Sacred Earth 200-Hour YTT + Leadership + Permaculture Immersion

About us

Journey to the Mayan Heartland for a transformational experience at the Bambu Guest House in conjunction with Atitlan Organics  and Awakened Spirit Yoga. Deepen your practice and feel the subtle but profound shifts that happen when you embrace sustainable and holistic practices. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient yogic philosophy and Mother Earth herself, this 4-week course teaches the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness. Embedded within the training is Atitlan Organic's Permaculture Immersion, which allows participants to come to a deeper and more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Highly recommended for yogis, change-makers, innovators, activists, seed planters, or anyone who believes in transformation.

You will settle into the rhythms of nature during your stay at the beautiful naturally-built Bambu Guest House, nestled into the mountains surrounding Lake Atitlan. Wake to the sounds of running water from the nearby stream and enjoy sunrise over the lake and volcanoes from your balcony; nourish yourself with organic and farm-fresh meals made with love by our friendly and attentive kitchen staff; become inspired by the amazing teachings of Awakened Spirit Yoga on our beautiful new yoga platform; hike 15 minutes to neighboring Atitlan Organics to see the world in a whole new light thanks to Shad's permaculture teachings; unwind with a hot shower and catch up with loved ones over wi-fi (or chill out with a book from our extensive library); and if you're lucky, catch a nighttime volcano show from Volcan Fuego. 

Lodging is shared in light and spacious rooms, each one equipped with a private bathroom with hot water, a balcony overlooking the lake and volcanoes, and wi-fi. Communal space includes a comfy open-air lounge and dining room and a breath-taking yoga platform. Three vegetarian meals per day are provided, as well as snacks, tea, and coffee. 

"I think that Julia, Kristine and Lila have done a fantastic job . . . weaving together permaculture, leadership, and yoga, giving us the tools, confidence, and inspiration to take the training off the mat and out into the world." Autumn

Event Highlights

  • Learn form, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Discover the subtle energy of yogic anatomy and how the chakras work
  • Explore Ashtanga philosophy (the Eight-fold path)
  • Study Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet
  • Learn how to nurture compassionate relationships, healthy families and a peaceful, sustainable world through the practices of yoga and mindfulness
  • Explore the potential of matching ecological integrity with human needs through permaculture design and sustainable living practices
  • Learn and experience participation-based tools that support project management and community impact projects in a new and different way through hands-on teaching
  • Discover and apply sustainable project design tools to support a local community project

Venue Highlights

Lake Atitlan has been called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and in our humble opinion it is! At the Bambu you will re-connect with nature, falling asleep to the sounds of the nearby stream burbling past and waking to amazing sunrises over the lake. What's more, you won't only be surrounded by nature, you'll actually be housed in it! The Bambu Guest House is an all-natural construction built with bamboo, wood, and stone from the surrounding regions. It was originally designed as housing for permaculture students and volunteers and therefore founded out of a deep commitment to meaningful and sustainable living, values which resonate deeply with the yogic tradition. Nearby Atitlan Organics permaculture farm, where we will be doing our Permaculture Immersion, collaborates closely with the Bambu to provide much of its food and many inspirational learning opportunities.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Schedule

While each day will be different and focus on various themes and topics, here is a sample daily schedule to give you an idea of what a day on the Sacred Earth YTT will look like:

6:30 Yoga and meditation
8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Yoga philosophy/ teaching methodology or anatomy
10:45 Tea break
11:00 Yoga Lab/ techniques
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Working Meditation
15:00 Yoga philosophy/ permaculture lecture or practicum
16:15 Break
16:30 Yoga Lab/ techniques
18:00 Dinner
*20:00-21:00 optional film or satsang twice per week

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

Course participants will receive three delicious, nourishing meals (with dessert!) throughout the day as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, and tea, coffee, and filtered water throughout the day. Our restaurant is supplied by Atitlan Organics permaculture farm and other local producers to ensure the freshest meals possible. We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate just about any dietary need. Trust us, your belly will be happy!

Accommodations

The Guest House was opened in 2015 as a site to house permaculture volunteers and students. As such, it was founded out of a deep commitment to meaningful and sustainable living, values which resonate deeply with the yogic tradition. We have continued to develop ever since, striving to always provide the best possible experience for our guests. Participants of the Sacred Earth YTT will stay in one of our 4-person shared Guest Suites.

The spacious and airy guest suite sleeps 4 people comfortably and offers a private bathroom and shower with hot running water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains and the soothing sounds of birds and the nearby stream filter into the room, soothing you into peace. USD $1095

Directions

Coming from Antigua or Guatemala City you must travel to Panajachel, which is one of the three big towns on the lake and takes about 3-4 hours by shuttle. To get to Panajachel, you can take a tourist shuttle from Antigua for roughly Q100 per person or Q225 per person from Guatemala City. There are also private shuttle options that will you take you straight to our door in Tzununa. We can help make arrangements with any of this, so just let us know if you want some help.

From Panajachel, you take a boat (lancha) at the public dock. Tell the captain that you are going to the town of Tzununa ("zoo-new-nah") which is three public stops from Panajachel. This costs roughly Q15-20 per person.

Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and take a tuk tuk (little three wheeled car), tell them you want to go to El Bambu. This costs Q5 per person. When you get to El Bambu, go through the gate and up to the main building.

As noted, we are in the quiet, little town of Tzununa. From the guest house you are less than a 10-minute walk to the lake and less than 20 meters from beautiful rivers. You are a 45-minute walk or a 10-minute tuk tuk ride away from the town of San Marcos La Laguna. This has many places to eat, drink, practice yoga, etc.

We can help you get to the lake from Antigua, the airport, or from anywhere. Just contact us and we can arrange a shuttle for you.

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Why Retreat?

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After participating in more yoga classes and events this year than in my entire life, I am yearning for the opportunity to attend a professional retreat. The opportunity to grow my practice, learn from talented students and teachers, and immerse myself in this gorgeous Red Feather Lakes sanctuary is the dream of a lifetime! Sara
 

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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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