- Our tours are only on the dates listed unless you book a custom trip with a minimum of 10 people. The dates for this trip are Nov 9 - 15.
So many of us are looking to ground ourselves spiritually in this mechanized world – to remind ourselves that we are spiritual beings in a world of duality. Prayer beads and personal altars are two powerful ways of committing to ourselves to our spiritual growth and divine expression. Personal altars transform our homes into sacred space where we can rejuvenate and nourish ourselves. Prayer beads allow us to take our “altar on the road” so to speak – reminding us that the divine is everywhere we are.
For thousands of years humans have been beading for both adornment and spiritual purposes. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians have been using prayer beads to ground themselves in their devotion to Spirit – approximately 2/3 of our world prays using beads. In the African and American Indian cultures, beads are an important part of of their creative expression and their complex patterns and designs are firm evidence of Spirit expressing through them. And even more common than beads, altars used worldwide to create sacred space connecting us with infinite consciousness.
The Art of Prayer Beads and Altars
Sheri Rosenthal and master beader Kathy Benson invite you on this powerful spiritual retreat to explore the art of prayer beads and altar making. No experience is necessary, only an open heart and mind, and a desire for more more peace and centeredness in your life. This trip is not about the religious use of altars and prayer beads per se, but about finding a positive ways to create time and space in our lives for deeper contemplation and inner meditation. Using ceremony and ritual, we’ll bless our beads on the altars at the sacred sites of Kohunlich, Dzbanche, Chacchoben and Oxtankah creating objects filled with our deepest intent and love. In addition we’ll have a special 11/11/11 ceremony to set our intent for next year!
Akal•ki Holistic Spa
We’ll be staying at the Akal•ki Holistic Spa where you’ll experience the pristine quietude and sweet energy of the southern Yucatan. At Akal•Ki, we’ll enjoy cabins at the edge of Lake Bacalar – a crystal clear sand bottom lake. It’s just a short walk out your door to the lake for a swim! Have a healing massage, or treat yourself to the deluxe spa treatments knowing you’ll be coming home rested and rejuvenated.
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Itinerary for Prayer Beads & Altars
Day 0- Nov 8th (-/-/d) Arrive in Mexico City
Depending on where you are flying from you might have to leave for Mexico on the 8th and stay overnight at our lovely B&B in Mexico City!
Day 1- Nov 9th (-/-/d) Arrive in Chetumal, Mexico
We meet in Chetumal, Mexico today! From there we begin our journey to our beautiful spa on Lake Bacalar. Arrive at the lovely Akal•Ki Holistic Spa for dinner and a restful night amongst the sounds of the lake lapping up against the shore by our comfortable cabanas. Overnight at Akal•Ki Holistic Spa.
Day 2- Nov 10th (b/l/d) Akal•Ki Holistic Spa
This morning we will gather and set our intent for our week together. Each day we will meet in the morning for some gentle yoga followed by our visit for the day. There will be time for beading every afternoon, working on our altars, sitting in circle together sharing, and learning tools for living more centered and positive lives. Overnight at Akal•Ki Holistic Spa.
Day 3- Nov 11th (b/l/d) Dzibanche & Kinichna
After a delicious fresh breakfast and yoga, we’ll visit Dzibanche & Kinichna; the Pyramid of the Sun. This was a major site containing many glyphs and beautiful temples. The Pyramid allows us views of the surrounding site and jungle. Free time for massages during the late afternoon after our session together. Overnight at Akal•Ki Holistic Spa.
Day 4- Nov 12th (b/l/d) Kohunlich
Today we spend the morning at Kohunlich with its enormous stucco masks representing the different ages of the sun. It is located in a lovely area of the forest and is rarely visited. By climbing up the tallest pyramids we can look over the jungle canopy and often see families of Howler & Spider Monkeys. After our visit we’ll stop for a drink at The Explorean Hotel – a beautiful place to simply be. Overnight at Akal•Ki Holistic Spa.
Day 5- Nov 13th (b/l/d) Chacchoben & Oxtankah
Today we explore Chacchoben the “Place of Red Corn.” It’s a small but lovely set of ruins perfect for exploration and ceremony. If we have time we’ll also stop at Oxtankah located on the shores of the Chetumal Bay, another beautiful site filled with Ceiba and Yaxche trees giving it the feeling of a park. Overnight at Akal•Ki Holistic Spa
Day 6- Nov 14th (b/l/d) Cenote
After breakfast we are off to a wonderful cenote for a surreal swim and ceremony. Cenotes are sink holes formed out of the limestone of the Yucatan and are filled with crystal clear water – simply beautiful! Then we have a chance to just relax at our resort, enjoy our beading, swim and take advantage of the wonderful spa services. Overnight at Akal•Ki Holistic Spa.
Day 7- Nov 15th (b/-/-) Home!
Today we leave the jungle and make our way back to the airport and get ready for our flights home. We say our last goodbyes, hugs and kisses as we prepare to take our new dream of heaven back to our lives.
Important Information for Prayer Beads & Altars
Prayer beads can be created with a specific intent – whether they are made for healing purposes, to commemorate special times in our lives, as gifts, to aid in the grieving process, or simply as a medium of prayer. It’s important to being along some special beads of your own to add to your strands making them more powerful and meaningful for you. As with our beading, we recommend you bring some items for your altar – this could include pictures of what you want to create in your life or of people who touch your heart, important mementos, spiritual teachers you respect, and/or representations of issues you are currently working on.
# Six nights at Akal•ki Holistic Spa
# All meals included as marked on the itinerary in brackets next to each day
# All spiritual teachings are included
# All beading & altar lessons are included
# Morning yoga class
# We’ll be supplying beads along with any special ones you choose to bring
# Beading tools for your use (unless you have your own)
# All tips for our baggage handlers (one bag per person) are included
# All ground transportation; unless you do not arrive with the group and separate transport is needed.
# Your round trip air flight to and from Chetumal, Mexico is not included
# Other non-included items would be: phone calls, laundering services and souvenir shopping!
# Tips for the maids (we recommend $1.00/day for the maids) and the waiters are not-included
Regarding Flights: You will need to fly into the Chetumal, Mexico airport. Depending on where you are coming from, you may have to fly first to Mexico City and then take a national flight to Chetumal. Feel free to make your own flights, but please confirm them with us before booking.
Join us for an incredible retreat to regenerate and renew yourself!
Prayer Beads & Altars Trip Costs
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