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7 Days Mystical Journey Yoga & Writing Retreat, Guatemala

Embark on a sacred journey on the shores of Lake Atitlan as we invite the four shamanic directions to inspire our meditation, yoga and daily self-exploratory writing at Mystical Yoga Farm in Santiago, Guatemala. We invite you to bring out your inner voice, play and express and take an honest and creative journey inside. Within each of us lies a sacred adventure deeper into our heart and our authentic voice.

Where

Apto Postal #24, Santiago Atitlan, Solola GT 07014

Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles

Levels

When

Mar 8 to
Mar 14
2015
08:00 amto05:00 am

To allow for weekend flights, guests will arrive anytime on Sunday, March 8th to relax and settle in. We'll have a brief opening session on Sunday evening. Our daily flow will begin on Monday, March 9th.

Price

$695

*First four sign-ups receive 10% discount: $625
Shared accommodation price.
Private accommodation +$60.

Full Description

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS:

Serene & inspiring location with lakeside panoramas

Daily meditation & yoga practice

Daily self-exploratory writing sessions inspired by four shamanic directions

Scenic lake-view yoga & writing space

3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day

Mayan sauna

Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, or relaxing

6 nights stay in shared, beautiful eco-friendly accommodation

Maximum of 14 participants

OUR SACRED JOURNEY

This transformative retreat offers a creative inner adventure through meditation, daily yoga and the use of daily spontaneous self-exploratory writing as an expressive channel to reveal insight from within.

We provide a relaxing space for you to breathe, stretch, connect, and express from your own heart center while sharing in the sacredness of the journey with other kindred souls. We take a step out of our daily lives and into our innate nature to allow for healing and self-discovery, surrounding ourselves with beauty and inviting openness. We create the space to release emotional and energetic layers, to open into deeper self-truths, and to reveal the joy of enchanting and animating our lives from our core.

Inspired by the four shamanic directions, we call in practices that help us to empower ourselves as the storytellers of our lives, and open further into the voices of our heart.

Meditation & Yoga

With the space for meditative daily guided yoga, we bring our awareness and our intentions back to ourselves. We reconnect with the direct sensory experience of our breath, of our motion, of our stillness, of our mat, and become increasingly aware of the power of the energy we bring to each moment. As we become present to the moment, we become fully present to ourselves.

Four Directions

We will thematically bring in the four directions insights and practices for an inspired journey. The four directions - embodied by the serpent, the jaguar, the hummingbird, and the eagle - beckon us into an adventure of higher levels of perception and experience. They call us to dis-identify from the self-limiting perspectives and stories that hold us out of harmony with ourselves and the world, and bring us back to our heart. We look beyond what seems real, to become aware of how we help shape our reality and our experiences. We are invited to recognize our role as storyteller and envision our lives into greater beauty.

Outer Creative Expression

We practice dynamic and creative self-exploratory exercises with the opportunity to share with the group. We provide the opportunity to release our inner voices, speak our experiences, enliven our imagination, and connect with each other.

Inner Story Exploration

With raw expression, we play at exploring the inner stories that limit and shape us - what are the lenses we look through, limiting beliefs we narrate, character roles we play, plots we repeat, and words that entrap us? We seek to transcend these limiting perceptions. Releasing the energy caught inside of these "creative blocks" is a spiritual practice of opening into more of who we are.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

To allow for weekend flights, guests will arrive anytime on Sunday, March 8th to relax and settle in. We'll have a brief opening session on Sunday evening. Our daily flow will begin on Monday, March 9th.

630- 7 Guided Meditation

7-8.30 Yoga

8.30-9.30 Delicious Buffet Breakfast

10-12.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion

12.30-2.30 Delicious Lunch and Reflection

2.30-5.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion

6.00 - 7.00 Delicious Dinner

8 Evening Satsang Gathering

We'll include a morning break or two during the week to relax, hike, kayak, garden or swim. We will complete the retreat before noon on Saturday, 14th March in time for transport to Antigua or Guatemala City.

FREE TIME

The farm shares its beauty in many ways during your free time: relaxing in hammocks, sailing, swimming, hiking, kayaking, gardening, coffee picking, paddle boarding, reading from the consciousness library, feeding the chickens or detoxing in the traditional wood-fired temascal.

INSTRUCTORS:

Self-Exploratory Writing: Aimee Hansen

As long as she can remember, Aimee Hansen has had a curious attraction to playing with words and metaphors. Ten years ago she began sneaking away from the office for creative writing classes at Central Saint Martins College in London and has since published travel articles and a short story.

