Yoga Body, Zen Mind - February 2019

About This Event

 Join us for a week of rejuvenation, fun and great food. This Yoga Body, Zen Mind retreat is the perfect boost of energy for life, a reset button, and an opportunity to deepen your practice. We’ll engage in a lot of mind practices, reading Zen texts, and understanding better our thinking patterns so we can find peace and happiness in every day life.

The Doron Yoga Method is Ashtanga Vinyasa based with a touch of Zen. The classes are geared to all levels, from beginners to ninjas. Beginners will always have an option to work on the basics to build strength and flexibility, while the advanced student will receive options to work on fancy poses.

Come experience some of the best yoga with us on the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Things to Do:

The DYZC is located in Tzununa, which is surrounded by hills on Lake Atitlan with great views of the volcanoes on the other side of the lake. Hiking, swimming, and kayaking opportunities can be found around the village, which also has a dock where local lanchas (boat taxis) stop every 20-40 minutes to take you to explore other towns around the lake.  San Marcos, the closest town over, can also be reached by foot along a dirt road. There, trainees can relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants or partake in an array of healing offerings, including shamanism, cacao ceremonies, reiki, massage, and much more. Among others, San Pedro, a short ride to the other side of the lake, has more of a vibrant backpacker’s vibe and is a little less expensive.

On either end of your training, the nearby cities of Antigua and Quetzaltenango (commonly known as Xela) are only a few hours away and worth the visit.

Spa Treatments:

If you are interested in a massage, the Doron Yoga & Zen Center can arrange for a masseuse to come to the DYZC.

All treatment costs will be at the student's expense.

What is Included?

All-inclusive rates include:

All instruction and workshops

6 nights accommodation per person

3 daily nutritious home-cooked vegetarian meals and a snack with water, herbal tea, and coffee

What is Not Included?
Transportation between the international airport in Guatemala City and the Doron Yoga & Zen Center in Tzununa in Lake Atitlan is not included. Additionally, any extra snacks, beverages, excursions, and/or spa treatments are at the student's expense.

Know Before You Go:
Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as travellers’ diarrhea is not uncommon in Guatemala, which can be quite challenging when embarking on a TTC. Bring some grapefruit seed extract, daily maintenance of 7-8 drops in water or juice or any other supplement that suits.

There are no ATMs or currency exchange facilities in Tzununa. It is advisable to carry with you sufficient cash or plan to travel by boat to Panajachel or San Pedro for an ATM or bank. Guatemala is a cash friendly economy.

How to get there:

Be sure to arrive in Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (GUA) before noon on the first day of the course. We can then arrange an optional (additional fee) group shuttle to leave the airport at noon. The shuttle arrives at Panajachel, followed by a boat ride to Tzununa.

Check with us, many times there are spaces for you to stay in the Doron Yoga and Zen Center (for additional fee) a few days before so you can actually get acclimated and be fresh for the beginning of the course. If you are arriving early and staying elsewhere (in Antigua or around Lake Atitlan), check if your hotel has a pick-up service.

Once in Tzununa, locals know DYZC as Casa Doron Yoga, so you can take a tuk-tuk from the dock (5 minutes), cost 5Q – less than $1.

Payment:                                                                                                                                                                     

Please be sure to cover all fees your bank charges for the payment.


Event Highlights

  • The serenity of a Zen Retreat by a Maya village
  • Amazing lake and volcano views, with river flow through the land
  • Morning yoga sessions – Deepen your yoga practice
  • Understand better alignment and mechanics of poses
  • Pranayama practices to enrich your energy and life force
  • Zen meditation
  • Osho Kundalini meditation
  • Zen Dance
  • Detailed workshops that will change the way you see the world
  • Yin Yoga to deepen flexibility and balance the body
  • Better understand the functioning of the mind
  • Practice gratitude – joy-enhancing techniques
  • Amazing teachings and hands-on assists from a well-seasoned international teacher
  • Lake swimming
  • Temascal / sweat lodge / natural sauna
  • Exciting evening fire-side Zen talks / chanting
  • Explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan

Schedule

Our days begin with pranayama (meditation and breathing exercises) and yoga.

During this retreat, morning sessions include Ashtanga primary through third series practice, as well as meditation and pranayama (breathing). Afternoon sessions include a number of workshops from Dr. Asana (examining correct alignment, how to go deeper in select poses, jump backs and through, inversions, arm balances, hips, core, and more), yoga and Zen philosophy, Osho ecstatic dance meditation, a fun 80’s Jane Fonda inspired calisthenics workshop and more!

Receive amazing hands-on assists from a loving, compassionate, enthusiastic, and energetic teacher with more than 25 years of yoga practice and studies around the world.

We structure our days flexibly so that you will also have ample free time to enjoy the gardens, the river or explore the nearby Mayan villages and activities around Lake Atitlan. Enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature by swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding in the lake, or hiking up one of the surrounding mountains or volcanoes, maybe even up to a waterfall. Indulge yourself in a sound vibration session or massage (at an additional fee).

Relax surrounded by the soothing sound of the babbling river that flows through the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC)’s grounds and views of Lake Atitlan, its volcanoes, mountains, gardens, coffee, avocado, and banana trees.

Some yoga experience required.

