• Superior Casita with two Double Beds – $2,995.00
  • Deluxe Casita King with Private Plunge Pool – $3,495.00
  • Couple Deluxe Casita King with Private Plunge Pool – $5,974.20

Date & Time Details: Jan 30th, 2018 - Feb 6th, 2018

Location: Yucatan, Mexico

Michael Halle

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Mindfulness Through Music With Virtuoso David Barrett, Mexico – January 2018

With Master Guitarist David Barrett

January 30 - February 6, 2018

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Buddha Travel Signature Retreats Presents:


Mindfulness Through Music With Guitar Virtuoso David Barrett, and special guest, Kenny Lee Lewis. Seven nights in Sotuta de Peon Hacienda Viva — an amazing environment for creating and performing music.

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David Barrett

Buddha Travel believes that the Path to Conscious Living can be achieved in many ways, and we aim to break the traditional concepts for expanding consciousness, beginning with this musical approach under the guidance of a musician who believes that mindfulness and meditation can take music to an entirely new level. If you ever watch an artist or musician closely when they are deep into the art, it becomes obvious that the intense focus involved is a meditative state. However, an artist’s life is full of highs and lows, and occasionally we feel that we are out of sync with our own creativity! This retreat will help participants find their way back to their peak creative abilities.



David Barrett, solo instrumental guitarist and leader of the David Barrett Trio, puts it this way: “After playing guitar for many years, I found the missing component to my personal development in music (and life) was meditation; it transformed how I composed and performed music.” The goal of this retreat is to help hobbyists, and professional musicians alike discover their full potential, and to develop their own original style by transporting people away from their daily lives, and immersing them in a fun, creative, and transformative environment. We plan on sharing some great jam sessions, performances and surprises during the Retreat so won’t you join us to ignite your creativity with ‘Mindfulness Through Music?

See you in Yucatan!


“After playing guitar for many years, I found the missing component to my personal development in music (and life) was meditation; it transformed how I composed and performed music on the guitar…”

~ David Barrett


David Barrett at Sotuta de Peon


Skill Level:

✔ Beginner

✔ Intermediate

✔ Advanced




Tuesday January 30:

Arrival at Merida Airport and transfer to Sotuta de Peon Hacienda Viva; Meet & Greet your Buddha Travel Hosts and David Barrett

8:00 pm Dinner at Poolside Restaurant 



Wednesday January 31

7:30 am — Breakfast at Poolside Restaurant

9:00  am – Group meet and greet, Retreat Overview — Poolside

10:00 am – Hacienda Viva Tour & Cenote Experience

2:00 pm — Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant

4:00 pm —  Workshop #1 Collective:

The first workshop will review music as it relates to the player and the listener as a whole, covering different genres and styles of guitar playing. The art, philosophy, and science we expose ourselves to deepens our understanding of music, and leads to a richer appreciation that creates more tools to use in our toolbox.

6:00 to 8:00 pm – Private time

8:00 pm –Dinner in Poolside Restaurant

10:00 pm — Jam on the Casa Terrace with David Barrett and Kenny Lee Lewis



Thursday February 1

7:30 to 8:30 am — Breakfast at Poolside Restaurant

10:00 am – Leave from the lobby for half day trip to the Ancient Maya site of Mayapan  

2:00 pm – Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Afternoon free

8:00 pm — Dinner at Poolside Restaurant 

10:00 pm – Gather in The Listening Room with David Barrett and Kenny Lee Lewis



Friday February 2

7:30 am — Breakfast at Poolside Restaurant

9:00 am — Workshop #2 — Outward Focus:

This workshop focuses on all of the outward components of playing the instrument. All aspects of technique, theory, and the gear involved in getting a great guitar sound will be explored. 

Demonstrations on acoustic guitar will be featured 

12:00 pm — Massage and Healing Therapies 

2:00m pm — Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant 

4:00 pm — One on One Session — Personal one on one time with Dave on cultivating your own style and using mindfulness to enhance creativity. 

8:00 pm — Dinner at Poolside Restaurant 

10:00 pm Jam in the Courtyard with David Barrett and Kenny Lee Lewis 



Saturday February 3

7:30 am — Breakfast at Poolside Restaurant

9:00 am — Massage and Healing Therapies 

12:00 pm – Meet in Lobby to depart for Day Trip to the Colonial City of Merida for shopping at local market, sightseeing, late afternoon drinks

6:30 pm – Return to Sotuta de Peon

8:00 pm — Dinner at The Poolside Restaurant 

10:00 pm — Q&A with Dave and Kenny Lee: Rock and Roll Stories, in the studio and on the road!



Sunday February 4

7:30 am –Breakfast at the Poolside Restaurant 

9:00 am — Workshop #3: Inward Focus —

This last workshop will cover how our spiritual practice, or a more conscious way of living

informs and transforms our approach to composing, arranging, and performing with the guitar. Meditation, breath work, and visualization can all play important roles 

in discovering new dimensions to our personal and musical development. 

