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4 Days Stand Up Paddle Yoga & Zen Retreat in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Doron Yoga and Zen Center, Sololá Department, Santa Cruz County, Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala 07014

Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Retreat Guatemala

Start the New Year with an unforgettable adventure! Our SUP retreat is the perfect opportunity to be in nature: experience the warmth of the sun and refreshing waters of Lake Atitlan as you deepen your yoga practice and reset the mind. Find a balance between being active and taking time to relax by joining Doron Yoga for four days of rejuvenation, fun, and great food.

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Doron
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • 2 half day stand up paddleboarding lessons on Lake Atitlan
  • Exciting evening fire-side chanting and Zen talks over dinner
  • Opportunity to learn and practice with an experienced and qualified teacher
  • Afternoon workshops to deepen your asana practice, philosophy, etc.
  • 3 daily delicious healthy homemade meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hebrew
The maximum participants in the group is 25
Airport transfer available:
La Aurora International Airport (US$30 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

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 three private rooms with shared bathrooms. These rooms are unique and have their own painted wall murals, and other special art and decorations. There are three toilets, two showers, and two sinks, separate from one another, so there is never wait time.

There are two lovely and spacious dormitories, which sleep five to six 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.

Yoga shala

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.

Buddha café

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.

Grounds

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."

Program

This retreat will mix yoga, pranayama, meditation and Zen philosophy with dancing and stand up paddling on the magnificent Lake Atitlan. It’s the perfect energy boost to restore balance and motivation, and the included afternoon workshops will help provide you with tools for bringing this feeling of Zen back into your everyday life.

During your time at the center, you will receive amazing hands-on assists from a loving, compassionate, enthusiastic, and energetic teacher with more than 25-years of yoga experience around the world.

Practice yoga both on land and yoga on the water! This is an ashtanga-vinyasa retreat mixed with Zen. The retreat includes two long sessions of stand up paddle boarding on beautiful lake Atitlan.

All levels are welcome. This retreat is for everyone interested in a more holistic yoga lifestyle. The retreat starts with dinner on the first night and ends after breakfast on the last day.

Two mornings we will have stand up paddle sessions. You will do a short warm up, then practice yoga on the boards on the lake, then paddle around and chill some. These sessions are about four hours long.

On the other mornings your day begins with pranayama (breathing practices) meditation and yoga asana two and a half hours of waking up into bliss to start your day followed by yummy nutritious super food breakfast. You then get a break to relax, read or go explore. It’s fun to just sit on your hammock or chat with new friends. It’s an easy walk to the lake or sit by the river.

Savor healthy food while you're on this invigorating and empowering retreat. Deepen your practice with Doron’s known teachings and attention to details. In the afternoons you will have yoga sessions and workshops to deepen your practice, understand better alignment and learn about the yoga lifestyle (Based on Doron’s Book The Yoga Lifestyle, Llewellyn publishers). You will gain better flexibility, improved strength, core power and focus. Understand better the yoga philosophy and its practicalities for life.

Challenge yourself in a loving fun way with SUP yoga and ground yoga. Practical tips to advance faster and safer are offered, so that the practice is efficient, and appropriate for each person according to their needs.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy two stand-up paddle sessions

Instructors

Doron Hanoch

Retreat location

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.

Unique features

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • River
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day with a mix of international, Guatemalan, and Doron’s special healthy, yummy, and Mediterranean touch made from fresh local produce, 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
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)

  • Get a massage in our “by the river” room
  • Hike (guided or self-guided available) around the area
  • Kayak in San Marcos or San Pedro
  • Sit by the river, or on a hammock and relax
  • Stand up paddle, in Panajachel or San Marcos
  • Swim in the lake or chill out on the dock with awesome views
  • Venture by boat, tuk-tuk, or foot into one of the neighboring towns
  • Walk / hike around Tzununa, up the mountains or to next-door villages
  • Waterfall hike (when available)

Spa treatments

  • 1 hour massage and Reiki sessions
  • Reflexology available
  • Maya abdominal massage
  • Temazcal (sweat lodge) Session

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 Daily vegetarian meals
  • 2 extended stand-up-paddle sessions
  • All yoga instructions
  • Pranayama and breathing exercises
  • Zen Meditation
  • Tips and tricks on mastering yoga
  • Hands-on assists from a well-seasoned international teacher
  • Tips on integrating the Yoga Lifestyle into your life
  • Filtered water, herbal tea and coffee
  • Guided meditations, programs, and workshops
  • Locally-sourced food, all cooked from scratch with quality ingredients
  • Time to explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan
  • Fire circle
  • Hammocks and chill out benches and spots around the property

What's not included

  • Extra excursions
  • Extra snacks and beverages
  • Transportation and transitions to and from the retreat (we can organize it for a fee)
  • Massage therapies or other consultations with our experts

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). From there, it's easiest to take a shuttle to the town of Panajachel, located on Lake Atitlan. They can arrange a private or shared shuttle for you. If you'd like to take a shared shuttle, please plan to arrive at the airport before noon, as the last shared shuttles leave the city at 2:00 p.m.

From Panajachel, you can take the boat (lancha) in the direction of San Marcos to Tzununa, the small village where we're located. It is the stop before San Marcos. The last boat from Panajachel is at 7:00 p.m. Though there are also private boats available after this time, they would recommend arriving in time for the public boats if possible.

In Tzununa, take a tuk-tuk from the dock to Doron Yoga. There will be tuk-tuk drivers waiting at the dock, and all tuk-tuk drivers in Tzununa know where they are located.

Airport: La Aurora International Airport Airport transfer available: La Aurora International Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

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