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7 Days A Matter of Life and Death Retreat in Guatemala

Doron Yoga & Zen Center, Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola Department, 07014, Guatemala

Deepening, Reflective, and Life Changing Retreat

If you had only one year to live what would you do? Quit your job? Get a divorce, a lover? Begin living your dream today? The key to a joyful life is the art of understanding death. Death is the master teacher for a joyful life today. This retreat teaches you how to have equanimity in living and dying. How to live your best life today! This retreat is suitable for anyone facing death in the next 90 years. A reflective, meditative, poignant, life changing, and fun week!

Meet the instructors

Doron & Martina
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Highlights

  • Optional yoga classes
  • Deepened self experience
  • Daily meditation and pranayama
  • Doron and Tina’s personal attention throughout the week
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • All other facilities and events at DYZC
  • Philosophy and psychology
  • 6 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Hebrew, Italian, Sanskrit, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 22
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • 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
  • Naturopathic practitioner on-site
  • Reading / chill out spots
  • Can organize private Spanish classes

Program

Your days begin with pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and yoga asana (no yoga experience required). The morning practices set the tone for your day, and support a clear mind, energetic body and joyful heart. This early morning practice is followed by a yummy, nutritious, super food breakfast. You then get a break to relax, read or go explore. After a break you will find an inspiring A-Matter-of-Life-and-Death workshop until we have lunch.

After lunch you have a break for self-study, relax in your hammock, or by the river on the property, or chat with new friends. It’s also an easy walk to the lake, where you can enjoy swimming or sitting on the dock by the water.

In the afternoon we continue the A-Matter-of-Life-and-Death workshop until we have a nice dinner. On 2 - 3 evenings we will have common activities like campfire, Zen talks, temazcal, or movie night.

Instructors

Doron Hanoch

Martina Preisler

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

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."

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 – 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

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Temazcal

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

  • Cacao ceremonies
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Private yoga lessons (500 Q for 75 min and 400 Q for 60 min)
  • Reiki
  • Shamanism
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Tibetan singing bowl chakra and physical balancing treatments
  • Visit to Antigua and Quetzaltenango
  • Visit to San Marcos
  • Visit to San Pedro

What's included

  • Meditation, pranayama, one yoga class/day (it is optional! You don't have to be a yogi to participate!)
  • Three vegetarian meals each day
  • Drinking water and herbal tea
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All other facilities and events at DYZC
  • Doron and Tina’s personal attention throughout the week

What's not included

  • La Aurora International Airport (GUA) transfers
  • Excursions
  • Extra snacks and beverages
  • Spa treatments

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.

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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