Present Moment proudly announces the Grand Opening of our Lake Zirahuen Mountain Retreat Center…
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 the 3 luxury suites in the Grand Hacienda, our cabin and/or our bunk house. 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!
Upcoming Group Retreat
Transformation Awaits…. April 17-27, 2019, join our next Plant Medicine Retreat with Dr. Brianne McKenzie, Taylor Morisette & Shaman Andrea Espinoza. Click on the flyer below to get more information. You can email Brianne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Taylor at email@example.com for retreat registration.
The entire property is available for rent on Airbnb to accommodate up to 15 persons at US $850 per night.
THE GRAND HACIENDA:
You can also rent our Grand Hacienda only with three breathtaking suites available for US$500 per night (with up to 5 beds to accommodate up to 9 people)
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 (1 double, 1 single) can comfortably be added to the floor plan – accommodating up to 5 people in total.
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.
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.
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, toilet and vanity. Available for rent with the Grand Hacienda for US $725 per night.
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 queen size bed*, accommodating an individual or a couple. Available for rent with the Grand Hacienda for US $625 per night.
Location 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.
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 your stay with intention.
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Recommended Airports to fly into/out of:
The Morelia airport (MLM) is a one hour drive from Zirahuen, home of the Mountain Medicine Retreat Center (MMRC). Morelia, the capital of Michoacán, is the largest city within the state and is world heritage site named for it’s well preserved Spanish-Colonial buildings and layout of the city’s historic center. It is a beautiful place to explore for a day or two before or after the MMRC.
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport (ZIH) is a thirty minute drive to Troncones–where our beachfront yoga center Present Moment Retreat is located. From Troncones, Zirahuen is a three-and-a-half hour drive.
Depending on individual preferences, some participants may choose to purchase round-trip flights to/from MLM, while others may choose to fly round-trip to/from ZIH, with a third option being to fly one-way into either airport and one-way out of the other.
If you have some flexibility in your travel schedule please consider staying at our beachfront yoga retreat and spa resort in Troncones before and/or after The Mountain Medicine Retreat. The drive between Troncones and Zirahuen is absolutely stunning the entire way!
Transportation to/from the MMRC:
Whatever airport you choose to fly into/out of, we will be organizing transportation for all of our registered participants to the MMRC in Zirahuen on April 17th and from the MMRC on April 27th. The cost for transportation to/from the MMRC (*MLM airport or Troncones) is $60 USDs per person, each way.
*For participants who choose to fly into and/or out of ZIH will also need to pay for transportation between the airport and Troncones–in addition to the transportation to/from the MMRC. The cost of airport transfer between ZIH and Troncones is $60 USDs per taxi, each way. If you plan to fly in to ZIH, you must arrive to Present Moment Retreat in Troncones by 10am on April 17th to catch the shuttle to the MMRC in Zirahuen. If you plan to fly out of ZIH, the shuttle from the MMRC will be arriving in Troncones at about 4pm on April 27th, it is recommended that you book your flight out of ZIH on April 28th or later.