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8 Days The Alchemy of Living - Ayurveda, Peace of Mind, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in 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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • 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

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

This retreat will take place at the Yoga Forest, in Guatemala. Looking over Lake Atitlán and its surrounding volcanoes are the shared cabañas that can accommodate four people in large single beds. Using natural building techniques, the cabañas are constructed with either bamboo or cypress, palm roof, and natural adobe walls or traditional bahareque (wattle and daub) of this area.

The beds are comfortable, with warm feather duvets and pillows, and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan Cushions. Private rooms are also available at additional cost.

The Alchemy of Living Yoga retreat in Guatemala

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

Instructors

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 is a "Birth into being" facilitator.
Eran Dolev
Eran is an experienced practitioner of Ayurveda, yoga, and 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, and Satyananda Yoga Academy.

Location

The Yoga Forest is located in San Marcos la Laguna, in the western highlands of Guatemala. Here, you will enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mountains looking over Lake Atitlán towards the volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlán. This unique space will offer you a tropical food forest with amazing views, comfortable beds, and delicious vegetarian meals.

This Meditation Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

There are many wonderful spa treatments available.

What's included

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily deep relaxation and meditation sessions
  • All retreat offerings including cacao ceremony and Temazcal
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • Free airport pickup on the morning of February 23 at 10 a.m.
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights and Travel insurance (It is the responsibility of each participant to have their own travel insurance)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Fly to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, then you will be picked up at the airport on the morning of February 23, or if you are arriving earlier to the area, take a shuttle to Panajachel. The Alchemy of Living can assist with booking a private shuttle if needed.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 21 days before arrival.