- Yoga and meditation practices
- Heart energy medicine workshops
- Visits to local well-known nature power spots
- Mayan cacao healing ceremonies
- 13 nights' accommodation
- Daily healthy meals
Sacred Mythic Journeys gives you the opportunity to participate in a number of sacred cacao (Mayan chocolate) healing ceremonies, a traditional Mayan fire ceremony, and a series of Mayan calendar workshops with local Mayan elders and 'tatas'. Cacao is a forgotten medicine plant - an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you in your journey, whatever that may be. Cacao makes focus, connection, and expansion more easily accessible; it also opens the heart chakra.
Sacred Mythic Journeys Guatemala Yoga Retreat Program
The Mayans are considered the most culturally advanced among the Mesoamerican civilizations. They also were the first true chocolate aficionados, treasuring cacao as a restorative, mood-enhancing cure-all. It became an integral part of their society, used in ceremonies, given as gifts, and incorporated into their mythologies.Food for the gods
The word “cacao” possibly originated with the pre-Mayan Olmec peoples. The words “ka-ka-wa” were deciphered from an ancient Mayan drinking vessel. This is not to be confused with modern processed “chocolate”, which has been heated, sweetened, and otherwise modified, removing many of cacao’s natural beneficial effects.
The importance of the cacao tree and its fruit to the people of Central and South America is found in their myths and legends. The Mayans inherited their knowledge of cacao from the Olmecs and became the first to use cacao as ‘currency’.The place where the rainbow gets its color
The delicious sacred cocoa elixir is consumed in sacred space and with solemn ceremony, followed by meditation, chanting, breath work, dancing, and with live music. All specially designed to facilitate deep shamanic journeying, bringing insights, answers to questions, connection to your true divine nature, and bliss.The cacao world tree
Chocolate plays a part in Mayan traditions. The Mayans’ sacred book, Popul Vuh, contains their story of the creation, and instead of an apple tree, there’s a cacao tree. In this myth, immortal ball-playing twins are beheaded by the gods of death. One has his head hung on a cacao tree. The magical head manages to mate with a woman who becomes the mother of twin gods. These two defeat the gods of death and then end up in the sky as the sun and the moon.Itinerary Day 1
Meet, introductions, and team briefing in Tikal, Guatemala.Day 2
Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day one.Day 3
Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day two.Day 4
Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day three.Day 5
Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day four.Day 6
Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day five and travel by bus to Lake Atitlan.Day 7
Day of silence, Mayan calendar workshop, and fire ceremony. Prepare the shamanic plant medicine yourself, ready for the deep ceremony work ahead.Day 8
Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day one.Day 9
Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day two.Day 10
Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day three.Day 11
Sharing, relaxation, and integration day.Day 12
Heart energy workshop day one.Day 13
Heart energy workshop day two.Day 14
Foundational AcroYoga expression workshop and celebration dinner.
This retreat will be held in Guatemala, the heart of the Mayan world. Within its territory, the Mayans’ greatest cities flourished, centers of commerce and culture for the Meso-American region. The greatest of these is Tikal, but there are hundreds of other archaeological sites that scientists have not even begun to study. Guatemala City itself is built on the ruins of an impressive Mayan city known as Kaminaljuyu.
- 1 foundational AcroYoga expressions workshop
- 2 days of heart energy medicine workshop
- 3 days of Mayan cacao (chocolate) ceremonies
- 13 nights’ accommodation
- All in-country local ground transportation
- Fully guided meditations
- Healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices, and herbal teas
- Inspirational guides and shamans
- Local national park entrance fees
- Mayan calendar workshop and Mayan fire ceremony
- Soul creative element private consultations
- Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruins of Tikal and El Mirador
- Welcome celebration meal and farewell meal
What's not included
- Additional gear and equipment (optional)
- Additional healing or holistic services (optional)
- Airfares (if applicable)
- Essential kit list items (compulsory)
- Personal expenses (optional)
- Travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
- Treats and snacks (optional)
Cacao is a forgotten medicine plant - an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you in your journey, whatever that may be; it also opens the heart chakra.
Marc Shackman (Kumooja Banyan Tree)
Sixteen years later after working and traveling in some very remote parts of the planet such as Tibet, Nepal, China, Tanzania, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Brazil as a scuba diving instructor, coral reef conservation project expedition leader, and keen surfer, skydiver and snowboarder, Marc realized truly with much more clarity where his life had been leading him all this time and what it had been preparing him for.
In September 2014, Marc was called to leave Central and South America, more specifically Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia, that had been his main bases for over seven years, and begin his new cycle of life in Hawai’i and the United States. This he felt would accompany his love for the ocean and 15 years of very ungrounded informal training in the field of the human psyche and spirituality perfectly, and so to balance himself out more evenly between the worlds and in a much more grounded way by the end of 2016 was his goal.
Marc’s multiple near-deaths in his 20s in his shamanic vision quests and world travel adventures, catalyzed his visionary gifts as well as his desire to live life to the fullest. Since then, he has been driven by his heart and passion to inspire people, create a stable family home, find the secrets to true happiness, and to help people create better lives and a better world for themselves and for each other. See more photos and other events by this presenter