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Spiritual Healing Retreat With Rituals, Ceremonies, Temazcal, Yoga, Meditation in Mexico

Learn and heal with Mayan spiritual practice in magical Izamal in the heart of Yucatan, Mexico! During this retreat, you are led by a traditional Mayan Shaman of the 13th generation to experience rituals, ceremonies, meditations, and chants at sacred Mayan pyramids, temples, and caves along the famous “Sacbé” paths that the Mayans built and used in all four cardinal directions. We also honor all four elements: water, fire, earth, and wind. The retreat is held in English, with translations into German, French, and Spanish as required. The retreat is beneficial for anyone who is at least 18 years old.

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Highlights

  • Yoga and Pranayama every morning
  • Visits to holy Mayan temples, pyramids, and caves
  • Sacred rituals, ceremonies, meditations, and chants
  • Cleanse and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul
  • Heal your wounds and start on a sacred new path
  • Many gifts of crystals, sacred water, fragrance essences, and more
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals are provided in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Wireless internet

You’ll be staying at the beautiful Macan Che Garden Hotel in Izamal. It’s a refuge for people looking for relaxation, tranquility, healing, and answers to their questions.

The hotel is managed by a team of German owners who speak English and German fluently.

The garden is very spacious. You’ll feel like you’re safely staying in a Yucatecan forest. There are thirteen bungalows spread out in the garden and one hacienda house with six rooms. The entire hotel is very clean. All rooms are designed in Yucatecan style. The bungalows offer a lot of privacy.

The hotel offers Wifi access all over the property and a lovely swimming pool.

All breakfasts are included, with a selection of fruit, bread, butter, honey, cheese, eggs, pancakes, and coffee/tea.

All dinners are included in the retreat fee, too. They are prepared buffet-style by an amazing Ayurvedic cook. Her specialty is healthy Indian cuisine, depending on the availability of ingredients, and she also masters various international dishes. The dinners always include starters of salad and soup, main vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian dishes, and desserts.

Program

This is not just a retreat. It’s a life-changing, transformative spiritual healing journey in the ancient Mayan town of Izamal under the masterful guidance of a traditional Shaman, a 13th-generation heir to a revered Shamanic lineage.

You'll visit Mayan sites, pyramids, temples, and caves along the famous “Sacbé” paths that the Mayans built and used in all four cardinal directions. The white paths connected pyramid temples to Izamal in their center. We also honor all four elements: water, fire, earth, and wind.

Overall retreat topics and benefits that the Shaman conveys to you:

  • Cleansing, healing, and rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul
  • Opening your heart to unconditional love
  • Releasing old mental and emotional baggage
  • Starting on a new sacred path in your life

The retreat is held in English, with translations into German, French, and Spanish as required. If you’re at least 18 years old, you’ll gain immense benefits from this retreat and will carry forward the Mayan spiritual power to your circle.

You'll stay in a beautiful garden hotel in Izamal. All meals are provided and you'll be transported in a modern, air-conditioned van.

This retreat includes a daily yoga and pranayama session every morning at 7 a.m., provided by Connie, a highly educated and experienced Yoga, Pranayama, and Ayurveda teacher.

The following retreat itinerary cannot contain every detail, quite a few surprises are expecting you!

Saturday

Arrival in Izamal

The easiest way to travel to Izamal from abroad is via Cancun Airport, which has excellent worldwide inbound connections. From there, you can journey on the new “Tren Maya” or with a safe personal driver or a bus. The trip from Cancun Airport to Izamal takes about 3.5 hours.

Another possibility is to fly to Mexico City and from there onwards to Mérida, the capital of the magical state of Yucatan. You can reach Izamal from Mérida Airport by taxi or bus in about 1.5 hours. No matter which option you prefer, the team will gladly advise you and help you book your tickets.

Welcome dinner is at 8 p.m. This will be your first dinner together, meeting each other and getting ready for all the Mayan spiritual magic that awaits you.

Sunday

Enjoy yoga and pranayama at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8:15 a.m. At 9 a.m., you start with a beautiful welcome ritual ceremony led by the Shaman, Hermano Maya. The ceremony is dedicated to love at the altar of Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, love, fertility, and medicine. The altar is situated under a holy Ceiba tree. You hear the sound of the sea snail conch and smell the fragrance of Copal incense.

During this ritual, the Shaman gives you a unique crystal pendant, your personal amulet of power. You prepare seeds to make your offerings later at the Mayan pyramid temple of Izamal.

You do a group cleansing to clean your auras for the entire retreat and beyond. Then, Hermano Maya gives you a reading for about an hour. Miracles await you, and you’ll be well prepared.

At 11:30 a.m., we walk to the Mayan pyramid temple “Chal Tun Ha.” This temple is dedicated to sacred water. We chant and meditate at this holy site.

