Experience Consciousness Through Music and Meditation with Guitar Virtuoso David Barrett.
Enjoy seven nights in Sotuta de Peon Hacienda Viva — an amazing environment for creating and performing music.
Buddha Travel believes that the Path to Conscious Living can be achieved in many ways, and we aim to break the traditional concepts for expanding consciousness, beginning with this musical approach under the guidance of a musician who believes that mindfulness and meditation can take music to an entirely new level. If you ever watch an artist or musician closely when they are deep into the art, it becomes obvious that the intense focus involved is a meditative state. However, an artist’s life is full of highs and lows, and occasionally we feel that we are out of sync with our own creativity! This retreat will help participants find their way back to their peak creative abilities.
David Barrett, solo instrumental guitarist and leader of the David Barrett Trio, puts it this way: “After playing guitar for many years, I found the missing component to my personal development in music (and life) was meditation; it transformed how I composed and performed music.” The goal of this retreat is to help hobbyists, and professional musicians alike discover their full potential, and to develop their own original style by transporting people away from their daily lives, and immersing them in a fun, creative, and transformative environment. We plan on sharing some great jam sessions, performances and surprises during the Retreat so won’t you join us to ignite your creativity with ‘Mindfulness Through Music?
See you in Yucatan!
“After playing guitar for many years, I found the missing component to my personal development in music (and life) was meditation; it transformed how I composed and performed music on the guitar…”
~ David Barrett
ARRIVAL DAY ONE
Tuesday March 5th:
Arrival at Merida Airport and transfer to Sotuta de Peon Hacienda Viva; Meet & Greet your Buddha Travel Hosts and David Barrett
8:00 pm Dinner at Poolside Restaurant
Wednesday March 6th:
7:30 am — Breakfast at Poolside Restaurant
9:00 am – Group meet and greet, Retreat Overview — Poolside
10:00 am – Hacienda Viva Tour & Cenote Experience
2:00 pm — Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant
4:00 pm — Workshop #1 Collective:
The first workshop will review music as it relates to the player and the listener as a whole, covering different genres and styles of guitar playing. The art, philosophy, and science we expose ourselves to deepens our understanding of music, and leads to a richer appreciation that creates more tools to use in our toolbox.
6:00 to 8:00 pm – Private time
8:00 pm –Dinner in Poolside Restaurant
10:00 pm — Jam on the Casa Terrace with David Barrett
Thursday march 7th:
10:00 am – Leave from the lobby for half day trip to the Ancient Maya site of Mayapan
2:00 pm – Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Afternoon free
8:00 pm — Dinner at Poolside Restaurant
10:00 pm – Gather in The Listening Room with David Barrett
Friday March 8th:
9:00 am — Workshop #2 — Outward Focus:
This workshop focuses on all of the outward components of playing the instrument. All aspects of technique, theory, and the gear involved in getting a great guitar sound will be explored.
Demonstrations on acoustic guitar will be featured
12:00 pm — Massage and Healing Therapies
2:00m pm — Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant
4:00 pm — One on One Session — Personal one on one time with Dave on cultivating your own style and using mindfulness to enhance creativity.
8:00 pm — Dinner at Poolside Restaurant
10:00 pm Jam in the Courtyard with David Barrett
Saturday March 9th:
9:00 am — Massage and Healing Therapies
12:00 pm – Meet in Lobby to depart for Day Trip to the Colonial City of Merida for shopping at local market, sightseeing, late afternoon drinks
6:30 pm – Return to Sotuta de Peon
8:00 pm — Dinner at The Poolside Restaurant
10:00 pm — Q&A with Dave: Rock and Roll Stories, in the studio and on the road!
Sunday March 10th:8:30 am — Shuttle to Merida International Airport for your flight home.
“A player of many strands – plays in many guises – could show up anywhere, and get the job done quite beautifully !”
~ Steve Howe, guitarist (Yes).
“Staying in Sotuta de Peón is a unique experience of connection with nature, as well as a portal to time and history. Our 30 rooms combine comfort and good taste; in every detail of the decoration and in the distribution of the spaces we find the most subtle and distinctive features of the architecture of the haciendas and the traditional Mayan house.
