Yoga Service Trip in Magical Guatemala

3 reviews
Aug 19 - 24, 2018
Group size: 1 - 23
Yoga Service Trip in Magical Guatemala

3 reviews

Aug 19 - 24, 2018
Group size: 1 - 23

About this trip



with Hannah Muse + 

local NGO and loving guides Hug it Forward + 

with guest teacher / co-facilitator Ilana Ingber

Get your hands dirty ~ Get your heart open.

  • Help build a children'€™s school in rural Guatemala.
  • Practice yoga & meditation every day.
  • Cultivate real connection across cultures & countries.
  • Explore Guatemalan villages, crafts, markets.
  • Build eco-conscious schools out of old bottles.
  • Eat nourishing fresh food.
  • Visit ancient Mayan temples.
  • Swim in the beautiful sacred waters of Lake Atitlan.
  • Make new friends€“ forever!
  • Beginner yogis + families welcome.
  • Do something meaningful... while traveling the world.
  • Deepen your yoga practice.
  • Awaken your spirit to gratitude, generosity, and Seva (selfless service).

Trip include accommodations, excursions, yoga, our service project activities, and delicious meals. 

Hannah has previously enjoyed collaborating with Hug it Forward, the inspiring nonprofit working with rural communities to build “bottle schools”  throughout Guatemala.  These unique trips combine our daily practice of YOGA along with the essence of yogic teachings: to SERVE, in recognition of our radical interdependence.. (Yoga = yoke, union, integration, oneness.)  We all had a life-changing, bridge-building, JOYFUL good time and we are so thrilled to bring it back after a 3 year hiatus and invite YOU to join us this summer!  


‘We dream of a world where every child has the opportunity to get an education, and to create a better  life for themselves and for their families.  We dream of a world without trash, where people don't mindlessly throw things away.'

Hug It Forward is a grass-roots organization that facilitates education and awareness by empowering  communities to build bottle schools. Bottle schools are schools built using eco-bricks€: plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. Entire communities come together to build more sustainable educational infrastructure for their future. Since October 2009 communities have completed 59 successful bottle school projects..


Hug It Forward also strives to raise awareness in developed countries about trash, consumption and the power of community. This mission is equally important to us as facilitating  the construction of bottle schools in developing countries.  

Here’s what some of previous year’s attendees wrote to us:

“I would absolutely recommend this trip. I think the concept of the ‘Karma Yoga’ is something that should become mainstream in Yoga Retreats… It is brilliant and SO meaningful.  I am personally someone who feels SO much more whole after giving.”


“I really appreciated the organization of Hug It Forward.  There was so much mutual curiosity and respect flowing in both  directions from us to the community in which we worked and HIF created great pipework to facilitate this flow. The beautiful intention setting and yoga woven throughout by our group leaders was perfect.”


“The trip was a really grounding experience for me. I’m back  home holding the space that was created amongst our wonderful group. It was really deep and meaningful to connect with other rad people in the  group/community format and float this out into the universe.”


“This retreat was AMAZING!  I was so impressed when I had a better understanding of all the behind the scenes preparations  that were made, not only for housing transportation and food, but the rich sharing of personal experiences with us (strangers) on the history, war and migration, and the guide for the Mayan ruins. The team was magical in the way we got to experience the culture safely and intimately, and not just be a tourist. The interaction with the school children, workers and teachers was quite memorable and could not have happened with out all of their planning, dedication and commitment, of which I am truly appreciative.  And to have all of this alongside yoga, meditation, chanting at the Mayan ruins, restorative yoga – Words literally cannot express my gratitude for this retreat!” 

Retreat Itinerary:

AUGUST 19th – 24th: KARMA YOGA RETREAT in rural Guatemala

 On August 19, you will be picked up at the GUA airport and we will all gather in beautiful Antigua for dinner and accomodations.

 We will then travel on Aug 20th to the community where we will stay for the rest of the Karma Yoga trip.  Here we will meet and play and work with the community, help to build a bottle school, visit Mayan Temples and learn about the history, and practice yoga daily.

On August 24th, you have two choices: end your trip here and be offered a ride back to the GUA airport to return home, or else continue with us for Yoga & Relaxation at the legendary Lake Atitlan.

