STAND UP PADDLE YOGA & ZEN RETREAT (January 2020)

Event Highlights

  • 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
  • Lake swimming
  • Temascal / sweat lodge / natural sauna
  • Exciting evening fire-side Zen talks / chanting
  • Explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan

Schedule

5:00 – 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

Two of the mornings we will have stand up paddle sessions. We will do a short warm up, then practice yoga on the boards on the lake, then paddle around and chill some. These sessions are about 4 hours long.

On the other mornings your day begins 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. It’s fun to just sit on your hammock or chat with new friends. It’s an easy walk to the lake or sit by the river.

After lunch, the afternoons will include yoga sessions and workshops to deepen your practice, understand better alignment and learn about the yoga lifestyle (Based on Doron’s Book The Yoga Lifestyle, Llewellyn publishers). You will gain better flexibility, improved strength, core power and focus. Understand better the yoga philosophy and its practicalities for life.

After dinner, optional activities such as fire nights and Temazcal (traditional sauna) are offered.

Challenge yourself in a loving, fun way both on land and in the water. Practical tips to advance faster and safer are offered, so that the practice is efficient, and appropriate for each person according to their needs.

About This Event

Start the New Year with an unforgettable adventure! Our SUP retreat is the perfect opportunity to be in nature: experience the warmth of the sun and refreshing waters of Lake Atitlan as you deepen your yoga practice and reset the mind. Find a balance between being active and taking time to relax by joining Doron Yoga for four days of rejuvenation, fun, and great food!

This retreat will mix yoga, pranayama, meditation and Zen philosophy with , dancing and stand up paddling on the magnificent lake Atitlan. It’s the perfect energy boost to restore balance and motivation, and the included afternoon workshops will help provide you with tools for bringing this feeling of Zen back into your everyday life.

During your time at the center, you will receive amazing hands-on assists from a loving, compassionate, enthusiastic, and energetic teacher with more than 25-years of yoga experience around the world.

Practice yoga both on land and yoga on the water! This is an ashtanga-vinyasa retreat mixed with Zen. The retreat includes 2 long sessions of stand up paddle boarding on beautiful lake Atitlan.

All levels are welcome. This retreat is for everyone interested in a more holistic yoga lifestyle. The retreat starts with dinner on the first night and ends after breakfast on the last day.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

6 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 INCLUDED

ExcursionsExtra 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

YOGA

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.

SAMPLES OF AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
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

Venue Highlights

-The Center-
Doron 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.

-Yoga Shala-
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.

-Buddha café-
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.

-Grounds-
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.

The DYZC was built on a high-frequency vibration land. We are sure you will feel it as you come stay with us. As one guest stated: “center" doesn't seem to be the most fitting word- maybe something like dream village, or yoga farm, or riverbank Zen oasis.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Relax surrounded by the soothing sound of the babbling river that flows through the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC)’s grounds and views of Lake Atitlan, it’s volcanoes, mountains, gardens, coffee, avocado, and banana trees.

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
Fire night with Zen talk

Accommodations

The 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.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Three 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.

Directions

To 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.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due 14 days before the retreat start date.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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