This week's Photo of the Week was taken by Carolina Flores of Panajachel at this year's Semana Santa procession in Santiago Atitlan.
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Well, Semana Santa is over and we can certainly tell that the "season" is winding down because no special events have been planned for this week that I am aware of. But there are some great regular weekly things going on so check them out on the Lake Atitlan Events Calendar.
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With Tracey J. Moon, LMBT & Sharon Nash, MA, the Breath, Body and Sound Retreat begins Sunday evening May 18th and ends Saturday, May 24th.
Tracey & Sharon, Paxanax residents, are offering to locals a discounted rate of $395 for a one week workshop. There will be morning and evening sessions and plenty of time for rest, relaxation, integration or downtime each day. Please contact us for the weekly schedule.
About the retreat week:
Observing the movement of the breath can help to remind us of all we are taking in, whether it is nourishing and life giving or if it is toxic, and whether we are holding it in or fully releasing all that does not serve us.
Sustained stress, feelings of discontent and increasing speed in the world are some of the strongest indicators that something is amiss. It has never been a more potent time to come together in a supportive, heartfelt community to learn practices to restore our sense of how we can live in attunement with our true nature and the planet, and how we can ride the sometimes turbulent waves of life in a more impeccable way.
Come explore the wisdom of breath and the potent effects of sound healing for an inspiring and restorative retreat week. During this retreat you will be introduced to a harmonic process that starts with a gentle deep-breathing technique to open up energy flow followed by sound healing to clear and balance our physical, emotional and mental bodies. Through breath and vibration we can release chronic holding patterns where energy has become stagnant or stuck. By releasing these blockages, we can flow into more vitality, inspiration, aliveness and bliss in our life. The healing benefits of breathwork and vibration are immediate, self-empowering, limitless and contribute to a happy and balanced life.
You will be welcome to join in for the Shaman ceremony as well. Group tours, spa services or meals are not included in the price.
Location: Villa Sumaya Retreat Center
For more information or to register: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
US: 919-885-1069 or call after May 7th in Guatemala 4068 1231
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Bamboo is currently one of the most sought-after natural building materials and this hands-on course will show you how to design and build your own house from the ground up, using bamboo and predominantly natural materials in tropical and temperate climates. Your main instructor will be Charlie Rendall, founder and director of Return to the Forest, and builder of Lake Atitlan’s most famous bamboo buildings – The Tai Chi Tao Temple, The Yoga Forest, and the Bamboo Palace.
For hands-on practice, you’ll help build a volunteer dormitory made from bamboo, wood, lime and earth at La Cambalacha, a local arts education project which shares its home with Return to the Forest. You will also help create some custom bamboo furniture using specialist bamboo tools and techniques in our workshop. The last two days of the course are spent a field trip to visit bamboo plantations, some bamboo structures and a bamboo treatment plant, as well as taking time to experience some of Guatemala’s more unique offerings, including traditional markets, a wildlife sanctuary and a live volcano.
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For those who don't already know, Mayan Families has a manicure/pedicure school and salon located in front of the Mayan Families office in Calle El Rastro. Hours are:
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The cost of a mani or pedi is a donation and goes to a good cause. They also do foot, shoulder and back massages. So indulge yourself! You'll be glad you did!
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