8 Days New Year’s Rejuvenation Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Life Celebration Yoga Retreat Guatemala

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered 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!

Bonus! They will offer a purifying ceremony and chanting in the sauna. Get ready to become pure!

Meet the instructors

Doron
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Highlights

  • Detailed workshops
  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Osho Kundalini and zen meditation
  • Pranayama practices to enrich your energy and life force
  • Yin yoga to deepen flexibility and balance the body
  • Live in a spiritual community
  • 3 daily meals with drinks
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
Airport transfer available:
La Aurora Airport (US$140 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

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

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 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 wall painted art and other special arts 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 sleep 5 -6 people and share the bathroom area. They have nice mattresses with local 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 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.

Practice space

The yoga shala (practice space) has a beautiful cypress wood dance floor, wall to roof glass windows, and bamboo pillars. 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, lake view, super nutritious, delicious gourmet, veggie food, and best of all – great company. Travels meet to share stories, experiences, a cup of tea and a hug. Wifi available.

Surroundings

Relax surrounded by the soothing sound of the babbling river that flows through the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC)'s grounds and views of Lake Atitlan, it's volcanoes, mountains, gardens, coffee, avocado, and banana trees.

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 some zen talk.

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 afternoons we will deepen yoga practice, dance, sing and play. We will soften into yin, relax into yoga nidra, and understand better how to make resolutions actually work. Doron will guide us 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! Bonus! We will offer a purifying ceremony and chanting in the sauna. Get ready to become pure!

Afternoon workshops sample

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 may include:

  • Dr. Asana: 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.
  • Yin Yoga: Deepen your flexibility with longer held proses. 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.
  • Yoga Nidra: Doron will guide you through a deep relaxation session. This is mostly an add on to another session
  • 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.
  • Yoga Lifestyle: 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)
  • Calistyoga: Fun 80s 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.

Instructors

Doron Hanoch
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.

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 that is viewed majestically from the grounds, with volcanoes framing it so perfectly. They may just have one of the most beautiful yoga spaces in the world, consists of a huge cypress, floating wooden floor, surrounded by large glass sliding doors, bamboo pillars and jaw dropping

views. High ceilings of bamboo with extra insulation keep the temperatures perfect year round. It is a temple seating along the Tzununa River, allowing for the sound of water flow to softly calm and sooth.

They are part of the Mayan village of Tzununa in Guatemala. Located 7 min walk from Lake Atitlan, set in the valley with a river flowing through our grounds. Hammocks hang by the river and in the gardens. Paths are paved with local stone, and the Buddha café offers a place to rest, connect with new friends, read and have some delicious food (much of it from our organic gardens), homemade snacks (bliss balls, black bean brownies, muffins), kombucha and ginger beer.

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). They 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.

They build the DYZC on a high frequency vibration land. They are sure you will feel it as you come stay with them. As one guest stated: “center" seem to be the most fitting word- maybe something like dream village or yoga farm or riverbank Zen oasis. Smiling as I think of it.

Unique features

Activities

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

General

  • 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.

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

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All yoga instructions
  • Pranayama and breathing exercises
  • Zen Meditation
  • Tips and tricks on mastering yoga
  • Hands-on assists from a well-seasoned international teacher
  • Tips on integrating the Yoga Lifestyle into your life
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Filtered water, herbal tea and coffee
  • Guided meditations, programs, and workshops
  • Locally-sourced food, all cooked from scratch with quality ingredients
  • Time to explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan
  • Hammocks and chill out benches and spots around the property

What's not included

  • Excursions
  • Extra snacks and beverages
  • Transportation and transitions to and from the retreat (they can organize it for a fee)
  • Massage therapies or other consultations with our experts

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Then take a public shuttle to the town of Panajachel at lake Atitlan. They can also arrange a private / shared shuttle for you. From Panajachel arrive to Tzununa (our village), by taking the boat (lancha) in the direction

of San Marcos (Tzununa is one stop before San Marcos). The last boat from Panajachel is at 7:00 p.m. There are also private boats available. You can take a boat from San Marcos or San Pedro as well (last boat is at 5:30 p.m.)

In Tzununa, take a tuk-tuk from the dock to Doron Yoga – all tuk-tuk drivers know where they are. They can also arrange a shuttle from the airport directly to DYZC. It takes a bit longer as they go around the top of the lake, but on the other hand you get into one shuttle all the way here.

Airport: La Aurora Airport Airport transfer available: La Aurora Airport (US$140 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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