Journey Into Women's Sacred Expression Retreat - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Surreal & inspiring location with panoramic views
- Daily morning meditation & yoga practice
- Daily self-exploratory prompted writing sessions
- 3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)
- Scenic outdoor thatch-roofed yoga shala & writing space
- 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day
- Mayan sauna
- Permaculture tour upon request
- Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, visiting villages
- 9 nights stay in shared, beautiful eco-friendly cabanas
- Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 12 participants
- Meditation, yoga, and our intimate sacred circle for writing will be women only and privately held. Meals will be shared with other guests, women or men (the retreat center holds 20-30 guests, including our group).
ScheduleSample Daily Flow:
Guests may arrive to The Yoga Forest on Saturday, August 1 (check in is 3pm) to relax and settle in. We'll open our circle in the evening.
Our daily flow will begin on Sunday, August 2nd. Thereafter, our days will generally be structured in the following way, creating space for a couple of long breaks during the week to relax, hike, swim, or explore the village(s). We'll hold sacred evening ceremonies and gather around fire.
6:45am - 8:30am: Meditation & yoga
8:30am-9:30am: Delicious breakfast
10am-12.30pm Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion
12.30pm-1:30pm: Delicious lunch
3.00pm-6.00pm: Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion
6:30pm-7:30pm: Delicious dinner
7:45pm: Sauna, circle, or healing sessions (some evenings)
Delicious meals are vegetarian, and organically grown.
We'll include a couple long breaks during our week to relax, hike, swim, or explore the village(s).
About This Event
Join this intimate women’s retreat event, recommended by Lonely Planet Wellness Escapes, for self-exploration through writing, yoga, meditation, and sacred ceremonies. This women’s circle event is one of 17 “Inspired” global offerings featured in the Lonely Planet travel guide – for experiences that combine creativity, personal growth and culture.
Find yourself in a magical setting in the forest. Watch the sun rise over the volcanoes. Practice meditation & yoga in an open-air shala with breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan. Gather for intimate and honest expression and sharing with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle. Indulge in delicious vegetarian meals. Join night ceremony by candlelight. Fall asleep to the natural rhythms and sounds of the forest.
A Sacred Women's Journey:
Imagine a week of inspiring landscape, higher perspectives, and beauty all around. We'll take a creative and spiritual journey through meditation, yoga & self-exploratory writing and more at The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala.
We invite you to pause and exhale, take an honest and creative journey inside, and connect with your inner voice. Created for all women who want to reveal their own truths, connect to their intuition, re-ignite their soul voice, feel empowered in their self-expression (whatever form it takes), and be inspired as the courageous storyteller of their own lives…this retreat is a gathering of women in the spirit of reclamation.
This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to raise it up and own our self-expression. The Sacred Expression Women's Retreat has been listed among 'Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend' for four years in a row (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016) by The Write Life.
A Surreal Location:Lake Atitlan, Guatemala captures the heart of many travelers, with its volcanic peak panoramas, spectacular lake, small rural villages and local indigenous Mayan culture.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. It is often quoted as the most naturally attractive and peaceful village on the lake.
In the rural highlands of Guatemala, The Yoga Forest perches high in the jungle overlooking Lake Atitlan and three majestic volcanoes. A stunning location hidden away in the valley behind San Marcos La Laguna, The Yoga Forest offers beautiful shared cabins with comfortable beds, panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga, and Mayan sauna in dream surroundings. Inspired by the creative union of yogic and permaculture principles, this location provides an eco-friendly living experience in harmony with nature for the adventurous of heart.The Yoga Forest is a 2o minute gorgeous hike into the valley from San Marcos, with an entrance of stone steps leading up, up to this surreal spot, where the adventurer is richly rewarded with dreamlike views over the lake and volcanoes. A basic level of fitness is good.
More Retreat Program Details:
Call in the four directions & feminine energy:
The four directions (embodied by the serpent, the jaguar, the hummingbird, and the eagle) provide a thematic framework to inspire our sacred journey. They beckon you to an adventure of higher levels of perception and connection, to detach from self-limiting stories and come back to your heart and your courage.
You are inspired to become more aware of how you influence your reality. You are invited to envision your life into greater beauty. You will plunge deeper into the center of your wild, knowing and beautiful feminine nature, calling her to rise in strength as we journey.
Meditate & practice yoga in nature:
With daily guided meditation and yoga, you reconnect with the direct sensory experiences of your breath and your body, and become increasingly aware of the power and influence of the energy you bring to each moment.
