Rancho Sexto Sol, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
May 26 – June 1, 2018
In this gathering women are invited to join indigenous women of Central America. Together we will re-unite as sisters, healers, and stewards of Mother Earth, to reconnect, heal, and vision a new world.
This will be the beginning of a long-term relationship based in mutual respect and reciprocity. The intention for this collaboration is to learn from each other, support each other, and ultimately, manifest a new way of living together on this Earth that serves all of life.
We will be visiting and connecting with an indigenous community who has very little to no interaction with Westerners and others outside of their community. This will be a new opportunity for them and for us to create connection across cultures.
In this spirit, all proceeds from the gathering will go towards the construction of the spiritual retreat Rancho Sexto Sol in Matagalpa, where the gathering will take place.
This gathering is a gateway experience for continued radical co-creation as a community. WisdomWomen provides opportunities for attendees to connect before and beyond the gathering. Our ongoing Visionary Council on Women & the Earth, as well as our support network and other offerings, will nurture the possibilities we birth together.
Listen to an informational call about the gathering:
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In May 2017, WisdomWomen convened a ‘Sacred Earth Activism’ Visionary Gathering in Costa Rica where we were introduced to an indigenous Nicaraguan leader and spiritual guide, Maritza Centeno. Maritza and her local community of Indigenous Matagalpa women from La Laguna in Matagalpa, Nicaragua are embarking upon a journey to build a spiritual retreat center that will welcome not only indigenous peoples but also people from all beliefs and nationalities. Together we received the vision for WisdomWomen to return to Central America one year after our initial gathering, and use funds from the gathering to help build their center where we would also meet.
Eva Iglesias was born in Catalunya, Spain. She studied industrial engineering and business administration and worked for technology companies in Europe, the US, and South America. After becoming a mother she started to pay attention to the devastating effects of our modern culture. She feels deep reverence for the Earth and connection to indigenous cultures, who honor right relations with the natural world and each other. Eva is Founding Member of WisdomWomen, where she currently stewards the collaboration with Indigenous Matagalpa women. Over the past few years, she has taught sustainability, gardening, and mindfulness at elementary schools. Eva lives in California with her husband and 2 children. Listen to a podcast with Eva here.
Maritza Centeno lives in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. She is a spiritual guide, an activist and advocate for indigenous communities, healing of Mother Earth and women’s leadership. She plays a large role in the Peace & Dignity journeys, an international spiritual movement and ceremonial run that retraces the steps of ancestors to connect indigenous communities. She is a leader in her local women’s cooperative that grows, processes, and sells their coffee under their own brand, CAFÉ D’YASICA in order to support themselves and not have to abandon their homes and children to work as domestic workers in the big cities. She is also leading the effort to build a retreat center, Rancho Sexto Sol, in her native town La Laguna, Matagalpa, Nicaragua.
Michelle Stransky, Founder of WisdomWomen, believes that it is time for women to bring their deep wisdom forward into co-creating the life-affirming world we know is possible. Michelle was the conference director at Wisdom 2.0, where she launched WisdomWomen in 2013. A former management consultant and executive coach, she is now committed to using her gifts and skills to bring the vision of a new paradigm into form. Michelle is a convener, producer and collaborator. One of her greatest joys is in being a connector and so it is a great honor for her to be a weaver of the WisdomWomen web. She is also a steward on WisdomWomen’s Visionary Organizations Council.
Location & Lodging
Rancho Sexto Sol is located in the town of San Ramón, 7 miles from Matagalpa, and 2 hours North of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. At 3,300 ft of altitude, it is surrounded by forest and dotted with corn and bean farmland, as well as coffee plants grown under the tree canopy.
Participants will stay at nearby Hotel Fundación El Sueño de la Campana and be transported to the retreat center daily. Use this link to see photos and more information about the hotel. Here you can find more photos of vegetation and animals in the general area.
In pricing the gathering, we are experimenting with New Economy principles and a gifting model.
We understand that to collaborate effectively amongst our communities, we need to build relationships first. This gathering is intended to be a time for the WisdomWomen community to build relationship with the Matagalpan community. For this reason, we are making this gathering as affordable as possible for any women who feel called to attend. Fees only cover expenses.
As we build relationship, we intend to support each other in actualizing our community visions. We have an intention to raise money for the construction of the Matagalpan community’s spiritual retreat center, named Rancho Sexto Sol.
We invite participants and other supporters to provide a tax-deductible donation beyond the base costs of the gathering. Donations will go towards scholarship and the construction of Ranch Sexto Sol.
At the gathering and beyond, we will collaborate and explore innovative ways to help fund this community’s initiatives. We understand that actualizing our visions can happen in many different ways, and are interested in learning and cultivating possibilities that go beyond monetary donations. We intend to offer what we learn back to our greater community of support.
The indigenous women of this community are inviting any woman called to be part of this collaboration – either by attending this gathering, donating to it, or offering other support – to feel that the retreat center is ours and that we are welcome to enjoy it in our own time in the future.
WisdomWomen operates as a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization under the auspices of it’s umbrella organization, Inquiring Systems, Inc. All donations are tax deductible.
Accommodations & Costs
The cost per person includes the gathering program, accommodations, meals, and in-town shuttle service.
After May 1st prices increase by another $300.
We kindly request to book early so that fees can be sent to purchase materials for the construction of the spiritual center.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need financial assistance.
Quadruple room w/ bunk beds and private bath: $1,000
Double room w/ shared bath OR Triple room w/ bunk beds and private bath: $1,200
Bungalow with 1 full and 1 twin sized bed: $1,500 single occupancy OR $1,200 double occupancy
We understand that travel plans can change unexpectedly and therefore highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. If you need to cancel before April 15, 2017 you will receive a full refund, less a $200 non-refundable deposit. For cancellations after April 15, 2017 you will receive half of the amount you paid.
“The land of Matagalpa is sacred and contemplative — lush mountains and alive with indigenous communities. Hotel Compana de Sueno is a sweet small hotel that reminded me of a meditation monastery. Very simple, clean, with kind folks who run it. The food is simple and traditional. I spent time with Martiza as we visited her community. She had her daughter on her hip and my daughter (age 9) was at my side. She is a strong, grounded woman and we made an immediate spiritual connection. We are lucky to have a partnership with her. The women joining this gathering will have access to an authentic glimpse of Nicaragua, of women making a difference, of the open-heartedness of gathering together – this will be a potent time to co-create and remember. WisdomWomen are fortunate to build out our connections and become part of a women’s movement doing essential hands-on work in the world. ~ Barbara Merz, Global Campaign Director at The Nature Conservancy