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7 day Ayahuasca Plant Medicine Retreat on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Event Highlights

  • -4 Ceremonies with Ayahuasca
  • -Sunrise Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • -Delicious nutritious meals prepared with LOVE on the diet
  • -Tour of the permaculture farm
  • -Kundalini Yoga
  • -Temescal Sauna
  • -Heart Opening Cacao and Breathwork Ceremony


We will hold 4 evening ceremonies with the sacred medical plant Ayahuasca, led by Isabel and other assistants in our tribe. During the day there will be time to relax, explore the lake a little, go for hikes and practice yoga. We will participate in a traditional sunrise Mayan are ceremony the morning after we arrive, on another day we will have a morning tour of the permaculture farm and we will close the retreat with a cacao ceremony.

About This Event

Join us on beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala for a 7 day Journey with the Sacred Medicine Ayahuasca. The retreat is held by One Light Tribe, a community based in SF Bay Area, California and San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. Circles will be led by Isabel, assisted by Ari and other musical guests. 

We will hold 4 ceremonies during the week. We will work with Ayahuasca in conjunction with some other medicinal plants Other activities include a Mayan fire ceremony with a Mayan elder, yoga, a tour of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm with Shad, hikes and a day to explore the lake. Other optional activities available. 

This retreat is all inclusive with meals on the ayahuasca diet and lodging. Lodging is shared rooms of 4-6 people. Maximum participants 15, including the facilitators. 

Round trip flights to Guatemala City and transportation to the retreat center are not included in the cost. The drive from the airport to Tzununa can take approx 3-4 hours. We can assist you in arranging your transportation as well as find others to share the cost of the taxi or shuttle.

We suggest that you arrive a day or two before, in case you want to visit Antigua or another town on the lake. Arrival to the retreat property should be between 1-5 on Sunday, March 24. 

Venue Highlights

Lake Atitlan has been called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and in our humble opinion it is! At the Bambu you will re-connect with nature, falling asleep to the sounds of the nearby stream burbling past and waking to amazing sunrises over the lake. Nearby Atitlan Organics permaculture farm is a great opportunity to connect with Mother Earth and re-discover the harmony between humans and the natural world.


Lodging is in shared but spacious rooms. Twin and double beds available. Each room has a private bathroom with hot water, wifi, a balcony with hammocks and seating, amazing views, and comfy beds!


Retreat participants will receive 2-3 delicious, nourishing meals throughout the day as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, and tea, coffee, and filtered water throughout the day. Our menu will adhere to the Ayahuasca diet. Our restaurant is supplied by Atitlan Organics permaculture farm and other local producers to ensure the freshest meals possible. On ceremony days we will not have dinner. Trust us, your belly will be happy!


Coming from Antigua or Guatemala City you must travel to Panajachel, which is one of the three big towns on the lake and takes about 3-4 hours by shuttle. To get to Panajachel, you can take a tourist shuttle from Antigua for roughly Q100 per person or Q225 per person from Guatemala City. There are also private shuttle options that will you take you straight to our door in Tzununa. We can help make arrangements with any of this, so just let us know if you want some help.

From Panajachel, you take a boat (lancha) at the public dock. Tell the captain that you are going to the town of Tzununa ("zoo-new-nah") which is three public stops from Panajachel. This costs roughly Q15-20 per person.

Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and take a tuk tuk (little three wheeled car), tell them you want to go to El Bambu. This costs Q5 per person. When you get to El Bambu, go through the gate and up to the main building.

As noted, we are in the quiet, little town of Tzununa. From the guest house you are less than a 10-minute walk to the lake and less than 20 meters from beautiful rivers. You are a 45-minute walk or a 10-minute tuk tuk ride away from the town of San Marcos La Laguna. This has many places to eat, drink, practice yoga, etc.

We can help you get to the lake from Antigua, the airport, or from anywhere. Just contact us and we can arrange a shuttle for you.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • Seth Whitaker   February 07, 2019

      A trusted and brilliant guide

    Isabel is an incredible guide, leader and friend. She approaches her healing work with great dedication and respect for the local cultures and plants from which these medicines come. When working with Isabel, there is no ego involved: rather than acting like a "guru" or prescribing treatments, she works as a close partner and ally, ushering me along the healing path, opening doors for me to walk through. She has encyclopedic knowledge of healing modalities and holds space with a kind authority that is rare among healers. Isabel is an emotional rock for her tribe; healing work can be difficult and messy, and Isabel provides an absolutely safe and secure atmosphere to do this work. I have seen Isabel grow into a powerful leader over the years, and yet she has maintained a softness that makes her so approachable. I am honored that I was able to join her first guided trip to Ecuador, and her partnership with the family should be the model for all groups looking to work with indigenous peoples. She has partnered with them to build a gorgeous retreat center, completely focused on helping people do this important work in a safe, comfortable, and sustainable environment. She is the "mama bear" for her tribe and I consider myself so fortunate to have opportunities to deepen my spiritual practices with her and this beautiful community she has nurtured. I cannot speak highly enough about Isabel and the work she does.

