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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Guatemala.
Are you interested in deepening your yoga practice and / or becoming a yoga teacher? Join the Doron Yoga & Zen Center's 200-hour teacher training course at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. This may just be the greatest adventure of your life; a life transforming experience for your body and mind. Your soul cannot be transformed, but can be realized, and you will learn practical, no non-sense ways to tap into the source.
The rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) are simple but beautiful. Rustic, yet charming, many rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view. All DYZC accommodations are new, and are built for comfort and safety while being ecological. The showers have hot water, and we have western toilets (eco treatment).
The water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property. They have 3 private rooms with shared bathrooms. These rooms are unique and have their own painted wall murals, and other special art and decorations. There are 3 toilets, 2 showers and 2 sinks, separate from one another, so there is never wait time.
There are two lovely and spacious dormitories, which sleep 5 -6 people and share the bathroom area. They have nice mattresses with traditional Mayan coverings, nightstands, shelves and other storage places. They have a cozy, artsy feeling.
There are also three beautiful log cabin rooms. These rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and chairs, gardens and beautiful lake view.
These rooms have skylights and a peaceful, creative energy. Bathrooms have locally sourced slate for the showers, hand carved mirrors, bamboo and wood elements. They feature local hand crafted furniture and orthopedic beds.
Three weeks of disconnect from your every day life, surrounded by loving, like-minded people, and going through this transformation together and alone. Eating meals designed by a chef and nutrition consultant, together with friends, learning about the yoga life and zen mind.
The curriculum includes asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, Ayurveda, food / nutrition, the yoga lifestyle, subtle energy, anatomy, hands-on assisting, sequencing system, actual teaching, history of yoga, lots of practice and guidance from Doron. This training is suitable for Yoga Alliance RYT eligibility.
You will have a great yoga and zen experience as well as enjoy the beauty of Guatemala at the same time.
Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential. The course schedule runs from Monday to Saturday, Sunday is off. Arrival day is Sunday; first session is at 5 p.m. sharp.
Notes: This schedule is given as a guide to help you to envisage your time with Doron Yoga. In practice, it will vary according to the focus of the week to accommodate specific teachings and to adapt to the best interests of the course. Your Sundays are free.
Doron is a certified 550-hour yoga teacher (ERYT) as well as the director of the Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 500) and founder of the Doron Yoga and Zen Center in Guatemala. He is the author of The Yoga Lifestyle (LLewellynn, June 2016). Doron was introduced to yoga and meditation in 1992 while traveling and studying in the Far East for two years. During that time, Doron studied at the Osho Ashram, with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, in Thailand doing Vipassana retreats, and in Japan living and working with a Buddhist priest.
Doron Yoga & Zen Center is a spiritual eco village, based on permaculture principleswith touches of Zen. It manifests the power and energy of the magnificent lake Atitlan. The lake can be majestically viewed from our grounds, with volcanoes and local villages perfectly framing the scene. We are part of the Maya village of Tzununa in Guatemala. Located 7-minute walk from the lake. Hammocks hang by the river and gardens, and connecting paths are all paved with local stone.
They may just have one of the most beautiful yoga spaces in the world, consisting of a sprawling cypress floating floor, surrounded by large glass sliding doors, held up by huge bamboo pillars, and featuring jaw-dropping views. High ceilings with extra insulation keep the temperatures perfect year round. It is a temple sitting along the Tzununa River, allowing for the sound of water to flow softly and soothingly into the practice. Unlike many ashrams, they did not cut corners, and you can see the beauty in the details. The place is kept very clean and has a wonderful vibe to it. The cane, Cyprus, pine, and rocks used in the construction are locally sourced, where local community workers built each house with care. Permaculture principles are followed
to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, garden, and design functionality of the center.
The Buddha café is a wonderful meeting place. It hosts a large deck with a variety of seating options and a gorgeous view of the lake. It serves super nutritious, delicious gourmet, vegetarian food. One of its primary highlights is the great company.
Travelers meet to share stories, experiences, a cup of tea, and a hug. It offers a place to rest, connect with new friends, read and have some delicious food.
Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, and design functionality of the center. We grow coffee, bananas, avocados, lettuces, beans, yams, radishes, herbs and around 30 other fruits and vegetables (yum, guacamole!). They have a beautiful fire pit under the grand Jocote tree (which you may want to climb). Additionally, they've built a natural, large, ceremonial-grade sauna to help with detoxing and cleansing. They offer massages and can organize tours around the lake for you.
The DYZC was built on a high-frequency vibration land. They are sure you will feel it as you come stay with us. As one guest stated: “center doesn't seem to be the most fitting word- maybe something like dream village, or yoga farm, or riverbank Zen oasis."
During your free time, you can enjoy some these activities
Three vegetarian meals will be served each day with a mix of international, Guatemalan, and Doron’s special healthy, yummy, and Mediterranean touches made from fresh, local produce and organic when available. Each meal is substantial, varied, and nourishing to energize you through your practices without leaving you feeling too heavy.
All food at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center is prepared as healthily and nutritiously as possible under the guidance of the founder and director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant. To the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, including from their own blossoming gardens.
You will get great balance of raw food, cooked food (with healthy oils), fermented foods, healthy sauces and condiments, home made jams and peanut butter, fresh home made granola, baked sourdough bread, fresh made tortillas on wood oven, pizza from our clay and wood burning pizza oven, and so much more.
They offer snacks and drinks for a pick me up or desert (you will get desert once a week, and can purchase other snacks). Snacks are home made with no sugar or a bit of panela (raw unrefined local, sugar cane). Try our chocolate chip banana muffins, vegan power super food rich bliss balls (made with local Mayan raw cacao), vegan black bean brownies, or one of our drinks: kombucha or probiotic ginger.
Notes: Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as travelers’ diarrhea is not uncommon in Guatemala, which can be quite challenging when embarking on a yoga program. Bring some grapefruit seed extract and daily maintenance of seven to eight drops in water or juice or any other supplement that suits. This yoga retreat is vegetarian-friendly.
San Marcos is the closest town over and can also be reached by foot along a dirt road. There, you can relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants or partake in an array of healing offerings, including shamanism, cacao ceremonies, Reiki, massage, and much more. Among others, San Pedro, a short ride to the other side of the lake, has more of a vibrant backpacker’s vibe and is a little less expensive.
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