Joyful Bhakti Yoga Retreat
About This Event
Join us in finding abundant gratitude during this Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat. Reconnect with yourself, your practice, and with nature in order to find deeper gratitude and consequently live more fully. Step away from your mind with lots of yoga practice, chanting, meditation, and workshops. Enjoy the Maya culture, the gorgeous Lake Atitlan, delicious organic local food, our stunning, yoga shala, and a safe place to just be among friends.
This is an ashtanga-vinyasa retreat, mixed with bhakti and kundalini, for all levels. Detailed instruction and lots of care are shared to help you grow your practice. Stunning yoga space, props, and amazing views will help make this one of the most memorable experiences of your life. This retreat is for everyone interested in a more holistic yoga lifestyle.
WHAT`S INCLUDED6 nights accommodation3 Daily vegetarian meals, locally-sourced food, all cooked from scratch with quality ingredientsFiltered water, herbal tea and coffeeRetreat to build a holistic yoga lifestyle, integrating mind, body, food and nutritionLive in a spiritual communityAll yoga instructionsPranayama and breathing exercisesZen MeditationTips and tricks on mastering yogaYoga guidance from a well-seasoned international teacherTips on integrating the Yoga Lifestyle into your life at homeGuided meditations, programs and workshopsTime to explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake AtitlanHammocks, chill out benches and spots around the property
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDExcursionsExtra snacks and beveragesTransportation and transitions to and from the retreat (we can organize it for a fee)Massage therapies or other consultations with our experts
The Doron yoga method (based in Ashtanga from primary through third series) mixes yin and yang, core work and strengthening, with deep stretching. The class offers a challenge and movements, but the flow is slow, mindful and focused. You will work hard, and laugh at the same time. There are lots of tips and teachings that will help you advance rapidly. Doron Yoga is a sustainable yoga system, where safety comes first and foundations of correct alignment specifically for each individual. Then, based on that we build up to the most advanced practices according to each student’s level and needs. Receive amazing hands-on assists from a loving, compassionate, enthusiastic, and energetic teacher with more than 25 years of yoga practice and studies around the world.
Dr. Asana: Alignment tips and tricks to create a sustainable practice, refine the basics, and master the more advanced challenges. Options are offered for all levels of practitioners. (You may learn how to improve your jump backs, or simply build more strength for it. You may work on arm balances, or more foundational poses). Most retreats will host two Dr. Asana sessions, at times mixed in with some yin.
Yin Yoga: Deepen your flexibility with longer held proses. Open up your hips, release the hamstrings, and build up more opening in the back and spine. These sessions are sometimes mixed with other sessions.
Yoga Nidra: Doron will guide you through a deep relaxation session. This is mostly an add on to another session
Yoga and Zen Philosophy: Dive deeper into the understanding of yoga and Buddhism; Duality vs. non-duality. Understand what are the mind’s afflictions that keep us from finding freedom. Doron makes it practical and inclusive so you deepen and explore further no matter how many years of practice you have.
Yoga Lifestyle: Q&A about the yoga lifestyle; Integrating morning routines, food options, sleep, hygiene, and more into your daily life. It’s recommended to read The Yoga Lifestyle, by Doron Hanoch before the retreat. (Available on Amazon and other online stores)
Calistyoga: Fun 80s Jane Fonda-inspired calisthenics workshop, sometimes replaces part of the Dr. asana second session.
AMENITIESEnvironmentally friendlyPermaculture Organic GardenRiver with meditation seats by itChill out areas and hammocksSpecial nutrition requestBeautiful Yoga shala with stunning viewsFree Wi-FiNatural Sauna / Temascal / Sweat lodge (fee)Snacks, probiotic drinks and gifts for saleLaundry service (fee)Daily room cleaningYoga Lifestyle consultations (fee)Learn ho to make authentic tortillas with Mayan LadiesLinens and towelMassage rooms and therapistsHolistic lifestyle coachingReading / chill out spotsCan organize private Spanish classes
- The serenity of a Zen Retreat by a Maya village
- Amazing lake and volcano views, with river flow through the land
- Morning yoga sessions – Deepen your yoga practice
- Understand better alignment and mechanics of poses
- Pranayama practices to enrich your energy and life force
- Zen meditation
- Osho Kundalini meditation
- Zen Dance
- Detailed workshops that will change the way you see the world
- Yin Yoga to deepen flexibility and balance the body
- Better understand the functioning of the mind
- Practice gratitude – joy-enhancing techniques
- Amazing teachings and hands-on assists from a well-seasoned international teacher
- Temascal / sweat lodge / natural sauna
- Exciting evening fire-side Zen talks / chanting
Schedule5:00 – 6:15pm Opening Circle (arrival day)
6:00 – 7:00am Meditation and Pranayama
7:00 – 8:45am Doron Yoga asana practice
9:00 – 9:30am Breakfast
1:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
4:30– 6:30pm Afternoon workshops
6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30 – 9:30pm Rest and Optional Activities
Your days begin with pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and yoga asana. This practice, which lasts a total of 2.5 hours, is the perfect way to start your day from a place of bliss. Practice is followed by a yummy, nutritious, super food breakfast. You then get a break to relax, read or go explore. We are happy to help with arranging activities such as stand up paddle, massage, market visits, Volcano hikes and more.
It’s also fun to just sit on your hammock, relax by the river on the property, or chat with new friends. It’s also an easy walk to the lake, where you can enjoy swimming or sitting on the dock by the water.
