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31 Days 300-Hour Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training

  • The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Overview

Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala

Explore a fusion of the practice and philosophy of the mystical traditions of yoga, shamanism, ancient wisdom, tantra and sound healing. Step into the wisdom of self (vidya), as you journey through the shamanic worlds, experiencing yoga as union with the divine.

Highlights

  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Daily yoga teaching, healing, living, and practicing
  • Explore the beautiful forest gardens, waterfalls and natural abundance
  • Live in sustainably built eco-cabins and experience conscious off-the-grid living
  • Swim or kayak in the beautiful Lake Atitlan
  • Live in permaculture food forest
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 30 days with instruction
  • English
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Participants can either choose shared cabana, private circus tent, or private room.

Lower world: Advanced creative sequencing and adjustments, therapeutic yoga and trauma sensitivity, pre-natal

Deepen your personal practice and teaching of yoga throughout this cycle with advanced asana analysis and adjustment techniques. You will explore the art of teaching methodology in detail and creative sequencing. Incorporating approaches to yoga teaching for special populations such as pre-natal and older populations, and you will learn how to diagnose and treat disease in the body through therapeutic applications to yoga asana. Together you co-create holistic classes from a variety of lineages, artistically weaved together with themes and intentions, encouraging advanced levels of awareness throughout the program.​

Middle world: Shamanic and energetic healing, holistic cleansing, ancient wisdom, tantra, ayurveda and yoga philosophy

Focus on the expansion of our own sacred consciousness in the context of shamanic healing, holistic cleansing and ancient wisdom. By releasing the stories and holdings that no longer serve you, you create more space to see your gifts, and the essence of who we are as teachers and beings on this path of Light and Oneness. Connecting to the essence of the true teacher within, you are able to integrate the wisdom of your own yoga with the deep wisdom of Native American earth medicine, shamanic practices, subtle energy systems and other healing practices of the world. Exploring ancient wisdom traditions and deepening our understanding of the timeline of Yoga as you study the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, providing you the tools and understandings for you as teachers to weave together authentically inspired intentions and themes into your practice and into your classes.

Upper world: Yoga of sound; nada yoga, mantra and deep listening, bhakti bliss and yoga nidra

Uncover your heart’s true voice through ancient and modern practices of Bhakti (the Yoga of devotion) with ceremonies of sacred song, Kirtan, Bhajan and Mantra practice. ​Learn to introduce musical themes to classes and invigorate your own understanding with the science and philosophy of Nada Yoga —the Yoga of inner and outer sound. Through the art of deep listening you come to awaken a profound presence. Refresh your understanding of consciousness and meditation in the lessons of Nidra—the Yoga of sleep and deep relaxation as you equip your tool-bags with a therapeutic and healing gem. In this cycle you will be encouraged to find your unique creative expression using sound, mantra and mystical poetry, the power of your word and creative process as you enhance your teaching and offerings with the wisdom and freedom of expression and emotional integrity to better serve yourself and your community.

Sample day

  • 06:30 - 09:00 Art of practice: meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Art of living/teaching: yogic philosophy, theory and diet, yogic living and daily intentions
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Art of teaching: Kula Flow, asana analysis, adjustments and yoga anatomy
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Art of healing **every other evening**: ceremony, kirtan or satsang sacred gathering

For 300-hour training, Kula Collective recommends that you have been teaching yoga for at least one year before participating.

Swim or kayak in the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

CJ Ananda Page

Co-founder of Pura Vidya and Present Moment Retreat, and ERYT 500 certified, CJ Ananda is a renowned teacher of yoga, dance and meditation. She has combined her joy of these self-healing therapies with her experience as a wellness leader and healing practitioner to create international retreats and trainings. Ananda facilitates 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher trainings, shamanic cleanses and transformational retreats giving each person the heartfelt attention and direct facilitation that cultivates ecstatic, healing and magical experiences.

As a teacher, she sees each of her classes as an opportunity to hold sacred ceremonial space. Integrating her teachings and passions, Ananda has developed a system of intentional-based healing that draws on the philosophy that we are all a part of a collective life force that is driving us towards greater consciousness. By exploring our gifts and expanding our relationship with higher self, we come into alignment with our inner purpose of awakening. Through our collaborative efforts and unified intentions, we magnify the richness of this life's experience.