  • Joy Kerry   January 21, 2019

      love this woman

    I met Isabel through friends I had sat with in ceremony in Peru. I have experienced both profound openings thru Isabel's cacao ceremonies and journeyed with her to Ecuador to sit in 6 ceremonies with the Grandmother medicine. Isabel has a high level of integrity and I am grateful to have felt safe with her as the lead connecting me to the tribe in the Amazon. Blessings to continuous expansion of conscious on this planet.

  • Louise Baranowski   January 21, 2019

      Fantastic community

    Isabel has made it possible for many people to get enlightened as she has before us. She has created a space for people to take care of themselves and grow through the medicine. It has made easy for us to journey and Isabel has shared her jungle experiences and taken us to meet her Sharman. I have the utmost respect for the community she has introduced me to. So grateful Louise

  • Lila Li   June 10, 2018

      An amazing place to rest, recharge and grow!!

    I stayed at the Bambu Guesthouse for 5 weeks as a facilitator for a yoga teacher training and had a wonderful experience. We loved the beautiful scenery from our room and even more so from our hammock on the balcony. Our morning meditations on the brand new yoga platform were very relaxing and peaceful, especially with the sunrise views over the lake. The staff were super helpful and they met our every need with positivity and friendliness. The food was healthy and delicious and sourced locally from the organic farm right up the road. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a nourishing personal retreat, or to dive deeper in permaculture and sustainability to stay at the Bambu Guesthouse. It's a fantastic experience!

  • Julia Forest   June 07, 2018

      Stunning Views and Wonderful Staff

    What can we say? We love Colleen and Shad and the venue is the perfect amount of eco conscious vs comfort. We brought a group of students to Bamboo for a 1 month yoga teacher training and Shad went above and beyond to ensure that the space was ready to accommodate our group. The food was delicious, local and organic and the dessert was creative and freshly made every day. We enjoyed the community dinning experience. Rooms are kept very clean and have a lot of natural light. The staff is very friendly and approachable. What we especially enjoyed about our stay was the early morning meditations on the yoga platform. Thank you again for a beautiful experience! We look forward to returning again in November!

  • Stella Artuso   June 04, 2018

      Yoga Retreat at the Bambu Guest House

    I recently co-facilitated a 5-day yoga & meditation retreat at the Bambu Guest house. I'm so happy that my first yoga retreat in Guatemala ending up at this stunning location and space. My co-facilitator and I felt supported by Shad and Colleen during the pre-retreat leg work (organizing, promoting etc.) Once we arrived, I knew we made the right decision to lead our yoga retreat at the Bambu Guest House. We were a small group and we felt taken care of from the moment we arrived up until we ended our stay. We were welcomed to use the space like it was our own home and could not get over the view of Lake Atitlan (and incredible sunrises!). The Guest house is a clean space, has comfortable beds, (hot!) showers, and lovely hammocks located on each private balcony. All yoga props needed are available, which was so helpful for us (as not all guest houses will provide this). Shad got his bolsters locally made (and they are gorgeous!). The food was consistently delicious. Chefs are from the local community and always provided fresh, tasty and filling meals. Much of the food that is served is from the local farm and mostly organic. Shad and Colleen were quick to take care of any minor issues we came across. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I felt that it was a little noisy at times (dogs, tuktuk etc- but, really its all part of the charm of being in Guatemala :)

  • Kristine Vanderplas   May 18, 2018

      Loved my time here!

    I stayed at the Bambu for a month while faciltating the Sacred Earth YTT with Awakened Spirit Yoga. The accommodations are comfortable and beautiful, the view of the lake is spectacular, the yoga deck is awesome and the meals were always a highlight. The staff at the Bambu went above and beyond to ensure that everyone in our group was accommodated for and comfortable. Located just down the road from Atitlan Organics we benefited from farm fresh produce and also the knowledge and expertise around permaculture. A beautiful community that is connected and committed to reducing their footprint and living in harmony with the land. This is an incredible retreat centre and I highly recommend a visit just for a meal or a longer term stay!

  • Neal Hegarty   May 14, 2018

      My Stay at the Bambu

    I absolutely loved staying at the Bambu Guest house, I've stayed there as a course participant and as a normal guest. Its a beautiful construction, has amazing farm to table food and great friendly staff. Most of all I love the family vide there, its just like being in a house. The library is full of great books, its a great place to chill and read, do yoga on the deck. Its also an amazing place to take a course, with a really great environment, super conducive to learning and fun!!

  • Oliver M Goshey   May 13, 2018

      The best place to learn and explore

    Though this place is undoubtedly beautiful and unique, the real value is in all of the amazing courses that they offer throughout the year. Anyone interested in regenerative living, natural building and permaculture will find some of the best teachers and experts in the world here with real experience and gorgeous examples of inspiring projects all within walking distance of the hotel. On top of all of that, the farm to table meals are an absolute highlight. This a community that's really walking the walk in the way they build, farm, and interact with the community. Definitely worth coming back to a few times to make use of all the offerings and opportunities here

  • Isa Fortier   May 13, 2018

      Stunning spot

    The Bambu guest house, is a confortable spot to stay when you want tranquility, good vegetarien meal and meet people who have interest on permaculture. The Guest house is link with Atitlan organics an amazing permaculture farm who have 12 years of strong work. They now have a abondant and beautiful garden.

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