7 Day Yoga Body Zen Mind Retreat at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
I highly recommend Doron Yoga Center. It is a beautiful place with a wonderful and friendly environment. Doron is an amazing person and extraordinary teacher. Everyone at the center was helpful, polite and kind. Anji and Samantha are great teachers too. I am so happy that I decided to go here and enjoy a new joyful experience. It is such a peaceful retreat.
I went to DYZC for the New Year’s retreat and it was the most amazing experience. Everything from the beautiful location, the harmonious center, the delicious food, the helpful staff, and of course Doron and his practice and teachings. It was a truly rejuvenating week that allowed me to reconnect. Give yourself this space and this time...you will love it!
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.
Doron Hanoch and the team at Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) will guide you through bringing awareness to your thought patterns so you can consciously bring more peace and happiness into your everyday life. Side effects may include better sleep, reduced stress, a clam mind, unconditional joy, and greater ease in navigating your relationships.
Your days begin with pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and yoga asana. This practice, which lasts a total of 2.5 hours, is the perfect way to begin your day from a place of bliss. Practice is followed by a yummy and nutritious breakfast featuring a variety of superfoods. After eating, retreat guests have a break, providing an opportunity to relax or explore. We are happy to help arrange activities such as stand up paddle boarding, massages, market visits, Volcano hikes and more.
In the afternoon we offer inspiring workshops, providing the opportunity to dive even deeper into your yoga practice and engage further with an expert yoga teacher.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOP EXAMPLES
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.
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.
Calistyoga: Fun 80s Jane Fonda-inspired calisthenics workshop.
Doron HanochCore Subject: Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga
Doron Yoga & Zen Center is a spiritual eco village, based on permaculture principleswith touches of Zen. It manifests the power and energy of the magnificent lake Atitlan. The lake can be majestically viewed from our grounds, with volcanoes and local villages perfectly framing the scene. We are part of the Maya village of Tzununa in Guatemala. Located 7-minute walk from the lake. Hammocks hang by the river and gardens, and connecting paths are all paved with local stone.
Daily schedule for the retreat:
- 5:00 – 6:15pm Opening Circle (arrival day)
- 6:00 – 7:00am Meditation and Pranayama
- 7:00 – 8:45am Doron Yoga Asana practice
- 9:00 – 9:30am Breakfast
- 1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
- 4:30 – 6:30pm Afternoon workshops
- 6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
- 7:30 – 9:30pm Rest and Optional Activities
All of our accommodations are new construction and built with ecological practices in mind. Rustic and charming, rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view; they are decorated with murals, local art and textiles.
The property offers three types of rooms: private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, and dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms. All bathrooms have showers with either gas or solar heated water and western toilets (eco treatment). We source water from a spring supplied by the municipality as well as river water that runs through the property.
We have three private rooms and two dormitories which share bathroom facilities. Private rooms sleep two people, while dormitories sleep 5 – 6 people. Our shared bathroom is outdoors with private stalls; it has three western-style toilets, two showers and two sinks with gas-heated water.
We currently have three private rooms with en-suite bathrooms in our “Casa Amor” log cabin accommodation. These rooms each have a skylight and a bathroom featuring a shower with locally sourced slate. Other elements include hand carved mirrors, bamboo and wood finishings, local hand crafted furniture and orthopedic beds. The three rooms share a deck with hammocks and chairs overlooking our beautiful garden and Lake Atitlan.
Food & Accommodation Gallery
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. 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. When possible, add-ons like our peanut butter, jam, and lightly fermented sauerkraut are all homemade on site by our dedicated kitchen staff. It’s a heaven for health-conscious foodies.
All food is vegetarian. Vegan and Gluten-Free diets can be accomodated upon request.
What Makes This Program Special?
- Daily morning yoga practice in a beautiful Shala space with panoramic views of Lake Atitlan, volcanoes, mountains, and the Tzununa river
- Learning mechanics of yoga poses to perfect your alignment
- Pranayama practices to enrich your energy and life force
- Zen meditation , Zen Dance ,Osho Kundalini meditation
- Yin Yoga to deepen flexibility and balance the body
- Joy-enhancing techniques to help practice gratitude
- Thoughtful, time tested yoga teachings and hands-on assists from an incredibly experienced, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher
- Exciting evening activities like fire-side Zen talks and chants
- Living in a spiritual community with like-minded yogis
Doron Yoga & Zen Center
Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) is intent on creating a regenerative spiritual community and education center dedicated to the awakening of consciousness, service and kinship with the land.
Doron Yoga and Zen Center is a spiritual, no-nonsense retreat center that seeks practical solutions based on real experiences rather than religious dogma. Self-responsibility, honesty, integrity, transparency and caring for each other are our foundational values. We fuse our study and practice of yoga and Zen with regenerative living inspired by permaculture, The Flexitarian Method, and mindful actions. We seek to involve the local community with our practice of The Yoga Lifestyle.
The Doron Yoga & Zen Center offers a safe space to unlearn limiting conditioning. Here you can learn to live joyfully with yoga, yummy nutrition, dance and philosophy programs to realize your full potential.
DYZC offers in-depth study and practice programs, along with lighthearted dance and play. This is the land of free spirit meets social and environmental responsibility.
Payment And Cancellation Policy
- Deposit of $500 USD required at the time of booking to hold participant's space.
- Deposit is non-refundable.
- Full payment is due 45 days prior to the start of the program.
Why choose Doron Yoga
This is an ashtanga-vinyasa retreat featuring elements of bhakti and kundalini yoga practice. This yoga retreat is suitable for all yoga levels. Detailed instruction and lots of care are shared to help you grow your practice.
Our stunning yoga space and thoughtful teaching methods combined with our beautiful location will help make this one of the most memorable experiences of your life. This retreat is for everyone interested in a more holistic yoga lifestyle. We offer practical tips to deepen your practice, helping yogis of all levels safely advance over the course of the retreat.