You receive the sacred water and we wash our hands together to symbolize your new path in love. Hermano Maya gives you a little bottle of holy water to keep. You make offerings with the seeds you have prepared earlier, praying in gratitude and love to your ancestors.

At about 1 p.m., enjoy lunch in Izamal, and time to rest.

At 5 p.m., we stroll around the park of Izamal, where the Shaman will share ancient Mayan legends with you. You receive a special comb relating to the legends, made in Izamal of the holy Ceiba tree.

You walk up to the amazingly wonderful Convent of San Antonio de Padua. This Convent was built between 1549 and 1561 on top of the ancient Mayan temple dedicated to “Pap Hol Chak.” It is considered one of the most important and majestic buildings and the largest Convent in Latin America. Its atrium is second in size only to St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Its religious relevance and architectonic singularity make it comparable to the famous Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Those who wish to do so may pray to the Holy Mother Mary, to whom this Convent is dedicated, and ask for her blessings and guidance.

Dinner is at 8 p.m.

Monday

Experience yoga and pranayama at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8:15 a.m. At 9 a.m., we first visit the major pyramid temple of Izamal called “Kinich Kak Moo,” which means “the macaw with the face of the burning sun.” The temple represents the sun at its zenith in the Mayan worldview. It is dedicated to love and the heart chakra. You climb up the pyramid to feel the power and wonder of your heart. We meditate in the top center of the temple, feeling its powerful energy.

Hermano Maya gives you a small bottle of protective flower essence, and you make offerings of yellow seeds. Afterward, we have time for refreshments and a stroll around the beautiful center of Izamal.

At noon, we descend into a sacred cave dedicated to “Kukulkan,” the main deity of the Mayan pantheon: the feathered serpent god of gods, the Yucatecan alternative to the Roman Jupiter, and the Greek Zeus. We go to this underworld to heal, meditate, and sing with Mayan instruments, the “tunkul” slit drum, and the sea snail conch. You receive a special bag of Kukulkan, individually designed by Nancy.

After a light lunch we return to the retreat hotel at about 2 p.m., allowing for time to rest and process all we experienced at these two sacred sites.

At 5 p.m., Will provides you with an introduction to spirit communication at the hotel. You may start to feel the connection with your Spirit Guides and your ancestors for the entire retreat and beyond.

Then, at 6 p.m., we return to the “Kinich Kak Moo” temple to make offerings with seeds you receive in a “jicara” bowl. Hermano Maya shares the legend of the eternal love of a Mayan maiden. We feel her love and meditate on it.

Then, we safely walk around the pyramid temple in the dark, which is a wonderful experience. You receive an essence of patchouli to remember this evening of love.

Dinner is at 8 p.m.

Tuesday

As usual, there will be a yoga and pranayama practice at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8:15 a.m.

At 9 a.m., we go to the sacred cave of “Xanaba” for a morning meditation ceremony and to make our offerings to the Gods and ancestors of this cave. You receive sacred water from the cave and fill it into little bottles the Shaman provides you. We sing a song of life and love with “maracas" and then align our minds and bodies with the water that falls from the cave. Magical things are happening in this case, in group and individual ritual ceremonies. It is aligned with the southern Sacbé path on which we journey onwards.

At 10:30 a.m., we go to the cave of wishes, like the Mayan ancestors did. This cave is near Kantunil, the village of precious yellow stones. We make offerings and meditate, focusing our intention on our wishes to benefit humanity. We ensure your wishes are well-considered and thought through. Then, we thank the Mayan Gods, our Spirit Guides and ancestors for their support in making these wishes come true.

At noon, Nancy, the wife of Hermano Maya, offers you a light lunch of fruit, tostadas, and more.

Then, at about 1 p.m., we travel to a wonderful Cenote called “Chihuan,” which contains sacred and crystal-clear water of eternal youth. Here, we perform a deep baptism for your new path. You swim in the cenote and explore the power caves south of it. Once more, you fill your little bottles with the sacred water. After visiting the Cenote, those who are hungry can go for a snack.

At about 5 p.m., we arrive in Izamal to rest and process. Dinner is at 7 p.m.

Wednesday

We start the day again at 7 a.m. with yoga and pranayama practice, followed by breakfast at 9 a.m.

At 10 a.m., you start with a ritual ceremony at the altar of Ixchel to prepare yourself for a Temazcal session. Temazcal literally means “house of heat”. It is a sweat lodge that purifies the body, mind, and soul. A bonfire is made where volcanic stones are heated, over which a cold infusion of herbs and medicinal ingredients is poured.

A Temazcal promotes relaxation of the muscular system and relieves pain. Sweating cleanses your body of toxins, and it is beneficial for your respiratory system. But a Temazcal is not just a simple steam bath. It is also an inner journey that helps you to reconnect with yourself for self-healing. This ritual has been applied by the Mayans for many centuries.

