In the midst of busy lives, the constant “doing” in your life can really wear you down. That is why True Education Nature invites you to "The Elements of Connection" retreat. Join Lisa Feder and Janice Samuelson for a week-long yoga retreat on Lake Atitlan in Sololá Department, Guatemala. You will embark on a journey where you can explore beautiful and exotic surroundings as well as inquire into your inner landscape. Spend the week undoing and let go the busyness of all the "doing" in your life.
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During this yoga retreat, you will be accommodated in an intimate full-service lakefront hotel and yoga center on Lake Atitlan prepared by True Nature Education. All rooms have breathtaking views, natural decor and outdoor spaces. The property has lush gardens, a full-service spa area with a hot tub and a sauna, a fair-trade boutique, a juice bar and many places to hide away with a good book. You will stay in a room that will be shared with one to two person guests.
Harmony Spa is one of the gems of this retreat center. They offer services from massage to esoteric readings to ionic foot baths and more. All therapists are very experienced and offer their healing services on-site for reasonable prices.
Some of True Nature Education's centers have small gift shops and all of the centers are near towns where you can shop. Most but not all of True Nature Education's centers have laundry services to wash your clothes. There is an extra charge for laundry services. Please check with True Nature Education if you have questions about the availability of laundry services.
At many of True Nature Education centers, child care is available during sessions. Please let True Nature Education know if you would like to bring a child with you so they can let you know about room and meal costs.
The pace of the week will be completely relaxed with time to practice yoga, eat delicious and fresh meals, explore gorgeous surroundings, make noise, be quiet, rest, laugh, write, sing, dance as well as bond. Each day you will be offered a Hatha and Kundalini practice so you can explore different perspectives. True Nature Education trusts that you will return home with many new points of view and a sense that “being” can be even more interesting than “doing”.
True Nature Education believes in power and presence and peace. They love laughter, do not take themselves too seriously and is passionate about sharing the practice because True Nature Education has seen how vital and renewing it can be. This retreat is for men and women, experienced yoga practitioners and newbies or even the yoga-curious. All practices will be accessible to all levels of fitness and experience.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga, Nidra Yoga, Kundalini Yoga)
Lisa Feder is a full-time yoga instructor and wellness consultant living in Austin, Texas. She has had a passion for all things wellness for as long as she can remember. While working for over 20 years in the corporate world as a strategic marketing specialist, she began teaching fitness classes in her free time. This led her to explore yoga and she fell in love with the way it made her as well as her students. Her approach is balanced and she likes to bring humor, challenge, as well as deep relaxation into her practices.
Dharma Yoga Austin (Hatha Yoga)
Yoga Institute of Houston Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Kundalini Yoga)
Ever since she was a young child, Janice has loved movement and full expression whether in dance or theater. When she moved to Austin in 1979 she discovered the practice of Yoga and fell in love with it. This began her journey to the heart and a path of healing that continues to grow daily. Practicing for over thirty years, Janice shares her love and the gift of Yoga on and off the mat. In the spirit of love, she combines the energy of healing with playfulness to guide her students.
The retreat will be held at an intimate full-service lakefront hotel and yoga center on Lake Atitlan in Sololá Department, Guatemala. Lake Atitlan is quite safe and the center has never had any issues with safety. True Nature Education recommends that visitors use private shuttles for moving around Guatemala. The colorful chicken buses are quite an experience, but unless you are an experienced traveler, True Nature Education does not recommend it. Guatemala is known for its beautiful textiles and handicrafts. There are many opportunities to pick up fair trade, artisan treasures.
During this yoga retreat, you will be served 3 homemade vegetarian meals each day. Their cafe offers nourishing homemade vegetarian meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are abundant.
True Nature Education's centers do accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, vegan and non-gluten diets. They serve wholesome, fresh, organic meals that are simple and delicious when possible. The centers in Guatemala do have some of the alternative foods you enjoy in the USA but generally speaking, the diet in Latin America is simple and basic.
If you are concerned you can bring some alternative snacks to supplement your meals. For all locations, if you have dietary restrictions, please be sure True Nature Education is aware of this and they will forward the information to your destination so it can be prepared for you. The water in Guatemala is safe to drink. At the retreat centers, there is unlimited filtered water, so you can fill your water bottles.
Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts etc.). If you are on a high protein diet please let True Nature Education know in advance so they can have something for you. It may be a good idea to bring a protein bar for each day of your retreat. Some centers do offer meat options (some are included in basic tuition and others are at an additional fee).
If you like to snack, True Nature Education recommends bringing some special snacks with you if you would like to, but this is not necessary. The meals are abundant and they are confident that you will be well fed. If you have extreme allergies or strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some supplemental foods so you do not have to worry if you will have what you need. Each of True Nature Education's centers serves organic fruits and vegetables when possible.
Most of True Nature Education centers have alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Usually, smoothies and fresh juices are offered as well as sodas, tea and coffee. Extra drinks are not included in the packages and prices vary from center to center. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to tour the center and then have dinner. Dinner will always be available even for late arrivals.
Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. True Nature Education will pick you up from the airport.
Before booking the flight tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be 1 group airport shuttle each way based on True Nature Education's flight window guidelines. Please be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
In the event that the actual arrival time does not coincide with the windows (such as in the case of flight cancellation or delay), you will incur the expense of alternative transport. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to send an inquiry to True Nature Education. Policies are subject to change.
After arriving, you will go through customs and immigration (about 45 minutes depending on arriving flights). After you retrieve your luggage, you will be met outside by a private group shuttle. In some cases, you may be waiting for other group members to arrive before the shuttle will leave. You will have a beautiful 3-hour shuttle ride through the Mayan highlands arriving in Panajachel. Then, you will be met by a private boat to travel across the lake to the retreat center.
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