Blind Monkey Collaborative | Blind Monkey Collaborative | About
Blind Monkey Collaborative presents L I S T E N, a unique collaborative experience for a real connection through art, movement, and sound at the Earth Lodge in Guatemala.
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Note from Bonnie Rupel, Organizer
The Blind Monkey Collaborative will be an unforgettable and unplugged weekend filled with music, art and community where everyone can…

Embrace the outdoors.

Surround yourself with volcano views, mountains, meadows, trails and trees on a working avocado farm in the hills above colonial Antigua, Guatemala.

Expand your mind.

Participate in a variety of enriching classes and activities designed to enlighten and inspire by tapping into your secondary sense, hearing, and finding your inner sight.

Put down your phones.

Disconnect from your devices in a no-WIFI zone where actual listening and interacting are encouraged.

My name is Bonnie and my background is in massage therapy and event planning. Helping people feel better and helping people have a wonderful time are my passions. They say to do what you love and you will love what you do, so that’s what I’m doing… with the help of many creative and talented artists, musicians and teachers.

I invite everyone to this inclusive endeavor:

All ages, cultures and orientations. Musicians and music lovers, poets and painters, hippies and hipsters … and everyone in between. Together, we will create a unique, spontaneous and collaborative environment where we can disconnect from our habits, routines and gadgets and reconnect with both ourselves and our community.

Earth Lodge is an ideal setting with its location and stunning natural beauty. Owners Drew and Briana have created a rustic and tranquil oasis in the clouds at 6,000 feet. Visit on a one-day pass or purchase a full three-day event pass and experience the picturesque views of three volcanoes and the valley below.

Tickets are limited due to the size of the venue, so don’t hesitate… buy your tickets early! I can’t wait to see you there.

The goal

Offer the community a spontaneous and collaborative environment where it is easy to disconnect from the everyday routines of life and reconnect with oneself and others.

Create a place with a natural soundscape, replacing the noisy and stressful sounds with pleasurable sounds that soothe the mind and body.

Introduce many different ways of bringing mindfulness and creativity into your life through art, music, sound, classes, and spoken word.



Bonnie Rupel

For the past 12 years Bonnie has enjoyed a career in Massage Therapy, and in California she worked as Community Relations and Event Planner for a wonderful non-profit organization, now called The Vista Center.

Bonnie decided to bring her passion for community, events, and healing together to create the Blind Monkey Collaborative event. Bonnie says ”I find that event planning utilizes all of my mad skills, and in this case, will culminate in an amazing gathering filled with art, music, and community.

Art Director/Teacher

Carin Steen

Carin Steen left her hometown, the bubbly city of Amsterdam, over 20 years ago for a small town in the rural West of Honduras. Here she worked as an artist and founded the cultural association Arte Acción Copán Ruinas that offered artistic workshops and cultural events to thousands of children in Copán Ruinas and the surrounding Maya villages.

In 2014 Carin moved to Antigua, Guatemala where she keeps painting, from funky dog portraits to gigantic walls. Unable to let go of the social side of the arts, she started an NOGO in 2015 called MuralArte Guate that offers sponsored community murals to schools, clinics, nursing homes, orphanages and other community centres.

Master Healer & NLP Practitioner

Satish Dholakia

From Mumbai India, our teacher Satish is not bound by any traditions or philosophies. He prefers to heal and teach from the spontaneous flow through him.

Clairvoyant and Clairaudient since childhood, he spent two years in communion with the Divine sharing his psychic gifts with an open heart. Many have experienced new levels of clarity, upliftment, health, and personal empowerment through his teachings. Tap into the wisdom, and don’t miss out on this special opportunity to learn with a master healer.

Percussionist and Educator

Jim Greiner

Jim Greiner is a multiple award winning, internationally acclaimed percussionist, educator and pioneering community and corporate drumming leader based in the Santa Cruz, California area.

Jim has been playing percussion since the 1970s, including two years in Africa where he was profoundly moved by the power of rhythm to uplift and unify people. He has dedicated his life to teaching and sharing the many benefits of playing percussion instruments with people of all ages and all walks of life as a performer, and educator and a community and recreational leader.

Healing Arts

Evelyn Hall

Evelyn Hall is a Master Hypnotherapist, Healing Arts Practitioner, Teacher and Ceremonialist. She brings more than 30 years experience to her work with groups and individuals.

With her unique blend of Hypnosis, Moving Meditation and Ceremonies she has helped thousands of people find wholeness in body, mind and soul.

Yoga Instructor

Heidi Kusters

Heidi's yoga style is a combination of Vinyāsa & Sivananda yoga, and mindfulness is one of the many aspects you will experience in her class. She combines flowing poses with holding poses for several breaths to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and relaxation. Sequences that invite yoginis to be fully aware of the moment, to observe the mind and to flow into a timeless movement.

Heidi started yoga in 2004 and has been influenced by Hatha, Sivananda & Vinyasa styles of yoga and practiced yoga with Jiya Julia Randall, Michael Gannon, and Ellen de Jonge. She is very grateful to be able to share her teaching with us, and through She teaches classes in English, Spanish or Dutch.

Jazz & Blues Pianist

Nelson Lunding

Nelson Lunding is a modern-day version of the travelling piano men, saloon piano player, band leader, juke joint singer, itinerant troubadour, and keeper of the flame. He plays a rocking, muscular piano propelled by a driving left hand. He’s been entertaining audiences for over 33 years, alongside the likes of Stuart Hemmingway, Johnny Adams, Walter Wolfman Washington, Ernie K-doe, J Monque´D and more.

He had been travelling a circuit of New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Yucatan and Oaxaca, and now resides and performs in Antigua, Guatemala. For more information see his musician Facebook pages at; antigua.piano

Yoga Instructor

Nancy S. Payne

Nancy began traveling over 30 years ago before establishing her yoga practice in Antigua, guided by Rae Ishee. Throughout her travels, she worked and trained as an Aerobics Teacher, Personal Trainer, and Massage Therapist. Nancy developed a strong, empathic and holistic yoga practice becoming a Yoga Siromani in 2007 at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in the Bahamas.

In recent years, she grew in her practice and teaching attending courses in Canada, India, and Sri Lanka. In 2014, Nancy trekked for four months in India studying for one month with Surinder Singh in Rishikesh. She is an intuitive spirit, by God's will & grace, adapting class flow, pose choices, and structure responding to her class needs.