In the afternoon you will find inspiring workshops, which are an opportunity to dive deeper into the practice, gain more knowledge from an expert leader and have time to ask specific questions
Venue HighlightsDoron Yoga & Zen Center is a spiritual eco village, based on permaculture principles with touches of Zen. It manifests the power and energy of the magnificent lake Atitlan. The lake can be majestically viewed from our grounds, with volcanoes and local villages perfectly framing the scene. We are part of the Maya village of Tzununa in Guatemala. Located 7 min walk from the lake. Hammocks hang by the river and gardens, and connecting paths are all paved with local stone.
We may just have one of the most beautiful yoga spaces in the world, consisting of a sprawling cypress floating floor, surrounded by large glass sliding doors, held up by huge bamboo pillars, and featuring jaw-dropping views. High ceilings with extra insulation keep the temperatures perfect year round. It is a temple sitting along the Tzununa River, allowing for the sound of water to flow softly and soothingly into our practice. Unlike many ashrams, they did not cut corners, and you can see the beauty in the details. The place is kept very clean and has a wonderful vibe to it. The cane, Cyprus, pine, and rocks used in the construction are locally sourced, where local community workers built each house with care. Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, garden, and design functionality of the center.
The Buddha café is a wonderful meeting place. It hosts a large deck with a variety of seating options and a gorgeous view of the lake. It serves super nutritious, delicious gourmet, vegetarian food. One of its primary highlights is the great company. Travelers meet to share stories, experiences, a cup of tea, and a hug. It offers a place to rest, connect with new friends, read and have some delicious food.
Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, and design functionality of the center. We grow coffee, bananas, avocados, lettuces, beans, yams, radishes, herbs and around 30 other fruits and vegetables (yum, guacamole!).
We have a beautiful fire pit under the grand Jocote tree (which you may want to climb). Additionally, we’ve built a natural, large, ceremonial-grade sauna to help with detoxing and cleansing. We offer massages and can organize tours around the lake for you.
DURING YOUR FREE TIME, YOU CAN ENJOY SOME THESE ACTIVITIES
Walk / hike around Tzununa, up the mountains or to next-door villages
Sit on a rock in the river and meditate or read a book
Sit by the river, or on a hammock and relax
Swim in the lake or chill out on the dock with awesome views
Hike The San Pedro Volcano (with guide)
Kayak in San Marcos or San Pedro
Stand up paddle, in Panajachel or San Marcos
Waterfall hike (when available)
Get a massage in our “by the river” room
Venture by boat, tuk-tuk, or foot into one of the neighboring towns for some shopping for traditional textiles, paintings and crafts, sight seeing, and a feel for some local Mayan villages
AccommodationsThe rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) are simple but beautiful. Rustic, yet charming, many rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view.
All DYZC accommodations are new, and are built for comfort and safety while being ecological. Our showers have hot water, and we have western toilets (eco treatment). Our water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property.
We have 3 private rooms with shared bathrooms. These rooms are unique and have their own painted wall murals, and other special art and decorations. There are 3 toilets, 2 showers and 2 sinks, separate from one another, so there is never wait time.
There are two lovely and spacious dormitories, which sleep 5 -6 people and share the bathroom area. They have nice mattresses with traditional Mayan coverings, nightstands, shelves and other storage places. They have a cozy, artsy feeling.
There are also three beautiful log cabin rooms. These rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and chairs, gardens and beautiful lake view. These rooms have skylights and a peaceful, creative energy. Bathrooms have locally sourced slate for the showers, hand carved mirrors, bamboo and wood elements. They feature local hand crafted furniture and orthopedic beds.
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineThree vegetarian meals will be served each day with a mix of international, Guatemalan, and Doron’s special healthy, yummy, and Mediterranean touch. These are made from fresh local produce, organic when available. Gluten free and Vegan diets can be accommodated upon request.
Each meal is substantial, varied, and nourishing, to energize you through your practices, without leaving you feeling too heavy.
All food at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center is prepared as healthily and nutritiously as possible, under the guidance of the founder and director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant.
To the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, including from their own blossoming gardens.
You will get a great balance of raw food, cooked food (with healthy oils), fermented foods, healthy sauces and condiments, homemade jams and peanut butter, fresh homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, fresh made tortillas on wood oven, pizza from our clay and wood burning pizza oven and so much more.
We offer snacks and drinks for a pick me up or dessert. Try our chocolate chip banana muffins, vegan power super food rich bliss balls (made with local Mayan raw cacao), vegan black bean brownies, or one of our drinks: kombucha or probiotic ginger.
Notes: Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as travelers’ diarrhea is not uncommon in Guatemala. This can be quite challenging when embarking on a yoga program. Bring some grapefruit seed extract and for daily maintenance, add of seven to eight drops in water or juice. Remember to bring along any other supplement that helps soothe your tummy.
DirectionsTo get to DYZC from La Aurora International Airport (GUA) or Antigua please do the following:
1. Take a public shuttle to the town of Panajachel at lake Atitlan. We can also arrange a private / shared shuttle for you.
2. From Panajachel arrive to Tzununa (our village), by taking the boat (lancha) in the direction of San Marcos (Tzununa is one stop before San Marcos). The last boat from Panajachel is at 7pm. There are also private boats available. You can take a boat from San Marcos or San Pedro as well (last boat is at 5:30pm)
3. In Tzununa, take a tuk-tuk from the dock to Doron Yoga – all tuk-tuk drivers know where we are.
We can also arrange a shuttle from the airport directly to DYZC. It takes a bit longer as they go around the top of the lake, but on the other hand you get into one shuttle all the way here.