Create Space Retreat with Jiya Julia Randall

  • The Yoga Forest The Yoga Forest
  • Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  • Feb 1 - 8, 2020 (8 days)
  • Group Retreats: Shared Cabañas - Rama, Sita & Lakshmi - $1,575.00 Group Retreats: Shared Forest Cabin - $1,575.00 Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $1,975.00 Group Retreats: Private Forest Cabins - $1,975.00

About This Event

Create Space Retreat

Guided by international facilitator Jiya Julia Randall

Yoga – Cacao – Creative Expression – Nature

See yourself here…

…waking up to breathtaking beauty

…practicing yoga high above the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan

…sharing Guatemalan cacao and rich conversation

…channeling creative inspiration in the magnificence of nature.

Create Space Retreats offer a sparkling container for exploring flow consciousness and igniting creative freedom. This week-long Guatemala journey includes activating practices such as sacred ceremony, yoga, cacao, dance, creative writing, music, shamanic journeying and free flow art inspired by the surreal panoramic views of the Yoga Forest Retreat.

Whether you are experiencing physical, emotional or creative blockages, or simply looking for reconnection and space, this magical retreat offers a haven of inspiration. Create Space Retreat is designed to awaken the subtle receptors within us that ‘plug us in’ to our center, to nature and to our sacred creative expression. Using intuitive expression, sacred ceremony and free flow self-inquiry, we open channels for the birth of new visions.

Throughout the retreat we will work with the powerful local medicine of cacao, an excellent facilitator for energetic sensitivity and creativity. You will connect meaningfully with like-minded community who can support your creative visions and offer a space for cultivating energy, imagination and motivation around your manifestations. You will experience sustainable living in a mystical, stunning location. By creating space, we allow new creation.

What is flow?

Accessing our natural state of flow comes from deep connection and unity of our body, mind and spirit. When life feels stagnant, painful or disconnected, it is often the product of overthinking and lack of presence, causing resistance, worry, fear and indecision. Aligning ourselves with the movement of life force through us frees up our creative impulse and evokes a limitless state, where manifestation happens effortlessly and things seem to just… flow.

All of life is creation. It is our nature to create new ideas, and whether we are designing our bedroom, our six month plan, or our life, the way we harness our life force and human creativity is key to unlocking our most expansive version of ourselves. With a schedule designed to help you open up to the flow of expression, and a setting that induces awe, this is an opportunity to truly come back to your center.

Highlights of Create Space Retreat Guatemala

Daily yoga in the Yoga Forest’s sought-after Shakti Shala, with awe-inspiring views overlooking volcanos and highland Lake Atitlan

Daily ceremonial cacao and intention setting

Art, music, writing, movement, mindfulness, sound healing, freestyle spoken word and visualization

Temezcal in traditional stone sauna

Reflective practices to unplug the flow

Fire ceremonies in an ancient Mayan sacred cave

Hike through coffee fields and forests to a local spring

Inspiration from like-minded beings and stunning natural environment

Sustainable living and pure vegetarian cuisine in simple, beautiful Yoga Forest

What you’ll love about Guatemala and Yoga Forest

Known as the land of eternal spring, Guatemala carries the mysticism of the ancient Maya civilisations still very apparent in the traditions of the indigenous Maya people that inhabit the country. Sprinkled with volcanoes, overlooking one of the deepest lakes in the world and surrounded in natural dry forest, the omnipresence of nature in San Marcos La Laguna infuses every experience with un unforgettable serenity and power.

