The openness to invite and allow outsiders to enter into the Old Maya Ways is quite special and is rooted deeply in this ancient story first told in the 1500's. The story goes as follows:
One day people of all colors of the sacred corn – red, white, yellow and brown (black) – will come to our land. And when they come they will arrive on big birds and flying boats. They will come from many lands. When this day comes it will be a time of great change when the world will need to remember the Old Ways.
It will be a time when all colors of the corn will be called to come together as one Tree of Life. It will be a time in which our own youth begin to forget the sacred ways. The people of these other lands will come, because they will have forgotten, too. They will come to remember and receive the ancient wisdoms.
When this time and these people come you are to receive them and teach them. Those who come will be called by the spirits. What we have cared for and sustained of the ancient sacred ways of our ancestors will again be needed for the world will be out of balance and in pain. It is in this way that we will all come together as one Tree of Life, reborn of all colors of the corn. In our joining and our remembering we will find balance once again.
It is in the spirit of the ancients that we are able to come and be embraced deeply and directly into this community and its traditions.
Journeys into the Sacred
Retreats offered through Journeys in Living are intensive, small group experiences. Each journey is created to provide a safe, unique, personal, and transformational environment for you to do deep and introspective spiritual work.
Each Retreat is uniquely designed to:
- Enrich your spiritual practice. (All traditions are welcome.)
- Create sacred community and time with others sharing the path.
- Teach about the power and practice of prayer, ritual, ceremony, and story.
- Deepen and grow your relationship with your soul, purpose, and overall wellbeing.
Each Retreat will also incorporate:
- Personal time with a variety of local Tz’tujil Maya people, including shamans, healers, artists, musicians, diviners, weavers, midwives, storytellers, and elders.
- Time to enjoy the amazing natural beauty of the land, volcanoes, gardens, and waters of Lake Atitlan.
- Direct and personal participation in ritual, ceremony, and the Tz'utujil Mayan community.
- Deep personal learning, growth, healing, and adventure.
- Group and individual time for processing, relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun.