Traditional Maya Healing
Limited to 12 Guests | 4 Hours | $95 US per person including lunch
Delve into the traditional Maya medicinal world and experience a spiritual healing ceremony practiced for eons. Only a handful of Maya Healers are found in Southern Belize.
Your tour will be held at Itzamma Botanical Garden just south of our Field Station in the Maya Golden Landscape. Itzamma, which means home to the Maya god of wisdom (Itzamna) and place of healing spiritually and with herbs, is the name chosen by the Q'eqchi' Healers Association to represent their traditional healing center, botanical gardens and community-based conservation efforts.
You will visit with one of only a handful of Maya Healers (accompanied by his translator) left in Southern Belize and partake in a spiritual cleansing ceremony. After the ceremony you will have the opportunity to visit the gardens cultivated by the healers and learn about the medicinal plants and herbs used in their practice. You will also learn about the journey they are undertaking in getting recognized and accepted by hospitals, the Government of Belize and even the general population in successfully treating patients.
Your tour will end with a scrumptious lunch prepared by a local Maya women's group and chance to discuss the ceremony with your guide.
- Sturdy walking shoes / boots. Expect them to get muddy and wet depending on the season.
- An inquisitive mind.
- Non-aerosol bug spray.
- Something to drink during the visit.
Start Time: 9:30AM
Starts & Ends at: Field Station in Golden Stream Village (Directions).
As the healing ceremony requires the spiritual healer to travel into Guatemala to gather specific incenses, one week's notice is needed for a visit to be arranged.