Delve into traditional spiritual Mayan traditions: look through the lens of Mayan medicine, arts and relationship to land; learn Mayan weaving and basic language; examine how Western models of development have impacted this region and people.
Guatemala is a land with a history that reaches back to times well before recorded history. More than a country, Guatemala is a collection of peoples who range from the highland Mayan peoples in the mountains to the descendants of African slaves on the Caribbean coast to the families of Spanish origin whose ancestors came seeking fortune. All of these people have distinct histories and cultures which have melded into the broader culture of this majority indigenous nation. Guatemala is a place where tradition runs deep and often comes into conflict with Western ideas of development and progress.
Guatemala offers us an opportunity to question our ideas about imperialism, indigenous identity and the value of tradition.
We offer a glimpse into the deep past, present and future of this continent through the lens of traditional mayan medicine, arts and relationship to land. We invite you to enter into a new way of thinking and viewing the world. It’s an opportunity to connect with people and communities who maintain traditional ways of life while constantly adapting to the modern world. Guatemala is 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