About Us

Gateway is a Spiritual Retreat enabling like-minded people who follow the timeless teachings of all Enlightened Masters to live a simple, quiet life in a loving and supportive community and in harmony with nature

We invite visitors to come and experience inner contemplation and recognition of the true nature of our being, to learn sustainable methods of farming and to live in harmony with nature. Maya history can be found on the Retreat with an extensive Maya village mound site which is awaiting further investigation.

We welcome suitable individuals and families to join in with the work of the Retreat, establishing long- or short-term accommodation and bringing with them their own gift and passions to help build a strong, vibrant and sustainable community.

Gateway Retreat is sponsored by The Belize Gateway Trust Foundation, a Belize registered Not for Profit Company.

Spiritual Guide

Kantilal Naran

It was Kantilal who first had a vision of developing a retreat in Central America. He lives in Canada and keeps in close contact with the management and spiritual aspect of the Retreat.




Adela Pederson

Returning to her native Belize after many years of living in the USA, Adela has enthusiastically supported many projects and has been instrumental in forming a Maya group to reintroduce the status of the Maya people through their history, language, music, cuisine and spirituality.

Beverly Miles

Beverly offers, from her many years of working in academic institutions in California, her knowledge of administration and funding strategy as well as her commitment to the spiritual path.

Roy Rodriguez

Retired school teacher, Mr Roy Rodriguez brings his vast knowledge of the Maya people and their language and culture as well as having many local contacts as a long time resident of Corozal.

Rose Elwell

Rose has been the co-manager of the Retreat since 2011, responsible for the administration, PR and organizing events. She has designed and developed the ornamental gardens.


In Memoriam

Henry Elwell

28.2.1936 to 19.01.2021
Henry dedicated the last 11 years of his life to developing Gateway Retreat drawing on all his knowledge and experience in the field of sustainable agriculture and his own spiritual awareness.



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