Meditation and yoga support you to reach beyond your daily thoughts and become more present to the moment and to yourself. Through stillness and movement, you listen deeper within, open up, and release.
Allow raw creative expression:
In our women's circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises. In addition to verbal writing prompts, we may bring in movement, images, nature, or sound. You will find that prompted writing gives you a key inside, and somehow you are more able to sneak past your internal filters to unlock fierce personal truths and insights.
The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, spark your imagination, and connect more deeply to energies within and with each other. The alchemy is in the daring greatly - it's in the sharing.
Explore and open y(our) stories:
With raw expression, we will play at exploring the inner stories that constrain us and limit our perception, such as character roles we play, limiting beliefs we animate, narratives we create and recreate, and the words that entrap us. You will open the possibility to transcend these ‘creative blocks’ of your creative energy. You will practice giving your feelings form, putting them into motion and expression so they can transform.
You will play with the creativity of perspective, exploring how to rewrite your experiences, reclaim your narratives, and own your role as the storyteller of your life. You will let awe in and invite back mystery. As you explore your inner stories with honesty and compassion, you will feel your voice begin to emerge more authentic and true.
Gather in ceremony:
We participate in evening healing sessions (sound, movement) and ceremonies for renewing wise and wild guiding energy. These will complement the writing journey in reclaiming your heart and soul voice.
What's Included:Daily guided meditation & yogaDaily self-exploratory writing sessions9 nights accommodation at The Yoga Forest (shared - 4 people)*Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, & dinner3 ceremonies to complement our journeyMayan Sauna
Basic Gratuities for Staff
Not includedFlights Transport to & from the retreatTravel insuranceExtras during your break (e.g. massages and other spa treatments)Tips for Local StaffPayments, Cancellations, & Refunds PolicyA $450 deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is required 30 days prior to the retreat start date. If you cancel before 60 days in advance of the retreat start date, 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel 60-31 days in advance of the retreat start date, no refund of the deposit is provided, unless your spot can be filled within contract, and then 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel within 30 days of the retreat start date, no refund on payment is provided. No refund is provided if you miss the event or part of it for any reason. Storyteller Within reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. Retreats have final confirmation on or before 30 days out. If an event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded your retreat fees. Nevertheless, Storyteller Within is not liable for events beyond all control - such as natural disasters, political upheaval, or other such unexpected circumstances - that would necessitate cancellation of the event.
To protect your investment (including travel costs) against unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is strongly advised for all participants. Providers such as Travel Guard offer packages (travel, medical, cancellation) with "cancel for any reason" options that must be purchased within 15 days of buying airline tickets or incurring trip costs.Suggested Packing List
Bring a backpack or duffel bag (rather than a wheelie suitcase) and a spirit of adventure! Please bring your own biodegradable toiletries, a towel, and layers of clothing to suit varying temperatures during the day and night. Natural insect repellent is nice to have and a headlamp is a necessity. Hiking or running shoes are handy for walks in the valley. The Yoga Forest is a 20 minute hike out of town, so we advise bringing anything you might need on hand. There is one ATM in San Marcos and none of the businesses take credit cards so we advise you to arrive with a modest amount of cash for extras. Please note that neither Storyteller Within nor The Yoga Forest are responsible for any loss, damage or theft to personal items.
I spoke truths that I previously never dared. I danced, stomped, howled at the moon, cried, felt alive in ways I didn't know were possible, profoundly connected to myself and other beautiful women, and emerged with a light inside of myself that continues to shine brightly even a month after returning to ‘real’ life. (Ellen)
- Retreat package includes:
- - Daily guided meditation & yoga
- - Daily self-exploratory writing sessions
- - 9 nights accommodation at The Yoga Forest (shared - 4 people)*
- - Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, & dinner
- - Afternoon Love Probiotics bliss ball snacks & tea
- - 3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)
- - Mayan Sauna
- - Base Gratuities for local staff
- - All Taxes
What's Not Includedexcludes:
- Shared transport to & from the retreat
- Travel insurance
- Extras during your break (eg massages, treatments, etc)
Venue HighlightsSpectacular forest eco-adventure location with dreamlike volcanic views
Scenic lake-side thatch-roofed yoga temple & writing space
Stylish cabins made of bamboo, cypress, adobe and thatch roofs
Mayan sauna, hammock and relaxation spaces in nature
Forest gourmet meals made with locally sourced vegetables, fruits and greens
On-site permaculture practices
Hiking, kayaking, swimming and excursion opportunities
AccommodationsA stunning location hidden away in the valley behind San Marcos La Laguna, The Yoga Forest offers beautiful shared cabins with comfortable beds, panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga, and Mayan sauna in dream surroundings.
