The SpaceThe word "Chapin" is the colloquial term for referring to anything Guatemalan. I named this room Chapin because of the art that has been hung in this room, showing local traditions in weaving and the life cycle of corn (from growing, harvesting, milling, grinding, tortilla making and celebrating life and this food item that is central to the Chapin way of life not just for its nutritious properties, but culturally revered and regarded as the substance from which man was created according to the Popol Vuh -- the scriptures central to the Mayan belief system). This room has a queen size bed, its own TV/DVD system for bedtime viewing, and its own full en-suite bathroom.
I invite you into my "space of spaces" -- welcome to a house with a many "corners" and spaces to spend time in -- be it reading one of our library books, checking your email on your laptop, taking your yoga practice or having a conversation with me, your traveling companion or other guests or friends. The intention is to offer you a safe retreat space where you can find both time and space for yourself, as well as inspiration from the space the house creates and the conversations to be had.
I very much welcome medium and longer term guests also.
Ample!... With many small universes within the whole, each carrying it's own inspiring energy. To evoke but a few of the "feelings" around the house:
- Garden aesthetic, green, colorful, tropical, healing, culinary.
- Spiritual room symbolism, colors, chakras, energy, 5 elements, peacefulness, light & darkness, candles & incense
- Library inspiring, fiction, healing, reality, beauty, humanity, living, serenity
-Moroccan lounge travel, exotic, romanticism, music, informal connections, bohemian, evenings in good company, escape to another world
-Front porch rocking chairs, candles, garden views, sheltered, outside, glass of wine, conversations, scents of the night, read a book
-Outdoor lounge BBQ, another space, fish pond, plants, mural, bamboo wall, jasmin
-Kitchen heart of the house, social hub, good coffee grown 5 minutes away, home cooking, quality ingredients, slow food, imagination is the limit
So welcome!.... Mi casa es tu casa! I look forward to meeting you.
You will experience a retreat-like space here! You may even get a change to have a Temascal if I am firing it up (Traditional Mayan Sauna). Garden Breakfast are a common occurrence, and rooftop morning coffee soaking in the view of the volcanoes, dissipating mist as the sun rises above the hills. Guest AccessYou will have access to the whole house. The exceptions are: other bedrooms (obvious.... But there it is (;-) ) and the office (unless invited). Interaction with GuestsYou will usually be hosted at the house when I am in residence. So chances to interact are pretty high. We are likely to share breakfast or some of our meals together, maybe cook and enjoy a glass of wine together. Its up to your mood, mine too...and the magic of the flow (:-) The NeighborhoodThe neighborhood is Antigua-like (cobbled stone street) yet 1.5 miles out of town center (less than 1 mile from the edge of town). It is very quiet around here - hearing countryside like night critters, roosters, different owls sometimes. No mainroad pass within hearing distance.
I would definitely encourage you to visit some of the neighboring colonial village around Antigua. Maybe we'll take a trip there together. They are so much more low key than Antigua... One almost gets a feeling of a forgotten era of Spanish colonialism when walking around some of the old main squares with pristine churches [... well sometimes crumbling... But still...] Getting AroundI will offer you a ride if I happen to be driving into town. You can also walk to/from town (25mins), walk to the main road and take a chicken bus (5mins) or take a tuktuk back (a few minutes). Other Things to Note[there are 3 other rooms available should you find this one booked for your desired dates - check out our other listings. Also the house is available as a complete rental]
If you are on a trajectory that will take you to Lake ATITLAN, be sure to CHECK OUT my other listing EAGLE'S NEST located in San Marcos La Laguna - it will blow your HEART & MIND simultaneously ;-).....here is a quick link for it: