YEMANJO & ECHO
YEMANJO is a project of producer, DJ, and singer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Harris. Born and raised in the rich cultural stew of California's Bay Area, Harris has called Lake Atitlan, Guatemala home since 2016. His original music is a polyrhythmic concoction of downtempo/ethnic house beats blended with traditional instruments and tribal chants from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East--influences drawn from Harris' near-constant world travels. He is well-known on the international conscious dance circuit in Europe, the US and in Central America, where he is part of the vanguard of a flowering dance scene in Lake Atitlan.
Yemanjo's dynamic and highly danceable live show features Harris singing in three languages and playing live trumpet and other instruments over his original beats. Yemanjo is an embodiment of the ancient concept of "music as medicine", and brings an intention of healing and transformation to every production and live set.
Yemanjo's other offerings include: therapeutic massage, live music for yoga and ceremony, Thai massage workshop and circle singing facilitation
Links to music
Words from Echo
I utilize my body as a tool of integration and a vessel of evolution through arts, poetry, dance, and voice. I have been on the path of "me" search (research) for over two decades. When I was a teenager you could find me in the library stacks binging on Nietzsche, Jung, Kant, Marx, Descartes and Alan Watts. I had a desire to find a way out, not through. I was searching for answers among thinkers and finding only more questions. I turned to yoga in my early twenties as a means to burn more physical energy. My tool of escape/ as well as association with the higher self were through my body. I had the polarity paradox of using my body to dissociate, but also to bring me home again. I could switch between the two simultaneously. Dance, art, extreme sports, writing, and other right brain dominant activities brought me into a deep relationship with my physical form. But the relationship would become much deeper as I learned to ground myself, stay present, and feel the fullness of my experience. Dancing with grace between dark and the light.
I feel a push towards wholeness. A push for us all to achieve what it means to be truly human in our fullness. What I have to offer as a facilitator is my undivided attention to my students, and to my Sangha, as we journey together towards integrative healing of the self through the movement and the arts.
Links to Live Sets, Movement & Meditation
What is Poetry in Motion?
The idea of collaboration behind poetry in motion is one of deeper connection to self, and other... through language that is non-verbal. As soon as we utter the words that mean so much to us, out into the world, the essence of the meaning is lost through language. We all speak from different conditioning, different bodily abilities, different perspectives about the world. And on the other hand embodiment, movement of the pristine vessel of skin and bones, is pure. When we dance, or make sound without definitive language, when we move to music, when we paint and color.....we are able to touch in to the childlike innocence that lives somewhere within. The desire for our seven days together is to spend partial time in silence of words. Yet we will dance, we will sing, we will make art, and touch nature, we will write poetry and we will tune into what it means to communicate with our fullness. With our bodies, with our eyes, with our breath, with our hearts. There will be space each day for verbal connection with intention, but most of our days will be spent without speaking actual words to one another. Think of this experience as a recalibration of how we take up space with our communication. How can we say more, but with less words? How can we move more from a place of love, authenticity, radical self expression and consideration of the whole? Together we will create the container of the microcosm that we desire to see in the macrocosm.
This retreat includes 6 nights and 7 days of accommodation, delicious meals, contact dance improv, Buddhist teachings, sacred sexuality and sensuality workshops, ecstatic dance sets, yoga, meditation practices and much more. We have a few different tiered options for those joining with different financial needs. The range will be between 800 USD & 1200 USD. For more information and to reserve a spot please email email@example.com
For a shared room 2-4 persons 800 USD
For couple sharing one bed in private room 1,100 per person
For private room 1200 USD
Payment to paypal Yemanjomusic@gmail.com (please use friends and family option to avoid fees)
Place note with your name and room option you desire
How to get to San Marcos
Arrival info: fly to La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City. From there take a public shuttle to Panajachel (several departures throughout the day) or private taxi to San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan
From panajachel you need to take an additional boat to arrive to San Marcos
From San Marcos walk up the pedestrian Main Street to basketball court; from there take a tuktuk taxi to shangri-la Atitlan coffee roasters (end of the road in barrio 2). This is the rendezvous point for the short hike up to Arco Isis Sanctuary
Arco Isis Sanctuary is located about a 10-15 minute hike (yes, hike) above barrio 2 in San Marcos la Laguna. The sanctuary lives among peaceful nature setting, and lots of privacy areas and grass lawn terraces. There are breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan down below.