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15 Days Rewild Yoga Retreat in Guatemala

  • Antigua, San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

15 Days Rewild Yoga Retreat in Guatemala

  • Antigua, San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Permaculture and Yoga Retreat Guatemala

Immerse yourself into the lush mountainside jungle of the Yoga Forest in the heart of Guatemala. As you overlook the expansive Lake Atitlán, a deep breath of fresh jungle air will fill your lungs, welcoming you home. This yoga retreat is designed for you to be away from technology and daily responsibilities, to open an opportunity for connecting with nature, with yourself, and with others.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Guided group travel within India
  • Overnight on board a house boat
  • Evening workshops and activities
  • 15-hour permaculture course
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 14 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay in a twin shared room. Each cabana at The Yoga Forest is beautiful, cozy, and looks out over Lake Atitlán and its surrounding volcanoes. Using natural building techniques, the cabañas are constructed with either bamboo or cypress, palm roof, and natural adobe walls or traditional bahareque (wattle and daub). All beds are comfortable with warm feather duvets and pillows and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan cushion.

During this retreat, you will enjoy enjoy daily sunrise and evening yoga classes, workshops on yogic massage, Acroyoga, contact dance, Reiki, aerial therapeutics,

and a five-day 15-hour permaculture course.

Once the sun sets over the lake and the stars come out, you will let loose with some ecstatic dance, cacao ceremonies, songs by the campfire, sharing circles, and sauna sessions, all in the heart of the jungle.

You may also enjoy your days with swimming, kayaking, zip-lining, slack lining, hiking to waterfalls and volcano peaks, or simply relaxing and rejuvenating with a lakeside massage during your free time.

Program

Day 1 and 2

Upon arrival to La Aurora International Airport (GUA), you will travel by shuttle to Antigua and Stay at Casa Del Agua.

Day 3

Travel by boat to San Marcos La Laguna and hike up to the Yoga Forest.

Day 4 to 13

During your stay at Yoga Forest, the permaculture course will be held from April 17 to 21 from 09:30 to 12:30.

Day 14

During the morning, you will leave the Yoga Forest and travel back to Casa Del Agua in Antigua.

Day 15

On departure day, you will share farewell hugs with your newfound friends followed by departures from Guatemala City.

Yoga Forest sample daily schedule

  • 06:15 - 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Hatha or Vinyasa flow yoga class
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:30 Restorative or Yin yoga
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Workshops, music jams, dances, sauna, or fires

All activities are optional, feel free to join in during workshops, meals, and daily classes or be inspired to adventure elsewhere.

  • Jeff Kerdeikis

    His journey started at Shambhala Music Festival in 2011. It was an experience that totally blew him away on how much love, expression, and acceptance could exist in the world. He went from being a lifelong firefighter to a world exploring yoga teacher. He became a massage and Reiki healer, nutritional therapist, and a permaculture and health enthusiast with huge passion for dancing and also now, a guide with Breathe in Life.

  • Lisa Delwo

    Lisa thrives off organic living and dreams of a life of sustainability and community. Living in amazement with nature and its beautiful cycles, she has learned permaculture techniques in Canada and Central America. The past two summers she has devoted time to building and organizing the construction of a Straw Bale Temple in Alberta, a sacred space made primarily out of the earth.

  • Shad Qudsi

    Shad has 15 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in permaculture design and has over six years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. Shad originally set out to study mathematics and work in big business but long ago had a change of heart. He can now be found dancing in his garden in Tzununa. Aside from all of this, Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing.

  • Ronja Sebastian

    Ronja Sebastian is a sensual awakening and feminine embodiment expert from Sweden and the founder of the Samasati Women’s Temple Deepening Booty Camp, as well as the Sensual Yogini Online Academy for Women. She is a certified Tao tantric arts teacher of Tantra and Qigong, a transformational breath coach, massage therapist, a professional dancer, Yogini, and passionate world traveler.

This retreat will be held at La Casa del Agua in Antigua and at The Yoga Forest in San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala.

La Casa del Agua,

La Casa del Agua is located in San Juan el Obispo, just by the Volcan de Agua. It is a place surrounded by nature and bathed with the energies from the volcano itself. It is an ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend.

