22 Days Immersion Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in Guatemala

  • The Hermitage, San Pablo La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala


Guatemala Yoga Retreat and Immersion

  • 21 days with instruction
  • This retreat is ideal, but not exclusively intended, for those with a background in yoga and current teachers looking to deepen their self-knowledge, ground themselves in their personal sadhana, and integrate the wisdom of Ayurveda further into their lives and offerings.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily meditation practices
    • Ayurvedic consultation with Tiffany
    • Private consultations with the main teachers
    • A total of 150 hours of immersion
    • 21 nights accommodation
    • Daily vegan meals

    Skill level

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
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    The Hermitage offers beautiful and simple cabins for practitioners looking to dive deeper into their own practice in a safe, quiet, and natural environment. The Hermitage, as a practitioners retreat center, offers the perfect environment for the retreat, both with its awe-inspiring landscape and its intention to support those who are giving themselves to reflection and devoted practice. The healing waters of Lago Atitlan are nearby and the whole food meals sourced from their own gardens only contribute further to the nourishment received here. It is a truly welcomed respite.

    All cabins have a beautiful view of the surrounding volcanoes and lake, and access to the gardens with a private dock for swimming and the home library of spiritual books.

    During this retreat, you will experience a working and approachable synergy between Eastern yoga practices and Western understandings and teaching methodologies. This foundational program is ideal for those with a background in yoga, serious practitioners of yoga, and current teachers looking to broaden their knowledge, enhance their teachings, and integrate more knowledge about Ayurveda.

    This course brings together a perfect blend of history, practice, and embodied exercises to truly allow you to feel well-versed in the teachings. By delving deeply into the classical wisdom and spiritual intention that is at the heart of yoga and Ayurveda, you will be inspired to discover your own fullness of potentiality and live from that wholeness.


    • Classical tantric Hatha and Laya yoga: An in-depth study, practice, and exploration of this tradition
    • Asana: Discover the profound wisdom of every unique posture
    • Bandhas and Mudras: Classical ‘locks’ and ‘seals’ that offer potent revelations
    • Pranayama: Experience daily extended practices of the classical pranayama techniques
    • Dharana: Concentration practices that amplify ones attention and clarity of mind
    • Dhyana: Daily Meditations at the beginning and end of each day

    Ayurveda teachings

    • Understanding the Doshas (constitutions) as well as Prakruti and Vikruti
    • Exploring the 3 Pillars: Diet, sleep and sex
    • Exploring the 3 Causes of Disease
    • Developing a Dinacharya (daily routine) and Rutucharya (seasonal routine)
    • AyurYoga: Applying Ayurvedic considerations to your yoga practice
    • Simple herb preparation and uses
    • Ayurvedic cooking and mindful eating
    • Ayurveda and yoga philosophy: A comprehensive series of lectures exploring the Ayurvedic and yogic understanding of life, health, consciousness, and existence.
    • Subtle anatomy: The chakras, nadis, gunas, dhatus, vayus, and koshas

    Other teachings

    • Nidra Yoga: The Yoga of Sleep, Dreams and the Power of Deep Relaxation
    • Nada Yoga: The Yoga of Sacred Sound, Rhythm and Mantra
    • Kriya Yoga: The Yoga of Purification of the physical, energetic and mental bodies
    • Tantra Yoga: Discovering the sacredness inherent in every aspect of life
    • Kirtan: Sharing of devotional song, chanting and musical celebration
    • Daily Micro-Practices and Mindfulness tools


    Ayurveda is often misunderstood and misrepresented as being an Indian system of holistic nutrition. Although Ayurveda absolutely highlights the importance of diet and offers much in the way of nutritional recommendations specific for each unique individual and their needs, its scope is so much wider and broader than this. Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditional medical systems known to the world today.

    Original texts date back to beyond the 6th century before Christ and before that Ayurveda was an orally transmitted tradition. Some claim it has existed for almost for 10,000 years. Ayurveda can be translated as: "Ayus", which means “life” and "Veda", which means “science”; “science of life” or more fittingly, “science for life”. Ayurveda understands that each person is unique and as a result, each person's path toward optimal health is unique.

