The Yoga Forest

About us


Experience the magic of the Forest, and reconnect to the Self. 

The Yoga Forest is a sacred sanctuary with ancient Mayan altars and natural springs that have been protected as a Natural Reserve in order to honor the land and the heritage of its people.

Connect to Mother Earth and create space for transformation and self healing. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation in beautiful naturally built yoga temples, as well as regular Kirtan, Song Ceremony, Ecstatic Temple Dance, Cacao Ceremony, Essential Oils + Ayurveda workshops, and Sound Healing. 

Unwind and restore with our Wellness Packages, or purify and detox in the forest sauna. You can climb our unique cliffs, swim and paddle board on the lake, hike the volcanoes, or just relax in a hammock, all while finding authentic connection within an intimate community space.

Get a taste of the fruits of The Yoga Forest amidst the lush Lake Atitlán in Guatemala!




RETREATS

Simple and powerful programs that create a sacred space for all to work through personal transformation, discovery and connection. Retreats are filled with opportunities for authentic self expression and connection, insights, and tools that can be applied to your personal and professional life. Through various meditation, yoga, reiki, healing arts, Thai Massage, creative writing, Song and Sound Ceremony, and Sacred Plant medicine retreats, we invite you to uncover deeper layers of Self and practice the art of living in the present moment.

RYT200hr & RYT300hr YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, + CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

Within each of us lies a guru, a wise one who knows the truth behind each of our thoughts, words, and actions, an ancient soul that sees through to the essence of all things. Through our RYT200hr, RYT300hr Yoga Teacher Training and and YACEP recognized Continuing Education courses through our partner school, The Kula Collective; we will help reveal the voice of this wise one. These powerfully designed YTT's and Continuing Education courses give you the tools and language you need to share the spiritual practice of yoga, while empowering you to trust in the channel of truth you carry.

SOUND HEALING

Empower yourself, feed your soul and step into the path of your highest Self. Explore a fusion of the practice and philosophy of the mystical traditions of Nada Yoga, Mantra, Bhakti Yoga and Sound Healing. Learn how to journey into a deep meditative inquiry on the Source of all Sound and find many tools to assist in shifting frequencies, healing emotional and psychological scars and opening parts of the heart and mind that you never knew existed.

YOGA

Daily Drop in Community Yoga Classes - 7:00am, 10.30am & 4:00pm

The Yoga Forest incorporates a balance of teaching, discussion and practice of traditional and modern yoga styles and infuses a shamanic connection to the Earth and her cycles. As yoga is fundamentally an experiential, inner inquiry, students and guests are encouraged both to be aware of checkpoints, and to explore how the practice feels and manifests in their body during any given yoga experience. 

All levels are welcome, always!



Views to inspire.


Conscious Business

More than just a retreat center, The Yoga Forest shares a conscious business model integrating three pillars in a balanced practice of earth care, people care and fair share. Integrating our understanding of what it is to be a conscious business, through social, ecological and economic structures, we recognize that this journey will be ever unfolding. Through our non-profit Forest Family Foundation, we strive to support and integrate conscious living practices in the local community through humanitarian and ecological projects, while sharing the principles of working within nature creating interactive landscapes of beauty and productivity.

Together, with the help of amazing foreign staff and a beautiful crew of local Mayans, many wonderful things have been created here and there is always more to be done. We love to connect with people who prioritize a way of life that harmonizes nature with spirit, if that's you, check out our Work Opportunities.

Simple, Relaxed, and Off the Grid

The Yoga Forest has been built using various natural and traditional building methods. We use solar energy for simple electricity and hot water, natural grey water filtering systems for our kitchen and outdoor showers, and outdoor composting toilets to return our offerings to the earth. We try our best to produce as little waste as possible and continue to explore new endeavors to create a more sustainable retreat lifestyle.

Our Mission, Deep Green Yoga

The Yoga Forest shares conscious living as a spiritual practice, offering a unique retreat space for self connection, connection to the Earth, and personal growth. We live, work & play harmoniously in nature, creating inclusive abundance and a safe space for personal transformation and authentic self expression. Through intercultural relationships of respect, we weave together local and global visions that inspire positive social and ecological impacts in the world.


Find your Self in the Forest.

Venue Highlights

San Marcos la Laguna is a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala. It has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy. Terraced into the side of a cliff, The Yoga Forest is a twenty five minute hike up into the valley from Lake Atitlán, To escape to our lush tropical food forest please travel to us with a backpack, organic soaps, a head torch and a spirit of adventure.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

We serve local organic produce whenever is possible and prepare our delicious vegetarian meal with love. We can cater to certain dietary restrictions, such as vegan and gluten free. Please advise management of your needs as well as any allergies.

Accommodations

The Yoga Forest has multiple accommodation options to suit all explorers, from shared cabanas, private rooms, unique yogi lofts, and private forest cabins. All accommodations are beautifully appointed, built using natural building techniques and materials, featuring comfortable beds, warm feather duvets, pillows, and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan cushions.

Directions

Travel Tips:

Morning Travel Recommended: Book your flight to arrive in Guatemala City, then take a direct shuttle to Antigua. Please arrange to take an 8-9am collective shuttle (Q100) from Antigua to San Marcos la Laguna in order to get you to town in the morning or very early afternoon. We offer a daily escort service from San Marcos la Laguna to The Yoga Forest promptly at 2PM. Be sure to arrive in San Marcos la Laguna with plenty of time to locate Circles Cafe before the escort service arrives.

