Awakened Spirit Yoga Sacred Earth YTT

  • Bambu Guest House Bambu Guest House
  • Bambu Guesthouse, Tzununa, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
  • Oct 26 - Nov 23, 2019 (29 days)

About This Event



In collaboration with Atitlan Organics, Awakened Spirit Yoga offers this unique program, integrating ancient yogic wisdom, conscious living practices and permaculture to create positive change on an individual and community level. Engage in learning through practice and service. Empower your highest potential, develop your yoga practice and find your authentic teaching voice.

Learn the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness in this unique program combining ancient yogic wisdom and the intelligence of nature. Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community. Deepen your yoga practice and embark on a transformational journey to discover how embodying holistic and sustainable practices can radically shift the way you live and engage in the world. Awaken your potential!


• Yogis interested in deepening their practice
• Changemakers, innovators, activists and teachers
• Counselors and human rights workers
• Yoga teachers seeking to deepen their facilitation and community building skills
• Practitioners interested in new tools and approaches to designing and creating change


• Enhance your understanding of the foundational aspects of this ancient practice through asana, pranayama, meditation, kriyas, philosophy, anatomy, a healthy lifestyle and Ayurveda
• Build your personal practice and gather concrete tools to embody the wisdom of The 4 Paths of Yoga, mindfulness, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Learn the fundamentals of alignment, intelligent sequencing, theme weaving and adaptations for diverse populations
• Find your voice and unique expression as an empowered yoga teacher


• Gain knowledge in anatomy and physiology relating to the physical/mental benefits of yoga
• Learn form, benefits and precautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
• Deepen experiential knowledge of the breath and its effect on the physical nervous system, our psychology and our spiritual selves
• Understanding of subtle anatomy and alignment guidelines for injury prevention to advance your yoga practice


• Learn the art of sequencing
• Explore various teaching methodologies, including modifications for age, focus and common injuries/conditions
• Become skilled at creating various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga
• Gain experience through a teaching practicum and receive feedback in a supportive environment


• Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community
• Release self-limiting beliefs and step into your power as a leader!
• Connect to your inner teacher and learn how to leverage your skills and strengths with your unique purpose
• Better understand how to design and manage a project in alignment with your values, skills, passion and leadership style


• Discover the subtle energy of yogic anatomy and how the chakras work
• Study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Eight-Fold Path
• Learn about Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet 


• Explore how to address issues of diversity, social justice, inclusion, and safety in a variety of contexts
• Learn how to nurture compassionate relationships, healthy families and a peaceful, sustainable world
• Discover the benefits and challenges of introducing yoga and mindfulness practices to diverse communities
• Learn and experience participation-based tools that support community impact projects through hands-on teaching
• Engage with the community that our work supports by participating in local social empowerment projects, addressing ecological and nutrition concerns in the local Mayan community


• Explore the potential of matching ecological integrity with human needs through permaculture design and sustainable living practices
• Connect with nature to inform your journey
• Learn the foundational principles of permaculture
• Learn practical tools and apply sustainable project design to support a local community project
• Co-create a community-lead reforestation project with the local Mayan community

Apply all that you have learned to live in alignment with your life’s calling and embody your true purpose!


• Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to change lives through yoga
• Connect to your inner teacher and learn how to leverage your skills and strengths through your unique purpose
• Nourish your mind, body and spirit, deepen your connection to the natural world and be provided with the tools to create positive change with intention, confidence, and a fresh perspective
• Return home with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, expanded networking and community organizing skills, and the heartfelt inspiration you need to continue making a difference in the world


• Receive an internationally recognized certification in yoga teaching and leadership
• Open and close your journey with a traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
• Learn the fundamentals of our holistic and interdisciplinary approach to yoga
• Visit successful permaculture projects and learn from local wisdom keepers
• Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to create regenerative change
• Nourish your mind, body and spirit through daily yoga, meditation and living in harmony with the earth


With deep roots in Northern India, our approach blends traditional Hatha, Vinyasa and the fundamentals of therapeutic yoga to support individuals in leading joyful, empowered lives. Our alignment-based system incorporates mindfulness and traditional yogic wisdom with a modern understanding of the body. We believe yoga is for all people and create safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments for you to discover your own potential. Our curriculum is developed around the three pillars of Mind, Body & Earth, believing that these are essential and interconnected aspects of the yogic path.


