My friend, Goyo

I want to introduce you to my friend, Goyo.  Ben and I first met Goyo in 2008 on our first trip to Puerto Morelos.  At that time, I knew we had been brought together for a very special reason.  The seed was planted, and I knew that one day our paths would cross again with our new friend, Goyo.

Mexico - January 5th 2011 020Goyo is a kind, gentle soul who lives at El Temazcal, a small jungle retreat and healing center he created 10 years ago located on two-thirds of an acre, four kilometers from Puerto Morelos (located between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.

At 61 years old, Goyo embodies an elder who is connected and grounded focused on ‘What is’, not “What was’ or ‘What could be’.  His open heart and caring spirit are magnetic.  It’s no wonder people both near and far are finding El Temazcal.  If you build it, they will come.

Mexico - January 5th 2011 016The vision for their center began twelve years ago following the purchase of the land which had been destroyed by forest fire the previous year. Their mission is to create a healing center using the wisdom of the Maya and to reconnect to ourselves by living in harmony with nature. They create our own natural health products in addition to growing organic vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants.

Their future goal is to accommodate workshops and retreats which benefit a higher purpose. This is where I believe I will come in.  My goal many years has also been to create Destination Retreats focused on fitness and wellness as well as personal and spiritual growth not only on the Sunshine Coast but also in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.  Now, I’m excited to say that the timing is feeling right.

If I was trying to describe Goyo to you, I’d use two words:  Presence and Peace, both hugely important to him and pillars in terms of how he chooses to live his life.  Recently, he has been Walking for Peace along the Coast of Quintana Roo.

Mexico - January 5th 2011 019

He is also starting on a new project which I’ll be telling you more about this month.  It involves creating a sustainable organic food system through hydroponic farming and preserving food (canning) and teaching this system to the local Mayan’s who are in desperate need of such sustainable farming solutions.

There are many things that I’m excited about.  At this time, I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Goyo.

Mexico - January 5th 2011 009

And in the near future… I’ll be excited to tell you more as it unfolds!

Charlene SanJenko

Charlene SanJenko is a vibrant entrepreneur who embodies lifestyle with leadership. Working with and bringing together strong women, Charlene thrives on creating space that allows each person to grow even stronger, together.

SanJenko delivers the message of PowHERful Living Explored to her online community as well as at live events and destination retreats. Her company, PowHERhouse, is a educational and economic driver for women with a social mission. “We believe the stronger we feel in and of our bodies, the stronger we will be as positively powHERful leaders!”

Share This Post On


  1. looks amazing!! i’m so excited for this next step char and i look forward to hearing the details and meeting goyo someday!

    Post a Reply
  2. Love it!
    there must have been some crazy purpose for me to spend time on The Coast.
    love you.

    Post a Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *