I believe the biggest question being asked right now is “Seven what?!”. Yes, the Tulum Winterfest is a seven week festival with the mission to inspire mind, body and soul while honoring the Mayan Prayer of the 7 Galactic Directions. Starting on December 26, 2015 and ending on February 15, 2016, Tulum Winterfest is not just a typical music festival, it s much more that music. TWF has sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, workshops, conferences, as well as its own Wellness Village. And there will be music and lots of it!
What better way to connect with the magic of Tulum than yoga on the beach? Daily sunrise and sunset session will gather people together to align with nature and breathe. Yoga is a way to get the body moving in sync with the soul. The instructors will range from local instructors to well known practitioners from all over the world. Yoga sessions will be held at the Las Palmas Beach Club in Tulum located 500 meters from the Tulum Ruins on the beach.
Workshops and conferences will be held daily during the seven weeks of TWF. Workshops range from self-exploration to energy healing to conferences on sustainability and recycling. TWF is also supporting the municipality of Tulum with a recycling center. Workshops and conferences are also held at the Las Palmas location just south of the Tulum ruins on the beach.
The Wellness Village will be held at Las Palmas, a beach club location where you can go to get some pampering. There will be therapists of various types to provide Reiki, massage and other forms of energy healing. Whether you have danced night and need a healing fix or just want to get your chakras aligned, this is a part of the TWF you cannot deprive yourself of.
Tulum Winterfest is focused on the well-being of the body not just through yoga but also through food. Ambient dinners, featuring local artists and musicians, will be supplied by the well known restaurant 100% Natural. These dinners will be held throughout the festival at Diamante K Hotel located 1.2 km south of the Tulum Ruins on the beach road. 100% Natural will also have beach food stands with easy to eat, on the go, healthy snacks at their various Tulum beach venues. Diosa Organics will be making a presence as well with their flagship product Kombucha and their herb based power mixes.
The coordinators of Tulum Winterfest are working with local and international organizations to support the surrounding Mayan Communities. Volunteers will be working with the International Dreams for Mayan Children, Maya Music & Art Experience and local Sonrisas Contagiosas (Contagious Smiles) to bring supplies and classes to local villages. One project is Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh in Punta Laguna which is also the home of the Monkey Reserve. If you wish to visit the Monkey Reserve or volunteer during Tulum Winterfest, contact the coordinators for the festival.
A fabulous venue that is unique from the others is 1000 Columnas Cenote located near Dos Ojos cenote. To reach 1000 Columnas Cenote, enter Dos Ojos cenote off Highway 307 12 kms north of Tulum, and drive to the very end of the cenote road. This location is reserved during the festival for sacred Mayan ceremonies.
What would a festival be if it didn’t have music? With The Tulum Winterfest being seven weeks, you can imagine what the music line-up is. The music choices continue to honor each portion of the Mayan Prayer of the 7 Galactic Directions. Local musician Chak is featured the third week of January (honoring gratitude and sunsets), and Sitarist Sidartha Siliceo on January 21(honoring abundance and Mother Earth). Check their website for venue details.
While you may not make it for the full seven weeks, there are many great activities going one each week. Tulum is located south of Cancun, about an hour south of Playa del Carmen. If you are not staying in Tulum, you can venture down the coast by taxi or public transport. The cheapest means of transportation is by van called a Combi that is only about $35pesos from Playa to Tulum.
To learn about and explore more of Tulum check out our free Tulum Ebook.