The wisdom of ancient, living traditions – kept alive through stories, ceremonies and other practices – can foster our personal and collective development. These lineages of wisdom provide guidance for discovering our deepest purpose and developing a more balanced relationship to each other, our environment and our universe – moving us towards unleashing our collective potential. By reading, listening, and participating we are helping these traditions to grow and evolve as they move beyond the people and places from which they originate. It is with much gratitude and respect that Saq’ Be’ is pleased to present the stories, teachings and wisdom from those that have stepped forward to share them with the world.
We also maintain an archive of stories that featured time-bound content, but still hold timeless wisdom.
Tz’apiq’ij – A Sacred Time of Introspection The Maya people are recognized for being the great counters of time, known for the extraordinary precision of their calendars, which are fundamental elements to life and development within this tradition. Among them, the Sacred Cholq’ij is the one that is most known,
Every Winter Solstice, our father and grandfather, Carlos Barrios, shared with us the teachings he had received from his Mam lineage teachers about this significant moment. They told him that during the Solstice, known in the K’iche’ Maya language as Nuch Lu Pam Ri Q’ij, which means “the stomach of
Don’t miss the unique opportunity to witness the Zenith Sun, one of the most important cosmic events for the Maya Cosmovision! We are so excited to host this 7-day retreat that will take place on the sacred land of the Itza Maya People in Peten, Guatemala from May 5 to May
One of the pillars of traditional Maya spirituality is that of paying homage to the memory of our ancestors through our ceremonies, prayers, and rituals, as we understand the importance of the roads they walked before us and the power of their heritage, guidance, and wisdom in the path that
In Maya Cosmovision, the Sun and the Moon exert a strong influence on the life of beings. Both stars are considered to be energies of creation, supernatural forces that are essential for life. They symbolize a manifestation of the Sacred. We must have an awareness of certain cycles that exist
Join us on a one-week retreat to one of the most ancient Maya cities! We are very excited to invite you this October to a 7-day retreat of immersion to the Traditional Maya Knowledge that will take place in Petén, Guatemala. This trip will be led by Denise Barrios, daughter
The wisdom transmitted by the elders often reminds us that we are connected to the whole, that the cycles of life, the cosmos, and nature are bound to us and when we walk with an awareness of this connection we can better understand our own cycles, our times of introspection
For the Maya people and for those of us who follow this millenary way of living, astronomic events such as equinoxes and solstices are of great transcendence, as they not only mark the change of a season, but they also open a portal of connection to the powers of the
We recently had a chance to conduct a Q&A session with Denise Barrios, who just released the Maya Count of Days, a daily planner that follows the Cholq’ij Calendar, which is available for purchase in both English and Spanish. The book is a moving tribute to her work with her
We are pleased to be able to share the following videos of twin brothers Juan and Miguel León Cortez doing a healing for B’atz’, along with a video of them playing sacred marimba music. We are grateful for their partnership with Saq’ Be’. The brothers recently constructed, planted and harvested