Zapoteca Cultural Ecotourism Experience In Oaxaca

Join us on the Oaxacan coast of Mexico to learn about regenerative ecology, wild ecosystems and agro-ecological practices in the legendary surf town Puerto Escondido and the ecotourism resort area of Huatulco.

When?

A 3-Day Retreat. Saturday, October 26th - Monday, October 28th, 2019.

Where?

Puerto Escondido and Huatulco in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Why?

Learn about regenerative ecology and agro-ecological practices.

About The Oaxacan Coast

Here's a video from Tourism Mexico about the natural wonders of the Oaxacan Coast.

Day #1 Studying Regenerative Ecology At The Hagia Sofia

From the Greek meaning “Holy Wisdom”, the Hagia Sofia Eco-Garden is a 320-acre agro-ecological project in the mountains near the ecotourism resort of Huatulco.

On the first day, we will travel up into the mountains to visit the world-renowned agro-ecological project Hagia Sofia.

Here you will learn about giving back to the land, the Zapoteca names of the local plants and how the Zapoteca people revere local plants, trees, wildlife and fungi.

You will learn about and participate in regenerative agro-ecological practices that can change the way we grow our food, store more carbon naturally in the soil and protect the land for future generations.

The Hagia Sofia is in a unique location in the mountain jungles above the Oaxacan Coast, which makes their gardens home to a wide diversity of natural flora and fauna.

During this day-long learning immersion, you will about earth-friendly practices for organic growing and sustainable farming.

This learning experience will include the basics of organic growing: minimal consumption of natural resources, making composts, development and use of alternative energies and use of biodegradable products.

We will also explore the gardens as a sensory immersion experience bringing our full attention to explore all of our individual senses and how to experience the world more directly beyond the labels and judgements of the analytical mind.

You will get to taste the many exotic fruits from the region, explore your sense of smell on an interpretive trail called the "Path of Flowers" and experience the patterns, color and symmetry of a wide variety of flora and fauna.

In the late afternoon, we will swim in in the Madalena River that flows down from the cloud forests under the cascade of the La Campana waterfall. 

Day #2 Zapotec Ecology In Huatulco National Park

The Zapoteca people have a rich culture, religion and mythology. They are world-renowned for Mescal and their colorful artisans and culinary traditions.

On the second day, we explore Huatulco National Park by boat and  hike some of the best trails with a local Zapoteca guide.

The Zapotecs are the indigenous people of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. They call themselves "Be'ena' Za'", meaning the Cloud People.

You will learn about how the Zapoteca see their place in nature and how their rich culture and history has evolved through their connection to the land.

We will explore the jungle and coastal marine ecoystems of Huatulco National Park and learn about local plants, trees, wildlife, birds and mushrooms.

You will hear ancient stories, see local medicinal plants growing in the jungle and learn about the legendary mushroom lore of the Zapoteca people.

To learn more about the history and culture of Zapoteca people, Huatulco and the ancient story of Animism, please visit the links below.

Day #3 Lagunas de Chacahua National Park

Bathed in cool sea breezes and tropical sunshine, Lagunas de Chacahua is the hidden jewel of Oaxaca.

This national park has five massive lagoons with huge turtles, crocodiles and some of the best bird watching in Mexico since it is a major spot of the Pacific migratory flyway.

We will explore the park and learn about the different types of vegetation in the area: swampland, deciduous forest, sub tropical broadleaf forest, mangroves, savannah, palm trees and coastal dunes.

246 species of flowers and 189 species of animals have been documented so far in the park.

Birds that can be found in Lagunas de Chacahua National Park include storks, herons, wild ducks, blue-winged teals, pelicans, and spoonbills.

Three species of turtles also visit the park to lay their eggs, including the largest turtles in the world.

This will be a great chance to get off-the-beaten path and learn from locals about their conversation ethos.

About The Host

Kyle Pearce is from Vancouver, British Columbia and he has been designing and leading experiential learning adventures, nature immersion retreats, and forest ecology workshops through Animist Ecology since 2015.

He studied ancient and modern history at the University of Victoria and has spent the last decade traveling the world studying ancient civilizations, ecology and meditation with teachers from around the world. 

For the last 7 years, he has run an online learning website called DIY Genius where he teaches people how to design their own education and develop their focus, creativity and self-motivation using Flow Psychology.

He is passionate about experiential learning and taking learning beyond books, tests and lectures and back into the forest where people can learn through direct experience, group conversation and storytelling.

About The Food, Accommodations and Transportation

All your meals are covered at the retreat. We can accommodate a wide range of dietary preferences such as vegan, vegetarian and an omnivore diet.

We will be staying at Selina Puerto Escondido on Playa Zicateca, the most famous surfing beach in Mexico.

You will get a private room with a shared bathroom. Please contact us if you'd like to have a private room and bathroom.

We will leave for our adventures at 9 a.m., which gives you enough time to enjoy a morning yoga or surfing session.

All your transportation is covered during the retreat but flights are not included.

We recommend you fly to Puerto Escondido. There are inexpensive flights from major Canadian and American cities to Puerto Escondido that stopover in Mexico City.

To neutralize your carbon footprint, 100 trees will planted on your behalf at our Madagascar Reforestation Project.

About Selina Puerto Escondido

We still be staying a Selina Puerto Escondido, an innovative coliving space on the most famous surfing beach in the Mexico Playa Zacatela.

Join This Unique Ecotourism Experience In Mexico

Learn about the fascinating ecology of Oaxaca's coastal mountains and how to apply regenerative ecology practices in your own community.

EARLY BIRD

$495

USD

Private Room With Shared Bathroom (Contact Us For Alternative Options)

Healthy Plant-Based Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner For 2 Days

Agro-Ecological Garden Tour and Regenerative Ecology Workshops

Full Day Ecotourism Experience In Huatulco National Park With Zapotec Guide

3-Months Access To Our Flow Rituals Educational Program

100 Trees Planted On Your Behalf

Get The Early Bird Discount

REGULAR

$575

USD

Private Room With Shared Bathroom (Contact Us For Alternative Options)

Healthy Plant-Based Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner For 2 Days

Agro-Ecological Garden Tour and Regenerative Ecology Workshops

Full Day Ecotourism Experience In Huatulco National Park With Zapotec Guide

3-Months Access To Our Flow Rituals Educational Program

100 Trees Planted On Your Behalf

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