20-30 April 2018. Mazunte, Mexico.

Sun Gathering 10.0

10-day journey of sharing, self-discovery and personal connections in surreal beach town of Mazunte, Mexico. 100 born-to-explore attendees from different countries, all sharing similar values of wholesome lifestyle. Daily sharing circles, lectures, workshops, yoga practice and more.

What is Sun Gathering?

Sun Gatherings are a mix of sharing circles, talks, workshops, group trips and yoga practice. The festival-like event brings together people with similar values ​​and goals, launching a change process in each participant.

People come not only to receive, but also to share their experience, knowledge, skills, and happiness with others. New information, friends, and connection with nature help to know yourself, find answers to important questions and see yourself in a genuine way, without masks.

Sun Gathering energizes and inspires for further self-development and bringing good to others. This time morning yoga practice, all lectures and workshops, joint evenings, and trips will be held in English language.

Sun Gathering happens semi-annually in different parts of the world. Thailand, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Georgia, Indonesia, Nepal, Morocco, Turkey have already rallied hundreds of people. Now it’s Mexico’s turn!

 

Sunsurfers Sun Gatherings Timeline

Watch videos to feel the atmosphere of Sun Gatherings

Sun Gathering 6.0 on Gili Air island, Indonesia and Sun Gathering 9.0 in Cirali, Turkey.

Planned activities

Interesting and rich daily program for Sun Gathering’s participants.
Yoga classes
We will practice morning hatha yoga to stretch the body and mind.
Meditations
To increase our consciousness and concentrate on different tasks, we will start each day with collective meditation.
Talks & lectures
We will talk about free travelling, spiritual practices, share useful life-hacks, insights, secrets of remote work, freelance and business.
Workshops
Intuitive drawing, thai massage, traditional dancing, fitness, photography, etc.
Short trips
Sometimes we will go out to explore the surrounding area as well as get acquainted with the local culture.
Active rest
Swimming in the ocean, morning jogging, surfing, interval training, volleyball, boating, and other activities.

Planned daily schedule

The exact schedule will be approved after all participants are registered. A detailed schedule for each day will be sent to our secret chat in Telegram app.
7:00 — 9:00
Yoga practice
9:00 — 10:00
Fruit breakfast
10:00 — 13:00
Active rest
13:00 — 16:00
Workshops
16:00 — 18:00
Free time
18:00 — 21:00
Lectures

Participation involves

Being active in the whole program of Sun Gathering
Maturity, sanity, and independence in decision-making
Full refusal of alcohol, smoking, and drugs
Respect for local people, their culture and religion
Availability of health insurance
Having a yoga mat

Location of the Gathering

Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico

The anniversary Sun Gathering will be held in the small beach village of Mazunte, Oaxaca. It has the state status of «Pueblo Mágico», which translates as «a magical village». That status follows a great emphasis on eco-tourism, so there are no big hotels and chained-supermarkets.

The village of Mazunte was blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is quiet, calm and secluded. Two yoga-centers hold seminars and retreats here. The Mexicans themselves come to Mazunte to take a break from big-city-life.

During the Sun Gathering in Mazunte, there will be a season of mangoes, whales, dolphins and turtles. The wild sandy beaches El Rinconcito and Playa Mermejita are an excellent place for morning yoga practice, sunrises and sunsets.

Sun Gathering’s main principle

Each participant contributes to the benefit of others: invests their energy in the organization process, generously shares knowledge and keeps active within the entire program of the Sun Gathering. Tries to keep his/her mind open by observing and accepting oneself, others, and all circumstances as they are. Each participant preserves the purity of consciousness: no alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.

