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Renewal in the Yucatan

Treat yourself to a week of creative renewal and cultural exploration in Mexico. Wisconsin-based tour operator, Adventures in Perspective, offers unique week-long painting, writing, batiking, cooking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, nature watching, and other art and adventure workshops based in a secluded ecolodge on the beach in the Yucatan’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. American artists team up with local Mayan artists to offer a wide range of activities.

Participate as much or as little as you want: If you’d rather snorkel the colorful Palancar reef from the beach instead of paint, do it! If you need to take a break from intensive writing and go for a kayak trip up the mangrove canals to spot birds or howler monkeys, do it! And if you just want to kick back on the beach or visit one of the nearby local fishing villages for ideas, you’re free to do so.

The owners, Gail Greene and Grant Herman, are certified outdoors educators and provide snorkeling and sea kayaking instruction for all comers. Meals are sumptuous: fresh fruits, seafood, tortillas, and homemade Hibiscus tea. Excursions to nearby Mayan sites and village markets are part of the trips.

As part of a writing and storytelling workshop, led by American writer Al Kesselheim and Mayan storyteller Joaquin Balam Che, we spent the first night celebrating a midnight Easter Mass in nearby Vallodolid at an ancient cathedral built over a Mayan cenote or sinkhole. The next day we stopped at Coba to explore the Yucatan’s most impressive Mayan ruin. While we climbed the tallest pyramid, Joaquin entertained and educated us with traditional Mayan stories and Al exhorted us to take notes for writing our own pieces about the experience.

Then it was on to our base for the week at Punta Pelicano, a perfect ecolodge surrounded by miles of white sand beach and crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Morning writing workshops and evening storytelling sessions introduced techniques and cross-cultural themes and still gave us plenty of time to indulge in the pleasures.

A week later we were refreshed and renewed. Not only had we exercised our creative and physical sides, but we had also gained a new appreciation for Mayan culture and the natural beauty of Sian Ka’an.

Trip costs include all workshops, land transfers, sea kayaking, snorkeling, meals, and excursions. For more information see www.livingadventure.com.

 
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