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"Just what we dreamed of"

Photo By: Pablo Garcia of Studio Arquitectos. 

Photo By: Pablo Garcia of Studio Arquitectos. 

My boyfriend and I have just got back from staying at a new hotel in Tulum. Sanara is absolutely gorgeous. Gorgeous from the reception and the front desk staff to our Ocean view room - it even had a newly installed soak bath in the back garden - to the Studio where we had great yoga teachers in a studio which was the best I have ever practiced in anywhere in the world ... I had an amazing Mayan massage and afterwards we walked for ever on the Tulum beach. 

The Sanara beds and their linens somehow made me have the best nights sleep in my entire life and waking to sun rises will always stay with us, until we get back again ... Thank you everyone at Sanara.

Another satisfied customer. thank you for the lovely review Bellaholpop

Sanara's Signature Bedding

Sanara Bedding

Fashioned from imported bamboo and cotton from Italy, Sanara’s signature bed linens are designed for the ultimate luxury in sleeping. The perfect balance of rich textures and  sensibility are sure to awaken one with precious delight. Sumptuously opulent in craftsmanship, the T300 thread count is constructed to withstand the test of time. Unifying  contrasting textures in the all white palette, the Sanara sheeting is divinely soft to the touch yet durable and machine washable.

King Sheet Set - Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams.  -$295

King Duvet Cover Set- Featuring a standard duvet cover with two pillow shams. - $275

Sheet & Duvet Cover Set Pack  -Featuring a standard duvet cover. Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams.  -$495

Queen Sheet Set -Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams. $275

Queen Duvet Cover Set - Featuring a standard duvet cover with two pillow shams.  -$255

Queen Sheet & Duvet Cover Set -Featuring a standard duvet cove. Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams. $450

For all purchases please email reservations@sanaratulum.com

A closer look w/ Studio Arquitectos

Once merely a sleepy fisherman's village on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum has since grown into an epicenter of counter culture eco-tourism. Now a place where high style and down to earth eco-living can co-exist. Our Rudy Gonzales recently spoke with Studio Arquitectos, the highly innovative and sought after architects of Tulum’s most populated spaces to delve into the majestic architecture that is Sanara Tulum.

Sanara Front Desk

Constructed of unparalleled craftsmanship, Sanara Tulum was designed with one intention in mind: to create a tangible place in the world, a space to unite like minded individuals with the common purpose of self-transformation, for greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us... objective achieved!

Your Sanara Tulum hotel is positioned on the highly coveted beach of the Riviera Maya, the hotel’s foundations and structures have been built with the utmost respect and awareness of the sanctity of the land of Tulum. In an effort to incur minimal displacement or damage to the beach, the hotel’s stand alone properties are strategically placed without walkways ultimately allowing Mother Nature to grow harmoniously throughout and with inhabitants of its birthplace.  Each structure is developed and supported on ground-level pilotis, elevating the building from the earth ultimately allowing the continuity of living organisms below. Above, pristine white sands, coco palms, and Mayan chit trees flourish naturally throughout the Sanara Tulum landscape.

RG: How does Sanara Tulum  differ from other hotels in the area?

Studio Arquitectos: ‘The design is based on the respect of the site's original vegetation. The modules were always intended to be elevated from the ground so that firstly it does not impact the ground by it’s column foundations, then, so that turtles and other fauna have the ability to make use of the sites space. Creating a proper ventilation that tropical context requires, allowing hurricanes and strong winds or water to pass through.’  says Paulina Villa CFO of Studio Arquitectos.

Utilizing indigenous materials such as; clay, stone and local Mexican wood the hotel’s design is made for sustainable living. Showcasing details of traditional Mexican architecture, the recognizable and carefully sourced bajareque and tzalam lumber stands strong and tall throughout the hotel’s grounds.

RG: The wood at Sanara is absolutely beautiful, can you tell me more about how and where it comes from?

Studio Arquitectos: Most of the wood comes from the town of Noh-Bec which is an important supplier of the región and is regulated by authorities, the people who are in charge of this place take pride in care and calculating their consumption. It's worth noting, that they sell the wood seasonally in an effort to reforest the woods annually. After 20-25 years of each cycle they cut and analyze the logs to begin the supply again.  Explains Pablo Garcia Figueroa Designer of Studio Architects and Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City alumni.

