Explore the convergence of tradition and modernity: investigate Maya spirituality, live with local families, and practice Spanish while basking in Guatemala’s idyllic landscapes.
MORE THAN A COUNTRY, GUATEMALA IS A COLLECTION OF PEOPLES WHO RANGE FROM THE HIGHLAND MAYA IN THE MOUNTAINOUS NORTHWEST,
to the descendants of African slaves on the Caribbean coast. All have distinct histories and cultures which have melded into the broader identity of this nation with a majority indigenous population. Guatemala is a place where traditional wisdom runs deep and often comes into conflict with Western ideas of development and progress.
Our journey takes us through a myriad of landscapes ranging from the magical shores of Lake Atitlan to the colonial capital of Antigua, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We explore the ways in which Maya communities maintain traditional ways of life while adapting to an increasingly globalized world. While staying with families in a highland Maya town, we visit milpa agricultural sites, weave and paint alongside local artisans, and gain an understanding of primordial concepts of time and the cosmos. On this investigation of culture and historical relationships to the land, we open our eyes to Guatemala, a land of profound beauty and deep contrast.Sample Itinerary
"Come with an open mind and a willingness to question the way you view the world."Brittany Sims Past Participant
"I'm in a state of transition now, with my kids growing up. I'm about to enter a new chapter in my life, which means letting go of some things and embracing others. Very sweetly, my four children all sent me off on this journey with words of wisdom and inspiration - just as I've sent them off on their own adventures. In fact, two of them are Dragons alumni themselves! Now, the tables have turned and though I'm the mom, they are drawing on their Dragons experience to support me on my journey."Mika Chin Past Participant