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Fed by the wide open views of the stunning Lake Atitlan, one of the most energetically powerful places in the world, this week-long Guatemala journey is designed to awaken the subtle receptors within us that ‘plug us in’ to nature, ourselves and to our sacred creative expression. Whether you are experiencing physical, emotional or creative blockages, or simply looking for reconnection and space, this magical retreat offers a haven of inspiration.
The Yoga Forest is a beautiful blend of eco-conscious construction with expansive and creative design. The centerpiece is the ancient sacred cave site, used for prayer and gathering for many generations and offered here as a place of ceremony for our group. Shakti Shala, where we will spend most of our time together, invites artistic expression and instant connection to the magnificent views it overlooks. Accommodation is in small and comfortable shared or private cabins, each with the stunning view, a small balcony or deck and shared bathroom facilities with warm spring water showers and dry compost toilets. Cuisine is local, delicious and vegetarian, including warm Guatemalan tortillas and locally grown coffee served fresh each day.
The property is sprinkled with bright tropical flowers, edible and medicinal herbs and the temezcal sauna is a womb of purification offering rebirth. On breaks you can take the short walk to San Marcos town, a mecca for spiritual seekers of the world and home to many yogis, musicians, healers and foodies. Enjoy the simple peace of community life in this special highland village.
See yourself here waking up to breathtaking beauty practicing yoga high above volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan sharing heart opening Guatemalan cacao and rich conversation channeling pure creative -inspiration from source itself.
Whatever the form of creative expression, it is encapsulated in the state of flow consciousness, a trance-like state of divine connection where time and space disappear and a portal is opened for channelling. The Shamanic Creativity Retreat offers a sparkling container for tapping into a shamanic state of connection to ignite creative freedom. Fed by the wide open views of the stunning Lake Atitlan, one of the most energetically powerful places in the world, this week-long Guatemala journey is designed to awaken the subtle receptors within us that ‘plug us in’ to nature, ourselves and to our sacred creative expression.
Dive deep using the indigenous medicine of cacao to sharpen your sensitivity and open your awareness. Explore shamanic techniques such as journeying, visualization, fire ceremony, medicine walks and traditional temezcal sauna ceremony with medicine songs from around the world. Work through the four directions of the Andean medicine wheel to draw up fuel from within. Activate your energy through practices such as yoga, dance, creative writing, musical jam, freeflow art, kirtan and flow consciousness exercises, based around themes designed to help you go deeper into your spiritual and creative process. Connect with the land and the lake through a memorable sunrise paddleboard journey, as well as free time in local indigenous villages, markets and in the beautiful Yoga Forest grounds.
Whether you are experiencing physical, emotional or creative blockages, or simply looking for reconnection and space, this magical retreat offers a haven of inspiration. We will work with you to support your creative visions and offer a space for cultivating energy, imagination and motivation around your manifestations.
Spark the wonder back into your daily experience. By creating space, we allow new creation.
Shamanic Creativity works on the principal of Art as a Portal. When one observes a master of an art, be it writing, or music, or dance, the common theme is a trance-like state of divine connection, a state that when maintained, results in direct channelling of pure life force and expression from the source of consciousness. In this place, life dances. In this place of oneness, all veils are removed. What is left is simply existence, manifesting in an infinite number of ways, vibrating and shimmering beyond all limit and bubbling up in unique flairs of creation.
Whatever the form of creative expression, when this state is tapped into, the creative expressor effectively steps aside. The bliss of existence, existing for existence's sake, is able to come through the artist, and emerges in otherworldly imagery, flashes of beauty, surges of harmony and rippling, responding sensation. The artist is at one with the experience, and the experience of creation itself can be likened to a deep, meditative state. In this way, an observer of this art is also able to tap into the channel offered by the creative expression, such that the art and the artist become a kind of portal into non-ordinary reality.
Shamanic Creativity draws on shamanic states of consciousness, which are accessed through journeying, meditation, visualization, connection with nature, ceremony and deep, internal yoga practice. Through these techniques we automatically become more creative as we awaken facets of ourselves. Shamans work to help a person recognize his or her own power. The shamanic journey helps us focus on what we want and need in our lives; it helps us structure our thoughts and create stories and symbolism that connect us to our deepest hopes and fears with a fresh and compassionate eye, bringing what is inside, out, into freeform, beautiful art. By becoming our own shamanic healer, we tap into the magic of being able to truly overcome experiences, including fears and grief, by transforming the experience into something positive.
Accessing our natural state of flow comes from deep connection and unity of our body, mind and spirit. When life feels stagnant, painful or disconnected, it is often the product of overthinking and lack of presence, causing resistance, worry, fear and indecision. Aligning ourselves with the movement of life force through us frees up our creative impulse and evokes a limitless state, where manifestation happens effortlessly and things seem to just… flow.
All of life is creation. It is our nature to create new ideas, and whether we are designing our bedroom, our six month plan, or our life, the way we harness our life force and human creativity is key to unlocking our most expansive version of ourselves. With a schedule designed to help you open up to the flow of expression, and a setting that induces awe, this is an opportunity to truly come back to your center.
Highlights of the Shamanic Creativity Retreat…
Daily yoga in the Yoga Forest’s sought-after Shakti Shala, with awe-inspiring views overlooking volcanos and highland Lake Atitlan
Daily ceremonial cacao and intention setting, through the four directions of the medicine wheel
Shamanic Journeying to reveal our inner source of power and inspiration
Art, music, writing, movement, mindfulness, sound healing, freestyle spoken word and visualization
Temezcal in traditional stone sauna
Fire ceremonies in an ancient Mayan sacred cave for release and manifestation
Hike through coffee fields and forests to a local spring
Inspiration from like-minded beings and stunning natural environment
Personal CreateSpace art project with support from facilitators
Self-inquiry and personal reflective practices to unplug the flow
Sustainable living and pure vegetarian cuisine in simple, beautiful Yoga Forest
Jiya is a deeply connected leader who roots her teaching in the healing energy of nature. Her teaching invites students to explore their own unique unfolding through profound awareness and trust in the wisdom of the self. Jiya is also a talented musician and sound healer who seeks out native chants and medicine songs from around the world to complement her work.
Known as the land of eternal spring, Guatemala carries the mysticism of the ancient Maya civilizations still very apparent in the traditions of the indigenous Maya people that inhabit the country. Sprinkled with volcanoes, overlooking one of the deepest lakes in the world and surrounded in natural dry forest, the omnipresence of nature in San Marcos La Laguna infuses every experience with unforgettable serenity and power.
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You will be served delicious, wholesome vegetarian meals in the ample, artistic panoramic lounge. Dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day are also included in the price of the package. Cuisine is local, delicious and vegetarian, including warm Guatemalan tortillas and locally grown coffee served fresh each day.
Optional volcano hikes are available, as well as kayaking, swimming, and enjoying the lake. Various indigenous villages around the lake are easily accessible by boat, and they offer a beautiful cultural exchange and vibrant trade crafts.
The village of San Marcos is also beautiful and walkable. There will be some time set aside for personal exploration, whether this be looking around town, taking part in lakeside activities, or taking time to create in your own way, inspired by the group activities.
On breaks you can take the short walk to San Marcos town, a mecca for spiritual seekers of the world and home to many yogis, musicians, healers, and foodies. Enjoy the simple peace of community life in this special highland village. Views of the volcanoes, lake, and surrounding mountains are abundant.
La Aurora International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Flights are easy and cheap from many international hubs. From there, Kula Collective will be waiting for you at 11 a.m. to depart to the accommodation venue.
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