Women’s Journey Into Sacred Expression

  • The Yoga Forest The Yoga Forest
  • San Marcos la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala
  • Nov 29 - Dec 8, 2019 (10 days)
  • Group Retreats: Shared Cabañas - Rama, Sita & Lakshmi - $450.00 Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $675.00 Group Retreats: Private Forest Cabins - $675.00

About This Event

“For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world, women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. The pulse of these women still beats within us. Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call.”  – HeatherAsh Amara

Glimpse of the Retreat:

Find yourself in a magical setting in the forest. Watch the sun rise over the volcanoes. Practice meditation & yoga in an open-air shala with breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan. Gather for raw, intimate expression with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle. Indulge in delicious vegetarian meals. Join night ceremony by candlelight. Fall asleep to the natural rhythms and sounds of the forest.

Retreat Intention:

In a stunning location, you will step back and surround yourself with beauty and nature as we set out on a creative and transformative journey through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing. With the space to breathe, stretch and relax, you will connect with your center and express from your core.

The Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat is not about “writing” as an art form. We ourselves are the art form, and writing is our channel for vulnerability, insight and revelation. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to raise it up. The retreat invites you to explore and embrace your role as the storyteller of your life – encouraging you to open up the narratives you live through so you can step more fully into your self-expression.

Inspired in part by the four shamanic directions, you are invited to take an honest and creative journey to reclaim your inner voice and heart guidance. Each morning, we’ll spark our intentions with meditation and yoga, as we awake to exceptional beauty. In our women’s circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises. Together, we do much more than write. The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, and connect more deeply within and with each other. The alchemy is in the sharing.

You will also participate in (optional) evening ceremonies and gather around fire, as we seek to stoke our soul voices. The Women’s Sacred Expression Retreat was listed #2 among ’31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017′ by The Write Life.

Retreat Highlights:

An intimate circle of up to 12 women

Surreal & inspiring location with panoramic views

Scenic outdoor thatch-roofed yoga shala & writing space

Daily meditation & yoga practice for our retreat group

Daily self-exploratory spontaneous writing sessions in a women’s circle

Complementary optional evening healing sessions (sound, movement)

3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day

Mayan sauna

Break time for optional group hike, swimming, kayaking, exploring the village, therapies

Daily Schedule:

6.30- 7.00    Sadhana Meditation

7.00- 8.30    Holistic Hatha/Vinyasa Flow

8.30- 9.30    Delicious Breakfast

10.00-12.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion

12.30-1.30   Delicious Lunch

3.00-6.00     Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion

6.30-7.30     Delicious Dinner

7.45             Sauna, Circle, or Healing Sessions (some evenings)

During the week, we’ll have a couple long breaks to relax, go on a group hike, swim, kayak, or explore the village(s). We’ll also break our last afternoon.

A Few Things Women Have Said:

“How ironic to leave a Storyteller Within retreat absolutely speechless.” (Patricia, Nov 2015)

“This retreat will make you laugh, cry, dig, unearth, grow in more ways than you can possibly imagine. You will see first-hand the magic you have within.” (Marie, Nov 2015)

“I can confidently say this experience was transformational. It taught me not only to trust my own feminine intuition, but the collective feminine intuition.” (Kendra, Nov 2015)

“The writing circles gave me a space, and the exercises a format, not only to claim my truth (not to mention discover it!) but to say it out loud.” (Danielle, July 2015)

“I am blown away at the healing power of authentic heart-opening sharing. This experience was deeply moving and enriching for me, a rare opportunity to allow genuine vulnerability.” (Celia, March 2015)

“Aimee’s a beautiful force for good in the name of women.” (Alison, Jan 2016)



To find out more or reserve a space in an event, please go to:

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Retreat Package Includes:

9 nights accommodation, 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily, daily yoga, daily self-exploratory writing sessions, 1x week sauna, 3 sacred ceremonies

Excludes: transport, optional evening ceremonies, travel insurance, extras (meals away, treatments, therapies, break activities, etc)

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.


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.


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

Menu Types

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


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.


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: (contact info blocked)

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Why Retreat?

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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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