Saraswati

Fascinated by the similar concepts fundamental to yoga philosophy and permaculture a seed of intention and inquiry was planted deep within. She began fusing these principles as the idea of conscious community rooted in deep green yoga began to germinate in early 2009. Her thirst for knowledge and connection led her to Rishkesh, India to the teachings of Yogrishi Vishvketu where she completed a 200-hour Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) and found a holistic approach to wholeness and the balance of mind-body and spirit. A deep desire for conscious green living practices inspired her to study permaculture with founders Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia in 2012. Exploring playful connections with others in yoga practice, she is also a certified AcroYoga Teacher with AcroYoga Montreal, as she discovered a fun and dynamic creative expression of trust and connection in community. The following year she traveled to Peru to complete a 500YTT with a focus in shamanic and ayurvedic cleansing with School Yoga Institute (SYI).

Randi Schiffman

Randi, E-RYT 500 is influenced by many traditions such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative. She has facilitated over 25 international 200/500hr yoga teacher trainings since 2010 and has helped to establish an experiential permaculture and yoga retreat center on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Randi continues to teach and practice wherever she is in the world. She currently offers 200/500hr yoga teacher training courses and retreats in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Thailand. She is also a certified Thai masseuse. She teaches with a strong energy and passion for the practice which supports her compassionate, graceful and intuitive nature. Her expertise is in art of touch and alignment and is well known for her creative sequencing.

Randi is often referred to as a teachers teacher. You will become practiced in the fine art of physical and energetic adjustments and will leave with an in depth knowledge of the hands-on relationship and energetic exchanges present between people. This awareness of the physical and energetic bodies can be subtly aided to bring a deeper level of connection and experience to yourself and others. She makes sure her students understand that everything you do on the mat is an opportunity to apply it to your everyday living off the mat. She serves as a mentor for new and experienced teachers through her private mentorship program.

J.R. Jayananda

Certified ERYT-500 studying in depth in India traditional Ashtanga, Satyananda, and Sivanada styles of yoga to bring about an approach based in tradition yet modern in its understanding. From the philosophies of the scriptures to neuroscience and transpersonal therapy we find just how our practice rooted in this quality of meditation will transform our life.

A multi instrumentalist, in all classes you can expect there to be a musical quality as he adds the wisdom of bhakti and nada yoga, devotional song, and deep listening. This healing sound carries a strong message for us all as it carries us deep into the space of ceremony of which shines the wonders of the medicine path and the many healing tools that have been initiated through Jayananda.

Jiya Randall

Jiya is YA-certified at the ERYT-300 level and has facilitated both intensive and module-format teacher trainings at RYT-200 and RYT-300 levels for several years, through Kula Collective, Holistic Yoga School, International and School Yoga Institute. Following her degree in Physics at Imperial College, London, Julia worked as an energy consultant and part time writer in London, UK, before moving to Central America in 2009 to pursue a life centered on yoga and holistic health. British by birth, Jiya is now based in Guatemala and teaches in Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Greece, USA, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Peru.

Julia's powerful connection to nature, passion for music, writing and creative expression, deep connection to the natural healing arts, and scientific background have given her a thoroughly holistic understanding of yoga and its philosophy. Her colorful experience of the world comes through in her unique metaphors, powerful visual meditations, and shamanic journeys. Her passion for sound is felt as she shares medicine songs in sivasana, heals with sound tools in the deepest poses, and enlivens hearts through vibrant kirtan circles. Her compassionate teaching style invites students to explore their own experience and understand the process of healing from a personal, unique standpoint, calling on many rich and varied techniques to bring the entire being back into balance. In all her offerings, alongside yoga, Julia specializes in holistic health, bringing in a range of practices including energy healing; shiatzu, massage and aromatherapy; sound healing; shamanic healing, fire and cacao ceremony; pre- and post-natal care; nutrition and herbalism; and personal coaching.

This retreat will take place in The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Kayaking
  • Massage nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden

During this retreat, you will eat delicious vegetarian meals sourced from the organic gardens and local producers.

