Mayan Abdominal Massage and Medicinal Plant Journey Guatemala
November 23-27 2019
Join us as we adventure to the Rainforest of Peten, Guatemala to study Mayan healing traditions. This journey will be an educational and healing experience this is rather transformational. We will have the opportunity to study and practice Mayan abdominal massage, bone and muscle alignment, medicinal plants and ethnobotany with a highly revered medicine man and Mayan priest amongst the Mayan people. We will be spending our time in the rainforest reserve of Bioitza with him learning how to identify, collect and prepare traditional Mayan medicines. He will guide us in connecting to the plant ancestors and understanding the sacred ways in which we may connect as healers in relation to that which helps us be who we are destined to be. We will cover how to successfully treat diabetes, cancer, aids and other serious diseases.Join We will practice mayan abdominal massage and treatments for the back or other injured or hurting areas on willing participants within our group. A large portion of the profit will go directly to protecting this reserve as it is in danger of being lost.
Don Reginaldo is 75 years old and learned the Mayan healing traditions from his parents and grandparents. In 1990 he started PRIMI a project to rescue and teach the Maya Itza language of his community however, he realized that their culture was more than the language and soon after he founded the BioItza Association which has several projects including a woman's cooperative that sells and uses herbal products, a community medicinal plant garden, and private reserve to protect the land and a sacred Mayan site, and a school that teaches spanish to foreigners (which funds the projects). Don Reginaldo is also part of the Council of Elders at the national level, and is recognized as a highly regarded spiritual guide amongst the Mayan people. He is chairman of the Ethics Committee formed by a team of professional Peten, the second Committee established in Latin America by the US government aimed at seeking financing for projects in Guatemala. He has been been recognized as a national icon for the work he has done for the indigenous people and the environment and has been given title K UNAM TULAKAL YAN YOK'OL K'A'A by the department of Peten and the title of Protector of the Earth by by the ministry of Environmental and Natural resources (MARN). Don Reginaldo has gone through strict initiations to become a priest within the Mayan tradition including fasting for 40 days and has led traditional Mayan ceremonies for important times of prayer in Belize and Guatemala.
Bio-Itzá Biosphere Reserve is a 36km2 community forest reserve that was established in 1991 as the first Cultural and Ethno botanical reserve in Guatemala. The reserve is made up of semi deciduous subtropical humid forest with mixtures of primary and secondary forest. It’s border with the El Zotz Biotope and proximity to Tikal National Park make the reserve a corridor for plant and animal species that have become increasingly more scarce in the Buffer Zone of the Maya Biosphere. We will be spending out time here to study the plants.
Option 1: fly directly to Flores, Guatemala and be met at the airport.
Option 2: fly into Belize City and take a shuttle or bus to Flores.
Transportation to flores is an additional fee.
In the reserve we have a shared living space however we have 2 options for families and couples. Accommodations are rustic. You may choose to spend additional nights in San Jose village to do a Mayan home stay upon arrival or departure where the language school is located. We highly recommend this. Students staying for 2 weeks will spend one night in a hotel in Flores to visit the town and Tikal.
A Visit to Flores and Tikal
People that choose to stay for the two weeks will leave the reserve on the 8th and 9th to visit the Tikal temples and the charming town of of Flores which is an island on a lake full of beauty, restaurants and artisanal textiles, crafts and jewelry. People will also be able to visit the market where they sell materials for ceremony, and lots of interesting fruits, foods and more.
Mayan Herbalism Education:
Don Reginaldo will teach us healing through experiential healing meaning that in the process of learning how to heal we will heal. Many of our students in the past had spiritual, emotional and physical transformations. We will study mayan abdominal massage, plant identification, wild harvesting techniques, medicine preparation and preservation in the rainforest. We will also cover plant propagation, ethical and spiritual aspects of mayan healing traditions. You will be able to bring back dried teas, polices tinctures, topical oils or whatever it is that the class is able to harvest and prepare. As part of the tradition it is custom to give back with offerings of prayer and gratitude. Students will have the chance to participate in a traditional Mayan fire ceremony at the beginning and end of the course. He will ask permission for us to connect with the spirit of the jungle and the plants during ceremony. (This does not involve consumption of psychotropic plants). Many injured people seek the help of Don Reginaldo and so we will have the chance to observe him treating patients with injuries or other health problems in a clinical environment. You will have the chance to receive several herbal and massage treatments from Don Reginaldo as part of the demonstration and practicum that he offers in this course and you will have the chance to practice on fellow students and staff. Don Reginaldo may have his adult grandchildren or other staff participate in helping students to prepare medicine or guide jungle hikes to find monkeys or Mayan temples. We encourage the cultural exchange and often students participate in learning how to cook traditional meals or weave baskets.
November 23-27 2019