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Relájate con paisajes inspiradores y la belleza que te rodea. Únete a este viaje sagrado de autoexploración, a través de meditación, yoga y escritura con The Yoga Forest en el lago Atitlán, Guatemala. Únete a un círculo de mujeres para expresarte, liberarte y descubrir en la escritura un canal para hacerte vulnerable y abrirte por dentro. ¡Estás invitado a inhalar, exhalar y conectar con tu voz interna!
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The Yoga Forest offers beautiful shared cabins with comfortable beds, panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga, and Mayan sauna in dream surroundings. Retreat guests will stay in shared cabanas of up to four people. Made of bamboo frames, adobe walls, cypress, and thatched palm roofs, each cabana features Guatemala furniture, Mayan fabrics, and Indian textiles. Cabana living is attuned to the natural electricity - free rhythm of day and night.
The Yoga Forest has been built using various natural and traditional building methods. They use solar energy for simple electricity and hot water, natural grey water filtering systems for the kitchen and two outdoor showers. There are no private bathrooms. Compost facilities are outdoors with outstanding views. This is a real chance to disconnect and re-treat yourself to the experience of going inwards.
Find yourself in a gorgeous forest setting with magical views of Lake Atitlan. Watch the sun rise over the volcanoes. Practice meditation and yoga in an open-air shala. Gather for intimate expression and sharing. Indulge in delicious vegetarian food. Join night ceremony by candlelight. Fall asleep to the natural rhythms and sounds of the forest.
In this retreat, we ourselves are the art form; this retreat is not only about writing as a subject or art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life we are gathering together to rise it up. Prompted writing and sharing is a channel. This retreat is an opportunity to explore and embrace your role as the storyteller of your life encouraging you to delve into the voices within and open up the narratives you live through, to step more fully into who you are each day, into your own courageous story.
The four directions (embodied by the serpent, the jaguar, the hummingbird, and the eagle) provide a thematic framework to inspire your sacred journey. They beckon you to an adventure of higher levels of perception and connection, to detach from self-limiting stories and come back to your heart and your courage. You are inspired to become more aware of how you influence your reality so you may envision your life into greater beauty. You will plunge deeper into the center of your wild, knowing and beautiful feminine nature, calling her to rise in strength as you journey.
With daily guided meditation and yoga, you reconnect with the direct sensory experiences of your breath and your body, and become increasingly aware of the power and influence of the energy you bring to each moment. Meditation and yoga support you to reach beyond your daily thoughts and become more present to the moment and to yourself. Through stillness and movement, you listen deeper within, open up, and release.
In your women's writing circle, you raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory exercises. In addition to verbal prompts, you may bring in movement, images, nature, or sound. You will find that prompted writing gives you a key inside and somehow you are more able to sneak past your internal filters to unlock fierce personal truths and insights. The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, spark your imagination, and connect more deeply to energies within and with each other. The alchemy is in the sharing.
With raw expression, you will play at exploring the inner stories that constrain you and your perception, such as character roles you play, limiting beliefs you animate, narratives you create and recreate, and the words that entrap you. You will open the possibility to transcend these creative blocks of your creative energy. You will practice giving your feelings form, putting them into motion and expression so they can transform. You will play with the creativity of perspective, exploring how to rewrite your experiences, reclaim your narratives, and own your role as the storyteller of your life. As you explore your inner stories with honesty and compassion, you will feel your voice begin to emerge more authentic and true. You will let awe and mystery back in.
You may participate in evening healing sessions (sound, movement) and ceremonies for renewing wise and wild guiding energy. These will complement the writing journey in inviting back and empowering your heart and soul voice.
06:30 - 07:00 Sadhana meditation
07:00 - 08:30 Holistic Hatha flow / Vinyasa flow
08:30 - 09:30 Delicious breakfast
10:00 - 12:30 Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion
12:30 - 13:30 Delicious lunch
15:30 - 18:30 Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion
18:30 - 19:30 Delicious dinner
19:45 Sauna, circle, or healing sessions (some evenings)
Your week will include a couple long breaks to relax, hike, swim, kayak, receive a treatment, or explore the village(s). A couple restorative yoga afternoon classes will be available during the week. Meditation, yoga, and the intimate sacred circle for writing will be women only and privately held. Meals will be shared with other guests, women or men (the retreat center holds 20 - 30 guests, including the group).
Optional excursions include:
Hike along the lake to a poolside lunch location
Visit to San Juan, famous for local colorful weavings
Aimee works as a freelance writer, writes children stories, plays at poetry, and is writing a book about the storyteller within. She holds a 200+ hour yoga teacher certification. She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, when given the invitation. She began Storyteller Within Retreats to share in the experience of exploring humanity and stepping into courage as women.
In the rural highlands of Guatemala, The Yoga Forest perches high in the forest overlooking Lake Atitlan and three majestic volcanoes. San Marcos La Laguna is a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlan in the western highlands of Guatemala. It has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility, and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy. It is often quoted as the most naturally attractive and peaceful village on the lake.
The Yoga Forest is a 20-minute gorgeous hike into the valley from San Marcos, with an entrance of stone steps leading to this surreal spot, where the adventurer is richly rewarded with dreamlike views. Inspired by the creative union of yogic and permaculture principles, this location provides an eco-friendly living experience in harmony with nature.
All meals are vegetarian. The Yoga Forest is dedicated to growing food organically and understanding the organic nature of people's relationships to food, the environment, and the people within it. Food is prepared outdoors with a beautiful rocket stove and barrel oven installation. Smoothies are blended using a bicycle blender with much joy. Food will be provided three times daily for all participants.
Grab a meal down on the lake
Have your Mayan birth chart read
Hike Indian Nose for an early morning mirador
Permaculture tour at The Yoga Forest
Receive a massage, Reiki, or other holistic treatment
Sauna at The Yoga Forest
Swim and kayak in Lake Atitlan
Visit to local villages and shop local crafts
The closest international airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, four hours away from San Marcos. The village of San Marcos La Laguna is easily accessed via shared shuttle or private shuttle, morning or afternoon, from either the airport or Antigua (3-4 hours).
Private shuttles can be arranged for a direct service from Guatemala City to San Marcos La Laguna for a cost of 800 GTQ (110 USD), or less if you arrive at the same time as other participants. Please send an inquiry to Storyteller Within Retreats to arrange this for you. Shared shuttles are regularly available either from the airport, Antigua to San Marcos directly, or via Panajachel (followed by a boat to San Marcos). Both options take around four hours.