You receive your quartz crystal amulet from Hermano Maya and start the Temazcal. Hermano Maya explains everything in detail and supports you with his team throughout the entire Temazcal.

He ensures that the Temazcal’s intensity will be well adjusted to all participants. It is smooth, and your safety is guaranteed.

The Temazcal proceeding includes four “doors,” each one with renewed hot stones and herb infusions. After the third door, you exfoliate your body with organic chocolate and honey.

The total duration of your stay in the Temazcal sanctuary is about three hours. After the Temazcal ends, you have time to shower, and Nancy offers you fruit and coconut water.

At about 2 p.m. it's time to rest. At 5 p.m. we have an early dinner. At about 6 p.m. we travel east in our purified state, along the Sacbé path, to a wonderful hill site called “Yu’um Kax.” A fire ceremony awaits us at this sacred place, where we meditate, make music, sing, and dance.

Thursday

At 7 a.m., join the yoga and pranayama practice. At 8:15 a.m., you'll have breakfast. Then, at 9 a.m., you travel west along the Sacbé path to first visit the sanctuary of the knowledge of Kukulkan called “Quinta Haltunhaa” in the village of Nolo. The sanctuary contains a ritual table and a resting chair built of stones from the region, where offerings to the guardians of this place are made, and Mayan ceremonies are held. The Mayan ancestors captured their secrets on murals with hieroglyphs. There is also a replica of the Chichén Itzá pyramid, where the same effects of light and shadow are visible during equinoxes and solstices.

The empirical Mayan researcher Don Vicente Martín Güemes lives and established his legacy there. He is a master of the Mayan culture who guides us through this sanctuary. He explains the meaning of the murals and how the pyramid was built. His father channeled much of this knowledge from the Mayan ancestors, and Martín solidified it with his research.

At about 12:30 p.m., we travel onwards to Aké and have lunch there. At about 2 p.m., you visit the Aké ruins, an important Mayan archeological site built in 350 BC. It is surrounded by protective walls, contains a grand plaza, and also a working Hacienda where “henequen” agave plants are processed. An important Sacbé path led from Aké to Izamal.

We make offerings and meditate together under the guidance of Hermano Maya. You receive a surprise gift and a special plumed headband to symbolize your new sacred path.

At about 5 p.m., we return to Izamal and it's time to rest. Early dinner is at 6 p.m.

Friday

At 7 a.m., join the final yoga & pranayama practice, followed by breakfast at 8:15 a.m.

At 9 a.m., we drive north along the Sacbé white path toward the coast of Yucatan. When we arrive there, we first visit the pyramid temples of “X’ Cambo” (place of the crocodile), where we meditate together and make offerings. You connect to your ancestors and leave all your fears behind.

At noon, we arrive at the magical “Laguna Rosada” and the salt mines of Xtampú. The water of this lagoon is pink most of the time, but not always. Sometimes, there are flocks of flamingos walking around there.

You cleanse your body temple and receive special salt from this mine for your personal ceremonies. The salt and the healing water are highly beneficial for your skin and face.

Lunch is about 2 p.m. on a beautiful beach. Then, at about 3:30 p.m., we go to a unique spot where we can swim in a lagoon and in the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depending on weather conditions, the Atlantic Ocean can be flat or with waves.

You meditate together in shallow water, immersing yourself in the energy of the Ocean and appreciating its sounds and birds. Then, you have time to relax on the beach. We watch the sunset together in peace and harmony.

At about 8 p.m. we arrive Izamal. Then, at about 8:30 p.m., we gather for a heartfelt farewell dinner, celebrating our journey and the bonds we’ve formed.

Included excursions

  • Altar of Ixchel
  • Mayan pyramid temple “Chal Tun Ha”
  • Convent of San Antonio de Padua in Izamal
  • Major pyramid temple of Izamal “Kinich Kak Moo”
  • Sacred cave dedicated to “Kukulkan"
  • Sacred cave of “Xanaba”
  • Cave of wishes
  • Cenote "Chihuan"
  • Temazcal sanctuary
  • “Yu’um Kax” temple
  • Sanctuary of the knowledge of Kukulkan “Quinta Haltunhaa”
  • Aké ruins
  • Pyramid temples of “X’ Cambo”
  • “Laguna Rosada” (pink lagoon) and salt mines of Xtampu
  • Beach near Telchac Puerto

Instructors

Hermano Maya Shaman

Nancy

Will

Connie

Location

Izamal is a small town of about 16’000 inhabitants located in the heart of Yucatan. Its name translates to “dew that falls from the heavens.” It is nicknamed the “Yellow City,” the “City of Hills,” and the “City of Three Cultures,” as it holds the heritage of the ancient Maya, along with Spanish colonial history and today’s modern population.

