Help & Heal Retreat

  • The Yoga Forest The Yoga Forest
  • San Marcos la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala
  • Mar 2 - 9, 2019 (8 days)
  • Group Retreats: Shared Cabañas - Rama, Sita & Lakshmi - $350.00 Group Retreats: Circus Tents - $210.00 Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $525.00 Group Retreats: Private Forest Cabins - $525.00

About us

When was the last time you set your bare feet on the earth in new surroundings and walked in nature, formed close connections with others, and made art and inspiring movement for a whole week without your phone dictating your daily focus? Help and Heal Retreat is calling and wants your full attention for this week of pivotal transformation! This retreat focuses on empowerment and healing as we take our group back to a state of primal femininity. By spending a week in a calm, naturalistic setting away from distractions, we will learn to release old patterns and redefine our path towards powerful ideals, lifestyles, and practices that better serve us! We will learn how to infuse the Goddess archetype into our daily lives with practices that can easily be taken home to continue this valuable self work.

This retreat week will fluctuate between active day and mellow days to harmonize with our energy levels. On our active days we will hike, swim, paddle board, and visit beaches and hot springs in order to interact with our surroundings. Days onsite at the Forest, we will gather and take our medicine in the form of connection, alignment, and balance through healing practices of discussions and lectures laced with mythology and inspiration, supportive and cathartic women’s circles, grounding daily Yoga and meditation, challenging aerial silk lessons, and hot sauna steam baths to relax in after.

With Sagittarius as both their sun signs, instructors and teachers Sarah Parnell and Patricia Sainz De Rozas have spent most of their adult lives with nomadic tendencies. Through leisure travel, Yoga certifications, and hosting retreats worldwide, they understand the inherent value of learning from the beautiful world around them!


Patricia first came in touch with Yoga when she moved from Spain to the mountains of Northern California at the age of 18 pursuing her passion for nature and outdoor sports. After she felt in love with the practice, she decided to travel to the birthplace of yoga to dip deeper into this ancient science. She attended yoga courses in Rishikesh as well as The International Yoga Festival, and got her 200 hour Certification from a yogi in Kerala. Since then, she has traveled and lived in many different continents, always learning and practicing with other gurus the joy of oneness and spreading the magic of yoga. She teaches Yoga as a way of introspection to connect with the divine soul and find bliss within. She is also studying other holistic healing practices as nutrition and therapeutic massage. Patricia joined Goddess of the Elements as a co-host to share her passion for yoga, aerial silks, traveling, and the connection to nature, as well as helping other woman heal and go on with a healthier, empowered and inspired journey.

Sarah Parnell created the Goddess of the Elements Retreat in 2017, with the idea of sharing her life’s inspiration for better living through the metaphors of Mother Nature, healing and grounding practices, and her relentless zest for adventure and the amount of inspiration her life has gained from it. She first stretched her wings full of wanderlust right after finishing her Psychology degree in Lake Tahoe CA., after she booked a one-way ticket to curiously wander 26 different countries on the European continent in 11 months. She feels more at home on the road, and is most often found hiking, swimming, teaching Yoga, or playing or performing on her silks or lyra. She received her 200 HR Yoga teaching certificate in 2016, completed two Aerial silks teaching certificates in 2017, and has experience hosting, facilitating, and teaching at retreats, lessons, and workshops in her home country and internationally. The Big Island of Hawaii is her current playground, but she is driven to explore South America, Indonesia and India in the next year, as well as take her retreats to some of the most beautiful parts of Europe in the summer of 2019.

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.


  • 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.


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.


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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