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.
In collaboration with Central American “shamanic grandmothers”, we will:
- Commune together through dancing, drumming, singing, cooking, and making art.
- Explore the healing powers of plant, stone, and fire medicine.
- Be together in sacred ceremony and ritual.
- Witness indigenous practices around the spirit world, nature, and life.
- Remember and re-awaken our own Earth-based wisdom.
- Meet with a local, female mayor and other indigenous communities.
- Offer our service to the sustainability of this indigenous community through visioning, brainstorming, and contributing hands-on work to the center (planting seeds, beautifying the space, etc.).
We see this gathering as part of the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor reuniting, the people of the North and the people of the South. We are part of this reunion, re-membrance, and reawakening so that we can fly together and create 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.
WisdomWomen requires participants to fill out this application before registering. We take the time to get to know our attendees and introduce them into the community. Current members do not need to re-apply – simply email email@example.com to register.
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.
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 March 15th the below prices increase by $200. 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: $800
Double room w/ shared bath OR Triple room w/ bunk beds and private bath: $1,000
Bungalow with 1 full and 1 twin sized bed: $1,300 single occupancy OR $1,000 double occupancy