Izamal has been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, and it is one of Mexico’s “pueblos magicos” (magical villages).

Izamal was founded by “Zamná,” a priest of the god “Itzamná,” around 800 – 600 BC. It became the largest Mayan city of the plains in northern Yucatan, with political and economic power over a vast territory of more than 5’000 square kilometers.

A network of “sacbé” (Mayan white paths) connected Izamal in its center to other important Mayan sites. Around 80 pre-Hispanic structures were cataloged in Izamal. According to our Shaman, the town boasts more than 180 Mayan pyramids, temples, and caves.

After the Spaniards conquered Yucatan in the 16th century, they started the construction of a city upon the existing Mayan city. Due to the presence of two enormous structures, it was decided to build a small Christian temple on the great pyramid “Kinich Kak Moo” and a marvelous Franciscan convent on top of a Mayan temple dedicated to “Pap Hol Chak.” This convent received the name of San Antonio de Padua. It is the largest convent in Latin America, dedicated to the Holy Mother Mary.

Today, the Mayan language is still spoken at least as much as Spanish in Izamal. It is the first language in most households. Izamal’s inhabitants preserve their Mayan heritage in many ways. They speak, dress, eat, live, and celebrate according to their traditions.

Izamal has wonderful, light energy due to its historical and religious significance, as well as the cheerfulness of its inhabitants.

Food

All breakfasts are included, with a selection of fruit, bread, butter, honey, cheese, eggs, pancakes, and coffee / tea.

All lunches and dinners are included in the retreat fee, too. We have light lunches during our journeys in and around Izamal. The dinners are prepared buffet-style by an amazing Ayurvedic cook. Her specialty is healthy Indian cuisine, depending on the availability of ingredients, and she also masters various international dishes. The dinners always include starters of salad and soup, main dishes in vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian options, and desserts.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Hermano Maya offers deeply beneficial individual cleansing ritual ceremonies for those seeking profound physical and emotional relief. Based on ancient Mayan practices, this ritual involves a deep yet gentle massage aimed at alleviating all tension in your body and mind. Hermano Maya employs sacred water, crystals, Mayan instruments, and other sacred tools to dispel any dark energies surrounding you. Each session lasts 1.5 hours and costs 120 USD (not included in the retreat fee).

Will is available to teach you how to connect directly with your team of high-level spirit guides, enabling you to receive unconditional love, protection, and guidance. His “Ten-Step Method to Spirit Communication” includes a powerful grounding meditation and a meditation to raise your frequency. He will guide you through this straightforward, step-by-step approach that empowers you to communicate with your spirit guides anytime and anywhere. The training session lasts 1.5-2 hours and costs 120 USD (not included in the retreat fee).

There are various options for extending your stay in the magical Maya territory on the Yucatan peninsula:

  • Mérida (Yucatan’s capital)
  • Campeche
  • Chichén Itzá
  • Uxmal
  • Valladolid
  • Palenque
  • Yucatan’s beaches (e.g. Progreso, Sisal, Celestun)
  • Riviera Maya (e.g. Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum)
  • and many more

We'll gladly advise you on these options. The shaman is available to accompany groups to sacred Mayan sites like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Valladolid, and Palenque.

Spa treatments

Indulge in the ancient healing art of Ayurvedic Abhyanga massages, designed to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. This revitalizing full-body massage provided by Connie uses warm, herb-infused oils to stimulate circulation, detoxify your system, and balance your doshas, promoting overall wellness. Each session harmonizes your energies, leaving you feeling deeply relaxed and revitalized. The massage lasts approximately 90 minutes and costs $120 USD (not included in the retreat fee).

What's included

  • 6 yoga sessions with pranayama
  • One Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage
  • All expeditions to Mayan pyramids, temples, and caves
  • Cenote, laguna, and beach excursions complement the tours
  • Temazcal session
  • All transports in and around Izamal by an experienced local driver in a modern van with air conditioning (see retreat itinerary)
  • All gifts that you receive (see retreat itinerary)
  • All entry fees at the sites you visit
  • 7 nights of garden hotel accommodation in Izamal
  • All breakfasts and 3-course dinners, plus Nancy’s fruit and refreshment offerings
  • Complimentary tea and coffee for breakfast
  • Drinking water at all times
  • Team of on-site staff to ensure your best
  • All work by your guides and their supporting team
  • Shamanic tools

What's not included

  • Your journey to Izamal
  • Extra soft drinks during dinner (please, no alcohol)
  • Individual travel extensions

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID) or Cancún International Airport (CUN). Airport transfer is not included in the price. You can travel to Izamal from either airport using the Tren Maya, a bus, or a taxi. The spiritualretreats.one team will gladly help you make these arrangements.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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