Journey Into Women's Sacred Expression Retreat - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

  • The Yoga Forest The Yoga Forest
  • Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  • Mar 9, 2018 - Mar 18, 2018 (10 days)
  • $1495 (Shared Cabana)

Find yourself in a magical setting in the forest.  Watch the sun rise over the volcanoes. Practice meditation & yoga in an open-air shala with breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan. Gather for intimate and honest expression and sharing with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle. Indulge in delicious vegetarian meals. Join night ceremony by candlelight. Fall asleep to the natural rhythms and sounds of the forest.

Retreat Highlights:

Surreal & inspiring location with panoramic views

Daily morning meditation & yoga practice

Daily self-exploratory prompted writing sessions

3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)

Scenic outdoor thatch-roofed yoga shala & writing space

3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day

Mayan sauna

Permaculture tour upon request

Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, visiting villages

9 nights stay in shared, beautiful eco-friendly cabanas

Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 12 participants

Meditation, yoga, and our intimate sacred circle for writing will be women only and privately held. Meals will be shared with other guests, women or men (the retreat center holds 20-30 guests, including our group).

A Sacred Women's Journey:

Imagine a week of inspiring landscape, higher perspectives, and beauty all around. We'll take a creative and spiritual journey through meditation, yoga & self-exploratory writing and more at The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. 

We invite you to pause and exhale, take an honest and creative journey inside, and connect with your inner voice.  Created for all women who want to reveal their own truths, connect to their intuition, re-ignite their soul voice, feel empowered in their self-expression (whatever form it takes), and be inspired as the courageous storyteller of their own lives…this retreat is a gathering of women in the spirit of reclamation. 

 This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to raise it up and own our self-expression. The Sacred Expression Women's Retreat has been listed among the top five recommendations for 'Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend' for three years in a row (2018, 2017, 2016) by The Write Life.

A Surreal Location:

In the rural highlands of Guatemala, The Yoga Forest perches high in the jungle overlooking Lake Atitlan and three majestic volcanoes. A stunning location hidden away in the valley behind San Marcos La Laguna, The Yoga Forest offers beautiful shared cabins with comfortable beds, panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga, and Mayan sauna in dream surroundings. Inspired by the creative union of yogic and permaculture principles, this location provides an eco-friendly living experience in harmony with nature for the adventurous of heart.

Sample Daily Flow: 

Guests may arrive to The Yoga Forest on Friday, March 9th (check in is 3pm) to relax and settle in.

We'll open our circle in the evening. 

Our daily flow will begin on Saturday, March 10th. Thereafter, our days will generally be structured in the following way, creating space for a couple of long breaks during the week to relax, hike, swim, or explore the village(s). We'll hold sacred evening ceremonies and gather around fire.    

 6.30am-7am: Meditation

 7am-8.30am: Holistic hatha flow / vinyasa flow

 8:30am-9:30am: Delicious breakfast 

 10am-12.30pm Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion 

 12.30pm-1:30pm: Delicious lunch

 3.00pm-6.00pm: Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion 

 6:30pm-7:30pm: Delicious dinner 

 7:45pm: Sauna, circle, or healing sessions (some evenings)

Delicious meals are vegetarian, and organically grown.

We'll include a couple long breaks during our week to relax, hike, swim, or explore the village(s). 

Accommodation:

Retreat guests will stay in shared cabanas of up to 4 people. Made of bamboo frames, adobe walls, cypress, and thatched palm roofs, each cabana features Guatemala furniture, Mayan fabrics, and Indian textiles. There are no private bathrooms. Showers and compost facilities are outdoors with beautiful views. Cabana living is attuned to the natural electricity-free rhythm of day & night, with solar power only. Private upgrades are available.

More Retreat Program Details:

Call in the four directions & feminine energy:

 The four directions (embodied by the serpent, the jaguar, the hummingbird, and the eagle) provide a thematic framework to inspire our sacred journey. They beckon you to an adventure of higher levels of perception and connection, to detach from self-limiting stories and come back to your heart and your courage. 

You are inspired to become more aware of how you influence your reality. You are invited to envision your life into greater beauty. You will plunge deeper into the center of your wild, knowing and beautiful feminine nature, calling her to rise in strength as we journey.

Meditate & practice yoga in nature:

With daily guided meditation and yoga, you reconnect with the direct sensory experiences of your breath and your body, and become increasingly aware of the power and influence of the energy you bring to each moment. 

Meditation and yoga support you to reach beyond your daily thoughts and become more present to the moment and to yourself. Through stillness and movement, you listen deeper within, open up, and release.

Allow raw creative expression:

In our women's circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises. In addition to verbal writing prompts, we may bring in movement, images, nature, or sound. You will find that prompted writing gives you a key inside, and somehow you are more able to sneak past your internal filters to unlock fierce personal truths and insights. 

The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, spark your imagination, and connect more deeply to energies within and with each other. The alchemy is in the daring greatly - it's in the sharing. 

Explore and open y(our) stories:

With raw expression, we will play at exploring the inner stories that constrain us and limit our perception, such as character roles we play, limiting beliefs we animate, narratives we create and recreate, and the words that entrap us. You will open the possibility to transcend these ‘creative blocks’ of your creative energy. You will practice giving your feelings form, putting them into motion and expression so they can transform.

 You will play with the creativity of perspective, exploring how to rewrite your experiences, reclaim your narratives, and own your role as the storyteller of your life. You will let awe in and invite back mystery. As you explore your inner stories with honesty and compassion, you will feel your voice begin to emerge more authentic and true.

Gather in ceremony: 

We participate in evening healing sessions (sound, movement) and ceremonies for renewing wise and wild guiding energy. These will complement the writing journey in reclaiming your heart and soul voice.  

What's Included: 

Daily guided meditation & yoga
Daily self-exploratory writing sessions
9 nights accommodation at The Yoga Forest (shared - 4 people)*
Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, & dinner
3 ceremonies to complement our journey
Mayan Sauna

Basic Gratuities for Staff 

All taxes

Not included

Flights Transport to & from the retreat
Travel insurance
Extras during your break (e.g. massages and other spa treatments)
Tips for Local Staff


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