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This retreat is programmed to completely reset your whole being; old belief systems, conditioning, repetitive behavioural patterns, diet, self-image and lifestyle in general. Learn how to become your own doctor, your own healer, by achieving various tools from a 25 year experienced instructor and yogi. Surrender completely into this journey of rejuvenation, detox and wellness. Are you ready to dive into this transformational week of mental, emotional and physical cleansing through breathwork, meditation, powerful yoga practice, Ayurvedic vegan meals and community living? Find your tribe and find yourself at the majestic and energetic vortex of Lake Atitlán.
We will engage in various mind practices to connect deeper to our “Zen mind” and really learn how to get out of our own way in order to welcome more happiness and peace to our everyday lives. Side effects may include better relationships, better sleep, unconditional joy and reduced stress. Don’t wait, become the creator of your own reality now!
Renew yourself while earning Continuing Education credits!
Current Yoga Teachers will receive 35 hours of CE credits. This retreat is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as part of their Continuing Education Requirements.
Moreover by staying with us you contribute to Youth Community Center, a local educational center that we support.
"For it is in giving what we receive."
From comfortable garden-enclosed shared rooms to airy, lake view suites, the accommodation at Doron Yoga & Zen Center is eco-friendly and designed for utter relaxation.
All accommodations are new, and built for comfort and safety while being ecological. There are two lovely and spacious dormitories, which sleep 5 and 6 people and share the bathroom area.
There are also various private rooms. These rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and gorgeous lake view.
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 breakfast buffet. You then get a break to relax, read or go and explore. We are happy to help with arranging activities such as stand up paddle, boat tours, cafe tours, massage, market visits, 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 afternoon you will attend inspiring workshops, lectures, and classes:
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.
You will receive amazing hands-on assists from loving, compassionate, enthusiastic, and energetic teachers.
Your days are structured with flexibility so that you will also have ample free time to enjoy the gardens and the river, or explore the nearby Mayan villages and activities around Lake Atitlan.
The retreat starts with an opening ceremony on Sunday and ends after breakfast on Saturday.
The Doron Yoga method is Ashtanga Vinyasa-based with a touch of Zen. The classes are geared to all levels, from beginners to advanced. Beginners will always have an option to work on the basics to build strength and flexibility, while the advanced students will receive options to work on fancy poses.
Doron is a certified 550-hour yoga teacher as well as the director of the Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 300) 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 an eco-conscious yoga resort located in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Atitlán. The welcoming home is situated in Tzununá (translates to Land of the Hummingbird) which rests amongst the many exceptionally unique villages surrounding the lake. Tzununá is the perfect spot for reconnecting with yourself as it is one of the most quiet villages around, populated mainly by Mayan locals. Amongst the various reasons that make the location special is the Tzununá River that runs through the garden with many meditations spots by it. The yoga shala sits along the Tzununá River, allowing for the sound of water to flow softly and soothingly into our daily practices. Furthermore, you will find at walking distance inspiring projects nearby such as permacultural foundations, academies, herbal apothecaries and farms such as Atitlán Organics to explore. In this relaxing village in the jungle rests a beautiful waterfall with the accompaniment of a small cave that makes meditation and chanting sessions wonderfully inviting.
Additionally, when keen on visiting the neighbor villages, you may relax knowing that you are only one short boat or Tuk-Tuk ride away! The closest villages to Tzununá are; San Marcos La Laguna, an exciting venue for holistic treatments and various spiritual events, and Jaibalito, the mysterious town with gorgeous hikes that is solely accessible by boat.
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Three vegetarian/vegan meals will be served each day.
We source many of our ingredients from our very own organic gardens and locally source what our permaculture cannot supply.
The food we serve is prepared with love, passion and attention to detail. Our menu is created under the guidance of the founder and director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant, it is designed to give optimal plant-based nutrition and high energy whilst inspiring a gastronomical journey aimed to nurture body, mind and soul.
You will get great balance of raw food, cooked food (with healthy oils), fermented foods, healthy sauces, home made jams and peanut butter, homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, freshly made tortillas, signature pizza from our clay oven and so much more.
Our goal is simple: To let mother nature’s cuisine shine with all the exciting tastes, textures, vibrant colors and pure flavors.
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, 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 stay here you will be able to book exceptional massages with our hand-picked specialists from around Lake Atitlán. Each one of them is highly trained and experienced in several different therapies and able to work with you to provide you a massage that will supplement your yoga practice and help you release more deeply into your body. Enjoy our specialist’s art of bodywork while listening to the calming sounds of the Tzununa River. Give yourself the gift of complete bliss.
La Aurora International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$30 per person
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. We 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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