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Curanderas Initiation

Healing with the Ancestors

With Curandera Lucy Culum

October 1- October 13th 

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Enrollment is Now Closed

Stay Tuned for our 2024 Spring Initiation 

Welcome to a Sacred Journey of Ancestral Mayan Modalities!


Join our 13-day Initiation
Step into a world of ancient wisdom and profound healing as we extend our heartfelt invitation to you. Join us on an extraordinary initiation with Curandera Lucy, where you will have the privilege to delve into the captivating realms of Ancestral Mayan Lineage Healing, explore the profound knowledge of plant medicine, and experience the transformative power of Mayan Abdominal Womb Massage.


Lucy Culum

Passed down through generations, these time-honored traditions hold the key to unlocking the wisdom of our ancestors.  Lucy's connection to her Grandparents has bestowed upon her the profound knowledge of these sacred practices, and she is now ready to share this divine gift with you.
Lago Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America formed by volcanic activity over 85,000 years ago. Surrounded by three volcanoes it is known for its transformative healing energy. This sacred water has many spiritual meanings for the Indigenous Mayan people and is known as an energy vortex around the world. 

in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Join us 
October 1-13th

As October dawns, the veil that separates us from our ancestors becomes thin, allowing for a powerful window of healing and connection. Embrace this unique opportunity to uncover and heal any ancestral imprints that may be influencing your life. Through the teaching of Traditional Mayan healing modalities, you will have the chance to embrace profound personal + Spiritual growth and transformation.

Guatemalan Market

This is Deep Healing

This is a unique opportunity to receive profound healing for yourself and your family lineage and to also develop and empower your own skills as a healer or someone who desires to connect and share healing with those around you.  

Break down of our Training
During the Trecena of Ajmaq:

Introduction to the Mayan Cosmovision

Learn about the Sacred Mayan Calendar count and how the Nahuales assist in our healing and everyday life.


* Specifically working these energies takes extensive training and is the spiritual work of the Aj'q'ij. This is only an introduction. 


Ancestral Mayan Abdominal + Womb Massage

Learn about this ancient technique used to place the organs in their proper placement. This massage on a spiritual level also heals with stagnant energy, can move trauma within the body, and assist in fertility. 


Creating your own medicine drum or rattle

Pablo Culum, a Mayan healer and community steward, will guide us in the sacred practice of creating our own medicine drum or rattle. Pablo specializes in sacred objects and instruments used for ceremony and personal healing. We will be using these throughout the duration of the initiation to connect and deepen with our voices, hearts and wombs.

Native Drums


We will be working and healing within the Temazcal. An ancient earth based structure representing the womb of the mother, the womb of the earth. Used in sacred ceremony and for healing in indigenous traditions all over the world, the sacred fire and water will be invoked to deepen your experience of purification, deep healing and activation of the voice. You will have the opportunity to first receive this experience and knowledge and then assist Nana Lucy in preparation and holding space for other women in the community. 


Plants as Relatives

Learn about the usages of Medicinal Plants to assist in ailments, steams, baths, teas, compresses. 


Lineage Healing 

This ancient ceremony was passed down to Nana Lucy, a technique that taps into your bloodline. With a fire ceremony and family constellations using rocks, known as abuelitas and abuelitos, a correct placement is created and healing takes place.


Fire + Cacao Ceremony

This will not be an initiation, but we will have the opportunity to partake in learning about the Sacred Medicine of Cacao and how it is used in Mayan Ceremony with Fire. 


Understanding the Offerings

Learn about and practice the significance and importance of offerings. This is a healing practice that you will be able to bring home and share with your loved ones. We will take time to create altars, offer to the fire, the waters, sacred spaces, and in ceremony.  


This is an Initiation

Initiation is a rite of passage marking an entrance or a formal admission to practice certain traditions. In an extended sense, it can also signify a transformation in which the initiate is 'reborn' into a new role. 

This transformative journey is not just an exploration of ancient practices, but an invitation to embark on a soulful adventure that will touch the depths of your being. This initiation will embark on the depth of Mayan Healing traditions and invite you to begin on your path to the deep healing of your lineage, ancestry, and womb. 

During this initiation, you will learn:


Lineage Healing

 Learn the sacred Ancestral Mayan modalities of Lineage Healing, passed down through generations.


Plant Relationships

 Explore the profound knowledge of plant medicine and its significance in healing and well-being.


Mayan Womb Massage

 Experience the ancient art of Mayan Abdominal Womb Massage, a powerful practice for feminine healing and connection.


Tuition Cost

This is the price for the training itself. 

Tuition does not include lodging and food. 

Please choose a price point below:


$1,100: Low-Income Cost.

$1,400: Standard Cost.

$1,700: Pay-it-forward

(If you have financial abundance, this is our pay-it-forward option to fund local Mayans who might also be interested in this training)

  • Please let us know if you are currently living or from San Marcos la Laguna. 

  • Please be aware that we also have payment plans available, please email to set it up :) 

Watch the Introduction of the Training


Arrival at La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City ​

  • Upon your arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, we will assist with coordinating your journey to your accommodations in San Marcos de La Laguna. 

Transportation from Guatemala City to San Marcos

  • From Guatemala City, there is a 3-hour scenic drive to San Marco, Lake Atitlan.

  • We will make arrangements to ensure your transportation.

  • Our team will coordinate with you as soon as we know your travel details. The cost of transportation is not included in the tuition cost. 

Accommodations in San Marcos la Laguna

  • For your convenience, accommodations should be reserved in San Marcos, so that we all are in close proximity to each other. 

  • San Marcos la Laguna offers a variety of lodging options to cater to different preferences and budgets. 

  • We are happy to provide recommendations for accommodation as soon as we know your travel itinerary! There is a range of luxury hotels, cozy boutique hostels, or shared dormitories- there is something for everyone! 

Training Start Date

  • Our training will commence on the morning of October 1st. To make the most of this experience with as much ease, we kindly ask that all participants plan their arrival before the morning of that day. This allows time to settle in, get acquainted with the town, and prepare for the training. 

Dietary Options and Ranges

  • ​You will find a wide array of dietary options available. From local Guatemalan delicacies to international plates, there is something for everyone!  You will also find abundant dietary options, ranging from vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivorous choices. Please note that the training does not include meals. 


  • This experience will be conducted in Spanish and English. Please be assured that we will provide translation services to guarantee that all participants can fully engage and understand. Translation will be done by Zarina and Mariana. 

We are excited to have you join us for this immersive training in Lake Atitlan!

More details will follow closer to our starting date. 

Should you have any questions or need any further assistance please feel at ease to reach out to our team. 



Lucy Culum

Traditional Mayan Healer

Lucia Culum is a third-generation healer, shaman, and teacher who uses medicinal plants and her incredible intuition and physical touch to help others heal. She works closely with the energy of the womb, using traditional Mayan abdominal womb massage and sacred plant baths. Lucy conducts a unique and powerful form of lineage healing  passed down to her by her grandfather. 

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Zarina Holman

Hurqalya Healer

Zarina Holman is an energy healer, ceremonialist and group facilitator who is most passionate about helping women break free from suffering and live their most authentic life.

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Pablo Culum

Instrument Maker

Pablo Culum is an incredible Mayan man with the gift of healing through sacred sound. He guides others in the ceremony of creating their own medicine drum as a way to connect with nature, activate the heart and the sacredness that lies within. Pablo uses the profits of his work to fuel his passion of caring for orphaned children in the surrounding areas. 


Mariana Bandera


Mariana Bandera is an anthropologist, ceremonialist and educator with a deep reverence for ancestral knowledge and healing modalities. 

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