- The Yoga Forest
- San Marcos la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala
- Apr 13 - 20, 2019 (8 days)
- Group Retreats: Shared Cabañas - Rama, Sita & Lakshmi - $1,200.00 Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $1,200.00 Group Retreats: Private Forest Cabins - $1,200.00
About This Event
‘The voice is the bridge between our internal cosmos and the outer – it is the vehicle of translation, of how we express ourselves in the external world, it is the conduit of our being and to sing is a celebration of ourselves and of life. Come and join us for 7 days of exploring our creative selves through singing in the stunning mountains of Lake Atitlan. Using vocal techniques designed to ‘liberate’ the voice, we will explore harmony, improvisation, and the emotional blocks that we carry, to enable an emergence into your full, authentic and powerful voice. Within a safe and encouraging environment, you will learn the fundamentals of circle singing and whilst disconnecting from the outside world, instead tuning in to your internal, an exploration of your unique sound, and the cultivation of your inner song.
Singing together is a part of our ancestry – ‘ To create a harmonious vibration is the medicine of the future.’ – Pythagoras
The connection we cultivate through song is a direct link to our deepest selves, it is a joyous practice that can release emotions and restore harmony, in a way only music can.
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DURING THIS UNIQUE RETREAT WE WILL :
Explore singing as meditation:
Use breath, sound and song to explore the meeting of mind, body and spirit.
The breath work required to develop and strengthen your voice is very similar to Pranayama breathing. We practice the same exercises that are used in Yoga, Tai chi, Aikido or any of the other Chi-cultivating traditions. This both simultaneously relaxes and recharges the singer, moving energy, emotion and stimulating the body and mind.
Improve harmony skills:
Singing together in harmony gives us goose bumps, tingles, as we breathe together, we connect and communicate with each other in a way scientists liken to the communal, synchronized behavior of flocks of birds or shoals of fish. When we sing in harmony with each other, we release the same chemicals as we do when we make love ! Through fun games and diverse songs from around the world, we will deepen our exploration of harmony and the healing power of resonating together.
Develop improvisation skills and learn ‘Circle Singing’ in the style of Bobby Mcferrin :
Improvisation within music is to enter an altered state, the roots of which belong to shamanistic past. It is a tool that allows us to access the subconscious, to enter into the ‘stream of consciousness’, to stimulate our creativity, to release suppressed thoughts and feelings. It is a vehicle for working with ego and to practice the unspoken communication that we cultivate when singing and sounding as one.
It is also so much fun to improvise as a group and allows us to create the ‘song waiting to be sung’ ! in each unique moment.
Develop and strengthen your instrument:
Your body is your instrument and your voice is a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Using vocal techniques and breath work, we will explore the body as instrument, the benefits of daily practice and how to strengthen and improve the voice.
Take part in a Temezcal/Traditional Mayan Sweat-lodge:
Sacred & Ceremony Singing: The Soundtrack of Modern Ritual
Song, chant and prayer have traditionally accompanied sweat lodges, giving us a way of focusing our thoughts, our prayers and our intentions. Enjoy the experience of ‘shedding skin’ , the detoxification of body, mind and soul and an opportunity to leave behind that which no longer serves us. The Temezcal is a metaphor for the womb, as we enter into the darkness, guided by a rhythm, led by song, we will re-emerge out into the light of a new day.
All prices include: 7 nights accommodation, 3 daily gourmet vegetarian meals and tuition.
Does not include: Air travel, travel insurance or extra optional hikes/trips/therapies etc
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Find your Self in the Forest.
Venue HighlightsSan 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.
AccommodationsThe 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.
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWe 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.
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.
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