Surrounded by trees and gardens, it is a joy for your senses, as well as enjoying the immense green sea of the henequen plants, whose textures are lost in the distance and the horizon.
Whether you visit the museum house, in the main building of the hull, or spend time in one of its gardens or in the silence and clarity of the Dzul-Ha cenote, you will be connected with you, with your own, with this Mayan land full of mysteries that the breeze takes from one corner to another and make of your stay in Sotuta de Peón, an experience that you will repeat every time you can with your partner, your family, your friends; or as a space of renewal, silence and inner retreat. Make of Sotuta de Peón, your home in Yucatan.” ~ taken from https://www.haciendaviva.com/hotel/
“David is a rare combination of imagination, dedication, and raw talent”.
~Terry Brown, producer (Rush)
At Hacienda Viva in Sotuta de Peón, we feature Mexican and Yucatecan cuisine, the perfect blend between Mayan and Spanish heritage, using recipes passed down from many earlier generations. All of the menu selections change daily and are prepared by local chefs who use the local seasonings and flavors . The Indigenous culinary traditions make Sotuta de Peon a unique dining experience as well as a memorable encounter with culture.
In addition to regional gourmet cuisine, vegetarian entrees, fresh squeezed juices and seasonal fruit are always available as well as foods that are free of salt, fluoride and chemicals.
During the Buddha Travel Signature Retreats, we will also offer a Detox Menu, designed by nutritionist Dona Nora Hidalgo.
When you register for a Buddha Travel Retreat, let us know your dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate you!
Alcoholic Beverages Specialty Juices, and Soft Drinks
Entry fees for sites not listed on itinerary
You can reach Sotuta de Peon by flying into Merida International Airport (Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport) or Cancun International Airport.
From Merida: Taxi services are available to take you to Hacienda Viva from the airport.
From Cancun: Luxury bus service is available from the airport to Merida, where taxi service to Sotuta de Peon is available; private car service or rental car can also be arranged.
Transportation to the resort will be arranged for participants in Buddha Travel Retreats upon registration.
“I can’t see how to excel if you are not mindful of your deeper consciousness. Through my meditation, I was able to gain access to a way of deepening my experience with music. I realized that being technically good on your instrument is just not good enough. But if you change as a person, you make music that moves you, and hopefully others, more deeply.”
The following represents the Buddha Travel Terms and Conditions; Retreat Payment, Cancellation, Refund and Registration Policies as of September 2017 and updated July 4th, 2018. We may update periodically as required without notice.
The Buddha Travel Terms and Conditions; Retreat Payment, Cancellation, Refund and Registration Policies:
1) Deposit of 50% must be paid at time of Registration booking.
2) Balance of 50% must be paid in full 30 Days Prior to Retreat Arrival date.
which is 30-DAYS prior to the Retreat starting date.
3) 100% of Retreat Registration booking must paid in full when booked less then 30 days prior to Retreat program arrival date.
4) In the event of a Cancellations before 90 days or more prior to the Arrival date a 20% processing fee will be deducted from the amount of the Deposit for the reservation, meaning 80% of your Deposit will be REFUNDED to you.
5) Cancellations less then 60 days or more prior to the Arrival date will have a 50% Processing Fee deducted, meaning that 50% of the payment received to that date will be REFUNDED.
6) There will be NO Cancellations or Refunds provided less then 30 Days from the Retreat program Arrival date.
7) Absolutely No Refunds will be provided for people “either arriving late or departing early” for the retreat after the start date or prior to the end dates as published on the www.buddha.travel website related to your specific Registration booking.
8) Buddha Travel Reserves the Right to Cancel or Reschedule any Retreat Program upon written email Notice. In the event of Cancellation or Rescheduling a Refund will be made in accordance with our Refund Policies as noted herein, in “The Buddha Travel Retreat Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy”. Where feasible, a Credit could also be applied against a future Retreat Program.
