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TWISTING AND CHANNELING TO A HIGHER STATE OF AWARENESS
Exploring different spiritual paths can be a daunting endeavor. Not so at the world’s first PopUp Ashram™, launching September 15 – November 5 at the Papaya Playa Project. Michael Liss, concept creator, spiritual explorer, and former Managing Director of Butterfield & Robinson, explains the idea, “We want to create a spiritual retreat for people who are drawn to yoga or are simply asking the larger questions about life, but haven’t figured out where to turn, what to try, or found a practice that speaks to them. PopUp Ashram™ acts like a wading pool where you can test and experience many traditions without having to dive into the deep end.” A full program of conscious exploration will be offered, both planned and serendipitous, ranging from ceremonies with Indigenous Grandmothers, various types of yoga, to transcendental music and art. Choose from Five-and Eight-day Packages for the complete effect or contact the spiritual concierge on site to customize a schedule.
Rates for the PopUp Ashram start from US$1,095 for the 5 Days / 4 Nights and US$1,935 for the 8 Days / 7 Nights packages.
PURSUING SUSTAINABILITY WITH FINDING INFINITY
The Papaya Playa Project is partnering with Finding Infinity, an international grassroots ecological initiative to implement renewable sources of energy and get the resort completely “off the grid”. At the project, this means innovative wind power technology to minimize noise production and impact on local wildlife, bicycle-powered blenders, solar-heated water, hyper local food served at the resort’s restaurant and bio-diesel fueled staff vehicles.
As part of Design Hotels™’ commitment to enriching and empowering communities through education and example, regular talks will be held by local and international speakers on topics ranging from water, energy and waste, to community projects throughout the world and seminars on the installation of solar power systems. Regular events also serve to raise funds to benefit schools within Tulum and the region. The Papaya Playa Project’s 2011 New Year’s Event and closing party for the pop-up project in May 2012 have already helped raise funds to outfit two schools with solar power. A wide range of actions will continue to help the local community and inspire its residents to maintain and protect the natural treasures of the Tulum region.
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