Call for Participation: Chichén Itzá World Heritage Study Retreat


Chichén Itzá World Heritage Study Retreat with Dr. Cynthia Scott, Studia Ethica at the Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa, Yucatan, Mexico

May 21-25, 2017

Deadline for registration: March 1, 2017

Graduate students and emerging scholars in the field of critical heritage studies are invited to come together to study the history of Chichén Itzá, Mayan culture, and life at the sustainable Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa (

In this unique study retreat experience, participants will meet at the historical Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. There, they will learn about the history of the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, Mayan culture, and life at the Hacienda, founded in the late 16th century and located just outside the back gate to the archaeological park. By staying at the Hacienda, participants will have time to reflect on both the historical and contemporary aspects of Chichén Itzá, as well as on how best to experience and engage with it as responsible international travelers. In addition to arranging preferential rates at the Hacienda, the retreat leader, Dr. Cynthia Scott, will suggest readings, and she will guide discussions, explorations and reflections on historical, cultural and ethical themes during the retreat. Graduate students and emerging scholars are encouraged to develop research questions around these themes, to be explored during the retreat and developed further after its completion.

Retreat Highlights Include:

  • Daily group activities exploring historical, cultural and ethical themes.

  • Two visits to the archaeological park of Chichén Itzá—one through the back gate—with a specially trained local guide, and another for a special nighttime light show.

  • Preferential rates on guestrooms and meals, plus 20% discounts on spa services.

  • Guided walking tour of Hacienda flora and fauna with the resident horticulturalist.

  • Daily free time to relax and enjoy the Hacienda and Mayan Spa.

  • Participation in the Hacienda’s humanitarian mission through “gifts of love” donations to the Maya Foundation in Laakeech A.C.

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As a historian, heritage scholar, and founder of Studia Ethica, Dr. Scott’s research focuses on world history, cultural diplomacy and heritage studies. Her current work with Studia Ethica explores processes for extending historical understanding and ethical engagement among international visitors to historical and cultural destinations.

Yujie Zhu