8 Days Release and Manifest: A Shamanic Healing Yoga Retreat in Solola, Guatemala

  • The Yoga Forest, San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, Guatemala

8 Days Release and Manifest: A Shamanic Healing Yoga Retreat in Solola, Guatemala

  • The Yoga Forest, San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, Guatemala

Transformational Yoga Retreat Guatemala

Are you ready to live the life that wants to live you? Join this profound and transformational cleansing retreat in the western highlands of Guatemala. The Yoga Forest hopes that each individual who participates in this program comes to remember who they truly are and takes with them that which they already knew, that they are magnificent beings of light and love. You will leave feeling spiritually cleansed, emotionally empowered, and expansive!

Highlights

  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 2 medicine ceremonies
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • 1 daily Release and Manifest class
  • Healing arts and journaling
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • 7 nights' lodging
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The Yoga Forest is a conscious living retreat and transformational learning center. The center offers a unique retreat space within a tropical food forest with amazing views, comfortable beds, delicious vegetarian meals, daily yoga and meditation, and friendly community living.

The Yoga Forest offers several comfortable cabañas, lofts, and tents for the guests.

Dear soul family,

It is The Yoga Forest's greatest honor to help facilitate this profound and transformational cleansing retreat. While many ask The Yoga Forest to explain what will happen, The Yoga Forest cannot truly answer because plant medicine takes you to a realm beyond concepts and words. And while The Yoga Forest will provide you some tools to prepare for the cleanse, there is nothing that can truly prepare you for this journey to the soul. So, The Yoga Forest asks that you trust them completely and surrender to the process and know that you are guided and protected by the light you carry within.

The Yoga Forest has watched their friends and family transform before their eyes, their skin clear, and their eyes brighten as years of age pour off their bodies. While the process is at times difficult and at times spectacular, when you finish, you will know that every moment, no matter how challenging, was in complete perfection.

The Yoga Forest's teachers will be the master plants of sacred cacao and washuma. There is absolutely nothing to fear. All those that you work with have life-changing and healing experiences.

Fear can always find an excuse for why you cannot, but you can. And The Yoga Forest will be there to help, every step of the way. Trust, release, surrender, you are guided, you are protected, you are divine light, you are all one. You are you!

With immense love and gratitude,

CJ Ananda, Coby, Saraswati, and Jayananda

This is a simple and powerful program offered in a safe environment which is naturally conducive to the work of letting go of your past and manifesting your dreams. Each day’s spiritual journey will be filled with lessons that contain stories, insights, systems, and tools that can be applied to your personal and professional life. Through methods such as meditation, yoga, Reiki, healing arts, and journaling, you will practice the art of living in the present moment.

The four directions and ancient wisdom of the medicine wheel will provide an anchor for the retreat. Within the foundation of this wisdom, you find nature’s intelligence as your guide. The sacredness of the lake and mountains, the earth, and the sky that envelop you become your greatest teachers on this transformational journey.

By simply connecting to the elements, you are shown how to be in the flow of life and release that which no longer serves you personally and collectively. Trusting nature’s wisdom, you are able to accept where you are on your path and let go, knowing that you are held in the arms of mother earth, supported and connected.

From here, you are able to journey deep into the exploration of who you are and who you came here to be. Now is the time to reveal yourself to yourself. As the Hopi Elders stated, “We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.” This is the perfect opportunity to excavate your passions and gifts in order to dream your world into being.

As each of you individually steps into this path of self-realization and manifestation, you naturally create space and trust for others to do the same. In the process, you are raising your overall vibration and therefore, the vibration of universal consciousness and the world.

  • CJ Ananda

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Co-founder of Pura Vidya and Present Moment Retreat, and E-RYT 500 certified, CJ 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 training. Ananda facilitates 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training, shamanic cleanses, and transformational retreats giving each person the heartfelt attention and direct facilitation that cultivates ecstatic healing, and magical experiences.

  • Saraswati Hayley Tennyson

    School Yoga Institute (Yoga)

    In 2011, Saraswati began studying yoga with Yogrishi Vishvketu in Rishikesh, India, and since then has been diving into yoga philosophy and practice all over the world. Exploring playful connections with others in yoga practice, she traveled to Montreal to study with AcroYoga Montreal. Following a deep connection with nature and the elements, she traveled to Peru to complete a 500-hour yoga teacher training with a focus in shamanic and Ayurvedic cleansing with School Yoga Institute (SYI).

