At the same time she is currently in the process of being initiated into the Indigenous Amazonian Healing practices to become a medicine woman and carry on an ancient lineage of healing wisdom. 

I deeply resonate with the purpose of Gaia University as a leader for the future of higher education, taking the classroom into the world where each student can actively contribute to the benefit of the whole and learn through experience. It is an honor, devotion, and inspiration for me to collaborate with Gaia University as a Permaculture Mentor to support students to dive in and learn through grass root experience and collaboration.