Sanara Yoga Studio

A more personal touch, is the hand-selected Sanara Tulum tiles comprised of natural materials, the muted colors and geometric composition make for the perfect addition to the  hotel’s minimal esthetic and offer nice balance of  traditional Mexican style.  

RG: There are a lot of details in the design, can you tell me more about the pop tiles showcased throughout the hotel?

Studio Arquitectos:  “The Mosaicos Artesanales are a typical addition to the historical buildings in our country, specifically the región of Yucatán. You can find these tiles in the local haciendas, this type of colorful finishing that gives each space a warm feel. These pieces are very eco-friendly because they are all handmade one by one. First,  they make the mold of each shape. Then, they fill in a mix of cement and at the very top, the artisan will color a finish depending on the design. The materials and pigments originate from nature and the labor is 100% handmade”. - Sayas Pablo Garcia Figueroa.

Sanara Lobby

By necessity, Sanara Tulum takes in consideration the use of local resources. In an effort to conserve energy, Sanara’s floor to ceiling polished concrete walls are beautifully constructed to decrease the usage of electricity, organically cooling the rooms, and most importantly diminishing the cost of waste and repairs. Each wall showcases a beautiful blend of textured of monotone greys that are strategically finished and take several hours to complete. With plans in the near future to implement solar panels on the main roofs of the hotel, Sanara aims to maximize on the energy of solar radiation and the use of sustainable materials.

RG: From your Architectural point of view, how would you say Sanara has enhanced the town of Tulum?

Studio Arquitectos: The architecture and the owner’s concept introduce the perfect example of how health and nature can coincide. Says Lalo Garcia Figueroa, Head Architect at Studio Arquitectos.

Sanara Beach

The sophisticated design, has without a doubt turned a few heads and raised the bar in the business of holistic living. “A modern look for the new Tulum” says Pablo Garcia. As Tulum continues to develop so does its community. To deny change would be denying the inevitability of Tulum’s growth. “The idea was intended to uplift ourselves, our guests, and our world, as we walk our own paths to healing and ultimately leading lives of wellness and harmony." says Sanara’s Creative Director Daniella Hunter.

Dedicated to 'building dreams', Studio Arquitectos is highly celebrated for producing contemporary designs in the most natural environments. Creators of the Tulum’s most recognizable locations such as; Hartwood, Gitano, and now your Sanara Tulum. 'It's with the highest acknowledgement and gratitude to call the team of Studio Arquitectos family.

Conceived on the affinity for social good and sustainable living, Sanara is built on the firm belief for both the care of our ourselves and for our environment. Together alongside the creative minds of Studio Arquitectos, Sanara Tulum opened it’s doors December of 2014.

It’s true what they say, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”, however, you don’t know what you’ve been missing until it arrives. Sanara Tulum, heal with us.

Studio Arquitectos Team 

Studio Arquitectos Team 

Site images by the wonderfully talented Brian Magallanes

All a flutter: The migration of the butterfly

One of the less boasted about yet incredibly enchanting experiences had throughout Mexico is the migration of the butterflies. If you’re lucky enough to step outside in the very sunny streets of Tulum, look up, and you will find a swarm of butterflies have filled the air with absolute beauty.

Fluttering about in all shapes and sizes, the long travelled insects have reached their final stretch of a 5,000 mile long journey that began in North America. The final destination of the year long feet is complete with the well deserved mission of hibernation. Thousands of tiny caterpillar eggs will be laid upon selected milkweed leaves for the next generation to complete the life cycle.

Sometimes one simply needs to look up, and the inspiration finds us!. Starting now and throughout the month of July enjoy the beautiful migration of one of Mother Nature's most beautiful creatures.

 

“Absolute Heaven on Sand”

When I travel I look for location, ambience, room/hotel comfort and vibe. Sanara fit the bill for all 4. I travel weekly for work and am particular about where I stay on my personal time. From the moment I found Sanara on the website I knew it was my type of place and it did not disappoint. No detail was spared and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel right at home and like family. 

