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Overview

In Guatemala, the Mayan people greet each other by saying “In Lak’ech” which means “I am another you, you are another me”. This reminds us that what we see on the outside is also inside us. Held at 5,000 feet in the highlands of Western Guatemala and surrounded by volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America. This unique and striking setting creates a powerful container for us to experience and harness the energy of nature that is alive within us. Known as the Land of Eternal Spring, the hills are full of flowers, fruit trees, and farm lands where corn, sugar cane, coffee and more are cultivated.
In the Mayan villages that circle the shores, the people live not so differently than their ancestors a thousand years ago. Each town around the Lake harbors its own unique energy and the Mayans are adorned in colorful, traditional dress. They embrace the steady pace of nature and the sweetness of their spirit pervades the air. It seems fitting that the Tzutujil Mayan word for “I feel happy” is literally translated as “honey in my heart”. This honey can be tasted even during Day of the Dead, a holiday falling on November 1st/2nd in which festivities are held in cemeteries to praise and divine from the departed souls.
Come with us to this land of Eternal Spring to help ease your transition into fall. Guided by the energy of Day of the Dead, this retreat creates a space for deep release, honoring what has passed, and for the lessons brought to the light. Be inspired by the people of the Lake and allow yourself to soak up the sweetness and simplicity of life on Atitlan. Through the healing tools of yoga, ritual, clean food, massage, sacred plants, and supportive circles, the Megs hold space for an experience that will alter the avenues of your life. And don’t forget that we always include a touch of adventure into the mix. Be ready to safely explore your edges and transform yourself in the process!

Accommodations:

Earth Lodge: This eco-friendly avocado farm (yes, you heard us, avocados everywhere!!) resides 6000 feet into the mountains above Antigua. It’s famous for it’s volcano views, delicious food, and tree-house getaways. There are many places to rest and relax, and beautiful hikes around the property. Aluna has been visiting Earth Lodge to decompress after our retreats, and we are so excited to bring a group here for the first time this year!!

Hotel Isla Verde: Isla Verde means “green island” and to us, it means home. This is truly Aluna’s home base in Guatemala and we wouldn’t think of staying anywhere else! The eco-hotel is beautiful and comfortable. Every person on staff is kind and ready to help out with any of your needs. The tasteful cabins are set on the hillside, so be ready to hike up a few sets of steps to get back to your room each night! Each cabin has a magnificent view of the lake and the open air bathrooms are decorated with nature’s greenery. Words can’t describe the magic this little hotel brings to the lake so you’ll just have to come and see for yourself!

Cuisine:

Be nourished by the exquisite cuisine of Earth Lodge and Isla Verde’s Slow Food Cafe. All day long, the sound of music and laughter emanates from the restaurant kitchen as the delightful staff mindfully prepares the meals.

A Typical Day:

Rise with the sun, and as you brush your teeth you’ll enjoy the vibrant colors of the sky that awaken the tranquil Lake from her deep slumber. Make your way through the jungle paths of Isla Verde down to the outdoor yoga space. Join Meg for an invigorating Hatha Flow class that will help you to stoke your inner fire, complete with views of the Lake’s volcanoes to inspire that flame to burn even brighter. After yoga, there will be time for contemplation, journaling, or meditation. Breakfast follows with a simple, delicious buffet of fresh fruit, grains, and protein…..and the freshest cup of coffee you’ll ever have! The coffee man, John, selects the finest beans from farms around the Lake and roasts them the day before he delivers them to Isla Verde.

On some days there will be an optional group activity (an adventure on the Lake, a guided hike, shopping and exploring the Lake’s unique towns, and so much more!) or you’re free to RELAX. Isla Verde is saturated with hidden spaces that offer the opportunity to unplug and tune in to yourself. Sun on the beautiful deck that overlooks the Lake, swing in a hammock all day, read a book, commune with the flowers and birds, or delight in a massage by Marcelo. In the afternoons the warm air from the ocean meets the cool air of the highlands, and their dance together creates Atitlan’s famous Xocomil winds. These strong winds that seem to suddenly sweep in, also carry a legend you’ll learn about it and further add to the mystique of the Lake.

Before dinner, head to yin yoga inside a cozy, candle-lit hut that has 180 degree windows. The space supports the quiet, inward journey yin invokes, while still bridging a connection to the land around you. (Some days you’ll even hear the laughter of the women making dinner in the kitchen!) Meghan will guide you to sink into the Self deep below the surface as the sun sinks into the horizon.

After savasana you’ll greet the waxing crescent moon and be lured into Isla Verde’s tranquil nighttime vibe of low lights, soft music, candles and a crackling fire. Gather with your new friends around the table and listen to the crashing waves upon the Lake shore as you enjoy a three-course dinner. Some nights you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine, and some nights we will refrain from drinking to support the practices of healing 🙂

Post dinner often involves retreating to the curative hands of fire, whether it’s sitting around the fire inside, participating in a fire ceremony outside, or settling into the Temezcal sauna or the hot tub under the stars. Any of these activities are sure to warm and relax you for a delicious sleep in the chilly night air.

In Lak’ech Yoga Retreat includes:

  • 3 nights at eco-friendly avocado farm, Earth Lodge
  • all meals at Earth Lodge
  • 5 nights at the eco-chic hotel & retreat space, Isla Verde which sits right on the edge of Lake Atitlán
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily at Isla Verde’s slow-food Restaurant
  • 1 night at a hotel in Antigua
  • all transportation in Guatemala
  • twice daily yoga & meditation classes (Hatha Flow + Yin)
  • fire ceremony
  • a hot sauna and hot tub experience
  • a few other surprises!

Not included:

  • roundtrip airfare to Guatemala City
  • dinner and breakfast in Antigua
  • additional excursions: kayaking, cliff jumping, volcano hike, etc.
  • travel insurance

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October 27-November 5, 2017

 

$1947 Double Cabin (en suite bath)

 

$2097 Single Cabin (shared bath) SOLD OUT!

 

$2147 Single Cabin (en suite bath) 2 ROOMS LEFT

 

A non-refundable deposit of $497 saves your space!

 

 

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YOUR FEARLESS LEADERS

Get to know the teachers and leaders of this retreat!

Meghan Dwyer

Meg Townsend