28 Day Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training + Permaculture Immersion

Event Highlights

  • Our program includes:
  • • In-depth training 6 days a week
  • • 1 day each week of unscheduled time to study and explore
  • • 4 weeks of accommodations at Atitlán Organics' Bambu Guest House (community living focused on harmonious relationships with the planet)
  • • 3 delicious, organic farm-to-table vegetarian meals per day
  • • Illustrated Yoga Teacher Training Manual
  • • Daily yoga, meditation & philosophy classes
  • • Permaculture immersion and community-led service project
  • • Leadership + life-design module
  • • Field trips to local permaculture projects
  • • Mayan Fire Ceremony, Cacao & Sound Ceremony
  • • 200 hour Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Certification (YTT)*
  • *received upon successful completion of the program

Schedule

Sample Itinerary:
6:00 am Meditation
6:30 am Yoga & Movement practice
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Yoga Philosophy
10:45 am Yoga Lab, Anatomy or Methodology
12:15 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Yoga Philosophy or Permaculture
4:15 pm Yoga Lab, Therapeutics or Methodology
7:15 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Evening activity (meditation, circle, movie or reflection)*
*3 times per week

*In the third week, we will spend half days participating in a permaculture service project in the community.

About This Event

YOGA + PERMACULTURE + LEADERSHIP
Journey to the Mayan Heartland for a transformational experience with Atitlan Organics and Awakened Spirit Yoga. Deepen your practice and feel the subtle and profound shifts that happen when you embrace sustainable and holistic practices. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient yogic philosophy and Mother Earth herself, this 4-week course teaches the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness. Embedded within this training is Atitlan Organic's Permaculture Immersion, which gives participants the chance to come into a deeper and more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Highly recommended for yogis, change-makers, innovators, activists, seed planters, or anyone is interested in transformation.

This 28-day course will cover yoga philosophy, physical alignment, creating safe teaching environments and applied leadership through an experiential approach to learning. This unique program combining ancient yogic wisdom and the intelligence of nature will support you in finding your voice as a teacher and a leader, while aligning to the rhythms of nature. Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community with intention, confidence and an expanded perspective. Awaken your potential!

TOPICS COVERED:
The Sacred Earth YTT includes a full 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training (recognized by the Yoga Alliance) in addition to a Permaculture Immersion course! Our curriculum is rooted in the connections between Mind, Body and Earth and is designed to leave you inspired and empowered. We will learn to ground this knowledge and experience in the earth and in our actions.  We will be delving into many topics during our time together including:

Anatomy & Physiology in Asana, Cueing, Teaching Methodology, Fostering Safe and Diverse Learning Environments, Yoga Philosophy and Ethics (the Yoga Sutras), all while exploring the intersection between yoga and permaculture!

ACTIVITIES & FIELD TRIPS:

Opening Mayan Fire Ceremony

Tour of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and food forest

Sharing circles and group activities

Lunar Ceremonies 

Cacao and Sound Ceremony

The Permaculture Principles 

Approaches in Permaculture

Yoga Off the Mat

Field trip to Quix’aya (“Heart of Water”), an epic self-organized Maya Permaculture-inspired community.

Temezcal (Meso-American sauna)

Feel free to contact us for more info. We'd love to set up a call to connect!

"This is the best investment I've ever made in myself" -Morgan Masters, Sacred Earth participant 2018

What's Included

  • Included in this course is your stay at the Bambu Guest House for the duration of the training, with 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day plus snacks, coffee, tea, and dessert. Also included within the training is the Atitlan Organics Permaculture Immersion course, a 40+ hour Permaculture training.

What's Not Included

Airfare and transportation to and from the retreat center at the start and end of course; additional optional massage or spa treatments.

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.

Accommodations

Lodging is in bright and spacious shared rooms. Participants have the option of a 4-person or an 8-person room. Each one has a private bathroom with hot water, wifi, a balcony with hammocks and seating, amazing views, and comfy beds!

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Retreat participants will receive three delicious, nourishing meals (with dessert!) throughout the day as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, and tea, coffee, and filtered water throughout the day. Our restaurant is supplied by Atitlan Organics permaculture farm and other local producers to ensure the freshest meals possible. Trust us, your belly will be happy!

Directions

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.

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Reviews  
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  • 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!

  • Colleen Donovan   May 17, 2018

      Warm, Caring, Knowledgeable

    Julia is an inspiring person and truly worth studying under. She is warm, cares deeply about all her students, and is knowledgeable and experienced in many areas of yoga, meditation, and holistic living. Cannot recommend highly enough!

  • 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.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Opening up to the joy and peace of meditation and Yoga. <3 Marion
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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