Shared Cabanas (up to 4 people):
Made of bamboo frames, adobe walls, cypress, and thatched palm roofs, each cabana features Guatemala furniture, Mayan fabrics, and Indian textiles. There are no private bathrooms. Showers and compost facilities are outdoors with beautiful views. Cabana living is attuned to the natural electricity-free rhythm of day & night, with solar power only.
Private Rooms - Radha & Krishna:
With wonderful views of Lake Atitlán and the surrounding volcanoes, private rooms Radha & Krishna are located under Shakti Shala and accommodate one or two people in a queen size bed. The beds are comfortable with warm feather duvets and pillows, and decorated with Guatemalan cushions. The rooms have an outdoor deck area for relaxing. There are no private bathrooms. Showers and compost facilities are outdoors with beautiful views. Living is attuned to the natural electricity-free rhythm of day & night, with solar power only.
Private Petite Cabins:
With wonderful views of Lake Atitlán and the surrounding volcanoes, these new petite private cabins have a queen bed and single day bed. The beds are comfortable with warm feather duvets and pillows, and colorful Guatemalan touches to make your stay cozy. There are no private bathrooms. Showers and compost facilities are outdoors with beautiful views. Living is attuned to the natural electricity-free rhythm of day & night, with solar power only.
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- House Keeping
- Ceremony Space
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineAll meals are vegetarian. The Yoga Forest is dedicated to growing food organically and understanding the organic nature of our relationships to our food, our environment and the people within it.
DirectionsThe closest international airport is Guatemala City, four hours away from San Marcos La Laguna. The village of San Marcos La Laguna is easily accessed via shared shuttle or private shuttle.
Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by noon on August 8th and book return flights for late afternoon on August 17th, or the following day.
We can arrange private shuttle transport to San Marcos La Laguna (which can often be shared) from the airport or nearby hotel. We can also recommend options for additional overnight stays in San Marcos, Antigua or near the airport.
It's recommended, budget and schedule permitting, to stay at the lake for some extra time and enjoy the beauty it has to offer.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Zoe Rediger January 24, 2020
The Yoga Forest is a lush space nestled into the side of a mountain with breathtaking views. The staff are kind and grounded. If you wish to go within, this is an environment that will lend itself to support you in that. If you wish to share yourself and your journey in the company of bright souls, the environment will support you in that as well. Be sure to check out the kirtan, ecstatic dance, and other offerings during your stay!
Nicole January 10, 2020
I stayed at the yoga forest during a slow time of the year (September). I did every meditation and yoga class while I was there and it was incredible. Everything there was so aesthetic and peaceful that I was able to focus on myself and for the first time found a true appreciation and love for yoga. I also did a life coaching session with Allison Graham and that was equally just as incredible. Everything about the retreat - the price, the food, the people, the classes and the atmosphere - truly helped me find peace and jumpstart my self-growth journey.
Steven Ells January 04, 2020
The Yoga Forest is a dream. All the amenities of a rustic setting on Lake Atitlan you could want. The support given by Jaya, Saraswati, Ananda, and Coby was incredible. I felt as if I had met close friends from long ago who just happened to be jovial talented shamen. I would highly recommend the experience at the Yoga Forest for any kind of personal growth setting. Or if you just wanted to relax and get a system reset. I can't wait to get back to continue the work and spend time with my new chosen family!
Pooja Raghuram December 31, 2019
I had a great time at my personal wellness retreat for 3 days. I completely understand why there is a minimum 3-night stay but it is definitely not enough. The yoga classes are great, the food so tasty and wellness services are amazing. I left my stay feeling relaxed, refreshed and recharged. Not only can you spend time on your self but there are other people at the Yoga Forest that have such great experiences and diverse backgrounds that are truly inspiring. I definitely want to return for a week but I am completely satisfied with my experience since it exceeded my expectations.
Emily Perry December 26, 2019
The Yoga Forest is such a unique experience-- they have really built a beautiful community and have brought such a powerful vision to life. It was a joy to host a group there!