12:00 pm — Massage and Healing Therapies 

2 p.m. – Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant

4:00 pm — The Healing Power of Music Featuring Kenny Lee Lewis 

8:00 pm — Dinner at Poolside Restaurant 

10:00 pm — Jam on the Casa Terrace with David Barrett and Kenny Lee Lewis



Monday February 5

7:30 am Breakfast at Poolside Restaurant

10:00 am – Coda: Overview With Dave

12:00 pm — Massage and Healing Therapies 

2:00 pm — Lunch at Hacienda Restaurant 

4:00 pm — Mini Acoustic Concert featuring Dave on solo guitar 

8:00 pm Dinner at Poolside Restaurant

Tuesday February 6th:


7:30 am Breakfast at Poolside Restaurant

Earlier flight Departure we will send you off with a Breakfast Box!

8:30 am — Shuttle to Merida International Airport for your flight home.


“A player of many strands – plays in many guises – could show up anywhere, and get the job done quite beautifully !”

~ Steve Howe, guitarist (Yes).



“Staying in Sotuta de Peón is a unique experience of connection with nature, as well as a portal to time and history. Our 30 rooms combine comfort and good taste; in every detail of the decoration and in the distribution of the spaces we find the most subtle and distinctive features of the architecture of the haciendas and the traditional Mayan house.


Casita at Sotuta de Peon, Hacienda Viva


Surrounded by trees and gardens, it is a joy for your senses, as well as enjoying the immense green sea of the henequen plants, whose textures are lost in the distance and the horizon.

Whether you visit the museum house, in the main building of the hull, or spend time in one of its gardens or in the silence and clarity of the Dzul-Ha cenote, you will be connected with you, with your own, with this Mayan land full of mysteries that the breeze takes from one corner to another and make of your stay in Sotuta de Peón, an experience that you will repeat every time you can with your partner, your family, your friends; or as a space of renewal, silence and inner retreat. Make of Sotuta de Peón, your home in Yucatan.” ~ taken from


Superior double deluxe room at Hacienda Viva


“David is a rare combination of imagination, dedication, and raw talent”.

~Terry Brown, producer (Rush)



At Hacienda Viva in Sotuta de Peón, we feature Mexican and  Yucatecan cuisine, the perfect blend between Mayan and Spanish heritage, using recipes passed down from many earlier generations. All of the menu selections change daily and are prepared by local chefs who use the local seasonings and flavors . The Indigenous culinary traditions make Sotuta de Peon a unique dining experience as well as a memorable encounter with culture.

In addition to regional gourmet cuisine, vegetarian entrees, fresh squeezed juices and seasonal fruit are always available as well as foods that are free of salt, fluoride and chemicals.

During the Buddha Travel Signature Retreats, we will also offer a Detox Menu, designed by nutritionist Dona Nora Hidalgo.

When you register for a Buddha Travel Retreat, let us know your dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate you!




Not Included:

  • Alcoholic Beverages and Specialty Drinks
  • Personal items
  • Entry fees for sites not listed on itinerary


You can reach Sotuta de Peon by flying into Merida International Airport (Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport) or Cancun International Airport.


From Merida: Taxi services are available to take you to Hacienda Viva from the airport.

From Cancun: Luxury bus service is available from the airport to Merida, where taxi service to Sotuta de Peon is available; private car service or rental car can also be arranged.

Transportation to the resort will be arranged for participants in Buddha Travel Retreats upon registration.


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“I can’t see how to excel if you are not mindful of your deeper consciousness. Through my meditation, I was able to gain access to a way of deepening my experience with music. I realized that being technically good on your instrument is just not good enough. But if you change as a person, you make music that moves you, and hopefully others, more deeply.”

~David Barrett

Cancellation Policy:

Retreat Payment, Cancellation, Refund and Registration Policies

The following represents the Buddha Travel Retreat Payment and Cancellation and Refund Policies as of September 28th, 2017

The Buddha Travel Retreat Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy:

1) Deposit of 50% must be paid at time of Registration booking.

2) Balance of 50% must be paid in full 30 Days Prior to Retreat Arrival date.
which is 30-DAYS prior to the Retreat starting date.

3) 100% of Retreat Registration booking must paid in full when booked less then 30 days prior to Retreat program arrival date.

4) In the event of a Cancellations before 90 days or more prior to the Arrival date a 20% processing fee will be deducted from the amount of the Deposit for the reservation, meaning 80% of your Deposit will be REFUNDED to you.

5) Cancellations less then 60 days or more prior to the Arrival date will have a 50% Processing Fee deducted, meaning that 50% of the payment received to that date will be REFUNDED.

6) There will be NO Cancellations or Refunds provided less then 30 Days from the Retreat program Arrival date.

7) Absolutely No Refunds will be provided for people “either arriving late or departing early” for the retreat after the start date or prior to the end dates as published on the website related to your specific Registration booking.

8) Buddha Travel Reserves the Right to Cancel or Reschedule any Retreat Program upon written email Notice. In the event of Cancellation or Rescheduling a Refund will be made in accordance with our Refund Policies as noted herein, in “The Buddha Travel Retreat Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy”. Where feasible, a Credit could also be applied against a future Retreat Program.

Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me directly,
NOTE: We recommend that you purchase trip cancelation insurance for your flights, Emergency Medical Insurance while you are traveling.

Thank you!


David Barrett and Buddha Travel Co- Founder, Michael Hallé




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