Honduras is little-trampled by tourist traffic--so far. It offers 28,860 square kilometers of amazing beauty in 54 protected areas with 20 National Parks, 10 Wildlife Refuges, 10 Biological Reserves and 1 Biosphere Reserve, more than 600 species of birds and rare fauna like jaguars and tapirs, scarlet macaws and the elusive Caribbean manatee, Spider monkeys, capuchins and howler monkeys roam the canopy composed over two hundred known species of trees covering with its forest more than 50% of the national territory! Lucky us: we're headed for Tela and one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean.
Add this to the rare opportunity to begin life-long studies with Edward Orem, PhD in rare and ancient disciplines-- Longevity Arts, Kum Nye Exercises, Taoist/Buddhist Chi-Kung--and you have the making of a unique experience to be relished all your days. Cost of these three Workshops: $400- each, with $200- deposit due two weeks before start-dates.
Dr. Orem has taught children many years, but never in a four-day workshop, and NEVER at the small, southern port town of Punta Gorda with its great access to the world's second largest barrier reef, the Bay Islands, and Guatemala! C'mon, you kids! We'll train a couple hours a day, and then we'll play some more! Dr. Orem will escort children (including his own) on outings after the morning workout of Shaolin Temple arts: exercises, animal forms and sitting meditation. A certificate will be awarded. Cost of this Workshop: $250-, with $125- deposit by July 14.
The Maya Mountains are centrally located in the Cayo District, ideally situated to see Western Belize (Five Blues Lake, The Blue Hole, Mountain Pine Ridge, Caracol and Xunantunich), and is on the way to Tikal. The main town of San Ignacio is easily reached from the International Airport and ideal for heading south to Dangriga and Placencia. A few of the attractions of the region: jungle canopy with walkable trails, Mayan villages, rivers, pools, waterfalls, herbal school, ruins, Toucans, Jacamars, Spectacled Owls, Ferruginous Pygmy Owls and of course, numerous types of hummingbirds. Jaguar, ocelot, and tapir also roam the remoter parts of the Mountains. Numerous lodges are available, as well as accomodations in San Ignacio.
Zen Kinetic Yoga Workshop attendees in San Ignacio will immerse themselves in Bodhidharma's Shi Pa Lohan Shou, one of mankind's oldest extant integral training systems. This rich, deep taproot stretches 25 centuries from southern India to northeastern China. There is evidence that it pre-dates the codification of Hatha Yoga. Cost of this Workshop: $500-, with $250- deposit by July 21.
Lake Atitlan --clear azule waters ringed with towering volcanoes, incredible sunsets, deep in a remote base-line Mayan culture--this region is one of the earth's visual feasts. Watching Indian weavers at work and then buying "hot off the loom," traipsing the surrounding mountains, or venturing to nearby villages add to the pleasures. Quetzaltenango and Antigua Guatemala aren't that far away, either.
The Lake's shore at sunrise and sunset will be the setting for exploring Bodhidharma's "Diamond Body Chi Kung" and the Taoist's system "Tapping Energies of Heaven and Earth." Cost of this Workshop: $400-, with $200- deposit by Sept. 15.