Miss Kel. December 26, 2019
The Release and Manifest retreat from Kula @Yoga Forrest was wow. An eye opening, healing and detoxing experience. The retreat was very well organised with a mix of different workshops: yoga, singing, soundhealing, medicine wheel, fire ceremony, sweatlodge and plant medicine. The Yoga Forrest was just the ultimate dream place for this retreat. Off the grid in the mountains surrounded by a lushy green of trees and flowers with a stunning view on the lake and volcano’s. I met a bunch of super nice people from across the globe. After a week they feel like a family. We’re still in contact. Thx Kula collective for this unforgettable experience. 🙏🏾❤️
Mariana Camargo December 12, 2019
Aimee's retreat is a spiritual journey that brought me back to my inner self, my inner guidance and self-love. In the midst of being in the process of painful grief, I released so much that I had held back and I found myself be able to express so much for the fact that I felt in a safe space with compassionate and loving women. I felt nurtured by the beautiful place in the Yoga Forest and the beautiful nature surrounding us. I explored parts of myself that were deeply hidden and it helped me to connect with parts of myself that I wanted to resurface. I recommend this retreat to any women who is wanting a safe space for self expression, healing and exploration and to be in the beautiful Lake Atitlan! <3
Kristia Louis-Seize December 03, 2019
The Yoga Forest is the closest you'll be to Mother Earth. What a luxurious nature, the cabanas are authentic, very comfortable and really close to the abundant nature around. Showering outside with a view on the volcanos, peeing with a view on the volcanos... huh, yes ! I kind of miss it now that I'm back home between four walls. The staff is really smooth and the meals very healthy, made with a lot of love. I definitely recommend :-)
Pjotr Postma November 08, 2019
I spent a week in Yoga Forest during traveling and this was the best thing I could've done after 7 weeks of traveling. The site of the place is simply stunning, waking up with the sunrise above Lake Atitlan. There are three yoga classes a day, all with a different intensity but always with great and friendly teachers. Furthermore, the included meals are healthy and amazing and staff besides the teachers is also very friendly and helpful. This week was like a dream. Additional health services helped me greatly with some breakthroughs. Only downside for me as a coffeelover is that this is not included. ;)
Dylan Lunde August 28, 2019
I loved the yoga forest! The staff, food and yoga classes were phenomenal! I really enjoyed and appreciated the diversity in the yoga teachers and classes. The extra wellness services were fantastic as well. The communal vibe was a heartwarming plus too. The schedule overall was great but I didn’t like how close the 2nd yoga class of the day was to breakfast. Ideally I need more time to digest and settle after a meal before engaging in an activity like that, but it wasn’t that big a deal. The location is wonderful in the mountains and away from the hustle and bustle. Outdoor showers and compost toilets were really cool too. I will definitely be coming back to the yoga forest. It’s a perfect place for relaxation but also self love and self work. It can be whatever you make it to be
VJ Bala July 31, 2019
The Yoga Forest is a magical place where one can live in harmony with nature, and grow in every way possible. There are three daily yoga classes of different types offered. Weekly Cacao and Sound Baths. The wellness team is incredible (if you are into massages). The food is made by the most incredible women local to the area. Most of all the views the views the views! You will never get bored of waking up to the incredible views of the volcanoes and Lake Atitlan. I highly recommend this venue for those who are looking for a personal retreat Or ... if you wanted to, you could also join several organized retreats they offer there (all their retreats are mentioned in their website). Follow @theyogaforest to keep getting updates. They also have a YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6i4_vr6UHDwN0Or3sVjxbw) where you can see images of their rooms, facilities, and yoga classes. You will never forget your time at The Yoga Forest!
Jonny Summerell July 29, 2019
It is difficult to summarise my experience at The Yoga Forest, but I will try. I initially only signed up to do my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, but soon found myself also signing up for the 100 hour Sound Ceremony course. It was such an easy decision to make. What Saraswati, Jaya, all the staff and The Kula Collective are doing at the forest is nothing short of incredible. The attention to detail, commitment, presence, patience and love they give, is something I have never experienced before. I walked into the forest with bits an pieces of what I thought I was, with confidence issues, trauma, blocked creativity, lack of direction and severe emotional baggage. After spending 40 days living, breathing and learning from the forest and the beings that reside there, I left a free man, lighter, stronger, full of fire, creativity flowing, my traumas healed, going exactly where I need to go with nothing weighing me down. They say 'Find Yourself In The Forest'. I did just that and then get a whole lot more to come with it. I cannot recommend The Yoga Forest, The Kula Collective and Sound Ceremony enough. It has been by far, the most breathtaking, transformational experience of my life. I will forever be grateful for their teachings, guidance, love and support in bringing me closer to myself.
