Evergreen / Palmaia – The House of AiA presents the Architects of Life program

Classes, Ceremonies and Rituals

Palmaia – The House of AiA’s  in-house Shaman, Balder, has built a program based on an array of ancient rituals and practices, allowing us to connect to AïA through personal exploration of the physical body and the subconscious mind.

With over 20 rotating classes, rituals and ceremonies and with guest mind and body guides from around the world, make this the most comprehensive personal growth program ever offered at any resort. As part of Palmaia’s Gifting Lifestyle, all classes, ceremonies and rituals are included in your stay. One cannot love nature if one does not love oneself.


Mind Classes

How to unlock the four interior doors: the physical, the emotional, the intellectual and the spiritual? How to be fully realized in body and soul, as one with your true being?


Palmaia - The House of AiA presents the Architects of Life program Mind


Gravity Control

A meditative mind game using rocks and other objects in nature to test and manipulate the force of gravity. Gravity control makes you focus on tactile sensitivity while controlling breathe.


Vibration For those undergoing anxiety and stress, this class fuses sound vibrations from multiple instruments and frequencies that puts the mind and body in a deep meditative and restful state. Multi-musical vibration heals the psyche and spirit leaving you feeling calm.


Natural Art

Explore art and dive into your creative spirit using natural materials as leaves, feathers and plants.


Community Mural

Contribute your artistic expression to the creation of a collective art piece.



A form of Buddhist meditation that when practiced there is a clear awareness of what is happening through observation exercises.


Sun Gazing

An ancient spiritual Mayan technique of gazing at the sun during sun-rise or sun-set to energize the body by absorbing the sun’s rays. The practice restores balance and harmony in the mind, body and spirit.


Ancient Plant Knowledge

The plant kingdom, the second kingdom to appear on the planet, is the basis of life on earth. All animals depend on plants for sustenance, medicine, perfumes and colors. Plants have a unique ability to restore sick bodies back to healthy ones. Learn the keys to this kingdom and create your own tincture or essential oil.


Drums Connection

Ancient Mayan drum class.



Mantras came from India where the ancient culture used sounds and frequencies, grouped into syllables, to create powerful effects of positive transformation to the human psyche. This mediation class uses mantras to help you focus and concentrate.


Therapeutic Yoga

Combines restorative yoga with breathwork and guided meditation. It is deeply meditative and is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle while bringing the body to balance and reducing stress.


Partner Yoga

Deepens and expands your current practice. With partner yoga, you’re able to add resistance and try new poses while deepening your bond and trust.


Movement Classes

Everything is in motion, all is vibration and dance. Practice caring for your body, mind and spirit by developing knowledge that flourishes as wisdom.


Palmaia - The House of AiA presents the Architects of Life program Movement



Mandalas are geometric shapes and colors derived from your subconscious. They are an outward expression of obstacles that are preventing you from moving forward. This class will let your subconscious rise, release your impediments and help you move towards a more satisfying life.


Sunrise Connection

Pre Sun-Gazing, a meditative walk along the beach and sharing as a collective in silence.



A breathwork class that goes over the 11 different Pranayama breathing techniques to increase energy, reduce stress, and improve blood circulation and the immune system.


Tai Chi

A Chinese study of change in response to an outside source where one leads into an attack rather than meet it with opposing force. Tai Chi is a discipline that helps one balance the body’s energy and emotions and control ones thoughts.


Hatha Yoga

A branch of yoga that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.


Vinyasa Yoga

Sometimes known as yoga flow, vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you seamlessly move from one to another.


Ashtanga Yoga

Sometimes known as power yoga, Ashtanga yoga follows a sequence and series of poses in a precise order and at a fast pace making it more physically demanding.


Kundalini Yoga

A blend of Bhatki, Raja and Shakti yoga, it focuses on awakening the kundalini energy or divine energy through a practice of mantra, tantra and meditation. It is believed to lead to spiritual liberation.


Chi Kung

An ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises to cultivate and balance the energy of life.


Ceremonies and Rituals

Palmaia – The House of AiA celebrates the encounter between nature, mind, and heart.


Palmaia - The House of AiA presents the Architects of Life program Ceremonies


Cacao Ceremony

A moment of union and encounter with Mayan traditions where pure cacao is used as a heart opening medicine to safely experience awakening, revelation and inner healing. In this medicinal ritual we are able to connect to ourselves and the loving energy in our body.


The Birth of Praia Ceremony

A group or individual ceremony that helps you reconnect with the 4 kingdoms of nature (North, South, East and West) and their elements. Included in the ceremony is dance, music, meditation, and energy cleansing and helps you prepare for your stay at Pamaïa.


Individual Rituals


Palmaia - The House of AiA presents the Architects of Life program Ancient-Knowledge



A circular dome sweat lodge that originated in ancient Mesoamerica and continues to be used for spiritual healing and health enrichment.


Transpersonal Astrology

Astrology can be used as a tool to provide insight to opportunities and challenges each of us face. These chart readings can help you discover how to confront obstacles as they arise and lead to a more joyful life.


Sound Healing

The practice of using powerful and harmonic sound vibrations and of varying tones to relax and release toxins in the body. One achieves a sensation of deep rest and leaves feeling revitalized and purified.


Learn more about Architects of Life at thehouseofaia.com



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