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A Maya village for kids

For boys like Theo, the experience of other cultures can be life changing. Theo arrived in the Maya village of Ek Balam with his mom and brother and quickly went about making friends in the village in spite of the language difference. Local kids were thrilled to show their Canadian friends around and Theo tells us what he took away from the experience.

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Kids and families

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Welcome

Check out these videos to learn more about the vibe of Genesis Retreat and the sourrounding areas.

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Tree House

BY MADISYN TAYLOR
A new view of a situation is just what we need to answer a difficult question, or see something we’ve been missing.
There is no greater way to escape the troubles of daily life than to ascend into the welcoming embrace of a tree house. Like a bird in its nest, we feel held and safe in the branches, cloaked within a curtain of green leaves. Here we can breathe more freely and think more clearly, our hearts and brains fed by the oxygen released by the leaves. We float above the everyday world of the ground, enjoying a bird’s-eye view of all that remains below. We may choose to be alone or we may invite a special friend to join us. Either way, this is our private world in which we get to decide who comes and goes. It is our haven where we can fully be who we are, shed the masks required by the world below, and reveal our most hidden secrets, dreams, and desires. It is also an ideal vantage point on the life that continues below the branches. Often, a new view of a situation is just what we need to answer a difficult question, solve a challenging problem, or see something we’ve been missing. It is as if we have ascended into the heavens and are able to tap into a higher awareness. We can draw on this airy energy to revitalize us, relax us, and feed us new ideas. When we descend, we are ready to enter the world again, cleaner, clearer, and often more inspired. If you haven’t been in a tree house for a while, now may be the time to make one for yourself or find one you can borrow. If you can’t find or create an actual tree house, think of other venues that could provide the same experience–a rooftop perch, a quiet spot in a grove of trees on a hilltop, a light-filled attic. Or just close your eyes and visualize yourself ensconced in your perfect home in the branches of your favorite tree.
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Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller

Ibn Battuta
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Tourist Dollars Help Mexico’s Street Dogs

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Travel and learn in Yucatan

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Highlights of Yucatán: readers’ travel tips

Highlights of Yucatán: readers’ travel tips

by Nanda Whiles

We stayed in Ek Balam pueblo at Genesis Eco Oasis, where the owner promotes mutually beneficial interaction with local people, such as a visit to her farm to see how they cope with draught and hurricanes, and to her Maya friend to make tortillas and chocolate as her ancestors did. We felt this experience helps prevent the devastating cultural and environmental impact of mass tourism.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/feb/09/yucatan-mexico-holidays-readers-travel-tips

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Five best hidden wonders


Five best … Hidden wonders

3. Ek Balam, Mexico

If you want to avoid the coach parties at Chichen Itzá and Uxmal, head for Ek Balam – where wild animals outnumbers tourists. Though much of it is covered in vegetation, you can climb the massive main pyramid.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2006/oct/21/fivebest.culturaltrips.guardiansaturdaytravel

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Resorting in the Yucatan jungle


By MARLA JO FISHER

“Can we live here, Mommy?” Michael asks.

Well, no, but I try to figure out when we can come back. Hmm. Thanksgiving? A good time, she says.

Resorting in the Yucatan jungle

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