Cross Cultural Journeys

Guatemala: Mystical Maya, November 6-18, 2018, is a partnership between the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Cross Cultural Journeys (CCJ). Aligned with IONS mission to create a shift in consciousness worldwide, and leveraging many of IONS programs including Worldview Explorations, throughout the journey we will explore our own worldviews, and that of the Mayan people. From multiple perspectives we can expand our understanding of what divides us and what unites us. This journey will make it possible to open our hearts and discover our capacity for reciprocity with people who are entirely different from ourselves.

Join us this fall on a spiritual and cultural immersion journey to the stunning highlands of Guatemala, the homeland of the Mayan people. For over 600 years the Mayans held a splendid, high culture of arts, architecture, mathematics and astronomy. Based on their observation of the rhythms of nature and the heavens, they developed one of the most complex and nuanced calendar systems known to this day. Twenty-one linguistic groups are rooted in this ancient culture and have survived a history of colonization and most recently a 30-year civil conflict. With stunning natural beauty and a vibrant and complex culture, the Mayans form more than 60% of Guatemala’s population, and continue to suffer from lingering social, economic and environmental problems, particularly affecting the country’s children.

The journey will begin in the ancient capital of Antigua, and take us to the shores of Lake Atitlán. The journey will conclude with a three day trip to Tikal, the Ancient Mayan capital of the North.

During this in-depth transformative voyage we will learn how the Mayan culture and values are slowly but surely returning to some of the villages around Lake Atitlan. At the shores of this volcanic crater lake a mile above sea level, we will also have a chance to explore our inner journey as an integral part of sacred fire ceremonies and sweat lodges, to which we will be invited by our local Mayan hosts. We will visit women’s textile cooperatives in San Juan, an intercultural Waldorf school in San Marcos, and learn about the fight for human rights in Santiago Atitlán. Morning and evenings may include optional yoga, stillness practice, nature walks and meditation.

At the lake, we will visit San Pedro and Centro Taa’pi’t, a Mayan-founded intercultural learning center. Rooted in the Mayan ancestral traditions and cultural values, and with a special focus on environmental education, Taa’pi’t’s curriculum also includes classes in 21st century technology. We will get a chance to immerse ourselves in the local community and meet with the Mayan founders to learn about their important work for the children and the environmental protection of the Lake, their “Mother.”

This one-of-a-kind itinerary will have a particular focus on the resurgence of Mayan cosmovision and consciousness in modern life. Partly spiritual, and partly pragmatic, the journey will help us understand why the Mayans hold an important key to the future, from their rich history and tormented past.

To learn more about the journey itinerary and to sign up, please visit the Cross Cultural Journeys website.