  • Coby Hadas

    Coby spent many years reconnecting with the earth throughout Latin America. He sailed the Caribbean, learning just how deeply one can relax. He led groups of teenagers through five different continents. He spent much time in India where he lived 'Baba Life', renouncing material comforts and exploring the boundaries of meditation. But between each chapter of his story, he would always return to his Shamanic teacher in Peru for study and guidance. Coby’s deep rooted interest in shamanism found its perfect complement when he married a yoga guru, CJ Ananda.

The Yoga Forest is located in San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá, in the western highlands of Guatemala. A small Mayan village, San Marcos has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility, and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy.

25 minutes venture up into the valley from Lake Atitlán, The Yoga Forest is set back from the town to create a unique retreat space conducive to growth and learning. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlán.

Nearby place

  • Lake Atitlán - 25 minutes' hike

You will have 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily during the retreat. Lunch is not included on arrival or departure days and will be charged at 50 GTQ (7 USD) if you decide to stay longer for lunch.

You can have an escorted trip down the mountain to visit the town with a local staff member and a 20 GTQ (3 USD) fee will be added to your bill. You can also enjoy weekly use of the sauna, and any other free community activities such as kirtan, satsang, temple dance, new or full moon ceremonies, etc.

  • 1 Release and Manifest class daily
  • 2 medicine ceremonies
  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily
  • 7 nights’ accommodation

Arrival by shuttle

Get to Antigua at least a day early and stay the night. Antigua is the tourist hub of the country and nearly all transportation runs through here. There are shuttles every hour from the airport to Antigua (100 GTQ, 45 minutes - 1.5 hours depending on traffic).

From Antigua, get an 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. collective shuttle (or 9 - 10 a.m. private shuttle) direct to San Marcos La Laguna (100 GTQ), 3.5 - 4.5 hours depending on traffic, roads, and weather). You can also come via San Pedro La Laguna if there are no shuttles leaving for San Marcos La Laguna (100 GTQ), three to four hours).

If on a San Pedro shuttle service, either get off the shuttle in San Pablo La Laguna and take a tuk-tuk (5 GTQ) to San Marcos La Laguna (the next town over), or go all the way to San Pedro and then take the ‘lancha’ boat (10 GTQ) to San Marcos.

From Antigua via Panajachel, take a morning collective shuttle service (90 GTQ) approximately two and a half hours to Panajachel. From Pana, take a ‘lancha’ boat (25 GTQ) from the public dock (muelle publico) to cross the lake to San Marcos La Laguna. The lancha leaves every 30 minutes until 7:30 p.m. and usually takes around one hour.

Arriving into San Marcos la Laguna, you are a 25-minute hike from the lakefront (15 minutes escorted along the mountain paths to The Yoga Forest from the back of town. Please find The Yoga Forest meeting point at Circles Cafe, just 30 meters down the path to the lake from the basketball court in the town center before 2 p.m.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Testimonials

  • Review by Anna
    10 out of 10

    "I lived at the yoga forest for a month last year while participating in the Thai Massage Immersion. I must say this is the most magical place I've ever been. It's beautiful beyond words but what really makes it special is the community. There is daily yoga and meditation and Hayley and Niss are both great teachers. We ate all family meals together starting with a meal chant/prayer. I was apart of the first Thai massage program and Niss taught us so much, our group quickly became like family. Everybody who comes to the forest comes to be healed in some way and we all have a mutual understanding. I met the most amazing people during my stay. I was literally happy every single day at The Yoga Forest. I was so happy, that I'm going to frame a big picture of my view of the lake and volcanoes from my room (Lakshmi) and put it by my bed now so I can wake up and see it everyday to bring that same vibe into my daily life. I really recommend to stay at least a week to really get to feel the magic. The longer the stay the better. "

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The Yoga Forest is set upon the mountains in San Marcos with majestic views of Lake Atitlan. The various accommodations are surrounded by lush plants and fruit trees, gardens growing fresh organic greens and stunning waterfalls. I stayed at the forest for 10 weeks studying Thai Massage, Yoga and Permaculture. The yoga classes and offerings were extremely transformational and inspiring. I stayed in Lakshmi cabin near the top of the property on top of the Wellness Centre. This 'dormitory' has the most stunning views of the lake and I often woke up in the mornings watching the volcano erupt in the distance. A powerful and healing sanctuary that I would highly recommend anyone visiting Guatemala to come experience for themselves."

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  • Review by Maris from Nicaragua
    10 out of 10

    "I went for a Thai Massage course on January, I was supposed to stay for two weeks but ended up staying for almost a month. It was an amazing, special and spiritual experience, where I found myself as well as my path again. "

    "Sometimes we tend to get lost in our daily routines, forgetting what really matters and what we really desire in the heart. The Yoga Forest offers you the space and the tools to explore yourself and find your humanity within you. "

    "I loved the quality and the taste of the food, the cleanliness of the rooms and the toilets, as well as the common areas; I loved the staff and the abundance of the different places I could find to get in touch with myself and others; I loved my teachers, the Guatemalan staff and all the people I met there; I loved what I learned in the course as well as what I learned from the experience of community living and all the contact with nature that you enjoy there."

