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Exploring the Sacred Places and Healing Ceremonies of Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico
March 16 - 24, 2024

Are you ready for a travel experience that will take your spiritual life to a new level?

Discover ancient wisdom practices of healing
March 16 - 24, 2024

This tour combines the themes of sacred sites, ancient understandings, pilgrimage, and integrative soul healing.  Join us for a new kind of tour where sacred places open a portal of transcendent experience.

 

In this 9-day, 8-night tour, you will directly experience the present-day cultures of Oaxaca as well as performing pilgrimages on mountain tops, ancient pyramids and caves, and learn about the various healing arts practiced by members of the indigenous cultures found in Oaxaca. 

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Proud to bring inspirational leaders from across the globe.
“Thank you, Bob and Laurencio for your tours that introduced us to Oaxaca!  We appreciate very much the care you took in finding affordable, clean accommodations so close to the city center, as well as the authentic experiences with real people, the land, and a sample of the many indigenous cultures.  We came away with much more appreciation for Oaxaca and Mexico––so much so that we decided to retire here!  We heartily recommend your tours to anyone who wishes to delve into the heart and meaning of a place.”

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Arrive at OAX Airport in Oaxaca.  Check in at Hotel Maela.  Orientation meeting.  Welcome dinner at Cabuche Restaurant.  In addition to delicious Oaxacan cuisine, sample the slightly fermented beverage called pulque.

Travel to Mitla Caves, a sacred place of origins: the birth place of ancient Zapotec culture as well as the place where archaeologists found the earliest evidence of corn, pumpkin and chili seeds.  First we tour the caves, and then perform an initiatory ceremony to begin our sacred work together.  Lunch at Tia Chica Restaurant.  Tour the archaeological zone of Mitla, the resting place of ancient Zapotec leaders and entry point to Mictlan, the place of the Dead.  Inhabited since at least 100 C.E. it is unique among all sites in Mexico in its intricate geometric designs that cover tombs, panels, friezes and entire walls made of small mosaic pieces fitted together without the use of mortar.  Visit artisan market to peruse traditional Oaxacan crafts including clay, cotton and wool.  Final stop of the day is at an artisanal distillery where you can learn about the ancestral Oaxacan medicinal drink mezcal and sample several types.

Breakfast at Quince Letras Restaurant.  Travel to Santa Catarina Lachatao, a small pueblo high up in the Sierra Juarez Mountains.  Check into cabins where we will stay.  This region was a major religious/ceremonial destination for pre-Columbian Zapotecs.  It has some of the highest diversity of plant species in the world and is on the main bird migration pathway for the Americas.  This important stop on the trade route from the Northern Mountains to the Central Valleys was rediscovered in 2009 and is now in use again as an important indigenous ceremonial site. After walking and exploring the area, we eat lunch together.  Receive a personal limpia (spiritual cleansing ceremony).  Dinner together as a group at Lachatao.

Hike along trail to the sacred site of Jaguar Mountain to perform an Equinox Ceremony.  We all participate in this ceremony to thank the Universe for all that has been given to us and to ask for good things for Mother Earth as well as ourselves.  We release the pain, fear, anguish, sadness and all the other emotions that do not serve us.  Walk back and have breakfast at Lachatao.  Rest or continue exploring Lachatao. Lunch with group.  We enjoy an introduction to the temazcal: what it is, cosmovision of the temazcal, spirituality, use of plants and healing of illnesses, therapeutic and ceremonial use of temazcal.  Our group performs a traditional Temazcal Ceremony (Mesoamerican Sweat Lodge), a place of healing, purification, and rebirth.  In it, we experience a reconnection to the sacred elements and restore balance in our lives. Dinner at Lachatao with group.

Breakfast at Lachatao with group.  Morning ceremony to thank the spirits and the place for all we have received.  Travel back to Oaxaca City and check in again at Hotel Maela.  Lunch on your own.  Travel to the ancient sacred site of Monte Alban, considered one of the most important examples of pre-Columbian art and culture in all of Mexico.  It includes pyramids, temples, ball courts and the remains of ancient healing infrastructure including a temazcal, founded in 500 C.E.  Dinner on your own.

Breakfast at Terranova Restaurant and gardens.  We spend the day with wisdom keeper Venus Montes.  Workshop on the spiritual practices connected with obsidian.  In this hands-on experience you will learn to employ obsidian in healing mind, body, spirit and emotions.  Lunch at Terranova Restaurant.  Learn about the ancient Mesoamerican calendar systems.  We learn how each day has a unique energy and how we can use that energy to our advantage.  Next, receive a reading based on your date of birth that reveals the spirits associated with your two aspects of nagual and tonal that accompany you on your road of life.  Receive your Mexhica name.  Dinner on your own.

Breakfast at Mayordomo Restaurant.  Travel to San Antonio Cuajomoloyas, a small Zapotec pueblo in the Sierra Norte Mountains.  Along the way, we stop to perform a ceremony to connect with the sacredness of place and to give thanks to the Great Universe for our life and health.  Tour the pueblo and learn about local medicinal plants and their traditional uses in healing.  Visit home of a local curandera who leads us in making an ointment out of locally gathered medicinal plants.  Lunch at Cuajimoloyas. Travel to Teotitlan del Valle, a pueblo in the Oaxacan Valley where we meet with a local artisan who makes the unique traditional candles used in ceremonies of their people.  Travel back to Oaxaca City.  Dinner on your own.

Breakfast at Mayordomo Restaurant.  Travel to San Antonio Cuajomoloyas, a small Zapotec pueblo in the Sierra Norte Mountains.  Along the way, we stop to perform a ceremony to connect with the sacredness of place and to give thanks to the Great Universe for our life and health.  Tour the pueblo and learn about local medicinal plants and their traditional uses in healing.  Visit home of a local curandera who leads us in making an ointment out of locally gathered medicinal plants.  Lunch at Cuajimoloyas. Travel to Teotitlan del Valle, a pueblo in the Oaxacan Valley where we meet with a local artisan who makes the unique traditional candles used in ceremonies of their people.  Travel back to Oaxaca City.  Dinner on your own.

Breakfast on your own.  Closing ceremony.  Travel to airport.

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Discover ancient wisdom practices of healing March 16 - 24, 2024 This tour combines the themes of sacred sites, ancient understandings, pilgrimage, and integrative soul healing. Join us for a new kind of tour where sacred places open a portal of transcendent experience.
When
Mar 16, 2024, 2:40 PM – Mar 24, 2024, 6:40 PM
Where
Oaxaca,
Oaxaca, Mexico
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