  • Shop for beautiful textiles and handicrafts in local indigenous villages
  • Various therapies
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga teaching, healing, living, and practicing
  • Explore the beautiful forest gardens, waterfalls and natural abundance
  • Live in permaculture food forest
  • Live in sustainably built eco-cabins and experience conscious off-the-grid living
  • Swim or kayak in the beautiful Lake Atitlan
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Yoga Alliance certification
For information about the booking conditions, please send Kula Collective an inquiry.
  • Review by Jake Ferree

    "I wanted to take the time and share a massive amount of praise for the 300hr training that I just completed in Peru. I know words can never express the amount of gratitude that has filled my heart but I will give it a try. The course was above and beyond all of my expectations. It seemed like every other day the facilitators had another surprise trip and/or present for us. The days were long, waking up at 5:30 a.m. every morning and staying in classes until 9 p.m. every night, although the days were long and jam packed with classes they seemed to still go pretty fast and I found myself completely engaged in all of the lessons. All of the facilitators put their whole heart into their teachings and it was definitely felt and fully received. The connections that I made on this journey and all the self work that I was able to accomplish wile I was there will be something that will forever change me and something I will forever be grateful for. This trip was definitely a life changer and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to enhance their knowledge mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Thank you thank you thank you."

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  • Review by Veronica
    10 out of 10

    "Hey, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my entire being. My life has been forever changed, for the better, all because Jessi responded to my call and offered me a scholarship. If not for that moment, it may have taken me a lot longer to find the peace and happiness I embody now. I feel eternally grateful, and have an immense amount of love and respect for all of my facilitators: Jiya (Julia), Kali (Jessi), Tarzan (Zach), Anahata (Bonnie), and Madonna (Krystalin) ... your wisdom and passion was incredibly moving and real, and was just what my soul was seeking. Your intentions are so true, and I am honored to have been your student. I in fact, hope to see some of you again when it's time for my 300-hr! Eternal love and light, "

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  • Review by Paula from USA
    10 out of 10

    "After 27 days away in Mexico I am home. The experience was by far the most beautiful healing I've personally felt in my life. I am a Certified Kula Collective Yoga Teacher! And dam proud to be a part of the kula experience and crew for life! Our instructors CJ Ananda Page and Randi Schiffman brought a love to the experience that I am not even able to put into words. It was very clear that these two women are full of integrity and passion for their dharma. Thank you Kula!! I had the support of many friends and family members. I love you guys. A special thank you to the guy who has always seen the greatness within me. The one who is always there for me. Supporting me in every way possible. This experience would not have been possible without you Wade Martin. He has been busy preparing my studio for my return. How lucky am I right!?It's so amazing. I cannot wait to spread the wisdom and love. Stay tuned for the healing and yoga schedule at Orchid Awakenings studio in Radville!"

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  • Review by Seth Martiniuk

    "I attended the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in May 2015 in Mexico, and it was an absolutely fantastic experience, largely because of the two talented and knowledgeable teachers. CJ Ananda Page brought knowledge, passion to every class and despite the gruelling, all day schedule she maintained a high level of energy and presence throughout! She created a safe learning environment with her calm and compassionate manner, allowing the students to feel as comfortable as possible while learning new skills. Whenever you have a teacher that has the practical knowledge, combined with passion for the subject, you end up having happy, well taught students! I truly feel lucky for all that Ananda brought to the course, her value to our experience cannot be understated.” Thanks so much Kula!"

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  • Review by David May
    10 out of 10

    "Ananda and Coby both embody the true nature of the yogi and divinity within us all with their light, knowledge, and dedication to growth, whether its their personal evolution or their student's evolution! Not only do I feel prepared to build my business as a yoga instructor and fitness professional after our time together, but I feel prepared to do it with all of me. I feel that I am ready to put myself in everything I do! They each helped me open doors inside of myself so I could grow. I came to our training together at a point in my life where I felt I knew what I was, a spiritual being, but I had no idea who I was, as a yoga teacher or human! It is the very essence of Coby and Anandas nurturing nature and knowledge of yoga that aided my growth as a yogi back into my true self! My roots took hold deeper into my soul and I relearned my true nature. Through listening to each of them, I gained extensive knowledge. Through watching each of them I gained examples of growth. And through all of our learning, I became permanently rooted to each of them. Something deeper than teacher and student. Something deeper than friends. Something deeper than family. Something deeper than these words. We all (the entire group) became one, all thanks to their gracious, nurturing guidance. I feel beyond blessed that my1 path crossed with these two souls!"

