Mayan Intercultural Serenity Retreat

 

DATES: April 8-13, 2018

Natural Reserve Casa Xara, Tecpan, Guatemala

Rates:

$3,350  Casa Molino (shared bathroom)

$3,550  Casa Xara (private ensuite bathroom)

Do you feel stressed out or perhaps you are going through a change in life – a break up, divorce, or a betrayal? Or perhaps you are dealing with an “empty nest”, grieving the loss of someone you love, a health issue, or a career change?

Take some time for yourself and come to Guatemala to know new places, see, taste and enjoy the Mayan culture while creating memories for life on April 8-13, 2018

Through our Mayan Intercultural Serenity Retreat 2018, we have designed an intercultural retreat with detail to cover each area like spiritual, interactive, reflective, introspective while enjoying, getting pampered and having contact with a different culture and experience new things and see things from another perspective

The purpose is to take a moment out of a rapidly changing and globalized world to enter a world where time stands still and where you can still find a culture of people who still practice the culture handed down by their Mayan ancestors to find inner peace through this spiritual retreat in the Mayan Guatemala`s Highland by visiting the towns of Tecpan and Antigua.

Combined with tranquil surroundings, healthy and wholesome meals, outdoor activities, group workshops, and fun excursions, women will be calm, inspired and empowered; ready to return to daily life full of energy and enthusiasm

Your host:

Nicole, a Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Certified Health Coach & ISSA Personal Fitness Trainer living in Guatemala city, Central America, shares her love and passion for nutrition and wellness by helping people along their journey to a healthy and happy lifestyle.  

Being a  Health Coach and personal trainer has given her the tools to help others achieve their health goals. Nicole is an advocate of real food and a lean lifestyle, so her approach is not to emphasize on counting calories, restricting fats, carbs and/or proteins BUT to create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding. Her mission is to help women forget the word “diet” and create a new mindset of having a healthy lifestyle with the good habits that get them results for life!  She does this through the coaching based on the four pillars of health:  Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.)

Prior to pursuing her dream of Health Coaching and offering  health and wellness retreats to women, Nicole used to belong for almost 20 years to the the fast-paced, demanding,  and often exhausting life of the Corporate world. Her educational background includes an MBA in Business Administration and a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University and lived in Texas for 4 years. 

Retreat Includes:

  • Personal Pre-Retreat questionnaire to understand lifestyle of each guest
  • Airport pickup and shuttle bus to 5 star Hotel in Guatemala city
  • Healthy , nourishing and tasty whole food meals throughout the retreat
  • Lodge at Natural Reserve high end Resort Casa Xara in Tecpán, Chimaltenango
  • Excursion to Iximchè Ruins
  • Wood Saving Stove Kit and excursion for installing in local home
  • Time out each afternoon to walk, rest, reflect or just read a book at beautiful spots
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Group sessions combining coaching, workshops and activities
  • Full day visit to Antigua Guatemala
  • Explore Local Market at Antigua Guatemala
  • Dine at Tenedor del Cerro overviewing Antigua Guatemala, volcanoes and mountains
  • Stay at 5 star Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
  • Spa session at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
  • Guatemalan unique souveniers Swag Bag

 

Rates: 

$3,350 Casa Molino (shared bathroom)

$3,550 Casa Xara (private ensuite bathroom)

Day 1 (Sunday) – Guatemala City 
Marriot Courtyard

Arrive to Guatemala city airport La Aurora International Airport
Welcome cocktail meeting at hotel in Guatemala city

*itinerary is subject to change*

Day 2 (Monday) – Tecpan, Chimaltenango
Casa Xara Natural Reserve

Breakfast at Courtyard Marriott in Guatemala city
Travel to Casa Xara, Tecpàn (2.5-3 hrs)
Guest check/settle in
Lunch at Casa Xara
Rest Time
Cooking healthy Guatemalan style/Mayan Culture and Textiles workshop
Tea time/ Rest time
Dinner
Evening group activity

Day 3 (Tuesday) – Tecpán, Chimaltenango
Casa Xara Natural Reserve

Bird Watching/Hiking Trails 
Meditation session
Breakfast
Visit to Iximchè Archeological site, Tecpan Chimaltenango (25 min drive)
Lunch at Casa Xara
Relax time
Prime Time Health Workshop
Tea time/Rest time
Dinner at Casa Xara
Evening group activity around Bonaire

Day 4 (Wednesday) – Tecpán, Chimaltenango
Casa Xara Natural Reserve

Bird Watching/Hiking Trails
Meditation session
Breakfast
Wood Saving Stoves installing with International Esperanza Project 
Lunch
Relax Time
Practical Activity Workshop
Tea time/Rest time
Dinner at Casa Xara
Evening Activity (Mill Museum Tour)

Day 5 (Thursday) – Antigua, Sacatepequez
Hotel Casa Santo Domingo

Breakfast
Trip to Antigua Guatemala (45 minute dive)
Artisan Market visit
La Merced church visit
Lunch at Tender Del Cerro restaurant
Spa time at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo (choose from Holistic, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Maya)
Farewell dinner at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo

Day 6 (Friday)

Departures back home from Hotel Casa Santo Domingo to La Aurora International Airport. There is a shuttle directly from the hotel to the Airport leaving every 2 hours approx.

