An adventure in Ecological building!

Join us at Firefly Gardens for a yoga-infused, 4 day immersive workshop honouring the 4 sacred elements and directions.

Experience life at a small-scale off-grid permaculture community, with options to camp or sleep in our new Cob Cottage.

**Jan.16th arrival date, intros, settle in.

**Jan.17th-20th, 4 workshop build days.

**Jan20th  Lunar Eclipse Celebration with Cacao

*Jan21st Decompress and farewells

Learn how to transfrom trash into treasure, and how to live and build with simple appropriate technologies. We will be sharing various techniques for building with and upcycling glass and plastic bottles.

-Artistic bottle mosiacs

-Hanging garden planters

-Stain glass windows with papier-mâché

-Bottle bricks and earthen facades

-Eco-bricks and plastic alternatives.

Workshop also features

**Daily yoga flow

**Local indigenous language class

*Nightly Ceremonies


**Jan.16th arrival date, intros, settle in 

**Jan.17th-20th, 4 workshop build days.

0730-Each day will begin with hot herbal tea and gentle morning yoga, 

 honouring the 4 directions.

(Yoga for all body types and ability levels)

08:30-Followed by a hearty healthy breakfast

09:30-12:30 Each day we will introduce a new building style with lessons and hands-on experiene. You'll get the chance to work on projects in various stages from planning to foundation to artistic finishing touches.

12:30-14:30 Lunch time and afternoon siesta/hammock break
14:30-1730- Afternoon project work, including snacks, smoothies, and sharing
Some afternoons will feature an indigenous language/culture class, "Introduction to Tz'utujil Maya" by our mayan friends

18:00-Dinner delights and daily debriefs

19:00- Campfire and nightly ceremony corresponding to the 4 elements.

After--Sweet dreams and natural rhythms

** Last night Jan20th Lunar Eclipse Celebration with Cacao

*Jan21st Decompress and farewells:

Workshop facilitated by the Fireflies: Jolene McGill, Kyle Mateo, Koadi, Cheyo, and guests


  • Sweet new skills
  • Amazing vegetarian cuisine
  • Total Full Moon Lunar Eclipse!
  • Nightly campfires and ceremony
  • Morning sunrise yoga flow
  • We have puppies :)
  • Making friends and networking
  • Local indigenous connections
  • Building a cob bench for our Tzutujil neighbours
  • Unplug and de-stress

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communal kitchen access


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • yoga
  • meditation
  • plant medicine
    1-2 times per week

Getting here.

We are located in the avocado forest in Bahia de Santiago. It's a convenient 10-min tuk-tuk ride from the Tzutujil town of Santiago Atitlan on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

You can find us on google map at Firefly Gardens, Guatemala.

To get here from Guatemala City Airport or Antigua:

Take a shared taxi or collectivo from the Airport to Antigua Guatemala ($12/45 mins)

Once in Antigua, we recommend staying the night there to break up your trip

From Antigua to Lake Atitlan, you can book a tourist shuttle from any travel agency to Panajachel or San Pedro La Laguna (Q70/3-4 hours)

From Pana or San Pedro, there are public boats (lanchas) leaving to Santiago once per hour (Q30, 45 min).

From the dock in Santiago Atitlan, walk up the hill to the road and catch any moto-taxi (Tuk-tuk) to "La Bahia", or call/message us and we will meet you and take you the center


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