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7 Day Yoga & Meditation Thanksgiving Retreat - Rejuvenation and Gratitude, Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Doron Yoga and Zen Center, Departamento Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Tzununa, Zona Calle, Sector Iglesia Nazareno 9880

Blissful Guatemala Yoga Retreat

Discover the true source of happiness during this Thanksgiving yoga retreat. Step away from your mind with lots of yoga practice, chanting, meditation, and in-depth workshops with experienced teachers. Enjoy the Mayan culture, the gorgeous Lake Atitlan, delicious organic local food, the stunning, yoga shala, the Buddha café, and a safe place to just be. This retreat emphasizes gratitude practices that help us tap into a happier, more content state of being. We will chant together, practice guided meditations, and awareness of the blessings in our life. We use a mix of traditional and modern techniques to enhance our well-being. You will be able to take some of these practices back home and implement them in your life to keep the joy sustainable and long-lasting.

Meet the instructors

Doron & Kasia
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Highlights

  • Morning Yang Yoga sessions
  • Osho Kundalini and Zen meditation sessions
  • Yin yoga sessions to release stored tension and emotions
  • Wonderful pranayama practice and cacao ceremony
  • Detailed workshops that will change your relationship to your mind and body
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals with fresh juices, tea and organic coffee
  • Swimming at the majestic Lake Atitlan
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hebrew, Polish, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Temazcal
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

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.

Amenities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Permaculture Organic Garden
  • Aerial yoga
  • River with meditation seats by it
  • Chill out areas and hammocks
  • Special nutrition request
  • Beautiful yoga shala with stunning views
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Natural Sauna / Temascal / Sweat lodge (fee)
  • Snacks, probiotic drinks and gifts for sale
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Yoga Lifestyle consultations (fee)
  • Learn ho to make authentic tortillas with Mayan Ladies
  • Linens and towel
  • Massage rooms and therapists
  • Holistic lifestyle coaching
  • Reading / chill out spots
  • Can organize private Spanish classes

Program

Your days begin with pranayama (breathing practices) meditation and yoga asana 2.5 hours of wake 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. We are happy to help with arranging activities such as stand up

paddle, massage, market visit, Volcano hike and more. 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.

In the afternoon you will find some inspiring workshops:

Afternoon workshops

Afternoon sessions are an opportunity to dive deeper into the practice, gain more knowledge from an expert leader, and have time to ask specific questions.

Sessions include:

  • Yoga and Zen Philosophy: Dive deeper into the understanding of yoga and Buddhism; Duality vs. non-duality. Understand what are the mind afflictions that keep us from finding freedom. Doron makes it practical and inclusive so you deepen and explore further no matter how many years of practice you have.
  • Yin Yoga
  • Various types of Meditation (dynamic, Tibetan, walking, and more)
  • Yoga Lifestyle: Q&A about the yoga lifestyle; Morning routines, food options, sleep hygiene, and more.
  • Temazcal Ceremony (depending on Covid-19 regulations)

Hike along the Lake Atitlan

This is a retreat for all levels. Detailed instruction and lots of care shared to help you grow your practice. Stunning yoga space, props, and amazing views will help make this one of the most memorable experiences of your life. This retreat is for everyone interested in a more holistic yoga lifestyle.

Included excursions

  • Hike/trek along the Lake Atitlan

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.

Yoga shala

We 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. High-quality construction means that you can see the beauty in the details. The place is kept very clean and has a wonderful, welcoming energy. 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 delicious meals together.

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."

During your free time, you can enjoy some these activities

  • Walk / hike around Tzununa, up the mountains or to next-door villages
  • Sit on a rock in the river and meditate or read a book
  • Sit by the river, or on a hammock and relax
  • Swim in the lake or chill out on the dock with awesome views
  • Hike The San Pedro Volcano (with guide)
  • Kayak in San Marcos or San Pedro
  • Stand up paddle, in Panajachel or San Marcos
  • Waterfall hike (when available)
  • Get a massage in our “by the river” room
  • Join an acro / silk yoga class (when available for an additional fee)
  • Venture by boat, tuk-tuk, or foot into one of the neighboring towns for some shopping for traditional textiles, paintings and crafts, sight seeing, and a feel for some local Mayan villages
  • Fire night with Zen talk

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Temazcal

General

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

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
  • Drinks

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)

Lake Atitlan offers a plethora of different activities, including but not limited to swimming, kayaking, and hiking. A day trip can be taken by boat or tuk-tuk to the nearby villages for sightseeing and shopping, which also has a dock where local lanchas (boat taxis) stop every 20 to 40 minutes to take you to explore other towns around the lake.

San Marcos is the closest town over and can be reached by boat, tuk-tuk or walking. 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. San Juan offers more hand made stores, beautiful murals, co-ops, and a small village feel.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All yoga instructions
  • Pranayama and breathing exercises
  • Various types of Meditation
  • Tips and tricks on mastering yoga
  • Tips on integrating the Yoga Lifestyle into your life
  • Daily vegetarian/vegan gourmet meals
  • Filtered water, herbal tea and organic coffee
  • Workshops
  • Locally-sourced food, all cooked from scratch with quality ingredients
  • Trek/hike
  • Time to explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan
  • Hammocks and chill out spots around the property
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Temazcal Ceremony (depends on Covid-19 safety regulations)

What's not included

  • Excursions
  • Extra snacks and beverages
  • Transportation and transitions to and from the retreat
  • Massage therapies
  • Private consultations
  • Spanish classes

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. We can arrange a private shuttle for you.

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 around 6:00 p.m. Though there are also private boats available after this time, we'd 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 we are located.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday November 21, 2021
Departure: Saturday November 27, 2021

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