Thanksgiving Blissful Yoga Retreat, Nov. 2018
- Doron Yoga & Zen Center
- Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Nov 19 - 24, 2018 (6 days)
- $847 - $1437
A Blissful Retreat of Yoga, Bhakti, and Joy
The Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat for All
With Doron Hanoch
Join us in finding abundant gratitude during this Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat. Reconnect with yourself, your practice, and with nature in order to find deeper gratitude and consequently live more fully. Step away from your mind with lots of yoga practice, chanting, meditation, and workshops. Enjoy the Mayan culture, the gorgeous Lake Atitlan, delicious organic local food, our stunning, brand new yoga shala, and a safe place to just be. This is an ashtanga vinyasa retreat, mixed with bhakti, for all levels.
Tzununa – Lake Atitlan – Guatemala
Our lush and peaceful hundred sixty square meter centre is located in the quiet Mayan village of Tzununa. Only minutes from the lake, the DZYC awaits your yoga practice and dancing feet. Our newly completed Zendo Yoga Shala practice space sits elevated alongside the Tzununa River, providing us with inspiring sounds and views of the magnificent Tzununa valley, Lake Atitlan and both the Fuego and Atitlan Volcanoes.
Located a short walk from Lake Atitlan in the small Mayan village of Tzununa, Guatemala, the Doron Yoga & Zen Center’s grounds naturally grow coffee, banana, avocado (yum, guacamole!), and other trees. The Tzununa River – the river of hummingbirds and water - flows through the property, and our grounds feature herb and vegetable gardens, a large chicken coop, plenty of grounds for the dog and cats to play, and a fire pit to enjoy on chilly evenings. The yoga shala (practice space) and all other buildings at the Center are built for comfort and safety while being ecological. Unlike many ashrams we did not cut corners, and invested in good quality earthen construction and facilities. All buildings have stone foundations reaching deep into the earth for increased stability. The cane, cyprus, pine and rocks used in the construction are locally sourced, where local community workers built each house with care. Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, garden, and design functionality of the Center.
The Doron Yoga Method is Ashtanga Vinyasa based with a touch of Zen. The classes are geared to all levels, from beginners to ninjas. Beginners will always have an option to work on the basics to build strength and flexibility, while the advanced student will receive options to work on fancy poses.
Receive amazing hands-on assists from a loving, compassionate, enthusiastic, and energetic teacher with more than 25 years of yoga practice and studies around the world.
Come experience some of the best yoga with us on the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Our days begin with pranayama (meditation and breathing exercises) and yoga.
During this retreat, morning sessions include Ashtanga primary through third series practice, as well as meditation and pranayama (breathing). Afternoon sessions include a number of workshops from Dr. Asana (examining correct alignment, how to go deeper in select poses, jump backs and through, inversions, arm balances, hips, core, and more), yoga and Zen philosophy, Osho ecstatic dance meditation, a fun 80’s Jane Fonda inspired calisthenics workshop and more!
We structure our days flexibly so that you will also have ample free time to enjoy the gardens, the river or explore the nearby Mayan villages and activities around Lake Atitlan. Enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature by swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding in the lake, or hiking up one of the surrounding mountains or volcanoes, maybe even up to a waterfall. Indulge yourself in a sound vibration session or massage (at an additional fee).
Some yoga experience required.
The retreat starts with dinner on the first night and ends after breakfast on the last day.
Organized excursions are not a part of this training; however, Sundays are free days and Lake Atitlan offers a plethora of different activities, including but not limited to swimming, kayaking, and hiking. A day trip can be taken by boat or tuk-tuk to the nearby villages for sightseeing and shopping.
Swimming in the lake, 10 min walk from the DYZC
Waterfall, 30 min walk
Cafes, restaurants, shopping in neighboring towns, a short boat ride away
Spa treatments can be arranged at the student’s expense
Three vegetarian meals will be served each day, and we always take our meals together as a group. The food is a mix of international, Guatemalan and Doron’s special healthy, yummy and Mediterranean touch. Ingredients include fresh local produce, organic when available. Each meal is substantial, varied and balanced, to energize you through your practices without leaving you feeling too heavy. nutritiously as possible under the guidance of the DYZC's Founder and Director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant.
Please let the DYZC know if you have any food allergies or special dietary restrictions. And if possible carry any food that may be specific to your requirement.
Things to Do:
The DYZC is located in Tzununa, which is surrounded by hills on Lake Atitlan with great views of the volcanoes on the other side of the lake. Hiking, swimming, and kayaking opportunities can be found around the village, which also has a dock where local lanchas (boat taxis) stop every 20-40 minutes to take you to explore other towns around the lake. San Marcos, the closest town over, can also be reached by foot along a dirt road. There, trainees can relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants or partake in an array of healing offerings, including shamanism, cacao ceremonies, reiki, massage, and much more. Among others, San Pedro, a short ride to the other side of the lake, has more of a vibrant backpacker’s vibe and is a little less expensive.
On either end of your training, the nearby cities of Antigua and Quetzaltenango (commonly known as Xela) are only a few hours away and worth the visit.
If you are interested in a massage, the Doron Yoga & Zen Center can arrange for a masseuse to come to the DYZC.
