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Weaving words,

Weaving worlds...

Weaving words,

Weaving worlds...

Chiapas Highland Flow

Writing Retreat...

September 4-9, 2024

$1695 -$2295

(Pay-in-Full or 4-Pay Plans)

San Cristobal de las Casas,

Chiapas, Mexico

On the other side of rest is Flow...

— Ixchel Lunar

Imagine just how much easier life becomes when the rhythm of Earth is flowing through you...

Weaving Creativity Amidst Complexity:

The Power of Creativity and Flow

Photos of Casa Flora Maria and surrounding gardens of the estate.

Photo of San Cristobal de las Casas by Gabriel Tovar on Unsplash.

Photos of Casa Flora Maria and surrounding gardens of the estate. Photo of San Cristobal de las Casas by Gabriel Tovar on Unsplash.

Leading with Fierce Love and Creativity

on a Transitioning Planet

Leading with Fierce Love and Creativity on a Transitioning Planet

The image of this tree in the Casa Flora Maria garden, adorned with red glass hearts, symbolizes our shared heartspace — a commitment to nurturing love, courage, and creativity in times of global upheaval.

It's here, in the embrace of nature and the warmth of our community, that we seek to expand the transformative power of Flow states.

A Stellar Gathering:

Uniting Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter

in Gemini for Unparalleled Creative Flow

Gemini’s Stellar Gathering:

Uniting Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter for Unparalleled Creative Flow

During the time of our retreat, Jupiter will have just moved into Gemini for the first time in 12 years, heralding a period of expanded thought and enhanced communication, perfectly aligning with Gemini's essence of intellectual exploration, versatility, and the exchange of ideas. This celestial shift calls creators and writers to step forward, sharing their thought leadership and innovative visions.

The day we begin our retreat, the moon will enter the creative and sacred fire sign of Leo, igniting our passions and expressive potential. Simultaneously, the Sun — our source creativity, Mercury — our conduit of perception and understanding, and Venus — our magnet for connection and attraction, will also be converging in Gemini, magnifying the energies of articulation, curiosity, and adaptability.

Even if you're not proficient in astrology, this confluence signifies that mid-June is an exceptionally potent time for articulating your visions and claim your thought leadership through your writing. The astrological conditions are ripe for profound revelations and the crystallization of ideas.

In the heart of Gemini season, we are invited to embrace the dualities of existence. These Flow states — readily accessible during our retreat — are not just moments of peak creativity; they will be our portals to reimagining our existence and culture-making new ways of being, essential tools for weaving words, and weaving new worlds.

Stay in the Know on Our Future Retreats with Dragon 🐉 Letters!

WRITE THE BOOK FOR THESE TIMES… (BECAUSE INNER FOCUS AND OUTER ALIGNMENT ARE a POWERFUL COMBO)

ATTUNE TO YOUR INITIATED PATH…

(GET TO THE HEART OF YOUR PURPOSE AND VISION)

ACCELERATE YOUR MOMENTUM

(BECAUSE CLARITY + FOCUS = POTENT ACTION)

NURTURE YOUR BODY AND SOUL (INSTEAD OF DOING IT ALL AT THE EXPENSE OF BODY AND SOUL)

GET CLEAR ON WHAT FLOW IS FOR YOU (LEARN THE RHYTHMS OF THE COSMOS EMERGING IN YOU)

Delve into Rituals TO TEND TO YOUR CAPACITY FOR THIS TIME (BECAUSE EARTH NEEDS YOU)

This retreat is for FLINTA* Writers, Leaders, Creatives, Artisans, and anyone feeling called to deepening Flow for liberatory creativity.

*FLINTA: Females/Femme (including cis het women), Lesbians, Intersex, Nonbinary, Trans and Agender.

Let's ensure we bring your new, emergent, magical, and just ways of being into the world…

without burnout or losing momentum.

Two things are simultaneously true. I am utterly bereft of the genocide. And I am determined to plant 🍉 seeds in writing and the creative process to draw out the courage we need to create better thought leadership.

In an time exponentially marked by resilience stacking changes and challenges, the need for spaces where we can explore, create, and connect on a profound level has never been more critical.

This retreat is our collective answer to the call to create better thought leadership that leads to vital action.

This retreat isn't an escape; it's a deep dive into the practices that sustain us as writers, creators, leaders, and culture-makers. By fostering and learning how to integrate Flow into our work more consistently, we open ourselves to the possibilities that emerge from complexity, turning our current crises and challenges into the very fuel that powers our creative journey.

Weaving Words, Weaving Worlds:

Creativity Amidst the Mayan Highlands

Weaving Words,

Weaving Worlds: Creativity Amidst the Mayan Highlands

In the heart of the Chiapas Mayan highlands...

the lands of the Winik Atel (Tzeltal) and Batsil Winik’ Otik (Tzotzil), where the Zapatista movement continues its profound struggle for autonomy and land.

This land, steeped in resistance and resilience, offers a unique backdrop for our collective exploration of creativity as a form of restoration and reclamation.