Community speaks

Nobody can tell about Sun Gatherings better than those who have participated in it at least once.
Christoph Schwarz
Germany
I attended 3 times in 3 countries one of the #Sunsurfers events and I have to say, that every time it was again an amazing experience! It is great to meet like-minded people from all around the world and share your and their passions. This community is based on helping each other and I made some really good friends there which I keep on meeting.
Oxana Solomakha
France
Sun Gatherings in Morocco and Turkey in 2017 were such an eye-opening experience for me. I am very happy and grateful to join such an amazing and welcoming community of sunny people. My life will never be the same, it is now more conscious, happier and full meaning and purpose.
Burak Bilen
Ankara, Turkey
I was on my spiritual path but i was always feeling a deep loneless all the time. After this meeting, having incredible 10 days with more than 100 people, I know now I am not alone and I have a very deep connection with #Sunsurfers community.
Natalie Ong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sun Gathering is a fascinating journey! I re-discovered myself, the inner-child in her heart, and have courage to chase after the sun to live a lifestyle with free spirit. I quit alcohol and eat only vegetarian food after I met the #Sunsurfers in Penang, living in healthy lifestyle with tons of fruits and learning the benefit of fasting. I was suffering with spine pain and chronic pain, regular practice of meditation and yoga, healthy diet has changed my life. I was so inspired with #Sunsurfers who work remotely. After Sun Gathering in Bali, I dived in to learn and found skills that I’m passionate to work. I’m now freelancing and helping for NGO projects, and am on the journey again! I highly recommend Sun Gathering and meet these like-minded community! Together we share love and kindness.
Nadezhda Nasyrova
Kazan, Russia
Sun Gathering is a special atmosphere of love, trust, kindness, sincere communication! It's an opportunity to make friends with amazing people, to see the world in a new way, to discover yourself and share your knowledge. Every day there is a new story, emotions, pure happiness and joy.
Sasha Chetyrkin
Riga, Latvia
Participating in Sun Gathering for the first time seemed to be «at home». The feeling of a large family, the space of like-minded people was tempered. I want to re-immerse myself in this atmosphere of the sun, smiles, happiness, mutual understanding and embrace. During the Sun Gathering, you get new acquaintances and close friends around the globe, and it's so cool! Sun Gathering is a very transformational event, after which you will never be the same again.
Evgeny Kovalchuk
Norilsk, Russia
My acquaintance with #Sunsurfers community started in May 2017, when I for the first time came to Morocco for the 8th Sun Gathering. And immediately I felt good, healthy atmosphere in this community. A lot of guys and girls became my friends later. I knew many interesting information and also shared with my knowledges with opened heart and pleasure. In October 2017 me and my wife visited amazing Sun Gathering 9.0 in Turkey. And now I study Spanish and looking forward to the next meeting in Mexico. Who knows, maybe will meet you.
Silke Anckaert
Belgium
I saw the one and only Marat Chasanov for the first time in Penang in Malaysia. He was like an example to me. Later in my trip we met again in Vietnam. He asked if we wanted to join the last night of the Sun Gathering. We didn’t know anybody, we even didn’t participate but he was so happy to welcome us. We had an amazing time! Everybody was so friendly and nice! And Marat? He is still my biggest example!
Kostya Voronov
Minsk, Belarus
Have you ever read a book and penetrated it so much that you felt like in another reality? In a place where everything is much brighter and more interesting? Sun Gathering is like this, only not in the book, but in reality. If someone asked me how to make life better, my answer is to go there, where people breathe the same "air" as you. Sun Gathering is not about a place, but about people who create incredible vibrations and an indescribable atmosphere!
Jevgenija Cholodova
Vilnius, Lithuania
I participated in only one Sun Gathering but even it gave me a wonderful feeling that there are people like me in the world, I am not alone. It gave me a lot of new knowledge which I didn’t know where to find before. The most important thing is that it is the community with good values where you also can put your energy in.
Alyona Yanushkevich
Minsk, Belarus
Sun Gathering is a wave of love and open hearts, serving others in joy, this is the acceptance of numerous parts of myself and watching thousands of mirrors around. Sun Gathering means friends and like-minded people around the world. Joint morning practice on the meeting charges with energy for the whole day. And Marat is a good example of how it’s possible to live. For this it is worth to come.
Golnoush Moradi
Iran
True, pure and real friendships is a #Sunsurfers gathering essence! Being surround by beautiful free sprits at the state of love and kindness. Cheering our true self while enjoying the pure nature. Unity, clarity, simplicity are the best way to describe A Sun Gathering, where you can develop the knowledge of self or heal yourself! If you are looking for intellectuality then this is your clan!
Ira Hutornaya
Armavir, Russia
If you're ready, it changes you a lot. Especially powerful side effect for beginners - there is a chance not to return home the same. There is a chance not to return home at all. I remember how I flew to Georgia for 10 days one and a half years ago and still can’t stop travelling.

Questions and answers

Why is the Sun Gathering in Mexico?

We have lived in Asia and held many activities over there. But the region became too familiar and comfortable. The same can mostly be said about Europe. That’s why we decided to take on a new continent and start discovering America. We begin in Mexico! This country has many advantages. No visa required. Sandy beaches that aren’t too crowded. Lots of sun, fruits, and kind people. Mango season, whales, dolphins, turtles, and pyramids.

