AWAKEN: A Karma Yoga Retreat

Breathe in the beauty of Lake Atitlán and awaken the spirit of discovery through yoga, service, and adventure.  Deepen your practice in open-air studios with majestic views of Lake Atitlán, relax in lush tropical gardens, nourish yourself with organic meals, and share your joy, curiosity and love of life with local children.

Deepen – Discover – Dream
January 7- 14, 2017
For practitioners of all levels


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PROGRAM

The Karma Yoga Retreat is designed for those want to share their spirit!  This all-inclusive journey will include daily lakeside yoga classes, hikes through vibrant villages, cultural and artistic activities, and service projects that support children’s nutrition and education.

Sienna DeVoe-Talluto, RYT, is your host for the Karma Yoga Retreat. She is passionate about bringing people together around yoga, and her classes create a space for deep grounding and awakening.  Lake Atitlán holds a very special place in Sienna’s heart; she fell in love with yoga as a nine year-old while practicing in a garden studio along the shores of Lake Atitlán!  Sienna has returned to Guatemala many times, and is delighted to share her love of yoga and her connection to the Lake on this Karma Yoga Retreat.

This retreat will focus on community–both the local Maya community and well as our community of practitioners.   If you feel called to teach a yoga class or offer a meditation session as part of your karma yoga experience, you are warmly invited to share your gifts with the community in this way.


COSTS, DATES & DETAILS

Cost: $1395.00/pp.  Limited offer: if you would like to offer one morning or one afternoon yoga class, we are able to thank you by reducing your program fee by $50.Path along lake

Dates: January 7-14, 2017

What is included:

• 7 nights of accommodation
• Daily morning yoga, and two afternoon yoga classes
• Two days of Karmic Yoga
• Daily meditation
• All in-country transportation
• All meals in while in Guatemala (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• Unlimited drinking water
• Snacks on Karmic Yoga days
• Painting and weaving workshops with a local artisans
• Visit to open-air market
• Tortilla-making workshop
• Kayak rental
• A donation to each of the organizations where we will be doing Karma Yoga.

What is not included: Personal expenses such as the cost of renewing a passport, medical fees, cost of evacuation, health and travel insurance, extra baggage fees, phone calls, email, alcoholic beverages, spa services, laundry, meals and activities not taken with the group including those listed as “optional activities” on the itinerary, etc.  The cost of international airfare is not included in the price of this trip.

Who should go: Open-hearted, flexible, and adventuresome yogis who have a willingness to stretch themselves, a good sense of humor, and a curiosity about themselves and the world.  No Spanish is necessary.

Lodging: We will be staying in shared cabins at a lovely, ecologically-oriented hotel. Our IV Cabinsrooms will be doubles and triples and each person will have their own bed.  Each room has a shared bathroom, and will have a western style toilet and a shower that is solar-heated.  Wifi is available throughout the property. A steep climb is required to get to some of the cabins, but the view is worth it!

Food: We will eat most of our meals at a lakeside restaurant that caters to travelers and uses locally and organically grown food whenever possible.  During our Karma Yoga days, we will enjoy lunches at restaurants that have a social impact component to their work. Most of our meals will be vegetarian, and we ask that travelers bring an open mind and a spirit of curiosity to each meal. Our hotel will be able to provide vegan breakfasts and dinners.

Health and Safety: All hotels, restaurants, yoga studios, service sites, cultural experiences, outdoor activities, group programs, drivers and guides have been carefully selected to provide travelers with an experience that is as safe as possible. Participants are encouraged to consider the level of risk of any adventure before participating in this program, and we advise everyone to understand the personal responsibility accepted by  the participant.  Please review the Community Understandings for other information.

Reservations: A $600 deposit is required to hold your space on the Karma Yoga Retreat. This deposit is due by November 18th, and the remaining balance is due December 18th, 2016. There is a 3% fee for using a credit card. Please review Worlds of Light’s Terms and Conditions for additional information regarding reservations and refunds.


ITINERARY
Day 1: Air Travel to Guatemala City
We’ll be picked up at the Guatemala City airport in a private shuttle and will relax in the historic city of Antigua after our long day of travel.

Day 2: Lake Atitlán
After breakfast at our hotel we will be transported on three hour drive through the Guatemalan highlands to our eco-friendly hotel on the shores of Lake Atitlán. We will enjoy lunch at a restaurant with majestic views of the three volcanoes that surround the lake.  Our afternoon will be filled with yoga and exploring, and then we will have dinner together at a Slow Food restaurant that features local, organic ingredients.

Day 3:  Karma Yoga in San Marcos
After an invigorating yoga class and a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a boat ride to the neighboring town of San Marcos.  We’ll spend the day with the staff and children of  an organization working to ensure that kids in town have access to nutritious meals.  We will tour their projects, have an opportunity to work in their gardens, and play with the children who receive meals at the center.  In the afternoon, we will learn how to make tortillas.Konojel

Day 4: Karma Yoga in San Marcos
After breakfast we will return to San Marcos and visit a school.  We will learn how the education is bridging cultures, and then will have the opportunity to get the grounds, gardens and classrooms ready for the start of the school year.  (The Guatemalan school year begins in January).

Day 5: Creativity in San Juan
We will welcome the morning with yoga in a open-air palapa studio overlooking the sacred waters of Lake Atitlán.  After breakfast, we will set off by boat to the vibrant artistic community of San Juan. A woman from the village will give us a tour of her town and then we will visit with a local weaver who creates beautiful textiles using backstrap weaving.  After lunch we will explore a small coffee farm and learn how to pick and process coffee. We’ll return to our hotel and will be able to swim, practice yoga, or relax in the garden. 

Day 5: Market Day in Panajachel
Our morning will start with yoga and then those who wish can take a boat ride to Panajachel where we will experience the sights, sounds and smells of market day.  After  exploring the bustling market, we will check out the many shops that feature artisan crafts and textiles, beaded jewelry, t-shirts, hammocks, and other gifts. We will have lunch back at the hotel and then have a free afternoon to spend hiking, swimming, kayaking, exploring the town, or luxuriating by the Lake.

Day 6: Exploration and Relaxation in Santa Cruz
Once again our day will begin with a yoga class overlooking the three ancient volcanoes that surround the Lake.  The rest of the day is for you to enjoy however you wish.  You could schedule a massage, take a hike to a waterfall, explore another village, go paddling, continue volunteering, or simply relax in a café or by the Lake. We will have the opportunity to practice yoga again in the late afternoon and will come back together for our evening meal. (Optional activity: spend the evening of Day 5 in San Marcos and then wake up very early and hike in the dark to watch the sun rise over the lake.)IMG_4522

Day 7: Celebration of the Journey
We will mark the end of our time at the Lake with a special yoga class and then say farewell to the magical setting that has been our home for the week.  We will travel to Antigua, have a free afternoon to explore this beautiful, colonial city, and then share a final dinner together.

Day 8: Homeward Bound
We will take a very early shuttle to the airport and then depart from Guatemala back to the US. (Participants who do not have an early morning departure, can arrange transportation through the hotel.)

While our itinerary serves to guide the flow of the week’s activities, we will have the ability to adapt the schedule to meet the needs of the group, the needs of the local communities, the weather, and other changing conditions.

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