• In-depth training 5.5 days a week
• 1.5 days of unscheduled time to study and explore
• 4 weeks of accommodations at Atitlán Organics' Bambu Guest House (community living focused on harmonious relationships with the planet!)
• 3 delicious, local organic vegetarian meals per day
• Fermentation workshop
• Daily yoga and meditation classes
• Cacao and sound ceremonies
• Permaculture immersive
• Illustrated Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training Manual
• 200 hour Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Certification (YTT)*

*received upon successful completion of the program


The Awakened Spirit Collective was born from our personal visions for healing, creative freedom, and community. The seeds of this vision were planted in 2015 during our first yoga and permaculture immersion in the Sacred Highlands of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. A family of 3 friends dreamed of a conscious organization, a place to nourish our sacred purpose steeped in the values of collaboration, co-creation, freedom and personal transformation. Since then we have grown our family to include a broader network of co-creators and empowered community leaders. The heart of our community is grounded in a deep care for the earth, a reverence for ancient wisdom traditions and a belief in the human potential for transformation and healing. 

We envision an inner and outer world in alignment with our highest selves and believe that when we take our yoga practice off the mat, we deepen intimacy with all aspects of life. When we direct our practice inward, we heal and transform the self. When we integrate these insights into our daily lives, we have the power to heal and nurture our communities and our earth.

Our mission is to inspire personal transformation for regenerative change through yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings in sacred locations around the world. 


Want to immerse yourself in an energy-conscious, off-grid, resourceful community of like-minded folk? This is the place! Enjoy delicious vegetarian meals, breath-taking views, and freedom of expression while re-discovering your true nature and connection to Mother Earth.

Shad and the team at Atitlán Organics consider small-scale food production and localized resource utilization the wave of the future. They are proud to spread the good word of permaculture, nutrient dense food production, local resource utilization, and other sustainable practices, as these are the areas where positive change can be most effective in our lives and communities.

Studying Permaculture with Atitlán Organics will fast track your understanding of how to interact with natural systems. The educational impact of Atitlán Organics is not only inspirational, it is also a fully-functional, profitable, and off-the-grid permaculture farm. The systems they have in place allow both visitors and students to experience the principles of permaculture in real time. They run their own sustainable hotel onsite called Bambu Guest House – a brand new, natural building boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, new comfy beds, wifi, super hot water, and amazing views of the surrounding lake, mountains, and rivers. Lodging is shared, but private. The Bambu Guest House has a Farm-to-Table Restaurant that serves delicious and filling organic meals mainly composed of Atitlán Organics products, with some help from other local farms. Currently, Atitlán Organics supplies: milk, yogurt, cheese, salads, cooking greens, honey, coffee, chicken, taro root, pigeon peas, and herbs to the restaurant. 

This was the best travel and training experience I've had in terms of self growth! I have more confidence and am able to communicate easier with others. I’ve gained a lot more knowledge about the way I interact with the world and have more compassion for myself and others. I feel equipped as a leader – mostly in terms of owning my practice, truth and voice without hesitation, but also in sequencing, and the history and principles of yoga. Yoga has transformed me in every way – it’s such a great outlook on healing and expression. - Yara Kamal . . This training was the most authentic training I have ever participated in. Julia, Kristine & Shad did a fantastic job of taking the teachings of yoga & permaculture and presenting the material in a way that was relevant to our culture and time, allowing the teachings to feel alive while honoring it’s tradition. The emphasis on our connection to the environment and each other created a sense of community I haven’t found anywhere else. - Autumn Jean

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


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 during the Awakened Spirit 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

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, fall asleep to the sounds of the nearby stream and wake up to amazing sunrises over the volcanoes surrounding the lake. Nearby Atitlan Organics permaculture farm is a great opportunity to connect with Mother Earth and re-discover the harmony between humans and the natural world.


Lodging is in shared and spacious rooms. Twin and double beds available. Linens and towels are provided. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, hot water, wifi, a balcony with hammocks and seating, amazing views, and super comfy beds!


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

Menu Types

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


Retreat 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. Bambu's farm to table restaurant is supplied by Atitlan Organics permaculture farm and other local producers to ensure the freshest meals possible. Trust us, your belly will be happy!


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.

Tags: earth health holistic mindfulness permaculture retreat transformation wellness yoga ytt

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