Thanksgiving Blissful Yoga Retreat, Nov. 2018
- Doron Yoga & Zen Center
- Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Nov 18 - 24, 2018 (7 days)
- $847 - $1437
A Blissful Retreat of Yoga, Bhakti, and Joy
The Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat for All
With Doron Hanoch
Discover the true source of happiness during this Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat. 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. Near to the small Tzununa River – the river of hummingbirds and water - that flows through the property are 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.
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!
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.
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).
Relax surrounded by the soothing sound of the babbling river that flows through the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC)’s grounds and views of Lake Atitlan, its volcanoes, mountains, gardens, coffee, avocado, and banana trees.
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.
The rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) in Tzununa are simple but beautiful; rustic, yet charming. Located up the hill from Lake Atitlan, coffee, banana and other trees and lush vegetation abound on the DYZC’s grounds.
All DYZC accommodations are brand new, and built for comfort and safety while being ecological . The base for all rooms is a stone wall, made of stones from our land held strongly together with concrete. The other walls are from wood, or at times bricks when we seek to have better sound insulation between rooms. Our showers have hot water, and we have western toilettes (eco treatment). Our water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property.
The dormitory sleeps 7 people and shares the bathroom area (3 western-style toilets, 2 showers, and 2 sinks) with 16 people.
We tried to give you a local experience, using local fabrics, building with natural materials, eco-friendly materials and following permaculture principles. However, we made sure you will feel at home, and hope you will love this unique experience as much as we love creating it.
Casa Feliz & Lotus (shared bathroom):
Shared rooms (5-6 persons): $847
Shared rooms (2 persons): $937
Private rooms (1 person): $1,047
Shared room (2): $1,147
Private room (1): $1,437
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 meals will be served each day – a mix of international, Guatemalan and Doron’s special healthy, yummy and Mediterranean touch made from fresh local produce, organic when available. Each meal is substantial, varied and nourishing, to energize you through your practices without leaving you feeling too heavy. All food at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center is prepared as healthily and nutritiously as possible under the guidance of the DYZC's Founder and Director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant. To the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, including from the DYZC's own blossoming gardens.
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.
How to get there:
Be sure to arrive in Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (GUA) before noon on the first day of the course. We can then arrange an optional (additional fee) group shuttle to leave the airport at noon. The shuttle arrives at Panajachel, followed by a boat ride to Tzununa.
Check with us, many times there are spaces for you to stay in the Doron Yoga and Zen Center (for additional fee) a few days before so you can actually get acclimated and be fresh for the beginning of the course. If you are arriving early and staying elsewhere (in Antigua or around Lake Atitlan), check if your hotel has a pick-up service.
Once in Tzununa, locals know DYZC as Casa Doron Yoga, so you can take a tuk-tuk from the dock (5 minutes), cost 5Q – less than $1.
Please be sure to cover all fees your bank charges for the payment.