The Yoga Forest

The Yoga Forest is located in San Marcos la Laguna, right in the western highlands of Guatemala.You will enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlán.

During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious vegetarian meals. Vegan and gluten free diets can also be accommodated on request.

  • Hike from Santa Cruz to Jaibalito and through the volcanic Sierra Madre mountains
  • Hike of the San Pedro volcano
  • Kayaking or canoeing along the shores
  • Traditional Mayan weaving classes
  • Visit the archaeological museums and colonial churches
  • Visit the Artizan market at Chichicastenango
  • Visit the surrounding villages around the lake
  • Visit the Tzununa waterfalls
  • Visit the women's collective in San Juan
  • Zip lining in the nature reserve

During this holiday, massage, Reiki, plant medicine, and other holistic courses will be available at Las Piramides in San Marcos for an additional cost.

  • 1 15-hour permaculture course
  • 1 daily morning group meditation session
  • 1 welcome package
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily organic and vegetarian meals
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to La Aurora International Airport (GUA)
  • Evening workshops
  • Ground transportation
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Breathe in Life Health and Wellness Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Lynn Weinlos from Edmonton

    "The trip of a lifetime with Breathe in Life this past October has become for me - with a little luck - an annual event. Once was definitely not enough. I have never had such a rewarding, stimulating, enjoyable travel experience in my life and I'm eager to go back to Bali or go to Thailand or India or Nicaragua as the opportunity arises. In fact, I am seriously thinking of going to Goa next November on the teacher training program Breathe in Life is offering. For me, the combination of an excellent, consistent Yoga practice with adventure in a very beautiful and intriguing country, such as any of the above-mentioned, with carefully chosen places to stay, eat at and explore made for an absolutely ideal holiday, although that's a word that doesn't necessarily capture the richness of the experience. I loved the people with whom I shared the experience - we flowed together or moved apart with total ease and comfort. This was in no small part due to the meticulous planning and warm care taken by Chris and Melissa of Breathe in Life, who accompanied us and participated with us throughout. I couldn't have been better cared for by my own children who lack the skill and expertise as travel guides of Melissa, Chris and Jordan, the third partner, who is equally wonderful. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity and would be more than pleased to share details with anyone who is interested. I can't recommend Breathe in Life highly enough."

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  • Review by Lynne Lechelt from Edmonton

    "I was really impressed by how well everything related to the trip was handled - so well organized, excellent itinerary, all so professional - and the best was the truly personable aspect of the people involved. Melissa was so friendly and helpful (yet still kept with itinerary schedules and people on time); Chris was so patient and considerate; Brea was friendly, inspiring and developed classes that were very well thought out. A great team and a truly great trip. Thank you!!"

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  • Review by Mike & Lisa Keith from Edmonton

    "My wife and I have been traveling for the past 8 months. Many of our destinations have been to developing countries and anyone who has traveled in these areas knows that it requires constant energy to ensure you are safe, transitioning smoothly from location to location, booking a hotel of high quality and booking in the area of town that you want to be in. These are just a few of the many details that go into travel and as my wife can attest to, it can be a full time job. That is why we choose to book the India leg of our year long trip through a travel company. Breath in Life, exceeded our expectations. Not only were the aforementioned tasks taken care of for the entire 20 day North India trip but the “extras” are what stood out to us. By extras I am referring to the fact that all 4 of the guides on our trip were trained yoga teachers and were not shy to offer a free group class in some of the most beautiful settings around India. Prior to this trip I had never done yoga but I am so glad my wife “dragged me along”. The group leaders allowed flexibility in the schedule for members to venture out on their own, while always providing optional itinerary that they had obviously put a bunch of time and effort into scouting out prior to the groups arrival. As a veteran traveler I appreciated this freedom. I did not want to feel restricted on my vacation however found myself signing up for almost all of the group activities anyway. It was just such a great environment to travel in. It’s crazy how fast relationships grow in a group on these types of trips. The non judgmental and healing mood of the trip was most definitely due to the fact that the Breath in Life staff made everyone feel safe and free to be themselves. I would highly recommend Breath in Life to anyone that is looking to gain some worldly perspectives and hoping to leave the tedious tasks of planning to someone else. We loved our trip to North India. Thank you Breathe in Life for a life changing experience!"