First off the setting. Sanara is set on the most beautiful part of Tulum beach. With the whitest sand and the most beautiful blue water. Sanara is set in the middle of the stretch of beach and made for great walks to the other hotels and restaurants. It was also our quiet haven to chill and relax while lounging on our comfy beach bed under our wooden canopies for resort guests only. My favorite thing to do was to just lounge and have one of my yummy smoothies from the Real Coconut. 

Secondly the rooms. Attention to detail on design and decor provided the utmost comfort. We stayed in a beachfront room on the upper level. We had the perfect view and were lulled by the sound of the crashing waves. The beds were heavenly. The sheets were the softest I have ever felt. Bamboo silk that was so soft and soothing against your sun kissed skin. Our balcony was perfect for our morning coffee and a treat at night for a nice read before retiring. The bathroom was comfortable with a nice large shower. And enough counter space for all our stuff. There was a great daybed for an extra guest or ideal for lounging. 

Third - the spa services and yoga. Both my husband and I had massages. I had a few. The practitioners were professional and great at what they did. I had an amazing Reflexology treatment with Mauricio and it was super healing! The massages are a must have for any muscle issues or just to relax and heal.  The Yoga studio was the best in Tulum and most places I have been. The setting is the best view in Tulum. Alessandra and team were the best instructors I have experienced. I hadn't practiced yoga in a while and this has gotten me back in. The experience cannot be explained and must be had. 

The Real Coconut - my husband was nervous about the vegan/gluten free health side of restaurant. Well he came back transformed. The food was delicious. Every meal left us content, and satisfied our taste buds. The juices and smoothies were my favourite and I loved them all. Breakfast, lunch or dinner were all yummy! The staff were all so great and always wanting to please. Even the impatient travellers with the highest expectations were pleased. We love you guys and Cindy too! We left with hugs and kisses after a week of getting to know our friends. We miss you and thank you for taking such good care of us!

Finally the owners Daniella and Charlie. The sweetest, most good natured individuals. We love their outlook and what they are trying to achieve. They are good people who care and we found an immediate connection with. We hope to meet you again soon! Allegra and Angel and everyone from reception Thx so much for looking after us! You guys are the best. 

So pack your bags and give it a try!!

We completely concur. Thank you for the lovely post CN911, Senior Contributor on Trip Advisor. We're wonderfully grateful to share this experience with you and look forward to seeing you soon. 

Your Friends, 

Sanara Tulum 

Oscar Luna & Sanara Tulum

Earlier this month, your Sanara had the pleasure of hosting the fresh photography talents of Oscar Luna. Originally from Guadalajara, and now a Tulum expat. It is with his keen eye for detail and dedication to his subjects that he is able to capture the true beauty of every moment.

Calling attention to the allure that is Sanara Tulum, Oscar has brilliantly photographed the hotel’s most recent happenings. From the highly celebrated Sound Healing Yoga class with Alessandra Montana, to the every-day surroundings and occurrences of the hotel.

It is with the utmost gratitude we recognize Oscar for his talent and art. His attention to natural light and color is undeniably captivating take a peek at the life-giving photos below.  

Jardines del Colibrí Dorado

Located just a stone’s throw away from the Mayan town of Sisbichen, El Jardines del Colibrí Dorado is a non-profit destination ranch dedicated to the cultivation of self-sustainable living & the care of animal wildlife. Sanará's Creative & Health team took to the roads of Coba to delve into the highly respected ancient Mayan teachings of Abuelo Antonio Oxté León.

Upon arrival our hearts melted immediately as a peep of chicks freely greeted us with opened wings and selfless love. It was clear in this moment that we had arrived to a special place, a sanctuary for many living things. The whole-hearted Abuelo Antonio greeted each of us with a warm hug and and a cheeky smile.  

We quickly set off for our adventure, smartly accessorized with notebooks, and cameras ready. The beautiful garden illuminated with color and heaps of greenery. Wildly sprouting flowers blossomed, while vinery spiraled throughout and on top of trees. Cows mooed, dogs barked, and a stunningly beautiful mother deer protected her fawn the way god and nature had intended. Two very large Cenote sink-holes offered a look inside the busy traffic of a typical day in nature’s life. While Abuelo Antonio carefully explained each of the plants and their various uses.

