Learn the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness in this unique program combining ancient yogic wisdom, permaculture and the intelligence of nature. Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community and participate in responsible tourism by supporting efforts to improve food sovereignty in a locally initiated project.
Delve into your yoga practice and embark on a transformational journey to discover how embodying holistic and sustainable practices can radically shift the way you live and engage in the world. Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to change lives through yoga. Awaken your potential and transform passion to purpose with mentors who are leaders in the fields of yoga and sustainability! Connect to community on at a beautiful eco retreat and permaculture farm in Guatemala. Click for syllabus highlights.
- Learn form, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
- Gain knowledge in anatomy and the physical/mental benefits of yoga
- Explore Ashtanga philosophy (the Eight-fold path)
- Study and discuss the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- Become skilled at creating various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga
- Discover the benefits and challenges of introducing yoga and mindfulness practices to diverse communities
- Explore various teaching methodologies, including modifications for age, focus and common injuries/conditions
- Explore the potential of matching ecological integrity with human needs through permaculture design and sustainable living practices
- Discover the subtle energy of yogic anatomy and the chakra system
- Gain hands-on experience and receive supportive feedback from peers and mentors
- Release self-limiting beliefs and step into your power as a leader!
- Enhance your understanding of the foundational aspects of this ancient practice through asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, kriyas, philosophy, anatomy, lifestyle, ethics, and Ayurveda
- Address issues of diversity, social justice, inclusion, and safety in a variety of contexts
- Explore how permaculture can support you in living a more meaningful life Learn relevant tools that you can experiment with Gain hands on practical experience that demonstrate effective tools for alternative living Experience how yoga connects us more deeply to the earth and one another.
- Find your own unique expression as a yoga teacher
They run their own sustainable hotel onsite called Bambu Guest House – a brand new, natural building boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, new comfy beds, wifi, super hot water, and amazing views of the surrounding lake, mountains, and rivers. Lodging is shared, but private. The Bambu Guest House has a Farm-to-Table Restaurant that serves delicious and filling organic meals mainly composed of Atitlán Organics products, with some help from other local farms. Currently, Atitlán Organics supplies all: milk, yogurt, cheese, salads, cooking greens, honey, coffee, chicken, taro root, pigeon peas, and herbs to the restaurant.
Permaculture: Shad Qudsi
Shad has 15 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 6 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. He oversees four community gardens and is implementing two sustainable locally-run businesses based on the production and local marketing of clean organic food. Aside from all of this, Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing, and can be found dancing in his garden in Tzununa.
Yoga and Community: Julia Forest
Julia is a global yoga teacher, holistic health advocate, and passionate voice for the yoga for change movement. She feels most at home wherever she rolls out her mat and finds inner peace and connection from a daily meditation practice. Her passion for yoga, social change, connection and community lead her to create the Yoga Leadership and Permaculture Program, the first yoga teacher training program that combines yoga, mindfulness, permaculture and leadership to transform lives and communities. With more than 15 years of teaching experience, Julia has shared inclusive and therapeutic yoga to communities around the world.
Yoga and Leadership: Kristine Vanderplas
Kristine is inspired by the healing power of nature and the immense wisdom held in our bodies. Her life journey has taken her around the world, driven by the curiosity of human interactions and the eco-systems in which humanity thrives. She is a facilitator of movement, meditation and transformative experiences and for over 12 years, Kristine has contributed to global community development with a focus on youth. She currently serves as executive director for a globally run youth organization. She has supported the strategic planning and implementation of several large international projects and continues to explore the intersection of creativity and sustainable change – searching for the most effective approaches for healing ourselves, our communities and this beautiful planet we call home.
Yoga and Permaculture: Rachelle Harvey
Rachelle is a lifelong student of movement and music, having explored it’s many forms since childhood. A yogi at heart, she pursued a holistic life in alignment with her passions of art, sustainability, herbalism and community empowerment after many years working in the corporate fields of design and marketing. She strives to make the teachings of yoga accessible to everyone by helping others tap into their unique expression and lead a heart-centred life.
- Grow community and participate in impactful projects in the village of Tsununa
- Live in a thriving eco retreat and enjoy delicious and locally grown organic meals
- Deepen your practice through connection to nature and the natural rhythms of the earth
- Travel and stay at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, one of the most beautiful places on earth!
- Learn with and from authentic experienced facilitators
- Develop leadership skills and a personal practice that allow you to thrive in your life
- Grow your community by connecting with like minded co-creators
- Participate in sustainable projects supporting the residents in the village of Tzununa and surrounding areas
- shared rooms
- over 80% locally sourced
- restaurant on site
- medium: voice calls (no video)
- yogamultiple times a day
- nutrition/cooking1-2 times per week
Coming from Antigua or Guatemala City, you must travel to Panajachel, which is one of the three big towns on the lake and takes about 3-4 hours by shuttle. To get to Panajachel, you can take a tourist shuttle from Antigua for roughly Q100 per person and for Q225 from Guatemala City. There are also private shuttle options that will you take you straight to our door in Tzununa. We can help make arrangements with any of this, so just let us know if you want some help.
From Panajachel, you take a boat (lancha) at the public dock. Tell the captain that you are going to the town of Tzununa (zoo-new-nah) which is three public stops from Panajachel. This costs roughly Q15-20 per person.
Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and take a tuk tuk (little three wheeled car), tell them you want to go to El Bambu. This costs Q5 per person.
When you get to El Bambu, go through the gate and up to the main building.
As noted, we are in the quiet, little town of Tzununa. From the guest house you are less than a 10-minute walk to the lake and less than 20 meters from beautiful rivers. You are a 45-minute walk or a 10-minute tuk tuk ride away from the town of San Marcos La Laguna. This has many places to eat, drink, practice yoga, etc.
We can help you get to the lake from Antigua, the airport, or from anywhere. Just contact us and we can arrange a shuttle for you.
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