Wellness Retreat in Maya Mexico

April 17 - 23, 2020

Wellness Retreat in the Heart of Maya Mexico

Experience Maya Culture - Relax - Renew

Join us on a wellness retreat that connects you to the deep wisdom of the Maya culture and the natural beauty of the Yucatan. Explore ancient Maya ruins of Coba, swim in crystaline cenotes, learn how to cook the Maya way, snorkel the Puerto Morelos National Reef Park which is a part of the 700 mile Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and learn about the importance of preserving the jungle for the bees. Learn about the Maya goddess, Ixchel, the healing goddess. The local Maya women have a chant, "Teene' quin u'uyic a d'aan, Ixchel", translated as "I hear you calling, Ixchel." Experience deep relaxation and healing.


Yucatan jungle
Preserve the Jungle

The Yucatan Peninsula has jungles, cenotes, wildlife, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The jungle, the trees, medicinal plants, wild animals have to be taken care of. The melipona bees prefer live trees to set up their hives. Saving the bees, saves the earth.

The Goddess Ixchel represents how the "night and moon will vanquish the sun at the close of day. It is that invincible, mysterious power of the night, symbolized in the ever-changing moon, that is the power of the Great Goddess."

Roberta and Peter Markman The Flayed God
Ixchel, Maya goddess of healing
Maya Myths

Ixchel was the Maya great mother goddess of healing, fertility, birth and weaving. A wonderful group of local Maya women offer healing massages at the Ixchel Jungle Spa. Relax and upport the local Maya community, connecting with heart and peace.

Ancient Maya ruin
Ancient Maya Temples

The Maya had a very advanced civilization that spanned across Central America; noted for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical knowledge. You will explore and deepen your knowledge of some of these Maya antiquities.

Breath is the bridge that connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take control of your mind again.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Melipona bees in the Yucatan jungle.
Save the Maya Melipona Bees

The stingless melipona bee culture has existed for thousands of years in the Maya civiliazation. They were sacred to the Maya and also used for medicinal purposes. They provide a source of income for the local Maya. Learn about how the jungles must be protected for the bees to survive.

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares that will not withdraw from us.

Maya Angelou
Maya dancers at the Ixchel Jungle Spa and Market
Maya Culture and Cuisine

The Maya have a complex history and culture that produced two calendar systems, poetry, myths, art, advanced concepts on astronomy and a unique mathematical genius. There is no better way to begin to understand Mexican culture than by taking a cooking class. The Yucatan region blends the indigenous (Aztecan/Mayan) with Spain, the Middle East and African influences.

Retreat Details

Retreat Includes

Cost includes lodging in the laid back fishing village of Puerto Morelos, land transportation, all breakfasts, Maya cooking class, one massage for an hour at the Jungle Spa, walking tour of La Colonia, journey to Coba ruins, including Nohuch Mul, the area's highest pyramid, morning meditation and gentle yoga, entrance fees. Small group experience, max 10 people.

Cost does not include travel insurance, taxi/shuttle transport to and from airport to lodging, airline transport.

Wellness Retreat

Cost: April 17-23, 2020 Retreat $1999 Early Bird Discount for April 2020 retreat: $200 discount if deposit is received by Nov 1, 2019 Single room additional cost of $275.

Contact us if interested. A deposit of $500 will hold your place. Credit cards or checks are accepted. Read the terms and conditions and fill out the registration form. Registration/Terms and Conditions

ITINERARY

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10/31/19 Thursday, A welcoming and orientation after arrival. Before going to dinner in Puerto Morelos, a brief walk through the village will be done to orient you to the many shops and restaurants, the ocean and reef. We will go as a group to the one of the many fine restaurants in Puerto Morelos. This is the first of the celebration of the Day of the Dead, a time to remember the ancestors for the Mexican people. .

Puerto Morelos is a peaceful fishing village located about 30 minutes south of Cancun. The village is fighting to preserve the natural environment around it. The National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, not far offshore, is part of the 700 mile Mesoamerican reef, with beautiful coral and hundreds of colorful fish species.The protected mangrove that is between the village and the Colonia has beautiful birds, spider monkeys and other wildlife.

