Casa Muriel – Phase One & Phase Two

Casa Muriel One will be open in a serene gated community two miles south of central Antigua, Guatemala in Spring of 2021, with colorful gardens and shady wooded trails surrounding the patio and terraces.
Casa Muriel Two is still in the planning stage, for 30 residential units – studios, apartments and cottages. The assisted living homes, dining room, and public areas will be constructed during 2021-22 to include all the architectural design elements to keep older folks mobile and confident, while loved ones enjoy the peace of mind for their safety, comfort and social activities. From majestic westerly views of the sunset and volcanos to the serene secret garden for meditation, nurturing the body and spirit will feature prominently in the plan.
Membership – We welcome elder neighbors to join our daily activities – meals, classes, events, and shows – as members of our senior home community.

A Communal Culture of Caring

Casa Muriel is a safe haven and comfortable home for older folks with shared values of curiosity, humor, charity and responsibility. With a lifetime of experience, we understand that societies thrive and prosper when every member applies individual strengths to cooperate as a cohesive group.
In these days of social turbulence, experts note that we are naturally inclined toward “prosocial behavior” — checking in on neighbors, showing up to help, caring for older folks, and cooking for friends. The Casa Muriel community center is the perfect oasis to make plans with our neighbors, creating our own memories and traditions.

A Senior Community Center in Antigua, Guatemala

The Casa Muriel Senior Center is a productive community home for active elders, both residents and daily visitors. We share classes, meals, music, exercise and activities because meaningful relationships and good humor cure loneliness, the primary cause of ageing.
The kitchen activity center is the heartbeat of the home. The versatile communal dining and meeting space could have a watercolor class, birthday brunch, baking session, bridge game, book discussion, or musical performance at any time of day.
Some residents will enjoy storytelling, lively personal interactions, and good humor among friends, while others prefer to savor quiet time at home or in the gardens.

Guatemala Gardens Nurture the Body and Soul

In our elder years, we need more calcium, fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. Fortunately, all the fruits and veggies that keep us functioning at optimum performance grow like crazy all year here in Guatemala: tomatoes, papaya, carrots, berries, avocado, and pineapple, to name a few. Casa Muriel will have a carefully planned organic garden with professional gardeners, for residents who love working with the soil and cultivating a harvest for our table.

Gardening at home nurtures emotional well-being and personal satisfaction in the nutritional results. Studies by the Princeton Environmental Institute, Sowing Seeds of Happiness, and Landscape and Urban Planning explore how caring for plants at home can positively affect your mood and happiness.

The Positive Aging Movement

In recent years, the generation of people over 70 are expecting more, and doing more in regard to improving their quality of life for the next 20+ years. As a communal residence, Casa Muriel will focus on all the positive aspects of aging by maintaining physical and intellectual activity, cultivating a serene outlook, and celebrating good humor among friends.

We believe that having a solid sense of community and participating in social events, in addition to having a helping hand from our staff, will give our residents the independence they want, and the confidence to expand horizons to their greatest potential.

Changes are inevitable, but we can manage them together with our trusted professional advisors, economically and effectively. Growing older is a blessing, and not so scary after all.