October 19-25 2020


Casa Lago CEM, Mexico City


Plenty of Tickets


6 with enlightening themes



Indigenous wisdom and the future of humanity.

Explore ancestral wisdom and spirituality to chart a common path to the future.

About the John Main Seminar

It has been organized by the World Community for Christian Meditation in various countries and has become an annual event since 1984. It was established to honor the memory of Fr. John Main and his legacy to broaden and deepen the teaching of Christian Meditation. Previous hosts include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Cardinal Walter Kaspar, former Irish President Mary McAleese, and contemplative Christians Abbot Thomas Keating, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Father Richard Rohr and Jean Vanier.
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Pre-Seminar Silent Retreat / book early

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WORKSHOPS / Morning reflective workshops and afternoon experiential workshops

The 2020 John Main Seminar workshops have been conceived to create a space for reflection, meditation and experience where the participants can choose to participate in one or two workshops per day.
There will be four Reflective Workshops where the participants will have the opportunity to delve into the topics of each workshop and also four experiential workshops, where the participant with the guide of the facilitator will have a direct experience of connecting his hands, his mind and his spirit to develop an object within the symbolism of the indigenous tradition from which it emanates.

Each of the workshops will have one or two facilitators and will have a limited quota of participants.

The reflective workshops will be held throughout the morning and the experiential workshops will be held in evening schedules. They will be specified in the seminar program.

We ask you please to select the workshop you are interested when you register for the Seminar, in order to prepare the required materials and provide the best suited location to accommodate comfortably all the participants.

MORNING REFLECTIVE WORKSHOPS / Begin to see things from a different perspective

TOHUNGA HEALER- Tau Huirama, New Zealand

Reflective Workshop 1 Friday, October 23, 10:30-11:30 Immersed in indigenous spiritual energy healing practices, Tau will explain how these practices, lessons and strengths brought forward from our past, are the best foundation for increasing the opportunities and possibilities of today by maintaining

BUILDING BRIDGES – Ana María Llamazares, Argentina

Reflective Workshop 3 Saturday October 24, 10:30-11:30 Ana María will walk us through the intense moments of change and uncertainty that we are facing and how we can integrate the great technological advances of western civilization with the ancestral indigenous wisdom traditions.

CARE OF MOTHER EARTH – Hilario Chi Canul, Q. Roo, México

Reflective Workshop 4 Saturday, October 24, 12:00-13:00 Hilario is from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, in the Southeast of Mexico. Drawing from ancient Maya sources, he will introduce us to the Maya community posture regarding our actual condition and how by rescuing their original

AFTERNOON EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS / It´s time to learn something new and have fun

Seminar Speakers

Hilario Chi Canul

Mexican linguist of Maya ethnicity and Professor of Maya at the University of Quintana Roo

Hilario Chi Canul (Born 16 October 1981) is a Mexican linguist of Maya ethnicity who worked as a translator and Yucatec Maya language coach

Ivan Rosypskye

Artist and a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation

Ivan Rosypskye is an artist and a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation on the Northern BC coast of Canada. He is a highly

Ron Berezan

Permaculture and organic agriculture consultant and Anglican “Eco-Deacon”

(Rev) Ron Berezan lives in the traditional territory of the Tla’Amin First Nation (Powell River, BC, Canada). He is a permaculture and organic farming

Ana María LLamazares

Anthropologist, Researcher and professor Argentina

Anthropologist (UBA) with postgraduate training in Epistemology. Researcher at CONICET and professor of the Master's Degree in Cultural Diversity at the Tres de Febrero

Puleng Matsaneng

Jesuit Institute of South Africa

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Puleng Matsaneng was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Soweto. She attended school at Mohaladitoe Senior Secondary School in the Free State. Puleng

Tau Huirama, Tainui

Internationally trained indigenous Māori speaker, New Zealand

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tau is an inspirational indigenous, cultural and spiritual story teller and public speaker with wide life and cultural experience that provides him with deep

Vanessa Eldridge – Ngāti Kahüngunu and Rongomaiwahine

Manager, Day Hospice at Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington, New Zealand

Vanessa is Manager Day Services at Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington New Zealand. Vanessa has a background in nursing and now leads a diverse

Alex Zatyrka SJ

Seminar main speaker Mexico

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Doctor of Theology, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Master of Science with a specialty in Agricultural Economics, University of Cornell, United States.

Laurence Freeman OSB

WCCM Director

Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. Laurence Freeman was born in England in 1951 where he was educated by the Benedictines and studied
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Seminar FAQS / do you have any question or concern?


Transportation from and to the International Airport of Mexico City, must be arranged by each Pre Seminar Retreat participant.

We can offer guidance and suggestions but each person is responsible to get to the retreat location on time before monday october 19 at 1 p.m.

In case anybody must stay nearby the airport prior or after the retreat these are some good options:

Hilton Hotel Mexico City Airport

Camino Real Aeropuerto

Hotel at terminal 2

Hotel NH Collection Mexico City Airport T2


There are several private hospitals close to the pre-seminar retreat venue, one of them is at a 5 min distance.
Red Cross and emergency services can be reached by phone an they can arrive within a 15 to 20 minutes.
Medical assistance on site. There is no doctor or medical assistance at the CEM but paramedics can be called and arrive rapidly.
Medical Insurance and coverage. We suggest you contact your insurance company to ask the coverage they offer in case of need.
The Pre-seminar retreat and Seminar organizers will always be near to help in case of need.

Mexico Area code: +52    Mexico City code: 55

Dialing from Mexico to elsewhere.
When you are in Mexico in order to call to other countries you must dial differently if you are using a cellphone or a fixed line telephone.

To call from a cellphone you must dial
00 + country code + phone number

For example, to call to USA from your smartphone you should dial    00 1 1234567890

To call from a fixed line phone (like CEM) you must dial
00 + 1 + city area code + phone number

In order to call from a fixed line phone to USA you would dial 00 1 213 1234567

Emergency 911     General Information 040       Police 066

Contacts at WCCM Mexico

WCCM HEAD in Mexico: Enrique Lavin    + 52 55 8571 3141

SEMINAR COORDINATOR:  Gabriel Parrodi   + 52 55 5965 9997


CEM, the seminar venue, has a good quality Wifi network which can sometimes be saturated when many people in the same place use broadband services like video or audio listening. Some phone companies have roaming services arrangements with the main Internet and phone service providers which are Telmex, ATT, Movistar Telefonica.

The quality of cellular communications is adequate as it has good area coverage by the major communications providers.


The zone of Cuatitlan Izcalli where the pre-seminar retreat venue is located has a very nice temperate climate. The month when the seminar will take place, October, has a typical mild autumn climate with high temperatures average of  75°F, rarely falling below 68°F or exceeding 82°F and low temperatures average of 55°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 58°F. Normally there are partly cloudy skies and the rain probability runs in the 20% to 30% range.

 There is no actual dress code. Bring comfortable clothes that you can mix and match and that you’ll feel comfortable meditating in them. For the dinner party, for women: just bring whatever makes you feel at ease, blouses, skirts, shorts, pants, nothing fancy. For men: jeans, khakis, t-shirts, informal shirts, a sweater, maybe a jacket. Nothing formal.


The Pre-Seminar Silent Retreat will be held in a private, closed and safe environment. The access to the premises is  supervised 24 hrs by security trained personnel.


Consider traveling in Mexico, as safe as any other country.

Seminar Location

San Benito 9, Lago de Guadalupe, 54760 Cuautitlán Izcalli, Méx.
+52 55 5965 9997



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