Cindy Brown July 29, 2019
This stunning location is pure, divine magic. I loved every moment at The Yoga Forest. I came here for the Sound Ceremony Immersion and it was incredibly transformative. It was the perfect balance of experiencing, learning, connection, and space. I would highly recommend this place and immersion experience to anyone! It was lovely being immersed in the forest on the mountain. Waking up to the sounds of nature and the view of the lake and the volcano was incredible! My room was cozy, the food was delicious, the staff were friendly and the yoga/ceremony spaces were perfect. I intend to return again!
VJ Bala July 26, 2019
The Yoga Forest is a magical place where one can live in harmony with nature, and grow in every way possible. There are three daily yoga classes of different types offered. Weekly Cacao and Sound Baths. The wellness team is incredible (if you are into massages). The food is made by the most incredible women local to the area. Most of all the views the views the views! You will never get bored of waking up to the incredible views of the volcanoes and Lake Atitlan. I highly recommend this venue for those who are looking for a personal retreat Or ... if you wanted to, you could also join several organized retreats they offer there (all their retreats are mentioned in their website). Follow @theyogaforest to keep getting updates. You will never forget your time at The Yoga Forest!
Jessica King June 26, 2019
I've held 3 retreats at the Yoga Forest now. Since the first time I went, they've built new beautiful private forest cabins, which I love. The yoga shalas are both beautiful and my group really enjoyed having access to both of them. The staff is always changing because it's a volunteer exchange, but most of the time the people are very lovely and welcoming. Ricardo, who is the current manager was super helpful and accommodating. The food is amazingggg and I always leave feeling very healthy and nourished. There are a ton of stairs around the property so this is not the place for people with knee injuries, but if you can manage, it really is such a wonderful, rustic retreat destination. Prepare to be fully surrounded in pure Guatemalan beauty and nature!
Degroote Clémentine May 17, 2019
I really enjoyed my stay in yoga forest ! The view is amazing, the food is fresh and absolutely divine and the yoga classes top level. The atmosphere is restorative with beautifull people working there. Thanks for your nice energy.
Valentine de Lagarde May 11, 2019
It was all I expected: beautiful, peaceful and full of energy. The people from the health team were really nice and enjoying yoga in that environment is priceless.
Rachel Vinciguerra May 08, 2019
I had an incredible retreat at The Yoga Forest. I went for a personal wellness retreat with a friend and we stayed in a 4-person cabana for four nights. We started the day with meditation, had three yoga classes throughout the day ranging from vinyasa flow to yin and more hatha-influenced. All of the folks at Forest were kind and helpful and it was clear that they were all yoga practitioners in the full sense of the word (beyond just physical asanas). The food was AMAZING, all fresh and local and they easily accommodated me as a celiac (gluten-free). We blessed our food at each meal before sharing together which allowed me to be more mindful as I was eating. Kirtan was held on Tuesday and it was a really incredible community experience to sing and chant with other community members led by Hailey and Jaia who helped create a very positive, inclusive, joyful atmosphere. We also had the privilege of taking part in a Cacao and Sound Ceremony on our last night led by Jaia. He explained the history and cultural roots of the Cacao ceremony as we took part and the sound landscapes he created with a variety of instruments from around the world was unlike anything I've experienced in previous sound ceremonies. I also had a massage treatment while I was there. When we arrived, one of the wellness staff had a consultation with us to self-evaluate our balance (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental) and then recommend treatment options. They did not pressure us to choose anything, but I decided to get a massage because the prices were so affordable. Patti did my massage and integrated yoga and breath work into the massage along with various massage techniques. Overall, just a wonderful experience. I am so glad I chose to do my retreat here. I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India last year and thought the teachers and The Yoga Forest, in general, were very true to the origins of yogic philosophy and practice I learned there while simultaneously paying tribute to indigenous Guatemalan history and culture. I learned a lot in just a short time there and look forward to going back.
Cleo Brooks May 07, 2019
I loved this little retreat high up above the lake. Great location, stunning views of the lake, comfy beds and lots of hammocks. Nourishing yoga and vegetarian food to die for...i would love to visit again sometime ❤
Doris Puzdeux April 26, 2019
I booked a 3 nights stay at the yoga Forest and ended up staying 2 more nights as my time was so good ! A great team, very welcoming atmosphere, everything here is perfect from the food to the quality of the yoga lessons ! I highly recommend !