After dinner, we will regroup for pranayama, meditation and time to journal about your thoughts and intentions for the retreat. Reflect on your ancestors and what that might mean for you.

Puerto Morelos dock and lighthouse
11/01/19 Friday, Morning meditation and gentle yoga The celebration of the Day of the Dead is occurring today. The Maya call the holiday Hanal Pixán which translates as “food of the souls.” An altar is set up with flowers, copal incense and food that may have been a favorite to the deceased who feed on the essence of the food. It is a day to remember family and friends and create community. We will participate in some community activities around this as well as do a ritual for remembrance of our own ancestors.

11/02/19 Saturday, Gentle yoga and meditation, After breakfast we will go to the Ixchel Jungle Spa for your divine massage from one of the staff of the Spa. The one hour massage is included in the price of the retreat but if you would like it to be an extra half hour, please arrange this ahead of time for a small additional cost. The staff consists of small group of local women. The Spa is located about 5 miles from the center of Puerto Morelos. It was founded by Sandra Dayton in 2008. Local Maya women practice traditional healing techniques, including Maya abdominal massage. They have also been trained in a government sponsored program for massage. They are all gifted healers. They offer healing massages in the screened palapas. It is an incredible experience to feel the soft jungle breezes with birds singing in the background as you get your massage by these wonderful women. After your massage, enjoy shopping at the Jungle Market for crafts made by Maya women in local villages. Free time in the afternoon and later we will have dinner together. B

Ixchel Jung Spa staff, Sandra Dayton and some of the massage therapists

11/03/19 Discover Coba, Maya ruins that date back to 50 BC and populated until the Spanish came in 1550. Coba is located about 27 miles inland from Tulum, a popular Mayan ruin. Coba is more remote, located next to a large lagoon. You can climb the 138 foot pyramid, Nohoch Mul, tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula. Coba has the largest number of stone causeways or sacbes/roads of any ancient Maya city. 50,000 people may have once lived here, making it a very powerful region in Maya history. The tall carved stones called stelae have engravings and glyphs that give a history of the Maya culture. There is still much that has not been excavated in Coba which makes it exciting to walk through.

After lunch, we will visit a cenote. Cenotes are natural pits in limestone with fresh groundwater underneath. The water is fresh and clear with a lovely blue or green hue, providing fresh water for the Maya to drink. Some are in caves, others are partly in the open and others are small lakes. The ancient Maya believed they were an entrance to Xibalba or the underworld, and the god of rain, Chaac. Those located in caves were considered sacred and had rituals performed there. Gentle yoga and meditation in the evening. B,

Coba, Maya temple of Nohoch Mul, 138 ft tall.

11/04/19 Monday- Morning yoga and meditation, This is a free day to explore the local markets and possibly snorkel at the reef. The protected National Reef Park just off shore is part of the great Mesoamerican Reef, second largest coral reef in the world. You are required to have a guide take you to the reef and carefully show you around so as not to damage the reef. There are numerous snorkeling/diving shops in Puerto Morelos. Reef safe sunscreen is also important. It is a great experience. Dinner to share together in Puerto Morelos. B

Carribbeanj sea off of Puerto Morelos, MX

11/05/19 Tuesday Morning gentle yoga and meditaion. Morning walk (2.5 hrs) with Ana Trapanier, artist and apiarist, through the Colonia. The village of Puerto Morelos is divided with a mangrove between the sea side area and the Colonia where the local people live and shop. You will get a full history of the area as well as information on some of the local street food treasures. Lunch will be at one of the cafes in the Colonia. Afternoon is free to relax. Dinner to share together in Puerto Morelos. B, L

Ana, apiarist and artist

11/06/19 Wednesday Meditation and gentle yoga, Mid-morning, we will take a short drive into the jungle to meet with Ana Trapanier again. She will give a talk about the stingless melipona bee hives that she has nurtured and protected in back of her jungle home. Melipona honey bee has been sacred to the Maya for thousands of years. The honey was used for sacred and medicinal purposes. She has also arranged for a local Mayan couple to offer a Mayan cooking experience over a wood fire by her home. B, L

Melipona Bees in the jungle of Mexico
11/07/19 Thursday, Departure B