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Are you ready to live the life that wants to live you? Join this profound and transformational cleansing retreat in the western highlands of Guatemala. The Yoga Forest hopes that each individual who participates in this program comes to remember who they truly are and takes with them that which they already knew, that they are magnificent beings of light and love. You will leave feeling spiritually cleansed, emotionally empowered, and expansive!
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The Yoga Forest is a conscious living retreat and transformational learning center. The center offers a unique retreat space within a tropical food forest with amazing views, comfortable beds, delicious vegetarian meals, daily yoga and meditation, and friendly community living.
The Yoga Forest offers several comfortable cabañas, lofts, and tents for the guests.
Dear soul family,
It is The Yoga Forest's greatest honor to help facilitate this profound and transformational cleansing retreat. While many ask The Yoga Forest to explain what will happen, The Yoga Forest cannot truly answer because plant medicine takes you to a realm beyond concepts and words. And while The Yoga Forest will provide you some tools to prepare for the cleanse, there is nothing that can truly prepare you for this journey to the soul. So, The Yoga Forest asks that you trust them completely and surrender to the process and know that you are guided and protected by the light you carry within.
The Yoga Forest has watched their friends and family transform before their eyes, their skin clear, and their eyes brighten as years of age pour off their bodies. While the process is at times difficult and at times spectacular, when you finish, you will know that every moment, no matter how challenging, was in complete perfection.
The Yoga Forest's teachers will be the master plants of sacred cacao and washuma. There is absolutely nothing to fear. All those that you work with have life-changing and healing experiences.
Fear can always find an excuse for why you cannot, but you can. And The Yoga Forest will be there to help, every step of the way. Trust, release, surrender, you are guided, you are protected, you are divine light, you are all one. You are you!
With immense love and gratitude,
CJ Ananda, Coby, Saraswati, and Jayananda
This is a simple and powerful program offered in a safe environment which is naturally conducive to the work of letting go of your past and manifesting your dreams. Each day’s spiritual journey will be filled with lessons that contain stories, insights, systems, and tools that can be applied to your personal and professional life. Through methods such as meditation, yoga, Reiki, healing arts, and journaling, you will practice the art of living in the present moment.
The four directions and ancient wisdom of the medicine wheel will provide an anchor for the retreat. Within the foundation of this wisdom, you find nature’s intelligence as your guide. The sacredness of the lake and mountains, the earth, and the sky that envelop you become your greatest teachers on this transformational journey.
By simply connecting to the elements, you are shown how to be in the flow of life and release that which no longer serves you personally and collectively. Trusting nature’s wisdom, you are able to accept where you are on your path and let go, knowing that you are held in the arms of mother earth, supported and connected.
From here, you are able to journey deep into the exploration of who you are and who you came here to be. Now is the time to reveal yourself to yourself. As the Hopi Elders stated, “We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.” This is the perfect opportunity to excavate your passions and gifts in order to dream your world into being.
As each of you individually steps into this path of self-realization and manifestation, you naturally create space and trust for others to do the same. In the process, you are raising your overall vibration and therefore, the vibration of universal consciousness and the world.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Co-founder of Pura Vidya and Present Moment Retreat, and E-RYT 500 certified, CJ is a renowned teacher of yoga, dance, and meditation. She has combined her joy of these self-healing therapies with her experience as a wellness leader and healing practitioner to create international retreats and training. Ananda facilitates 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, shamanic cleanses, and transformational retreats giving each person the heartfelt attention and direct facilitation that cultivates ecstatic healing, and magical experiences.
Saraswati Hayley Tennyson
School Yoga Institute (Yoga)
In 2011, Saraswati began studying yoga with Yogrishi Vishvketu in Rishikesh, India, and since then has been diving into yoga philosophy and practice all over the world. Exploring playful connections with others in yoga practice, she traveled to Montreal to study with AcroYoga Montreal. Following a deep connection with nature and the elements, she traveled to Peru to complete a 500-hour yoga teacher training with a focus in shamanic and Ayurvedic cleansing with School Yoga Institute (SYI).
Coby spent many years reconnecting with the earth throughout Latin America. He sailed the Caribbean, learning just how deeply one can relax. He led groups of teenagers through five different continents. He spent much time in India where he lived 'Baba Life', renouncing material comforts and exploring the boundaries of meditation. But between each chapter of his story, he would always return to his Shamanic teacher in Peru for study and guidance. Coby’s deep rooted interest in shamanism found its perfect complement when he married a yoga guru, CJ Ananda.
The Yoga Forest is located in San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá, in the western highlands of Guatemala. A small Mayan village, San Marcos has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility, and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy.
25 minutes venture up into the valley from Lake Atitlán, The Yoga Forest is set back from the town to create a unique retreat space conducive to growth and learning. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlán.
You will have 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily during the retreat. Lunch is not included on arrival or departure days and will be charged at 50 GTQ (7 USD) if you decide to stay longer for lunch.
You can have an escorted trip down the mountain to visit the town with a local staff member and a 20 GTQ (3 USD) fee will be added to your bill. You can also enjoy weekly use of the sauna, and any other free community activities such as kirtan, satsang, temple dance, new or full moon ceremonies, etc.
Get to Antigua at least a day early and stay the night. Antigua is the tourist hub of the country and nearly all transportation runs through here. There are shuttles every hour from the airport to Antigua (100 GTQ, 45 minutes - 1.5 hours depending on traffic).
From Antigua, get an 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. collective shuttle (or 9 - 10 a.m. private shuttle) direct to San Marcos La Laguna (100 GTQ), 3.5 - 4.5 hours depending on traffic, roads, and weather). You can also come via San Pedro La Laguna if there are no shuttles leaving for San Marcos La Laguna (100 GTQ), three to four hours).
If on a San Pedro shuttle service, either get off the shuttle in San Pablo La Laguna and take a tuk-tuk (5 GTQ) to San Marcos La Laguna (the next town over), or go all the way to San Pedro and then take the ‘lancha’ boat (10 GTQ) to San Marcos.
From Antigua via Panajachel, take a morning collective shuttle service (90 GTQ) approximately two and a half hours to Panajachel. From Pana, take a ‘lancha’ boat (25 GTQ) from the public dock (muelle publico) to cross the lake to San Marcos La Laguna. The lancha leaves every 30 minutes until 7:30 p.m. and usually takes around one hour.
Arriving into San Marcos la Laguna, you are a 25-minute hike from the lakefront (15 minutes escorted along the mountain paths to The Yoga Forest from the back of town. Please find The Yoga Forest meeting point at Circles Cafe, just 30 meters down the path to the lake from the basketball court in the town center before 2 p.m.
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