    "I made myself the promise to come back and stay longer, and I hope I can do very soon!"

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  • Review by Gina from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed here for a week on my yearly quest to step outside my comfort zone and try something new. I loved it! I stayed in the Ganesh lodge and had the room to myself. The open air wall was amazing and I slept like a baby. The view every morning was breathtaking. The food was delicious and served community style. We all sang a blessing before each meal, ate together at 2 long tables, and cleaned up/washed our own dishes. There was one shower at the top of some (for me) very steep/slippery steps. Even though there was only a single shower for all the guests, I never had to wait to use it. I think there were 2 outhouse type bathrooms. I only used the one nearest my place. It was actually a lot cleaner and better than I was imagining. The gong woke us up at 6:00 each morning for meditation followed by yoga and then breakfast. The rest of the day depended on your purpose for being there. I attended a women's writing retreat in the morning and afternoon. (Storyteller Within) There was also restorative yoga each afternoon at 4:30. People were getting their massage certification, so you could get massages there anytime. All in all, I had a wonderful experience. Everyone was so nice and helpful- a true community!"

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  • Review by Priscilla
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I entered this beautiful sanctuary, I was incredibly inspired by all the natural beauty of the plants, the view of the lake, and all the intricate eco-friendly elements of the space. I was there for a retreat by the Kula Collective. It was truly life-changing and I will never forget all that I learned and the amazing people that I become so close with. "

    "I stayed in the Lakshmi room. It was quite a hike up, but the views were insane and worth the trek. It has lots of windows that wrap around the front. Sunrise views were surreal. The beds were comfortable and warm. There are plenty of shelves to put stuff on, but it could use some hooks to hang things up."

    "The yoga was really good and the energy of the people that worked there was great. I loved the Shakti temple the best because of the views, but the Shiva temple is also amazing with its location next to a small waterfall and pond."

    "The Yoga Forest is a great place to get away from the craziness and noise of the city. You can really tap into your inner self, do yoga, and meditate. Because of its sustainable and eco-friendly nature, there are some things about it that weren't necessarily glamorous such as the compost toilets and outdoor showers, but I personally loved that by being there I was helping nature and producing such a small carbon footprint. I was so inspired by all the permaculture and sustainability techniques and systems they had in place. There should be more places like this in the world!"

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  • Review by Mickey Myers
    9 out of 10

    "I love The Yoga Forest! Thanks for everything. Such a beautiful space with an incredible energy to learn about Permaculture and further my yoga practice. You will be missed. Shanti shanti!"

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  • Review by Carolina
    8 out of 10

    "Deep gratitude for allowing me to share and co-create my beautiful experience here. I was seeking a place to ground myself, learn and connect. All of these aspects came to fruition. I feel connected to the land, the project and all the wonderful people living and passing through. I feel like a divine flower who has set down strong roots but is transplanting herself into the world, yet will return to her nursery bed one day"

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  • Review by Ian Ruta
    9 out of 10

    "Deep gratitude for allowing me to share and co-create my beautiful experience here."

    "I was seeking a place to ground myself, learn and connect. All of these aspects came to fruition. I feel connected to the land, the project and all the wonderful people living and passing through. I feel like a divine flower who has set down strong roots but is transplanting herself into the world, yet will return to her nursery bed one day"

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  • Review by a traveler
    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/yin classes.There was 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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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    " I came to the forest for one week as a guest and ended up staying for 5! 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 a traveler
    10 out of 10

    " The yoga forest is an idylic place with the best view on Lake Atitlan. The yoga lessons were of high quality and so was the food. I wish I stayed longer (been there 5 days). I found some piece and quiet in this beautiful place. "

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  • Review by Chris from China
    10 out of 10

    " I came across The Yoga Forest purely by chance (I googled Yoga + Forest wanting to do yoga in a forest!) and fate led me to Hayley's beautiful project in the hills above San Marcos. The combination of sustainable agriculture, eco-friendly facilities, super-friendly people, daily yoga, an incredible view, delicious food and -hello- pizza night on Friday led me to extend my stay. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Ankur from United States
    8 out of 10

