About This Event
A Complete Ashtanga Retreat: Pattabhi Jois Meets Patanjali
Dive deeper into your Ashtanga practice and develop your knowledge of yoga theory; free your body and mind with daily yoga, pranayama and meditation sessions. Transform over the course of this yoga retreat through a variety of practice styles and workshops focused on the Ashtanga Yoga System and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Experience the Mysore-style Ashtanga practice with instruction and sequencing tailored to your body. Work through your Ashtanga Primary Series under the guidance of internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, author of The Yoga Lifestyle, and founder of Doron Yoga and Zen Center, Doron Hanoch. Expand your mind through studying the teachings of Patanjali, the seminal sage of yoga practice and philosophy.
Challenge yourself with physical practice and find inner peace overlooking Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
The retreat is open to all levels, though some Ashtanga practice is recommended.
From the very first minute I met Doron in person I could feel his love and kindness. He is super knowledgable, both in practice and in theory. He is willing to give all the knowledge and experience he has to offer and wants you to continue to grow.
- -Daily morning yoga practice in a beautiful Shala space with panoramic views of Lake Atitlan, volcanoes, mountains, and the Tzununa river
- -Learning mechanics of yoga poses to perfect your alignment
- -Pranayama practices to enrich your energy and life force
- -Zen meditation
- -Osho Kundalini meditation
- -Zen Dance
- -Yoga, meditation, and wellness workshops
- -Yin Yoga to deepen flexibility and balance the body
- -Joy-enhancing techniques to help practice gratitude
- -Thoughtful, time tested yoga teachings and hands-on assists from an incredibly experienced, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher
- -Three delicious vegetarian meals served daily in a communal style
- -Swimming in beautiful Lake Atitlan
- -Our Temazcal, a traditional Maya sweat lodge and natural sauna
- -Exciting evening activities like fire-side Zen talks and chants
- -Staying in the serene Maya village of Tzunana and exploring the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan
- -Living in a spiritual community with like-minded yogis
5:00 – 6:15pm Opening Circle (arrival day)
6:00 – 7:00am Meditation and Pranayama
7:00 – 8:45am Asana practice
9:00 – 9:30am Breakfast
1:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
4:30– 6:30pm Afternoon Workshop: 3 sessions will be devoted to Patanjali sutras, 2 will be asana workshops.
6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30 – 9:30pm Rest and Optional Activities (Fire Circle, Temazcal sauna, Movie Night, etc.)
- -6 nights accommodation
- -3 vegetarian meals daily: curated offerings made with locally-sourced food and high quality ingredients
- -Coffee with breakfast
- -Unlimited herbal tea and filtered water
- -Fresh smoothies and juices with meals
- -Yoga Instruction
- -Pranayama and breathing exercises
- -Zen Meditation
- -Guided meditations, programs and workshops
- -Time to explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan
What's Not Included-Tours and other excursions
-Extra snacks and beverages
-Transportation to and from the retreat (we are happy to help book transportation for additional fee)
-Massage therapy, Spanish classes and consultations with our experts
Venue HighlightsYOGA SHALA
This beautiful practice space stands on stilts next to the Tzununa River with full length windows and sliding glass doors. The sounds of the river permeate the space, which features jaw-dropping views of Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes and mountains. Inside, the yoga shala features high, insulated ceilings held up by bamboo pillars and a sprawling cypress floating floor. The cane, Cyprus, pine, and stones used in the construction are locally sourced and built with care by community workers. Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the construction quality, garden, and design functionality of the center.
We follow permaculture and sustainable design principals to ensure DYZC is eco-friendly in its construction and functionality. The Tzununa River runs through our grounds, where guests can enjoy meditation in chairs and hammocks. A path paved with local stones runs alongside the river, through our garden and around the property. We grow coffee, bananas, avocados, lettuces, beans, yams, radishes, herbs and around 30 other fruits and vegetables which can all be enjoyed when you dine at Buddha Cafe.
We have a beautiful fire pit under a grand Jocote tree more than fit for climbing. Our Temazcal is a classic Maya ceremonial sauna to help you detox and cleanse your body. For an additional cost, we offer massages and Spanish classes on property.
The energy of the earth itself is positively charged; the DYZC is built on a high-frequency vibration land. As one guest stated: “center” doesn’t seem to be the most fitting word – maybe something like dream village, yoga farm, or riverbank Zen oasis.
The Buddha Café is a wonderful meeting place. This outdoor deck dining space overlooks the lake; it is surrounded by the lush landscape and has a variety of seating (and hammock!) options. It serves nutritious and delicious gourmet vegetarian food, which you can read more about below. One of its primary highlights is the great company; meals are served and enjoyed community-style. Travelers meet to share stories, experiences, a cup of tea, and so much more. Rest, connect with new friends, and enjoy delicious food and snacks.
AccommodationsAll of our accommodations are new construction and built with ecological practices in mind. Rustic and charming, rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view; they are decorated with murals, local art and textiles.
The property offers three types of rooms: private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, and dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms. All bathrooms have showers with either gas or solar heated water and western toilets (eco treatment). We source water from a spring supplied by the municipality as well as river water that runs through the property.
We have three private rooms and two dormitories which share bathroom facilities. Private rooms sleep two people, while dormitories sleep 5 – 6 people. Our shared bathroom is outdoors with private stalls; it has three western-style toilets, two showers and two sinks with gas-heated water.
We currently have three private rooms with en-suite bathrooms in our “Casa Amor” log cabin accommodation. These rooms each have a skylight and a bathroom featuring a shower with locally sourced slate. Other elements include hand carved mirrors, bamboo and wood finishings, local hand crafted furniture and orthopedic beds. The three rooms share a deck with hammocks and chairs overlooking our beautiful garden and Lake Atitlan.
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Ceremony Space
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineThree vegetarian meals are served each day. Our daily offerings have an international inspiration, mixing traditional Guatemalan fare with Doron’s Mediterranean touch. Meals are made from fresh produce; to the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, sometimes from our own garden. Gluten free and Vegan diets can be accommodated upon request.
Each meal is substantial, varied and nourishing to energize you through your yoga practice.
The menu at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center is designed with the guidance of founder and director, Doron Hanoch, who is also a professionally trained chef and certified nutrition consultant.
Some examples of our offerings include raw, cooked and fermented foods, healthy sauces and condiments, homemade jams and peanut butter, fresh homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, fresh tortillas and pizza cooked in either our clay or wood-burning ovens.
Snacks are available throughout the day. Try our chocolate chip banana muffins, vegan power super food rich bliss balls (made with local Maya raw cacao), vegan black bean brownies, or our homemade kombucha.
Notes: Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as stomach issues are not uncommon for travelers in Guatemala. We advise visitors to bring grapefruit seed extract to use daily. Remember to bring along any other supplement that helps soothe your tummy.
DirectionsWe're happy to help arrange shuttles to the property from the airport, Guatemala City, and other popular tourist destinations around Guatemala. Please keep in mind that the lake is located several hours away from the airport, as this may affect travel times.
To get to DYZC from La Aurora International Airport (GUA) or Antigua please do the following:
1. Take a public shuttle to the town of Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. We can arrange a private or shared shuttle for you.
2. From Panajachel travel to Tzununa (our village) by taking the boat (lancha) in the direction of San Marcos (Tzununa is one stop before San Marcos). The last boat from Panajachel is at 7pm. There are also private boats available. You can take a boat from San Marcos or San Pedro as well (last boat is at 5:30pm).
3. In Tzununa, take a tuk-tuk from the dock to Doron Yoga – all tuk-tuk drivers know where we are.