Join Cole Chance and Jen Hilman for an unforgettable getaway deep in the heart of Guatemala. In Mayan mythology, Lake Atitlan is said to be where the earth was originally charged with life. The Mayan Garden of Eden!
We will spend 7 nights at the stunning Mystical Yoga Farm. It is a self-directed retreat center and spiritual community with a mission of self-sustainability and organic connection with the environment. This magical venue will provide us the perfect space to unplug from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and get reconnected to what is most important.
There will be Thai massage workshops, dynamic and subtle yoga practices, meditation, ecstatic dance, a seva project with the local community, Sacred Cacao Ceremony, Temazcal (Mayan cleansing ritual), organic food, kayaks, juicy group discussions, hiking up San Pedro volcano, and much more goodness to support your well being journey.
The true meaning of Namaste is "I SEE YOU". During this week in a secluded natural oasis, we will cultivate and rekindle the compassion and perspective to be able to recognize the light in ourselves and others. We are so excited to create, share, and experience this sacred journey with you!
Mystical Yoga Farm is a living, off-grid, sustainable center. The entire community and retreat center are sustained by utilizing solar energy, built with natural Earth materials, permaculture farming, vegetarian living, and other natural systems. During our week at the Farm we will be able to experience first hand the simplicity of living close to Nature, minimizing our foot print in small and large ways, and honoring Her natural systems of balance.
All of the accommodations are rustic and simple, with wooden frames and tin roofs. There are four community showers and multiple eco-toilets. There is limited wifi at the retreat center. You may purchase some kind of data plan in country, however, we encourage participants to go on "Airplane" mode and give yourself permission to truly let go. This is not intended to be a "luxury" yoga retreat. Rather, this is a journey towards SIMPLICITY. It's a journey going INWARD. It's about finding what's TRUE - for you. By letting go of all the non-essentials in our day to day lives, it becomes easier to access your own inner stillness and Self awareness.
Because of this emphasis on sustainability and natural purity, there are a few things for us to consider as guests. Please be mindful to bring natural soaps and skincare products, preferably things that are biodegradable. It is also requested that all guests refrain from using insect repellant containing DEET - a harmful chemical for humans and plants in the gardens. We will be spending a lot of time outside, so you may want to have some things to protect your skin. Light long sleeve layers are an easy option as well as a good hat. Coconut oil has a light SPF and can be used to protect against UV's, smells nice, and is super good for your skin!
Guatemala City does not have the best reputation. Definitely doesn't mean that it's not worth visiting but we feel more comfortable having everyone meet in Antigua to avoid confusion or hassle. It is an easy ride about an hour away. Details below on transport.
We'll be meeting in Antigua at 1:00pm on the 28th to travel to the center. It is a 4 hour journey from Antigua to the Farm.
We will depart from the Farm at 1 PM on Saturday, May 5 and expect to be arriving back in GC by 5pm. If you are planning to fly out that evening, it is recommended to book a flight after 7pm. Again, we suggest you stay until Sunday the 6th, for ease of travel and to squeeze in one more night with your new-found friends and family!
From Guatemala City Airport to Antigua:
When you are exiting the airport there will be shuttle vans there waiting for people. The cost is $10 and it takes just over an hour with good traffic. They are pretty safe and run regularly. If you arrive in the evening then you may need to take a taxi. You can probably spot a fellow traveller who you could share with to save money.
You can also take a taxi from the airport directly to Antigua for $35. If you prefer to travel in a little bit of comfort and don’t like the idea of your backpack/ suitcase being strapped to the roof of a van then this is the mode of transport for you!
Hostel/Hotel recommedations below...also connect on the FB group if you would like to double up! We will be in contact as well about where Jen and I will be staying.
50% of your total payment should be received by January 28 (90 days from start of program) and the final balance should be received by March 15 (45 days from start of program).
We are happy to work with you in creating a payment plan if it makes this journey more feasible for you. Please inquire personally to discuss payment plan options.
Deposit non-refundable, due upon registration - $400
Jan. 28 - Mar. 15, 2018 - 50% of retreat total will be refunded minus deposit
After Mar. 15, 2018 - payments are non-refundable (this is where your travel insurance with trip protection will come in!)
Highly recommended. No one plans on having to cancel an epic journey but life happens and insurance can help recoup cost for the retreat and your flight. Don’t always play it safe, but in this case... do!
We Travel(this site) offers a wonderful travel insurance but please do look around.
Shared rooms that accommodate two or three people. Common showers and bathrooms, common living space, views of the lake.
While we strongly encourage participants to share rooms, we understand that some people require more personal space. We have a couple solo accommodation options available for those who wish to have their own room. Single rooms will still utilize shared compostable toilets and showers.
7-9 Morning yoga and meditation
9-10;30 breakfast and relaxation ( fresh fruit, accompanied by either Chia pudding, smoothie bowl with nuts and cacao, banana pancakes, sourdough toast with avocado)
11-1 Thai Massage workshop
1-2 Lunch (veggie curry with rice and dhal)
2-5:30 Relax! Take a nap in your bungalow, jump on a kayak to explore, or read a book in a peaceful jungle nook
5:30-7 Evening yoga, workshop, or temezcal ceremony!
7 Dinner (dips and tortillas hand made by our local ladies and delicious chippilin soup...a Mayan favorite!)
8-9 Satsung (group discussions that get quite juicy!)