Storyteller Within Retreats

Women's sacred expression retreat journeys with self-exploratory writing, meditation, and yoga in beautiful natural surroundings.

Instructors 3

Aimee Hansen

Aimee works as a freelance writer, writes children stories, plays at poetry, and is writing a book about the storyteller within. She holds a 200+ hour yoga teacher certification. She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, when given the invitation. She began Storyteller Within Retreats to share in the experience of exploring humanity and stepping into courage as women.

Melanie Champagne

From a young age, Melanie has been fascinated by sacred stories and mythology. Her calling to understand human’s psyche lead her to various fields from alternative healing therapies to psychology-astrology. She passionately taught Meditation and Astrology for eleven years at Las Piramides Meditation Center in Guatemala. She is currently living in Canada and offering Astrology consultations for individuals and couples, co-facilitating heart focused retreats and holding space for women circles. She is committed to support the expansion of intuition and preserve the knowledge of cycles. ​

Heather Daya Rideout

A graduate of over 600 hours with Asheville Yoga Center's teacher training programs, Heather has lived abroad teaching yoga extensively since 2008.  She has led classes, workshops and retreats in Nicarauga, Morocco, Bali, India, Guatemala, Malaysia and Thailand. Sheis dedicated to guiding others on a path of exploring full-spectrum yoga in ways that liberate them to move, breathe and live more from the heart. Heather integrates a mix of creativity blended with a down-to-earth nature that invokes a soulful, breath-inspired journey suitable for all.

Testimonials 2

Andreas Germany

Trip Advisor Website

San Marco is special.

A hippy community since over 30 years - in harmony with the natives.

The Yoga Forest is even more so, a special place to stay for a yoga retreat or sustainable organic farming in midst of the jungle.

It's about 20 minutes walk from the village.

Prices are rather high, in comparison to those in the village, but first of all it includes the meals and there is a discounted price for a week.

A highly recommendable place with an amazing view over the lake and an indispensable visit for sustainable living.

It's even wifi free!!! That helps to unwind and arrive in the jungle.

Lisa S

TripAdvisor Website, edited

I came to Guatemala for The Story Teller Within retreat organized and facilitated by Aimee Hansen. The Yoga Forest was a beautiful venue for this retreat, located in the Guatemalan highlands, offering unparalleled views of Lake Atitlan (often cited one of the most beautiful lakes in the world ;)). The accommodations were awesome - I had the opportunity of staying in two shared cabanas, one on the lower level, and one on the upper, Lakshmi. Both were very comfortable and clean, and offered amazing views of the lake and forest.

The staff at the Yoga Forest were very welcoming and made each guest feel like family.

The food was fantastic, even for me, being a meat-lover ;)

The energy at this venue was very warm and positive. Being in seclusion, surrounded by wonderful people and the raw beauty of nature, really enhanced my retreat experience.

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