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Vegan Fusion Belize Retreat . Mayan Journeys . Dec 16, 2012

Vegan Fusion Mayan Journeys
2012 Winter Solstice Celebration
in Belize with Mark Reinfeld and special musical guest Shimshai

December 16th – 23rd, 2012

Join award-winning vegan chef and author Mark Reinfeld and internationally acclaimed musician Shimshai in the prophetic 2012 in the mystical and magical land of Belize. Come celebrate the Winter Solstice and welcome in the new era according to the Mayan Calendar!

On this epic retreat, you will immerse yourself in the local Belizean culture, enjoy world-class vegan cuisine with award winning author and Blossoming Lotus Founding Chef Mark Reinfeld and transport yourself with the mystical music of Shimshai during a special Winter Solstice Concert.

Belize lies west of the Caribbean Sea on the Central American isthmus and is home to ancient archaeological sites of the Mayan people, local Garifuna culture, pristine beaches, coral reefs, tropical rain forests, exotic birds, wildlife and more.

We will be staying at the luxurious Belizean Dreams located in Hopkins. For a
virtual tour, please visit

Our tentative schedule:

Sunday, December 16th – arrive Belize PM, welcome reception with Garifuna
Drummers and Dancers
Monday, December 17th – optional lunch at Mayan Center/ Evening Class and
Dinner with Mark Reinfeld
Tuesday, December 18th – optional overnight trip to Xunantunich Mayan ruins
Wednesday, December 19th – return from the ruins, dinner at resort
Thursday, December 20th – optional morning adventure* / Solstice Feast and
Concert with Shimshai
Friday, December 21st – optional morning adventure/ Evening Class and Dinner
with Mark Reinfeld
Saturday, December 22nd – optional full-day boat trip to outer Cayes, with
snorkeling and sunset cruise
Sunday, December 23rd – depart AM

Cost: Includes 7 nights accommodations and all meals, excluding alcohol and gratuities:

Double Occupancy – $1950/person
Single Occupancy – $2460/person


*Optional activities (additional charges apply) include:

  • Full Day trip to Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, overnight stay in San Ignacio
  • Full Day Boat trip to outer Cayes, including snorkeling and sunset cruise
  • Mayan Cultural Center Tour,
  • Mayflower Mayan hike to waterfalls
  • Monkey river nature tour
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving and More!!

To reserve your place and for transportation details, activity rates and for more information, please contact Cindy Edwards at








Mark Reinfeld

Mark Reinfeld is the winner of’s Recipe of the Year Award for 2011 and has over 20 years experience preparing creative vegan and raw food cuisine. Mark is described by as being “poised on the leading edge of contemporary vegan cooking”. He is the founding chef of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, winner of Honolulu Advertiser’s ‘Ilima Award
for “Best Restaurant on Kaua’i”. Mark is also the recipient of a Platinum Carrot Award for living foods – a national award given by the Aspen Center of Integral Health to America’s top “innovative and trailblazing healthy chefs”.

His first cookbook, Vegan World Fusion Cuisine, coauthored with Bo Rinaldi and with a foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall, has won several national awards, including “Cookbook of the Year’, ‘Best New Cookbook’, ‘Best Book by a Small Press’ and a Gourmand Award for ‘Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA ’. In addition Mark coauthored The Taste Of The East, The 30-Minute Vegan and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw.

He currently offers online vegan cooking lessons as well as vegan cooking and raw food preparation consulting, cookbooks, recipe development, cooking classes, workshops, chef training, intensives and retreats in both North America and Europe. If you would like to learn more about Vegan Fusion Cuisine please visit











Whether singing the ancient Sanskrit mantras of India, the traditional folklore songs of South America, or performing his original works of divine inspiration, Shimshai’s music invokes a sentiment of ancestral devotion and a dedication to higher consciousness. Shimshai is gifted with the innate ability to deliver his message flawlessly in several languages; most profoundly the universal language of Love and Oneness. Surrounded by music from birth and formally trained on piano in his native state of Washington, today Shimshai performs effortlessly on guitar and other strings, piano, flute and woodwinds. His unique blend of reggae, jazz, kirtan, and folk, infused with a worldbeat influence, provides a diverse palette of musical expression and attracts a wide range of listeners.



















































































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Olga Bobkova » 26. Apr, 2012

Hello, I would like to sign for this journey! I’ve sent 2 times emails to Cindy Edwards, but her email seems to me not working.

Kind regards