Arts & Culture

Neek 'Ich Casa del Agua Maya-Mexica Holistic Spa Experience In Merida

About a month ago, I was invited to experience . It is located in a colonial home on Calle 66 between 59 and 61 and was told it was a unique concept of spa and to bring my swimming suit. As I walked through the doors, I was greeted by a young woman in a white long dress and I could smell the faint aroma of burning copal, a prehispanic resin used to cleanse the body and spirit. We entered into the second room, the red room, I was served ginger tea and they sat me down and explained that this Casa del Agua, House of Water which is a holistic experience based on Mayan-Mexica traditional medicine, sanctifying baths and the importance of the elements. Neek means seed and Ich means eye in Maya. So the name Neek ‘Ich means iris or seed of the eye. The function of the seed of the eye in Mayan culture is to control the amount of light that makes vision possible. Neek Ich bases its philosophy on the shamanic teaching of principals and values that allows us to understand that everything is interrelated--from the spiritual to the physical and biological--shaping the unity between humanity and the natural world. Therefore this spa offers much more than just relaxing physical treatments, it invokes the healing power of water. It heals from the inside out. 

"Resistencia"A Social Exhibition SoHo Galleries 

On September 28th at 7:30pm SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 between 43 and 41 in the Centro of Merida, Yucatan,  will be presenting “Resistance” A Sociocultural Exhibition. This will be a special night where Cuban artists come together to explore their creative interpretation of resistance to the social and political injustices faced by so many. They touch on topics of love, gender equality, race as well as the laws and prejudices that keep people mentally and emotionally shackled. SoHo Galleries is at the cutting edge of art and culture and this exhibit will convey each artist’s vision of confronting the grievances they have faced in their own lives in Cuba. While this exhibit features all Cuban artists, the theme of resistance is one we are all familiar with through our own personal struggles or by being witness to universal human experience of iniquity and abuse.  It also seems to be quite timely because on September 19-21 the World Peace Summit will be held in Merida. Many of the world's leaders in peace and justice will be gathering here in an effort to continue the movement against repression and exploitation. The exhibit at SoHo will be a powerful interpretation of how the human spirit will not be defeated by intolerance.

Casa Mo Furniture Gallery and Store: Restoring Cultural Gems of the Mexican Modern Art Movement

This week I had the pleasure to meet Alfredo who has recently moved to Merida from Mexico City. He has a fascinating new furniture store, located on Calle 52 between 41 and 43, called Casa Mo. Although he sells fully functional furniture, I realized right away that this store is more of a gallery for fantastic pieces of Mexican modern art, hence the name Casa Mo.  Alfredo has a passion for furniture from the mid-20th Century during the boom of Modernism in Mexico City. He has dedicated the last few years to collecting original designer pieces from celebrated architects and designers of the time. As you walk into the extensive showroom it seems as if you are walking back in time to the 40’’s, 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s. You see the various pieces with their sleek, straight lines and smooth, shiny surfaces characteristic of modern furniture. The Modern Mexican style was also inspired by Mexican artisans so you will see subtle usage of wicker, or palm as well as woven patterns, and  details in turquoise or bronze. 

Five ALMOST Free Things to Do in Merida, Yucatan

By Harriet Sleath Mérida is a city that has so much to offer, so many surprises and hidden gems to be uncovered. She’s a city full of heart and character. From the colourful streets to the people who live here. There is always, always, something going on in and around Mérida and, what’s even better, is many of these won’t break the bank. Here are Mid CityBeat’s recommendations for 5 almost free activities which you can do in the White City at any time of year.​

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