The Journey Within Yoga Retreat

  • The Yoga Forest The Yoga Forest
  • San Marcos la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala
  • Feb 23 - Mar 2, 2019 (8 days)
  • Group Retreats: Shared Cabañas - Rama, Sita & Lakshmi - $1,650.00 Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $2,200.00 Group Retreats: Private Forest Cabins - $2,200.00

About us

What to expect:

This retreat will have you outdoors, allowing the soul to get lost in nature. From a yoga standpoint, detailed instruction will be provided in a workshop style environment so that you can be confident in your form, even if you are a beginner. We will offer yin, vinyasa and yoga nidra sessions daily, however, the emphasis of the retreat will be on rejuvenation and self-reflection. All forms of yoga are optional; if you wanted to simply participate in Yin and Yoga Nidra, you absolutely could. Our primary intention in curating these experiences is to ensure you feel revitalized in every way.

Group Size: 12-16


The Venue:

We will be staying at the Yoga Forest, a stunning venue featuring unparalleled views of Lake Atitlán. The Yoga Forest community is full of bright souls who will be dropping into our retreat for special ceremonies, excursions and group meals.




The Location:

Lake Atitlán has been described as the most beautiful lake in the world, with plunging depths up to 1,200 ft., it inspires awe, mystery and self-reflection. Our arrival in late February will mean cool, crisp nights and warm, sunny days.




Day One:

12:00 PM — Arrive at Guatemala City International Airport – Flight must arrive before 12pm local time – if you are checking bags, you may need to arrive sooner. If you are unable to meet this timeline, you must pay for your own private transfer. Please contact immediately if this is the case.

12:30 — PM Pick-Up by private transfer

6:00 — PM – Arrive at Lake Atitlan Check Point, Begin Short Hike (approx. 20 minutes) to the Yoga Forest

6:30 — PM Arrive at the Yoga Forest / Dinner

7:30 — PM Unpack / Settle In / Shower

8:30 — PM Brief Opening Circle in Shala

9:00 — PM Yoga Nidra

9:30 — PM Bed Time

Day Two:

7:00 AM – Wake Up

7:30 AM – Yin Yoga in Shala

8:30 AM – Breakfast

10:30 AM – Cacao and Ecstatic Dance Ceremony

1:30 PM – Lunch

3:30 PM – Plant Baths

6:30 PM – Dinner

8:30 PM – Yoga Nidra

Day Three:

7:00 AM – Wake Up

7:30 AM – Yin Yoga in Shala

8:30 AM – Breakfast

11:30 PM – Light Vinyasa Practice in Shala

1:30 PM – Lunch

3:30 PM – Yamas Workshop

6:30 PM – Dinner

8:30 PM – Yoga Nidra

Day Four:

7:00 AM – Wake Up

7:30 AM – Yin Yoga in Shala

8:30 AM – Breakfast

10:30 AM – Group Kirtan

1:30 PM – Lunch

3:30 PM – Niyamas Workshop

6:30 PM – Dinner

8:30 PM – Yoga Nidra

Day Five:

7:00 AM – Wake Up

7:30 AM – Yin Yoga in Shala

8:30 AM – Breakfast

11:30 PM – Light Vinyasa Practice in Shala

1:30 PM – Lunch

3:30 PM — Pranayama Workshop

6:30 PM – Dinner

8:30 PM – Yoga Nidra

Day Six:

7:00 AM – Wake Up

7:30 AM – Yin Yoga in Shala

8:30 AM – Breakfast

11:00 AM – Aromatherapy Workshop

1:30 PM – Lunch

3:30 PM – Light Vinyasa Practice in Shala

6:30 PM – Dinner

8:30 PM – Yoga Nidra

* Begin Fasting*

Day Seven:

7:00 AM – Wake Up

7:30 AM – Yin Yoga in Shala

1:00 PM – Group Meditation

2:30 PM – Temezcal

6:30 PM – *End Fast* Dinner

8:30 PM – Mayan Fire Ceremony

Day Eight:

7:00 AM – Wake Up / Pack

8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00 AM – Closing Circle

10:00 AM – Hike Down to Check Point

10:30 AM – Leave for Guatemala City

5:00 PM – Arrive at Guatemala City International Airport – Suggest Flight Leaves after 7PM local time


• Transport to and from Airport

• Accommodations (single bed)

• All Meals

• Daily Yoga Practices

• Hiking and Excursions Listed Above

Not Included:

• Purchases made at shops (if you choose to make a purchase)

• Accommodations if you choose to extend your trip

• Transportation, if you are unable to book your flights in coordination with our drop off and pick up times

• Trip Insurance and liability associated with traveling and participation related to the retreat, we require that you buy your own insurance through a company such as World Nomads

What to Pack

Yoga Mat

Backpack (to take on hike)

Journal / Pen

Water Bottle (we will not be using plastic water bottles)

Eco Friendly Soaps and Toiletries (we do not want any chemicals to disturb the local eco-system)

Loose Yoga Clothes (for yin yoga and meditation)

Yoga Clothes (for vinyasa)

Bathing Suit

Light Rain Jacket (for misty morning hikes / if we encounter rain!)

Flip Flops

Hiking shoes (shoes may get wet during hikes)


Additional Clothes based on what you will feel comfortable wearing based on the agenda above


All pricing options from $1,500 – $2,200 depending on the room choice – you can find full details here

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:

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