The retreat starts with dinner on the first night and ends after breakfast on the last day.

Venue Highlights

Located a short walk from Lake Atitlan in the small Mayan village of Tzununa, Guatemala, the Doron Yoga & Zen Center’s grounds naturally grow coffee, banana, avocado (yum, guacamole!), and other trees. Near to the small Tzununa River – the river of hummingbirds and water - that flows through the property are herb and vegetable gardens, a large chicken coop, plenty of grounds for the dog and cats to play, and a fire pit to enjoy on chilly evenings. The yoga shala (practice space) and all other buildings at the Center are built for comfort and safety while being ecological. Unlike many ashrams we did not cut corners, and invested in good quality earthen construction and facilities. All buildings have stone foundations reaching deep into the earth for increased stability. The cane, cyprus, pine and rocks used in the construction are locally sourced, where local community workers built each house with care. Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, garden, and design functionality of the Center.

Accommodations

The rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) in Tzununa are simple but beautiful; rustic, yet charming. Located up the hill from Lake Atitlan, coffee, banana and other trees and lush vegetation abound on the DYZC’s grounds.

All DYZC accommodations are built for comfort and safety while being ecological . The base for all rooms is a stone wall, made of stones from our land held strongly together with concrete. The other walls are from wood, or at times bricks when we seek to have better sound insulation between rooms. Our showers have hot water, and we have western toilettes (eco treatment). Our water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property.

The dormitories sleeps 5 to 6 people and shares the bathroom area (3 western-style toilets, 2 showers, and 2 sinks).

We tried to give you a local experience, using local fabrics, building with natural materials, eco-friendly materials and following permaculture principles. However, we made sure you will feel at home, and hope you will love this unique experience as much as we love creating it.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

Three vegetarian meals will be served each day with a mix of international, Guatemalan, and Doron’s special healthy, yummy, and Mediterranean touch. These are made from fresh local produce, organic when available. Gluten free and Vegan diets can be accommodated upon request.

Each meal is substantial, varied, and nourishing, to energize you through your practices, without leaving you feeling too heavy.

All food at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center is prepared as healthily and nutritiously as possible, under the guidance of the founder and director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant.

To the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, including from their own blossoming gardens.

You will get a great balance of raw food, cooked food (with healthy oils), fermented foods, healthy sauces and condiments, homemade jams and peanut butter, fresh homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, fresh made tortillas on wood oven, pizza from our clay and wood burning pizza oven and so much more.

We offer snacks and drinks for a pick me up or dessert. Try our chocolate chip banana muffins, vegan power super food rich bliss balls (made with local Mayan raw cacao), vegan black bean brownies, or one of our drinks: kombucha or probiotic ginger.

Notes: Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as travelers’ diarrhea is not uncommon in Guatemala. This can be quite challenging when embarking on a yoga program. Bring some grapefruit seed extract and for daily maintenance, add of seven to eight drops in water or juice. Remember to bring along any other supplement that helps soothe your tummy.

Directions

The closest airport to the center is La Aurora International Airport, which is located in Guatemala City. The airport code is GUA.

The airport is located 3-5 hours from Lake Atitlan depending on traffic. When planning flights, please be sure to consider this in your plans. It’s safest and easiest to travel around Guatemala and the lake during daytime hours. As such, We recommend booking a flight that lands before noon if possible. This will allow you to arrive with plenty of time to get to the lake and navigate transportation to the center during daylight hours.
Once in Tzununa, locals know DYZC as Casa Doron Yoga, so you can take a tuk-tuk from the dock (5 minutes), cost 5-10Q.

IF YOUR FLIGHT LANDS AFTER 2 PM
If your plane lands in the afternoon, please consider spending a night in Guatemala City and traveling to the center in the morning. Private shuttles can be booked for flights arriving as late as 3pm, but you must also be prepared to pay for a private boat on the lake if you arrive after the public boats stop running.

IF YOUR FLIGHT LANDS AFTER MIDNIGHT
If your flight lands after midnight, we would suggest waiting at the airport until around 5am to begin your journey towards the lake, though private shuttles can be arranged at any time.

SHUTTLE OPTIONS
The Doron Yoga & Zen Center works with local travel agencies/shuttle companies to help provide you transportation from the airport and to other major centers of tourism in Guatemala. Shuttles run to and from the nearby town of Panajachel, not directly to the center. We offer help with arranging private shuttles, as well as shared shuttles provided by the travel company. The private shuttles are a more direct option. The shared shuttles from the city sometimes also make stops in Antigua, and therefore can take longer to arrive. If not coming from the airport, the shuttles can pick you up from addresses in zones 1, 9, 10 and 13. Please allow at least an hour and fifteen minutes from the time your flight is supposed to land to the time you book your shuttle.

PRIVATE SHUTTLES
Private shuttles can be arranged at any time, and are a total of $100 USD. The price changes for bigger groups (groups of four or more people). Please inquire about pricing if you have more than three people in your group. If arriving in the evening, please also be prepared to book a private boat from Panajachel.

SHARED SHUTTLES
Shared shuttles leave the airport at 11am and 2pm. Shuttles cost $30 USD per rider. For the 11 am shuttle, your flight must land by 9:45am. For the 2pm shuttle, your flight must land by 12:45pm.

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