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7 Days Masters of Flow: A Dance, Zen, and Yoga Retreat at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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

Become a Master of Flow with this Dance, Zen, and Yoga Retreat!

Deepen your connection to your body and yourself in this transformative week-long retreat. Find confidence through movement and learn to truly dance like no one is watching. Whether you are a seasoned dancer or a total beginner, this retreat will offer a safe, friendly, and empowering space to explore self-expression and find freedom through movement. The only requirement is an open heart and a desire for happiness!

What do Zen mindfulness, Yoga, and Dance all have in common? They all allow you the

opportunity to drop away from the noise of the mind and into the awareness of the body. Learn

to be more open, more confident, and trust your intuition rather than overthinking. Explore

new ways to move, let go of conditioning and break old patterns. Find joy in the present moment, and become a true master of flow.

Meet the instructors

Doron
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Meditation and pranayama
  • Zen dance sessions and cacao ceremony
  • Dance and movement in spirituality workshop
  • Better understand the functioning of the mind
  • Exciting evening fire-side chanting
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


19 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-out Time:
11:00

The rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) in Tzununa are simple but beautiful; rustic, yet charming. Located up the hill from Lake Atitlan, many rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view. All DYZC accommodations are new, and built for comfort and safety while being ecological. The showers have hot water, and they provide 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 wall painted art and other special arts 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 sleep five to six people and share the bathroom area. They have nice mattresses with local traditional Mayan coverings, nightstands, shelves and other storage places. They have cozy, artsy feeling.

There are also three beautiful log cabin rooms. These rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and chairs, gardens and some lake view. These special rooms have skylights and a peaceful, creative energy. Bathrooms have locally sourced slate for the showers, hand carved mirrors, and bamboo and wood elements through the room. They feature local hand crafted furniture and orthopedic beds.

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 our 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!).

We have a beautiful fire pit under the grand Jocote tree (which you may want to climb). Additionally, we've built a natural, large, ceremonial-grade sauna to help with detoxing and cleansing. We offer massages and can organize tours around the lake for you.

The DYZC was built on a high-frequency vibration land. We 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

What do Zen mindfulness, yoga, and dance all have in common? They all allow you the opportunity to drop away from the noise of the mind and into the awareness of the body. Learn to be more open, more confident, and trust your intuition rather than overthinking. Explore new ways to move, let go of conditioning and break old patterns. Find joy in the present moment, and become a true master of flow.

Your days begin with pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and yoga asana. This practice, which lasts a total of 2.5 hours, is the perfect way to start your day from a place of bliss. Practice is followed by a yummy, nutritious, super food breakfast. You then get a break to relax, read, or go explore. Doron Yoga is happy to help with arranging activities such as stand up paddle, massage, market visits, volcano hikes, and more. It is also fun to just sit on your hammock, relax by the river on the property, or chat with new friends. It is also an easy walk to the lake, where you can enjoy swimming or sitting on the dock by the water.

The retreat will include:

  • 4 Zen dance sessions (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • 1 dance and movement in spirituality workshop (Wednesday)
  • 1 dance into Yin (Friday)
  • Optional SUP Friday morning

Sample schedule

  • 05:00 - 06:15 Opening circle (arrival day)
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 07:00 - 08:45 Doron Yoga asana practice
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Afternoon dance/workshop
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Rest and optional activities (fire circle, movie night, temazcal)

Instructors

Doron Hanoch

Retreat location

Doron Yoga & Zen Center is a spiritual eco village, based on permaculture principles with 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 min walk from the lake. Hammocks hang by the river and gardens, and connecting paths are all paved with local stone.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Our founder, Doron Hanoch, has training as a holistic chef, and brings his nutritional wisdom into every dish we serve here at DYZC. Every meal is made with seasonal, local ingredients, fresh veggies, and herbal teas. Much of the food on our plates grows right here in our own sustainable gardens.

Every meal is full of special touches that elevate it in terms of nutrition. Our oatmeal, for example, is packed full of chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut, and other super foods. We grow our own coffee, bananas, avocados, lettuce, a variety of herbs and many other fruits and vegetables.

When possible, add-ons like our peanut butter, jam, and lightly fermented sauerkraut are all homemade on site by our dedicated kitchen staff. It’s a heaven for health-conscious foodies.

We can accommodate vegan and gluten-free dietary restrictions.

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:

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

Excursions will be based on group sized, and will be at an additional fee for participants. Possible opportunities include a private tour of local villages, coffee tour, indian nose sunrise hike, a local hike to a nearby town, and stand up paddle yoga with Doron!

  • 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 services

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

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily retreat sessions and program
  • Cacao ceremony
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, locally-sourced food, all cooked from scratch with quality ingredients
  • Fresh coffee and herbal tea grown in the gardens
  • Assistance in coordinating additional tours and local experiences
  • Help to make necessary travel arrangements
  • Access to Wi-Fi
  • Access to hot water showers and western toilets
  • Hammocks, chill out benches, and spots around the property

What's not included

  • Tours and excursions
  • Extra snacks and beverages
  • Transportation and to and from the retreat (Doron Yoga can organize it for a fee)
  • Massage therapies or other consultations with experts
  • Temazcal ceremony

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA).

Arrival by shuttle

Doron Yoga is happy to help arrange shuttles to the property from the airport, Guatemala City, and other popular tourist destinations around Guatemala. Please keep in mind that the lake is located several hours away from the airport, as this may affect travel times.

Shuttles can be arranged from the city to Panajachel, where you can take a public boat to the town of Tzununa, where we are located. From the docks, there will be tuk-tuks waiting to take you to the center.

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 50% 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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