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  • Review by Martiniuk
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in May 2015 in Mexico, and it was an absolutely fantastic experience, largely because of the two talented and knowledgeable teachers. CJ Ananda Page brought knowledge, passion to every class and despite the grueling, all day schedule she maintained a high level of energy and presence throughout! She created a safe learning environment with her calm and compassionate manner, allowing the students to feel as comfortable as possible while learning new skills. Whenever you have a teacher that has the practical knowledge, combined with passion for the subject, you end up having happy, well taught students! I truly feel lucky for all that Ananda brought to the course, her value to our experience cannot be understated. Thanks so much Kula!"

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  • Review by Gaia Good
    10 out of 10

    "I was unbelievably blessed to have Ananda as my teacher and guide during both my 200-hrs in Mexico and 500-hrs in Peru, both were completely life changing experiences. Ananda held a beautiful sacred space as she supported us in our transformation from a place of complete unconditional love. Ananda helped me to understand that I can live my dream and live as the light. The wisdom that was imparted intertwining the shamanic practices of the Americas with the traditional yogic practices of the East was fascinating and creates a holistic way for us to move spiritually forward into our new connected earth. Ananda's teaching clearly comes from a depth of knowledge, wisdom and experience, and was shared humbly, providing an abundance of space for our expansion. Ananda embodies the bliss that can be found in the present moment, representing that our existence is our creation, that what we create comes from what we are, which is love. During the trainings we were gracefully lead to raising our vibration, bringing us into union with the divine. I met soul family and discovered infinite love, I will be eternally grateful! I love you dear soul sister!"

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  • Review by Silvia Gallo
    10 out of 10

    "It was with much gratitude, love and respect that I thank you for having the courage and enthusiasm to follow your yogic journey. As a result I was honored with a teacher. You are patient, focused, wise and giving. It was inspiring to observe your unwavering commitment to guide 13 women (myself included) through a mind, body, soul journey. You were encouraging, nonjudgmental and demanding when needed (the appropriate amount, of course). You were the wise observer yet you were also a bright light, full of smiles and fun. I know that I will speak to my own students some day of my teacher and they will see admiration and gratitude on my face. I hope our paths cross again. Until then I pull strength daily from remembering your commitment and recalling the courage that not only you displayed but my fellow students that through your guidance and energy are now certified yoga teachers! Yeah!!! Namaste and lets Om it out!:)"

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  • Review by Mikaela Hardwick
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my 200-hr training with Randi in Guatemala in February 2015. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. It was a life changing experience and I couldnt have done it without Randi. I was very homesick and Randi was so understanding and loving. She is an incredible yogi and always makes you feel like you can do more. I learned so much from her; its hard to do yoga without her! She is still my favorite yoga teacher I have ever had! I would highly recommend taking any class, training, or retreat with Randi. I promise you will not be disappointed! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Hristina Georgieva
    10 out of 10

    "I left the yoga teacher training with abundance of gratefulness for what I've learnt, and life in general. I wouldn't have achieved such a state if it wasn't for the path that our main facilitator, Jiya, opened for us and guided us through each day. Her teaching style was super fluid, open and deep, it simply felt effortless from her side. I respect and love the endless patience that she showed throughout the training. She was always present, holding the space for us, aware of the material delivery deadlines but also of our progress and our mood thus was able to easily adjust the tempo. Her music passion definitely rubbed off on me, she has an amazing voice :) And overall she has this effortless ability to share with and without words or actions her light and wisdom."