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  • Review by Amy Winters from Edmonton

    "I have done a lot of traveling but India was one of the places I felt a little nervous about taking on by myself. I was waiting for the right opportunity and that came when a friend of mine told be about Breathe in Life. It felt good arriving in India with nothing to worry about! The moment I met up with Melissa, Chris and Jordan I felt at ease, like I was reconnecting with old friends and not random tour guides. The entire trip ran really smoothly and they were always around to offer up sightseeing suggestions, hang out at the beach or go to grab some food. My favorite part of the trip was the Kerala house boating trip and paddle boarding in the backwaters. I've heard that finding good yoga teachers in India is challenging since there is so much saturation but the yoga course we did in Goa was incredible! I have even been considering going to study with Amit and have a new found love of Iyengar. The drives from place to place were also great to see a variety of what India has to offer. It was nice to have people there who knew the best places to eat and visit, it made everything so easy and stress free! I would definitely recommend Breathe in Life to anyone and will definitely go on another trip at some point in the future. Hopefully sooner rather than later!"

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  • Review by Marjon Khakbaz from Chicago

    "The Breathe in Life Iceland trip was very well organized and super memorable. I booked this trip not knowing what to expect. I'm happy to say that the trip far exceeded my expectations and that I can't wait to return to Iceland again sometime in the future. We visited so many amazing landscapes within our one week time frame and dined at several delicious, unique restaurants. I highly appreciate the amount of time and effort Melissa and Brea put into organizing such an enjoyable and adventure packed trip that rid us of the many hassles that are usually associated with traveling like arranging transportation/accommodation. Practicing yoga with Brea was a highlight of my day, especially after a full day of hiking. This was a fantastic trip and I definitely recommend it to all those seeking to go on a relaxing and fun trip to this magical country."

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  • Review by Keltie Barbutza from Edmonton

    "The yoga and hiking adventure to Iceland was fantastic! I had a big smile on my face the whole time. Iceland is truly a beautiful and magical place not to be missed. Melissa and Brea are beautiful inside and out, both so fun and easy going. I am so grateful to them and to the great group of people I got to meet and travel with on this adventure. It was so much fun! Melissa is always so cheerful and helpful, and so very well organized. Brea is a gifted, intuitive teacher; we even had an impromptu yoga session in a moss covered lava field with an incredible sunset as our backdrop. This was my first trip with Breathe in Life and definitely not my last. I would travel with them again in a heartbeat!"

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  • Review by Meghan Trompetter from Vancouver

    "Making the decision to embark on another adventure with Breathe In Life was an easy one, and this one in particular has a special place in my heart. The whole experience felt like a dream. Our teachers were incredible and complimented each other beautifully. Their teachings were profound and gave us students insight and tools to create a better lifestyle moving forward. The mental changes from the yogic teachings are subtle but impact you larger than you thought imagined. Now being home, I can't get over the information I learned and how much of a better person I am to myself since the training, and to others as well."

    "Samata Holistic Retreat Center could not have been a more ideal and perfect setting for this training. It felt like we were in an oasis and our own secluded jungle/garden. Well in fact, we did! From the bungalows, the yoga shala, the landscaping, the FOOD, the people and the energy, it was our own little slice of heaven."

    "Breathe In Life has done it again. Blown away my mind, taken adventure to the next level and impacted my heart and soul for eternity. I cannot recommend this company and especially this training enough. If you are looking for the missing piece to your puzzle we call life, take this training with these people and you will forever be grateful, I promise."

    "Much love"

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  • Review by Katie Austin from England

    "Where to even begin!?"

    "There are certain turning points in life as you look back. Certain decisions you chose to make that set you decidedly on a path you are so very happy to have adventured down. Going to Samata with Julia, Sarah, Melissa and all the beautiful human beings that joined us was one of those big crossroads on my life map as I am sure they were on everyone else's."

    "I feel lighter. You don't quite realize how much unnecessary 'stuff' you have been accumulating and carrying around with you until you start to rummage in all of those forgotten cupboards, attics and basements of your mind and body and assess what do I really need? Which of these memories, habits, thought patterns and emotions truly serve the very purest and best part of myself?"