Commonly referred to in Mexico as the Consuelda plant, a beautiful herb that is used to aid in healing broken bones, bruises and warts is both beautiful and medicinal. The very popular Ruda-plants are utilized to warn off insects. While ubiquitous plants such as yucca, vanilla vines, and cotton bushes stood tall and grand. The Garden housed several breathtaking yet life giving organisms. However there was a larger lesson to be learned.

It is a place like El Jardines del Colibrî Dorado, that one should acknowledge our Mother Earth and all it’s beauty. More importantly the need to care and nurture our planet for a better way of living. Since 2005, Don Abuelo Antonio began building upon his vision of a biodiversity garden, respecting native flora and fauna; beautifying with flowers fruits and curative plants. Inviting people from all walks of life to heal and be a part of his. Restoring and caring for the local Mayan and Mexican community.  It is with large hearts that we thank Abuelo Antonio and all of the beautiful souls of El Jardines del Colibri for doing what they do and so well.

Insider Note: The special dish of Quinoa-Mole served with roasted tomatoes & courgette, alongside a delicious salad covered in ginger and tahini dressing was handsomely prepared by Sanara's very own talented Eric Fischer and needless to say can not go unmentioned. Take a look in the images below. 

Sanara Tulum & Drift Magazine

Of the saturated plethora of decorative table top reads, magazines and online publications alike, Drift Magazine is the seed and soul.

Making their printed debut earlier this year, Sanará Tulum recently had the pleasure of hosting the seasoned talents of Editor In Chief Adam Goldberg, and Creative Director Daniela Velasco of Drift Magazine. The freshly percolated publication is dedicated to coffee, it’s creators, and more importantly black gold lovers all-around.

A memento imbued manifestation of Goldberg & Velasco’s urban obsession with coffee and it’s existence, Drift Magazine is created for the city chic and street dwelling individual. Simultaneously drawing attention to each unique and personalized experience, Goldberg & Velasco’s trained eye beautifully captures every last vital sip.

With it’s current publication on stands now, take a glimpse into Drift’s undeniably captivating photographs below.

Celebrating National Children's Day with International Tulum School

Established in 2012, Tulum International School was introduced with one compassionate intention in mind, to inspire today’s youth.

Introducing a curriculum unique to its birth place, the school’s academic philosophy of global awareness and care for our planet has transcended the local educational system of Tulum. It is today on Mexico’s National Children’s Day that we recognize the students of Tulum International School and more so, the thousands of little hearts that inspire and fill our lives with love that is our future.

Opening with just three attendees, the teeny tiny private school has quickly grown into a program of thirty plus students and continues to thrive. Founded by Valeria Payton and with support from Sanara’s visionaries Daniella Hunter and Charlie Stuart Gay the Tulum International School has provided students with the tools needed to progress within their passions and ultimately strengthen the students’ skills and talent. Passion and inquiry-based learning form the basis of the curriculum, with a foundational support taken from the California Standards of education.  Previous units of inquiry include: Mayan permaculture, Legends & Mythology, the Underwater World, and Influential Historical Figures study.

Sanara Tulum supports a Mayan scholarship program within the school, helped by sales of our locally-produced Dreamcatchers, and we hope to increase this fund significantly over the next year, to be able to offer three places for local Mayan families.

With the days numbered until summer, Tulum International School has already begun preparation for the upcoming school year. With 15 enrollments being presented to new families, and a search underway for a new location. The school plans to expand the student base, and offer improved facilities.

It is with large hearts the Sanara Tulum family kindly asks your donation of used or new scholastic books. Whether visiting Sanara Tulum, or simply wanting to make a difference. Please email pr@sanararesorts.com for further information.

 

Sanará Tulum & MR Magazine

In what is the perfect mingling of classic menswear and dreamlike destination, Sanará Tulum housed the dapper stylings of MR Magazine’s Fashion Director William Buckley. The outcome... is flawless.