Tibetan singing bowl chakra and physical balancing treatments and massages are available at the DYZC.
All treatment costs will be at the student's expense.
What is Included?
All-inclusive rates include:
21 nights shared accommodation per person
3 daily nutritious home-cooked vegetarian meals and a snack with water, herbal tea, and coffee
What is Not Included?
Transportation between the international airport in Guatemala City and the Doron Yoga & Zen Center in Tzununa in Lake Atitlan is not included. Additionally, any extra snacks, beverages, excursions, and/or spa treatments are at the student's expense.
Know Before You Go:
Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as travellers’ diarrhea is not uncommon in Guatemala, which can be quite challenging when embarking on a TTC. Bring some grapefruit seed extract, daily maintenance of 7-8 drops in water or juice or any other supplement that suits.
There are no ATMs or currency exchange facilities in Tzununa. It is advisable to carry with you sufficient cash or plan to travel by boat to Panajachel or San Pedro for an ATM or bank. Guatemala is a cash friendly economy.
Please be sure to cover all fees your bank charges for the payment.
- The serenity of a Zen Retreat by a Mayan village.
- Amazing lake and volcano views, with river flow through the land.
- Morning yoga sessions - Deepen your yoga practice.
- Understand better alignment and mechanics of poses.
- Pranayama practices to enrich your energy and life force.
- Zen meditation.
- Osho Kundalini meditation.
- Zen Dance.
- Detailed workshops that will blow your mind.
- Yin Yoga to deepen flexibility and balance the body.
- Understand better alignment and mechanics of poses.
- Understand better the functioning of the mind.
- Practice gratitude – joy-enhancing techniques.
- Amazing teachings and hands-on assists from a well-seasoned international teacher.
- Lake swimming.
- Temascal / sweat lodge / natural sauna.
- Exciting evening fire-side Zen talks / chanting
- Explore the distinct and charming towns of Lake Atitlan
- 6 nights accommodation.
- 3 Daily meals with drinks.
- Locally sourced food, all cooked from scratch with quality ingredients.
- Retreat to build a holistic yoga lifestyle, integrating mind, body, food and nutrition.
- Live in a spiritual community.
Venue HighlightsEnvironmentally friendly
Permaculture Organic Garden
Yoga and meditation sessions
Aerial yoga sessions
River with meditation seats by it
Chill out areas and hammocks
Special nutrition request
Beautiful Yoga shala with stunning views
Natural Sauna / Temascal / Sweat lodge (fee)
Snacks, probiotic drinks and gifts for sale
Laundry service (fee)
Daily room cleaning
Yoga Lifestyle consultations (fee)
Learn ho to make authentic tortillas from Mayan Ladies
Linens and towel
Massage rooms and therapists
Holistic lifestyle coaching
Naturopathic practitioner on board
Reading / chill out spots
Schedule- 06:00-07:00 Pranayama and meditation
- 07:00-08:30 Doron Yoga / ashtanga asana practice
- 09:00-9:30 Breakfast
- 10:30-12:30 Free time for reflection, enjoying the lake, or going to town
- 12:30-13:00 Lunch
- 13:00-15:30 Free time for reflection, enjoying the lake, or going to town
- 15:30-18:30 Varied afternoon workshops
- 18:30-19:00 Dinner
- 19:00-20:30 Evening activities (including sauna, fire nights, etc.) or quiet time
Menu/CuisineWe have a fixed-menu that varies seasonally based on available ingredients. Our kitchen is vegetarian, but can also accommodate other dietary limitations, such as a vegan or gluten-free diet. Everything is freshly cooked on-site, including locally inspired dishes like homemade tortillas and tostadas.
AccommodationsThe rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) in Tzununa are simple but beautiful; rustic, yet charming. Located up the hill from Lake Atitlan, many rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view.
All DYZC accommodations are new, and built for comfort and safety while being ecological. Our showers have hot water, and we have western toilets (eco treatment). Our water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property.
We have 3 private rooms with shared bathrooms. These rooms are unique and have their own wall painted art and other special arts and decorations. There are 3 toilets, 2 showers and 2 sinks, separate from one another, so there is never wait time.
There are two lovely and spacious dormitories sleep 5 -6 people and share the bathroom area. They have nice mattresses with local traditional Mayan coverings, nightstands, shelves and other storage places. They have a cozy, artsy feeling.
There are also three beautiful log cabin rooms. These rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and chairs, gardens and some lake view. These special rooms have skylights and a peaceful, creative energy. Bathrooms have locally sourced slate for the showers, hand carved mirrors, and bamboo and wood elements through the room. They feature local hand crafted furniture and orthopedic beds.
DirectionsTo 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 at lake Atitlan. We can also arrange a private / shared shuttle for you.
2. From Panajachel arrive 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.
We can arrange a shuttle from the airport directly to DYZC. It takes a bit longer as they go around the top of the lake, but on the other hand you get into one shuttle all the way here. We can also arrange optional group shuttle to leave the airport at noon. It is best to arrive in Panajachel before 4:00pm. Take the boats from Panajachel headed toward San Marcos, and Doron Yoga is the third public stop from Panajachel, one stop after Jaibalito (unless the boat stops at private docks on the way).
You can take a boat from San Marcos or San Pedro as well (last boat is at 5:30pm)