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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!
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.
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.
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.
Tina is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, psycho-oncologist, palliative care specialist and business administrator. She has worked as a CEO at a young age teaching her about the intensity of life and holding responsibility. For the past 15 years, she worked with cancer patients and their loved ones in Europe’s biggest university medical hospital, the Charité in Berlin. She has presented workshops and lectures and is a trainer in psycho-oncology education programs as well as caring for the dying volunteer programs. Tina is one of the teacher in the "A Matter of Life and Death Retreat".
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."
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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.
La Aurora International Airport
Transfer not provided
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.
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