Yucatan World Healing Exchange
9 - 17, 2013
9 - 17, 2013
Guides- Tierraventura's Claudia Schurr de Chavan, Sociologist,
Diana Fried, M.Ac., AWB Founder and Executive Director
is excited to announce a World Healing Exchange Program in the Yucatan,
México. The Yucatan is a peninsula in southeastern Mexico that
separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico and is home of the
ancient Mayan people. In addition to the depth of the culture and
people, it is an area known for its tropical rainforests and jungle.
The Yucatan has an abundance of archaeological ruins, extraordinary
beaches, culture, unique food, wildlife, magical freshwater cenotes
(sinkholes, which are swimmable), underground caves, and more. The
vegetation is middle and low tropical. In November, temperatures will
range from lows in the mid-60's to highs in the low 80's.
trip will provide a unique opportunity to work directly with Mayan
Elders as well as visiting ancient sites and receiving spiritual
initiations. The destination is Yucatán, but the goal is the personal
and group journey into ourselves as practitioners and healers.
with its beauty, like many Mexican states, the Yucatan has a
significant portion of its population living in poverty and extreme
poverty. This population is lacking basic necessities and has
inadequate access to health care. Those who suffer the most are the
indigenous Maya, where the deepest levels of social and economic
marginalization prevail. Additionally, natural disasters, in particular
hurricanes, exacerbate these existing social vulnerabilities.
Participants on this AWB trip will visit health care clinics throughout
the region and offer community- style acupuncture. As with our other
introductory World Healing Exchange trips, this is an opportunity to
get to know a region, local healers and others, with the intention of
coming back at a later time to do more in-depth training, if invited.
journey will bring us deep into Mayan lands, and into important
teachings and ceremony with Mayan elders. We will do free acupuncture
clinics in Mayan villages, and will visit important archaeological
sites as well as Yucatan cities and towns. We will learn about Mayan
wisdom traditions, including the Mayan calendar and hieroglyphics. We
will also spend a day exploring the ecosystem of the Rio Lagartos, with
flamingos, exotic birds and crocodiles. There will be opportunities to
learn other forms of traditional healing for the body and spirit with
indigenous healers. We believe this learning is an important part of
expanding the body of wisdom for all healers. Where possible, we will
also offer our medicine to the healers from whom we are learning.
specializes in taking people to places they wouldn't ordinarily see on
a visit to Mexico - to what they consider to be the "real" Mexico.
Claudia has a special interest in traditional medicine, and has
developed many contacts over the years, working with shamans and
healers in Mexico.
will experience a Temezcal, an ancient sweat lodge. (The Nahuatl word
temaz means either bath or rock/vapor/knowledge, Calli means house.)
Our hope is to support and keep alive the local Yucatacan healing
practices and strengthen our own.
we all know and have personally experienced, traditional healing
methods seem to be fading out of existence. How can healers around the
world compete with strong and powerful medicines that seem so
intriguing and immediate? It is with this awareness that AWB's World
Healing Exchange Program is developing partnerships with local healers
for cross-cultural exchange and training that will support indigenous
Diana Fried, Founder and
Acupuncturists Without Borders
NCCAOM now gives 10 PDA points for volunteer service for which this
trip is eligible, and we will be providing letters to this effect for
not include international airfare):
Bird:Early Bird: Full
payment is due by August 1, 2013
$2495.00 (cash or check price)/ AWB Member (add 3% for credit
$2695.00 (cash or
check price/ Non-member (add 3% for credit card payment)
payment is due by September
$2795.00 (cash or
check price)/ AWB Member (add 3% for credit card payment)
$2995.00 (cash or check price)/Non-member (add 3% for credit
- Hotels (double occupancy);
in-country transportation; meals (B,L,D)
as listed in the program below; in-country guide service in English;
preparation materials. All ceremonies with the healers, the
temazcal bath. (Single Supplement: $250.00 - please add to total
- All overnight stays
- Excursions and entrance fees as
mentioned in the program
non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.
Trip is limited to 17 participants
This trip is for acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners
will be a one day required AWB clinical training, for those who have
not been to an AWB training, offered on November 9th at the hotel in
Izamal. Those taking this training will need to leave the
earlier so as to arrive by the night of November 8th.
CEU's will be offered, and the course fee is $150.00 or $75.00 for
returning trainees (recommended, even if you have already done a
training). Hotels for additional nights for training are not included
in fee. Cost is about $60/night single or double occupancy.
Tierraventura will book those rooms. We will be sending you a
registration form, and will need to know if you need additional nights.
PDA's: 4 CEU's will be offered in addition to the training. An
additional 10 PDA's (recognized by NCCAOM only) will be given in the
form of a letter from AWB, for service work provided on the trip. So if
you take the training, you will receive up to 21.5 CEU's in total.
tell us how their lives changed...
I feel into our intense journey together and sense the subtle changes
in my awareness. I've noticed a deepening in my heart and a loosening
of the grasp to outer situations and my notion that things need to be a
certain way. My gratefulness for this particular life that I experience
with its degree of comfort, which is considerably more than most in the
world, has increased since my first hand experience of how life is for
so many others. How I have chosen to use this comfort and design a life
that supports the cultivation of compassionate awareness...is beyond my
comprehension. I only have the clarity now to not resist what has been
given, continue my dedication to being and serve however I can. I have been deeply touched by my
experience with all of you and the beautiful indigenous
souls of Ecuador.
|Sara Gordon Treating in
the choice to travel to Nepal with Acupuncturists Without Borders'
(AWB) first World Healing Exchange Program in October 2009 was one of
the best decisions of my life. Through stepping out of my comfort zone,
deeply experiencing another
culture, sharing the intense healing effects of acupuncture, and
meeting life long friends, I
discovered who I really am. I discovered my passion and place in this
world. I became a full time volunteer for AWB, a member of the World
Healing Exchange Program Committee, trained local acupuncturists after
the earthquake in Chile, and became an AWB Board Member.
One "small" decision to say "yes" literally altered the
direction of my entire
life. I now understand we are all more alike than
different in this world, and I thank AWB and Diana Fried for the opportunity to realize
|Micah O'Neal and Jan Yoder
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We hope to
see you in Yucatan!