The Best Yoga Retreat Guatemala 2019/20

The Best Yoga Retreat Guatemala 2019/20

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Guatemala. Take a look through my blog and you will understand why. So although doing a yoga retreat Guatemala may not be the obvious choice, trust me when I say you will not regret booking a Guatemala spiritual retreat.

Why do a yoga retreat Guatemala?

Yoga is huge in Guatemala, it is actually where I really started getting into yoga. Before doing Yoga in Guatemala I have never really understood the spiritual side of yoga, I’d just been focused on the Asana. There is just something so special and spiritual about Guatemala, and Lake Atitlan in particular that it’s hard not to start feeling more ‘woke’ there.

Most of the yoga retreats in Guatemala are in the Lake Atitlan area, although yoga in Antigua Guatemala is pretty huge too, but it’s mostly classes rather than retreats of yoga teacher training.

So without further ado here are my top picks for your Lake Atitlan yoga retreat.

 

Guatemala Spiritual Retreat

The Yoga Forest in San Maros is one of the most popular and well know Guatemala retreat centers. High up above the Mayan village of San Marcos the views from the yoga studio are worth the hike up.

Yoga Retreat Guatemala
Image courtesy of Be Light Yoga Cente

There are many yoga retreats at the Yoga Forest, but their 8 Days Earth Medicine Journey Meditation and Yoga Retreat is one of the best if you are looking for a Guatemala spiritual retreat.
Lead by Kimber-lee and Nicole they will take you on a self-healing journey through the practice of daily yoga, meditation, chanting, and sound healing.

Thanks to the facilities in the Yoga Forest you can also look forward to making use of the sauna, eating lots of lovely vegetarian food, and plenty of relaxing in hammocks. But if you want a little bit more action there will be time to go down the mountain into the town for some paddle boarding and kayaking.

Number of nights: 7
Yoga Style: General Yoga
Location: Lake Atitlan

For more information and to check prices click here 

Guatemala Adventure Yoga Retreat

Yoga Retreat Guatemala
Image Courtesy of Echo Flow Yoga

Keen to include a bit of adventure with your Guatemala yoga retreat? I don’t blame you, Guatemala is the perfect place for both, especially thanks to all of those volcanos just waiting to be hiked!

On this Lake Atitlan yoga retreat, they offer you the perfect mix of Hatha and Yin yoga mixed with meditation, dancing, and hiking. So if you are looking for a Laka Atitlan yoga retreat that doesn’t involve spending the entire week in the yoga studio then this could be just the retreat for you.

Number of nights: 7
Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative
Location: Lake Atitlan
For more information and to check prices click here

Unlock your creativity

Yoga Retreat Guatemala
Image Courtesy of Kula Collective

The Create Space retreat is held at one of my personal favorite San Marcos yoga retreat centers, Eagles Nest. I was lucky enough to have stayed there for several nights the last time I visited Guatemala. Sadly there was no yoga retreat happening at the time, but it is a place I would love to return to do one.

The facilities here are basic but enchanting. My favorite part of the day was taking an outdoor shower with this view… and the water was HOT! Not something you should ever take for granted in Guatemala.

Yoga Retreat Guatemala
The view from the outdoor shower!

The highlight of any retreat in Lake Atitlan will be the views from the place you do yoga, and the views from the yoga platform at Eagles Nest do not disappoint.

Yoga Retreat Guatemala
Image Courtesy of Kula Collective

The yoga retreat itself is a 7-day journey to reconnect with your self and unblock your spiritual energy. Expect daily cacao ceremonies, traditional Temazcals, Art, music, writing, movement, mindfulness, sound healing, and visualization. And of course daily yoga and meditation practice, plus a lot more.

Number of nights: 7
Yoga Style: Hatha
Location: Lake Atitlan
For more information and to check prices click here

Personal Yoga Retreat Guatemala

Yoga Retreat Guatemala
Image Courtesy of Isla Verde

If the idea of an intense Yoga Retreat is a bit much for you, and you prefer something a bit more customized, and luxurious then I can’t recommend a personal yoga retreat at Hotel Isla Verde enough.

Firstly I LOVE hotel Isla Verde, it is one of my favorite places on the lake. I often went there just to have breakfast or take a yoga class. The accommodation is some of the best in Guatemala, so if you are worried about the standard of accommodation in Guatemala, and don’t fancy the eco-friendly outdoor bathroom situation most of the yoga retreat centers have going on, then this is the retreat for you.

They will put together a daily program for you that includes a daily yoga class someone to one yoga instruction, and 3 delicious meals a day. In addition, you will also get a massage treatment to really make sure you are as relaxed as possible.

Number of nights: 5
Yoga Style: General Yoga
Location: Lake Atitlan
For more information and to check prices click here

Find your Zen

Yoga Retreat Guatemala
Image Courtesy of Doron Yoga

Although San Marcos Guatemala yoga studios are the best known, there are some other places close by that offer just as much. Next door to San Marcos is the smaller Mayan village of Tzunana, where I lived for a while. Personally, if you want a more Zen experience Tzunana is a wonderful place to come.

The retreat at Doron yoga is all about mixing yoga asana practice, pranayama, meditation, and Zen philosophy. You will be taken through daily Morning yoga sessions, Osho Kundalini meditation, pranayama, as well as some Yin yoga to deepen your flexibility and balance your body out. The highlight of this retreat is that you are in a much quieter place, so you can really unplug and disconnect from the outside world spending 6 nights living in a spiritual community.

This is the ideal retreat for anyone who wants to deepen their practice.

Number of nights: 6
Yoga Style: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Zen
Location: Lake Atitlan
For more information and to check prices click here

Final Thoughts

So that’s it! My top 5 yoga retreats in Guatemala. Truth be told, any of these retreats would be amazing, you really can’t go wrong. Take a read through the description and choose the one that resonates most with you if you are struggling to decide.

Thinking of doing your yoga teacher training? Take a read of this first.

The Best Yoga Retreat Guatemala

Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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