Chapter 1 - Soul Seed Gathering
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Chapter 1

Guatemala
Female Soul Weaving

Took place in the magical and mystical Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

31st Jan. – 5th Feb. 2017

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Guatemala has a rich history and cultural tradition of Mayan mythology woven into the landscape and the stories of their textiles.

Women weave for their communities, threading their dreams, visions and hopes together.

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We explored the practice and symbology of weaving with local Guatemalan Master Weavers.

We wove our own threads of creativity, vision, voice, skills, ideas and artistry into our community tapestry.

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Daily Gatherings included yoga, meditation, dance temple, cacao ceremonies, artisan skills [basket & back-strap weaving, natural fabric dyeing, belly beading, temazcal (traditional mayan sweat lodge) and stone wrapping], immersive cultural learning [Maya Herbalism & Cosmovision and Women’s Wisdom Talk Series] and live music performances.

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Everywhere on-site had jaw-dropping views of Lake Atitlán and surrounding volcanos. We practiced movement to the sound of a waterfall, bathed in the soothing rock pool, showered in the outdoor secret garden and found mystical hidden corners to explore. We learned about the beauty of permaculture and watched our soul-food created with love by local Mayan women and our friends – the Culver City Salad Sisters.

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Guests Included:

María – Mayan Medicine Woman and Micaela – Women’s Community Leader

 

 

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Maya Traditions and Cojolya Master Weavers

 

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Max Dashu of Suppressed Histories

 

 

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LA-based filipino music artist Low Leaf live performance & sound journey.

 

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 Gogo Thule & Gogo Ekhaya traditional African Sangoma Ceremony and ritual

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Hugette of Disfunkshion Magazine sharing soulful business talks

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Solar Plant-Dyeing

Location: San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan

 

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“San Marcos la Laguna is a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala. It has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy. Terraced into the side of a cliff, The Yoga Forest is a 25 minute hike up into the valley from Lake Atitlán, To escape to our lush tropical food forest, please travel to us with a backpack, organic soaps, a head torch and a spirit of adventure.” – The Yoga Forest

More Info on The Yoga Forest here – http://www.theyogaforest.org/about-us/