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28 Day 200-Hour Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training and Permaculture in Lake Atitlan, Solola

Unnamed Road, Lake Atitlan, Tzununa, Guatemala

Intensive Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training and Permaculture

Journey to the Mayan Heartland for a transformational experience with Atitlan Organics and Awakened Spirit Yoga. Deepen your practice and feel the subtle but profound shifts that happen when you embrace sustainable and holistic practices. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient yogic philosophy and Mother Earth herself, this 4-week course teaches the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness. Embedded within the training is Atitlan Organic's Permaculture Immersion, which gives participants the chance to come to a deeper and more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Highly recommended for yogis, change-makers, innovators, activists, seed planters, or anyone who believes in transformation.

Meet the instructors

Julia, Kristine, & Shad
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  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • In-depth training for five and a half days a week
  • Atitlan Organics permaculture immersion course
  • Illustrated Awakened Spirit Yoga teacher training manual
  • 200-hour Awakened Spirit Yoga teacher certification (YTT)
  • Daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 27 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

24 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 21 participants
Airport transfer available:
La Aurora International Airport (US$120 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

The Bambu Guest House is a beautiful natural building which proves that natural building can be sustainable, clean, AND luxurious. Lodging is shared in light and spacious rooms, each equipped with comfy beds, its own balcony overlooking Lake Atitlan and its own bathroom with hot water.

Our yoga deck stretches out beside a small river, offering inspiring views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes and the sounds of birds and running water; truly a remarkable spot to deepen your practice! The on-site farm-to-table restaurant works closely with Atitlan Organics to provide you with delicious vegetarian meals that will leave you feeling nourished and pampered.

Atitlan Organics Permaculture farm is a ten-minute walk from the Bambu Guest House and where course participants will study and practice permaculture.


Overview and features

  • Build your personal practice and gather concrete tools to embody the wisdom of The 4 Paths of Yoga, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Gain a greater understanding of the neurological, emotional, and physical effects of yoga
  • Learn how to nurture compassionate relationships, healthy families and a peaceful, sustainable world through the practices of yoga and mindfulness
  • Address issues of diversity, social justice, inclusion, and safety in a variety of contexts
  • Explore the potential of matching ecological integrity with human needs through permaculture design and sustainable living practices
  • Connect with nature to inform your journey
  • Discover your own unique set of assets and tools
  • Learn and apply sustainable project design tools to support a local community project
  • Better understand how to design and manage a project in alignment with your values, skills, passion and leadership style

Personal rewards

  • Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to change lives through yoga
  • Connect to your inner teacher and learn how to leverage your skills and strengths with your unique purpose
  • Nourish your mind, body and spirit, and be provided with the tools to create positive change with intention, confidence, and a fresh perspective
  • Return home with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, expanded networking and community organizing skills, and the heartfelt inspiration you need to continue making a difference in the world

Sample schedule

  • 06:30 Yoga and meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga philosophy, teaching methodology, or anatomy
  • 10:45 Tea break
  • 11:00 Yoga lab and techniques
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Working meditation
  • 15:00 Yoga philosophy, permaculture lecture, or practicum
  • 16:15 Break
  • 16:30 Yoga lab and techniques
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Optional film or satsang twice per week

Participants will enjoy 1.5 days off per week for rest and integration.

Included excursions

  • Tour of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and food forest
  • Field trip to Quix’aya (“Heart of Water”), an epic self-organized Maya Permaculture-inspired community


Julia Forest

Kristine Vanderplaus

Shad Qudsi

Retreat location

This retreat is located in the small Mayan village of Tzununa, at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Often called "the most beautiful lake in the world," Lake Atitlan is ringed by surrounding mountains and overlooked by three stunning volcanoes. Small towns dot the lakeshore, each one offering its own unique charms.

Each week you will have 1.5 free days to relax or explore the surroundings. We are in a rural area with lots of nature present. Wake to birdsong, fall asleep to the sound of the river, and refresh yourself with the clean mountain air.

Unique features


  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Yoga deck


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Three delicious, farm fresh meals and two snacks are provided every day of this 4-week program from the farm-to-table restaurant at the Bambu Guest House.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Spa services (massages, etc)

Hike at San Pedro Volcano

SUP at sunrise on the lak

Kayak rental

Visit Chichicastenango, the largest indigenous market in Central America

Take a workshop at a local women's weaving cooperative

Learn to make tortillas and Guatemala specialties at a cooking class

What's included

  • Lodging in beautiful and spacious shared bedrooms at the Bambu Guest House, a naturally-built hotel with balconies, hot water, wifi, and private bathrooms.
  • Three meals, two snacks, and coffee, tea, and water every day for the duration of the course.
  • In-depth training 5.5 days a week
  • 1.5 days of unscheduled time to study and explore
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious, organic vegetarian meals per day
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Cacao and sound ceremony
  • Permaculture immersive
  • Illustrated Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Training Manual
  • 200 hour Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Certification (YTT) received upon successful completion of the program

What's not included

  • Transport to and from Guatemala city (though this can be arranged for participants for an additional cost)
  • Drinks from the bar (smoothies, frescos, beer or wine). Herbal tea and coffee ARE provided throughout the day to course participants.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA).

Airport: La Aurora International Airport Airport transfer available: La Aurora International Airport (US$120 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

Value for money
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28 days / 27 nights
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Arrival: Sunday November 1, 2020
Departure: Saturday November 28, 2020

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