AUGUST 24 - 27th: YOGA & RELAXATION at Lake Atitlan

 On August 24th, we will travel to a beautiful retreat center overlooking the legendary Lake Atitlan for daily meditation & yoga, delicious fresh meals, lake swims, hikes, restorative yoga, and  more!  Our magical retreat will come to a close on Aug 27th.  (When booking your ticket home from GUA, please book after 11am on August 27th.)

What’s included

  • Transportation from GUA
    We will pick you up upon your arrival to GUA on August 24th, for a smooth beginning to your journey.
  • Accommodations
    Lodging for the entire trip.
  • Delicious meals
    Freshly cooked for our group by a private chef.
  • Excursions
    A trip to the Mayan Temples!
  • English-speaking Guide
    We love our HIF guides!
  • Program of Activities
    Presented to us by Hug it Forward.
  • Daily Yoga
    Yoga, meditation and other integration practices led by Hannah will be woven throughout the entire retreat.
  • airfare
    Airfaire to/from GUA is not included.
  • transport to GUA
    Upon departing, you are responsible for your return transport to GUA. We will provide you with information to make arrangements.
  • travel insurance
    Required for Hug it Forward, and an easy add-on when you book your flight.
  • one lunch
    All meals are covered except for one lunch out adventuring near Lake Atitlan!

Available Packages

Karma Yoga Trip Only Aug 19-24

August 19-24 Service Trip, Karma Yoga experience hosted by Hannah Muse and Hug it Forward.

One adult.

Deposit: $500
Full Trip (Karma Yoga + Lake) Aug 19-27

The full trip package includes:

August 19-24 Service Trip, hosted by Hannah Muse and Hug it Forward 


August 24-27 Yoga & Relaxation at Lake Atitlan led by Hannah at the Yoga Forest Retreat Center.

One adult.

Deposit: $650
Karma Yoga trip only Aug 19-24 (youth)

August 19-24 Seva Trip, co-hosted by Hannah Muse and Hug it Forward.
One youth (ages 6 to 17).

Deposit: $500
Full Trip Aug 19-27 (youth)

The full trip package includes:

August 19-24 Service Trip, hosted by Hannah Muse and Hug it Forward 


August 24-27 Yoga & Relaxation at Lake Atitlan led by Hannah at the Yoga Forest Retreat Center.

One youth (ages six through seventeen).

Deposit: $650


August 19
Fly into GUA + Welcome Dinner

Hug it Forward will have transportation ready for you upon your arrival to GUA.  Arriving into the beautiful historic Antigua, you will be welcomed into the hotel we will stay at for one night.  A welcome dinner will nourish us as we get to know our tribe for the week.

Your Organizer

Hannah Muse
3 reviews
Hannah Muse is an award-winning international teacher of yoga, mindfulness and spirituality. Her nurturing teachings and adventurous retreats inspire us to find the sacred in the mundane, the mystical in the practical, the joy in the everyday experience. Catch her in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California where the redwoods meet the sea or at her Teacher Trainings and Retreats around the world. Next up? Heroine's Journey in Bali: April 2019 Learn more at and follow her journey at


I can’t say enough great things about this retreat. The teachers are stellar, the people who go are unrivaled, the location is exceptional. Overall, I’m just a little sad I had to come home ?. No, but in all honesty Hannah is the most skilled and nurturing creatress of healing space and Ben is all the Good Vibes and good music and deep yoga flow that one could ask for. Do yourself the favor and GO wherever they offer to take you ❤️
By Summer D for Good Vibes Yoga Retreat with Hannah Muse and Ben “Good Vibes” Spellman on Feb 21, 2020
everything about this retreat was pure magic! Hannah masterfully crafted an itinerary and curriculum that thoughtfully engaged us in body-mind-soul. She has a wealth of knowledge about the Divine Feminine that she shared with us creatively that sparked remembrance in our hearts. This retreat was like coming home to ourselves in a sisterhood that will last a lifetime. SO much love and gratitude!
By Jessica H for The Heroine’s Journey: Unleashing the Divine Feminine Within on May 01, 2019
What a transformative experience. I am still in awe. We were immersed in Indonesian culture, having home cooked meals and experiencing temples and nature like locals. Each day was so carefully integrated with yoga philosophy, Goddesses, science, and real life. Hannah holds space in such a safe container that she facilitates growth in an extremely gentle and organic way. This trip surpassed my expectations and I would recommend every woman to experience Bali this way. In gratitude.
By Jamie D for The Heroine’s Journey: Unleashing the Divine Feminine Within on Apr 29, 2019