Hasta Luego Mexico
Here we are reminiscing of our time in Mexico already. Gee, time fly’s when your flowing and rolling with the taco’s. Firstly, sorry for the lack of blog update, Managing The Sanctuary in Puerto Escondido was a huge job, far bigger than we expected…
Our plan was to live / volunteer in Mexico for 4 months for Peter (The Owner) so he could be a witness of his grandchild’s birth in the UK. I remember our second skype meeting with Peter, he asked us to post in a compliance letter each month, because if we forget he could potentially be thrown in jail…
Wait, WHAT? At that point we were starting to rethink what the hell and maybe we should have met “The Owner” in person before committing to run his healing centre. Hesitantly, we asked why? He explained he got caught steeling a truck load of peyote from the desert, no big deal.. Haha…
When we arrived from our unbelievable and crazy Central American adventure, we quickly learnt our mission was to downsize the volunteers who were currently residing / building abundance for the Healing Centre to be sustainable,
They tried so many things to reach the magic number of 22,500 pesos / $1715.00 US rent per month. But got no where near, while slowly realizing they were surrounded by poverty and our healing centre looked like the white house compared to the rustic galvanized steel homes circling.
We implemented the vision, mission and values for the centre and setup jobs / projects for the volunteers to spend their time and creating positive energy & market our events to Mexico city & the USA.
We had to let some of the 12 volunteers go as we had no beds for our guests and turned the party house into a house of healing again. We were able to narrow down to a core group of 5 amazing beings and opened our doors to share, create magic & shifts rainbows.
We managed the centre for 4 months, in this time Christian become a qualified Ashtanga Yoga teacher, conducting daily yoga classes for our guests and the public. We were also exposed to an amazing substance called miracle mineral solution (MMS) You can read more here about the detox and testimonials.
Since then we have shared this solution with many friends & family who have taken the 21 day1000 protocol, we will be holding some talks in Singapore & Australia early next year.
Experiences and Retreats
The most fulfilling experiences come from sharing vegan meals & time with our guests and volunteers at The Sanctuary, together we shifted some redundant learnt patterns and helped implement subtle yet easy positive lifestyle changes.
Each night our volunteers and ourselves would take it in turns to design a shared activity / workshop. We had no need for television, alcohol etc we were learning every night and facing some of our biggest challenges together. The support of this community was like a family.
The Sanctuary events we managed include;
- An Ashtanga yoga teachers retreat
- A beach massage stall
- A self empowerment retreat
- A liver / gallbladder flush retreat
- 2 x weekend Reiki 1attunement sessions
- A Drumming & African Dance workshop
A very special mention goes to Klarissa Hunt for standing by our side throughout our whole Sanctuary / Mexican experience. As I said before, if i could clone this women I would. Another special mention goes to Christina Wells for helping us translate all our classes / retreats into Spanish.Thank you.
Living in Mexico is not for the faint hearted, while running our African dance / drumming workshop the surrounding locals become very annoyed with the continuous drumming noise, I would too after 4-6 hours of drumming each day.
After lots of phone calls from locals to the police station asking him to come over and shut us down, he turned up and pretty much said “I am here to tell you to stop drumming. If you don”t shut up, the locals said they would promptly appear with machetes and will not ask twice.”
Needless to say we stopped and cancelled the next few days to let the locals cool off. They were back to being their happy selves in no time, smiling, waving & wishing us Buenos Dias each day. Feww….
Each Monday was fasting day, one of our volunteers did not wish to fast from food and asked if he could fast from clothes. We said, Sure, but please don’t walk around Puerto Escondido nude. OK, he said I will wear a sarong.
While walking bare chested with nothing but a sarong to get a falafel sanga that afternoon he was stopped by the police, searched & questioned about drugs, clothes and where he was going. They checked his bag and sent him on his way…confused. No drugs?! Haha…
- We were based in the most beautiful surfing hub of the world,
- We witnessed people healing from life threatening diseases and viruses,
- gaining back their relationships & connection with their family,
- understanding their life barriers and knowing how to face them,
- learning conscious communication, mind expansion,
- learning how to prepare vegan meals with local produce,
- knowing how to let go, be, rest, breathe and surrender,
- cleansing people who had little choices left for good health
- Most of all creating a family environment for everyone who come to stay and needed to feel loved, supported, and inspired.
Mexico is a beautiful place, yes it can be dangerous and we heard ALL the stories too. BUT, every country has these stories. Just use your common sense.
- Try not to go out or be out after 10pm in dangerous quiet areas and don”t walk around with anything of value.
- Dress down, wear what the locals wear. Leave all the glitz & glam at home.
- Walk with a purpose, if you are going somewhere people will not get in your way, it’s when you look lost, confused it’s easy to approach you for whatever reason.
- Know where you are going and how your going to get there, research get a map or ask someone to take you.
- Always carry small change, you will be less of a target when they know your not worth much. Don’t flash the money or electronics you do have.
- Learn basic Spanish: numbers, greetings, transport, bathrooms etc..
Some Random Facts about Mexico
Here is our random wisdom to share from living in Mexico:
- Mexicans don”t need to complete a driving test EVER, they just turn up to the police station with their ID and zoom off..
- Mexicans can mop a floor with anything as long as they have a damp tea towel
- Most police are corrupt, This is something Mexicans are ashamed of and wish they could change
- Mexicans are the most happiest, loud and fun loving people who can & love to dance!
- In PE, most people were very poor but they had a HUGE and VERY loud music systems they loved to play mariachi music, our bed would vibrate from the tuba 200 meters away!
- We got around on very little spanish but make sure you learn the basic’s if you head to Mexico
- Collectivo’s are amazing – they are a loop service taxi cost 5 Mex peso’s or 0.40c AUD a trip.
- Don’t drink the water from the tap’s, EVER.
- Most showers are cold – hot water costs money. Toilet paper goes into the bin not in the loo.
- Chili is in EVERYTHING, even sweets and ice-cream.
- Popular Mexican beer! Victoria, Sol, Modelo, Indigo.
- Corona is abundant everywhere and cost’s less than $1 AUD each. Additionally, Corona is not owned by Mexico anymore Anheuser-Busch InBev NV brought it. The last Mex owned beer is Modelo Group.
- Hygiene is not a common practice in Mexico, bare hands handling food is very common.
- Bek finds little kids who speak spanish the cutest!
- Mexico has the most richest man in the WORLD – Carlos Slim Helu.
- Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world
- Mexican children do not receive presents on Christmas Day. They receive gifts on January 6, the day on which Mexicans celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.
- Mexico City is built over the ruins of a great Aztec city, Tenochtitlán.
- Mexico City is built on a lake, therefore it is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year as pumps draw water out for the city’s growing population
- The Chihuahua dog is the world’s smallest dog and is named from a Mexican state.
- Soccer is serious business to Mexicans – don’t talk while it’s on or your get a machete
- The total population of Australia is equivalent to the population just in Mexico city!!
- Currently we are in San Francisco from: 26 November – 10 December 2013
- China, Beijing – 2 x 72 hour trips. Due to inability to get a China visa (would have to apply in Australia)
- 10 December 2013 & 3 January 2014 (only for 72 hrs each time)
- Korea, Seoul – 13 December 2013 – 3 January 2014
- Singapore – 5- 15 January 2014: see flyer to right for events.
UK, London – 20 April 2014 – Click here for more details and business we are working with
Events in San Francisco
We are on the radio! Tune in on Tuesday 3rd of December (US Time) for our guest appearance on Living the Shift Program – Click Here for details.
In love and gratitude always for the memories and experiences we share,
Bek and Christian