- Bambu Guest House
- Tzununa, Guatemala
- Nov 1 - 28, 2018 (28 days)
- 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
ScheduleWhile 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
9:30 Yoga philosophy/ teaching methodology or anatomy
10:45 Tea break
11:00 Yoga Lab/ techniques
14:00 Working Meditation
15:00 Yoga philosophy/ permaculture lecture or practicum
16:30 Yoga Lab/ techniques
*20:00-21:00 optional film or satsang twice per week
About This Event
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
Venue HighlightsLake 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.
AccommodationsThe 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
Menu/CuisineCourse 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!
DirectionsComing 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.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Lila Li June 10, 2018
I stayed at the Bambu Guesthouse for 5 weeks as a facilitator for a yoga teacher training and had a wonderful experience. We loved the beautiful scenery from our room and even more so from our hammock on the balcony. Our morning meditations on the brand new yoga platform were very relaxing and peaceful, especially with the sunrise views over the lake. The staff were super helpful and they met our every need with positivity and friendliness. The food was healthy and delicious and sourced locally from the organic farm right up the road. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a nourishing personal retreat, or to dive deeper in permaculture and sustainability to stay at the Bambu Guesthouse. It's a fantastic experience!
Julia Forest June 07, 2018
What can we say? We love Colleen and Shad and the venue is the perfect amount of eco conscious vs comfort. We brought a group of students to Bamboo for a 1 month yoga teacher training and Shad went above and beyond to ensure that the space was ready to accommodate our group. The food was delicious, local and organic and the dessert was creative and freshly made every day. We enjoyed the community dinning experience. Rooms are kept very clean and have a lot of natural light. The staff is very friendly and approachable. What we especially enjoyed about our stay was the early morning meditations on the yoga platform. Thank you again for a beautiful experience! We look forward to returning again in November!
Stella Artuso June 04, 2018
I recently co-facilitated a 5-day yoga & meditation retreat at the Bambu Guest house. I'm so happy that my first yoga retreat in Guatemala ending up at this stunning location and space. My co-facilitator and I felt supported by Shad and Colleen during the pre-retreat leg work (organizing, promoting etc.) Once we arrived, I knew we made the right decision to lead our yoga retreat at the Bambu Guest House. We were a small group and we felt taken care of from the moment we arrived up until we ended our stay. We were welcomed to use the space like it was our own home and could not get over the view of Lake Atitlan (and incredible sunrises!). The Guest house is a clean space, has comfortable beds, (hot!) showers, and lovely hammocks located on each private balcony. All yoga props needed are available, which was so helpful for us (as not all guest houses will provide this). Shad got his bolsters locally made (and they are gorgeous!). The food was consistently delicious. Chefs are from the local community and always provided fresh, tasty and filling meals. Much of the food that is served is from the local farm and mostly organic. Shad and Colleen were quick to take care of any minor issues we came across. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I felt that it was a little noisy at times (dogs, tuktuk etc- but, really its all part of the charm of being in Guatemala :)
Kristine Vanderplas May 18, 2018
I stayed at the Bambu for a month while faciltating the Sacred Earth YTT with Awakened Spirit Yoga. The accommodations are comfortable and beautiful, the view of the lake is spectacular, the yoga deck is awesome and the meals were always a highlight. The staff at the Bambu went above and beyond to ensure that everyone in our group was accommodated for and comfortable. Located just down the road from Atitlan Organics we benefited from farm fresh produce and also the knowledge and expertise around permaculture. A beautiful community that is connected and committed to reducing their footprint and living in harmony with the land. This is an incredible retreat centre and I highly recommend a visit just for a meal or a longer term stay!
Neal Hegarty May 14, 2018
I absolutely loved staying at the Bambu Guest house, I've stayed there as a course participant and as a normal guest. Its a beautiful construction, has amazing farm to table food and great friendly staff. Most of all I love the family vide there, its just like being in a house. The library is full of great books, its a great place to chill and read, do yoga on the deck. Its also an amazing place to take a course, with a really great environment, super conducive to learning and fun!!
Oliver M Goshey May 13, 2018
Though this place is undoubtedly beautiful and unique, the real value is in all of the amazing courses that they offer throughout the year. Anyone interested in regenerative living, natural building and permaculture will find some of the best teachers and experts in the world here with real experience and gorgeous examples of inspiring projects all within walking distance of the hotel. On top of all of that, the farm to table meals are an absolute highlight. This a community that's really walking the walk in the way they build, farm, and interact with the community. Definitely worth coming back to a few times to make use of all the offerings and opportunities here
Isa Fortier May 13, 2018
The Bambu guest house, is a confortable spot to stay when you want tranquility, good vegetarien meal and meet people who have interest on permaculture. The Guest house is link with Atitlan organics an amazing permaculture farm who have 12 years of strong work. They now have a abondant and beautiful garden.