Dia de los Muertos: Ancestral & Plant Spirit Healing Retreat
with Hosts Lupo Passero, Rebekah Sutter & Tina Hartzell
October 30th - November 5th
We will be staying at the stunning Casa Salita in the heart of Sayulita. Casa Salita is a newly remodeled home with beautiful architectural design with expansive views overlooking the entire Sayulita Bay, downtown area and distant mountains and is complete with rooftop terrace and pool area. The pool at Casa Salita provides sun and shade and is perfect for cooling down while enjoying the views from the patio and surrounding gardens on the property. Casa Salita is conveniently situated only steps to the main downtown Sayulita plaza and only 3 blocks to the main Sayulita beach and surf break. The rooftop deck at Casa Salita is very spacious with a large dining table, comfortable couches to lounge on and the perfect place to share meals under the pergola to shade from the afternoon sun.
The highlight of this tour will certainly be the Local Day of the Dead Celebration. The annual Fesival Dia de los Muertos will be held on Nov 1 & 2, in the town square there will plenty of activity and ceremonies to participate in! There will be a stage set up in the plaza, with music and traditional folk dancing starting at 7PM both nights. The ceremonial lighting of candles on the altars will be at 11PM Nov 1. Altars will be set up throughout and around the plaza and the cemetery will be aglow with flowers and candles. There will be a midnight candlelight procession from the plaza to the cemetery 11:30 PM on Nov 2nd, it is sure to be a beautiful celebration!
Other activities will include:
Daily Healing Ritual & Flower Ceremonies, Spiritual Bathing & Limpias, Plant Walks & Talks, Daily interaction with the local, places, people & plants, Mandalas & Local Crafts, Healing with Yemaya, Calling in and Celebrating the Ancestors, Ancestral Plant Spirit Healing Journey and Despacho Closing Ceremony
Day 1- wednesday October 30th
Airport Pick Up, Check in to Casa, Welcome Dinner, Opening Ceremony & Ceremonial Lighting of Candles in Town
2:00 Group pick up at Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) From here we'll make our way up the beautiful Pacific Coast about 45 minutes to Sayulita. We will settle into our new home away from home and head into the town square to join the celebrations of Fesival Dia de los Muertos. Arrive to Casa Salita by 3:00.
5:00-7:00 Opening Circle and Guac-tails (yes, this is guacamole and cocktails time) After arriving and settling in, we’ll set our intentions and create group alter honoring our ancestors and those who have come before us. We will spend time in ceremony connecting to our past with our present hearts, to the land and to the spirits with ceremony, song and a welcome celebration.
7:00 Welcome Dinner (at favorite local restaurant).
Day 2- thursday, October 31st
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Ancestral Healing Journey Lupo will lead a Plant Spirit Healing exercise that allows participants to release any ancestral burdens one may be carrying. These burdens are often held in our energy body and can limit us in various ways. Through this journey we will lay down our ancestral burdens and anything else may be keeping us from our full and true expression of self. This ceremony will be followed with herbal, aromatic and plant spirit healing rituals.
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:30 Water Plant Spirits Healing Ceremony Prior to the beautiful and fulfilling experience of the Fesival Dia de Muertos activities, we will prepare ourselves by releasing and cleansing our cares away in flower filled of healing water ritual, held in the Casa Salita pool overlooking Mama Ocean, surrounded by plant allies and relaxing energy healing. This ceremony is meant to cleanse and support our spiritual and emotional bodies and prepare us for the following days activities.
4:00 Free Time
Day 3 - Friday, November 1st
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Visit with Local Crafts People and Farmers Market After breakfast, we will take a stroll into town and visit the numerous local craftspeople who work closely with the plants in various ways and visit the local farmers market. Lupo will introduce you to the weavers, textiles and artists that make Sayulita so special. We will also visit the beautiful work of the Huichol, the local, indigenous tribe. The art of the Huichol is personal and captivating, with complex designs, vibrant colors and sacred symbols.
