MAYAN YUCATAN: Sacred Energies of Maya Lands, Awakening Our Freedom To Be In Perpetual Bliss – to be announced
Are you ready for an exhilarating journey that will holistically
balance, revitalize, and inspire you to step into your bliss?
Interested in tapping into the Sacred Energies of Maya Lands
through invigorating activities that will nourish your
Mind, Body, + Spirit on a deep soul level?
If so, join Mesoamerican Scholar and Intuitive + Emotional Intelligence Coach, Erika Licón and Balanced Movement Instructor, Miguel Buenaflor for:
- Powerful ceremonies at some of the most stunning Maya sites + dazzling waterfalls
- Cultural immersion with the modern Tzotzil Maya, where we learn about their shamanic healing and spiritual weaving practices
- Harmonizing mindfulness and balanced movement meditations that develop our emotional + intuitive intelligence
- Illuminating anthropological + historical analysis of the ancient and modern “Maya” peoples
- Time for integration, journaling, and relaxation in a lush vibrant jungle landscape
Explore the majestic Maya sites of Tonina, Palenque, Yaxchilán, and Bonampak, the most exalted examples of Maya architecture and artwork.
Discover the exciting syncretic spiritual practices of the modern Maya peoples at charming San Cristóbal de las Casas, San Juan Chumula, and Zinacantán.
Allow yourself to be fully rejuvenated and loved by the sacred waters of Agua Azul Cascades and Misol-Ha—becoming ONE with the elements through sacred ceremony.
Embark on an Indiana Jones adventure through the Usumacinta River and its mystical rainforest on our way to a revered Maya site.
Encounter the cradle of Mesoamerican civilization at Parque La Venta and its original Olmec artwork, including the colossal Olmec Heads.
Join us on this beautiful journey of the Mind, Body + Spirit, and replenish all of YOU! Watch the video below and meet Erika + Miguel…
OUR BEAUTIFUL ITINERARY:
Day 1, June 1 Sunday (-/-/D) San Cristóbal De Las Casas
We Set Our Intentions
Arrive at the Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport in Chiapas, where you will be picked up and taken to our hotel, Hotel Posada Real de Chiapas in beautiful San Cristóbal de las Casas (drive is about two hours).
San Cristóbal is a charming mid-sized colonial city with a perfect blend of city and countryside. Part of the appeal of San Cristóbal is its picturesque colonial layout of red-tiled roof buildings, cobblestone streets, and wrought iron balconies. The dozens of traditional Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages surrounding the center accentuate the allure of San Cristóbal, where ancient customs coexist with modern luxuries.
We meet for a welcome dinner at our hotel. Over dinner we introduce ourselves and set our intentions for the week. What would you love to awaken, discover, revitalize? We will close with a mindfulness meditation—seeding our unique intentions for this sacred journey.
Day 2, June 2 Monday (B/L/D) San Juan Chamula + Zinacantán
Expand Our Hearts and Minds
We plant the seeds of awareness within ourselves and + open our hearts and minds to the modern Tzotzil Maya, who have been redefining autonomy + FREEDOM in diverse, exciting, and localized ways. We journey into blessed realms at the church of San Juan Chamula, where shaman-curanderas/ospractice their syncretic holistic healing practices. We experience how Tzotzil Maya shaman-curanderas/os heal and work with their patrons, and create their sacred spaces. Thereafter, we head out to visit with a Tzotzil family in Zinacantán, where we will learn about their spiritual community weaving-textile traditions.
Then we go to the center of San Cristóbal and visit one of the most fascinating museums, the Na Bolom Cultural Center. We discuss the intriguing histories that have converged at San Cristóbal and its neighboring municipalities.
We end our evening having an authentic Chiapaneco dinner, and stay at Hotel Posada Real de Chiapas.
Day 3, June 3 Tuesday (B/L/D) Tonina, Agua Azul Cascades + Misol-Ha
Awaken The Healer + Mystic
We spend day three of our journey at an ancient Maya acropolis, Tonina. We will be embraced by the gorgeous highland valley of peaks and pine trees at Tonina, and among the crystal blue waters of Agua Azul Cascades and Misol-Ha—an 82-foot high waterfall surrounded by vibrant jungle.
