Atalanta Journey had the JOY of planning a Retreat in Belize for Hope Interfaith Center from Mankato, MN Dec 8-15, 2012.
I traveled along with them and experienced Belize in a different Light.
For 5 mornings at 6AM, we sat on the edge of the pier with our feet over the water to watch the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea.
During our last morning meditation, a group of young local people came out to enjoy a swim off the pier. After a night of dancing, they stayed up to watch the sun greet the day. As we sat quietly, they laughed and pushed each other off the pier in joy. Then 2 of the boys came to sit behind us. I gave them a wrap to dry off with and soon they were all wrapped up together sitting quietly with us to watch the sun rise. After so much energy and noise, to have them join us quietly was something special. We all enjoyed it very much. It made us feel as one with this special place and people.
Each morning coffee and conversation followed around the Blue Tang Inn pool. Morning is such a special time!
Then we were off to a Oneness Workshop, facilitated by Christopher Emmanuel. We practiced forgiveness, painted, participated in Oneness Blessings and shared as a group.
At 12 Midnight on 12-12-12, we sat together on the rooftop deck of Blue Tang Inn and greeted the end of an area and the beginning of a new time. It was wonderful to share this in community in a beautiful place under the night stars.
We visited the Ancient Maya Site of Lamanai, where 2 Maya Shamans greeted us and we participated in a Maya Spiritual Ceremony with them.
A special “baptism” was offered to the 2 children, baby Greta and Lizzie.
– Many people in the group enjoyed snorkeling on the spectacular Belize reef.
– Afternoon massages relaxed us!
– Tasty lunches and dinners at different restaurants in San Pedro were a highlight!
– We finished the trip with a beautiful Sunset Sail aboard the Sirena Azul Sailboat.
Thanks to an awesome group of people from Hope Interfaith Center for the pleasure if this retreat in Belize! It was a JOY!
Love & Blessings,
Owner, Atalanta Journey
Here are some comments from members of the group:
“The shaman blessing of Lizzie, Greta, you and Cara moved me more than anything else during our fantastic time there. What a new year we are all in for!”
“I would most certainly do a spiritual retreat and get away again. Thank you Staff and Kristin for all of your help making this trip a success.”
Blessings and Love,
Rev. Janice Hope Gorman