Join us in at the edge of the Lacandon Jungle, where the ancient and the contemporary converge, inspiring us to

weave our words into new worlds

, in solidarity with the enduring spirit of the Mayan people and the land that cradles their visions and dreams.

(Background photo of Bonampak by DBannasch, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Flow is our haptic (embodied) relationship with the Cosmos (Time).

— Ixchel Lunar

A Glimpse into Our Journey Together This June

Amidst the sweeping views of the forest highland jungle of Casa Flora Maria, we find not just a backdrop but a source of inspiration, a reminder of the resilience and beauty that thrives in complexity.

Over six days, you’ll immerse yourself in daily teachings and plenty of reflective space to help you nurture your creative work. Together we’ll weave together our individual threads, crafting a tapestry of ideas, stories, and visions for a world reimagined.

We'll explore how creativity can be a form of resistance, a way to hold space for complexity while envisioning paths forward. Your voice, your story, and your vision are critical threads in this ever-evolving tapestry. Let's gather in Chiapas to celebrate, create, and transform.

Holding Space for Emergent Writing and Culture-Making:
Dive deep into workshops with me, Ixchel Lunar each morning. We'll explore the weavings of writing rituals, creativity practices, Flow, and the decolonization of time, all while nurturing the courage to envision and create a better world. Afternoons and evenings will be space for writing in Flow.

Connecting with Nature and Heritage:
Beyond the workshops, experience the breathtaking beauty of Chiapas through an artisan studio tour, connecting you with the local culture and inspiring your creative work. We’ll end the week with a delightful dinner in the heart of the city.

Creating an Inclusive Community:
Share this journey with a diverse group of FLINTA* creatives and leaders (*Females/Femmes, Lesbians, Intersex, Nonbinary, Trans and Agender.). Come together in a space where every voice contributes to our collective narrative, shaping a future informed by our diverse experiences and shared commitment to growth. Each bringing your unique voices and visions to the collective table, together, we'll create a tapestry of stories and ideas.

Scholarship and Work Study Opportunity:
Recognizing the barriers that may prevent talented individuals from joining us, we're offering a BIPOC scholarship (based on need and project scope), affirming our dedication to inclusivity and mutual support.

There may also be a work study opportunity for an aligned-fit person.
This initiative reflects our core values and the belief that financial constraints should not hinder participation in transformative experiences.

The September Itinerary + What's Included

Wednesday:
Airport shuttle picks you up in the late afternoon (most flights are in by 3pm). Welcome dinner and cacao ritual around the fire (weather permitting).

Thursday-Sunday:
7am Morning Yoga, gentle movement

8-9 Breakfast served

10-Noon Workshop with Ixchel

Noon Lunch served

Afternoon writing and open space

5pm Dinner served

Evening writing and open space

Monday Morning:
Early breakfast and checkout, shuttle to airport.

Note: This Itinerary is subject to shift based on emergent needs or curiosities. For example, workshops could be held in the afternoon if mornings are more conducive to guests writing in Flow Time.

Key Registration Dates

September Registration Deadline:

June 15th

A $500 deposit will secure your spot.

Pay-in-full or 4-Pay Plans available

Key Registration Dates

June Registration Deadline: April 10th

A $500 deposit will secure your spot.

Pay-in-full or 2-Pay Plans available for the balance.

September Registration Deadline: July 1st

A $500 deposit will secure your spot.

Pay-in-full or 4-Pay Plans available through April

Tuition, Food, and Lodging

Studio Nogal

1 Double (Sold Out)

$2595

A cozy and comfortable, light-filled stone cottage with a bedroom and sitting area. A fully-equipped kitchen and dining room with laundry.

A small terrace below the koi pond, surrounded by large gardens. Ideal for rest and to enjoy nature.

Studio Duranzo

3 Singles

$1795 each bed

Sweet stone cottage in front of an enchanted garden, with three single beds, a sitting area by the fireplace, and a writing desk.

It has a kitchenette, bathroom and an outdoor terrace with a view. Ideal resting and enjoying nature.

One single is separated off the sitting area by the fireplace.

Studio Peral + Arucaria

4 Singles

$1795 each bed

Two rooms, each with two single beds overlooking the mountains, and private bathroom, with a solarium where you can write and relax.

With a chiminea and heaters, your stay in the highland climate will be super comfortable. There are mountain views and are surrounded by trees and flowers.

The living area of these rooms is a lovely solarium glass and metal covered patio with movable shade cloth, an indoor kitchen and seating area.

Casa Grande: Higo

1 King

$2295

An historic colonial house with five rooms, each with a private bathroom surrounds a gorgeous courtyard in the middle of enchanted gardens with a magical atmosphere.

In-room fireplace or in-room heaters. Equipped and cozy living room, a spacious kitchen and dining room to celebrate with the group.

The garden is one of the main qualities of the house, it is ideal for relaxing and observing nature. Illuminated at night, it has fruit trees and vegetable that guests can enjoy.