Tonina boasts a unique and dramatic setting with seven terraces carved into a rising hillside. We discuss the pertinent Maya anthropological history from the 1880’s to the present, and how this has informed what we know about the “Maya” peoples. We then contextualize the study to Tonina, and explore the cosmic mythologies expressed in their architecture and numerous distinct sandstone stelae carved fully in-the-round, a style reminiscent of the Olmec.
For lunch, we go to the breathtaking Agua Azul Cascades with its white waterfalls streaming into turquoise pools surrounded by lush green jungle. We absorb the tranquil ambience, while enjoying our lunch. Afterwards, we go to Misol-Ha, a spectacular waterfall with a pool of crystal clear blue water. We become ONE with the water elements in a Yucatec Maya inspired Purification Water Blessing Ceremony.
That evening we stay at Hotel Nututun Palenque.
Day 4, June 4 Wednesday (B/L/D) Palenque Archaeological Zone
Day four of our journey we go to the stunning ancient Maya sacred site, Palenque; a national treasure and one of the best examples of Classic Maya architecture. Palenque is famed for its sophisticated sculptural style and architecture, dynastic monuments, and most of all, its grandiose 7th century tomb of ruler, K’inich Janaab Pakal. We discuss the mythological rebirthing narratives of Palenque’s triad deities as understood by some of the leading contributors to the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs—Floyd G. Lounsbury, Linda Schele, and David Stuart.
After lunch, we partake in ceremony—letting go of that which no longer serves us and fully integrating our Idea + Blissful Recreations.
That evening we go into town and enjoy delicious cuisine. We return to Hotel Nututun Palenque.
Day 5, June 5 Thursday (B/L/-) Yaxchilan + Bonampak
An Adventure Day
We leave early morning on our way to an Indiana Jones adventure up the Usumacinta River and its mystical rainforest to reach a Maya sacred site, Yaxchilán. On our way to the river we examine the lintels of Yaxchilán depicting the shaman serpent vision and ritual snake dancing ceremonies, and delve into these shamanic ceremonies.
Like most American Indigenous Peoples, the Yaxchilán Maya’s understandings of gender and sex were much more expansive and fascinating. The elite Maya of Yaxchilán were often depicted with both esteemed male and female characteristics. After learning about their fluid and dynamic performances of gender, we engage in a Yucatec Maya inspired ceremony tuning into our own gendered identities. We let go of gendered roles and performances that hinder US, and appropriate + recreate empowering ones.
Our next sacred site is Bonampak. Although Bonampak was never a major city, it is home of one of the finest mural narratives to survive Precolumbian America. We continue our discussion and exploration of trance dancing as a sacred Maya shamanic ritual.
That night we return to Hotel Nututun Palenque.
Day 6, June 6 Friday (B/-/D) Parque-Museo La Venta
Stepping Into Infinity
After breakfast, we make our way to a jungle oasis, Parque-Museo La Venta in Villahermosa. Parque LaVenta houses an exquisite collection of Olmec altars and colossal heads at an outdoor sculptured park and museum. There will be an orientation on the Olmecs, and then you will be free to roam the sculptured park, museum, and zoo of Parque LaVenta.
Afterwards we go to the newly remodeled Regional Anthropology Museum. On display is the controversial Tortuguero Stela 6, which has been believed to have rare inscriptions referring to the end of the 13th baktún corresponding to December 21, 2012. We will discuss some of the controversy concerning these inscriptions according to leading Maya scholars, Stephen Houston and David Stuart. We close with a pivotal ceremony tapping into the highest and most divine understandings of 12-21-12.
This evening we stay at the Best Western Villahermosa.
Day 7, June 7 Saturday (-/-/-) Welcome Home
Depart from Villahermosa International Airport in Tabasco to return home fully rejuvenated from a Body, Mind, + Spirit journey into Paradise. The seeds of heightened Emotional + Intuitive Intelligence have been planted, as well as a profound awakening of our sovereignty and FREEDOM to be in perpetual BLISS!