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  • Review by Valerie Golka from Edmonton

    "The trip itself was fabulous. But what made it even more memorable was having Melissa with us. She was motivating, encouraging, fun to be around, and loving. She is an exceptional individual and I would highly recommend to anyone to take a trip with Melissa."

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  • Review by Nancy Kardash from Winnipeg

    "If you want to do some traveling geared to your sense of adventure, enjoyment and, above all, well-being, Breathe in Life is the way to go. Chris and Melissa are everything you want as tour leaders and traveling companions -- organized, competent, knowledgeable, warm, personable, accommodating, thoughtful, considerate, open, interesting/interested, fun. On our trip to Indonesia, they took care of details large and small so we could fully enjoy the richness of the people, places and experiences they offered us. And what experiences they were! Great yoga and pranayam, great food and accommodation, great adventures and activities, and a great group to just hang out with -- with no age limit! I would do this again in a heart beat -- and plan to!"

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  • Review by Dougie Campbell from Valencia

    "I didn't know what to expect when booking my yoga teacher training in Thailand but, from the beginning, Breathe in Life made me feel calm and taken care of! They went above and beyond to make our experience smooth and enjoyable, even helping us plan adventures for our days off during the course. I'm looking forward to our next trip together!"

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  • Review by Reena Ruparella from Canada

    "I was lucky enough to travel for 20 days to Indonesia with Breath in Life. I signed up as a solo traveler so I was definitely nervous going alone but I ended up having the most amazing adventure. Melissa was at the airport when I arrived after my long flight with a big smile and a huge hug. I felt right at home and knew I made the right decision. The trip was marvelous! There was the right balance of adventure, down time, as well as plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow group members. BIL does such a good job at organizing things like accommodations and transportation that there really isn't much to worry about. The tour guides were always available for questions and were great at recommending fun things to do. They were so knowledgeable! I also really liked that we moved around every few days so you had enough time to settle in but not get bored. I also loved the experiences such as the cooking classes, optional yoga, massages, great meals, and the Mt.Rinjani climb. This trip was an adventure and I am so happy I could do it through Breathe in Life! They were professional, knowledgable, and most important, made the trip fun! Can't wait to do it again!"

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  • Review by Cassie Leblanc from Edmonton

    "Sending mega love and gratitude to Melissa Emily Jol and Chris Elliott! This trip has been phenomenal! Thank you for taking me in like family and showing me the amazing sights of Thailand. I highly recommend booking your next trip with ‪Breathe in Life‬‬‬‬‬‬. These guys are amazing!"

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  • Review by Steph Davies from Edmonton

    "The trip of a lifetime with Breathe in Life this past October has become for me, with a little luck, an annual event. Once was definitely not enough. I have never had such a rewarding, stimulating, enjoyable travel experience in my life and I'm eager to go back to Bali or go to Thailand, India, or Nicaragua as the opportunity arises. In fact, I am seriously thinking of going to Goa next November on the teacher training program Breathe in Life is offering. For me, the combination of an excellent, consistent Yoga practice with adventure in a very beautiful and intriguing country, such as any of the above-mentioned, with carefully chosen places to stay, eat at and explore made for an absolutely ideal holiday, although that's a word that doesn't necessarily capture the richness of the experience. I loved the people with whom I shared the experience; we flowed together or moved apart with total ease and comfort. This was in no small part due to the meticulous planning and warm care taken by Chris and Melissa of Breathe in Life, who accompanied us and participated with us throughout. I couldn't have been better cared for by my own children, who lack the skill and expertise as travel guides of Melissa, Chris, and Jordan, the third partner, who is equally wonderful. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity and would be more than pleased to share details with anyone who is interested. I can't recommend Breathe in Life highly enough."

