Mayan Kitchen Cooking: An Online Travel Experience to Guatemala

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May 23 - 23, 2020
Group size: 8 - 25
Mayan Kitchen Cooking: An Online Travel Experience to Guatemala
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Melissa Renzi
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35 reviews

$35
May 23 - 23, 2020
Group size: 8 - 25

About this trip

May 23, 2020 from 11:00-1:30 Central Time


Create authentic Guatemalan “refacciones” with Mayan instructor, Anita Cortez Chac.     


We recently offered our first virtual travel rereat in partnership with international guides with whom we normally collaborate on our travel adventures. 


Our participants fell in love with Anita and enjoyed her  workshop so much that we decided to team up again to share with more  sensitive souls like you.


Anita is the founder of Mayan Kitchen Cooking at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. In this workshop, Anita will share delicious, colorful recipes for several traditional Guatemalan foods including:         

  • Traditional Corn Tortillas
  • Guatemalan Enchilada (like Mexican tostada)
  • Chirmol (Mayan salsa)
  • Guacamole (Anita-style)

Anita provides much more than a cooking class.     


Having  grown up in the small village of San Pedro La Laguna, where her cooking  school is located, Anita offers a place for people to connect, interactive experiential learning, cultural wisdom, and a remarkable story behind how her journey began.      


In this workshop, you’ll learn unique culinary techniques, as well as the  cultural significance of the foods you’ll make. You’ll also hear Anita’s story and the key ingredients she sees as essential to life in  difficult times.      


Anita’s aim is to share a wonderful piece of the Mayan culture with the world.  There is no better way to do it than through food.       


Here’s more detail from Anita on what you’ll be making:      


“TORTILLAS: In Guatemala, maiz (corn) is one of the main sustainable foods. Mayan people are not able to live without tortillas, so maiz is very sacred. We eat corn in very different ways. We can use it as a drink or a snack. In Guatemala, we produce four different colors of corn with each one having it’s own meaning and story.”      


“GUACAMOLE: In Guatemala, we can find high quality avocados for very cheap when we are in high season. You can walk through the forest and pick up as much as you can carry. For local people avocado is not just a snack but a main meal to us. Let’s immerse a little bit more and seek the new way how you can enjoy your avocados.”     


“CHIRMOL: Mayan gastronomy provides rich flavor with a simple but very delicious salsa made with roasted tomatoes. A very useful sauce, Mayan use it to  side with everything or just to have with tortillas or chips.”     


“ENCHILADA: One of our many ways to enjoy corn is with deep-fried tortillas topped with ingredients such as lettuce, beetroot, cabbage, and cheese (and ground beef if you like). Every afternoon, local people enjoy these refacciones on the street."

FAQS

How do I participate?

This online workshop will take place via Zoom. You will need a device such a smartphone, tablet, or computer to  participate, as well as good internet access. Once you register, you will receive a link and password to join the workshop.


What ingredients do I need?

Upon registration, you will receive a list of ingredients to buy if you are participating in real time. You are also more than welcome to simply observe.  


Is this retreat experience live or recorded?

The workshop will be recorded for your later viewing. 

Available Packages

Mother's Day Special - 1 Person
Available until May 11, 2020Sold Out

This package reserves a spot for 1 person or household to participate. 

$35
Mother's Day Special - 2 people
Available until May 11, 2020Sold Out

This package includes spots for two people/households in case you want to take this virtual workshop with a special mama in your life (doesn't have to be your mom). 

$60
Regular price per person
Available until May 22, 2020Sold Out
$40
Discounted Price for 2
Available until May 22, 2020Sold Out

Price for two people/households.

$70
$35

Mother's Day Special - 1 Person
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Your Organizer


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Melissa Renzi
35 reviews
Melissa is a trauma-informed yoga teacher, social worker, and highly sensitive person. She's passionate about helping others heal anxiety and trauma while cultivating authentic self-love. Melissa's philosophy is that the root cause of many of our personal and societal problems is a disconnection from our true selves. She sees yoga and connection to the natural world as two of the most powerful means we have to heal ourselves and communities. When she's not yoga-ing, you can find her hiking, salsa dancing, scuba diving, crosswording, reading, and cooking creative concoctions in her kitchen.

Reviews

Really enjoyed the grounding of the tea meditation after the discussion circle. Thank you.
Though the travel was virtual, really got a feel for the destination, the culture and the people. Would definitely go again.
This was a wonderful travel opportunity for introverts. Melissa did a great job of organizing and running everything!
This retreat was really sensational. I didn’t know what to expect, but was still pleasantly impressed and surprised throughout. I loved the gentle yoga, the lodging choices in both Antigua and Lake Atitlán, the daily events, and the highlight was meeting everyone. This was my first trip with Melissa, but it will not be my last. I really stepped out and did something unexpected for me and it paid off greatly. I am truly privileged and grateful to have went on this retreat. Also, throughout the whole trip, the spirit of the Guatemala culture made me inspired to learn and do more in my culture, in my own neighborhood. I can’t put into words how magical this retreat really was.
JM
I was in need of some decompression and this trip did exactly what I needed. Melissa is the best at balancing enough things to do with the right amount of down time. I have immensely enjoyed every trip I have been on with Melissa and will continue to take trips with her. The introvert/HSP focus is right up my alley. Since everyone is the same there is no pressure for participation in group activities. I loved it!
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