Earth Medicine Journey

The Yoga Forest
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

January 4th-11th 2020

What does it mean to go beyond?

Join Kimber-lee and Nicole on a journey into Mother Earth and create space for transformation and self healing. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation in beautiful natural Temples, chanting, sound healing, and much more. Unwind and restore with a healing cacao ceremony and restorative yoga. Cleanse & detox in the forest sauna and 3 local vegetarian meals daily. You can climb unique cliffs, swim and paddle board in the lake, hike the volcanoes, or just relax in a hammock, all while finding authentic connection within an intimate community space.

Why Guatemala?

The Yoga Forest is a sacred sanctuary with ancient Mayan altars and natural springs that have been protected as a Natural Reserve in order to honor the land and the heritage of its people.

The Yoga Forest Retreat

Yoga Forest property photos

What's included?

During your stay you will experience:

  • 7 nights/accommodations at The Yoga Forest

  • Opening/Closing ceremony

  • Two yoga/meditation/sound healing classes daily

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

  • Unlimited filtered drinking water

  • Once a day garden/herbal tea service

  • One complimentary group sauna

  • Yoga mats/props provided for all classes

What's not?

Not included in price:

  • Flight to and from Guatemala City Airport

  • Travel to Circle’s Cafe (Our retreat meeting point)

  • Extra specialty drinks or snacks

  • Staff/service tips

  • Optional excursions/add ons

Accommodations I Rates I Cancellation policy

Something to fit every budget! We have various pricing levels to accommodate privacy and community. 
Packages start as low as 1095!
To register: send in your *non-refundable* deposit of $250. Register early to get first choice of accommodations.

Cabana
Double Cabin
Camping

Lakshmi Cabana
Shared Accommodation - 4 twin beds
$1095 per person
Looking out over Lake Atitlán and its surrounding volcanoes, this shared cabaña accommodate four people in large single beds. Using natural building techniques, their cabañas are constructed with either bamboo or  cypress, palm roof and natural adobe walls or traditional bahareque (wattle and daub) of this area. The beds are comfortable, with warm feather duvets and pillows, and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan Cushions.

Forest Cabins
Shared Accommodation - 2 beds
$1295 per person
If your looking for privacy, the Forest Cabins are perfect for you. With amazing lake and forest views, these cabins feature small terrace to relax and enjoy the view and accommodate two people with a queen and single bed inside, perfect for couples or friends to share.

Camping
Please contact us if you are interested in bringing your own tent!
Enjoy your own private terrace, be sure to bring a warm sleeping bag and good sleeping pad for comfort!

about your trip

Travel

We recommend arriving in the Guatemala City airport no later than 12pm on January 4th. We will arrange for a shuttle to take you on your journey to the Yoga Forest! One shuttle will run at 10am and another at 1pm.
The Yoga Forest a 25-30 minute hike from the lakefront up into the mountain valley, and there is a free escorted walk each day at 2pm from the Meeting Point at Circles Cafe in town when they are expecting arrivals. We will help guide you through arrival day travel, but we recommend checking out the Getting Here page on the Yoga Forest website for all the details.

Remember to travel to us with a backpack, a head lamp and a spirit of adventure.

 

Off the Grid Living

The Yoga Forest is an off-the-grid experience. Composting bathrooms, outdoor shower and naturally built cabañas without electricity. There are no private bathrooms anywhere on the property.

We only have a little electricity in our cafe and kitchen for lights, and as such we cannot charge everyone's devices on our simple solar system. Another reason to be disconnected!

There are spiders and scorpions in the forest. It is a forest, there are other creatures too of course. But it is always good to know. Mosquitoes are not a problem, but there are small coffee flies that can be bothersome during the early dry season. Bring some natural insect repellent or wear long pants.

 

Lights at night

During the night the place is almost in complete darkness since the power is 100% off. We highly recommend you bring a headlamp, torches or anything they might need to walk around the forest during the night.

 

Pricing Schedule

Thanks to our new payment processing software we’re now able to customize payment plans! We can work with you to set up a weekly or monthly payment plan that works for your budget. The following are the 3 payment deadlines.

