Embodying Compassion & Courage - Belize Women's Wellness Retreat

Belize City, Belize

15 reviews
Jun 18 - 24, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10
Embodying Compassion & Courage - Belize Women's Wellness Retreat
Belize City, Belize

15 reviews

Jun 18 - 24, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip

As the new year of 2023 unfolds, we are all being asked to reflect on what really matters in our lives. Work/life balance has moved to the forefront of our consciousness as the pandemic seems to ebb and flow, while many are wisely beginning to contemplate both personal and planetary transformation. The pandemic has caused millions of people to reassess what is important to them in terms of all our relationships, including our connection to the planet and the need for compassion is paramount. Multiple recent studies show that anxiety, stress and burnout are 4 times higher since the pandemic, hence the need for a holistic model and innovative strategies like restorative retreats and other modalities to help people navigate this new landscape.

This June, we will be providing a transformational wellness retreat for women in beautiful Belize. This experience marries the beauty and the majesty of the natural world, sacred Mayan temples and wisdom from our indigenous communities with practical tools for embodying compassion and cultivating courage. We will employ experiential reframing strategies to clearly define a life that truly speaks to your whole self. To aid in the process, we will also utilize mind/body techniques like guided meditations and yoga along with snorkeling, hiking and dancing to deepen your sense of self-awareness, thereby yielding a higher degree of emotional intelligence. 

Embodying Compassion & Cultivating Courage is a Self Mastery International retreat for women longing for a transformative, ecologically conscious, culturally rich experience. We have partnered again with Sumak Travel to design a journey through some of Belize's top attractions and a great mix of archaeology, adventure, nature, relaxation, education, healing and renewal. You will enjoy a snorkel adventure in the world-famous Belize Barrier Reef, climb the amazing temples of Caracol and walk in the impressive sites of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. You will also learn about Maya traditions and cuisine during a visit to a community.

This unique retreat is meant to deepen self-awareness and create a bridge between women from different backgrounds. The 7-day program features yoga, meditation, transformational workshops and other healing activities to enlighten your soul. Come forge new connections with other like-minded people and create lifelong bonds that deepen over time!

This retreat is now fully booked. You can join the waiting list and if you are interested in our retreats in other Latin American countries, please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ea9eae5d39da/sumak-travel-newsletter

Retreat highlights

- Stay in a beautiful jungle lodge and in a gorgeous beachfront resort

- Admire El Castillo, the largest pyramid of the Maya site Xunantunich, at 130 feet above the plaza

- Walk in the impressive Maya city of Cahal Pech, to discover its temples, buildings and ball courts

- Learn about Maya culture and gastronomy during a visit to the community of San Antonio

- Climb the temples of the ancient Maya city of Caracol, the largest archeological site in Belize 

- Take part in an intimate summer solstice ceremony in Caracol

- Snorkel in the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef system in the world

- Support local community conservation efforts through sustainable practices

- Eat delicious local meals and innovative new foods

- Learn practical tools to reframe limiting beliefs and create a life that allows the greatest, grandest version of self to emerge

- Transformational workshops, restorative yoga and guided meditations

About the retreat leader

Peggy Farmer, Ph.D., is the founder of Self Mastery International and will be your retreat guide, facilitator and coach. With over 30 years of experience providing women's wellness retreats around the world, she brings a passion for self love and self transformation as well as a diverse background in mental health, public health and wellness. Peggy studied yoga and meditation in India from 1989-1993 and was part of the International Peace conference that drafted the International Declaration of Peace with the UN and she learned sacred ceremonies from shamans in Peru and Mexico. Peggy holds certifications in yoga, meditation and coaching as well as emotional intelligence, stress management, nutrition, mediation and compassionate communication. She is the author of the book "Exploratory Surgery of the Soul, A Journey to Self Mastery" and the guided meditation audio "Letting Go". She is passionate about planetary upliftment and loves to travel to sacred sites around the world to perform ceremonies for Mother Earth. 

For more information, check out her website: www.peggyfarmer.com


You will be eating traditional Belizean dishes and local and international treats on your trip. The meals are prepared fresh with locally sourced ingredients. All diets are compatible with this retreat, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Just let us know your special requirements when booking!

Cancellation policy

The deposit is non-refundable. In case you need to cancel your participation, 

(a) 35 days or more prior to the stated departure date, we will retain 50% of the total booking price and reimburse the remaining amount.

(b) Less than 35 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% of the total booking price

If you need to leave the retreat for any reason after it has started, we won't be able to make any refunds for unused services.