    It helps individuals to know what types of lifestyle, food, colors, aromas, sounds, yoga, and touch therapy will create a state of balance and harmony in the body and mind. When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and healing takes place. Ayurveda defines physiology in terms of three forces called "doshas". The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha.

    Vata governs the physiology of motion in the body, pitta governs the physiology of metabolism, and kapha governs the physiology of structure. Each person has all three of these doshas within. The balance of these three doshas at the moment of conception defines what Ayurveda calls one's constitution or "prakruti".

    These doshas also fluctuate in accordance with how you live your life and as they increase or decrease, they cause different conditions like illnesses and disease in both, body and mind. The goal of Ayurveda is to restore the proper balance of these physiological forces. This is accomplished by utilizing the senses properly and living a lifestyle aligned for health and wholeness.

    In addition, Ayurveda is one of the most advanced herbal sciences in the world. Herbal medicine plays an important role in Ayurveda. Other tools often used by the Ayurvedic practitioner include yoga, meditation, purification programs (pachakarma), and lifestyle coaching.

    • Tiffany Nicholson-Smith

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

      Tiffany Nicholson-Smith is a radiant yogini, an Ayurvedic practitioner, and a lover of life, who is known for bringing her clarity, abundant energy, and aspiration for truth into everything she shares and offers. A world citizen and sacred activist, she approaches life with an open heart and an inspired mind. Tiffany has studied and retreated extensively with various teachers in India and around the world, immersing herself deeply into Tantric, Hatha, and Kundalini yoga, Advaita Vedanta, spiritual nutrition, Ayurveda, compassionate communication, and sacred sexuality.

    • Kristof Wittstock

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

      Kristof Wittstock is a down-to-earth spirit, who is known for his clear dedication to truth and his humble heart. He has had the opportunity to study for the last 20 years with various teachers and schools, most situated in India, and steeped in the traditional, classical wisdom of Hatha, Laya, Kriya, and Kundalini yoga. Kristof also has a deep respect and love for Buddhism and has retreated extensively in the Theraveda tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric yoga, meditation, and Buddhism.

    This retreat will be held at The Hermitage in San Pablo La Laguna, Guatemala. The Hermitage is a retreat center set on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. The Hermitage is an off-grid retreat center that supports and maintains permaculture gardens and sustainable living solutions.

    During this retreat you will be served three daily delicious vegan meals.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Vegan
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 1 Ayurvedic consultation with Tiffany
    • 3 daily delicious vegan meals
    • 21 nights accommodations
    • 150 hours of immersion
    • Continuing education credits
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Full yoga and Ayurveda program
    • Private consultations with the main teachers to set and clarify goals
    • Additional activities
    • Additional transportation
    • Airfare
    • Airport transportation
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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      Review by Roger Morter from Nicaragua

      Incredible Teaching in a Fantastic Location

      CONS Cons: Larger group occasionally was too much for single bathroom facility.

      PROS Pros: Content of teachings was really comprehensive and included 'tasters' of a large variety of practices and techniques. The centre is set in a beautiful and peaceful lakeside location. Healthy vegan food.

      7.5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-29 16:22:54

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      Review by Emily Corkery from Canada

      PROS Pros: Beautiful property with a lovely couple that runs it all. Delicious homemade vegan food. Off grid with outdoor shower and compostable toilet.

      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-15 13:35:37


    • Review by a traveler

      "The yoga teacher training from Living in the Self with Tiffany and Kristof is absolutely unlike any other. It has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn’t know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging and rewarding things I have ever done."

      Living in the Self website, edited

    Peterborough, Canada

    Living in the Self offers retreats, courses, and offerings worldwide, which focus on yoga, meditation, tantra, and Ayurveda.

    Speaks English

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    22 days / 21 nights


    Arrival: Sunday April 1, 2018
    Departure: Sunday April 22, 2018

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