Alexander Musiol April 24, 2019
I have stayed 11 days at the Yogaforest forest in April 2019. I really loved the whole experience and I really went through change during my stay. All my activities helped me challenge my opinions, viewpoints etc. and eventually connect better to myself again. I feel much more alive and happy! Besides the daily lovely meals and Yoga classes , I have attended Kirtan, Sound and Cacao ceremonies and some wellness services like an abdominal massage. All staff are super nice, the Guatemalan ladies are just incredible in keeping everything tidy and preparing amazing food. Big thanks to Michelle & Michael for their time and help to discover myself again. Thanks to Nea for her amazing Yin Yoga classes and her infectious positive smiling attitude. Thanks for amazing yoga classes, Pati & Ricardo & Blue. ( I will not forget your signature classes, Blue ;) brriiii) Thanks to Haley and Jaya, in creating such a nice space that can help people to transform, rejuvenate or grow. Namaste Alex
Stephanie Kittell April 06, 2019
THE YOGA FOREST is perfectly situated to hold space for rest, relaxation, communion with Nature, nourishment of body-mind-spirit, creative inspiration, and deep transformational work. Nestled in a permaculture food forest, amidst the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan, with an epic view - The Yoga Forest is built upon integrity, love, and respect for Mother Nature’s rhythms. It is felt in every detail. I’ve been back twice for retreat experiences (Release & Manifest / Sound Ceremony Training), and also spent some days there in personal retreat. While the steep footpath up the hills from San Marcos, compost toilets, outdoor shower, and absence of wifi and electricity in the accommodations may deter some from visiting the Forest - for me it was the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the busyness of modern life, and reconnect with the deep wisdom of the forest. I feel lovingly held here, but not coddled. The perfect blend of cozy comforts and spaciousness to step outside of my comfort zones. Oh, and the food - deliciously plant-powered nutrition! Yum! I can’t wait to return!
Madison Levine March 20, 2019
From the moment I arrived, I knew the yoga forest was special. The energy of the place and the staff is incredible. The location is so peaceful and the views are breathtaking. The food is outstanding. Home made breakfast lunch and dinner with lots of variety. The beds and comforters were very comfortable and cozy. The bathrooms are compost but you get used to it quickly and actually enjoy not having to flush. The yoga is amazing! Challenging yet beginners can do it. The teachers give great modifications if you want to pick it up a pace or slow it down. The actually staff are the best! They are available to answer any questions and are true healers. I got two massages and a reiki session and they were outstanding!! The massage cured my neck. The other people who were at the retreat were also so kind and open hearted. Most were around my age 25-35 and had great and positive vibes. I can’t wait to go back to the yoga forest!!
Sarah Rolf S Macher March 18, 2019
I’ve spent 4 nights for a personal retreat at the Yoga Forest. The minute I arrived I felt that I had to extend my stay for one night. All about the Yoga Forest is simply extraordinary! The staff was so lovely, Ricardo (manager) was always open for inquiries/questions etc. I had a very relaxing and at the same time intense massage as well as a Reiki session. During my time there I didn’t want to go down to St Marcos simply because it was so relaxed up in the forest and everything I needed was there. Food was soooo good for each and every meal!! Would go back in a heartbeat and will recommend to everyone who wants to hear it 😊
Don Ely March 15, 2019
The yoga Forrest is a mostly quiet and serene facility. I enjoyed the cool mornings and mild afternoons. Lot of climbing and descending! 😎 The staff was kind and helpful! One criticism is that it appeared to be chaotic at times with people stopping by or new groups coming. A manual of sorts would be nice to give users perntent info on the foods Forrest. Meals , restrooms, yoga studios etc. overall I enjoyed my time there. Don Ely
Maja Suzyamora March 06, 2019
I arrived at the forest greeted by many teachers students and happy staff. The vibe was very chill in the community space, it gave me so much opritunity to relax, read, mingle and journal. The food was AMAZING all vegetarian/vegan and i didnt even notice (as a meat eater). All the food was fresh and colorful cooked by the very lovely and nice ladies in the kitchen. The yoga chalas were so beautiful, so amazing to do yoga with a view of the lake and mountains surrounding us. This retreat space is very close to nature which i enjoyed a lot. If you expect hot showers and electricity around the clock this is not the experience for you. Expect to be immersed in the nature around you, it truly is beautiful. Im would love to stay and enjoy this blissful natural space again soon🌟
Lena Brandt March 05, 2019
Oh my. I can hardly find the words to describe this unique experience at this magical place with the most wonderful, loving people from Kula Collective and from all over the world who quickly became family. Every part of this retreat was carefully planned and facilitated with so much love. They created the most wonderful safe container for us to reflect, release, manifest, grow and expand. This retreat really changed my life in many ways - as cheesy as this might sound but it‘s the truth. I take so many little and big things home with me. I am forever grateful for the time and so deeply in love with each one of the facilitators and participants. Thanks for sharing all of this with me, for creating space, holding space, taking my hand, teaching me, guiding me and lifting me up to meet my highest self. Being part of a community where you can grow, evolve, awaken side by side with so much love, laughter and light(ness) means the world. I am endlessly happy and thankful to have joined the movement and can‘t wait to see where it will take us all.