For full terms and conditions, visit https://sumak-travel.org/terms

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    In shared or private rooms or cabins
  • Wellness activities
    Including workshops, yoga and guided meditations.
  • Tour leader services
    Peggy Farmer, Ph.D will skillfully guide you through transformational processes.
  • Tours and activities
    Unique experiences, see the day-by-day itinerary for details.
  • Entrance fees
    To sites of interest, museums and national parks.
  • Local guides
    English-speaking local & specialized guides during activities.
  • Contributions
    To the social and environmental projects visited.
  • Airport transfers
    Shared transfers to get you to/from the airport.
  • All meals
    Most meals will be vegetarian. Included meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner
  • 24/7 Assistance
    In-country assistance during the whole trip.
  • International flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Available Packages

Double accommodation
Sold Out

This is the price per person in a shared room or cabin with two beds. All rooms and cabins have A/C and ensuite bathroom with hot shower.

Single accommodation
Sold Out

This is the price per person in a private room or cabin with one bed, A/C and ensuite bathroom with hot shower. 

Deposit: $800


June 18th (Sun):
Welcome to Belize! (-/-/D)

Flight to Belize City (direct flights available from Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, among others). On arrival, a 1.5-hour transfer will take you to the lovely Gumbo Limbo Jungle Resort, near San Ignacio. That evening, join the group for a delightful welcome dinner, during which you will meet the other retreat participants and start to get to know each other. A guided 30-minute meditation will be offered after dinner, for those who want to join.

Your Organizer

Sumak Travel
15 reviews
Social enterprise specializing in sustainable tourism to Latin America. Tailor-made itineraries for discerning travelers wanting to connect with nature and local people. We are based in Costa Rica.


Hello, We had a great time on our trip. Daniel is an excellent driver and his English ability is great. He was able to help us frequently with local interactions and is very knowledge about local history and culture. The various types of farms we found enjoyable. The farm we stayed at the first two days was nice because it was decent accommodations while still being immersive. For learning, the two places we visited on the last day were the most educational. Probably more information than most people are willing to experience but perfect for us. The lady translator assigned to us for the few days of tours was helpful but not necessary since Daniel would have been able to translate. Your team was helpful in coordinating things and setup was better than expected.
By Jason Wingate for Agroecology Costa Rica Tour - Carolyn & Jason - February 2023 on Apr 08, 2023
The trip was well organised and ran very smoothly. The Costa Rican people are very friendly and we were warmly welcomed at every place we visited. The local guides for the trips were essential. The natural environment is wonderful but you need to know where to look in order to see the best of it and to understand what you are looking at. We chose to stay 2 or 3 nights at each location and this allowed us to mostly do our trips in the mornings with the afternoons and evenings to relax. We hired a car after a week. It was a tough 4 wheel drive car and proved necessary to cope with some of the roads which were very poor quality in places. The climate is warm and wet and can be quite variable. At altitude at our first stop we needed warm clothes at night and a hot water bottle. At sea level the weather was much warmer. In the rain and cloud forests we needed waterproofs. We were well looked after and felt safe throughout. To get the best out of the natural world a certain level of fitness is required. In summary it is a glorious country with warm friendly people, a tropical climate and an abundance of nature.
By John French for Natural Costa Rica Adventure - Vanessa & Richard - February 2023 on Feb 21, 2023
We had a wonderful adventure and our agent, Felippe, matched our itinerary to our requirements exactly so we had a great variety of locations and trips and all the accommodation was authentic and locally owned. We were supported at every step of the way and Felippe was responsive and made helpful suggestions. We would happily use Sumak/Felippe again and would highly recommend them.
By Vanessa Cruwys for Natural Costa Rica Adventure - Vanessa & Richard - February 2023 on Feb 21, 2023
This was a fabulous adventure for us. We had a driver and tour guides the first 8 days and everything was all set up for us. We stayed in wonderful accommodations and were served breakfasts of our choice every morning. I highly recommend Sumak Travel.
By Jeanne Bowers for Natural Costa Rica Adventure - Bowers Family - January 2023 on Feb 11, 2023
Felipe at Sumak travel was outstanding in helping us with our travel plans, then following through with communications with us and our driver while we were in Costa Rica, to ensure that everything went as expected. He took the time to ask for, and understand our preferences, and offered different choices. We are so appreciative his effort and attention during the entire trip, including restaurant recommendations for lunches and dinners, and for making reservations for us at the last minute. Would highly recommend their services!
By olivia tse for Nature & Beach Costa Rica Adventure - Olivia & Richard - Jan2023 on Feb 04, 2023
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In March 2021 I attended a Women’s Empowerment Retreat with Lead Peggy Farmer! The experience was truly life changing. The entire weekend was organized perfectly from every healing exercise, meal, meditation, down time…. It was the perfect weekend to transform, connect and discover! Taking time out of day to day life to truly heal and be around such high vibrational beings that want the same healing outcomes as you is so magical!!! Couldn’t recommend one of these events enough 💖💖💜💜
By Shelise L on 04 Mar, 2022