The always plugged-in New York based Men's Retailer Magazine is renowned for both it's handsome editorials and international men's trade show Market Place. Connecting the ever-innovative fashion elite, while setting today's trends for the modern gentlemen. It's no surprise that MR Magazine would choose Sanará Tulum for it's Spring 2016 editorial spread. 

Take a look at male model Andres Matiz’s beautiful escape to the Rivera Maya captured by the wonderfully talented Benjamin Stelly. Alongside a few cheeky behind the scenes photos with Sanara's Rudy Gonzales. 

As Seen on MR Magazine 

Earth Day

It's just another beautiful sunrise in paradise, as the cool winds of the beautiful sea carefully sway throughout the hotel on this steamy hot day in Mexico. The soothing sounds of the caribbean crash upon the beach in rhythm with the rustling of the palm trees lining the shore. The sounds resonate with the acknowledgement that today we celebrate Mother Earth, today is Earth Day.

In 1969, activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the earth and the concept of peace. Awakening a notion of change and it's possibilities available at ones little green fingertips. Alongside the hotel's philosophy for sustainable living, it is with large hearts we pay homage to the importance of McConnell's message to care and nurture for our planet.

The Sanara Tulum team has thoughtfully prepared freshly farmed coco palms and other local plants for guests & friends to collectively seed throughout the hotel. Together with the hotel's landscaping artist Jossemar Rivera & Benito Barcenas, Sanara's visionaries Daniella Hunter and Charlie Stuart Gay invite all guest and friends to participate and share the importance of today, Earth Day.

Experience the Sanara Relieve Massage

In what is NOT your typical run-of-the-mill spa, our newly opened Wellness Center is positioned directly within the heart of Sanara Tulum. Specializing in treatments designed to nurture and heal the mind, body, & soul, the Sanara Wellness center is a destination for both physical and energetic transformation.

Embarrassingly enough I am not qualified to consider this a proper review, as much as it is a perception from a fresh pair of eyes : a guide for like-minded intrepid spa goers.

At first glance, Harumi Barrios is all that is poised, gentle, and kind. Little did I know that her magical touch would send my spine spiraling into a sleep like daze with the simple motion of her fingertips. Everything began smoothly enough as she gently rested my thought-filled mind onto a softly scented headrest comprised of 100% all natural aroma therapy.

Just as quickly as my to-do list flashed before my eyes, the serenading sounds of crashing waves swiftly carried off all distractions deep into the Caribbean sea, beckoning me outside the room’s window. Harumi’s gentle yet tenacious attention to core pressure points, both soothed and revealed hidden muscle tension. Her dedication to providing patients with love and compassion exemplifies the hotel’s wellness philosophy for a better way of living.

The 60 or 90 minute Sanara Relieve therapy is devoted to ease and relieve stress, strategically soothing deep muscle tissue and sore aches. The Sanara Wellness menu boasts additional a la cart remedies such Mayan Healing Treatments, Acupuncture, Podal Reflexology, among others.

Cynthia Conran for Sanara Tulum

Cynthia Conran for Sanara Tulum was conceived with one intention in mind. To get women from all walks of life, appropriately attired, to any & everywhere. Mission accomplished. 

Former fashion model Cynthia Conran has unveiled her first collection at Sanara Tulum. Located on the pristine beaches of Tulum, Mexico,  Sanara is a luxury boutique hotel dedicated to health and wellness. Combined with the hotel’s philosophy for sustainable living, Conran has developed a universal collection of dresses set to transform into the realm of functional womenswear with undeniable sparkle.

Hecho en Mexico, the Cynthia Conran for Sanara designs are inspired by and created for the chic and inimitable inhabitants of it’s birthplace. The multi functional ‘flow dresses’ are simultaneously contemporary  and elegant. A palette of breezy natural colors and indigo blues are showcased on luxury sand washed and jersey silks imported from all over the world.

Comprised of clean and refined outlines, the premiere collection features an array of delicate cashmere knit kimonchos and bamboo silk fluid dresses. Ethereal, floor sweeping hems are fused with immaculately hand beaded stones sourced locally throughout North America. Providing a unanimously wearable collection, Cynthia Conran’s unique design talents have also been tapped to produce the hotels luxury bamboo terry bathrobes & hand woven throw blankets.

