Today May 2nd, 2023
And I stand here before you at The Mayan Garden with a heavy heart to tell you that yesterday May 1st, 2023, we endured a devastating fire that consumed the vast majority of the retreat center.
the causes are still unknown at this time but the initial fire started in the Riverlodge yesterday afternoon around 3:00 pm.
Due to the dry season and the high speed winds, the fire only grew more aggressively consuming all the wood and thatch structure. ambers from the Riverlodge soon caught fire to the other structure’s thatch roofs on the facility which sat near by.
Although a team of 8 Fire fighters with two trucks were called as soon as possible to the site,it two hours for them to arrive! Unfortunately, by the time they arrived on site the Riverlodge was completely burnt to the ground. Meanwhile the gym, the yoga studio, the conference , the pool and horse barn were quickly consumed by the fire.
Staff and volunteers worked rigorously together to prevent the further spreading of the fires. They proceeded to soak down the cabana thatch roofs to prevent ambers from catching fire. And quickly tried to salvage interior furnishing from nearby buildings.
Firefighters, volunteers and staff worked late into the night still fighting the fire that kept burning.
This experience has been a devastating and emotionally heartbreaking experience not just for me and my family but also for everyone who lives here at the Mayan Garden and who has loved and cared for this place.
30 years of love and care have gone into building and nurturing this place to something wonderful for each and every person who set foot here. We have looked to inspire and heal everyone person who has visited or worked here in one way or the other.
We are seeking to raise funds to rebuild. We seek to raise funds to continue to give jobs to locals here, but also who can help us clean up, salvage and rebuild The Mayan Garden. Aside from rebuilding we seek to donate to the Fire Department here in Orange Walk, Belize, to help give the department better equipment and more efficient funding to help prevent further devastating events like this from happening to anyone else.
Any help of any kind is greatly appreciated, if you are unable to make a monetary contribution, then volunteering and or using any resources you have accessible to you, is also greatly appreciated and accepted as help.
Please keep us in your prayers