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  • Review by Kelly Swan from Saskatoon

    "It's difficult to explain the life changing experience that was my journey with Breathe In Life. From the moment I discovered that they were offering a Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand, it was evident that Melissa and Chris have placed careful consideration with a particular attention to detail into every aspect of their trips. They are attentive by nature and highly accommodating to their group members' needs. The resort, where we had the pleasure of spending the month of our training at, was a clear reflection of their attention to detail. The staff were amazing to say the very least, as they learned each group members name within a few days and were always readily available to assist us with any wants or needs and always did so with a warm and friendly smile. The food was some of the most delicious I have had the pleasure of enjoying with plenty of vegan and raw options in addition to the traditional Thai and Indian dishes. The accommodations were comfortable, cozy, and spacious, with lush jungle surroundings and a quiet beach scattered with tiny quartz crystals. The tea temple offered a variety of lectures, books, and readings including astrology, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and many more. There's a reason they named this resort The Sanctuary. I could almost write a book about my love, affection, and undying gratitude for our two instructors, Sarah and Jana. These women are unbelievably inspiring and knowledgeable, with open minds and open hearts. Their best interest was always in the personal growth of their students and they were so available to us in so many ways. These women have some of the biggest hearts that are so open, understanding, and accepting that it is infectious and made each student open their hearts in such a similar way. I could continue to swoon over their company, this trip, and my experience or I could simply recommend to everyone seeking an extraordinary, life changing adventure to just sign up; you won't regret it. This, I swear to be true."

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  • Review by Eden Sallenbach from Canada

    "My experience on the South India tour with Breathe in Life (BIL) was seriously life-changing. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by people with the same mentality around health and wellness, and I felt like every day I woke up feeling so positive and worry-free. The guides organized everything from flights and all other means of transportation, to comfortable accommodations, to amazing yoga sessions, while making sure to not plan too too much so that each member of the group had quite a bit of control over what activities we wanted to take part in. It was comforting knowing that I didn’t have to worry about getting from one place to the next, while having the freedom to choose and create my own experiences."

    "I was blown away by the places that we visited on the tour and the amount of time that we stayed in each city and town was perfect. Although we covered a lot of ground, I never felt like we were constantly on the move, which allowed me to fully enjoy what each area had to offer. I was able to get a real taste of India’s wonderful culture, enjoy great meals at my leisure, and soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, among many other things. The guides at BIL were all so great at recommending restaurants to try, sites to see, yoga classes to attend, etc., and I was never disappointed."

    "I have been back home for over a month now and I am still constantly raving about this trip to anyone and everyone. There was a perfect balance of group time, free time, yoga and meditation, and culture-seeking adventures, but it really was the people of BIL who made this experience what it was for me. I will most definitely be looking into doing another tour or retreat with Melissa, Chris, and Jordan in the future.""

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  • Review by Steph Davies from Canada

    "I have done a lot of group travel. Like, a lot. I have always been an independent person who seriously enjoys the company of other people. So group travel is a great option and I've had some amazing experiences doing it. I've also had some not so great group travel experiences where I felt ripped off and like a child being babysat. I went on the 20-day north India BIL trip. I have never felt so taken care of while having as much freedom as I desired. I went on my BIL trip fresh off a different not so great group travel trip, but even though I felt I may be starting to grow out of this type of travel, I knew I was in safe hands with Melissa and Chris (and Jordon once I met him!) before our journey even began. They thought of everything, and not just in a "we have buses booked and days planned" kind of way, in a "we chose companies and activities that align with our values" kind of way. It was such a significant touch I've never had with another company. They provided direction when we needed it, and we did; it was India, we needed it!) they gave us blunt and honest advice, inspiration to get into the culture and experiences, pieced things back together for us when our groups plans didn't work out how we had anticipated, surprised us here and there with amazing little extras and experiences, and supported us when we expressed interest in something and needed some help to get it done. They gave us freedom as well: time to wander and discover, encouragement to find our own new great things and share it with everyone else, and support for our ideas that we came up with on our own. It was the most perfect combination of freedom and comfort; stress free, without feeling confined. With BIL, I knew every dollar of that trip was going to an amazing experience. I knew they booked great quality accommodations and transportation, and figured out any of the wrinkles that we ran into (like missing baggage, just as an example). I trusted their opinions and guidance and had such an amazing experiences because of their knowledge! I had space to create my own experience within the organized trip. I've traveled enough to know I don't need a baby sitter but I like having a bit of guidance and 15 new friends to take it all in with. These guys have been in the travel industry so long that they have it down to an art and they share their beautiful knowledge with you in the most relaxed and loving way. Anyone on any of their trips knows how lucky they are to have traveled with them and if you haven't, it is definitely time to fix that!"

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