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Published: October 27th 2007
san marcos is a top place, its a bit "far out" if u compare it to
your average UK town, but its a good place with good people...and
of course on the stunning lake.
I stayed at las piramedes to have a look as they run a lunar long
course, i liked it so stayed for all of it - this entailed a
lunar cycle long course of early morning yoga, metaphysics in the
late morning, some guided meditation late afternoon and calm yoga
in the evening (you didnt have to go to everything just do what
and when you felt like it). The yoga included hatha,tibetan, sun
salutations and kundalini - was tough at first i can tell you.
But My back has never felt so good. 15 years working on computers
has been stretched out of me :-)
The metaphysics included some toaism, numerology, kabalah,
energy, maya, vibrations, health, consciousness, alchemy,
breathing, natural healing, how to have lucid dreams and lots of
The guided mediations where fun, some went into past lives,
future scenarios, and other good stuff - only worked well if they
got you completely relaxed (nearly asleep) though. I was snoring
one and the man had to wake me up - heheh - was not too
uncommon (all of this was done in a big really cool pyramid).
The whole place was a beautiful well kept garden a minute from
the lake. It all helps the local community out to by giving the
nearby mayan school stuff, building walls with recyclable 'waste'
and the course also uses a percentage of our money on local
The best thing was that there was no dogma or rules and it was
all pick and mix' information wise and you take what you like and
drop the rest, nothing was taken too seriously either. Lots of
the information they have (inlcuding that from the library hut)
is pretty ancient - egyptian / hebrew / hermes / atlantis etc.
Lots of people from all round the world are in san marcos and
there are 2 "locals" mayan neighberhoods. I have my own pyramid
style hut/house heheh. There is a medicinal plant garden and a
mayan sauna and kitchen and we live very simply with no luxuries.
I hang out with a norwegian guy most of all. We all went cliff
jumping the other day - i bottled the big one - 25ft was enough
for me but 11 year olds where doing back flips off it!
Theres a decent american guy up the road who own a restaurant -
he escaped america and does not care that he only earns around
$6k a year here - he is happy. He keeps showing the
www.zeitgeistmovie.com at his restaurant - heheh, we had a good
chat once i told him i had seen it. He just built a restaurant a
few years ago, no permission, no licences, no tax, none of that
stuff exists around here.
The last 5 days before the end of the course we did a juice/tea
fast - i drank some pre-fast plant called cenna just before and i
poo'd like you would not believe. They laid on some good plants
for fasting teas; mexican sage,basil,lemongrass etc A bit of
salt, spirilina n honey in the smoothies sure killed off any
hunger pangs. Already did a 6 day fast in July so this time it
Anyway, i feel super healthy and springy at present from all this
healthy stuff and I didnt even
know about this place till
recently, then I was only going to spend a night or two here.
Something like this in Europe would cost a fortune - here its
about £8 a day - all in. It really was a very rich experience
with some very real people.
San marcos has lots of dogs about (San barkos to locals) and lots
of coffee, lemongrass, lemon, avokado and banana plants. The
locals have loudpseakers on the churches so we can hear their
mayan take on catholisism - very odd but kinda cute. Due to ppl
learning on courses around the holistic area of the town i have
been a guinea pig for head massage / reflexology / rieki /
shuitsi and swedish massage :-)
I also had an EFT session (free as some1 just did the course) and
afterwards i threw my additive free roll ups (heheh) away and
have not had one craving! EFT is so far out and strange (and
new), but it cures addiction, trauma, phobias, compulsions,
anything! its very funny during the session but no pills,
needles or objects are used. the rationale is very clever and
you dont even have to believe how it
works...for it to work.
Another thing in the long list of treatments to help me give up
Lots of rain here in the western highlands in the afternoons but
never cold. the rainy season ends in a few days or
so...hurah..but the sunrises and mornings are amazing and hot!
They had a mudslide around here a few years ago and it took out a
couple of villages - can certainly see and feel how this was
possible. when its hot all the hummingbirds and wildlife come out
(killer snakes n spiders which i am a bit blase about now).
Now i've gone to a cheaper hotel/group of huts a few minutes from
the pyramids. I want to get to some of the local towns markets
now i am free'd up.
Anyways - thats more than enough about my hard life and far out
stuff for one blog. These are my favourite photos so far, i
think i have finally tamed that beast of a camera.
Let me know what you've been up to.
Your all invited to my birthday at paco raol restaurant, its 6
hours dodgy van drive on dodgy roads
from Guatemala city then a
boat, oh and dont hang around the city as you might get shot.
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