Rhiannon Baker

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. 

Introducing Sanara's Wellness Nutritionist

Meet Rhiannon Baker- A euphoric force to be reckoned with, Rhiannon epitomizes the very philosophy of health and wellness at Sanara Tulum and you need to know her.

Currently carving out an intricate facet within the hotel's wellness center, Rhiannon our in-house nutritionist specializes in abdomen (gut) health, as a basis for all well being. Strategically calling into question the common habits that are known to manifest diseases within the digestive system, Rhiannon carefully pinpoints various food intake that is damaging to the abdomen lining, ultimately drawing attention to health-giving nourishment.

Based on her knowledge of several different diet types, from vegan to Paleo her personal philosophy is grounded in eating local, seasonal and organic, vegetables, fruits, fermented foods, healthy fats and some ethically sourced animal products such as organic eggs, grass fed beef and deeply nourishing and healing bone broths. She is a passionate 'farm to table' devotee, consciously sourcing and eating of foods and has a particular interest in reviving traditional eating practices and food preparation techniques, such as fermentation.

Purposefully eliminating stressful foods such as grains, gluten, commercial dairy and refined sugar from traditional diets and providing recipes and guidance as to how you can easily transition into this way of eating. Rhiannon takes pride in eating a 'wild-diet' in which you connect to your food by foraging as much as you can from a local environment, especially as wild food often has a higher nutritional value than farm produced food due to its varied and fertile growing environment.

Originally from Bristol, UK and having spent the last seven years as a support worker and training in nutritional healing, Rhiannon makes up one vital yet delightful slice of the Sanara community. Introducing an eye-opening experience to healthy living, her effective approach to a well nourished diet is about to set the global health enthusiast alight. Offering individually tailored consultations, Rhiannon will arrange a private Q&A and delve into your life history, current situation and eating habits and finally draft a detailed response and dietary plan to help you reach your health goals. For more information about Sanara’s Holistic Nutritional Consultation, please email us at info@sanaratulum.com