About This Event
Spend a week on a private, luxury estate nestled in the rainforests of Guatemala, and learn how to incorporate meditation into your life to experience more peace, vitality and connection with your true nature.
Experience daily mindfulness sessions, where you'll learn how to meditate to improve your confidence, focus, and connection with the shining spirit within yourself: who you really are. Become familiar with the sense of calmness that exists within you always, but that is so hard to access in our normal busy lives. You will leave this retreat with the tools to access this feeling on demand! We will focus on managing difficult thought patterns and emotions, cultivating optimism and gratitude, and on how to integrate mindfulness into your life so you can keep the feeling of being on retreat once you return to the real world!
Be treated to daily healing therapies in the on-site spa, lead by the incredibly talented owners of Sweat Sweat Sweat, a spa opening next year in Toronto. Hammam spa scrubs. A traditional temazcal ceremony. Sound baths. Aromatherapy steams. Receive massages in your room upon request (all included!).
Explore Antigua, a beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage city, with a knowledgable guide who has been touring the city for over 20 years! Be treated to a cooking class and Spanish language classes by locals who will make you feel at home in their beautiful corner of the world.
El Sanctuario, your home for the week, is a luxury private estate reserved just for us. Nestled in the hills fully surrounded by rainforest, you'll see an erupting volcano come into view as you walk along corridors lined with orchids on your way to breakfast. Be treated like royalty with all meals and wine included; hot tubs scattering the property; a pool and hammocks with gorgeous views to lounge in; and all the modern amenities you could ask for (including a gym and wifi!).
We'll experience a perfect balance of deep relaxation and activity, with daily yoga classes and guided hikes (everything optional of course! You choose your adventures). Waking up pre-dawn one morning to climb a volcano, we'll watch the molten lava flow as the stars fade and the first rays of light peak over the mountain. (The most incredible scenery I personally have ever witnessed!)
From being picked up at the airport to when we drop you off again, you won't have to think about a thing but relaxing and getting in touch with your inner enlightened self. We'll even provide you with a gift bag including cozy pants and a sweatshirt that you'll never want to take off! All you have to bring is yourself.
I can't wait to welcome you on this unique journey.
The moment I entered this place I felt at peace. I couldn't imagine a more elegant setting to spend a week slowing down, spending time in nature and rejuvenating. - Lara
- Airport transportation to and from Guatemala City Airport in the C.A. Express Bus (https://www.ca.express/) including refreshments and snacks
- All meals and snacks, including wine and cheese events in the evenings and pre-packed meals for hikes
- Daily meditation and mindfulness practices lead by Lara of Listen Lightly
- Daily yoga sessions
- Daily therapies by Harrison Taylor and Amanda Laine of Sweat Sweat Sweat, including:
- - Hammam Scrub Rituals
- - Temazcal Ceremony
- - Sound Bath Ceremony
- - Aromatherapy
- Full access to the on-property spa including hot tubs and a steam room
- Full access to on-property gym
- Our chauffeurs will take into Antigua upon request to wander the city's art galleries, have grab a meal, or do some local shopping
- Massages upon request in the comfort of your room
- Guided pre-dawn volcano hike where you’ll watch an active volcano erupt while the stars fade and the sun rises
- Evening astronomy session lead by Harrison Taylor
- Guided hikes in the rainforest
- A guided tour of Antigua
- A Guatemalan cooking class
- Spanish lessons on request
- Gift bag, including comfortable pants and a sweatshirt to lounge and meditate in
- Being spoiled in total luxury as you focus on slowing down and unwinding, settling into deep relaxation, and connecting with yourself and nature in the most beautiful setting
Venue HighlightsUpon being welcomed through the gate, you will see before you the most beautiful jungle estate you have ever seen. A river filled with koi fish winds through the property, connecting ponds with black swans lined with avocado trees filled. The only sounds are the sounds of the rainforest completely surrounding the property.
Everything you could ever need is on property, including a gym, the multi-room elegant spa where our heat therapy experts will be conducting daily rituals, and many places to relax and meditate. Our staff will take care of your every need, bringing you coffee or a snack anytime you like. Treat El Sanctuario like your home for the week.
AccommodationsEach room has a king sized bed that is the most comfortable bed you will ever sleep on. The bed has a fireplace at its foot where fresh kindling is replaced each night so you can fall asleep with your feet warm to the crackle of a fire,
Each room also has a day bed varying in size from double to king.
Each room has its own bathroom, some rooms with jacuzzis or a hot tub outside walk-out doors.
Enjoy the toiletries provided made of natural ingredients, the softest towels and robes you've ever felt, and chocolate macadamia nuts made locally, ready for you upon your arrival.
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Hot Tub
- Fitness Center
- Yoga Studio
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineOur chefs are from the local area and cook the highest quality ingredients to perfection. Expect a wide variety of options at each meal, including vegetarian options, fish, meat and traditional Guatemalan flavours.
Several evenings we will have wine and cheese socials, with wine from the extensive on-property private wine cellar, chosen carefully by the owner of the property for our guests.
All meals and wine are included. Any special preferences can be accommodated.