Ne Tte March 04, 2019
I signed up to come to the Yoga Forest for a few days of recentering and yoga at the end of a month in Guatemala. I expected to love the scenery and hopefully the yoga instructors and the lodging and food. These all highly exceeded my expectations. The premises are immaculate and felt like a tropical paradise. The dorm style room I shared was perfectly clean and welcoming and homey, and I even had the room to myself two of the nights. The food was delicious, healthy and nourishing. The yoga instructors were amazing - personally accommodating during classes with adjustments and advice, a wide range between restorative yin and asthanga and acro and vinyasa. But the part which exceeded my expectations the most was the community I found here. During my 5 days, those other guests who were staying at the Yoga Forest and the teachers formed a mini family/community and made my stay here go from wonderful to amazing. We played games, went on adventures, laughed during yoga classes and after just a few days we already felt like lifelong friends. That's the magic of the Yoga Forest. Already can't wait to come back some day.
Yasmine Zweifel March 04, 2019
We experienced a wonderful week at the Yoga Forest. This place is magical, with a view over the Lake Atitlan and the volcanoes. Our four facilitators helped us to have a beautiful experience with the medicine plants. They guided us through the week with a lot of love and music. And the food was also perfect! Cooked with love and local products. The combination of Yoga and Shamanism was really good. It was nice that we learned a lot about different spiritual techniques. We definitely recommend the retreat!
Andrane De Barry February 16, 2019
I had the best time at the Yoga Forest, this magical place, full of good vibes and good people ! Really enjoyed the yoga lessons of Pati, Claudio, Michele, and especially the one of Ricardo with the guitar play and sing at the end ;) I enjoyed the Sankri (is that the name ? the chantings) with everyone, the massage with Molly and the ones of Pati. Thank you to all the team, and especially the kitchen team for the amazing food .... so yummy hehe !! I also loved so much the little private cabana I stayed in, with the amazing view on the lake. A bliss ! I will go back :)
Sonya Morano February 16, 2019
My partner and I highly recommend The Yoga Forest for a soulcentric, soul nourishing, highly invigorating, deeply grounding experience. A place to unplug and connect deeply to both nature and community. Expect a sacred space full of soul nourishing modalities. We enjoyed a sound healing ceremony, kirtan, energy work, intutive massage, daily variety of yoga classes , rock climbing, SUP, and more. This place is extra juicy because it is a permaculture! Beautiful outdoor showers and the best view of lake atitlan and volcanoes when you use the compost toilet😂 You are surrounded by fruit and coffee trees, veggie gardens, happy chickens, and the vegetarian food the lovely local women prepare is delicious! We communed with so many radiant people from all around the world every day. You are in for a wholehearted treat.
