Week Long Yoga Body And Zen Mind Retreat, Guatemala

  • Organizer: Doron Yoga
  • Type: Yoga Retreat
  • Starting From: 09-February-2020
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Area: Solola, Guatemala
  • Food: Vegetarian
  • Surrounding area: Lake,Mountain,Close To Nature

Overview

This week-long yoga retreat aims to restore balance to both the body and the mind. Working with a variety of techniques such as yoga asana practice, pranayama, Zen meditation and philosophical studies, you will have the opportunity to grow physically and emotionally stronger through your yoga practice while rejuvenating and relaxing on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Enjoy the natural beauty of Guatemala in the peaceful Lake Atitlan area as you reset from the stress of daily life and deepen your personal practice.

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Teachers

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    Doron Hanoch

    Core Subject: Ashtanga-Vinyasa

    Doron is a Certified 550 hour Yoga Teacher (ERYT), Director ofthe Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 500), and Founder and CEO of the Doron Yoga & Zen Center at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.Doron’s teachings are based on the foundation of tradition with a practical and non-dogmatic way. His classes are strong but go at a pace that allows lots of awareness and focus. He teaches with extreme detail, shares a lot of informative tips both for body and mind, and keeps the class flowing with a fun energy infused with humor.

Location

Located a 5-minute walk up from Lake Atitlan, in the small Maya village of Tzununa, Guatemala, the Doron Yoga and Zen Center features beautiful 360 views of the Lake, surrounding mountains, and quaint but colorful village.

Your days are planned to give you an ideal balance of course programming as well as time for relaxation, reflection, and self meditation.

For participants looking for a fuller adventure, there are plenty of unique Maya villages to explore around the lake, and we are happy to help arrange additional tours and group outings during your stay with us. 

There are also massages available on-site, and access to the lake for swimming. Many of our clients prefer just to spend their days on our grounds, relaxing in our idyllic hammocks.

Afternoon Workshops:

Dr. Asana: Alignment tips and tricks to create a sustainable practice; refine the basics and master the more advanced yoga poses. Options are offered for practitioners of all levels. Some topics include foundations, strengthening, jump backs and arm balances. Most retreats will host two Dr. Asana sessions. May also include “Calistyoga” fun 80’s inspired calisthenics if appropriate for the group.

Yin Yoga: Deepen your flexibility with longer held poses. Open up your hips, release the hamstrings, and build up more opening in the back and spine.

Yoga Nidra: Doron will guide you through a deep relaxation session.

Yoga And Zen Philosophy: Dive deeper into understanding yoga and Buddhist philosophy. Doron’s practical teachings are designed to be inclusive so you can benefit and explore no matter your knowledge level.

Yoga Lifestyle: Q&A about the yoga lifestyle: Integrating mindful morning routines, nutrition, sleep, hygiene, and more into your daily life. It’s recommended to read The Yoga Lifestyle by Doron Hanoch before the retreat.

Mind Training: Tips for thriving in the digital age. Learn how Zen can help you to be a more peaceful, and productive.

In addition to special events such as fire night, temazcal, and Zen Dance, the daily schedule will be structured as follows:

  • 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM  Meditation And Pranayama
  • 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Doron Yoga Asana Practice
  • 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM Massages, Tours, Exploration, Rest, And Reflection
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Massages, Tours, Exploration, Rest, And Reflection
  • 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Afternoon Workshops
  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM Rest And Optional Activities

All of our accommodations at Doron Yoga & Zen Center were built with care by local Tzununa craftspeople and constructed with ecological practices in mind. Rustic and charming, rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view. Each of our accommodations is unique, featuring artisan touches in both the building and the decor.

All of our bathrooms, both shared and ensuite, feature hot showers and modern western toilets. Waste is processed on-site in line with our Green principles.

Our choices for accommodations allow you to customize your package with us. They include dormitories, double occupancy rooms, or entirely private accommodations.

Our founder, Doron Hanoch, has training as a holistic chef, and brings his nutritional wisdom into every dish we serve here at DYZC. Every meal is made with seasonal, local ingredients, fresh veggies, and herbal teas. Much of the food on our plates grows right here in our own sustainable gardens. Guests of our retreats all ready have 3-meals a day included in their package.

Every meal is full of special touches that elevate it in terms of nutrition. Our oatmeal, for example, is packed full of chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut, and other super foods. We grow our own coffee, bananas, avocados, lettuce, a variety of herbs and many other fruits and vegetables.  It’s a heaven for health-conscious foodies.

We are happy to accommodate any necessary dietary restrictions, and simply ask that you submit your dietary preferences prior to the retreat.

The practice of Zen teaches us how to remain in the present moment. By bringing total awareness to the present state of the body and the mind, Zen shows us how to overcome our destructive thought patterns and act on our deepest intuitions rather than our modern conditioning.

By overcoming the noisy patterns of the mind, we can fully embrace the experience of living, and become the productive, self-affirming people are meant to be.

  • 6 Nights Accommodation
  • 3 incredible vegetarian meals daily
  • Unlimited Herbal Tea and Filtered Water
  • Local Coffee with Breakfast
  • Fresh Smoothies and Juices with Meals
  • Free Temazcal Sweat Lodge Ceremony
  • All Yoga Instruction, taught by Doron and other advanced instructors
  • Pranayama Breathing Exercises
  • Zen Meditation
  • Guided Meditations, Programs and Workshops


Bonuses:

  • Help Coordinating Shuttles and Travel
  • Tips and Tricks to Advance your Yoga Practice
  • Free Fire Night Celebration
  • Access to Gorgeous River for Swimming and Meditation
  • Option to add on Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, and Other Adventures
  • Option to Add on Local Tours such as Coffee Tour and Village Hike
  • On-site Massages Available
  • Dharma Talks and Q & A with Doron
  • Twice Weekly Dessert, with additional homemade treats for purchase
  • Free wifi available in common areas

Doron Yoga & Zen Center

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DYZC is a spiritual, no-nonsense retreat center (ashram) seeking practical solutions based on experience rather than religious dogma. Self-responsibility, honesty, integrity, transparency and personal care are specifically our foundation values.

Therefore we study, practice and integrate yoga and Zen. In addition, we infuse regenerative living inspired by permaculture and the flexitarian method with mindfulness actions. Furthermore, we seek to involve the local community with our practices of The Yoga Lifestyle.

Unlearn our limiting conditioning in this safe home. Learn how to live a joyful life including, art, yummy nutrition, dance and philosophy programs to realize our full potential.

DYZC offers in-depth study and practice programs, along with lighthearted dance and play. This is the land of free spirit meets responsibility.

$500 non-refundable deposit required upfront in order to hold a spot on the retreat, full payment due 45 days before arrival.