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Sanara Dream Catchers

Away from the sandy shores of the Caribbean and nestled deep within the roads leading to the Mayan ruins of Coba lies a small village. It is here that local resident artisan Javier Balam recently met with Sanara’s Rudy Gonzales to delve into his one of kind, hand crafted dream catchers specially made for Sanara.  

Designed to protect, the dream catchers originated as a guard to keep dark thoughts away from you as you slept. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from nightmares, while letting positive dreams through. The constructive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught within the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck upon them. The hand woven goods were first represented in an all black weave and placed over loved ones heads while sleeping, to warn off evil spirits and dark energy.

The Mayans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing ‘the way’ get tangled within the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.

Constructed of a locally grown Beahuco tree wood, each dream catcher is carefully hand woven with nylon thread, and can take up to a day and a half to complete. Adorned with beautiful Sweet Water Shells, the dream catchers also features Mountain Turkey feathers that are collected from a bird reserve located within the Yucatan. Javier assures us and explains passionately that the birds are well kept and shed their feathers naturally.

Producing approximately over 3,000  dream catchers a year, Javier takes great pride in his trade and has since passed on the unique craft onto his son and nephews.  Available in the signature colors of Sanara (navy, natural, & white) to place your order please email info@sanaratulum.com

 


Experience Muyil

Located just 30 minutes away from the sanctity of Sanara, the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil are conveniently positioned just steps away from the main highway heading towards Chetumal, approximately 15 KM south of Tulum. These ruins offer a tranquility that cannot be found in the often overcrowded ruins of Tulum and Coba.

Discovered between 1987 and 1992 by Walter R.T. Witschey and Elia del Carmen Trejo. The site was originally occupied in 500 b.c and are also as “Chunyaxhe” which means “wide ceiba trunk” in Mayan. This is a reference to the sacred Maya trees, the Ceiba, which is representative as the tree of life in Mayan culture.

The ruins are carefully conserved, while large trees naturally sprout on top of the Mayan architecture. Towards the rear of the site´s mai attraction, El Castillo, their is a wooded walkway that weaves its way through the Si’an Ka’an Biosphere and to the lagoon. The well kept wooded pathway is led by natural growing vines, and various exotic trees. Nestled deep in the pathway, the site features a storybook-like walk up offering a majestic view of the surrounding jungle. It is the the perfect place for a secluded picnic overlooking the beautiful water and landscape. 

Full Moon Yoga

It was a night of celebration, as Sanara Tulum held it’s seasonal Full Moon Yoga & Mayan Ritual program. Located inside the hotel’s sky lit studio, the event took place February 3rd, 2015 on top of the white coveted beaches of the Rivera Maya. 

Curated by renowned instructors Alessandra Montana & Luna Limon, the intimate study delves into yoga, meditation, and traditional Mayan practice. In paying homage to the ancestral ritual, guests are presented with a lovely alter comprised of various seeds and floral offerings for the full moon.  

Summoning what the Mayan’s refer to as the ‘Vision of The Universe’, the class begins with a light meditation. The rooms energy is carefully cleansed with an incense copal cup, while the drumming of the Temazcal drum pulsates throughout the background. Calling upon the five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and ether in an effort to manifest the moons energy, the Yoga practice begins. 

Light stretching and breathing exercises are skillfully guided by both Alessandra and Luna. The group is then coupled off, instructed to practice together, ultimately unveiling a palpable energy amongst one another. Finally, the group is formed into a circle with the pressing of hands, and the divinity of energy is conceived. 

Overlooking the Caribbean sea, the full moon rises. Alessandra lightly touches upon crystal singing bowls ending the course in a final traditional Mayan chant, accepting the new moon into our hearts, mind, and spirit.  

The next Sanara Full Moon Yoga & Mayan Course is scheduled to commence March, 5th 2015. Shh! It’s a secret… guest are allowed to bring personal items onto the alter in order to ultimately capture the moons sacred energy for themselves. Don’t forget to bring yours, I recommend  ( a ring, bracelet, or a journal page).