- Most meals (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners, as indicated on the itinerary brackets)
- 2 night stay at Hotel Posada Real de Chiapas, 3 night stay at Hotel Nututun Palenque, and 1 night stay at Best Western Villahermosa
- Tours of some of the most popular landmarks in San Cristóbal
- Guided tours of Tonina, Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak
- Boat ride up the Usumacinta River to Yaxchilán
- Most days ceremonial meditations
- Transportation from and to the airport
- Airfare arriving into Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport, and departing from Villahermosa International Airport
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry services, spa services, souvenirs, toll calls, snacks…
- Optional Maya Temezcal (sweatbath) Ceremony
- Tips (for example, for your meals, guides, and your room maids)
- One dinner, one lunch, and one breakfast
Erika Licón uses her eclectic skills—Mesomamerican Scholar, NLP Coach, Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, and Holistic Healing—to bridge the academic and spiritual realms on the Sacred Site Tours, and provide journeys that awaken and reinvigorate the Body, Mind, + Spirit. She has been studying Mesoamerican Indigenous Culture, since 1994 to the present. At UCLA, in her Chicana/o Studies and anthropology classes, she focused on the rich dynamic history and cultural-religious practices of the ancient Mesoamerican peoples, particularly the peoples of the Aztec empire. She also began to visit the Mesoamerican sacred sites of the Southern Yucatan, in 1998.
From 2001 to 2004, she began to visit the Southern Yucatan on a regular basis, approximately every four months. During her visits to the Southern Yucatan, she studied under curanderas/os (holistic healers), and learned about the sacred topography of the Maya sites. In mid-2005, she used her holistic healing training and Intuitive Intelligence to facilitate her impeccable recovery, after a catastrophic injury and breaking numerous bones in her body. By late 2006, she returned to the Southern Yucatan and was walking with a normal gait, after her almost one-year wheelchair dependency.
In 2007, she began to facilitate her own exciting journeys to the ancient Maya sacred sites. She also returned to graduate school and obtained a Master’s Degree focusing on ancient Mesoamerican religious and shamanic ceremonial practices. Particularly, she studied the Aztec1 tonalpohualli calendrical rites, and the ceremonial gendered performances of the elite ancient Maya. She studied under two of the nation’s leading Mesoamerican scholars, Professor Karl Taube and Professor Wendy Ashmore.
A common thread of all the tours is the preservation of modern and ancient indigenous cultural traditions in a way that honors and brings an awareness to the RICH diverse American Indigenous traditions.
After practicing law for about 8 years, she became a Transformational Coach and Executive Coach. As a Coach, she is innovative in approach and works with her clients to open them up to all the abundance, prosperity and opulence that life has to offer.
Miguel Buenaflor is an outdoors man. He has a unique and intrinsic way of connecting with nature, and facilitating deep purification ceremonies and meditations. He also has a knack for tuning into the body’s subtle energies, and using Balanced Movement to keep the body energetically aligned and tone.
Miguel teaches Balanced Movement. He also has experience using Balanced Movement, acu-yoga, meditation, and energy healing to boost the immune system, and heal sports-related injuries. He also fell deeply in love with someone who was absolutely exuberant about Mesoamerican culture, Erika Licón. Needless to say, he became greatly inspired to learn more about ancient Mesoamerican culture on an informal basis.
Miguel’s particular interest is the ancient Maya’s diverse understandings of dimensional doorways to the underworld or other worlds. On our journey, Miguel will be co-facilitating our ceremonies and meditations.
Together Miguel and Erika, will hold the space and realization of a consciously loving and blissful partnership.
Space is limited to eleven participants. To reserve your spot, a $500 USD deposit should be made. The trip tuition is $1950 USD per person double occupancy, $2250 single occupancy. Final payment for the trip is due by April 16, 2014.
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There will be a flat $75 USD fee for any cancellations. For cancellations made between March 15, 2014 through April 29, 2014 there will be a cancellation fee of $500 USD, along with any fees that are non-refundable by our Mexican suppliers. No refunds will be provided for any cancellations made on or after April 30, 2014.
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We reserve the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including an insufficient number of participants or logistical problems (e.g. acts of God, war, strikes, etc.) which may impede trip operations. A trip cancellation due to insufficient numbers would normally occur at least a month prior to departure, unless acts of God, war, strikes or other events impede our departure causing a large number of participants to cancel participation on the Tour in the last days before departure.
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