Majestically poised 7000 feet high in the Sierra Madre Mountains, nestled amongst mature oaks and mighty pines, our new Yoga and Wellness Resort boasts breathtaking views of famous Lake Zirahuen and its surrounding community in the colonial Mexican state of Michoacan.
This Mexico mountain retreat center offers yoga classes and group retreats, silent and guided meditation, qigong and tai chi, dance and movement therapy, 200 hr. RYT Teacher Training Certification, wellness counselling and life coaching, healthy spa cuisine, massage and body work therapies, professionally guided adventure tours, corporate retreats, an international boutique and more.
Please contact us now for the opportunity to reserve one of the 3 luxury suites in the Grand Hacienda. Thank you for helping us to grow, expand, and to touch the lives of all who wish to embrace what is possible in this amazing Present Moment. Enjoy this day, as there will never be another one like it!
Our New Yoga Retreat Center in Zirahuen, Michoacan
Lake Zirahuen is located near Patzcuaro, just off the Patzcuaro/Uruapan highway in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Michoacan, 68 kilometers south from the colonial city of Morelia, the state’s capital. The breathtaking setting of Lake Zirahuen is unforgettable. Its crystalline waters, which range from a deep blue to a jade green reflect the surrounding ancient forests of pine, oak, cedar, and fruit trees. The lake gets its name from the indigenous pre-Hispanic Purepecha language, where Zirahuen translates as “Mirror of the Gods.”
Lake Zirahuen is a peaceful fishing lake bordered by corn and avocado fields, horse ranches, and authentic Mexican pueblos. Wild thistle grows alongside the road and luscious blackberries are cultivated in the region. On the shore lies the village of Zirahuen, known for its rustic wooden casitas called ‘trojes’, traditional structures which for centuries have been used for casitas, grain storage and small businesses. At an altitude of 7000 feet with a moderately cool climate, Zirahuen is ablaze with colorful flowers most of the year including pink and red geraniums, explosive bougainvilleas, white calla lilies, delicate begonias, and a variety of roses, wildflowers and petunias that all thrive in this climate.
The shoreline is dotted with simple docks for fishing boats, mom-and-pop restaurants, rustic cabins for rent, and small shops selling assorted miscellaneous items. One of the most memorable visuals is a long wooden pier that stretches out into the lake waters. The pier is covered, and the geometric pattern of the wooden posts and railings artistically highlight the sunlight shimmering on this pure body of water. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on Lake Zirahuen, with the exception of two or three tour boats which operate on the weekends only.
Along the pier lies a series of small shops and cafes, surrounded by a profusion of blossoms, offering such authentic fare as charales (tiny, whole, crisp-fried white fish) fresh caught lake trout, sopes (hand-made tortillas stacked with fillings such as black beans, locally made cheeses, chorizo and chicken) and sopa de hongos (mushroom soup.) Crafts of the area include hand-carved wooden trays, spoons and toys, as well as colorful hand woven tablecloths and a variety of textiles.
Zirahuen’s historical adobe brick town church is centrally located, and is dedicated to El Señor del Perdón (The Merciful Lord.) This beautiful building represents the architecture which prevailed throughout the region since the 16th century. Its vaulted ceiling is made completely of hardwoods from the mountain’s forest, and the small choir loft can be reached by climbing a classical spiral staircase. The gable roof is made of ancient terra cotta tiles, and to the right side of this romantic house of worship lays a 16th century bell tower, entirely made of stone.
This village of fishermen and farmers has a fierce passion for music. The musical bands of Zirahuen are famous throughout the country. Also famous are the women’s choir and their festive dance groups.
Lake Zirahuen in Legend
According to historian Eduardo Ruiz, Purepecha Emperor Siguangua ordered a rest house to be built near the lake, where according to legend, the Princess of Zirahuen was transformed into moonlight by the sacred hummingbird who stole her soul. Her beloved, Cuitzeman, searched for her endlessly at night until the mother goddess Cuerauperi led him to the lake, where the Princess rose from the water, dragging him down with her to rest forevermore in the lake’s dark depths. Yet another version of the legend has it that no woman has ever drowned in this lake, but the Princess continues to pull men down into its reaches. The lake’s contrasts, from deep blue to jade, hint at another yet-to-be-debunked fantasy: that the lake’s deep inlets lead to the Pacific Ocean.
No one has proved that they don’t.
Mountain Medicine Retreat by Present Moment
Yoga, Mindful Eating, Pranayama, Bodywork, Mantra, & Exploration
- 1 week of nourishing the Self through intentional practices in a holistic environment
- Mountain-top retreat center overlooking Lake Zirahuen–”The Mirror of the Gods”
- Disconnect to Re-connect: no wifi/screens; simply nature, human experience, and turning the gaze inward
- Finding stillness within a busy world by quieting the mind and recharging the soul
Body, Mind, & Spirit Attunement
The Mountain Medicine Retreat is designed to bring mindfulness into all aspects of everyday that you are here, elevating your human vibration, and allowing you to move through the week with intention. This experience is intended to be a “system re- set” for you, and provide you with tools to take home, and weave them into the fabric of your life once you leave Zirahuen.
Every morning, afternoon, and evening will be filled with opportunities to indulge in activities that are designed to allow you to feel a sense of contentment.