How do I apply to attend?

1. Send a participant request by filling in the registration form with honesty.
2. Wait for approval via email within 10 days.
3. Pay the participation cost and receive confirmation.
4. Buy tickets to Mexico.
5. Get to the village Mazunte.
6. Find a place for living (or book in advance).
7. Show up at the meeting point on the evening of April 20, with an open mind and vibrating heart.

What if I can’t fly?

In case of cancellation, the paid fee isn’t refundable. We try to minimize the number of people who aren’t serious about coming to the Sun Gathering.

What about accommodation?

You can find bungalows or cabanas from 200 pesos per room for two. For 100 pesos a day, you can live in a hostel, and for 300, rent a comfortable place for 2-4 people. It’s possible to pay a special reduced price when staying for a longer time.

How to fly there and where to buy a ticket?

It’s better to reach the airports of Puerto Escondido or Huatulco. You may need a layover in Mexico City or other major cities. You can also travel around the country by bus.
Fly to Mexico from New York for $200-350 round-trip, from Spain, Poland, and Belgium for 180-250 euros one way.

Tickets from Russia cost about $800-1000, but if you fly with a layover in New York or European cities (Madrid, Brussels, Warsaw), you can keep the costs within $500. For a layover in Europe that takes less than 24 hours, a transit visa isn’t needed. Some airlines, such as KLM, Lufthansa, AirFrance, and Iberia, sell discounted tickets to Mexico.

Browse for cheap tickets on aggregator sites, like Skyscanner, Kiwi or Aviasales.

How to get to Mazunte?

Easiest way is to start your journey Puerto Escondido or Huatulco airports. Take a taxi (about 400 pesos) or a collective taxi (about 35 pesos, but with transfers). You can also get from Pochutla for 100 pesos by taxi or cheaper by a collective transport to Puerto Angel. From there, it’s 8 km by foot along a sunny mountain road.

What is the local price level?

Prices for rental housing and food in Mazunte are average for Mexico, but pleasant for foreigners. Vegetarian dishes in restaurants cost 40-60 pesos. You can compare prices here (website).

What is the weather like in April?

The temperature in the daytime is 25-30 °C and at night 11-16 °C. Water warms up to 25 °C. You won’t feel the humidity thanks to the sun and clear skies. It’s expected to rain 1-2 times a month.

What about vegetarian food?

Several restaurants and cafes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans in Mazunte. The feedback has been very good so far. Yoga retreats are held in this small village and there are also two meditation centres.

What’s up with mobile internet?

WiFi in Mazunte is a rarity, making it a great prime spot for internet detox. For mobile data use in Mexico, you can buy a SIM card from Telcel. 15 MB of Internet per day costs about 15 pesos. 1.5 GB for 30 days is 200 pesos.

How should I speak with the locals?

Local people speak Spanish. Not too many people understand English, so the Sun Gathering is an excellent chance to learn Spanish basics or at least a few useful phrases.
There are simple lessons on YouTube where you can learn the greetings and necessary phrases. An example of such a training video is available here.

Even if a Mexican speaks English, the local people are always pleased when you speak Spanish. Below you’ll find the simplest phrases and expressions in Spanish.

¡Hola! — Hi!
¿Cómo estás? — How are you?
De acuerdo, gracias — Fine, thank you!
¿Cuál es tu nombre? — What is your name?
Mi nombre es Marat — My name is Marat
Sí — Yes
No — No
No entiendo — I don’t understand

You’d better gesticulate actively in conversation, so it will be easier to understand each other!

How safe is it?

You can find a lot of descriptions online covering the security situation in Mexico, but not everything is worth believing. Mazuntė is a quiet and peaceful place where the Mexicans themselves are heading to rest from the city life and material worries. Foreign tourists and yogis are regulars, although the village still isn’t crowded. Authorities keep an eye on Mazuntė to keep it safe.

Cost of participation

77 $

The event itself is non-profit. Your contribution is for organizing short trips, renting a lecture room, renting special equipment, designing and manufacturing branded t-shirts and stickers, refreshments during opening and closing, charity events, website support and development of the #Sunsurfers community projects.

Have more questions? Contact us

Here's how you can reach event organizers — Sasha (WhatsApp) & Marat (Telegram).

Apply to attend

Apply by clicking on the button below and honestly filling the registration form. You pay only after your application is approved. You will be notified via e-mail.
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