Destinations:

Casa Xara is a Natural Reserve high end resort that consists of the main house, Casa Molino, built around 1917 and Casa Xara, built in 1942 which housed the family that owned Molino Helvetia, a flour mill built in 1914 by Swiss settlers.

This Natural Reserve has been preserved for visitors to come an stay at the Victorian style preserved homes with updated with high quality amenities to enjoy quiet time to relax and participate in outdoor activities like hiking, bird watching, walking or simply breathing the fresh air that comes from being sourrounded by miles and miles of a pine forrest and spectacular mountains and volcanoes

Casa Xara is located in Tecpán Guatemala in the department of Chimaltenango, in Guatemala with a subtropical highland climate between 72F during the day and as low as 54F at night. . It is characterized as a tourist destination, with some fame derived from its landscapes and varied vegetation and easy road access surrounded by volcanoes and mountains, plains and hills. This hotel has 4 comfortable and elegant Victorian style en-suite bedrooms (bathroom inside bedroom). 

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo is located in Antigua Guatemala in the department of Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala. Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. With a subtropical highland climate between 77F during the day and as low as 55F at night (higher altitude than Tecpán). It’s renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored following a 1773 earthquake that ended Antigua’s 200-year reign as Guatemala’s colonial capital.

Nourishment

The food during your retreat is an integral part of your experience and has been specially designed by our chef Maria André to support you on your program, by enhancing your energy, vitality and wellbeing plus helping to clear and release your mind.  The food in this retreat consists mainly of the homemade classics you know back home and some gourmet Guatemalan cuisine as well as.  Please let us know if you have any allergies beforehand so we can adjust your menu.

As part of the program you will also learn to make and eat some Guatemalan recipes to take back home and impress friends and family of your newly acquired cooking skills by preparing them the traditional Subanik, a ceremonial stew-like dish originated from the Maya of Guatemala. A variety of chili peppers as well as meats are characteristic of this dish and the main components of its flavor. The dish is usually served alongside rice and tamales.

Adventure & Excursions

Logistics:

• Iximché Ruins, Tecpàn: A reflection of the Mayan culture dating back to 1500`s when the Kaqchikel began to fight the Spanish and the Spanish burned Iximchè town down

• Antigua Guatemala: A town in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque- influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches which reflect the catholic influence during the Spanish conquest and still alive today

• La Merced Church, Antigua: visit to sample the Spiritual culture of the Mayan culture influenced by the Catholic Spanish conquest. With a barroque style façade built in 1751, this church is an example of the guatemalan catholic spirituality in which followers pray quietly, while some more emotional ones weep and perform penitence, highly in touch with their emotions and dedicated the teachings of their religion.

• Artisan Market, Antigua: Next to the ruins of the El Carmen Church, this market is a good place to browse for textiles, pottery and jade, the expression of Mayan culture and their artistic expression of 100 ́s of years of heritage

  • Special diets can be catered for, but you must inform us of your requirements when booking your retreat. Participants must be over 18 years of age and all our retreats are non-smoking inside the premises.
  • If you would like to stay one or two additional nights at Antigua, please let us know so we may help you with the reservations.
  • Deposit Policies: To reserve your spot a non-refundable deposit required of $500.00 per person, balance must be paid in full by March 9, 2018.
  • Cancellation policies: Any reservation must be cancelled by March 9, 2018 to avoid penalties, non-refundable deposit of $500.00 will not be returned.
  • Shuttle from the hotel to International airport (45 min to 1 hr drive approx.) Arranged shuttle based on times is $26 per person. If you would like (any schedule) at $50 per person, $30 p/p for 2 or more persons.

* This retreat does not include:

·  Round trip airfare into Guatemala International Airport
·  Tips staff and excursions leaders/ drivers
·  Items like souvenirs or additional touring or lodging not included in Schedule
·  Additional spa treatments at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
·  Travel Insurance (recommended)
· Alcohol Beverages besides the glass of wine served with dinner at Casa Xara

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