We also can arrange a private shuttle to pick you up from Guatemala City Airport to San Marcos La Laguna. Our driver will be waiting at the airport with a sign with your name on it. The ride directly from the GUA to San Marcos is approximately 4 hours.

Please plan your travels accordingly, either spending a night in Antigua to make a morning shuttle, or stay in San Marcos la Laguna a night early. For your safety, LATE ARRIVALS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

For additional details, please see our Getting Here page on our website: https://www.theyogaforest.org/getting-here/

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  • Lauren morris   January 13, 2019

      Disappointed

    I have to say I was disappointed with my stay at yoga forest. The experience didn't match up to the website... I chose it as a place to do a personal retreat, as it looked like a very heart-centred, holding space. I experienced the opposite. I was there over Xmas day, and no effort was made for the guests. The food was basic and they didn't cater for vegans on this day. I booked a cabin, to be told on arrival, I was staying in a private tent. The bed sheets were dirty and the tent was not fully secured down, so I couldn't sleep in it on windy nights. Luckily the manager offered me another room, after notifying him. Many people were getting sick there (perhaps from food served outside, I don't know) and there were armed robberies happening near by. Although yoga forest has security, and our safety is our responsibility, I still think that a host has a duty to notify people of things that are happening around the property/ area. The same goes for sickness. It would be decent of the retreat centre to inform first timers to Guatemala of useful facts such as not swimming in the lake or walking alone at dark. It would have been nice to see some concern/ interest in the sick guests also. It's a beautiful location, with beautiful views, but I personally felt too isolated from the town. I also didn't experience a friendly welcome and it just felt a bit stressy, ungrounded and disorganised the whole time. Wouldn't recommend, it was an unfortunate introduction to the lake.

  • Rita Clipperton   January 10, 2019

      Clean and shiny!

    I was nervous to attend this retreat, because I knew for me it would be a deep dive, with a group of people I had not yet met. The offer of a safe place, with support and guidance called me, and what I found was so much more than I could think to ask for. The trust I approached with continued to grow, as I was met with love, careful facilitation and skill, beautiful ceremony and presence of spirit, held space, and lots more love. I was able to surrender and release what I hoped to, in a profound way that has allowed beautiful transformation. I have only just returned home, seeing more clearly. How things will manifest is unknown, but I’m finding that much of what I asked for is here already, and I just needed to allow some things to move out of the way. I’m grateful. I love this journey. We ARE love!

  • Jason Bangma   December 27, 2018

      Release and Manifest

    This retreat was nothing short of amazing and forever life changing!! The location has been carved out of the cliffs of heaven with cabins tucked away amongst the forest with views that are undescribable. The facilitators have a tremendous capacity to hold space which allowed me to comfortably and easily drop deep into the whole experience. I recommend this retreat to anyone who has the desire to make a positive shift into the direction of their great dreams and true purpose in life.

  • Stephanie Kittell   December 21, 2018

      Transformation & Community

    The Yoga Forest is perfectly situated for transformation of body-mind-spirit. Nestled in the hills of San Marcos, surrounded by volcanoes, with an eagle's view of Lago De Atitlan, this is a perfect place to unplug and re-connect with the nature within. Delicious vegan / vegetarian food, outstanding coffee, expertly programmed retreats and offerings. Feeling nourished, held, supported, and challenged in all the necessary ways for my souls' evolution. The community vibe is incredible. Seekers from all over the world come together here in union. A true gift. I will return soon! With love, Stephanie Kittell

  • Makaela Bamonti   December 06, 2018

      Incredibly transformational experience

    I finished my 300hr YTT with Kula Collective at the Yoga Forest this past November and I am transformed and exploding with love and light. Not only did I learn SO much about how to be the best yoga teacher I can be, I also learned so much about myself and the person I want to be. The community, the openness, and the LOVE is real and so necessary in this world today... I highly recommend Kula Collective to anyone ready to become Whole again! If you’re reading this and find it helpful and want to experience Kula for yourself, use my discount code “bloomyogi” :) AHO! - Makaela Bamonti

  • Costanza Sibio   October 26, 2018

      a magical place surrounded by nature

    A place where you can disconnect from everything to be able to reconnect with yourself through the beauty of nature, tranquility and silence, the practice of yoga and meditation, massages ... there are many activities organized for guests like the Temazcal , the Kirtan cerimony, the ecstatic dance, essential oils workshop ... all this to make new experiences and get rich on a human level. Beautiful location built with love and respect for nature; very professional, friendly and helpful staff; very competent yoga teachers and therapists; high quality vegetarian food. A community of authentic people who carry on a healthy lifestyle and want to share their positive message with the world. Thank you!

  • Mariajo Aceña   October 15, 2018

      Un descubrimiento maravilloso

    Soy guatemalteca y he viajado mucho por mi país pero acabo de descubrir este lugar espectacular Yoga Forest Me gustó tanto que decidí darme un autoregalo de cumpleaños e irme a un retiro de 4 días. Fue lo mejor que pude hacer pues fue un regalo para mi cuerpo y mi espíritu . Muy linda la gente, hermoso lugar para convivir con la naturaleza silvestre la comida excelente y sana y las clases muy buenas. Pocos guatemaltecos visitan este lugar pero es un privilegio tenerlo en nuestro país. Invito a que salgan de los paseos comunes y prueben venir unos días acá. Saldrán renovados !

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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