Guate-Mayan Cultural Immersion Retreat

Transformational Adventure to the Mayan Heartland: November 7-14, 2019

Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Alta Vera Paz - Guatemala

With Nola Ganem, Founder of One World Cacao, Neal Hegarty of Granja Tzikin,

& Laurent Maniet, Founder of Dalileo Chocolate

Are you interested in having a new type of travel experience? For too long people have come to Central America with an extractive gaze, only asking, “What can I take from here?”  We believe that it’s time for travel and tourism to adopt a spirit of giving, learning and cultural exchange, so that both the visitors and the places and communities visited, are enriched by the experience. In this adventure of a lifetime, come to Guatemala and experience firsthand, some of the most amazing community focused projects, aimed at giving back. Giving back to nature by feeding the soil, planting trees, cleaning water, giving back to people by setting up micro businesses and entrepreneurs in sustainable ventures. 

Our old stories are dying, we are writing a new story, one that says humans are not intrinsically bad for the planet, greedy and selfish, these are just behaviors we have adopted. We are part of nature, we belong on this planet and we can take help to heal her and ourselves, if we heed the lessons of the ancient cultures and forgotten places. On this adventure you will…

  • Visit a growing organic farm cooperative on Lake Atitlan, with a mission of helping to save Lake Atitlan, through ecologically appropriate agriculture

  • Work with the family of one of the young interns of this cooperative, to repair a house and set up a family garden

  • Visit the incredible community of Quixaya, where an indigenous community reclaimed their ancestral lands 30 years ago, and using a mix of their ancestral knowledge and permaculture training, have create a paradise that has to be seen to be believed 

  • Learn about Mayan cosmovision and plant medicine, and how the ancient wisdom holds the key to a better future

  • Visit the our source provider at Finca Porvenir, where Laurent Maniet has created an abundant cacao forest

  • Work with the community around Porvenir, to get your hands dirty, setting up a local family to join the organic cacao revolution

  • Learn traditional weaving of the Mayan people, how to make chocolate, toast coffee, grow veggies and much, much more!!

MEET YOUR GUIDES

Neal Hegarty   Born from an Irish family with a background in dairy farming, he has worked in agricultural projects all over the world, including Australia and Colombia. He came to Guatemala five years ago to study write a thesis on the relationship between permaculture and traditional agricultural practices of the mayan people. He has been here since, working on many different Permaculture projects, before starting his own Permaculture farm, Granja Tzikin, with his two partners. He now manages his farm and farm to table restaurant, teaches in the Atitlan Organics permaculture teachers guild and work as a designer and consultant. He specializes in combining the teaching of permaculture with a focus on wider socio-political issues, and on encouraging students to develop new ways of thinking about old problems

Neal Hegarty

Born from an Irish family with a background in dairy farming, he has worked in agricultural projects all over the world, including Australia and Colombia. He came to Guatemala five years ago to study write a thesis on the relationship between permaculture and traditional agricultural practices of the mayan people. He has been here since, working on many different Permaculture projects, before starting his own Permaculture farm, Granja Tzikin, with his two partners. He now manages his farm and farm to table restaurant, teaches in the Atitlan Organics permaculture teachers guild and work as a designer and consultant. He specializes in combining the teaching of permaculture with a focus on wider socio-political issues, and on encouraging students to develop new ways of thinking about old problems

Nola Ganem   We are all in this together... "Let's create platforms & relationships so cacao can be integrated into the healing world. We are one human family. My passion is in empowering, educating, and serving others in discovering their own purpose, gifts and self worth."   As Founder of One World Cacao, Nola embarked upon her chocolate journey and mission to restore the understanding of this powerful medicinal teacher plant, and to educate upon the incredibly fulfilling energetic, and wellness benefits of cacao with giveback at it’s core.

Nola Ganem

We are all in this together..."Let's create platforms & relationships so cacao can be integrated into the healing world. We are one human family. My passion is in empowering, educating, and serving others in discovering their own purpose, gifts and self worth."

As Founder of One World Cacao, Nola embarked upon her chocolate journey and mission to restore the understanding of this powerful medicinal teacher plant, and to educate upon the incredibly fulfilling energetic, and wellness benefits of cacao with giveback at it’s core.

Laurent Maniet   Laurent Maniet is the founder of Dalileo Chocolate and the architect behind the cacao forest agroforestry systems. He has years of experience in productive sylvopasture and agroforestry and is hosting this event on his plantation, Finca El Porvenir.

Laurent Maniet

Laurent Maniet is the founder of Dalileo Chocolate and the architect behind the cacao forest agroforestry systems. He has years of experience in productive sylvopasture and agroforestry and is hosting this event on his plantation, Finca El Porvenir.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Roundtrip Transfers Included from Guatemala City: Shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua, Shuttle to Lake Atitlan, Launch across Lake Atitlan, Plane to Finca El Porvenir in Polochic Valley, Plane back to Guatemala City

  • All Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner November 7th-14th

  • Bungalow Accommodations at each location.


(rough) ITINERARY:

November 7th: Arrive into Guatemala City - Transfer to Antigua (45 Min.) (Accommodations TBA)/ hotel for the night / dinner out on town.

November 8th: Shuttle to Lago Atitlan (3 Hrs) / Orientation at our Accommodations: The Seed: The Seed is giving our guests an experience of what a more conscious lifestyle means when it comes to our living spaces, the food we lovingly grow and prepare for our guests, and the way we intend to connect with others and our surrounding.

Meet the Crew. Cacao Ceremony.

November 9th: Hand in the dirt with locals, tour farm sustainable, edible eco-forest with cultural immersion and local spotlight, Miguel.

November 10th-11th: Paddle board or walk in to san marcos.  Work at Miguel’s. Afternoon weaving/ mayan cosmology/  chocolate making/ coffee tour.

November 12th: Sunrise Launch across the a lake visit Quixaya (indigenous community reclaimed their ancestral lands 30 years ago, and using a mix of their ancestral knowledge and permaculture training). Plane to Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Orientation at our Accommodations: Hotel Nubel Nahuat, Telemán, Guatemala.

November 13th: Full day with Dalileo Chocolate at Finca El Porvenir, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Evening bonfire, story telling.

November 14th: Planting and working with surrounding communities. Afternoon cacao ceremony.

November 15th: Plane back to Guatemala City - Homeward Bound

PRICING:

Pay the $1,000 Deposit or Full Amount $3,000 to book your retreat. - Only 10 Spaces Available -