Self Mastery

Journey Into Self Awareness and Divine Consciousness

A Spiritual Journey to the ancient Mexico October 13 to 19 2019

The Spiritual Journey is for you if you are serious about increasing the amount love and happiness in your lives

Coming to Teotihuacan is like coming home to a place you belong. The unconditional acceptance and love is a warm welcoming that keeps giving long after you leave. It isn’t just the consciousness opening experience of what was once a great Spiritual University, but it is the heart opening experiences with others as well.

How could traveling to a foreign country and walking around ancient ruins make you feel at home? “Home” is a feeling. It is a feeling of being completely accepted just the way you are. Through various contemplative meditations and ceremonies, you work your way into a state of consciousness where the voice of the inner critic doesn’t exist. You also grow a feeling of love and acceptance with others that allows you to drop the worries about what others think of you.
Nobody cares about what you have done in your life, or what you haven’t done. We don’t care about what happened to you in the past as it doesn’t determine your value or worth. We only care that you leave it behind in a process of letting go so you can be present with who you are now. We care about whether you are happy, feeling love, and self-acceptance. And we care about doing things that purge out the fear, false beliefs, and judgments that interfere with an internal state of happiness.

I noticed that when I left home and went to college that there were many groups that I could join. There was a catch though. I could belong if I believed what they believed. I had to do the things they did. To be a part of a community I had to give up my identity, the right and ability to think and freely choose. I had to accept their value system, interpretations, and perspective, and then they would accept me and be my friend. It was on a Spiritual Journey such as the one to Teotihuacan that I discovered that I could be accepting of myself just the way I was, and that I could accept others just the way they were as well. It was on a

Journey that I found others could accept me just the way I was.

I have taken that feeling from those journeys and brought it inward and grown it. I’ve since come to feel I belong in the world without having to subjugate myself to someone else’s opinions and belief system. You get to be you, and you have every right to feel you belong in this world just the way you are. It is this sense of peace and calm in oneself that we all seek, and when we find it we feel we are home. This is the feeling inside of you that the Spiritual Journey to Teotihuacan brings out. You all have it inside you, just buried in various layers of fog-like stories. In these Journeys we have ways of uncovering that fog and bring out the Unconditional Love.

When you create or find, that sense of peace within yourself you no longer worry about finding the right person. You no longer worry about losing the partner you have and being alone. You have a sense of peace and calm with yourself that allows you to be happy with you. In the ceremonies in Teotihuacan we shed the beliefs and fears that interfere with feeling peaceful self-acceptance.

We do a lot of hard work clearing away our false beliefs, emotional reactions, negative thinking, and sabotaging behaviors. We have a strong intent, and a good track record that you will be a changed person when you board the airplane headed back home. It’s just that we aren’t hard on ourselves as we do it. A compassionate accepting environment allows us to get it all done, gently, and fast. We also balance out the work with bountiful amounts of healthy food, friendship, laughter, and play.

Consider taking a Journey inward and finding the Love that makes you feel at home with yourself.

I hope to see you there.

Understanding the Spiritual Journey  (mp3 Audio 43 min 19MB)   In this audio I’ve attempted to answer some of the common questions that people ask about the spiritual journey, and my approach to guiding people.  I also clarify what I mean by ceremony, ritual, and Dreaming and how I use these practices.

One of the most common questions people ask is; What happens on a spiritual journey? That can’t be answered because for each person it will be different. However, there is a much more important question to ask. What do you want to happen on your journey?

What fears do you want to be rid of? What core beliefs and thoughts do you want to change? What do you want your relationships to feel like? How much love and joy do you want to experience?

Teotihuacan retreat spiritual journey

Through the focused intent of spiritual ceremony and practices we open the doors for changing your beliefs and your relationships with the world. What you do with your opportunity on this journey has more to do with your desire and courage for change than with the format.  How much will you allow your fears to hold you back?  How much will you allow your desire and inspiration for love and happiness propel you forward?  These are the questions that each person must ask and answer themselves. We honor your right to create the change you are seeking. We provide the tools, practices, and supportive environment.

It is not the role of the Guide to determine your answers of what happens on a Spiritual Journey. That would be disrespectful to your free will.  It is the role of the guide to create the environment, open the doors and point the way.  It is your responsibility to determine what you intend to create on your journey and how much you allow your self to experience.  This life has many worlds and experiences to be explored if you allow your self.

When:   October   13 to 19th 2019
Plan to arrive at the Mexico City airport before 3:00pm Sunday.
Class will begin that night and the formal teachings will finish with a ceremony and processes early Friday afternoon. Then we relax and enjoy the afternoon and evening, finish any shopping and rest before our Saturday departure.
Departure: Plan for your return flight to depart after 12 noon on Saturday, unless you plan to join one of the two extension opportunities described below. If you need to return on an earlier flight, arrangements can be made to get you to the airport.
Taxi ride to the airport outside the normal arrival and departure window will incur additional fee of approximately $60 US.