9) Unless otherwise specified, Not Included in Retreats:
Alcoholic Beverages, Specialty Juices, and Soft Drinks
Entry fees for sites not listed on itinerary.
10) Unless otherwise specified all dollar amounts and prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars. The reason for this is that all suppliers in Mexico are paid in U.S. dollars, or U.S. Dollar equivalency at market price on day(s) of payment(s).
11) During your retreat every effort will be made to substitute where-ever and whenever possible therapies, treatments, activities and or event participation as a special courtesy only for our guests, however we want everyone to understand that all our retreat programs are predetermined and you are paying for a packaged program, therefore, please discuss any particular requirements, health issues, conflicting or special circumstances that may prevent you from full participation with us, prior to making your booking. Especially, if there are any special circumstances that might prevent you from participating fully in any aspect of our retreat programming.
No refunds will be provided for ‘non participation of activities for any reason’ that we have not agreed upon in advance of scheduled commencement of retreat date as published.
12) We reserve the right reschedule, modify, change or cancel any specific element of activity anticipated in a planned retreat program subject to weather conditions, lack of availability for any reason, or other circumstances beyond our control. If it is necessary to cancel any event an adjustment will be considered, and a substitute activity may be provided.
Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me directly,
NOTE: We recommend that you purchase trip cancelation insurance for your flights, Emergency Medical Insurance while you are traveling.
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An artist and lifelong researcher, Michael has spent his professional career in destination brand marketing, resort management and perfecting the traveler’s experience. He has used his experiences with indigenous cultures and extensive research into the many aspects of consciousness to craft an original holistic approach to Conscious Living. The Buddha Travel Pathfinder is based on his extensive compilation of information and instruction for creating a more conscious life that he discovered through his own travels. This network/matrix of topics inspires the retreat itineraries offered by Buddha Travel. As Michael explains, “The Buddha Travel Pathfinder is a vocabulary to explore how we manage various aspects of universal energy, and presents a network of interconnected pathways to living a light and joyful life”. The Pathfinder grew in part from Michael’s fascination with ancient and contemporary indigenous cultures in the destinations where he visited, lived and learned with masters and healing practitioners. His experiences working with the Maya Shaman community in Mexico’s Yucatan has had a particularly profound effect on his life and on the formation of Buddha Travel.
Cathleen awakened to the conscious lifestyle benefits of travel throughout her career in marketing travel and tourism at a major global PR firm. Her promotional campaigns were always motivated by a deeply felt belief in the personal transformational qualities as well as the economic benefits of travel. However, it was on an African safari vacation that she came face to face with the deeper meaning of Conscious Travel. She was profoundly inspired by a Zimbabwean safari guide, whose generosity of spirit and dedication to serving his clients moved her to want to become more directly involved with the transformational potential of travel. Cathleen often gives credit for her new direction to a heart stopping moment on safari in Botswana when a majestic leopard passed within a few feet from her jeep, looked her in the eye, and took her breath away. At the time, she was reminded of what it means to “live in the present.” It was later, in conversation with a Mexican Shaman, that she learned that in the legend of the indigenous cultures, looking a wild cat in the eye is a source of strength. She is now using that strength to focus more deeply on her personal…
“A player of many strands – plays in many guises – could show up anywhere, and get the job done quite beautifully !” – Steve Howe, Yes. Buddha Travel introduces Master Guitarist David Barrett a Canadian-made composer and performer, specializing in redefining the boundaries of instrumental progressive rock. He has been featured in international magazines including Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, and Vintage Guitar. In 2010, David Barrett founded the David Barrett Trio, an instrumental progressive rock power trio. Their self titled debut album was produced by Alex Lifeson (Rush) , and Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd) . Currently they are working on their third album with vocalist Michael Sadler (Saga) , and producer Terry Brown (Rush). In addition to his trio, David Barrett performs solo concerts, conducts guitar workshops, and hosts his annual David Barrett Guitar Summit, in Northern Ontario. David is an endorsing artist for innovative companies such as Dagmar Customs Guitars, Mack Guitar Amplifiers, Pigtronix Futuristic Audio Technology, and D’Addario Canada.
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