Peter Craig February 13, 2019
From beginning to end, everything about this place was magical. I felt warmly greeted upon arrival, and appreciated the staff making an effort to connect throughout the trip. I enjoyed the healthy and delicious meals, high quality yoga, amazing views, and meeting interesting people from around the world. The cabin had a good energy but was very basic. Disclaimer: it's a 15 minute hike from town that goes uphill but it's well worth it if you know that's what you're getting into. Thanks again Yoga Forest! :)
Lauren morris January 13, 2019
I have to say I was disappointed with my stay at yoga forest. The experience didn't match up to the website... I chose it as a place to do a personal retreat, as it looked like a very heart-centred, holding space. I experienced the opposite. I was there over Xmas day, and no effort was made for the guests. The food was basic and they didn't cater for vegans on this day. I booked a cabin, to be told on arrival, I was staying in a private tent. The bed sheets were dirty and the tent was not fully secured down, so I couldn't sleep in it on windy nights. Luckily the manager offered me another room, after notifying him. Many people were getting sick there (perhaps from food served outside, I don't know) and there were armed robberies happening near by. Although yoga forest has security, and our safety is our responsibility, I still think that a host has a duty to notify people of things that are happening around the property/ area. The same goes for sickness. It would be decent of the retreat centre to inform first timers to Guatemala of useful facts such as not swimming in the lake or walking alone at dark. It would have been nice to see some concern/ interest in the sick guests also. It's a beautiful location, with beautiful views, but I personally felt too isolated from the town. I also didn't experience a friendly welcome and it just felt a bit stressy, ungrounded and disorganised the whole time. Wouldn't recommend, it was an unfortunate introduction to the lake.
Rita Clipperton January 10, 2019
I was nervous to attend this retreat, because I knew for me it would be a deep dive, with a group of people I had not yet met. The offer of a safe place, with support and guidance called me, and what I found was so much more than I could think to ask for. The trust I approached with continued to grow, as I was met with love, careful facilitation and skill, beautiful ceremony and presence of spirit, held space, and lots more love. I was able to surrender and release what I hoped to, in a profound way that has allowed beautiful transformation. I have only just returned home, seeing more clearly. How things will manifest is unknown, but I’m finding that much of what I asked for is here already, and I just needed to allow some things to move out of the way. I’m grateful. I love this journey. We ARE love!
Jason Bangma December 27, 2018
This retreat was nothing short of amazing and forever life changing!! The location has been carved out of the cliffs of heaven with cabins tucked away amongst the forest with views that are undescribable. The facilitators have a tremendous capacity to hold space which allowed me to comfortably and easily drop deep into the whole experience. I recommend this retreat to anyone who has the desire to make a positive shift into the direction of their great dreams and true purpose in life.
Stephanie Kittell December 21, 2018
The Yoga Forest is perfectly situated for transformation of body-mind-spirit. Nestled in the hills of San Marcos, surrounded by volcanoes, with an eagle's view of Lago De Atitlan, this is a perfect place to unplug and re-connect with the nature within. Delicious vegan / vegetarian food, outstanding coffee, expertly programmed retreats and offerings. Feeling nourished, held, supported, and challenged in all the necessary ways for my souls' evolution. The community vibe is incredible. Seekers from all over the world come together here in union. A true gift. I will return soon! With love, Stephanie Kittell
Makaela Bamonti December 06, 2018
I finished my 300hr YTT with Kula Collective at the Yoga Forest this past November and I am transformed and exploding with love and light. Not only did I learn SO much about how to be the best yoga teacher I can be, I also learned so much about myself and the person I want to be. The community, the openness, and the LOVE is real and so necessary in this world today... I highly recommend Kula Collective to anyone ready to become Whole again! If you’re reading this and find it helpful and want to experience Kula for yourself, use my discount code “bloomyogi” :) AHO! - Makaela Bamonti
Costanza Sibio October 26, 2018
A place where you can disconnect from everything to be able to reconnect with yourself through the beauty of nature, tranquility and silence, the practice of yoga and meditation, massages ... there are many activities organized for guests like the Temazcal , the Kirtan cerimony, the ecstatic dance, essential oils workshop ... all this to make new experiences and get rich on a human level. Beautiful location built with love and respect for nature; very professional, friendly and helpful staff; very competent yoga teachers and therapists; high quality vegetarian food. A community of authentic people who carry on a healthy lifestyle and want to share their positive message with the world. Thank you!
Mariajo Aceña October 15, 2018
Soy guatemalteca y he viajado mucho por mi país pero acabo de descubrir este lugar espectacular Yoga Forest Me gustó tanto que decidí darme un autoregalo de cumpleaños e irme a un retiro de 4 días. Fue lo mejor que pude hacer pues fue un regalo para mi cuerpo y mi espíritu . Muy linda la gente, hermoso lugar para convivir con la naturaleza silvestre la comida excelente y sana y las clases muy buenas. Pocos guatemaltecos visitan este lugar pero es un privilegio tenerlo en nuestro país. Invito a que salgan de los paseos comunes y prueben venir unos días acá. Saldrán renovados !