Imagine a retreat where you are immersed in the wilderness surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. Your fellow travelers share your appreciation of the earth. The retreat is not held in silence, but silence is encouraged since that allows you to listen deeply to yourself and the environment. Your mind and body will come into a deep stillness and peace while cultivating mindfulness and the inner art of meditation, while we practice Qigong and Taichi or yoga. As awareness grows you learn from your own experience and the teachings of the natural world. Over time those layers that keep your heart hardened to your own inner voice softens and your heart opens with appreciation and love for the power of nature and everything within it. As you get these realizations you will use different art mediums to express yourself in this discovery process.
Imagine waking up in raw nature with birds singing and drink your coffee/tea while gently swinging in a hammock? imagine practicing mindfulness and daily Qigong/Taichi or yoga in nature…getting some solitude to disconnect from all the stimuli and also have amazing connections with yourself and others?
Picture yourself taking a shower outdoor surrounded with nature, in the privacy of a casita, in Eco Lodges that promote inspiration and reconnection, inspiring your artistically self-expression through music, painting, dancing, poetry?
As part of the experience, participants will take part on activities and initiatives pursued in collaboration with communities in Nicaragua, and in partnership with other participating organizations with the shared vision of alleviating poverty through improved education and enhanced self-employment opportunities.
If you love helping other women and children? If you want to travel with the purpose of not only nourishing yourself but to make a difference on other people’s lives, then you need to join our next retreat!
Join us on a transformational Eco Art Journey Wellness and Service Retreat.
There are several fantastic locations in two gorgeous countries, Nicaragua and Mexico, where we retreat in a natural sanctuary and disconnect from the world to reconnect with ourselves. Also you can join others who have begun an amazing work at some of the poorest areas of these countries and empower their women and children. These Latin American countries are very diverse- both culturally and biologically, but are in great need of help. There are so many opportunities to get involved and make a difference.
Jiquilillo, (Northern) Nicaragua– Where we will work with an amazing collective of women (Padre Ramos Women Collective) to help them get trained in different skills for them to generate the income to provide for their family.
Las Salinas, (Southern) Nicaragua– We will have the opportunity to visit their donor funded library where they can learn english and other skills to have better chances and getting jobs in the tourism industry that is exploding in the nearby areas.
TodosSantos, Baja California, Mexico – it’s an artsy little town, where we will work with an amazing organizations supporting children and their families to help them get trained in different skills for them to generate the income to provide for their family.
Los Barriles/Buenavista, Baja California, Mexico- a combination of superlative weather, natural beauty, culture and slower pace of life a small, a small, natural town more personal than the mega-resort feel of Los Cabos, by gorgeous warm waters of the Sea of Cortez.
*Volunteer opportunities vary and will be coordinated depending on the participant’s skills and the highest need in the community. These opportunities will be arranged in coordination with the NGOs working locally with the communities.
** If you feel called to bring donations, those are very appreciated, also you are welcome to donate: clothes, toys, shoes, personal health products, art and educational supplies, jewelry making tools, computers, other tools, etc.
*** You will be required to buy travel insurance that cover medical among other things while going abroad to Nicaragua or Mexico.
Retreats are for approximately 5 nights and 6 days, After 2-3 days of immersion in service and impact work with the community, there will be 2 more days of restorative integration and rejuvenation at a hotel in a natural setting before we head out back home. Meals, accommodation, transportation to and from airport and some activities are included. Your flight is NOT included, and any arrivals or departures outside of the retreat dates will be on your own.
Please email us at Ecoartjourneys@gmail.com to join our trip!
Some of the areas of opportunity to serve and where skills are needed:
- Languages (translator)
- Computer skills
- Massage therapy
- Personal Health
- Furniture Making
- House building
- Water and septic systems
- Surf instruction
- Water Sport instructors