Casa Grande: Aguacate

1 Queen

$2295 (Sold Out)

An historic colonial house with five rooms, each with a private bathroom surrounds a gorgeous courtyard in the middle of enchanted gardens with a magical atmosphere.

In-room fireplace or in-room heaters. Equipped and cozy living room, a spacious kitchen and dining room to celebrate with the group.

The garden is one of the main qualities of the house, it is ideal for relaxing and observing nature. Illuminated at night, it has fruit trees and vegetable that guests can enjoy.

Casa Grande: Ciruelo

2 Queens

$1895 each bed

An historic colonial house with five rooms, each with a private bathroom surrounds a gorgeous courtyard in the middle of enchanted gardens with a magical atmosphere.

In-room fireplace or in-room heaters. Equipped and cozy living room, a spacious kitchen and dining room to celebrate with the group.

The garden is one of the main qualities of the house, it is ideal for relaxing and observing nature. Illuminated at night, it has fruit trees and vegetable that guests can enjoy.

Casa Grande: Límon

2 Queens Separate Rooms

$1895 each bed

An historic colonial house with five rooms, each with a private bathroom surrounds a gorgeous courtyard in the middle of enchanted gardens with a magical atmosphere.

In-room fireplace or in-room heaters. Equipped and cozy living room, a spacious kitchen and dining room to celebrate with the group.

The garden is one of the main qualities of the house, it is ideal for relaxing and observing nature. Illuminated at night, it has fruit trees and vegetable that guests can enjoy.

Each bed in Límon is in a separate room, but share a bath.

Casa Grande: Piñon

3 Singles

$1695 each bed

An historic colonial house with five rooms, each with a private bathroom surrounds a gorgeous courtyard in the middle of enchanted gardens with a magical atmosphere.

In-room fireplace or in-room heaters. Equipped and cozy living room, a spacious kitchen and dining room to celebrate with the group.

The garden is one of the main qualities of the house, it is ideal for relaxing and observing nature. Illuminated at night, it has fruit trees and vegetable that guests can enjoy.

Please note, the bunkbed (in photo) was replaced with a single bed.

Get Registered for the Retreat

  • Complete the Registration form on the next page to share your room preference

  • Place a $250 deposit on your retreat

  • We will follow up to confirm your reservation

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The Daily Workshops

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Creating

Stellar Synergy:

Together, we can navigate the complexities of our time and emerge as leaders of change.

In this retreat, you're not just learning to write in Flow; you're embracing a way of being that celebrates connection, creativity, and the profound joy of living in tune with your artistic flow.

This gathering is an invitation to immerse yourself in the rhythm of your creativity, aligning with the natural flow that enhances every word and idea.

Harmonizing with Time, Weaving Worlds:

Learn to tap into the Flow state to expand the full spectrum of your creative writing potential. We delve into how to engage with this cycle of creativity, recognizing and utilizing Flow activators to amplify your writing output, ensuring that every session is profoundly meaningful and deeply fulfilling.

Crafting a Sustainable Writing Practice:

Ixchel guides you in creating a realistic and fulfilling writing ritual resonates with your lifestyle and aspirations, offering strategies to maintain consistency and enhance your creative journey. Our approach honors your distinctive creative pace, encouraging a writing practice that rejuvenates the spirit and amplifies your impact.

Cultivating Conditions for Flow: Your Creative Sanctuary

Discover how to transform your environment into a space that nurtures continuous growth and creativity. Ixchel method focuses on shaping your surroundings to spark consistent conditions for the emergence of Flow, supporting your lasting journey towards artistic and personal fulfillment. Engage with practices that encourage your creative spirit to thrive, creating a sanctuary for exploration and expression.

Embodying Archetypes: Actualizing Creativity Through Stellar Synergy

Dive into the essence of Ixchel's Stellar Synergy program, where the six planetary archetypes illuminate the path to actualizing your creative essence. This segment of our retreat invites you to explore your personal astrology and Human Design, uncovering your unique Flow type and the neurochemical pathways that enhance your state of Flow. By understanding these archetypes, you'll gain insights into how to align your creative practices with your innate cosmic blueprint, nurturing a deeper connection between universal energies and your creative force. Engage with this hidden knowledge to navigate your creative journey with clarity and confidence, embracing the gifts given to you that shape your artistic vision.

In the heart of the Chiapas Mayan highlands...

the lands of the Winik Atel (Tzeltal) and Batsil Winik’ Otik (Tzotzil), where the Zapatista movement continues its profound struggle for autonomy and land.

This land, steeped in resistance and resilience, offers a unique backdrop for our collective exploration of creativity as a form of restoration and reclamation.

Join us in at the edge of the Lacandon Jungle, where the ancient and the contemporary converge, inspiring us to weave our words into new worlds, in solidarity with the enduring spirit of the Mayan people and the land that cradles their visions and dreams.

(Background photo of Bonampak by DBannasch, CC BY-SA 4.0)