Now: Send in your non-refundable deposit

90 days prior: to retreat start date 50% of total cost is due

30 days prior: 100% of total cost is due

Cancellation Policy

It can be very complicated to organize international retreats! Although we wish you all could come with us, we understand things do come up. To stay organized while respecting everyone’s efforts we’ve put a cancellation policy in place!

Now: 100% refund (excluding the $250 non-refundable deposit)

90 days prior: 50% refund (excluding the $250 non-refundable deposit)

30 days prior: No refunds of any kind will be given

about your instructors

Nicole Lebreux

Nicole Lebreux

Nicole Lebreux has been practicing yoga for over a decade and became a teacher in 2014 to share her passion with others. Nicole's classes are mindful, intuitive, and meditative and she loves introducing beginners to the many benefits of yoga in the body, mind, and spirit. Nicole provides a welcoming space where you are free to practice your yoga without expectations or judgement. She has trained with Cathy Cesario of Spirit Tree Yoga and Alison Bologna of Shri Urban Revitalization Yoga and is a registered RYT-200 teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Nicole looks forward to learning with you on the yogic path!

Kimber-lee Jacobsen

Kimber-lee Jacobsen

From birth to present day, Kimber-lee has created a life surrounded by movement, rhythm and sound. A singer by trade, bringing sound & rhythm into spiritual practice has been part of her mission. Trained in 2014 by The Heron Dance, Yoga & Meditation studio, she received certifications in meditation, hatha and vinyasa yoga. She is a certified energy medicine & sound healing practitioner, studying with Fairhaven Healing Arts since February of 2017.

She is passionate in her teaching, and loves finding new ways to make yoga accessible to all walks of life. 

What to bring?

We suggest to pack light! Bring the essentials!

  • Travel bath towel

  • Journal / Books

  • Comfortable hang out and warm clothes for night, long sleeves and trouser with socks to avoid bug bites

  • Sandals/Flip Flops & Walking Shoes

  • Organic mosquito repellent

  • Toiletries (Organic & Biodegradable - including hand & body soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush)

  • A Moon cup for your moon cycle (Divacup, Femmecup etc) we also have some for sale if you need

  • Probiotics and or any other appropriate preventative medicine

  • Reusable Water bottle / thermos for tea

  • Headlamp with batteries

  • Solar powered light

  • Solar rechargeable power cell to charge phones or devices if you are bringing them

If you like, the Yoga Forest has a Wish List for those coming from Western Countries, feel free to help by bringing any of these wishes, or email info@theyogaforest.org with your postal address if you are willing to bring items down for us that they may ship to you!

For more on what to expect click HERE!

Yoga Forest

about The Yoga Forest

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán. Offering a unique retreat space within a tropical forest with amazing views, comfortable beds, delicious vegetarian meals,  daily yoga and meditation and friendly community living.

The Yoga Forest shares conscious living as a spiritual practice, offering a unique retreat space for self connection, connection to the Earth, and personal growth. We live, work & play harmoniously in nature, creating inclusive abundance and a safe space for personal transformation and authentic self expression. Through intercultural relationships of respect, we weave together local and global visions that inspire positive social and ecological impacts in the world. 

Founded as a conscious living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly and in communion with everything surrounding us, the Forest life is a a practice of Deep Green Yoga.

In yoga, we clear the body and mind making space for wisdom and deeper understanding to flow freely and openly through us. By creating this space, we allow ourselves to experience our fullness and connection to everything around us. Deep Green Yoga expands this concept by observing the natural systems around us and working with nature so that the inherent wisdom of the entire eco system can fully flow, creating an open and thriving container for life and all expression.

Yoga and Permaculture both ask you to be observant, thereby developing a greater awareness of your effect on the world around you. Taking mindful actions in caring for the mind, body, and environment, we create a deep connection with the earth. Permaculture looks to nature as a model for creating a more sustainable culture. It assumes that by observing natural patterns, making conscious decisions, and managing resources well, we can live harmoniously and productively, with less work and less waste.

Click HERE to access The Yoga Forest’s website to see everything they have to offer!