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14 Days Sacred Mythic Journey Yoga Retreat in Guatemala


Lake Atitlan Guatemala Yoga Retreat

  • 14 days with instruction
  • Sacred Mythic Journeys gives you the opportunity to participate in a number of sacred cacao (Mayan chocolate) healing ceremonies, a traditional Mayan fire ceremony, and a series of Mayan calendar workshops with local Mayan elders and 'tatas'. Cacao is a forgotten medicine plant - an ancient teacher and facilitator that assists you in your journey, whatever that may be. Cacao makes focus, connection, and expansion more easily accessible; it also opens the heart chakra.


    • Yoga and meditation practices
    • Heart energy medicine workshops
    • Visits to local well-known nature power spots
    • Mayan cacao healing ceremonies
    • 13 nights' accommodation
    • Daily healthy meals

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 14.



    • Instruction language: English
    • Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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    Special arrangements can be made for a private room, but this is by request only and for an additional charge per night. Please contact Sacred Mythic Journeys for more information. However, in order to maximize the experience for all retreat participants, Sacred Mythic Journeys recommends highly that everybody uses the carefully selected shared accommodations.

    Sacred Mythic Journeys always use a selection of reputable and comfortable shared accommodations, as to maintain a family and creative team atmosphere throughout your experience. Individual lodgings and rooms will therefore usually be shared by no more than between two and four people at a time, with shared bathroom and shower facilities.

    The Mayans are considered the most culturally advanced among the Mesoamerican civilizations. They also were the first true chocolate aficionados, treasuring cacao as a restorative, mood-enhancing cure-all. It became an integral part of their society, used in ceremonies, given as gifts, and incorporated into their mythologies.

    Food for the gods

    The word “cacao” possibly originated with the pre-Mayan Olmec peoples. The words “ka-ka-wa” were deciphered from an ancient Mayan drinking vessel. This is not to be confused with modern processed “chocolate”, which has been heated, sweetened, and otherwise modified, removing many of cacao’s natural beneficial effects.

    The importance of the cacao tree and its fruit to the people of Central and South America is found in their myths and legends. The Mayans inherited their knowledge of cacao from the Olmecs and became the first to use cacao as ‘currency’.

    The place where the rainbow gets its color

    The delicious sacred cocoa elixir is consumed in sacred space and with solemn ceremony, followed by meditation, chanting, breath work, dancing, and with live music. All specially designed to facilitate deep shamanic journeying, bringing insights, answers to questions, connection to your true divine nature, and bliss.

    The cacao world tree

    Chocolate plays a part in Mayan traditions. The Mayans’ sacred book, Popul Vuh, contains their story of the creation, and instead of an apple tree, there’s a cacao tree. In this myth, immortal ball-playing twins are beheaded by the gods of death. One has his head hung on a cacao tree. The magical head manages to mate with a woman who becomes the mother of twin gods. These two defeat the gods of death and then end up in the sky as the sun and the moon.


    Day 1

    Meet, introductions, and team briefing in Tikal, Guatemala.

    Day 2

    Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day one.

    Day 3

    Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day two.

    Day 4

    Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day three.

    Day 5

    Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day four.

    Day 6

    Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruined city of Tikal and El Mirador day five and travel by bus to Lake Atitlan.

    Day 7

    Day of silence, Mayan calendar workshop, and fire ceremony. Prepare the shamanic plant medicine yourself, ready for the deep ceremony work ahead.

    Day 8

    Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day one.

    Day 9

    Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day two.

    Day 10

    Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day three.

    Day 11

    Sharing, relaxation, and integration day.

    Day 12

    Heart energy workshop day one.

    Day 13

    Heart energy workshop day two.

    Day 14

    Foundational AcroYoga expression workshop and celebration dinner.

    • Marc Shackman

      Marc is the co-founder of Sacred Mythic Journeys and cosmic journey guide. After working and traveling in some very remote parts of the planet such as Tibet, Nepal, China, Tanzania, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Brazil as a scuba diving instructor, coral reef conservation project expedition leader, and keen surfer, skydiver and snowboarder, Marc realized truly with much more clarity where his life had been leading him all this time and what it had been preparing him for.

    This retreat will be held in Guatemala, the heart of the Mayan world. Within its territory, the Mayans’ greatest cities flourished, centers of commerce and culture for the Meso-American region. The greatest of these is Tikal, but there are hundreds of other archaeological sites that scientists have not even begun to study. Guatemala City itself is built on the ruins of an impressive Mayan city known as Kaminaljuyu.

    During your retreat, you will be served healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices, and herbal teas. There will be also welcome celebration and farewell meals on your arrival and departure days.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

    • Vegetarian
    • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten Free
    • Organic
    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    • Pescatarian
    • Hallal
    • Lactose Free
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 1 foundational AcroYoga expressions workshop
    • 2 days of heart energy medicine workshop
    • 3 days of Mayan cacao (chocolate) ceremonies
    • 13 nights’ accommodation
    • All in-country local ground transportation
    • Fully guided meditations
    • Healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices, and herbal teas
    • Inspirational guides and shamans
    • Local national park entrance fees
    • Mayan calendar workshop and Mayan fire ceremony
    • Soul creative element private consultations
    • Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ancient ruins of Tikal and El Mirador
    • Welcome celebration meal and farewell meal
    • Additional gear and equipment (optional)
    • Additional healing or holistic services (optional)
    • Airfares (if applicable)
    • Essential kit list items (compulsory)
    • Personal expenses (optional)
    • Travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
    • Treats and snacks (optional)

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Sacred Mythic Journeys recommend you to arrive a day early and stay at a hotel or hostel so to relax and recharge before the start of your journey or retreat. On the first day of the journey or retreat, you will meet in one pre-designated location that Sacred Mythic Journeys will confirm with you nearer to your retreat starting date.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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    14 days / 13 nights


    Arrival: Tuesday May 15, 2018
    Departure: Monday May 28, 2018

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