Each day will begin before sunrise with a juicy asana practice followed by a cacao- fueled meditation/pranayama practice in a sacred space–our stand-alone studio, warmed and illuminated by it’s fireplace, and nestled in the woods. Every Sivasana will include hands-on adjustments, sound healing, and acupuncture (for those who want it)! After we move our bodies together and soak up the splendor of practice, breakfast will be served–a vegetarian feast of local/organic produce, farm eggs, kimchi, fresh fruit, artisanal bread and granola; all butter, cheese, milk, yogurt, and kefir provided will also be local, raw, organic, and grass-fed! Don’t worry, local/ organic coffee & tea will be available as well. Our retreat center in Zirahuen is equipped with alkalizing well-water, so you will have the luxury of drinking straight from the tap!
After breakfast, you will have most afternoons free: you may take the opportunity to go for a hike, do some reflection, journal, play with a selection of coloring books, explore the property, walk into town, go kayaking, go horseback riding, nap in a hammock, play on the slack-line, help our chef’s prep food in the kitchen, or indulge in some bodywork. Your package will include one 90 minute session, with an option to book more sessions during your stay. Bring a watch–remember, you won’t have your fancy little smartphone with you! This is a perfect opportunity to dig out that digital Casio that didn’t sell in your last garage sale and put it to good use. Retro is the new black right?
Since we will be feasting on a late breakfast, lunch will not be organized as a group event–healthy, delicious, nutrient-dense, and pack-friendly, snacks, will be provided for those who need extra sustenance until dinner-time. In addition, cold-pressed juices, small-batch kombucha, and a self-serve smoothie bar will be available to all throughout the day!
We have three excursions planned during the retreat: a shopping trip into the spanish colonial town of Patzcuaro–”Heaven in the Clouds,” another trip to Santa Clara del Cobre–an historic copper-mining town saturated with blacksmiths whose workshops offer old-world style demonstrations on their artisanal craft, and to sit together at a local temezcal–an indigenous sweat lodge, the ceremony is guided by a local healer. All the excursions are included in your package; however, they are optional if you’d prefer to stay at the retreat center and bask in the space with a bit less activity swirling about.
Daily, after sun-down, we will re-group for satsung–a brief dharma talk (yoga philosophy) followed by group mantra (chanting). Drums and other noise makers will be available as well!
Dinner will be served in the main house, family-style, after satsung. Every night, a different vegetarian feast will be presented in a nurturing setting: fire crackling in the fireplace, good music, great company, and wine (not included in package, available during dinner for those who’d like to indulge–please limit your consumption to 2 glasses only).
After Dinner we will have story-time around the fireplace and/or share some self-care secrets that can be used as brief rituals before bed or upon waking–easily incorporated into daily life.
You will have access to some amazing healers during your stay who are honored to have an opportunity to share their gifts with you. Collectively, they’re modalities include: Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Sound Healing, Craniosacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Shamanic Healing, Reiki, and Crystal Chakra Balancing!
Room Rates – Mountain Medicine Retreat
The Bunk House
* The Bunk House accommodates four individuals, very comfortably: over-sized bunks with double beds, personal dressers and night stands, windows with views of the main house and over-looking zen gardens, a fireplace and lounge area, and a bathroom with 2 showers, a toilet, and a vanity.
* $2,000 per person
* The Cabin is the most private space available on the property: nestled into the upper corner of the zen garden, and bordering the pine forest. This unit is equipped with a fireplace, a lounge area, a shower, a toilet, a vanity, a dresser, and a king size bed*, accommodating an individual or a couple.
* $3,500 – single occupancy / $2,500 per person – double occupancy (*couple)
The Master Suite
* The Master Suite is one of three over-sized rooms in the main house. Extremely over-sized in fact, the ceiling in this room 20 feet tall at its peak! Over-looking the lake through a panorama of more-than-full-length, sliding, glass doors, you have private access to the main deck and an over-sized private deck space. In addition, this sprawling room is equipped with a fireplace and lounge, a flatscreen TV and lounge, two closets built into circular-shaped walls, drawers built into an over-sized vanity that follows the contour of the walls, a sauna, a toilet-vanity combo, a shower, and a king-size bed with view of the fireplace! Depending on the needs of the individuals utilizing this space, two more beds can comfortably be added to the floor plan – accommodating up to four people in total.
* $4,500 – single occupancy / $3,500 per person – double occupancy $3,000 per person – triple occupancy / $2,500 per person – quadruple occupancy
The Blue Door Suite
* The Blue Door Suite is one of three over-sized rooms in the main house. Waking up in this room is absolutely stunning, as a giant window acts as the headboard for the king size bed* – giving an incredible perspective of the canopies of indigenous trees on the property. Another huge window in the room over-looks the zen garden. This room has a private entrance, through an antique door of which it is named after, adjacent to the water fountain at the entrance of the main house. In addition, this room is equipped with a toilet-vanity, and a shower.
* $3,000 single occupancy / $2,500 per person – double occupancy (*couple)
The Lake View Suite
* The Lake View Suite is one of three over-sized rooms in the main house: over-looking the lake through more-than-full-length, sliding, glass doors, and private access to the deck – it is obvious how this room got it name. The sleeping quarters are more cozy than the rest, with a double size bed* and an armoir; however, it is still very spacious with tall ceilings. This room has a notably over-sized bathroom with circular-shaped walls, taking up even more floor-space than the bedroom itself. A view from the window in the bathroom over-looks the outside dining patio, yoga shala, and forest. The bathroom has a toilet, a vanity, and a shower, as well as additional space to keep your belongings.
* $3,000 single occupancy / $2,000 per person – double occupancy (*couple)
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