Our Mission & History

Hi! We are Maura and Elizabet Sacach, and we are the Indigenous Founders and Owners of MAYA MOON CACAO. We prepare and promote 100% pure artisanal cacao from the Mayan highlands of Guatemala. We are sisters from San Marcos La Laguna, on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, and are the daughters of a large Kaqchikel family who reside in the mountainside of our home village.

This social enterprise that we share with you carries our hearts and best intentions for the betterment of our community and yours. We provide fair work opportunities and a dignified living wage to those who are truly in need. We believe in inclusion, dignity and love.

“I began my cacao journey working for a foreign-owned cacao business. Over the course of more than 5 years, I learned, improved and developed my production techniques so much that I became the top producer for my employer and helped to expand the team by teaching other local women how to prepare a high quality cacao. I am so happy and proud to now have my very own cacao business through which I can give work to my people and share what we do with the world!” ~ Elizabet

“When I first saw my sister peeling cacao beans by hand in her humble home, I had no idea what she was doing or the work that was involved in producing a fine block of cacao. My curiosity led me to research this craft and I quickly found out that so many women in my village were being extremely poorly paid to do such arduous work. This triggered me into taking action. I would support Elizabet in launching her own brand of cacao, whilst promoting fair trade, recognition and reward among our community and beyond.” ~ Maura

We created MAYA MOON CACAO in 2019 to share our cultural heritage, ancestral traditions and this lovingly made superfood with you. Our mission is to offer dignified employment to indigenous single mothers and special needs people of our Mayan village on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. As an added bonus, we offer the very finest artisanal cacao to the world!

We are delighted to share our products and story with you! 🤍

Many blessings.

Thank you! Gracias! Maltiox!

Maura & Elizabet 

June 3-7, 2024

in the Sacred Mayan Lands of Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

Come on a 5-day journey to discover the wisdom of your heart and let yourself be embraced by the magical Lake Atitlan, it's people and the ancient medicine of cacao in this transformative retreat.

What You'll Experience:

- Mayan Culture & Tradition

- Daily Heart-Opening Yoga & Meditation

- Full-Day Visit to the Cacao Farm

- Bean to Bar Cacao Making Workshop 

- Mayan Fire & Cacao Ceremony 

-Temazcal (Sweatlodge) Ceremony

- Beautiful Nature Hikes

& More Surprises

Where you'll stay:

Kawoq Forest Retreat Center

Nestled in the verdant Guatemalan highlands and overlooking the ancient azure waters of Lake Atitlán, formerly known as the Yoga Forest, Kawoq Forest is a place of magnificent natural beauty. For discerning travelers seeking solace, restoration and a sparkle of adventure, Kawoq Forest is your sanctuary. 

Our Itinerary

Day 1 - Lake Atitlan Arrival

  • Airport pick-ups
  • Travel to Lake Atitlan and Arrive at Kawoq Forest Retreat Center
  • Get settled, explore, and meet other participants.
  • Opening ceremony and dinner

Day 2 - Cacao Immersion

  • Morning Yoga & Breathwork
  • Meet the Women behind Maya Moon Cacao
  • Experience a Cacao making workshop from bean to bar
  • Sit in a Traditional Mayan Fire and Cacao Ceremony

Day 3 - Journey to the Farm

  • Sunrise Watching at the Lake
  • Full-day Trip to Farm where we harvest our Cacao Beans
  • Connect with local farmers
  • Learn the process of Cacao Farming
  • Tree Meditation

Day 4 - Explore San Marcos Town & Temazcal Ceremony

  • Morning Yoga & Cacao
  • Free time in San Marcos town to shop from local artisans, try new foods, and connect with the locals.
  • Temazcal Ceremony, a sacred Mayan Sweatlodge focused on ancestral healing and cleansing. 

Day 5 - Closing Circle

  • Morning Yoga & Cacao
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Airport transfers

What's included

🤎 5 Days & 4 Night Stay at Kawoq Forest Retreat Center

🤎 2 Vegan Farm-to-Table Meals + a Snack per day

🤎 Airport Transportation

🤎 All Transportation During Retreat 

🤎 All Activities During Retreat

*Airfare ticket not included


Early bird price: $2,000 (until 3/21)

Regular price $2,200

Private room $2,500

$500 deposit is required to secure your spot.

Payment plan options available.

  • Maura Sacach

    Maura is an indigenous woman from San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala. Mother, entrepreneur, and activist. She works with the medicine of Mama Cacao sharing ceremonies and circles. She helps empower single mothers in her community through her work with Maya Moon Cacao since 2020.

  • Catalina Montes

    With more than 1000 hours of studies in Hatha/Vinyasa yoga, rebirthing breathwork, and somatic embodiment and her personal experience traveling to many sacred sites around the world, she creates safe spaces for people to connect with their intuition and to bridge ancient wisdom with modern day healing. 

Sharing the Ancient Mayan Wisdom of Mama Cacao Medicine

We believe that it is important to make known and preserve the origin of this ancestral medicine to honor and respect it. Since today, cacao ceremonies or circles have become increasingly popular, being guided by anyone who connects deeply with Mama Cacao. With this, we believe that it is important to create the Maya Moon Cacao community; people who understand our cause from the roots and want to connect with the powerful medicine of Mama Cacao as it is made from its Mayan origin (with love, paying fairly and made at origin), respecting and knowing its properties and uses from ancient times.

The Mama Cacao retreat is an authentic & heart-centered retreat experience for all those who feel the calling. If this experience resonates with you, book a retreat interview call to learn more about the retreat and complete your registration. We can't wait to meet you.

With love,

Maura & Catalina

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What if I've never tried Cacao before?

Cacao is a gentle, heart-opening medicine that can vary in intensity depending on dosage and concentration. If you've never had Cacao before we will offer to start you out with smaller doses until you feel comfortable.

Are you offering an early bird discount?

Yes, we are offering $200 off the full price to all those who register by March 21, 2024.

How do I get to Lake Atitlan?

You will fly into La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City and we will pick you up with our private shuttle. The drive from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan is about 3:30 hours long.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, we offer 2, 3 and 4 month payment plans with the full payment due before the retreat start date.

Can I get a refund?

Due to the nature of retreats we cannot offer a refund but in case of any changes in your schedule we can transfer your deposit and/or full payment to a later retreat date.