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  • Review by Hana Pepin
    10 out of 10

    "It is a dedication to asking the questions, Who Am I? What is my purpose? How can I serve? In becoming a part of this world wide Kula family I have been blessed to have such incredible guides on this spiritual path. The community of beings that come together are here to awaken, to create and to heal the self and one another. I have spent the last month in Peru with Coby, Ananda, and Randi as facilitators and my life has shifted. When in their presence I feel a part of something greater, more vibrant and so much more alive. The program offered me space to discover who I truly am, to feel safe and protected while exploring sides of me I was unsure of. The integration of yoga, mantra, ayurveda, shamanism, plant medicine, Andean and native American culture along with many more is brought together so well by this diverse group of light beings. Every moment became a new opportunity to sink into the heart and to lead from this space of greater awareness and peace of mind. When we step into our darkness we become more aware, more mindful and more awake as we enter the light. We become capable of letting go of past beliefs, ideas, habits, and thoughts that no longer serve who we are, in the Now. We are emptied of the old stagnation and become full of spirit. I am grateful for this wonderful experience to have learned such assurance of these things. I have truly received all the wisdom and knowledge I had been seeking and manifesting because of this program with Kula. Many thanks and many more fun times to come! Kula Aho. Namaste."

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  • Review by Elizabeth Cohn-Martin
    10 out of 10

    "I came into creativity and yoga retreat after a very academically, mentally and emotionally stressful semester in New York City. While I was pretty fatigued and exhausted initially, the transition into the workshop brought a tremendous amount of relief and an influx of joy that I had not felt in a long time. I consider myself quite lucky to have been able to offer myself such a fantastic gift and can fully vouch for the benefits of this experience. This retreat is very special for many reasons. The obvious reason is that it merges creativity development practices with yoga practices. I have yet to find a workshop or retreat like this elsewhere and think that it is powerful to merge these two practices, as the physical practice of yoga enables the mind to become much more malleable and open to creative flows and desires. Being able to use the physical practice in a way that directly supports creative development is super special and really quite useful for the support of all different kinds of creative practices. Zach helps to clarify and direct those creative instincts while Jessi crafts the physical practice as a meditative and spiritual journey that distinctly feeds the creator or artist in each of us."

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  • Review by Jonathan Barcant from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Filled me with confidence to take my practice into the world. I had the pleasure of being a student to Randi's Thai yoga massage training at the Yoga Forest on beautiful lake Atitlan, in January 2015. Randi's got a fun, kind, loving, and also kind of hilarious energy that is so warm and enjoyable, and I loved getting to spend two weeks with her as a friend, mush-partner, and student her techniques of teaching of Thai massage are very clear, and her touch and demonstrations are great, and give a sweet feel of what Thai massage is all about. I've definitely taken a little bit of her along with me into my own practice wherever I go now, and for anyone thinking of getting a massage or taking a course with Randi, I give my strong recommendation. Enjoy."

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  • Review by Hannah Ornsby from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I came to the forest for one week as a guest and ended up staying for five. I signed up for the lunar yoga immersion course which ended up being the best decision of my life. Hayley is an incredible teacher with so much wisdom to share. It's a brilliant course with 1 hour meditation and 3 hours yoga a day, alongside a 2 hour wisdom theory class a day, which were so amazing. I learned so much and would recommend anyone interested in yoga, consciousness deepening practice or teacher training to come here. I'll be back for my teacher training for sure. The forest is so beautiful and amazing place to go and visit, the permaculture farm, food, cabanas, yoga platforms, and chill out spots are all amazing. I had the most incredible time and made friends for life. Everyone is super genuine, supporting, and beautiful at the forest. It will always remain as one of the most special experiences of my life."

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  • Review by Dawn Hyde from USA
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at the yoga forest was nothing short of amazing. My experience in the lunar yoga immersion far surpassed all of my expectations. The land is beautiful. The daily routine at the forest is full of sweet rituals: We would rise early with the sun to practice meditation, and asana. After nourishing meals, there were philosophy and permaculture lectures, and restorative yoga in classes. There were plenty of opportunities to participate in sacred ceremonies which included many offerings, such as fresh flowers, chanting, music, and sharing. After that I would then settle into my tent under the moon and stars. I've never felt so connected to a community, the earth, and myself as I did during that transformational month at the yoga forest. The lunar yoga immersion program was wonderful. Hayley is one of the most incredible yoga philosophy teachers that I've ever had. Her patient guidance on this path will be unforgettable. The wisdom classes that she taught were a true gift, and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to study under her. The program that she has created really allowed me to venture deep within my consciousness. She created a loving and supportive space to help me shed the layers of myself that no longer serve me, and to shine my light brighter. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to reconnect with their hearts, their bodies, and the earth. Thank you."

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