About the John Main Seminar
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.
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
Reflective Workshop 2 Friday, October 23, 12:00-13:00 An exploration of indigenous struggles for justice, reconciliation and decolonization in Canada through the shared journey of Ivan and Ron working together on a carving project on the Anglican church grounds in Powell River, BC.
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.
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
Back in The Hague I look back on a beautiful special experience. The retreat and the John Main Seminar were a bit more active than usual, because I was one of the volunteers. But what was special about this: working in a team of warm, active and hospitable volunteers. No assignment was too much for someone, no conflicts, no irritations, everything was done with love and the necessary patience. I heard from others that this also happened to the participants. They felt welcome, and that was the point. It was an opportunity for me to express the Maria and Martha side of life, contemplation and action within our own community. Congratulations to the coordinators, what a job that has been in the past year!
When I attended the John Main Seminar and retreat in Squamish in August, I was delighted to meet such fascinating and committed meditators from around the world. What a marvellous sense of community this event inspired!
I am still full of gratitude for our blessed week in Squamish and surely everyone is.
It has been a transformational experience for me . We have restarted our meditation group as a result .
The seminar and retreat were wonderful… thought-provoking and helpful. We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful group.
The support WCCM or the Meditation Community has given me over the years has meant more to me than words can say. So the international group connected me with others and supported me and my belief in the importance of meditation.
We all have such wonderful memories of the retreat and think of it often.
Another happy gathering for the WCCM.
Please know it was worth it all for those of us attending!
The silent retreat in a dream place and the conferences of Sarah Bachelard, were excellent complements of a personal analysis that allowed me to enjoy a week of inner reflection to be able to share it on a day-to-day basis. Thank you all who made it possible.
We are seeking your generosity to help others with less resources to experience the benefits of this John Main annual Seminar.
Please contribute with a full scholarship to the seminar, a half scholarship, a quarter of a scholarship or any amount you desire to make it possible for others to join the group this coming 2020 seminar.
We appreciate your generosity
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:
HOTELS AT THE MEXICO CITY AIRPORT
Hilton Hotel Mexico City Airport
Camino Real Aeropuerto
Hotel at terminal 2
Hotel NH Collection Mexico City Airport T2
HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
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.
PHONE NUMBERS, DIALING AND CONTACTS
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
INTERNET AND CELLPHONE SIGNAL COVERAGE
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.
SECURITY AT THE SEMINAR
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.
TRAVEL IN MEXICO
Consider traveling in Mexico, as safe as any other country.