Yoga Forest is a beautiful blend of eco-conscious construction with expansive and creative design. The centerpiece is the ancient sacred cave site, used for prayer and gathering for many generations and offered here as a place of ceremony for our group. Shakti Shala, where we will spend most of our time together, invites artistic expression and instant connection to the magnificent views it overlooks. Accommodation is in small and comfortable shared or private cabins, each with the stunning view, a small balcony or deck and shared bathroom facilities with warm spring water showers and dry compost toilets. Cuisine is local, delicious and vegetarian, including warm Guatemalan tortillas and locally grown coffee served fresh each day. The property is sprinkled with bright tropical flowers, edible and medicinal herbs and the temezcal sauna is a womb of purification offering rebirth. On breaks you can take the short walk to San Marcos town, a mecca for spiritual seekers of the world and home to many yogis, musicians, healers and foodies. Enjoy the simple peace of community life in this special highland village.

Typical daily schedule:

7-9 Morning Practice – including yoga, meditation, movement, and creative expression

9.00-10.30 Breakfast

10.30-11 Cacao ceremony and sharing circle

11.00 – 1.00 Create Space Workshop – activities include painting, writing, walking/hiking

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00-4.30 Free time

4.30-6.00 Sunset practice and creative expression

6.00 – 7.00 Dinner

7.00 – 9.00 *some evenings only* Evening activities, including group circle, fire ceremony, art play, musical jam and Sauna

*Each day the schedule will vary.

**Free time optional activities include; kayaking, local market shopping, stand up paddle board, hiking

***Schedule starts at 6pm February 1st and ends at 10am February 8th. A complementary shuttle will run, leaving at 11am on Feb 1st from Guatemala City Airport and returning at 11am on Feb 8th direct to the airport).

Pricing includes 7 nights accommodation and all listed activities

-Private queen room/cabin with shared bathroom facilities $1975

-Shared cabin with shared bathroom facilities $1575

A $100 pay-in-full discount is offered if payment is made upon registration.  Otherwise payments are according to the following schedule:

$500 – Non-refundable Deposit due at booking

Shared $550 or Private $950 – 1st payment due November 1st 2019

$525 – Final payment due Jan 1st, 2020

All inclusive price includes:

Accommodation for 7 nights

3 Vegetarian Meals per day

All group activities/ excursions

Airport transportation (one shared shuttle leaving at 11am on Feb 1st from Guatemala City Airport and returning at 11am on Feb 8th direct to the airport)

2 yoga/movement and meditation classes a day

1-3 creative exploration sessions a day

Hike to spring

Sacred Ceremony and daily cacao

Daily Journaling

One-on-One support in creative visioning

Find your Self in the Forest.


Venue Highlights

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. Terraced into the side of a cliff, The Yoga Forest is a twenty five minute hike up into the valley from Lake Atitlán, To escape to our lush tropical food forest please travel to us with a backpack, organic soaps, a head torch and a spirit of adventure.


The Yoga Forest has multiple accommodation options to suit all explorers, from shared cabanas, private rooms, unique yogi lofts, and private forest cabins. All accommodations are beautifully appointed, built using natural building techniques and materials, featuring comfortable beds, warm feather duvets, pillows, and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan cushions.


  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

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


We serve local organic produce whenever is possible and prepare our delicious vegetarian meal with love. We can cater to certain dietary restrictions, such as vegan and gluten free. Please advise management of your needs as well as any allergies.


Travel Tips:

Morning Travel Recommended: Book your flight to arrive in Guatemala City, then take a direct shuttle to Antigua. Please arrange to take an 8-9am collective shuttle (Q100) from Antigua to San Marcos la Laguna in order to get you to town in the morning or very early afternoon. We offer a daily escort service from San Marcos la Laguna to The Yoga Forest promptly at 2PM. Be sure to arrive in San Marcos la Laguna with plenty of time to locate Circles Cafe before the escort service arrives.

We also can arrange a private shuttle to pick you up from Guatemala City Airport to San Marcos La Laguna. Our driver will be waiting at the airport with a sign with your name on it. The ride directly from the GUA to San Marcos is approximately 4 hours.

Please plan your travels accordingly, either spending a night in Antigua to make a morning shuttle, or stay in San Marcos la Laguna a night early. For your safety, LATE ARRIVALS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

For additional details, please see our Getting Here page on our website: (contact info blocked)

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