Teotihuacan Retreat


Lodging will be at the beautiful Hacienda we call “The Dreaming House”. We believe in making our physical bodies as comfortable as possible on our journey.  I don’t believe in suffering in order to gain spiritual growth or happiness.  It just goes against the overall goal of enjoying your life.  If you do not have a room mate, one will be assigned. (This is what we mean by “double occupancy”).


The ancient Toltec city named Teotihuacan means “where humans awaken from their illusions and realize their Divinity. Teotihuacan (Teo) was designed and built as an ancient mystery school for teaching spiritual philosophies and practices. The students of this school became spiritual masters and their teachings influenced the culture of the Maya, Aztec, and other civilizations. Teotihuacan is 40 miles Northeast of Mexico City, Mexico


The weather in Teotihuacan in October will be very comfortable in the 70’s (F) during the day. Low’s at night will be in the 50’s.  There is sometimes a chance of showers in the afternoon.  The elevation is about 7200 feet with nice mild weather throughout the year.  If you want to check the weather you can look up Mexico City and you will have a good approximation of how to dress.

Gary van Warmerdam Retreat Mexico


Gary van Warmerdam has led numerous Spiritual Journey’s to Teotihuacan over the years.   His experience in guiding these journeys comes from 20 years of personal study with don Miguel Ruiz.  Miguel Ruiz is a Medical Doctor that studied the spiritual traditions from Mexico as well as traditions from around the world.  He is also the best selling author of “The Four Agreements,”  “The Mastery of Love,” and “The Voice of Knowledge.”   Gary’s experience and teachings from his Mentor are both extensive and profound.

Daily Itinerary:  A typical day would include optional yoga at 7:30 AM. (Everything is optional as we respect individual choices as some people like to sleep in a bit more.) Breakfast at 8:30. Depart and walk to the grounds at 9:45 AM. Have several hours mixed with contemplative meditations, ceremony, discussion, emotional processing, and teachings. Return to the Dreaming House Hacienda about 2 PM. At 2:30 Have a large home cooked meal of excellent food. Then have some free time on your own to rest, reflect on the day’s process, journal, get a massage, socialize, shop in town, or check your email on the wifi. In the evening we have class from 6:30-8:30 PM. After class we have a light dinner/snack and share with others about the day, and the journey. There may be some variations to this, but this is a good guideline of what to expect for a typical day.

FEE:  $1495.00 (USD) The price includes double occupancy room, food, water, entrance fees, ceremonies, teachings, and ground transportation.  It does not include your airfare to Mexico City, or alcohol.  If you wish to have your own room a a $300 surcharge applies.

Make checks payable to Pathway To Happiness LLC or Gerard van Warmerdam

Please download, read, and fill out the following forms.  Mail or scan and email in the Application, Health Statement, and Assumption of Risk forms. Deposit/payment can be made by check or Paypal.   You do not need to have your plane reservation at the time you submit your application.  You can make your plane reservations closer to the trip date and then email that information.

Trip Application (PDF)
Health Statement (PDF)
Liability and Release Form (PDF)
Information & suggestions on what to pack (PDF)

It is strongly suggested that you take out Travel Insurance. You can use this site Allianz to purchase it on line. They have a package for around $100 that covers things like trip cancellation, medical evacuation, lost baggage, travel delays, etc.


Extension Option: Integrate the Spiritual Journey

Taking Teo home – This Event was incredibly successful last year and so we are offering it again.

We are again offering an add-on course to support the spiritual journey to Teotihuacán, where you will get time and support to process the shifts and revelations you have experienced during the past week. For many the spiritual journey is powerful and we might feel like a new person by the end of it. Returning home to our everyday life can be challenging. How do we make changes that we feel are necessary when bills need to be paid and friends and family still play by old patterns?

In order to allow for intimate group processes and time for individualized guidance enrollment is limited to 12 people.

When: October 19-24, 2019

Where: The Dreaming House, Teotihuacán Mexico

Cost: $875

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Send in the Application, Health Statement, and Release forms with your deposit to gary(at) this website or hard copies to:

Pathway To Happiness LLC
PO Box 435
Lompoc, CA 93438

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Please make Final payment by October 2nd. Exceptions can be made for late signups.

You will need a passport to travel to Mexico. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the trip dates.

If you do not know the flight details because you have not purchased your ticket, you can still reserve your space by sending the deposit and follow up with the flight information later.

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About Teotihuacan The city was built as a Spiritual Mystery School.  The builders of this city put their love and intent to guide others to awaken to their own divinity.  In this endeavor they knew exactly what they were doing.

The Pyramids at Teotihuacan are the largest pyramids in the western hemisphere.  They are larger than Chichen Itza.  The base dimensions of the Pyramid of the Sun is roughly equal to the base dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

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