Longing for more authentic and meaningful plot in her life, she left her corporate job in London to travel around the globe for two years. In 2012, she landed in Guatemala. Her intensive self-studies with an intuitive mentor who called her "the storyteller", and her own passion for human insight, have led her on a fascinating journey into the nature of truth and authenticity. Her teaching explores the power of the stories we tell within our lives and invites a creative adventure in perception.

Currently she is writing a novel about the storyteller within and children's stories. She also holds a 200+ hr 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 inspiring experience of exploring our humanity.

Yoga & Meditation:
Meditation & yoga will be led by a School Yoga Institute facilitator.

LOCATION

In a quiet corner upon the magical lapping shores of Lake Atitlan, the Mystical Yoga Farm sits meditatively beneath watch of ancient volcano.

The Mystical Yoga Farm is a secluded, private location accessible only by boat (ten minutes across lake from Santiago). It sits at the base of a volcano and is surrounded by magical forests, healing waters and spectacular views.

The location offers a special opportunity to live sustainably with nature, taking a relaxing break from everyday life to immerse in the practices of meditation, yoga, creative self-exploration, and deep appreciation of the beauty all around you.

ACCOMMODATION

The Mystical Yoga Farm offers a variety of beautiful and comfortable accommodation, peaceful atmosphere, inspiring lake views, delicious vegetarian meals, meditation, yoga, and Mayan sauna in naturally secluded surroundings.

Depending on numbers, retreat guests will be placed in gorgeous shared cabins or casitas (up to 2-6 people) or may secure private lodging for only $10 more per night. Facilities include shared hot showers, a traditional sauna, a communal lounge and cafeteria.

The Mystical Yoga Farm is focused on self-sustainability, growing fresh organic food, growing healthy yogi’s, teachers and healing practitioners. The desire is to heal the earth and its inhabitants through connection with nature and Spirit.

We are an Eco-Rustico Retreat Center that is off the grid; utilizing filtered water, composting toilets, solar hot water, and solar electricity for use in the kitchen, office, shower areas and communal spaces. We invite you to connect to your natural rhythms during the retreat & live with nature.

We share meals in the Rancho and practice yoga with breath-taking views of the lake and the volcanoes. Meditation occurs on the dock as we watch the sunrise over the volcano. This place is a rare gem, a peaceful oasis like nothing experienced before; perfect for the inward journey you seek to embark on.

FOOD

All of the food is vegetarian and prepared with loving hands. The humble vegetable garden nourishes as often as possible while the rest of our organic food comes from the local farmers of our neighboring villages. The Mystical Yoga Farm serves three delicious meals a day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Daily guided meditation and yoga

Daily self-exploratory writing sessions inspired by the four shamanic directions

Delicious organic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner

6 nights shared accommodation at Mystical Yoga Farm (or upgrade to private)

Swimming, hiking, kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding

Mayan sauna

NOT INCLUDED

Flights, Transport to and from the retreat,Travel insurance, Extras

WHAT TO BRING

All rooms have solar powered lights and candles for ambiance, but we recommend a headlamp for reading in the evenings.

We use bio-degradable products in the kitchen, for laundry and for personal hygiene and we encourage you to also help protect our beautiful property from harmful chemicals.

Bring a a towel, layers of clothing to suit varying temperatures during the day and night. Natural insect repellent is nice to have. As we are a secluded location, you will want to bring anything you will need on hand.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

flight & transport: Unless you contact us to arrange you a private shuttle at an extra cost, you are entirely responsible for transportation to & from the retreat.

passport: Please note a valid passport is required to enter and depart Guatemala. Tourists will receive a visa stamp upon arrival, normally of 90 days.

travel insurance: You are fully responsible for attaining travel insurance for your visit to Guatemala.

cash: Please be aware that the closest banks or ATM machines are located in Santiago. We advise you to arrive with a modest amount of cash if you may want extras (eg. local artisan crafts)

HOW TO GET THERE

The closest international airport is Guatemala City, about a 3.5 hour drive to Panajachel, which connects by boat to Santiago and the farm.

Private transfer: You can book a direct shuttle in advance with Mystical Yoga Farm from the airport to Santiago, including a ten minute boat to the farm. This costs $100, or $60 if it's able to be shared.

Public shuttles: From the airport, you can go directly to Pana and take a boat to Santiago & the Farm, or you can get a public shuttle to spend the night in Antigua and travel to Pana the next day to do the same.

If your flight arrives after 1pm, it's advised to stay a night in Antigua before coming to the lake.

Details on these options provided upon request.

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION:

Payment accepted: Paypal. No credit cards.
Deposit to reserve your space: 50%.
Full payment required 1 month prior to retreat.

Cancellation:
75% refund if cancel by 2 months before retreat start date.
50% refund if cancel by 1 month before retreat start date.
No refund if cancel within 1 month of retreat start date.