    " I spent a few days here around New Year's. It's nice to follow the painted rocks on the trail to eventually find this place. As a result, it's secluded, but near town. It has a breathtaking view of Lake Atitlan. My only improvement would be to have a bit more structure - but maybe that's because I was there around New Year's, and things were slower than.Even then, there's only meditation & yoga in the morning, and then a yoga class in the afternoon. So you'll have a lot of free time. I spent my free time doing meditation on my own, or reading books. It's also a great environment to socialize with other fellow travelers. "

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  • Review by Ellie Watson from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    " A beautiful, natural setting in the forest with sublime views of the lake and volcanoes. The yoga classes and permaculture workshops were great, and the food healthy and delicious. Friendly people and wonderful to get back to nature. Thank you! "

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  • Review by Cristin from Dominican Republic
    10 out of 10

    " We absolutely loved our time at the Yoga Forest. Because we were on our honeymoon, we booked the private Gilgamesh suite and it offered a wonderful view of the forest and the lake. What I liked about our stay there was:we got to experience and learn about new stuff: I discovered I loved vegetarian food, much more than I anticipated;"

    " I got to do daily yoga, which helped me relax into my vacation but also heal me from all the stress of modern life;"

    " without internet access, I was forced to disconnect from the online world, and that was good!;"

    " the people staying there at the time were very very friendly and I spent some very nice meals eating with them and learning about their adventures.we got to experience and learn about new stuff: I discovered I loved vegetarian food, much more than I anticipated;I got to do daily yoga, which helped me relax into my vacation but also heal me from all the stress of modern life;without internet access, I was forced to disconnect from the online world, and that was good!;the people staying there at the time were very very friendly and I spent some very nice meals eating with them and learning about their adventures.I really recommend it! "

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  • Review by Mai from Germany
    10 out of 10

    " The moment you arrive in yoga forest you will realise how special it is, set in the amazing hills in forest. With the backdrop of permaculture gardens, accomodation of all levels, with fantastic views looking over the lake. The food is sooo good and always more than plenty. The yoga was fantastic catering for all levels, even the mediation in the morning, guiding you through the beautiful awakening of the forest surrounding.Didn't want to leave. In fact many people extend their stays, so be prepared for this. The best part of my whole 2 1/2 month trip in Central America. "

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    8 out of 10

    " Superb, fresh, healthy food - straight from the garden there times a day; excellent yoga classes with really experienced teachers; kind and courteous local and ex-pat staff; the world's best outdoor shower; views to die for and beautiful spaces to rest, relax with a book or meditate. I cannot wait to come back. The best part of my Central American vacation."

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  • Review by Karl Pineault from Nicaragua
    10 out of 10

    " One of the best place I stay in the world. The food was delicious at every meals. The scenery was awesome and the ambiance was unique and so energizing. Thank you for your hospitality. Best owner and incredible staff. "

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  • Review by Mark & Amanda Jezek
    8 out of 10

    "Firstly, what can we say to sum it all upthe place, the view, the food, the yoga, the company, wow! The place really resonated with both of us, truly! For Amanda, being the yogi, nutritionist, and more spiritually open it suited her to a T. For me, Mark, even though not so yogi oriented, I still loved being here in such a chilled and relaxed place, open to explore.We felt so welcomed by all, from Brittany leading the majority of the yoga classes, to the interns, to Jeremy and his permaculture workshops, by the way we are going to be grafting some serious citrus trees, the lovely ladies who cooked our daily meals, the gents building everything around us, the cats and dogs for mooching around us, and lastly but not least Hayley for welcoming and creating the amazing Yoga Forest. Awesome to the max!"

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  • Review by Amy Green
    8 out of 10

    "Thank you Hayley and the team for everything. The Yoga Forest is a very special place, made with love and beautifully cared for, it was a real joy to spend a few days here. I will definitely be returning at some point in the future. I really enjoyed the permaculture talks, very inspiring, and wonderful to have yoga first thing in the morning. All the meals were outstanding, and special thanks to the ladies in the kitchen who work so hard. All the best and good luck in the future."

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  • Review by Olivia Trevino
    8 out of 10

    "6 a.m. on my last morning, gazing out over Lake Atitlan from a comfy hammock chair, I am filled with gratitude for this dream-like place and my time spent in it. If magic is real, then it dwells in places like this one.The Yoga Forests beauty radiates from the plants, the animals and above all, the people that call this home and labor each day to help it run and grow. Thank you to my friends Hayley, Petrona, Noe, and Mariana for making our stay so wonderful, and thank you to the interns Duncan, Sara, and Sally as well. I hope to return some day but regardless, will hold this time and place in my heart from this point on."

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Solola, Guatemala

The Yoga Forest incorporates sustainable living with the flow of body and mind by yoga practices to live in communion with the surrounding nature.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday December 23, 2017
Departure: Saturday December 30, 2017

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