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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Guatemala.
Come and celebrate the joy of yoga, dance, delicious food, and new friendships at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center for this New Year’s rejuvenation yoga retreat. This week will be all about celebration. The one hundred and sixty square meters of awesome yoga space with stunning views and great sound system await for your yoga practice and dancing feet. Prepare to laugh, dance, practice some powerful yet loving yoga, focus your mind like a Jedi, and love yourself and others like never before!
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 to 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. Two hours and 30 minutes 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. They 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 afternoons, you will deepen your yoga practice, dance, sing, and play. You will soften into yin, relax into yoga nidra, and understand better how to make resolutions actually work. Doron will guide you through meditations and intentions setting that will actually help you reach your goals.
Prepare to laugh, dance, practice some powerful yet loving yoga, focus your mind like a Jedi, and love yourself and others like never before. They will offer a purifying ceremony and chanting in the sauna. Get ready to become pure!
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.
Alignment, tips and tricks to create a sustainable practice, refine the basics, and master the more advanced challenges. Options are offered for all levels of practitioners. (You may learn how to better jump backs and forward or simply build more strength for it, arm balances or foundations of poses). Most retreats will host two Dr. Asana sessions, at times mixed in with some yin.
Deepen your flexibility with longer held poses. Really get your hips to open, release the hamstrings, or build up more opening in the back and spine. These sessions are sometimes mixed with other sessions.
Doron will guide you through a deep relaxation session. This is mostly an add on to another session
Dive deeper into the understanding of yoga and Buddhism; duality versus 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.
Q&A about the yoga lifestyle, morning routines, food options, sleep hygiene, and more. Recommended to read The Yoga Lifestyle, by Doron Hanoch, before the retreat. (Available on amazon and other online stores)
Fun 80's Jane Fonda-inspired calisthenics workshop, sometimes replaces part of the Dr. asana second session.
This is an Ashtanga-Vinyasa retreat, mixed with Bhakti and Kundalini, for all levels. All levels are welcome. This retreat is for everyone interested in a more holistic yoga lifestyle.
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.
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. They are part of the Maya village of Tzununa in Guatemala. Located a 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 here. As one guest stated: “center doesn't seem to be the most fitting word. Maybe something like dream village, 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.
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 the 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.
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.
During your free time, you can enjoy some these activities
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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