Earth Warriors Course with Niss Bach

  • The Yoga Forest The Yoga Forest
  • San Marcos la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala
  • Jan 19 - Feb 16, 2019 (29 days)
  • Group Retreats: Shared Cabañas - Rama, Sita & Lakshmi - $1,400.00 Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $2,100.00 Group Retreats: Private Forest Cabins - $1,400.00

About us


A course to discover heaven and earth. It’s time to live In Nature and learn the wisdom of the Earth, too long have we been waiting to experience these practices. dive deep into the bowels of the earth and hear her message, we must focus and we must be open, firm and accepting.

This month long Earth Warriors Immersion will be divided into 4 sections with a string of love for planet earth to connect

~ Yoga and Astrology ~

~ Thai Massage and buddhist Philosophy ~

~ Dance and voice ~

~ Earth priest/ess & ancient wisdom ~

Permaculture class and adventures waved into the whole month

Watch a video on the Thai Massage Course here!

Course Details

The first week Level 1 (30 hours) will cover the basic flow of the energy lines (Sip Sen) and a full body Thai Massage.

The 3 weeks Advanced (70 hours) material will include:

Advanced Techniques


Basic Anatomy


Therapeutic Techniques (for chronic pain, injuries)

Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage)

High risk stretching

Step on technics

Practicing Massage on Guatemalan workers and the community

The schedule is on top of The Yoga Forest regular schedule. Yoga Forest regular schedule (none of these are a requirement to take, it is your choice):

6:15 Meditation

7:00 Yoga

8:30 Breakfast

12:30 Lunch

16:00 Yin Yoga (level 1 will not have time to partake)

7:30 Dinner

The Yoga Forest has other activities such as Sauna, Kirtan, Sound Healing Ecstatic Dance etc.


Week 1

<<< Yoga + Astrology >>>

During this week we will go discover the deep connection between the movement of the planets and our yoga practice. and connect to the moon as it travels through the zodiac.

Classes will include:

— Hatha Yoga —

— Kundalini Yoga —

— Introduction to Astrology —

— Pranayama —

— Analyzing your Birth Chart —

— Meditations for the different Planets —

— Puja —

Week 2

<<< Thai Massage + Buddhist philosophy >>>

Let’s take care of ourselves, removing blockages in our energy body helping us to dive deeper into serenity.

Classes will include:

— Thai Massage Foundation —

— Dzogchen Meditation —

— Bee Hive Hike —

— Trip to the Secret Valley —

— Thai Massage Temple —

Week 3

<<< Dance + voice >>

Dance for the earth. Dance for healing. Join the celebration of the miracle of life.

Classes will include:

— Ecstatic Dance —

— Contact Improvisation —

— Somatic Dance Therapy —

— Gypsy Dance —

— Clown Playshop —

— Bhutto —

— Voice Activation–

— Hot Springs adventure —

Week 4

<<< Earth priest/ess & ancient wisdom>>>

Let’s bring back the old ways before language and Judgement, when we would sit by the Fire and observe the stars above playing with the shadows of the flames.

Classes will include:

— Tantra Foundations —

— Moon Ceremony —

— Breath Work —

— Dynamic Meditation —

— Transfiguration —

— Wheel of Consent —

— Shiva Shakti Dynamics —

— Fire ceremony —


Niss Bach

Niss Bach is our program director and will be our captain on this journey!

Niss Bach has been teaching Thai massage and has helped to co-create the amazing yoga forest transformation retreat center in Guatemala, where he has been teaching training since 2015 and although his main focus in Thai yoga massage, Niss loves to infuse all sorts of energies to his training and retreats, with dance and fun clowning dynamics there is always ways to express and play while we study. and following the stars.

“Living in nature it is easy to follow the cycles of the moon which is our biggest guide here on earth, and as she passes through the zodiac signs her influence affects us each one differently.” Nissan Auerbach

Jeremy Fellows

On our anchor and sail we have the wise fool Jeremy Fellows here to show us how to do it right and dirty

Jeremy Fellows has focused ten years of study, mentorship and implementation on permaculture design systems and teaching modalities. With many years of experience in Botany, Horticulture and Soil science he is fascinated by the world of plants. After working many years in Guatemala Jeremy has dedicated his focus to land and water management systems that lend to ecological acceleration and social integration through food production.

Sonal Aggerwal is…

Not a suitable marriage candidate, but she’s a great comic.

She is a world traveling performer. Raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, she left the country after college to travel the world. In March of 2015 while living in India as an artist and emcee, her life took a dramatic turn with a motorcycle accident that led her back to Chicago. During her rehabilitation, she realized that she was meant to do stand up comedy. Now, her infectious energy is on stage all over Chicago.

Sonal is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

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You have the option of coming for the whole month or you can come for one, two or three of the weeks*

Price per week 800$ Early bird 700$

Last week 1000$ Early bird 850$

Whole course 2200$ Early Bird 1900$

Early bird is before November 19th

Any questions or concerns can be addressed to Niss at N(contact info blocked)

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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