Journey into Sacred Expression
**Recommended in Lonely Planet Wellness Escapes**
Saturday, August 1 - Monday, August 10th, 2020:
Journey Into Sacred Expression Women's Retreat,
The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Relax for a week of inspiring landscape, higher perspectives, and beauty all around.
We'll take a creative and spiritual journey through meditation, yoga & self-exploratory writing and more at The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. We invite you to pause and exhale, take an honest and creative journey inside, and connect with your inner voice.
Within each of us lies the adventure of opening deeper into our hearts and animating our own sacred expression.
Surreal & inspiring location with panoramic views
Daily morning meditation & yoga practice
Daily self-exploratory prompted writing sessions
3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)
Scenic outdoor thatch-roofed yoga shala & writing space
3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day
Permaculture tour upon request
Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, visiting villages
9 nights stay in shared, beautiful eco-friendly cabanas
Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 12 participants
"For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world, women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. The pulse of these women still beats within us. Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call."
- Heather Ash Amara
journey into sacred expression
Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Participate in healing ceremonies that call to your spirit and stoke your soul voice.
Breathe, stretch, relax, and connect with your center while sharing in the experience with other women. This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. In this retreat, we ourselves are the art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to rise it up and own our self-expression.
Inspired by the four shamanic directions and rising the feminine, we embark on a revealing week of re-igniting the voices of our hearts and empowering ourselves as the storytellers of our lives.
In this women's retreat, you will:
Gather with a powerful circle of women in rawness, vulnerability and expression.
Ground in your body and intuition through meditation, yoga and movement.
Show up in this here and now, present to whatever is real to you, as you are.
Honor and be witnessed for your embodied experience as a woman.
Immerse in a journey that is both individual and collective to you and to the circle and to women.
Reveal your truths moment to moment by connecting to your own inner voice.
Embrace yourself in all of your contradictions and wholeness.
Explore the stories you tell against allowing yourself and your expression, in the many ways we tell them.
Reconnect with your essential self, your vivid energies, your heart-led and soul-seeded desires - all that conspires for your expression.
Call back your inner voice to hear what sways your soul.
Reclaim your connection and belonging to the greater mystery and beauty all around us.
Remember the magic that unfolds when women circle together with love and compassion at our core.
More on the Journey Into Sacred Expression Retreat: Why We Gather and About the Retreat.
Aimee Hansen, creator of Storyteller Within Retreats, will facilitate this women's retreat, with guest facilitators supporting for meditation and yoga, as well as specific sessions and ceremonies.
Aimee has co-created and facilitated this retreat for over four years, welcoming and guiding over 130 women across 16 different events in Guatemala. Read more about your retreat facilitator.
a surreal location in Guatemala forest
In the rural highlands of Guatemala, The Yoga Forest perches high in the jungle overlooking Lake Atitlan and three majestic volcanoes.
A stunning location hidden away in the valley behind San Marcos La Laguna, The Yoga Forest offers beautiful shared cabins with comfortable beds, panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga, and Mayan sauna in dream surroundings.
Inspired by the creative union of yogic and permaculture principles, this location provides an eco-friendly living experience in harmony with nature for the adventurous of heart.
sample retreat flow
Guests arrive on Saturday, August 1st (check in is 3pm) to relax and settle in. We'll open our circle in the evening. Our daily flow will begin on Sunday, August 2nd.
6.45 - 8:30 Meditation & Yoga
8.30- 9.30 Delicious Breakfast
10.00-12.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion
12.30-1.30 Delicious Lunch
3.30-6.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion
6.30 - 7.30 Delicious Dinner
7.45 Sauna, Circle, or Healing Sessions (some evenings)
Meals are vegetarian and organically grown. Meditation, yoga, and our intimate sacred circle for writing will be women only and privately held. Meals will be shared with other guests, women or men (the retreat center holds 20-30 guests, including our group).
We'll include a couple long breaks during our week to relax, hike, swim, or explore the village(s). We'll hold evening sacred fire circles (including Traditional Mayan Fire) and bring in optional evening ceremonies such as sound healing or movement and dance with guest facilitators.
Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by noon on August 1st and book return flights for late afternoon on August 10th, or the following day. We can help you to organize an additional overnight stay in San Marcos or Antigua.
Please note we may be visited by late afternoon or evening
atmospheric seasonal rains after warm and sunny days. Though during July and August, the "canicula" usually arrives and the rains disappear completely and we're left with all the green lush views.
planning your trip
Lake Atitlan has beautiful villages to explore (weaving, artisan) and cultural and wildlife tourist activities. It's also a gorgeous place to simply soak up the volcano views and nature. On your way from the airport, the UNESCO World Heritage charming streets of Antigua offer many colorful, cultural treasures.
It's always recommended to stay at the lake and in Guatemala for some extra time and enjoy the beauty, if your schedule allows.
A preview of The Yoga Forest:
Total Retreat Cost (All-Inclusive):
12 spaces only in total
(9 nights, 10 days including arrival & departure)
Deposit to Reserve:
$1575 USD early bird
Shared Cabana of 2-4 people
(early bird until June 1st, 2020)
Full rate $1675
Semi-Private Temple Room (upgrade):
Note: Bathroom & shower facilities are shared.
Private Petite Cabana (upgrade):
Note: Bathroom & shower facilities are shared.
Retreat package includes:
- Daily guided meditation & yoga
- Daily self-exploratory writing sessions
- 9 nights accommodation at The Yoga Forest (shared - 4 people)*
- Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, & dinner
- Afternoon Love Probiotics bliss ball snacks & tea
- 3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)
- Mayan Sauna
- Base Gratuities for local staff
- All Taxes
- Shared transport to & from the retreat
- Travel insurance
- Extras during your break (eg massages, treatments, etc)