Sacred Expression Women's Retreat, Lake Atitlan

San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala

Aimee Hansen
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Jul 7 - 16, 2017
Group size: 6-12
Sacred Expression Women's Retreat, Lake Atitlan
San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala

Aimee Hansen
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Deposit: $500
Jul 7 - 16, 2017
Group size: 6-12

About this trip

Join me during my favorite month in Guatemala - July! Relax for a week of inspiring landscape, higher perspectives, and beauty all around. We'll take a creative and spiritual journey through meditation, yoga & self-exploratory writing and more at The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. We invite you to pause and exhale, take an honest and creative journey inside, and connect with your inner voice. Within each of us lies the adventure of opening deeper into our hearts and animating our own sacred expression.

A Surreal Location

In the rural highlands of Guatemala, The Yoga Forest perches high in the jungle overlooking Lake Atitlan and three majestic volcanoes. A stunning location hidden away in the valley behind San Marcos La Laguna, The Yoga Forest offers beautiful shared cabins with comfortable beds, panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga, and Mayan sauna in dream surroundings. Inspired by the creative union of yogic and permaculture principles, this location provides an eco-friendly living experience in harmony with nature for the adventurous of heart.

A Women's Sacred Journey

Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Breathe, stretch, relax, and connect with your center while sharing in the experience with other women. This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. In this retreat, we ourselves are the art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to rise it up and own our self-expression. 

Inspired by the four shamanic directions and the rising feminine, we'll embark on a revealing week of re-igniting the voices of our hearts and empowering ourselves as the storytellers of our lives. 

Retreat Highlights

Surreal and inspiring location with panoramic views

Daily meditation and yoga practice

Daily self-exploratory prompted writing sessions

Evening sacred ceremonies (eg. movement, fire)

Scenic outdoor thatch-roofed yoga shala and writing space

Three delicious vegan, organic vegetarian meals / day

Mayan sauna

Permaculture tour upon request

Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, visiting villages, and more

Eight nights stay in shared, beautiful eco-friendly cabanas

Maximum of 12 participants

Meditation, yoga, and our intimate sacred circle for writing will be women only and privately held. Meals will be shared with other guests, women or men (the retreat center holds 20-30 guests, including our group).

Sample Daily Flow

Guests may arrive to The Yoga Forest on Thursday, July 7th (check in is 3pm) to relax and settle in. We'll open our circle in the evening. Our daily flow will begin on Friday, July 8th. Thereafter, our days will generally be structured in the following way, creating space for a couple of long breaks during the week to relax, hike, swim, or explore the village(s). We'll hold sacred evening ceremonies and gather around fire. 


6.30am-7am: Sadhana meditation

7am-8.30am: Holistic hatha flow / vinyasa flow

8:30am-9:30am: Delicious breakfast

10am-12.30pm: Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion

12.30pm-1:30pm: Delicious lunch

3.00pm-6.00pm: Spontaneous writing exercises / discussion

6:30pm-7:30pm: Delicious dinner

7:45pm: Sauna, circle, or healing sessions (some evenings)

What’s included

Daily guided meditation & yoga

Daily self-exploratory writing sessions 

9 nights accommodation at The Yoga Forest (shared - 4 people)*

Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, & dinner

2-3 evening ceremonies to complement our journey

Mayan Sauna

Not included


Transport to & from the retreat

Travel insurance

Extras during your break (e.g. massages and other spa treatments)

Tips for Local Staff

Before You Go

Getting There & Away

The closest international airport is Guatemala City, four hours away from San Marcos La Laguna. The village of San Marcos La Laguna is easily accessed via shared shuttle or private shuttle.

Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by noon on July 7th and book return flights for late afternoon on July 16th, or the following day. 

We can arrange private shuttle transport to San Marcos La Laguna (which can often be shared) from the airport or nearby hotel. We can also recommend options for additional overnight stays in San Marcos, Antigua or near the airport.

It's recommended, budget and schedule permitting, to stay at the lake for some extra time and enjoy the beauty it has to offer. 

Payments, Cancellations, & Refunds Policy

A $450 deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is required 30 days prior to the retreat start date. If you cancel before 60 days in advance of the retreat start date, 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel 60-31 days in advance of the retreat start date, no refund of the deposit is provided, unless your spot can be filled within contract, and then 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel within 30 days of the retreat start date, no refund on payment is provided. No refund is provided if you miss the event or part of it for any reason. Storyteller Within reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. Retreats have final confirmation on or before 30 days out. If an event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded your retreat fees. Nevertheless, Storyteller Within is not liable for events beyond all control - such as natural disasters, political upheaval, or other such unexpected circumstances - that would necessitate cancellation of the event.


Travel Insurance

To protect your investment (including travel costs) against unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is strongly advised for all participants. Providers such as Travel Guard offer packages (travel, medical, cancellation) with "cancel for any reason" options that must be purchased within 15 days of buying airline tickets or incurring trip costs.

Suggested Packing List

Bring a backpack or duffel bag (rather than a wheelie suitcase) and a spirit of adventure! Please bring your own biodegradable toiletries, a towel, and layers of clothing to suit varying temperatures during the day and night. Natural insect repellent is nice to have and a headlamp is a necessity. Hiking or running shoes are handy for walks in the valley. The Yoga Forest is a 20 minute hike out of town, so we advise bringing anything you might need on hand. There is one ATM in San Marcos and none of the businesses take credit cards so we advise you to arrive with a modest amount of cash for extras. Please note that neither Storyteller Within nor The Yoga Forest are responsible for any loss, damage or theft to personal items.

Available Packages

Shared Cabana - Last Minute Discount!

$200 discount off the full retreat rate ($1295). Retreat guests will stay in shared cabanas of up to 4 people. Made of bamboo frames, adobe walls, cypress, and thatched palm roofs, each cabana features Guatemala furniture, Mayan fabrics, and Indian textiles. There are no private bathrooms. Showers and compost facilities are outdoors with beautiful views. Cabana living is attuned to the natural electricity-free rhythm of day & night, with solar power only.

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Your Organizer

Aimee Hansen
Aimee chases big questions with butterfly nets, only to set them free again. She's always had an irresistible attraction to words and metaphors as a way of playing, provoking, revealing, exploring, understanding, and connecting. Her work explores the power of the stories we tell within our lives and invites a creative and playful adventure in the yoga of perspective.  ​ She works as a freelance writer, writes children stories, plays at poetry, and is writing a book about the storyteller within. She holds a 200+ hr yoga teacher certification. She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, when given the invitation. She began Storyteller Within retreats to share in the experience of exploring our humanity and stepping into our courage as women.

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