12:30 pm Lunch at the Market
2:00 - 7:00 Free Time
7:00 We will meet in the plaza for music, traditional folk dancing and merriment, 11:30 PM Candlelight Procession from the plaza to the cemetery (optional)
Day 4: Saturday, November 2
Free Day to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at your own leisure!
Throughout the town square there will plenty of activity and ceremonies to participate in!
Head to the beach for the day! Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) is our local favorite!
Engage in a plethora of local activities including surf lesson, whale watching and hiking.
We are more than happy to assist you in making accommodations as needed. Just ask!
Day 5: sunday, November 3
10-12:00 - Local Farmers Market Visit
12:00-4 Field Trip & Beach Adventure to San Pancho!! San Pancho is Sayulita’s sweet little neighbor to the north. Formally called San Francisco, San Pancho shares Sayulita’s small scale and beachfront locale, but it has a very different vibe and is quite a special place and well worth the visit. San Pancho is a quaint and colorful town offering beautiful architecture, restaurants, yoga centers, jewelry shops, cafés, local crafts people and of course stunning beaches.
4:00 Free Time
Day 6: monday, November 4
9:30 am Breakfast
10:30-12:30 Setting intentions with sacred crafts. We will spend the morning working with the various local plant dyed textiles and yarns that this region is so well known for. Using our intentions we will create beautiful and sacred pieces of art that will be meant for you to take home so that you always have a piece of Sayulita and our amazing adventure to place on your alter or in your sacred space.
12:30 pm Lunch, Free Afternoon This afternoon will be left intentionally open and we will see where the day takes us. Participants may want to spend a lazy afternoon by the pool or with the ocean or we may find another activity that speaks to the group as a whole. There are also various activities such as whale watching, surfing, hiking or other adventures that you may want to fit into your final day in Mexico.
6:00 Closing Ceremony, Despacho Closing Ceremony and Gratitude Dinner
Day 7: tuesday, November 5
Adios Amigo & Amigas!! Please be prepared for a late morning departure. After breakfast you will be picked up and dropped off at Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) no later than 11:00 am.
Most breakfast and some meals will be served at Casa Salita and are included in the cost of the tour and are outlined on the itinerary above. Please read the itinerary carefully so you know which meals you are responsible for. Dinners, other than our first and last night together are NOT included in the cost. A budget of $10-20 per day will get you a nice dinner in town, but most people find that between the continental breakfasts and hearty lunches that are served at Casa Salita, a quick bite at one of the many local taquerias is more than enough.
Pick up and drop off from Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) and travel to and from San Pancho.
Check out this video that highlights Sayulita and our beautiful accommodations. Room Options (First come, first serve)
Alta Vista Bedroom 1 - 1 king bed
Buena Vista Bedroom 2 - 1 king bed, 1 double bed
Chula Vista Bedroom 3 - 1 king bed
Casita Dulce Bedroom 4 - 1 queen bed
Bedroom 1 - 1 king bed (reserved)
Bedroom 2 - 1 king bed (reserved)
Pricing for the Trip (flights not included):
Single Occupancy $2200.00
Double Occupancy $1800.00
There are 7 beds available but we can accommodate up to 10-12 people, depending upon shared rooms. Double occupancy will include a shared king size bed, bathroom, kitchen and balcony and there will be a $400 discount on shared rooms. A deposit of $800 will be required to cover your deposit and final payment ($1000) will be due by September 1st, 2019.
Partial proceeds from this tour will go to support The Huichol Center, a center for cultural survival and the traditional arts. Established nearly three decades ago in the rugged mountains of Sierra Occidental, in the town of Huejuquilla el Alto, Jalisco, Mexico, The Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and the Traditional Arts developed working strategies and goals to address the economic, educational and health issues facing the Huichol people and children as they work to maintain their cultural identity and homeland.
A Message From Our Hosts...
Restaurant owner, Jason Adelman and Photographer extraordinaire Jennifer Manna.
"We fell in love with Sayulita in 2011 when we purchased a diamond in the rough. We have updated Casa Salita with love over the years and hopefully you will love our home and Sayulita as much as we do."
Please read the Disclaimer:
**All participants must be 18 years of age or older unless with a legal guardian.
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