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8 Days The Alchemy of Living - Ayurveda, Peace of Mind, Meditation, Yoga Retreat Guatemala

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

Transformational Guatemala Yoga Retreat

Imagine you were given a week in which all the layers of yourself, body, mind, emotions, and spirit were nourished and taken care of and where you were given knowledge and practical tools to carry on back into your daily life. This retreat offers the space to rest, cleanse, and energize on all levels. Arts of the Wild Heart is creating for you a rich and tranquil environment for learning, relaxation, and transformation. You will emerge nourished and replenished knowing how to integrate this wisdom into your life.


  • Daily yoga session
  • Temazcal, birth into being & breath work
  • Daily deep relaxation and meditation sessions
  • Guided visualizations, group process, movement & dance, and cacao ceremony
  • Practical guidelines for a healthy daily routine, diet, and detox
  • Ancient teachings of Ayurveda for harmony and well-being
  • 3 delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals a day
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodation is in a shared wooden eco cabin with 2 floors, 2 people on each floor, super comfortable beds, and an amazing view.

Integrating the ancient teachings of Ayurveda for harmony and well-being, you will receive practical guidelines for a healthy daily routine, diet, and detox to illuminate your entire being. You will also be weaving in a transformational work using guided visualizations, group process, movement, cacao ceremony, and much more.

The yoga & meditation practices

  • Cultivating the fundamental principles of awareness, concentration, and relaxation
  • Expanding the consciousness and liberating the creative dormant energy
  • Aligning the body-mind-spirit
  • Balancing the nervous and hormonal systems
  • Self-healing and mind balance

The Ayurvedic teachings exploration

  • Ayurveda & yoga philosophy, cosmology, and psychology
  • Overview of the different body-mind archetypes
  • Ayurveda's approach to health & well-being
  • Lifestyle, food, and medicine in Ayurvedic thought
  • Daily routine guidelines according to constitution and season
  • The pillars of life according to Ayurveda
  • Ayurveda's approach to proper digestion - how to kindle the inner fire (boosting metabolism)
  • Ayurvedic diet
  • The potency and post digestion effect of the six tastes
  • Home detox & rejuvenation practices
  • Recognizing imbalances
  • Diagnostic tools: pulse, body, and face
  • Yoga & meditation in the light of Ayurveda
  • Integration of knowledge and skills

The transformational work

  • Understanding your mind better
  • Practical ways to handle your thoughts and emotions in your day-to-day life
  • Connecting with your inner child and awakening your inner elder
  • Communicating with the body
  • Cleansing subconscious materials from the cells and encoding new information and possibilities

Typical daily schedule

  • Breakfast
  • Morning yoga
  • Morning session - Ayurveda - the art of living
  • Deep relaxation / yoga Nidra
  • Lunch
  • Rest
  • Afternoon session - transformational process
  • Batya Goller

    Batya has had a private practice as a therapist for over a decade and has worked with groups and individuals all around the world. She combines the teachings of eastern and western psychology, the theory of Neo-Humanology, and many years of self-inquiry and healing. Also, she has M.A. degree in Social Work and she is a Neo-Humanology therapist and was born into being a facilitator.

  • Eran Dolev

    Eran is a well-trained and experienced practitioner of Ayurveda, yoga & meditation, combining in his therapy a vast knowledge to promote your healing and well-being. Gaining years of training, practice, and experience in India, Australia, and Israel, he brings a holistic and integral approach. He is certified by IAA (International Ayurveda Association), Tel Aviv University & Satyananda Yoga Academy.

The Alchemy of Living retreat is held at the majestic Yoga Forest, located on the breathtaking Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. The Yoga Forest is located about 20-minute walk from the nearest road and the last part going up to the Yoga Forest entails climbing about 40-steep stairs.

You will be served 3 delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals a day.

  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • All the retreat sessions
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance (It is the responsibility of each participant to have their own travel insurance)
  • Travel to the Yoga Forest

Arrival by airplane

Fly to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, then take either a private shuttle or a tourist shuttle to San Marcos La Laguna, a 4-5 hour drive (can be arranged by Arts of the Wild Heart).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 18 days before arrival.


  • Review by Jack Resels from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely incredible location high in the mountains overlooking Lago Atitlan. Enjoyed today's Kirtan thoroughly. Heart opening chanting sensitively lead by Saraswati & Jaya. We all sang our hearts out. The best way I know to feel connected is to chant in community. Om Shanti"

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  • Review by Farin Mema Greer
    10 out of 10

    "I had the time of my life. The acting managers at the time were marvelous, they were also the yoga teachers. The food was dreamy and the lodging amazing...five star. I long to return one day ;)"

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  • Review by Teresa Mona from United States
    10 out of 10

    "This place is created with so much love! A universe of magic founded on permaculture, community, and a yogic lifestyle. I would recommend anyone in the area to drop in for a yoga class, kirtan, ecstatic dance, or just to walk through the land. I did my yoga teacher training here and could not have chosen a more beautiful and magical place. Thank you, Yoga Forest!"

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